Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Good Eats Weekly Newsletter - April 18, 2018

Around the Farm

I had an interesting visit to the Lewisburg, PA area last weekend. I visited a 21 year old Mennonite tractor dealer who has been selling extra equipment that we've had kicking around. He's 21 but his dealership is 10 years old; he started selling used lawn mowers when he was 11. He has 14 siblings and apparently a very tough mom. It's beautiful farm country there, rolling fertile valleys divided by high hardwood ridges. The Amish/ Mennonite economy is interesting to me, they are operating seemingly thriving farms in an area where farmland costs $16k per acre. That is 3 times what we consider to be a high price for farmland in Vermont. Most of the farming is conventional soy and corn and lots of alfalfa for dairy cows as well. I don't understand how they can make it work with the super high land prices but the farms feel prosperous. Most of the Mennonites in that area are not permitted to have cars or trucks but can use tractors. But the tractors have to have steel wheels - the idea being that if you have steel wheels you're less likely to drive your tractor to farm, it's a technological limiter. It's strange to see very modern dairy farms with new buildings and new tractors but all the tractors have steel wheels. 

One fellow described the Mennonite health insurance program. According to him each family pays in quarterly to a fund-you pay what you can afford with no guidelines. If you need to go to the hospital, the fund pays your bills. They don't limit medical care - people are permitted to go the whole modern medical route for cancer for example. They must be a relatively healthy group because he said that what each family pays into the fund is much less than what it would cost to buy health insurance. They've done an impressive job of keeping certain standards and a way of life while the world has been changing fast all around. 
~Pete

Reminders and Notes

"It is all a labor of love," wrote Todd Hardie of Thornhill Farm. This week, we're using Todd's organic rye in bread from Red Hen (read below). It is a labor of love what we do to produce good food, and like love, sometimes it hurts. At our farm, we had expected some sunny days over the weekend, but instead it was cloudy. This has resulted in a shortage of mesclun greens so there have been some adjustments to your shares, which is why this newsletter is so late! As much as we plan, until we actually harvest, we don't always know what we have available. We harvest many of the greens on Tuesday mornings. As I write this, our crew is out cutting the greens. On days like today when our predictions fall short, once we wash and sort through the greens, we can weigh out how much we have. Then, I decide how to divide up the greens between shares.
Here's hoping for sunny days ahead!
~Taylar
Going out of town?
Need to skip a delivery? We can donate your share to the food shelf, send it the next week, or credit your account for a future share. Please notify us by Monday, 8 am, at the latest for any changes to that week's delivery.

This week in your share:

Everyday Large

European Cucumber (most shares, see below), Parsley, Chard, Tatsoi, Yellow Onions, Rainbow Carrots, Purple Potatoes,
OUT OF THE BAG
Frozen Beans and Frozen Spinach

Everyday Standard

Mesclun, Basil (inside your mesclun), Pac choi OR Tatsoi, Yellow Onions, Red Beets, Purple Potatoes, and
OUT OF THE BAG
Frozen Beans

Fancy

Mesclun, Dill, Vivid Choy OR Kale, Red Beets, Rainbow Carrots, Yellow Onions, Purple Potatoes
OUT OF THE BAG
Frozen Cauliflower

Lean & Green

Mesclun, Basil (inside your mesclun), Broccoli Raab, Mustard Greens, and Carrots



Bread Share

Red Hen Baking Co
Crossett Hill Batard

Pete's Pantry

Red Hen Baking Co Bread, Champlain Orchards apples, Pete's Greens Baba Ganoush and Zesty Dill Freezer Pickles

Cheese Share

von Trapp Farmstead
1959

Every week we'll send you snapshots of veggies in your share. You can always find more recipes and storage info on our blog and website.
Mesclun: A little this, a little that! The mesclun includes mizuna, spinach, cress, shoots, arugula, and a little brassica. All greens are pre-washed and ready to eat. Unopened, this bag will last for at least a week or 10 days. Opened, it will start to deteriorate after a few days.
Basil: A popular herb for Italian dishes, basil is sensitive to water and cold. Your basil is INSIDEyour bag of mesclun! Try making a yummy basil dressing for your salad.
Parsleyhas lots of nutritional benefits - high in vitamins A, C, and K, and in folic acid (great for pregnant women). The activity of parsley's volatile oils qualifies it as a "chemoprotective" food, meaning it can help neutralize particular types of carcinogens. Try adding parsley stems to your simmering stock, both to impart flavor and help clarify the broth. It can be sprinkled an a host of different recipes, including salads, vegetables sautes, and grilled fish. It can be a rub for chicken lamb, and beef when combined with garlic, lemon zest, and salt. It's a key flavor ingredient in the Mediterranean dish tabouli (see recipe below). A nice way to store is to place the parsley bunch stems in a glass of water, like flowers in a vase, and then cover loosely with a plastic bag and keep in the fridge. If this is too finicky, just store loosely wrapped in a plastic bag in crisper drawer.
Dill: It may be a less common herb, but dill is a flavorful addition to fish, vegetables, and eggs, and goes well with cheese. Store it in a damp paper towel inside a plastic bag or to preserve it, you can dry it or wash it, chop it, dry it, then freeze it. Dill goes great with beets, potatoes, and in Greek-style dishes.
European Cucumber: First cucumbers have arrived! They're coming in slowly, and a few Everyday Large members will receive their cukes next week. This time of year, I recommend savoring them freshly sliced! Perhaps put them in a little vinaigrette of olive oil, vinegar, parsley, and salt. Store in a fairly warm place.
Pac Choi: Part of the cabbage family, it packs in nutrition with high scores for vitamins A and C and calcium. Pac Choi is mild enough to be chopped up for a salad, particularly if you give it a quick wilt in a hot pan. It's also great in stir-fries and sautes and in asian soups (and other soups too). As leaves become more mature they are more often served cooked. Pac Choi has a mild flavor. The leaves taste similar to Swiss chard and the stems (called ribs) are deliciously crispy and can be substituted for celery in recipes. Store pac choi loosely wrapped in a plastic bag in your crisper drawer.
Tatsoi is a dark green Asian salad green that has a spoon like shape, a pleasant and sweet aroma flavor like a mild mustard flavor, similar to bok choi. Tatsoi is generally eaten raw or sauteed, but may be added to soups at the end of the cooking period. Store tatsoi in a plastic bag or container and use within several days.
Vivid Choy: Vivid choy is part of the family of pac choi, only leafier, with less stem. It's great for braising or stir fry, or try it in a soup or wilted.
Chard: Chard is a dark leafy green with ruffled leaves and stems that may be brightly colored crimson red, orange, yellow. It's actually related to the beet, whose greens can be used like hard. Try chard on its own or in quiches and omeletes. Young and tender leaves and stems can be tossed into salads. Store wrapped loosely in plastic in the refrigerator; it will last several days. To prepare it, wash it well and tear or chop the leaves. If the stems are very thick, strip the leaves from them before proceeding so you can cook the stems a couple minutes longer. Steam, braise, and saute chard. Cook the stems longer than the leaves by starting them a minute or two earlier. Try chard in crecipes that call for beet or turnip greens or spinach.
Broccoli raab: I received some comments last week about our broccoli raab. You may notice that our raab does not look like broccoli, nor does it look like other kinds of raab you might find in the store. Last week I talked with our crop manager Melissa about the raab and one of her thoughts about the abundance of leaves is a nitrogen balance issue in the soil. Also, large scale producers will select only the tallest/ thickest stalks for market. We don't have that ability, and the growing conditions between our high tunnels and greenhouse have resulted in raab that is leafier than other varieties. Our team has started to brainstorm ideas about how we may refine growing conditions and harvesting to produce raab that is more familiar to our members -- but that must wait until next season! Store broccoli raab in your refrigerator crisper unwashed, either wrapped in a wet towel or in a plastic bag. It will keep two or three days. For longer storage, blanch and freeze.
Red Beets: This is the time of year when it's tough to make beets sound glamorous! But red beets are full of good stuff for our bodies and they can be very versatile once cooked (or even eaten raw - try grating for slaws or salads). With a little creativity, beets can be super enjoyable. You can boil or roast them then enjoy hot or cold. They make a nice heft to a salad or can be cooked down into a soup. They add good color to a roasted root mix or to a risotto. You can even slice them thinly into rounds and bake at low heat to make beet chips - I love to do this with root veggies to make my own chips (there are a gazillion recipe ideas out there for doing this). As a side dish, they're great for dressing with a pistachio butter, almond butter, blue cheese dressing... endless possibilities!
Frozen Beans: Everyday Share members are both receiving a package of frozen beans. You'll find either yellow or green beans - please, only take one package. Our beans have been picked, washed, blanched, bagged and frozen all in a few hours. They simply need to be heated up. Remove from plastic bag and heat in water or mix into a dish as you would fresh produce, or try out the "Speedy Beans" recipe below.

Cooking Tips: Cooking Greens
This week, shares include a variety of bunched greens. I use Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything Vegetarian as a great reference for cooking. Mark recommends boiling or steaming greens to get them cooked, or lightly sauteeing them - you can eat them plain this way or have them cooked for dressing up or adding to other dishes.
Just remember that tender greens like spinach and arugula need less cooking time and greens with thick stems, like lacinato or green kale, chard, and collard greens, need stems cooked a few minutes longer before adding in the leaves.
Cook tender greens for about 3 minutes after you get a pot of salted water boiling. Cook the sturdier greens for about 10 minutes, adding the stems in first and then leaves after about 3 - 5 minutes. Don't over cook them, make sure the bright color remains. Drain, or stick in an ice bath or run under cold water.
Dress up your greens with a squeeze of fresh lime or lemon; nut oil (sesame, walnut, sunflower seed, etc); chopped hard boiled egg; nuts; miso, soy sauce, or tamari; citrus zest; vinaigrette; a dressing of lemon, olive oil, and garlic; or spices like za'atar. I prefer greens prepared simply: lightly sauteed with olive oil, garlic, and salt!
Here's an adaptable recipe:
COLD MUSTARD GREENS WITH OLIVE OIL AND LEMON
Adapted from ''Leafy Greens'' (Macmillan, 1995), by Mark Bittman
Total time: 20 minutes
1 pound mustard greens or other dark leafy greens, washed and trimmed
1/4 teaspoon very finely minced garlic
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 lemons
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook greens until bright green and tender, 3 minutes or less. Remove, and plunge into ice water. Drain well; squeeze dry.
2. Toss greens with garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper. Juice one of the lemons, and sprinkle the juice over the greens. Quarter remaining lemon, and serve with greens.

Featured Recipes

Speedy Beans
This is a quick and easy way to cook your frozen beans while adding some gourmet flavors. The recipe is intended to be an alternative method to steaming the beans, and can be made with just cooking oil, salt and pepper or any kind of seasoning you like. Use a chili seasoning for Mexican beans or curry for curried beans. The options are limitless.
1 lb bag of frozen green or yellow beans
1 tbs cooking oil
2 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1 Tbs ginger root, grated
2 cloves garlic, pressed and minced
salt and pepper to taste
Heat the cooking oil in a non-stick pan over high heat. When the oil begins to pop, about 3 minutes, add the frozen beans. Cook the beans, stirring every 30 seconds, until all of the ice has melted and most of the water in the pan has evaporated, about 5 minutes. Add the soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger root, garlic and salt. Continue to saute in sauce for another 3-5 minutes, until about half the beans begin to brown. Remove the pan from heat and serve.

Sesame Green Beans
A quick way to add some flare to your green beans. You can substitute the sesame oil and seeds for minced garlic to make Garlic Green Beans, also a great alternative to those that may be allergic to nuts.
1 Tbs olive oil
1 tsp sesame oil (optional)
1 Tbs sesame seeds
1 package frozen Pete's Kitchen green beans
1/4 c chicken or vegetable broth
1/4 tsp salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste
Heat cooking oil and sesame oil in a large skillet or wok over medium heat, when warm add sesame seeds. When seeds start to darken, stir in green beans, stirring until beans are covered with oil. Pour in chicken broth, salt and pepper. Cover and cook until beans are tender but still crisp, about 3 minutes. Uncover and cook until liquid evaporates.

Whiskey Glazed Carrots
These fancy carrots would be a nice addition to an Easter dinner or other special occasion.
2-3 lbs carrots, peeled and cut into thick slices
4 tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 cup Jack Daniels, or other whiskey
2/3 to 1 cup sugar
1/2 to 1 tsp salt
Freshly ground black pepper
In a large skillet or pot with a lid, heat the butter over medium high heat until melted. Add half of the carrots to the pan and cook briefly just to sear, 60-90 seconds. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining carrots. Set aside.
Very carefully add the whiskey to the pan and allow to evaporate for about 30 seconds. Reduce the heat to medium. Sprinkle the brown sugar into the pan and stir. Mix in the carrots, stir well, and cover. Cook for 5 minutes.
Remove the lid and season with the salt and pepper. Cover once more and continue cooking until the carrots are fork tender and the glaze has thickened, about 5-10 minutes more. Transfer to a serving platter and top with minced fresh herbs, if desired, for extra color. Serve immediately.
Tabouli (or Parsley Salad)
Tabouli is such a great dish to have sitting in fridge to ladle on as a side to grilled meat and green salad. Or just as a quick snack. Make sure you give it time to marinate in the fridge as it's best after having a chance to sit to bring flavors together. Serves 6.
1 cup bulgur (or cous cous)
1 1/2 cups boiling water
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice -- and/or lime juice
1 teaspoon garlic -- crushed
1/2 cup chopped scallions/ green onions
1/2 teaspoon dried mint flakes
1/4 cup olive oil -- (good quality)
fresh black pepper
2 medium tomatoes -- diced
1 cup fresh parsley -- chopped and packed
Optional: 1 cup chopped cucumber and/ or 1/2 cup coarsely grated carrot
Wash the bulgur wheat and soak it in water for 5-7 minute. Drain very well (squeeze the bulgur wheat by hand to get rid of any excess water). Set aside.
Very finely chop the vegetables, herbs and green onions as indicated above. Be sure to place the tomatoes in a colander to drain excess juice.
Place the chopped vegetables, herbs and green onions in a mixing bowl or dish. Add the bulgur and season with salt. Mix gently.
Now add the the lime juice and olive oil and mix again.
For best results, cover the tabouli and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter. If you like, serve the tabouli with a side of pita and romaine lettuce leaves, which act as wraps or “boats” for the tabouli. Accompanied nicely by baba ganoush!
Vivid Choy Salad
Chop up the vivid choy. Eat it dressed or try one of these toppings: thinly sliced radish or salad turnips, shredded carrot, toasted nuts or seeds, cooked tofu or tempeh, grilled chicken or beef, spicy Asian pork, slices of citrus...
Dressing
1/4 t. powdered ginger (or mince a “thumb” of fresh)
1/4 t. minced fresh garlic
1/4 t. mustard powder
1/2 t. sesame oil
1 t. local honey
1 t. mirin (a sweet, rice wine often used in teriyaki sauces)
1 T. rice vinegar
a pinch of salt
a pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl. This should make enough for two salads, if dressed lightly.

Potato and Vivid Choy Soup
4 tablespoons sunflower or olive oil
2 pounds potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
8 cups water
½ teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
4 green garlic stalks, minced (including about half of the bottom sections of the green) - or minced garlic
1 bunch vivid choy, with butt ends cut off and bottom parts of the thicker stems removed; the remaining stems and leaves coarsely chopped
1 bunch of salad turnip greens or other bitter greens, stems removed and coarsely chopped
1 cup of spinach
½ bunch of garlic chives, minced
Sour cream for dollopin’
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large pot over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until tender and golden, about 8 minutes. Add potatoes; sauté 3 minutes.
Add 8 cups water and crushed red pepper. Bring to boil. Reduce heat. Simmer until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in another heavy large pot over medium heat. Add green garlic; sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add vivid choy and salad turnip greens; sauté until wilted, about 3 minutes.
Add sautéed greens to potato mixture.
Purée until smooth with a handheld blender. Season with salt and pepper.
Ladle soup into bowls. Add dollop of sour cream to each bowl. Garnish soup with sliced spinach leaves and garlic chives.

 

Pantry Lore

This Querina variety of apple from Champlain Orchards was selected by owner Bill Suhr for this week's share. This is a firm and juicy apple with a sweet tart flavor, perfect for fresh eating! It is similar in style to a McIntosh.
Bread and Pantry/ Localvore share members are receiving a loaf of Crossett Hill Batard bread from Red Hen Baking Co. This bread is named for the hill that Red Hen called home for its first 8 years. Based on the country loaves of France, the Crossett Hill Batard is now made entirely with local wheat and rye!  Hearty, yet not too dense, this bread is especially good with sharp cheeses. It is made with Gleason Grains' certified organic VT-grown bolted wheat flour, Thornhill Farm's certified organic VT-grown whole rye flour, certified organic Quebec- grown unbleached wheat flour, water, and salt. Readers of this newsletter already know about Gleason Grains but I'd like to share a little about Thornhill Farm, run by our neighbor Todd Hardie over in Greensboro. Here's what Todd has to say about this rye:
We celebrate the harvest of winter rye each August. This crop has been in the ground for around 11 months. Being in the ground this long and through the cold winters of Northern Vermont builds character into this grain. Every August there is a tight window as we wait for the sun and winds to dry the winter rye, harvest the crop and prepare the land for the next crop, winter rye or a rotation with legumes & green manures. We restored a John Deere 45 combine, over 60 years old now. The word “combine” comes from the combination of all that she does - cut, gather, clean, and deliver the rye berries to the gravity wagon that will bring this grain to the silo. We do not go to bed until the harvest of each day is cleaned again by the silos. As a farm that grows organic grain, certified by Vermont Organic Farmers, we always grow an understory of legumes with our winter rye and barley. When these seeds and leaves grow up into the heads of the grain that are combined, they have to be cleaned out and separated from the winter rye, as they contain water and dirt that we want to keep out of the silo, so that the rye will dry more efficiently and keep longer there.
In the photo below, check out Todd in action, harvesting the rye last August.
Two additional items come from our on-farm kitchen, Baba Ganoush and Zesty Dill Freezer PicklesBaba ganoush is a thick mediterranian spread made from our farm-grown organic eggplant, garlic, tahini, oil, lemon, and spices. It is great as a dip or on sandwiches. When serving, a little sprinkle of parsley really dresses it up! We also make these pickles from our farm-grown organic cucumbers, dill, and peppers (you may notice the multi-colored sweet peppers). They have a nice zip that makes them perfect for adding to sandwiches, burgers, or as a garnish to a cheese plate.
Cheese share members are receiving a wedge of von Trapp Farmstead's 1959, the aged cheddar named for the year the Farmstead was started. Von Trapp Farmstead raises just 50 cows and is certified organic.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Good Eats Weekly Newsletter - April 11, 2018

Around the Farm

Lots of great green veggies this week for all the shares! Nice to have given our recent bouts of snow and cold. With that, let's dive right into this week's newsletter!
~Taylar
Going out of town?
Need to skip a delivery? We can donate your share to the food shelf, send it the next week, or credit your account for a future share. Please notify us by Monday, 8 am, at the latest for any changes to that week's delivery.

This week in your share:

Everyday Large

Mesclun, Spinach bunch, Kale, Green Garlic, Gilfeather Turnips, Yellow Onions, Sweet Potatoes,
OUT OF THE BAG
Frozen Tomatoes, Frozen Zucchini

Everyday Standard

Braising mix, Green Garlic, Broccoli Raab or Chard, Rainbow Carrots, Cabbage, and
OUT OF THE BAG
Frozen Tomatoes

Fancy

Basil, Broccoli Raab, Chard, Cabbage, Rutabaga, Yellow Onions, Gold Potatoes
OUT OF THE BAG
Frozen Tomatoes, Frozen Zucchini

Lean & Green

Mesclun, Spinach bunch, Chard, Pac Choi, and Cabbage





Bread Share

Patchwork Farm & Bakery


Pete's Pantry

Sobremesa Kimchi, Gleason Grains Whole Wheat Bread Flour, and Fresh Eggs

Cheese Share

Vermont Homestead Gourmet
Garlic & Olive Oil Chevre Spread
Every week we'll send you snapshots of veggies in your share. You can always find more recipes and storage info on our blog and website.
Mesclun: The mesclun this week is a diverse mix of baby greens. All greens are pre-washed and ready to eat. Unopened, this bag will last for at least a week or 10 days. Opened, it will start to deteriorate after a few days.
Braise mix: Standard shares are receiving a bag of braising mix. This mix includes spinach, sorrel, arugula, kale, and mustard greens. You won't find a mix like this anywhere else and I am not exaggerating. Store in the crisper, dry and in a plastic bag. Saute or put in a casserole, on top of a pizza, make creamy greens, etc. etc. etc. Good stuff.
Basil: Yes! Basil is back! A popular herb for Italian dishes, basil is sensitive to water and cold. You may discover some crumbly white stuff on it; just brush it off and gently rub with a moist finger if you'd like. This is a soymeal nutrient. Large shares: your basil is INSIDE your bag of mesclun!
Green GarlicThis green garlic, also called garlic scallions, is a bulb of fresh garlic. You can eat the entire stalk - every bit of the green leaf is edible! These are young garlic plants that have not bulbed up fully. While these little gems look a lot like bunching onions, take a closer look and you'll see that their leaves are flat, not tubular, and they have a distinct garlic aroma. It can be stored in your fridge wrapped in a wet paper towel and wrapped in plastic for about a week. To prep, treat it like a small leek: trim off the very bottom of the bulb and use all the tender light green parts. Dark green leaves can also be saved for stock.
Pac ChoiPart of the cabbage family, it packs in nutrition with high scores for vitamins A and C and calcium. Pac Choi is mild enough to be chopped up for a salad, particularly if you give it a quick wilt in a hot pan. It's also great in stir-fries and sautes and in asian soups (and other soups too). As leaves become more mature they are more often served cooked. Pac Choi has a mild flavor. The leaves taste similar to Swiss chard and the stems (called ribs) are deliciously crispy and can be substituted for celery in recipes. Store pac choi loosely wrapped in a plastic bag in your crisper drawer.
Chard: Chard is a dark leafy green with ruffled leaves and stems that may be brightly colored crimson red, orange, yellow. It's actually related to the beet, whose greens can be used like hard. Try chard on its own or in quiches and omeletes. Young and tender leaves and stems can be tossed into salads. Store wrapped loosely in plastic in the refrigerator; it will last several days. To prepare it, wash it well and tear or chop the leaves. If the stems are very thick, strip the leaves from them before proceeding so you can cook the stems a couple minutes longer. Steam, braise, and saute chard. Cook the stems longer than the leaves by starting them a minute or two earlier. Try chard in crecipes that call for beet or turnip greens or spinach.
Broccoli raab: Though its name might suggest otherwise, broccoli raab is not actually a broccoli. It belongs to the brassica family, along with mustard greens, turnips, and cousin broccoli. Like mustard greens it has a strong peppery bite, milder when the plant is young, stronger as it gets older. And like broccoli it grows florets but they remain small tucked between the large leaves, with taller flower stalks protruding from the plant. All of these parts of broccoli raab are edible, either raw or cooked. It is very high in calcium, potassium, iron, vitamin A, and vitamin C. Store broccoli raab and kale in your refrigerator crisper unwashed, either wrapped in a wet towel or in a plastic bag. It will keep two or three days. For longer storage, blanch and freeze.
Frozen Zucchini: Fancy and Everyday Large shares are both receiving a package of frozen zucchini. Let it thaw then make sure to wring it out well before using. Try mixing the zucchini in with stir fry or make a nice loaf of zucchini bread. I often throw shredded zucchini in my waffle batter for a little extra veggie in the morning.

Featured Recipes

Cabbage with Fried Egg and Toast
This is not just a good breakfast, it makes a delightful lunch and dinner. Makes you believe that cabbage can be this good.
1/2 head cabbage, sliced into large ribbons
4 tbsp olive oil
1 medium yellow onion
1 egg
1 slice good bread
sea salt and pepper
crushed red pepper flakes
Toast the slice of bread. Heat the oil over medium heat and sautee the onions until soft and translucent. Add the cabbage and cook until just softened (just until the color becomes vibrant as the cabbage heats). Pile the cabbage and onions onto the slice of bread, add a little more oil to the empty pan, and fry the egg. Place the egg on top of the cabbage, and season with sea salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.
Zucchini-Potato Frittata
Frittatas are so adaptable and this one would be happy to have the addition of some of the peppers from a couple weeks ago if you still have them left. The addition of herbs can change the tune of a frittata as will the type of cheese used so lots of room to be creative. This one is perfect for the share this week. The recipe has been adapted from Andrea Chessman's Serving up the Harvest. Serves 4-6.
1 medium zucchini (or half a bag of frozen)
4-5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (or sunflower)
1.5 lbs potatoes
1 large onion
1/4 lb bacon or some ham, diced
6 eggs
1 cup grated cheddar
Thaw zucchini. Squeeze out extra juice and set aside.
Heat 3 TB oil over medium-high heat in a large well-seasoned cast iron skillet or ovenproof nonstick skillet. Add the potatoes and onion, reduce the heat to med-low, and cook, flipping and stirring occasionally until the potatoes are soft, about 20 mins (you can cover to speed the process and hold in moisture). Increase the heat to medium-high and continue cooking, tossing occasionally, until potatoes are brown, about 5 minutes. Remove the potatoes with a slotted spoon but keep the skillet on the burner.
Add the zucchini and bacon to the skillet and saute over medium high heat, until the bacon/ham is cooked. Remove zucchini and bacon. Keep the skillet over the heat.
Beat the eggs and pepper to taste in a medium bowl until well blended. Fold in the potatoes, zucchini and bacon, and cheese.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Add 1-2 TB oil to the skillet as needed to lightly coat the bottom. Pour in the egg mixture, reduce heat to med-low, and cook without stirring until the bottom is set about 10 minutes. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake until the top is set, 5 to 15 minutes, checking every 5 mins.
Place a serving plate on top of the skillet and carefully invert. The frittata should fall out of the pan. Cut into wedges and serve.
Pickled Cabbage
Here's a quick and easy way to make "pickled" cabbage. This would be great on top of a burger, or just eaten as a side dish.
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 head cabbage, shredded (about 3 cups)
1 cup thinly sliced onion
2 teaspoons coriander seeds, coarsely crushed in resealable plastic bag with mallet
1 teaspoon celery seeds
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
Heat vegetable oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add cabbage, sliced onion, crushed coriander seeds, and celery seeds; sprinkle with salt and freshly ground black pepper and sauté until wilted and crisp-tender, about 6 minutes. Stir in white wine vinegar and sugar. Sauté until all liquid is absorbed, about 30 seconds.
Quick Sauteed Greens
Memorize this "recipe" as a versatile way to prepare your cooking greens! This is a fast and tasty way to enjoy your dark leafy greens. The cooking time varies depending on the type of greens and how young or tender they are. Most are done in 5 - 6 minutes. Easy to adjust based on how many greens you have.
about 8 cups of chopped chard, kale, collards, broccoli raab, braise mix, etc.
2 Tbsp olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
a pinch or two of red pepper flakes (optional)
1/2 tsp salt
ground black pepper
Cut the stems of chard crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces and coarsely chop the leaves. Remove the tough stems of kale or collars and discard; then coarsely chop the leaves. Cut bunches of broccoli raab crosswise, separating out the lower stems to cook first.
In a large skillet on medium-high heat, warm the oil. Add the garlic and red pepper and saute briefly. Add the stems of chard or broccoli raab and saute for a minute or two. Add as many chopped leaves as you can comfortably stir in the skillet. As the leaves wilt, add more. Saute until greens are limp and tender but still bight green. Season with S&P. Serve immediately.
Variation: Add a splash of vinegar just before serving. Adding acid to greens is both a Southern style and a great way to ensure your liver absorbs the iron in the greens.
Broccoli Raab & Potato Pasta
1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
3 tbsp. olive oil
3 cloves garlic, sliced thin
½ tsp. crushed red pepper
2 lbs. Nicola potatoes, cubed
1 bunch broccoli raab, trimmed
4 cups cooked fusilli pasta
1/2 cup Reggiano cheese, grated
Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. You will be using this water for three steps of the preparation. Place the broccoli rabe in the water and blanch for 2 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add the pasta and the potatoes to the same water and cook until the pasta is al dente.
In a large pan heat the olive oil, crushed red pepper and garlic. Add the broth and let reduce by half. Add the potatoes, pasta and rabe to the pan and toss for a minute of so. Transfer the pasta to a large serving bowl and sprinkle the cheese over the top.
Creamy Braising Greens
This recipe was made up by one of our past CSA managers, so excuse the imprecise measurements. Try serving it alongside roasted chicken and whipped root veggies - I enjoyed some creamy braised greens over whipped rutabaga last week - yum! But it's not for those watching their cholesterol.
2 T butter
1/4 cup of finely chopped onions (or shallots)
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T flour
3/4 cup (or more) of cream or half n half, room temp or even warmed up (helps prevent lumpiness)
a generous pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
a generous pinch of freshly ground black pepper
a generous pinch of salt
Bag of Pete's Braising Mix (of course!), blanched and roughly chopped
Over medium heat, melt the butter and saute the onions and garlic until just soft and fragrant.
Lower the heat! With a whisk, add the flour and cook/stir for 2 minutes. All the while whisking, add the cream, getting out all the lumps before they can cook hard, and continue to whisk and cook over low heat until the cream gets thick, about 2 to 3 minutes. Turn off the heat, stir in the seasonings to taste and then stir in the greens. Serves 2 or 3 grown ups.
Pac Choi Saute
1 bunch pac choi
1 bulb kohlrabi, sliced and cut into medium julienne (optional)
2 carrots, peeled and cut into thin sticks
1 bunch mustard or bitter greens, rough chop
2 tbsp. ginger
2 tbsp. tamari
1 tsp. honey
¼ tsp. sea salt
¼ cup water
2 tbsp. sesame oil
2 tbsp. oil, any neutral oil works
Wash the pac choi shake excess water off.
Separate the stalks and leaves. Cut the stalk diagonally and cut the leaves across.
Heat wok or large sauté pan and add oil. When oil is ready, add ginger and toss for 30 seconds, until the ginger is aromatic. Add the pac choi, adding the stalks first, carrots and kohlrabi. Add the mustard and the pac choi leaves.
Stir in the tamari, honey, and salt and on high heat for 1 minute.
Add the water, cover the pan and simmer for about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir the sesame oil in.
Chicken or shrimp can be added to this to make it a complete meal. In a separate pan, sauté the protein and cook all the way through. Add it to the pan when you add the water to the vegetable mix.
 

Pantry Lore

This week, I'm excited to put out kimchi from Sobremesa! There are two kinds of kimchi in your shares this week, please only take one jar. Sobremesa is a family-run fermented foods company located at Wild Rhythms Farm in Marshfield. Here's what Caitlin sent me last night:
Husband and wife team Jason and Caitlin Elberson specialize in creating delicious fermented vegetables such as kimchi, sauerkraut and seasonal products from our own and other Vermont farmers' vegetables and herbs. Raw vegetable ferments are a fantastic source of probiotics and contribute to a healthy microbiome. We recommend enjoying our kimchi with eggs, using it as a condiment to top sandwiches, burgers, salads, or tacos. We love it with pork, or try mixing it into fried rice or soup - kimchi goes with everything in our humble opinion! Refrigerate it right away and it will keep in the refrigerator for about a year. Follow us on Instagram for meal ideas: Caitlin of Sobremesa (@sobremesavt) • Instagram photos and videos
And congrats to Caitlin and Jason - they were recently awarded a Business Builder Loan from the Vermont Farm Fund, a revolving loan for farms and food businesses started by Pete. They will use this loan to expand their operation. Learn more here.
Gleason Grains out of Bridport grows and mills organic wheat. This week we have a Whole Wheat Bread Flour. The bread flour in the share is milled on Ben Gleason's farm from hard winter wheat. Ben plants his winter wheat in September. It grows until frost, then is covered over by snow. In the spring, it begins growing again after the snow has melted. He harvests this wheat in mid- July. If you aren't going to use it up quickly, consider keeping it in the freezer. Because whole-wheat flour contains the germ and its oils, unlike in white flour, it can go rancid after a few months if kept at room temp.
Not a bread baker? Have no fear! I just consulted with Bon Appetit about the difference between bread and all-purpose flour, and here's what I found out:
The main difference between bread flour and all-purpose flour is a matter of protein. Bread flour, which comes in white and whole wheat varieties, has a higher protein content than all-purpose, usually 11-13%. It’s called “bread flour” because most bread requires higher amounts of protein to produce lots of gluten. Gluten is the stringy strands that give bread dough its stretch and elasticity, and baked bread its characteristic chew. Kneading dough develops a network of gluten strands that trap air and produce the airy holes characteristic of many breads. You can use bread flour in place of AP flour when you actually want a chewier result—in pizza dough, for instance—but you don't want to use it in place of cake or pastry flour, or in any baked goods that you want to be light and tender.
This week eggs come from Besteyfield Farm or Axel's Eggs. Farm fresh and yummy!
Cheese share members are receiving a container of Garlic & Olive Oil Spread from VT Homestead Gourmet. Vermont Homestead Gourmet was started in Johnson, in 2013, by husband and wife team George and Tracy Chaleff. Vermont Homestead Gourmet produces the highest quality specialty foods using only the freshest ingredients and all handmade in Vermont!
Pumpkin Bread
I know what you're thinking: pumpkin bread in spring? But this recipe is SOOOO good and not at all the type of "pumpkin" flavor that takes over each October in EVERYTHING. I made this recipe last week using my squash puree from the recent CSA share and in the past, I've made it by roasting and pureeing PG squash. I used Gleason WW bread flour plus Axel's eggs and a little Butternut Mtn Farm maple sugar (from last fall's pantry share). It's delicious; I love a thick slice as a mid-morning coffee break. From my go-to source for trusted recipes, Smitten Kitchen.
1 15-ounce can (1 3/4 cups) pumpkin puree (or 1 3/4 c. thawed squash puree)
1/2 cup (120 ml) vegetable or another neutral cooking oil or melted butter
3 large eggs
1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon fine sea or table salt
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Heaped 1/4 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
Heaped 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Two pinches of ground cloves
2 1/4 cups flour
1 tablespoon granulated sugar (this is a great place for some maple sugar!)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 6-cup loaf pan or coat it with nonstick spray.
In a large bowl, whisk together pumpkin, oil, eggs and sugar until smooth. Sprinkle baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinanmon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves over batter and whisk until well-combined. Add flour and stir with a spoon, just until mixed. Scrape into prepared pan and smooth the top. In a small dish, or empty measuring cup, stir sugar and cinnamon together. Sprinkle over top of batter.
Bake bread for 65 to 75 minutes until a tester poked into all parts of cake (both the top and center will want to hide pockets of uncooked batter) come out batter-free, turning once during the baking time for even coloring.
You can cool it in the pan for 10 minutes and then remove it, or cool it completely in there. The latter provides the advantage of letting more of the loose cinnamon sugar on top adhere before being knocked off.
Keeps at room temperature as long as you can hide it. I make small loaves and keep extras in the freezer.
Ben Gleason's Whole Wheat Pancakes
2 cups milk
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup blueberries
2 teaspoons honey
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 egg
2 tablespoons butter
Preheat griddle or frying pan on medium heat. Mix milk, eggs, and honey until frothy. Add butter and mix. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Gently stir dry ingredients into wet. Fold blueberries in gently. Do not over mix, even though batter may be a bit lumpy and runny.
Melt a teaspoon of butter and spread over pan. Ladle 1/4-1/2 cup of batter for each pancake. Cook the pancakes until bubbles appear on top, flip over, and cook for another 1 or 2 minutes until done. Add more butter to pan as needed.