Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Good Eats Weekly Newsletter - April 5, 2017


Localvore Members 
& Full Veggie Only Share Members

This week your bag contains:
Mesclun Mix, Mizuna, Braising Greens, Large Rainbow Carrots, Celeriac, Yellow Onions,

And OUT of the Bag:
Frozen Squash
Frozen Sweet Peppers
Please, only take 1 of each

Half Veggie Members
take a YELLOW BAG containing:
Mesclun Mix, Braising Greens, Large Rainbow Carrots, Celeriac, Yellow Onions,

And OUT of the Bag:
Frozen Squash

Localvore / Pantry Offerings

Red Hen Baking Co Whole Wheat Bread
Tangletown Eggs
Lazy Lady Farm Sweet Emotions Cheese

Around the Farm...

This week at the farm things really kick off for spring! The crew is prepping beds for spring planting and transplanting cucumbers, tomatoes, and greens. Yesterday I stopped by and took some photos of the greenhouses and some special helpers in action.

It's a wonderful time here at the farm - April starts our busy planting season. New greens are coming up everyday and we get a fresh start in fresh new earth.

~ Taylar
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Storage and Use Tips 
Mesclun Mix: A fresh mix of flowering claytonia, shoots, upland cress, and a little bit of baby brassicas.
Braising Greens: All shares are receiving a half-pound of braising greens! This is a mix of lovely tender greens for sauteeing and cooking. Your shares may include any combination of mustard greens, spinach, baby kale.
Mizuna Bunches (Large shares only): Also known as spider mustard, mizuna is a Japanese mustard green with tender leaves and a pleasant, peppery flavor. You could substitute it, chopped, in a salad calling for arugula. It adds a nice zest to a stir-fry or saute too. Store mizuna unwashed and loosely wrapped in a plastic bag in your crisper drawer.

Celeriac: Funky and knobby, you might think celeriac has a strong taste, but it's rather mild and is often served as a replacement for potatoes.

Rainbow Carrots: Large, multi-colored carrots have a lot of kitchen functionality. Enjoy them raw or cooked, on their own or as flavor to a variety of other dishes. Store carrots loosely wrapped in a plastic bag in your crisper drawer. 

Frozen Squash (both shares): You will receive either butternut squash or pumpkin puree. Made in collaboration with High Mowing Seeds, this squash is one of our most popular! You're receiving two quarts of pureed squash, ready for turning into a soup or as a base for pasta, risotto, pie, cupcakes or bread, oatmeal, or a casserole. Use all at once or parse it out throughout the week. 

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 after noon on Monday.

Meat Share

This month, you're receiving sliced bacon from North Hollow Farm, Country-style Ribs from VT99, and one of our Pete's Pastured Chickens!

North Hollow Farm raises its pigs without stimulants or growth hormones. These pigs are "humanely raised". Mike and Julie Bowen in Randolph own and operate this diverse farm. The bacon is nitrate free!

VT99 is our collaboration project with the Cellars at Jasper Hill. The by-product from their award-winning cheese feeds the pigs, currently staying warm in one of our Pete's Greens barns here in Craftsbury. Country style ribs are pork ribs cut from the loin end of the rib. They are the meatiest "ribs". Country style ribs are more like porck chops - more meaty and less fatty than real ribs. This is a cut that needs slow cooking; see recipe below for a suggestion.

Amy's busy looking at chicks for this summer to replenish our frozen chicken stock! We have some nice sized Pete's Pastured Chickens this month. These chickens are pasture raised, free ranging in sun and on fresh grass. Enjoy this chicken whole or cut for a variety of dishes. Don't forget to use the carcass for stock!

Localvore Lore

This week, Red Hen Baking Co is keeping it 100: this whole wheat bread is 100% Vermont! And it's so simple, with just three ingredients: Ben Gleason's Vermont-grown whole wheat flour, salt, and water. This bread is so healthy for you and you can feel good supporting another farmer and a baker while you munch on it with some of Lazy Lady Farm's Sweet Emotions cheese.

Sweet Emotions is a part goat, part cow's milk, part cream cheese. It's made in part with Lazy Lady's organically raised goat milk and Jersey cow milk from Butterworks Farm, also organic. Don't be fooled by the goat's milk - it's a nice blend that is neither too goat-y or too cow-y. Great for eating on a slab of bread.

Lastly, you'll receive eggs from Tangletown Farm. Pasture raised, fresh air breathing, happy hens from Lila Bennett and family! Eggs are so easy to use and so tasty, we couldn't help but put them in two weeks in a row! I heard some of our members are pickling their eggs... I love pickled eggs on a salad! Such a nice zing. If you're flush with eggs, also try making a souffle or quiche, big pan of egg casserole with bacon for Easter brunch, egg salad sandwiches (wonderful on a slice of that whole wheat bread with a hunk of cheese), or deviled eggs!
This week your localvore items support the following Vermonters:
Red Hen Baking Co - Middlesex, VT (Owners: Randy George and Eliza Cain)
Gleason Grains - Bridport, VT (Owners: Ben and Theresa Gleason)
Lazy Lady Farm - Westfield, VT (Owner: Laini Fondillier)
Butterworks Farm - Westfield, VT (Owners: Jack and Anne Lazor)
Tangletown Farm - West Glover, VT (Owner: Lila Bennett)


Here are a couple recipes to help you stir up the creative culinary juices this week. You can find more recipes by searching our website and/or our blog

Braised Winter Greens w/ Garlic and Balsamic Vinegar
From the Rebar Modern Food Cookbook by Audrey Austerberg and Wanda Urbanowicz.

1 large bunch 0f Greens
1 TB olive oil
2 garlic cloves
1/4 tsp red chile flakes
1 TB balsamic vinegar
cracked pepper to taste

Stem and wash the greens. Heat a skillet over medium heat, add oil, then garlic and stir until lightly golden. Add the chiles and greens. Toss with tongs, sprinkle with salt, and cover to allow volume to steam down. Uncover and continue to toss on high heat until greens are wilted. Add vinegar. Remove greens from pan. Return pan to burner. Reduce any remaining juices and drizzle over greens. Crack pepper over the top and serve immediately.
Serves 2

Celeriac, Carrot and Yoghurt Smoothness with Salt-Crusted Potatoes
A different take on a salad... In this recipe, potatoes are topped with a smooth veggie yogurt cream sauce for a healthy delicious treat. It calls for large baking potatoes, but you could roast potatoes, or make mashed potatoes or use any kind of potato you want and they would be delicious with this topping. From the website

6 oz celeriac peeled
3 oz carrots, peeled
1/2 cup creamy natural yoghurt
1/2 cup fresh cream
1 abundant tsp parsley, finely chopped
5-6 potatoes, big ones good baking and all about the same size
extra-virgin olive oil

Clean but do not peel the potatoes. Boil them until half-cooked, about 10-15 minutes depending on the size.

Drain the potatoes before brushing them with olive oil and then roll them in salt. Put them in a oven-proof form and bake in a pre-heated oven 400°F for about 20 minutes.

While the potatoes are in the oven, dice the vegetables and steam until soft.
Blend until smooth with a hand blender or mixer and let it cool down a bit before adding yoghurt, cream and parsley to it, mix well and check salt.

Cut the baked potatoes open and top with the cream. Serve warm or cold.

Breaded and Fried Celeriac
From Mark Bittman's cookbook, How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, this process results in crunchy, yet tender celery root strips. You can also try this procedure with winter squash served with a curried mayonnaise. 

1/2 cup flour
2 eggs, beaten, seasoned liberally with salt and pepper
1 cup plain bread crumbs 
large celeriac, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch thick slices
3 TB butter, plus 3 TB olive oil for frying 

Set out three shallow bowls, next to each other in order, one with flour, another with eggs and third with bread crumbs. To bread celeriac, toss with flour, shaking off extra. Immerse in eggs, then toss to cover with bread crumbs. Set on a parchment-lined cookie sheet until all pieces have been breaded. Heat oil in a medium frying pan over medium to medium-high heat, so that oil reaches about 350F. Fry celeriac, allowing space between each piece, until golden. Flip and fry the other side, about 5-10 minutes total. Drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining celeriac. If you have a lot of vegetables to cook, keep fried vegetables warm in a 200F oven set on a cooling rack over a cookie sheet for 10-15 minutes. Serve with parsley or basil pesto.

Chicken Rub
Many cooks use a rub or a blend of spices and oil that can be rubbed on the outside of the skin, tucked under the chicken's skin and/or inside the cavity. When using a rub on the outside of the skin you will want to mix in about 1/2 tablespoon of cooking oil. This will help the rub stick to the skin and also crisp the skin nicely. To use a dry rub under the skin, simply pull away the skin from the meat using a pairing knife. Take note you do not want to tear the skin or pull it off. In these pockets tuck in small amounts of herbs. On the skin surface use your finger to spread them around a little better. You can also rub spices with your hand on the inside of the cavity for add flavor, or stuff with onions and celery or even oranges or lemons for added flavor. Here are a few suggestions.
  • For a Southwestern flavor, try chile powder or pureed fresh chiles, cumin, and sage.
  • For an Indian-inspired bird, mix together equal parts ground coriander and cumin, plus turmeric and a pinch or two of cardamom or garam masala.
  • To give the chicken a Thai flair, try a paste of ginger, lemon grass, green chilies, cilantro and lime juice.

BBQ Country Style Ribs
Country style ribs require long slow cooking and deserve to be cooked to the meat is nearly falling from the bone. You can do this in a slow cooker in about 6-8 hours, or you can go the oven route and get there in a shorter amount of time. Either way, the results should be delicious. Not surprising as the method is perfect for this cut of meat and the lemon slices on top help tenderize the meat while it cooks. You could use any BBQ sauce for this, or just serve the ribs plain if you have picky kids in the house. They'll be yummy regardless. Some reviewers covered the ribs with foil for the first 2 hours to keep the more moist. 

10 country style pork ribs
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 lemon, thinly sliced
1 (18 ounce) bottle barbeque sauce

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).

In a shallow baking pan or roaster, place ribs in a single layer; salt if desired. Spread the garlic on the ribs, then place the lemon slices on top. Bake in a preheated oven for 2 hours - the ribs should be tender. Drain any grease and liquid. Pour BBQ sauce over the ribs. Return to oven and bake one more hour at 200 to 250 degrees F.

Spiced Butternut Squash Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

1 cup butternut squash puree
1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup milk (or soymilk)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. salt

1 block (8 oz.) cream cheese, room temperature
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, room temperature
2 Tbsp. real maple syrup
1 lb. powdered sugar (or more/less to achieve desired consistency)

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line baking pan with 12 cupcake liners.

In a medium bowl, stir together butternut squash puree, oil, sugars, milk, and vanilla. Sift in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices. Gently whisk by hand until just combined, being careful not to overmix.

Fill liners with 1/4 cup batter (cups should be approximately 2/3 full). Bake for 22-24 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the cupcakes cool in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Transfer the cupcakes to the wire rack and let cool completely before frosting.

Using an electric mixer, cream together cream cheese, butter, and maple syrup until smooth and well-combined. Gradually add in the powdered sugar, mixing well until it’s all incorporated. Use a pastry bag to pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes, or spread it on with a knife. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate.

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