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Winter Squash Braised in Apple Cider

2 lbs Delicata or Butternut Squash
2 tbsp unsalted Butter
2 tbsp finely chopped Rosemary
2 c fresh Apple Cider
Salt and freshly ground Pepper
Balsamic or apple cider Vinegar, to taste

  1. Peel the squash and dice it into 1/2 inch cubes or even smaller. If using Delicata, remove the seeds with a long spoon, then slice into rounds.
  2. Melt butter in a wide skillet and add the rosemary. Cook over medium heat to flavor the butter. After 3 minutes, add the squash and cider plus enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, add 1/2 tsp salt, and simmer until squash is tender, 20 to 25 minutes, by which time the juice will have reduced enough to provide a glaze for the squash. If not, raise the heat to reduce it quickly. Sprinkle on a tsp of vinegar and taste for salt. Add more vinegar if you need to balance the sweetness, then season with pepper.

from “Left Foot Organics”

Gold Turnip and Onion Casserole

Gold Turnip & Onion Casserole

adapted from Pete’s Greens

2 lbs. Gold turnips, scrubbed and thinly sliced
1 lb. Onions, thinly sliced
2 tbsp. Vermont organic white flour
1 cup apple cider
1 tbsp. fresh oregano, chopped roughly (or 1 ½ teas dried)
1 cup milk
1/2 cup chicken or vegetable stock
2 cups Vermont cheddar cheese, shredded
Salt and pepper, sprinkle through each layer gently

Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Put oven rack in center position. Grease a 8 x 10 rectangular baking dish. Place flour in a medium heavy saucepan; gradually add milk, whisking until smooth. Whisk in cider & stock. Bring mixture to a boil over high heat, whisking constantly. Cook one minute more, remove from heat and set aside. Mix cheese with oregano.

Arrange half of the sliced turnips (slightly overlapping) in prepared baking dish. Spread onions atop the turnips Sprinkle the cheese on half of the turnips and onions. Arrange another layer of turnip and onions on top of cheese. Pour cider mixture over turnips. Continue to do so until all onions and turnips are layered. Season with salt and pepper as you go along. Reserve 1/2 cup of cheese for finishing.

Bake 25 minutes. Remove baking dish from oven. Using a metal spatula, press down on the turnips. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and return to oven. Bake until turnips are fork-tender and the top is crusted and lightly browned to about 20 minutes more. Let stand 20 minutes before serving.

Zucchini Tomato Supreme

from Farmer Annie

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 Cup olive oil
  • 2 TB butter
  • 1 large onion, chop into 1″ (large) pieces
  • 3 small or 2 med or 1 large zucchini (slice 1/2″ thick)
  • 2-3 med tomatoes
  • 1 clove chopped garlic
  • 2 TB fresh oregano or 1 TB dried
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 TB grated Parmesan Cheese

Directions:

  1. In largest lidded skillet saute onion in olive oil and butter, 2 minutes, or until they are clear.
  2. Add chopped zucchini, diced tomatoes, and garlic to onion and stir on high for 2 minutes.
  3. Add 1/2 of the oregano, stir.
  4. Cover and simmer on lowest setting for 10 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes.
  5. Ready when zucchini is soft and slightly clear in the middle.
  6. Pour into a large serving dish, sprinkle w/ salt and pepper, last 1/2 of oregano and parmesan.
  7. Serve immediately.

Sweet Potatoe with Peach Cilantro Salsa

2 cups fresh or frozen peaches, diced
1/2 cup chopped sweet or mild onion
3 tablespoons tequila or rum
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2 serrano chile peppers, seeded and finely minced (2 tablespoons)
2 teaspoons grated lime peel
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin (optional)
4 medium sweet potatoes

In a small bowl, combine peaches, onion, tequila or rum, lime juice, cilantro, peppers, lime and cumin; mix well. Refrigerate several hours or overnight to allow flavors to blend.

Wash sweet potatoes and place in microwave. Cook on high 3 minutes. Turn and cook on high for 8 more minutes, if large cook longer. — OR — Bake in oven 40 minutes. — OR — Grill:  Rub outside of skins with butter or vegetable oil. Grill over medium hot coals until fork tender, about 8-10 minutes, turning frequently so skins won’t burn.
Make an incision into middle of potato, generously spoon Peach Cilantro Salsa into center.

Veggie Spaghetti Dinner

Spaghetti Squash is easy to fix. You can have an Italian dinner in an hour. Grab a stick of French bread the next time you are shopping or if you have time to bake your own, all the better.


You’ll need:
1 large spaghetti squash
Olive oil
Garlic
1 chopped onion
1 cored and chopped pepper
2 medium zucchini or other summer squashes
2 tomatoes
Herbs – season with your favorite to taste
Spaghetti Sauce – use your favorite
Bread – your favorite crusty loaf

Begin by roasting your unpeeled squash in the oven. Rub hands with olive oil and then rub squash skin, place on a foil covered sheet, until it is lightly browned and the kitchen is fragrant about 40-50 minutes – xl sizes can take an hour). While it is cooking you can prepare the rest of the meal.

Slice your bread and then reassemble the slices back into the loaf shape, wrap the loaf shape in foil and leave the top seam open an inch down the length of the loaf.

Chop all your vegetables. The size you chop your vegetables depends on your taste. If you like to taste each flavor then leave them in large chunks, but if you have small children (especially those who like to pick individual veggies out, then chop them all fine and they will all blend together into the sauce).

Now you are ready to assemble. Sauté onions, peppers, and zucchini in a hot skillet on the stove top with a little garlic and olive oil. When the onions turn clear, add a handful of cored and diced tomatoes (again, choose the size you like). Cook it for another ten minutes stirring often until the tomatoes lose their shape. Turn it off and cover and let sit. If you are hiding the veggies, now is a good time to add an optional jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce.

Remove the spaghetti squash from the oven when cooked (it will dent nicely with the handle of a wooden spoon.). Put previously prepared bread wrapped in foil into oven. Place squash onto a platter. Let it sit for a few minutes. Slice down the center and discard the seeds and “goo”. Scrape a fork along the walls to remove the spaghetti shaped squash and place in your largest pasta dish or platter.

Serve your veggies and sauce over your spaghetti squash for a wonderful meal for the whole family. Don’t forget the bread to sop up all those delicious juices and flavors.

Kohlrabi Coleslaw

Ingredients:

1/4 Cup Heavy/Whipping cream
1 TB Lemon Juice
1/2 TB Mustard
1/2 tsp Sugar
Salt and Pepper
Fresh Mint
1-2 Kohlrabi, depending on size, peeled and grated or julienned
2 Apples, peeled and grated

Directions:

Whisk cream into light pillows.
Stir in: lemon juice, mustard, sugar, fresh mint and salt and pepper.
Add: equal parts of kohlrabi and apple.
Stir and serve immediately.

Avocadoes with Strawberry Salsa and Crispy Tortilla Chips

Ingredients:

  • 1 fresh Serrano or jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 cup finely chopped strawberries
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 2 TB finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp sugar (if desired)
  • 6 5-inch corn tortillas (or bagged chips if desired)
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 firm-ripe avocados

Wearing rubber gloves, remove stems, seeds, and ribs from pepper and chop fine. (Be sure to wash hands well after working with hot peppers.)

In a bowl, stir together pepper, strawberries, onion, cilantro, lime juice, salt and sugar. Set aside.

Stack tortilla and cut in half. Cut stacks crosswise into 1/4 inch strips and in heavy skillet heat 1/2 inch oil over moderate heat until hot but not smoking. Working in three batches, fry tortilla strips until crisp and golden, about 30 seconds and with a slotted spoon transfer to paper towels to drain. Sprinkle fried tortilla strips with salt to taste.

Halve avocados, removing pits, and peel. Slice each half length-wise into 6 wedges and fan onto 4 salad plates.

Spoon about 1/3 Cup salsa over avocados and mound crispy tortillas strips along the side.

from Gourmet June 1997

ENJOY!!

Fried Green Tomato BLT Sandwiches

Fried Green Tomato BLT sandwiches

adapted from 2003 August / Bon Apetit

Makes 4 servings.

Herb Mayo (optional) :

  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh herb leaves (basil, celery or cilantro leaves)
  • 1 1/4 cups mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Puree herbs, 1/4 cup mayonnaise, lemon juice, and mustard in processor until smooth. Transfer to small bowl; mix in remaining 1 cup mayonnaise and season to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)

Sandwiches:

  • 12 1/8-inch-thick slices bacon or Pancetta*
  • 12 1/4-inch-thick slices green tomatoes (about 3 med-large tomatoes)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 3 large eggs, beaten to blend
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 8 slices of Whole wheat bread or your favorite bread toasted

Preheat oven to 350°F. Arrange pancetta or bacon in single layer on rimmed baking sheet. Cook until just crisp, about 15 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Reduce oven temperature to 200°F.

Sprinkle all green tomato slices with salt and pepper. Place 1/2 cup flour in shallow bowl. Mix remaining 1/2 cup flour with cornmeal in another shallow bowl to blend. Working with 1 green tomato slice at a time, coat with flour, then egg, then flour-cornmeal mixture. Transfer to first baking sheet. Line second baking sheet with paper towels. Heat oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches, fry green tomatoes until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Using slotted spoon, transfer to second prepared baking sheet; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Keep warm in oven. When ready assemble sandwiches using warm toast spread with herb flavored mayo and add a layer of fried green tomatoes and pancetta or bacon, cover with another layer of toast and get ready to serve and enjoy.

*Pancetta, Italian bacon cured in salt, is available at Italian markets and some specialty food stores and supermarkets.

Marinated Green Beans

Make this recipe a day ahead so beans can absorb the flavor of the marinade

3 lbs of green beans ( also great using all three colors in your basket this week!)
¼ Cup coarsely chopped fresh dill
2-3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 ½ teas salt
½ teas ground black pepper

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
3 large tomatoes (peeled cored, seeded and cut into ½ inch pieces)
½ small red onion, thinly sliced
2-3 TBL fresh lemon juice

Cook beans, covered in a large pot of lightly salted boiling water over high heat until crisp tender. Quickly rinse beans in cold water (to enhance the deep green color) drain beans well.

Place dill garlic, salt and pepper in a large glass bowl and add beans to this dill mixture. Add olive oil and toss well. Add tomato and onion, and toss gently. Cover and refrigerate up to 24 hrs.

Remove beans from refrigerator and let stand, covered at room temperature 1 hour. Add 2 TBL lemon juice and toss gently. Taste for seasoning and add remaining lemon juice, if desired.

Thank you, Susie May from Underhill

Fiesty Beans

adapted from 101cookbooks.com Prep time: 30 min – Cook time: 15 min

Ingredients:

1 pound green beans sliced diagonally
1/2 cup / 2.5 oz / 70g golden raisins
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/2 medium yellow onion, finely diced
3 bay leaves
1/3 cup white wine
1/2 teaspoon hot paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
scant 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
6 ounces extra-firm tofu, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/3 cup crème fraîche or sour cream
1/4 cup or 3/4 oz sliced almonds, toasted
1/3 cup – one handful of finely chopped fresh cilantro
salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

Cook the green beans in a pot of well-salted boiling water for about a minute or two, just long enough that they lose their raw edge. Drain and dunk in ice-cold water to stop the cooking. Drain again and set aside.

In a small bowl cover the raisins with scalding hot water for five minutes, drain and set aside.

Heat your largest skillet over medium heat. When the pan is hot, add the oil, garlic, onion, and bay leaves. Cook for 5 minutes, or until the onions and garlic start to brown just a bit. Add the wine and cook until it has mostly evaporated. Carefully remove the bay leaves. Stir in the paprika, cumin, coriander, curry powder, salt, crushed red pepper flakes. Stir in the tofu and raisins and cook until heated through, a minute or so. Add the butter and green beans and stir until the butter has melted. Remove from heat and stir in the crème fraiche, then most of the almonds and most of the cilantro. Taste and add more salt and some pepper if you like.

Serve topped with any remaining almonds and cilantro.

Serves 4 to 6.

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