Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Good Eats Weekly Newsletter - December 21, 2016


Localvore Members 
& Full Veggie Only Share Members

This week your bag contains:

Mesclun Mix, Spinach, Tatsoi, Chard, Rainbow Carrots, Celeriac, Potatoes, Cippolini Onions, Garlic, and Butternut Squash

Half Veggie Members
take a YELLOW BAG containing:

Mesclun Mix, Spinach, Tatsoi, Rainbow Carrots, Potatoes, Onion, Garlic, and Butternut Squash

Localvore / Pantry Offerings

Cellars at Jasper Hill Harbison
Patchwork Bakery Seeded Baguette
McFarline Apiaries Honey

Pete's Musings... from sunny Mexico!

Thanks for joining Good Eats this winter. On the farm, the crew is getting ready for a well deserved week off. It was a bountiful growing season and there are lots of stored crops to wash and pack through the rest of the winter.

This week, the family and I are in Mexico. Today we are visiting some of our summer amigo crew who live on an island in a mountain lake. It's called Janitizio and located 4 hours northwest of Mexico City. It's a tiny island and they don't know we're coming. I'm hoping to sneak up behind Juan Carlos and give him a good scare.

See you next year!

~ Pete

About those plastic bags...

Many of you have asked about re-using the plastic bags that your shares are delivered in each week. Unfortunately, we cannot re-use them. Here are some suggestions for what to do with the plastic bags:

- Re-use them for other shopping! Take them with you to the farmers' market, grocery store, or any other store. Instead of taking a new one, reuse an old one!

- Share clean bags with farmers at the farmers' market or thrift stores - or at other places where they may need reusable bags.

- Use them to take your lunch to work or class.

- Google "reuse plastic shopping bags" for oodles of ideas!

- Recycle them. Check with your local solid waste management district. These bags are 100% virgin polyethylene; a #4 type plastic. Your SWMD may recycle them. Hannaford also recycles this kind of plastic bag. 

- Bring them back to your CSA site. We'll recycle them at the farm. 

- Have another brilliant idea? Let me know!

Meet Joe, our newest crew member!
Around the Farm

Back in the deep freeze... By the time you pick up your shares, winter will REALLY be here as we honor the winter solstice December 21. Now is the time when we really get to hunker down and reflect on why we live in Vermont. With temperatures below zero and wind chills making it feel like -30 here in the NEK, it can be hard to remember why many of us choose to live here. Our days get shorter, the roads get dangerous, and our layers of clothes and wool can make us feel like we're shuffling along in a cloak of extra weight.

During the solstice, we trade places with the sourthern hemisphere and for the next few months, those of us in Vermont will lean away from the sun. But this is the time we get to lean into ourselves - those crisp winter days when we work up a sweat on a nice ski, get to play freely in the snow, travel under trees heavy with white crystals, or watch our dogs burrow into a snowbank - and make the cup of warm cocoa and hot soup at the end of the day well deserved. It's those days when we're next to a fire or under a blanket with a good book and hearty stew that we really come to appreciate the earth's bounty each spring. Winter is a great time to reflect, to write, to breathe deeply, to to challenge yourself to get outside, to plan for re-building broken fences, to try new recipes. 

Around here, we're busy planning what to grow next spring, next summer, and next fall in our greenhouses. We're taking inventory of our equipment and machinery. We're building connections with other farms and food producers so we can come back next spring with an exciting CSA share for our members. We're plotting how to connect with our neighbors to empower our community from the ground up. 

Thank you for being a part of our community, whether you've been a member of Good Eats for the fall or for the whole year. Safe travels and warm wishes for a happy new year from all of us at Pete's Greens. It's been a tough year and I know I'm not alone in saying "So long 2016! Welcome, 2017! We're ready for you." We'll be back with deliveries on January 4 and exciting changes for our Good Eats CSA program.

~ Taylar

Have a warm, safe, and very happy new year from all of us at Pete's Greens!

Front: Becca, Melissa, Amy
Middle: Taylar, Steve, Alison, Erick, Isaac, Melissa, Juanchy
Back: Dave, Richard, Tim, Niles

Storage and Use Tips 
Our mesclun mix is back this week with a refreshing mix of lettuce, claytonia, and spinach. Claytonia is called "miner's lettuce," so named for its use by gold miners in 1849 California. It grows in cold conditions, so it's perfect for that little pop of freshness in a Vermont winter!
We have another tasty Asian green for you this week - tatsoi. I had great feedback from members last time we put this in. Tatsoi grows very well in our greenhouse. Tatsoi has a pleasant and sweet aroma flavor like a mild mustard flavor, similar to bok choi. Tatsoi is generally eaten raw, but may be added to soups at the end of the cooking period. I used mine a few weeks ago with my eggs in the morning - I found the greens excellent for sauteeing! Refrigerate unwashed tatsoi in a plastic container or loosely wrapped plastic bag. It's best when eaten in the next few days.
Both shares are receiving bunched spinach this week. Bunched spinach, you might think? Yes! According to Pete, this is an old Vermonter tradition - spinach used to be sold bunched, with roots and all (we cut ours off). We had to harvest all the spinach from our greenhouse before the deep freeze, which is why you might feel like you're on greens overload! But we're excited to share so much fresh stuff with you this far into the year. Store this spinach the way you would bagged spinach - in plastic, in your crisper drawer and use before it starts to get soggy.
Both shares are receiving a mixed potato variety, including a few of the purple Peter Wilcoxes, Adirondack Reds, Red Golds, and Golds. The Adirondack Reds are red inside and out while the other three have a white, gold, or yellow flesh. You could try mashing them all together but this is a very nice mix for roasting. You could even try roasting (or mashing) with celeriac. Store in a cool, dark location, away from onions.
Large shares (pictured to the right) are receiving celeriacAlso called celery root, celeriac is a vegetable that cleans up well - Tim even called it "sexy". Once you peel away its gnarled outer layer, you find a creamy interior with a clean taste that has wide appeal. Store unwashed celeriac in a plastic bag in the refrigerator, where it will keep for several weeks.  Here's how to cut this veggie: I like to take a thin slice off the top so that I can lay it flat.  Then I cut the whole thing into 1" wide strips and trim the edges off.  It's tough to peel because it's so uneven so this method works well for me.  Like apples, celeriac will darken if exposed to the air for too long. If you don’t plan to cook it immediately, submerge the celeriac in a bowl of water with lemon juice squeezed in.
The garlic variety this week is called Uzbekistan. It is an heirloom variety. Let it dry out and store on your counter - somewhere fairly warm. And, this week your butternut squash is INSIDE the bag!

Need to Skip a Week?

If you're ever not able to pick up your share, please let us know at least one week in advance. We can either skip your share and give you credit, send it the next week, or donate it to the food pantry. It's up to you!

Sorry, we cannot skip a share or change pick-up sites with less than 48 hours notice.

** There will be no delivery the week of December 26th **

Localvore Lore

Perfect for your holiday platter! You're receiving Harbison cheese from the Cellars at Jasper Hill, honey from Mcfarline Apiaries, and either a baguette or rolls from Patchwork Farm and Bakery.

This wheel of Harbison, made by our friends at Jasper Hill Creamery, recently won "Best American Cheese" for the second year in a row at the World Cheese Awards in Spain in November. Harbison is a soft-ripened cheese made with a bloomy rind wrapped in strips of spruce cambium (the tree's inner bark layer). It's woodsy and sweet, and perfect for a party cheese board. Make sure to cut off the top of the cheese and eat it right out of the rind. Replace the top of the cheese and wrap it back up if you need to store it. Once it's opened, eat within a few days. Even if you're not a fan of "stinky", show off the taste of the NEK to friends and family or give it another try. You might like it!

Mcfarline Apiaries is located in Benson, VT. This raw honey has never been heated or filtered. It is extracted and allowed to settle in the bottling tank where after 1 - 2 days most of the wax, propolis, and pollen float to the surface. Then, they bottle what is on the bottom. If you notice small particles on the top layer of your honey, this is just pollen, propolis, and/or wax, which only add to the therapeutic qualities of raw honey. It is unnoticeable while eating. Honey is extremely versatile. Use it in teas or with hot lemon water, as part of a glaze, when making granola, in baking, drizzle some on your yogurt, slather it on buttered toast... the possibilities are quite endless.

Patchwork Farm and Bakery is lcoated in East Hardwick. Charlie Emers bakes his breads out of a wood fired oven located at his home using mostly Vermont-grown wheat. These seeded baguettes are coated in five different types of seeds. This is a new CSA item so your feedback is always welcome! 


Sauteed Chard with Onions
Here's a basic chard/ braised greens recipe. To kick this up a notch, add mushrooms or some chopped celery.

1 bunch green Swiss chard
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 medium onion, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
Handful of Garlic Chives, finely chopped

Cut stems and center ribs from chard, discarding any tough portions, then cut stems and ribs crosswise into 2-inch pieces. Stack chard leaves and roll up lengthwise into cylinders. Cut cylinders crosswise to make 1-inch-wide strips.

Heat oil and butter in a large heavy pot over medium heat until foam subsides, then cook onions and garlic with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, covered, stirring occasionally, until onions begin to soften, about 8 minutes. Add chard stems and ribs, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until stems are just tender, about 10 minutes. Add chard leaves in batches, stirring until wilted before adding next batch, and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until tender, 4 to 6 minutes.

Transfer with a slotted spoon to a serving bowl.

Spicy Celeriac and Carrot Soup

1 tsp olive oil
2 medium onions, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1/2 cup roasted, peeled, seeded, and chopped Poblano chilies (canned)
1 celeriac, peeled and diced (try subbing in potato for celeriac if no celeriac available)
1 pound carrots, peeled and diced
2 vegetable stock cubes made up with 7.5 cups boiling water
Fresh coriander, roughly chopped
Freshly ground black pepper

Heat the oil in a large saucepan and cook the onion until softened. Add the garlic and red chilli and cook for a further minute. Combine the vegetables and add to the saucepan, allowing them to cook for a few minutes before adding the vegetable stock and half of the fresh coriander.

Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, partially cover with a lid and allow to simmer for 25 minutes.

Blend the soup in a processor until smooth. Return the soup to the saucepan, season to taste and warm through before serving, sprinkled with coriander.

Jamie Oliver's Smashed Celeriac

1 celeriac , peeled
olive oil
1 handful fresh thyme , leaves picked
2 cloves garlic , finely chopped
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
3-4 tablespoons water or organic stock

Slice about 1cm/½ inch off the bottom of your celeriac and roll it on to that flat edge, so it's nice and safe to slice. Slice and dice it all up into 1cm/½ inch-ish cubes. Don't get your ruler out – they don't have to be perfect. Put a casserole-type pot on a high heat, add 3 good lugs of olive oil, then add the celeriac, thyme and garlic, with a little seasoning. Stir around to coat and fry quite fast, giving a little colour, for 5 minutes.

Turn the heat down to a simmer, add the water or stock, place a lid on top and cook for around 25 minutes, until tender. Season carefully to taste and stir around with a spoon to smash up the celeriac. Some people like to keep it in cubes, some like to mash it, but I think it looks and tastes much better if you smash it, which is somewhere in the middle. You can serve this with just about any meat you can think of.

Sauteed Tatsoi
Here's a quick, tasty way to enjoy your tatsoi.

1 head tatsoi
Olive oil

Slice the stems into 3/4-inch lengths and stir-fry them with some finely chopped garlic and a generous pinch of salt in olive oil for a minute or two, then add a couple tablespoons of water and steam them, covered, for a couple of minutes to soften them further. At that point add the whole leaves, stirring and turning them with tongs for about a minute, then add about ¼ cup water and another generous pinch of salt and steam, covered, until wilted and tender, about 3 to 4 minutes more.

You could give it an Asian flavor with ginger, soy sauce, and a touch of toasted sesame oil, but it’s just as delicious in a simple Italian-style treatment with garlic and olive oil.

Farmers Market Greens
This is a basic salad with a wonderful vinaigrette.

1 tablespoon Champagne vinegar
1/2 tablespoon finely chopped shallot
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 lb mixed baby greens such as kale, mizuna, tatsoi, mustard, arugula, and spinach (16 cups)
Whisk together vinegar, shallot, salt, and pepper in a large bowl, then add oil in a slow stream, whisking until emulsified. Add greens and toss until coated well.

Greens can be washed and dried 1 day ahead and chilled in a sealed plastic bag lined with paper towels. Vinaigrette can be made 6 hours ahead and chilled, covered. Bring to room temperature before using.

Winter Greens and Potato Frittata

Big pile of winter greens (6 large Swiss chard leaves, bunch of spinach, bunch of kale, etc.)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 medium boiling potato or handful of smaller potatoes, peeled and diced finely
6 large eggs
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 teaspoon salt
Ground black pepper
1 teaspoon unsalted butter

Wash the greens and pat very dry. Cut off and discard the stems, then gather the leaves into a tight bundle and finely chop them.

Heat the oil in a 9- or 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, and sauté until the onion turns golden, about 10 minutes. Mix in the potato and cover the pan. Cook, shaking the pan occasionally, until the potato is tender and the onions are brown, about 10-15 minutes. Remove the cover and pile on the greens. Cover again and cook, tossing occasionally, until the leaves are wilted, about 5 minutes. Scrape this mixture onto a plate and let cool. Wipe the pan clean.

Beat the eggs thoroughly in a large bowl. Beat in the cheese, salt and pepper. Stir in the cooled vegetable mixture.

Melt the butter in the skillet over low heat and swirl it around to coat the sides of the pan. Pour in the egg mixture. After about 5 minutes, when the edges begin to set, help the liquid egg pour over the sides of the frittata by occasionally loosening the edges with a rubber spatula and tilting the pan. It should take about 15 minutes for the frittata to become almost completely set.

Preheat the broiler. When the frittata is about 80 percent cooked, slide it under the broiler for a minute or so, until the top is set. (If the handle of your pan isn't ovenproof, wrap a few layers of foil around it before placing it under the broiler.) Let the frittata cool 10 minutes before cutting it into wedges.

Potato Pancakes [Latkes]
This classic latke recipe is a keeper.

1 pound potatoes, peeled
1 small onion (4 ounces), peeled
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Peanut oil, for frying

In a food processor or on a box grater, coarsely shred the potato and onion. For longer strands, lay the potato sideways in the chute of your food processor. Transfer to a colander or wrap in a cheesecloth sling, and squeeze as dry as possible. Let stand for 2 minutes, then squeeze dry again.

In a large bowl, whisk the flour, egg, salt and pepper together. Stir in the potato onion mixture until all pieces are evenly coated.

In a medium skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil until shimmering. Drop packed teaspoons of the potato mixture into the skillet and flatten them with the back of a spoon. Cook the latkes over moderately high heat until the edges are golden, about 1 1/2 minutes; flip and cook until golden on the bottom, about 1 minute. Drain on paper towels. Repeat with the remaining potato mixture, adding more oil to the skillet as needed.

Do ahead: Latkes are a do-ahead-er’s dream. You can also keep latkes warm in the oven for an hour or more, if you’re waiting for stragglers to arrive. Cooked, they keep well in the fridge for a day or two, or in the freezer, well wrapped, for up to two weeks. Reheat them in a single layer on a cookie sheet in a 400 degree oven until they’re crisp again. Bonus: If you undercooked them a bit or didn’t get the browning on them you’d hoped for, you can compensate for this in the oven.

Tartiflette - Alpine Melted Cheese, Bacon and Potato Gratin
This comfort-food dish is from the Alpine Haute Savoie region of France. This dish is traditionally made with Reblochon cheese. If you're not a fan of the Harbison, try using it in this dish.

2 lbs potatoes
1 large onion, peeled and finely diced
6-8 oz lardons streaky bacon, diced
1 oz butter
1 glass of wine
4 Tbsp creme fraiche or sour cream
1 garlic clove, peeled and cut in half
sea salt
fresh ground black pepper 
1 ripe Reblochon or Harbison cheese (or other Alpine style cheese)

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Bring a large pan of water to the boil and cook the potatoes whole, in their skins, for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook the onion and bacon in the butter in a heavy frying pan over a medium heat; they should sweat but not brown. When they are cooked, discard the fat and add the glass of wine and the creme fraiche and mix well.

Drain the potatoes and as soon as they are cool enough to handle peel them (or don’t) — the quicker the better. Slice thinly across.

Choose an ovenproof earthenware dish and rub it well with the cut halves of garlic. Layer half the sliced potatoes across the base, season them with salt and freshly ground black pepper, then scatter over half the onion and bacon mixture.

Cut the cheese in half through the centre, leaving you with a cut edge and a skin/rind edge, then lay one half of the cheese on top of the potato, bacon and onion mixture. Add the remaining bacon and onion mixture followed by the rest of the potatoes and more seasoning.
Place the remaining half of cut cheese skin/rind side up on top of the potatoes.

Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350F for another 20-25 minutes. The Reblochon should melt within its skin and the cheese drip down throughout the dish, while the potatoes will become crispy and golden brown.

Tartiflette is a filling dish and all you really need to go with it is a mixed green salad, crusty French bread and a selection of pickles.

Pete, Bee, and the Juan Manuel family. Juan Manuel (striped shirt) and Adon (white shirt) have worked for us before- they're also part of Hector's family.

Three months earlier... here's Hector in the fields! We miss his good humor and helpfulness!
Hector is busy building his house, which involves jackhammering and hauling stones 1/4 mile uphill 300 feet in elevation!


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Good Eats Weekly Newsletter - December 14, 2016

Localvore Members 
& Full Veggie Only Share Members

This week your bag contains:

Hearty Winter Greens Mix, Pac Choi, Green Kale, Red Cabbage, Orange Carrots, Yellow Onions, Fingerling Potatoes,
Brussels Sprouts stalk

Out of the bag:
One Squash

Half Veggie Members
take a YELLOW BAG containing:

Hearty Winter Greens Mix, Pac Choi, Green Kale, Fennel, Yellow Onions, Fingerling Potatoes

Out of the bag:
One Squash

Localvore / Pantry Offerings

Pete's Greens Basil Pesto
Butterworks Farm Cornmeal
Tangletown Farm Eggs

Do you love juicing? Maybe you have a favorite potato you can't get enough of? 
Your pantry needs more onions?
Preparing for a big party?

Our veggies are now available in bulk!

Check out our online farmstand! Order and pay for bulk veggies and grains. We'll deliver them to your CSA site!

A Few Reminders...

- Please take only what is listed for you on the weekly names sheet. I apologize that the sheets may be hard to read this week. Even our printer seems to be feeling some winter freeze.

- If you have a recipe you'd recommend others, please send it to me! I'm happy to share recipes from our members in upcoming newsletters.

- Some sites only keep left or forgotten items for a day. Thank you in advance for making every effort to pick up your share on the day it is delivered, during the allotted pick-up hours. 
Around the Farm

Winter is in full effect here at the farm! Unfortunately we lost our radish crop and our Red Russian kale to the freeze this weekend. We're getting to that time where freshly grown greenhouse items are precious. You might see greens like pac choi for back to back weeks but that's only because we want to get it to you before it's gone! There's still a lot of winter left...

I'm very sorry that this message is coming so late. I had every intention of getting it out earlier. We had some unanticipated changes this week. I hope the sneak peek of the share helped with menu planning!

Even though it's still winter, a few folks have checked one item off their new year to-do list and signed-up for the 2017 Spring Share. It's not too early to sign up and I encourage you to sign up soon as we will have some changes coming to the Spring Share season! 

~ Taylar

Storage and Use Tips 
This Hearty Winter Greens Mix is perfect for salads or braising! This mix includes mizuna, sorrel, green kale, nagoya (Japanese purple kale), and spinach. You may want to cut it up a little if you're planning to eat it raw. If you cook it, it will shrink in size significantly. You may want to cook the green kale first. The stems can take longer to cook. Sorrel, packed full of vitamins A and C, is a little bit of a bitter herb but combined with the other mild flavors, it works well.
The weather did in fact wreak a little havoc on our CSA plan. The majority of radishes froze so small shares and large shares are both receiving pac choi. Pac choi is part of the cabbage family and also contains a lot of 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.
I'm looking for your help! Our stock of pac choi recipes is small but our pac choi crop was big! Help me out by sending in your favorite way to cook this Asian green. Your recipes will be featured in our newsletter!
Small shares are receiving the very last of our fennel. Fennel can be an acquired taste but those who love it, really love it! Fennel is a little crunchy and a little sweet, with the flavor of anise. It can be served raw, cooked on its own, or eaten as a part of other dishes (usually fish or meat). Though most often associated with Italian cooking, it can blend with other flavors to add a light and fresh note to soups, stews, and sauces - particularly tomato sauce. Fennel is composed of a white or pale green bulb. To prepare, cut off the hard bottom and slice vertically or into quarters. Or, cut it in half lengthwise, cut out the core, and cut into strips. You can eat all parts of the fennel. Add it raw to salads or try it thinly sliced on a sandwich. Top thinly sliced fennel with plain yogurt and mint leaves, or braise, roast, or saute it. It is done when tender enough to pierce easily with a skewer. Similar to carrots, if you're storing fennel in the fridge, you'll want to separate the stalks from the bulb and store the two parts separately in plastic bags. For a non-plastic option, try storing fennel upright in a cup of water on the counter.
Both shares are receiving fingerling potatoes this week. This is a mix of three different varieties of fingerlings. Fingerling potatoes are a family of heritage potatoes that naturally grow much smaller than conventional potatoes. They tend to be elongated and slightly knobby, making them very finger-like in shape. The unusual-looking, flavorful potatoes can be used just like regular potatoes in an assortment of roasted, broiled, baked, grilled, or boiled dishes.  Store in a paper bag in a cool, dry place. No need to peel, just scrub clean before cooking.
Large shares are receiving a stalk of Brussels sprouts. Some of the sprouts may look mottled - don't worry, peel off the outer layers and enjoy! Roast 'em, saute 'em, boil 'em... Brussels are very versatile! They'll keep in your fridge in a plastic bag for a few days.
And don't forget your OUT OF THE BAG squash. This week we have a variety of kabocha squash, so take your pick of red, gray, or green. Please, only take one squash. These are about 2 pounds each. Kabocha is a Japanese variety of winter squash.  It is one of the sweetest winter squash, with a vibrant deep orange interior, and a very rich, almost meaty texture.  The skin is edible making this squash ideal for stuffing.  This squash makes a really nice thick, creamy soup or is also wonderful in baked goods (see recipe below).

Need to Skip a Week?

If you're ever not able to pick up your share, please let us know at least one week in advance. We can either skip your share and give you credit, send it the next week, or donate it to the food pantry. It's up to you!

Sorry, we cannot skip a share or change pick-up sites with less than 48 hours notice.

** Heads up: There will be no delivery the week of December 26th **

Localvore Lore

Localvore shares receive Butterworks cornmeal and Pete's Greens pesto, along with a dozen Tangletown Farm eggs.

We hit a little snag with our pizza dough making over the weekend (weather craziness!) so instead you're receiving a 3-lb bag of organic 
Early Riser Cornmeal from Butterworks Farm in Westfield, VT. This cornmeal is made from 100% stone ground Early Riser kernels. Early Riser is an open pollinated (op) corn variety the OG of grain growing, Jack Lazor, has been improving here in Vermont for years (Jack has, literally, written the book on growing grains in Vermont!). OP corns tend to be much more nutrient dense, textured and flavorful than hybrid corns, but also yield much less per acre making the variety less marketable. Early Riser Cornmeal is great for making cornbread, muffins, tortillas or polenta. You can even make a cornmeal pizza dough. Soak the flour overnight in buttermilk, kefir or yogurt before baking to bring out the best flavor, nutrition and digestibility. The flavor and texture of this freshly milled flour is like no other. Keep in a cool dry place in an air-tight container. The oils in whole-grain cornmeal go rancid more quickly than others, so it should be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for 1 month (or in the freezer for up to 2 years).

The Pete's Greens Basil Pesto is coming to you frozen, so keep it frozen if you're not intending to use it right away. To quickly defrost frozen sauces, run under lukewarm water for a few minutes and then let sit in a dish of lukewarm water. It'll thaw from the bottom up. This pesto is made at our on-farm kitchen with Pete's Greens grown basil.

Eggs this week come from Tangletown Farm in Glover. Tangletown Farm raises pastured hens fed on a grain-based diet. We'll re-use your clean cardboard egg containers! Just bring them back to your CSA site. 


30-Minute Pizza Crust with Cornmeal
Crisp and chewy pizza crust that’s ready for toppings in 30 minutes makes for perfect pizzeria-style pizzas at home. 35 minPrep Time, 12 minCook Time, 47 minTotal Time

2 C. warm water (90-100 degrees F)
2 1/4 tsp. (1 envelope) instant yeast (Red Star Platinum is recommended)
2 Tbs. honey
1/3 C. extra virgin olive oil
4 3/4 C. bread flour
2/3 C. yellow cornmeal
1 tsp. kosher salt

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Once the oven reaches 200 degrees, set a timer for 10 minutes. Then, turn off the oven.

In a large measuring cup or small bowl, sprinkle yeast over the warm water, and give it a quick stir, so that all of the yeast gets wet. Stir in the honey. Be sure to wipe any yeast sticking to the spoon back into the water. Let the yeast mixture sit for two to three minutes.

Add bread flour, cornmeal, and kosher salt to the large bowl of a stand mixer, and stir a few times to mix. By this time, the yeast should have started to “bloom” or look fluffy on the surface of the water. If not, give it another minute or two. Add the olive oil into the yeast mixture, and stir it to combine a bit. The oil won’t completely mix with the water.

Turn the mixer on to a medium low setting, and gradually pour the yeast and oil mixture into the flour. Once all the liquid has been added, increase the mixer speed to medium, and allow it to mix the dough for one minute. The dough will be sticky, but not gooey.

Pour a little blop (about 1 teaspoon) of olive oil into a large, oven safe bowl. Take the dough from the mixing bowl, and roll it around in your hands to make a ball. Put the dough ball into the oil of the other bowl. Swirl the dough around in the oil, and turn it over to coat the dough completely.

Cover the bowl with the dough in it tightly with plastic wrap. Place the bowl in the warm oven, and close the door. Now would be an excellent time to verify that the oven is indeed turned OFF. Let dough rise in the wrapped bowl inside the warm oven for 30 minutes, or until dough has doubled in bulk. Once the dough has doubled in bulk, remove it from the oven. Push down dough, and divide in half. (Or in 8 equal pieces, if you are making mini pizzas or calzones.) Roll each piece into a smooth ball.

Freeze for later: At this point, you can put the balls of dough into individual zippered freezer bags, and freeze for later. To use, place frozen dough into a large, oiled bowl. Turn to coat. Cover with plastic wrap, and allow to thaw and rise on the counter for at least 8 hours, or until doubled in bulk. You can do this first thing in the morning, so it is ready to go by dinner time.)

Make Pizza: Roll and/or stretch dough to cover a oiled baking sheet. Top with sauce and/or the toppings of your choice. Bake in a preheated 450 degree oven (preferably on a hot pizza stone) for 9-14 minutes, or until cheese is melted, and crust is golden brown.

Make Calzone/Stuffed Pizza: Divide dough into 8 equal pieces, roll or stretch out into a 6 inch (ish) circle. Pizza toppings make great fillings, just use less “wet” ingredients, and more meat/veggies/cheese. (Some ideas include—browned sausage, cooked, diced potato, onion, and diced roasted red pepper.) Heat the filling, and place 1/3 cup of warm filling of your choice onto one side of the round, leaving 1/4 inch around the edges. Fold dough in half, over the filling, and press the edges to seal. Then, roll about 1/4 inch of the edge from the bottom, over the top, and press to seal. Brush the top with olive oil. Bake in a preheated 450 degree oven (preferably on a hot pizza stone) for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown.

Make Focaccia Bread: Roll and stretch dough onto a lightly oiled sheet pan. Brush the top with olive oil. Sprinkle with a hefty pinch of kosher salt, and 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning. Sprinkle with about 1 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese. You could also add a small amount of another topping, such as caramelized onions & crumbled goat cheese, or sliced black olives. Bake in a preheated 450 degree oven for 12-18 minutes, or until cheese is melted, and bread is lightly browned.

Potato Fennel Soup
Potatoes and fennel are two great things that go great together and there are many recipes that feature the two including dozens of soup variations you could find on line. This one is basic, it's from Mollie Katzen's Moosewood Cookbook. You could make this soup as is, or you could enrich it by substituting all or a part of the water with chicken stock or a nice vegetable stock. Some recipes call for dairy, adding either some half and half or skim milk, depending on the preference of the eater. You could substitute some leeks for all or part of the onions, or add in some shallots.

1 TB butter or oil
4 cups thinly sliced onions
2 tsp salt
4 medium potatoes, not necessarily peeled and sliced into thin pieces 1 to 2 inches long
1 cup freshly minced fennel bulb
1/2 tsp caraway seeds
4 cups water (or stock)
white pepper to taste

Optional toppings:
sour cream, thinned (by beating with a whisk in a litle bowl)
the feathery tops of the fennel, well minced

Melt the butter or heat the oil in a kettle or Dutch oven. Add the onions and 1 tsp salt. Cook over med-low heat, stirring occasionally for about 15-20 minutes, or until the onions are very, very soft and lightly browned.

Add the potatoes, another 1/2 tsp salt, the minced fennel bulb, the caraway seeds. Saute over medium heat for another 5 minutes, then add water (or stock). Bring to a boil then partially cover, and simmer til the potatoes are tender (10 to 15 minutes).

Taste to adjust salt; add white pepper. Serve hot, topped with a decorative swirl of thinned sour cream and/or minced feathery fennel tops.

Pizza with fennel and salami
1 med. fennel bulb, in 1/4-in. thick slices
3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 oz. salad greens; use any combination of watercress, baby arugula, frisée, mesclun mix
2 Tbsp. fennel fronds, chopped
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 - 2 pizza doughs
4 oz. pizza sauce
4 oz. hot salami (optional for non-meat eaters)
3 oz. provolone cheese, grated

In a shallow skillet toss the fennel with half the olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Roast the fennel in the center of the oven, stirring every few minutes, until soft and nicely browned. This will take about 5 minutes.

In a medium bowl toss the greens and fennel fronds with remaining oil and lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.

To assemble pizza, place 2 oz. of the sauce in the center of each pizza and use a circular motion to spread it to about 3/4-in. from the edge. Distribute salami, then fennel, and then cheese evenly over each pie.

Put the pizza into a very hot oven - 400 degrees or more (if you have a wood fired oven, get it to 550 - 580 degrees). Once both sides of the pizza begin to brown, and the top and bottom of the pizza are evenly colored (30 seconds to 1 minute), remove the pizza from the oven. Transfer the pizza to a cooling screen for about 1 minute to prevent steaming and then move it to a cutting board to slice.

Top with salad before slicing.

Carrot, Apple, and Fennel Slaw
This variation on coleslaw includes carrots but replaces cabbage with fennel and Granny Smith apple matchsticks, tossed in a tarragon-flavored dressing. Feel free to flavor it with cabbage if you'd like! Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2000   

1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt
2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1 tablespoon freshly chopped tarragon
1 pound carrots, peeled and cut into 3-by-1/4-inch matchsticks
1 fennel bulb, cut into 3-by-1/4-inch matchsticks
1 Granny Smith apple, unpeeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch wedges

Place the yogurt, white-wine vinegar, celery seeds, salt, and tarragon in a small bowl, and whisk to combine; set aside.

Place the carrot and fennel matchsticks and apple wedges in a medium bowl. Add the reserved yogurt dressing, and toss to combine. Serve.

Pan-Fried Fennel
Serve this simple and flavorful dish as an appetizer. For best results, use a heavy-bottomed saute pan.

2 medium fennel bulbs
1 cup all-purpose flour, for dredging
1 1/2 cups fresh bread crumbs, for dredging
2 teaspoons coarse salt, plus more for seasoning
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, plus more for seasoning
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil, just enough to yield about 1/4 inch in the pan
2 lemons, cut into wedges

Remove tops and fronds from fennel bulbs. Slice each bulb in half widthwise. Cut each half into slices about 1/8 inch thick.

Pour flour into a medium bowl and bread crumbs into another. Season with the salt and pepper. Crack eggs into a third bowl; whisk until frothy. Season with salt and pepper. Dredge fennel lightly in flour, then in egg, and then in bread crumbs, shaking off excess after each step.

Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Check to make sure the oil is hot enough by tossing a pinch of flour into the pan. If the flour sizzles, the oil is ready.

Fry fennel slices until golden brown on each side, about 30 seconds per side, working in batches so as not to crowd pan. Drain on paper towels; season with salt. Serve hot with lemon wedges.

Warm Fingerling Potato Salad
Already looking for a good alternative to roasting roots?  Tossing boiled roots with flavorful herbs and oil while they're still hot is the next-best thing. The warm vegetables soak in the flavors of the herbs beautifully, and the salad only gets better after a few days in the fridge.

1 1/2 - 2 pounds fingerling potatoes
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, smashed
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon salt-packed capers, rinsed and coarsely chopped
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1/2 medium red onion, coarsely chopped (1/2 cup)
1 celery stalk, thinly sliced crosswise on bias
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
Salt to taste

Place potatoes in a medium-sized saucepan covered 2 inches by salted water. Bring to a boil and cook until tender, about 10 minutes.  Meanwhile in a small saucepan, combine olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, capers, lemon, and red onion. Bring to a simmer and remove from the heat.  Drain the potatoes, halve lengthwise, and toss with warm dressing, celery, and parsley. Salt to taste and serve warm.

Mashed Potato and Kale Cakes
This recipe is based on the British food "bubble and squeak," which is traditionally made by pan-frying leftover mashed potatoes and cooked cabbage. It comes to us from Annie Myers, former Pete's Greens employee and now head of Myers Produce, who used to work for a British chef at a restaurant that served bubble and squeak. Try this for a satisfying comfort food.

2 pounds potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 leek (white and light-green parts only), halved lengthwise, rinsed well, and thinly sliced
1 bunch kale (3/4 pound), tough stems and ribs removed, leaves coarsely chopped
1/2 pound bacon, diced medium
2 tablespoons unsalted butter

In a large pot, bring potatoes to a boil in salted water over high, then reduce to a rapid simmer. Add leek and kale and cook until potatoes are tender when pierced with a knife, about 10 minutes. Drain; transfer to a large bowl.

In a large cast-iron or nonstick skillet, cook bacon over medium-high until crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer to bowl with vegetables. Season with salt and pepper. With a fork, mash potato mixture until a few lumps remain. With your hands, form into 12 patties.  

Pour off fat from skillet and wipe clean; add butter and melt over medium. In batches, cook cakes until golden on both sides, about 6 minutes, flipping once.

Pesto-Coated Carrot and Parsnip Fettuccine
This recipe uses carrots and parsnips as noodles, but you can also combine with fettuccine or linguine for a more filling dish. Modified recipe from Robert Rose

3 large carrots, peeled
3 large parsnips, peeled
1 tablespoon cold-pressed (extra-virgin) olive oil
4 tablespoons basil pesto

Using a vegetable peeler, peel the carrots and parsnips into long, thin strips, dropping them into a bowl as completed.  If desired, blanch vegetables in a pot of boiling water for 1-2 minutes. Add the olive oil and pesto, toss to combine before serving.

Lemon Roasted Cabbage
This is my favorite way to cook cabbage, so much so, since I have discovered roasting cabbage I have probably increased my consumption of these giant green heads a thousand fold. I prefer savoy cabbage for roasting because the inner leaves are not so tightly wrapped and the dressing can soak in, but regular green cabbage or red cabbage is fine to use too. The lemon in this recipe can be switched up with any kind of vinegar, sherry or even salad dressing right out of the bottle. I even throw some bits of salt pork, panchetta or ham on top for flavor too!

1 head cabbage, cut into wedges and core removed
2 Tbs cooking oil, I like sunflower oil for a nutty flavor
2-3 Tbs lemon juice (sub vinegar if preferred)
Coarse salt and fresh ground pepper

Preheat oven to 450F. Arrange wedges in a single layer on the roasting pan (leaving space around each wedge). 

Whisk together the oil and lemon juice. Using a pastry brush, generously brush the top sides of each cabbage wedge with the mixture and season generously with salt and fresh ground black pepper. Turn cabbage wedges carefully and repeat.

Roast cabbage for about 30-40 minutes turning wedges over half way through when the side touching the pan is nicely browned. Cabbage is done when it is nicely browned and cooked through with a bit of chewiness remaining.

Serve hot, with additional lemon slices to squeeze lemon juice on at the table if desired.

Red Cabbage and Beet Salad
1 red cabbage
2 small red onion, diced
2 red apple, cored and diced
½ lb beets, finely diced
50g walnut piece, roughly chopped
2 large orange
5 tbsp red wine vinegar
3 tbsp redcurrant jelly
2 tbsp clear honey
2 tbsp olive oil

Quarter the cabbage, then cut out the white core at the bottom and discard. Finely shred the cabbage and tip into a large mixing bowl with the onions, apples, beets and walnuts. Finely grate over the zest from the oranges.

Cut a little from the top and bottom of each orange, so they sit flat on your work surface. Use a small, serrated knife to cut away the peel and pith in strips down the orange. Holding each orange over a bowl, cut away the segments, letting them and any juice drop into the bowl. Squeeze any juice left in the membranes into the bowl, too. Fish out the segments, roughly chop and add to the salad.

Whisk the red wine vinegar, redcurrant jelly, honey and oil into the orange juice with some seasoning, then stir into the salad. Will keep for 3-4 days in the fridge.

Sesame Pac Choi
1 bunch pac choi
2 tbsp groundnut oil
2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
1 large garlic clove, crushed and finely chopped
1 mild green chilli, seeded and finely chopped
1 tbsp Thai fish sauce (optional)

Cut a thick slice from the pak choi root to separate the leaves. Rinse and drain.
Heat the groundnut oil in a large wok over a medium heat and add 1 tbsp sesame oil, the garlic, chilli, fish sauce (if using) and pak choi. Toss until coated and clamp a pan lid over them. Reduce the heat and cook for 3-6 minutes, tossing occasionally, just until the leaves have wilted (the stalks should be tender-crisp).
Add the rest of the sesame oil and salt. Toss the leaves and serve immediately.
Kabocha Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting
Most people never know they're eating something that's healthier for them than a traditional recipe when you bake veggies into desserts. You can make the squash puree up to 2 days ahead of time and freeze any leftovers up to 6 months.

For the cupcakes:

    1 kabocha squash, about 2 lb.
    1/4 cup water
    1/2 cup canola oil
    1 cup granulated sugar
    2 eggs
    1 Tbs. vanilla extract
    1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 tsp. baking soda
    1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
    1/4 tsp. ground cloves
    1/4 tsp. salt
    1/4 cup low-fat milk
For the frosting:

    8 oz. Neufchâtel cheese, at room temperature
    1 cup confectioners’ sugar
    2 tsp. vanilla extract
    1 tsp. fresh lemon juice

Preheat an oven to 350°F. Line a standard 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.

To make the cupcakes, cut the squash in half crosswise and place, cut side down, in a baking pan with the water. Bake until very soft when pressed, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Let cool, then scoop out and discard the seeds. Scrape the flesh from the peel into a bowl. Mash with a fork or puree until smooth; measure out 1 cup.

In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, granulated sugar, eggs, vanilla and the 1 cup squash puree until smooth. In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Stir the flour mixture into the squash mixture, followed by the milk, until well blended.

Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling each one about two-thirds full. Bake until a tester inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from the pan and let cool completely on a wire rack.

To make the frosting, in a bowl, using an electric mixer on high speed, beat the cheese, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and lemon juice until smooth. Spread the frosting on the cooled cupcakes and serve immediately, or refrigerate the frosted cupcakes for up to 1 day. Makes 12 cupcakes.