Category Archives: Recipes

Cook with What you Have

Hey CSA members! Here is a handy article for learning to maximize the varied produce items found in your CSA box. http://www.memberassembler.com/hub/getting-hooked-on-cooking

 

 

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10/11 What’s in this Week’s CSA Box?

There are a couple of new items in this weeks CSA! You will see a mix of mustards, arugula, and asian greens (to be enjoyed as a micro-green salad), as well as a daikon radish included your share this week.

(Pictured left: harvested Asian Greens, known as Te You, Mebuna, and Hon Tsa Tai. Pictured right: Farmhand Ashley unearthing the first Daikon Radish of the season. Could be a State Fair Winner!) 

The Daikon radish is also known as the ‘Chinese Turnip’ or ‘Japenese Horseradish’, but despite this last moniker, this radish tends to have less of a ‘bite’ than the more familiar pink Cherry Belle. It is crisp and juicy in texture, and can be used either raw or cooked. See below the CSA pack list for a ideas on how to prepare this giant-ly healthful root crop!

This week’s CSA box also includes:

  • Shishito Peppers
  • Garlic
  • Eggplant
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet Potato Greens
  • Jalapenos
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Daikon Radish
  • Microgreens (Mix of Arugula, Garnet Mustard Greens, + Asian Greens)
  • Beet Greens

Daikon Recipe Ideas

  • Radish-Slaw (with carrots, apples, fennel, whatever you want to use! finish with vinaigrette)
  • Glazed with greens (butter and water and cubed pieces in pan, 2-3 TB sugar, cook until water evaporates+add greens, yum!)
  • Add to Stir-fry!
  • Quick Pickle ’em and keep them in your fridge!
  • Make Daikon Chips via the broiler! Add olive oil, salt, pepper, and whatever seasoning you’d like– garlic powder, paprika, etc)

For the serious home-chef I’ve included here is a youtube video about how to prepare a vegan version of Lo Bak Go. Ingredients needed are your daikon radish, rice flour, dried shiitake, scallions, shallots, garlic, salt, pepper, and frying oil.

 

Happy eating!

Post written by Laura Maule

What came first, the popcorn or the grit?

Long before the New World was ‘discovered’, corn was known to many civilizations as maize. The Zuni Indians of New Mexico called it tawa. When translated, tawa means ‘old’. The term accurately expresses how old this cereal grain is, OLD! Throughout history corn was made into cakes, porridge and even beer. The Iroquois are given credit for popcorn, maize was mixed in receptacles that held hot sand and cooked slowly until the kernels burst. Thanks to the tenacity of our ancestors we are able to craft many of the corn dishes we love today.

And even still we are finding new ways to elevate corn in the kitchen. Creating grits from popcorn is not entirely a new concept. Many chefs have recreated popcorn grits. But I thought it creatively simple enough to share.

What type of popping corn can you use?

Any popping corn will do. This recipe will use the Dakota Black and Tom Thumb to highlight the varieties included in the CSA box. If you’re interested, the seeds for both varieties are available through High Mowing Seeds. I initially thought that the purple black seeds of the Dakota Black would impart their deep hue to the grits. Not quite, the color transfers only slightly. But there are interesting bits of purple shell visible throughout the finished product.

Why take perfectly good popping corn and make grits?

The corn flavor is intensified with the corn broth, created by boiling the popped kernels in water with butter. This dish is excellent because it avoids a major pitfall,  getting popcorn stuck in your teeth.

Final notes

The recipe does not yield a large amount of grits compared to the amount of popcorn used. A corn sheller would make removing the kernels easier but it’s possible to remove them by hand. When popping the corn, avoid the temptation to use high heat. The burnt popcorn taste will transfer to the finished bowl of grits. Low and slow is the best way to go.

Here is a link to a recipe with easy to follow instructions.

popcorn grits

Two book sources used for this article are:

A History of Food by Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat

The Flavor Bible by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg

 

Post by Shaquannah Faison

Fresh and Flavorful Salsa

Makes about 3 cups

2 cups red and green tomatoes, chopped

2/3 c onions, chopped

1/4 c shishitos, diced

½ c red and green peppers, chopped

1/3 c parsley, finely chopped

1 jalapeño, minced

1 1/2 T lime juice

Salt to taste

Combine All ingredients in bowl and mix well. Make a day ahead to let flavors meld. Enjoy

Salsa Fresh JulyPost by: Shaquannah Faison

What I did with my bulb fennel

Bulb fennel is not the most common of vegetables, and with its slightly sweet, anise like flavor, many are puzzled about how to use it. I like to use it as an ingredient in a slaw. Traditionally slaw is cabbage based and mine is as well. I used about two-thirds finely sliced red cabbage and one-third finely sliced bulb fennel for this recipe. One half of a medium-sized sweet onion and some finely diced fennel leaves were the additional vegetable ingredients. I made a lemon juice and olive oil dressing, added salt and pepper to taste and then added some crumbled blue cheese and toasted walnuts when ready to serve.

Fennel braised in tomato sauce

This recipe is great as a side dish or main course.  Cooking the fennel slowly really softens the licorice flavor and fibrous texture of the vegetable. I used tomato sauce leftover from making shakshuka which reduced the overall prep time for this dish.  The flavor of the tomato sauce is better prepared ahead of time but feel free to make this recipe to suit.

Recipe:

1 fennel bulb,  quartered with fronds removed

½ onion, diced

1-2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 T oil

Salt and pepper

2 cups tomato sauce

 

In a large pan, heat oil. Soften onion and add garlic. Cook until fragrant. Add quartered fennel, sweat about 5 minutes, frequently stirring vegetables. Add tomato sauce and simmer for about 35 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning. The dish is finished when the fennel is nearly translucent and tender. The recipe makes enough for four servings; try the dish with grilled fish, a fried egg or serve with rice. Enjoy!

Variations: Add diced carrot, chopped chard stems, or toasted fennel seeds

Posted by: Shaquannah Faison

Grilled Radicchio

The radicchio grown on the farm has a bitter and loud taste, pair it with a hot cooking method like grilling to mellow the palate. Top with a balsamic vinaigrette for a solid match of tart sweetness.

Ingredients:

  • 1 radicchio head, cut in half, lengthwise through the core
  • 1 T shallot, minced
  • 2 T red wine vinegar
  • 1 T balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper
  • salad oil

If you are unable to use an out door grill, the oven or a cast iron surface works just as well. Brush the grill surface with oil and allow to heat, about 10 minutes. Rub the radicchio halves with olive oil, grill until tender and seared. remove greens from heat and drizzle with vinaigrette. Enjoy!


grilled radicchio

plated radicchio with balsamic vinaigrette and lemon zest

post by: Shaquannah Faison