Archive for September, 2011

CSA Share for 2011 Week Sixteen

This week’s pickup might have been the last one of the season, but it certainly wasn’t the least.  Those bags were HEAVY last night!   In our share this week:

  • kale
  • green peppers
  • leeks
  • celeriac
  • winter squash
  • carrots
  • garlic
  • onions
  • pick-your-own basil

The celeriac is back!  Our farmers have grown this in the past, and I took to it right away.  I’ve used it mostly in my standard veggie soup, but this time I’m absolutely going to try it in the Cream of Celeriac Soup recipe from this week’s newsletter.   An old article from the NPR archives, The Vegetable World’s Ugly Duckling, gives some fun info on this unusual veggie, plus some tasty-sounding recipes.  Leave it to our farmers to widen our veggie horizons!

I’ve got a lot of veggies in my fridge and freezer to get through, so keep checking back throughout the fall and winter for recipe ideas.  🙂

See you all at the farm party!

CSA Share for 2011 Week Fifteen

Only a little over a week until the fantabulous Bear Hill Farm Party!  I’m already dreaming of the incredible dishes that are always crowded onto the tables.  One of my favorite things is the ever-changing selections throughout the night; every time I re-visit the food tables, it’s a new adventure.  This party is definitely not to be missed.

In our share this week:

  • kale
  • collards
  • leeks
  • carrots
  • onions
  • garlic
  • pick your own basil
Here’s a recipe to try that uses our garlic and onions:  a quick Dal Makhani.  I always order this dish when my husband and I go to my favorite Indian restaurant.  Even though this quick dal recipe doesn’t hold a candle to my restaurant’s version, it’s tasty and healthy.  Ingredient variations I used were 2 Tbsp tomato paste instead of tomato pulp and whole milk instead of low-fat milk, plus I added some butter which made my version a not-so-lowfat dal.  Also, the recipe calls for ginger-garlic paste, which I made by simply mashing up some ginger pieces and a small garlic clove together.    Of course this dish would be the best served over rice, but all I had pre-made were rotini noodles.  Oh well.
Now I’m off to make mega-batches of pesto with all that basil!

CSA Share for 2011 Week Fourteen

It sounds like our farmers had quite a week last week, yet still the veggies keep coming.  Truly remarkable!  In our share this week:

  • kale
  • leeks
  • beets
  • peppers
  • tomatoes
  • carrots
  • onions
  • garlic

Lotsa leeks this week.  I don’t feel like making soup today due to the hot weather that’s still hanging around, so I plan on chopping up those leeks while they’re still nice and fresh, freezing them, and making Creamy Potato and Leek Soup as soon as it turns cooler outside (see also my previous post, interestingly done during the exact same pickup week from last year!).

If you still have those fingerling potatoes from last week, try roasting them a la this Rachael Ray recipe.  I tried it out last night, and it was quick, easy, and…”yumm-o.”

Bonus Non-Veggie Post: There’s Still Time for Blueberry Pie

I’ve always been afraid of making homemade blueberry pie.  I thought it would be too difficult and not worth the effort.  But yesterday, my son proved me way wrong, making the most delicious blueberry pie ever.

Alton Brown’s blueberry episode was his inspiration, and he then went online to find a homemade pie crust recipe with video.  I was in charge of buying the ingredients, and found fresh blueberries at our local fruit farm for an end-of-the-season bargain price.  Alton’s recipe calls for tapioca flour, which I finally found at Market Basket in the Bob’s Red Mill section.  He skipped the freezing of the blueberry mixture step in Alton’s recipe since time was of the essence and it was very important 😉 to have it for dessert after lunch.

Very shortly, all the fresh farmstand blueberries will be gone, leaving me to hope that all will go well using frozen blues.   So, give a homemade blueberry pie a try, and maybe you’ll be as pleasantly pleased as I was.   I will no longer have my blueberry pie any other way.

CSA Share for 2011 Week Thirteen

Those apples were fun to get in our share this week, and a nice taste of the apple-picking season that’s coming soon.  And that sweet corn sure is a treat!  In our share this week:

  • kale
  • potatoes
  • carrots
  • green beans
  • sweet corn
  • peppers
  • garlic
  • tomato
  • onions
  • apples
This rainy day is a good day to make a veggie soup.  I posted the recipe last year about this time.  Today I’m using some previously-frozen farm broccoli, some leftover red cabbage that’s still in my fridge, a few cherry tomatoes, some carrots, and of course the farm onions and garlic.  I like to simply throw all the veggies in my food processor, whir it up, and add it all to the pot.  What a great way to use up those forgotten veggies.

CSA Share for 2011 Week Twelve

Check out the new search feature over at the Bear Hill Farm CSA website!   I’ll be using this handy tool a lot in the future, when I want to quickly find recipes that I vaguely remember seeing printed in old newsletters.  LOVE it!

In our share this week:

  • kale
  • swiss chard
  • carrots
  • Tropea onions
  • summer squash
  • tomatoes
  • garlic

Whenever I have medical questions that I’m researching, and since I’m a native Minnesotan, I usually head over to the Mayo Clinic website.  They have hundreds of healthy recipes on the site, and so I thought I’d share some of the results of my recipe-surfing with you (one for each veggie in this week’s share):

Kale:  Braised Kale with Cherry Tomatoes

Swiss Chard:  Fettuccine with Swiss Chard and Mushrooms

Carrots:   Baby Minted Carrots

Tropea Onions:  Lentils with Wild Rice and Crispy Onions

Summer Squash:   Steamed Summer Squash with Warm Leek Vinaigrette

Tomatoes:   Lima Bean Ragout with Tomatoes and Thyme

Garlic:   Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Thyme and Garlic

Happy, healthy eating to you!