Monday, December 19, 2011

Garlic Oil Inspiration

We had friends over and Garlic Oil was the inspiration for dinner.   
With the Garlic Oil I made Garlic Marinated Chicken, Broccoli with Garlic Oil, and a Garlic Oil Vinaigrette.

Broccoli with Garlic Oil
I took this recipe for Vegetables with Garlic Oil, but used Broccoli.  They suggest asparagus and carrots.

This original recipe calls for parmesan cheese.  I didn’t like the consistency.  I love having this Garlic Oil on hand and in this past have made this Parisian Bistro Vinaigrette.
1 t Dijon Mustard
1 T Balsamic Vinegar
splash soy sauce
salt & pepper to taste
3 T Garlic Oil
Mix first four ingredients and then slowly add Garlic Oil until dressing is well mixed.

Purple Plan Week of December 18, 2011

I cooked the Holiday Meal for friends over the weekend.  The theme for the rest of the week is super light and as little meat as possible.  With Christmas approaching we are sure to have plenty of rich foods – we’ll go easy this week in anticipation.  
Holiday Meal – Asian Guacamole, Garlic Oil Marinated Chicken, Broccoli with Garlic Oil, Salad with Garlic Oil Viniagrette, and Chipotle-Sweet Potato Gratin
Local Food: Garlic, Parsley, Sweet Potatoes
Mujudara with Naan,
Local Food: Onions
My CSA onions are now gone.  They were well used in this yummy dish.
Vegetable Curry
Local Food: Sweet Potatoes
Adobo Tuna, Broccoli, Zucchini Rice
Local Food: Shredded Zucchini from the freezer
The Adobo Tuna recipe includes a salsa and a side salad.  I usually just use the rub for tuna steaks.  Spicy goodness!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Creamy Tomato Pesto Soup

Just, YUMMY!  This has become an old stand-by and well-loved favorite. I created this recipe years ago combining a standard recipe I found for tomato soup and ideas I had to recreate a Tomato Pesto Soup I love at a local soup and sandwich shop. 

Creamy Tomato Pesto Soup

2 T extra-virgin olive oil
1 T unsalted butter
1 large white onion, finely chopped
1 large clove garlic, smashed and peeled
2 T all-purpose flour
3 cups chicken broth
28 oz. can whole peeled plum tomatoes, including the juice
1 ½ tsp sugar
1 spring fresh thyme
Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
3 T freshly sliced basic, chives, or dill, or a mixture of all three
½ cup pesto
1 cup light cream
1 cup parmesan cheese

In a 5-6 quart Dutch oven heat the oil and butter over medium-low heat until the butter melts.  Add the onion and garlic, cook stirring occasionally until soft but not browned, about 8 minutes.  Add the flour and stir to coat the onion and garlic.

Add the broth, tomatoes, sugar, thyme and ¼ tsp salt and pepper.  Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat while stirring the mixture to make sure the flour does not stick to the bottom of the pan.  Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 40 minutes.

Discard the thyme spring.  Let cool briefly.  Add the herbs and pesto and then puree in two or three batches in a blender or food processor or all at once with immersion blender.  Return the soup to the pot.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Add cream and parmesan cheese.  Stir and serve.

NOTE: I have made this with local onions, garlic, tomatoes(crushed), herbs, and pesto.

Purple Plan Update

Life’s regular routines got away from me last week and are on the verge of doing so again this week.  I thought I would share some meals I’ve been cooking or plan to cook soon using local ingredients.  
Buffalo Chicken Thighs, Baked Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli
Local Food: Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli
These Sweet Potatoes were little and baked quickly at 450 degress, in like 30 minutes.  Broccoli was frozen from the CSA.
Orecchiette with Chicken Sausage and Broccoli Rabe, Salad
Local Food: Chicken Sausage, Broccoli Rabe
I had the base for this quick and easy dish frozen from this summer.  Check out the link for the recipe and how to prep it for the freezer.
Halibut Tacos, Zucchini Rice
Local Food: Shredded Zucchini from the freezer
This rice is yummy and a fun way to get veggies on the plate.
Creamy Tomato Pesto Soup, Crusty Bread
Local Foods: Onion, Garlic, Pesto, Herbs
If you have whole or crushed tomatoes from the summer, that would be one more local ingredient.  I used some frozen crushed tomatoes the last time I had made this recipe.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Purple Plan Week of November 27, 2011

Mujudara, Salad
Local Food: Onions, Sweet Peppers
see NOTE below

Cajun Chicken Straganoff, Broccoli
Local Food: Broccoli

I have bags of frozen broccoli saved from CSA season.  I will prepare it the way I always do frozen broccoli...heat olive oil in a pan, add frozen broccoli and season with salt.  Cover and let steam.  When defrosted add a little more salt and sauté until broccoli begins to brown.  Finish with sesame oil.

Pizza with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce, Salad
Local Food: Sweet Peppers, Frozen Summer Squash

Saturday we got invited to dinner at a friend’s house.  I’m bringing Beet Red Velvet Cupcakes.
Oh my goodness do I have many left from CSA season.

NOTE: I actually made the Mujudara last night.  It was delicious and I simply followed the recipe.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Purple Plan Week of November 20, 2011

Hamburgers, Fries, Sauté Spinach Local Food: Spinach

Japanese Noodles with Cabbage and Edamame
Local Food: Red Onions, Garlic
Cabbage is also available at farmer’s markets.  I just happen to have some in the fridge I need to use.
NOTE: Don’t forget about the Seasonal Ingredient Map – an interactive map that tells you what is likely to be available at your local farmer’s market.
Sausage and Kale Soup, Crusty Bread
Local Food: Kale, Potato, Onion
This is soup is frozen, made earlier in the season and perfect for dinner one night as we get ready for this big Thanksgiving feast.
Braised Chicken with Butternut Squash and Cranberries, Broccoli, Cous Cous, Carrot Cake
Local Food: Onion, Butternut Squash, Carrots
As family gathers Wednesday night, this is what I’m making for dinner.

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Communal Table – Pasta and Bean Stew with Tomatoes and Broccoli Rabe

My contribution to the Thanksgiving Feast is soup to be enjoyed mid-day.  It took me awhile to decide on the soup I wanted to make.  I wanted my soup to be as local as possible.  I’m pleased with this recipe and am thrilled to share that every produce item is local – Tomatoes frozen from earlier in the CSA season, Onions from our last CSA pick up, and Broccoli Rabe and Garlic from the winter farmer’s market. 

Scroll to the bottom of the post to see what other local foods will grace our Thanksgiving Weekend Celebration and to see all the other food on The Communal Table.

Pasta and Bean Stew with Tomatoes and Broccoli Rabe
adapted from Pasta & Bean Stew from Williams-Sonoma Soups & Stews

serves 10-12 adults

Printable Version

¾ cups olive oil
3 small onions, thinly sliced into half-moons
4 large cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 14 oz. bags frozen tomatoes (canned tomatoes work great too!)
1 t crushed red pepper flakes
8 cups broth
3 15 oz. cans cannellini beans
salt and pepper, to taste
3 cups orecchiette (ear shaped pasta)
2 bunches broccoli rabe, small, rough chop
1 6 oz. can tomato paste
Shredded Parmesan cheese, for serving

In a large soup pot heat olive oil over medium-low heat.  When the oil is hot add onions, cook until they begin to soften, 5 minutes.  Add the garlic, cook 1 minute till fragrant.  Add the tomatoes (with juices), red pepper flakes, broth, and beans (with liquid).  Stir to combine.  Season with salt and pepper.  Raise the heat and bring to a boil, then add the pasta.  Turn down the heat, but maintain the large bubbles.  Cook 15 minutes, until pasta is tender.  Add the broccoli rabe and tomato paste, cook 10 additional minutes. 

Before serving, sample the stew.  If dull add more salt, pepper, or crushed red pepper.  If you would like a looser consistency add more broth.

To serve, ladle into bowl and sprinkle with shaved Parmesan.

Thanksgiving Weekend Celebration
Here are the other dishes I’m sharing with food from my CSA and the winter farmer’s market.

I’m doing dinner Wednesday night as we gather together from far and wide.  We are going to have the blog favorite of the fall – Braised Chicken with Butternut Squash andCranberries.  For dessert we’ll have Carrot Cake.

Here is what else is being served at The Communal Table

Cocktails, Appetizers, Soups and Salads:
Sweet Life Bake: Pumpkin Margarita
Easy Peasy Organic: Thanksgiving Ginger Cocktail
Dishin and Dishes: Butternut Squash Bruschetta With Sage Pesto
Mooshu Jenne: Green Salad
Two Peas and Their Pod: Maple-Roasted Butternut Squash Apple Salad
Jones is Hungry: Roasted Vegetable Salad
Purple Cook: Pasta and Bean Stew With Tomatoes and Broccoli Rabe
From My Corner of Saratoga: Curried Pumpkin Soup

CIA Dropout: Turkey and Stuffles Roulades With Squash Mash
FN Dish: Alton Brown's Good Eats Roast Turkey
My Angel's Allergies: Cranberry-Glazed Cornish Hens

Cafe Terra Blog: Cranberry Pumpkin Stuffing
Virtually Homemade: Twice-Baked Cheddar and Chive Potatoes
Easy Eats Magazine: Sausage and Dried Cranberry-Walnut Stuffing
The Sensitive Epicure: Oyster Dressing and Gravy
Daily*Dishin: Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes Supreme
What's Gaby Cooking: Rustic Herb Skillet Stuffing
Family Fresh Cooking: Coconut Brown-Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Silvana's Kitchen: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Mushroom-Rye Stuffing
The Cultural Dish: Cranberry Sauce

I Am Baker: Pumpkin Cake
Heather Christo: Pumpkin Vanilla Ice Cream Pie
And Love It Too: Pumpkin Custard (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)
Haute Apple Pie Girls: Double Pumpkin Mini Pies With Candied Pecans
Ladles and Jelly Spoons: Not Your Same Old Pumpkin Pie
Daydreamer Desserts: Cuban Diplomatic Pudding
Thursday Night Dinner: Red Wine Chocolate Cake
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Caramel Apple Pie

Purple Plan Week of November 13, 2011

Local Food: Pre-Prepped Frozen meal from earlier in the CSA season.
The link lists lots of CSA vegetables that would work in this dish.  That was written back in summer, since then we’ve also gotten potatoes, sweet potatoes, and winter squash – all which would work great in this dish.

Turkey & Vegetable Meatloaf, Roasted Potatoes, Carrots

Local Food: Spinach, Onions, Garlic, Potatoes, Carrots, Frozen Summer Squash Puree
This meatloaf is always a crowd pleaser.  I’m planning on adapting the recipe to use the vegetable I’ve got stored in the freezer.

Pasta & Bean Stew with Tomatoes and Broccoli Rabe

Local Food: Onions, Garlic, Tomatoes, Broccoli Rabe
On Wednesday the Food Network’s Blog will be celebrating a Virtual Thanksgiving.  I will be sharing the recipe for this warming soup and some other plans for local food at our Thanksgiving Celebration.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Turkey Tetrazzini

Great weeknight meal!

Tuesday Menu – Turkey Tetrazzini
Local Food – Carrots, Peas

Turkey Tetrazzini
original recipe from EveryDay with Rachael Ray

Printable Version

8 oz. cut spaghetti (I use Barilla)
3 T olive oil, divided
1 pound ground turkey
1 t poultry seasoning, divided
salt and pepper
½ cup frozen peas
½ cup diced carrots
6 T butter, divided
8 oz. sliced mushrooms
½ T dried thyme
3 T flour
2 cups milk
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup grated parmesan cheese, divided
½ cup bread crumbs

Boil pasta water and cook cut spaghetti for 5-6 minutes, aim for 1 minute shy of cooking the pasta al dente.  Drain and set aside.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Grease a 9x13 baking dish and set aside.

In a skillet heat 1 T of oil and 1 T of butter over medium heat.  Add ground turkey, salt and pepper to taste and ½ t of poultry seasoning.  Cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon throughout.  Transfer to the baking dish.

In a small saucepan bring 2 cups of water to a boil, add fresh diced carrots and boil for 3-4 minutes.  Drain and add to turkey mixture with frozen peas. 

In that same skillet add 2 T of butter.  Add mushroom and thyme.  Cook until the mushrooms start to soften, 3 minutes.  Transfer to the baking dish and stir with the turkey.

Add the remaining 3 T of butter to the skillet.  When melted add the flour and whisk, cook 1 minute.  Whisk in the milk and broth, simmer until thickened, 2-3 minutes.  Stir in the parmesan cheese.  Add sauce to the turkey mixture and stir to combine.

Mix the remaining ½ cup parmesan with bread crumbs and remaining 2 T of oil.  Sprinkle this mixture on top of the casserole.  Bake tetrazzini until top is golden-brown and sauce is bubbling, 12-15 minutes. 

Check out the original recipe for freezing tips.

Can I just say sometimes my kids drive me crazy?!?  I started dinner by giving them each a small sample of the tetrazzini.  I explained that it’s things they like – turkey, noodles, peas, carrots, and cheese.  They each took a small bite and said no thank you.  They told me they don’t like flavor!  What does that mean?  So we were back to piece meals.  They each ate some pasta with cheese, some peas, and some turkey – all separate and not touching each other.  ARRRRGGGGHHHH!

Fall Fest: Vegetable Biryani with Turnips

This was the recipe that introduced me to turnips and sent me in search of my first Dutch Oven.  When I was first getting into cooking I was at a friends and she had this strange vegetable on her counter which I learned was a turnip, she then cooked it into this amazing dish.  I tried to recreate the recipe.  It came out all wrong and I figured it was because I didn’t have a Dutch Oven-which is key to cooking the rice in this recipe correctly.  To make it right I needed to get myself a Dutch Oven.   So I thought the best way to celebrate Turnips with Fall Fest was to share that amazing recipe, Vegetable Biryani.

Meatless Monday Menu – Vegetable Biryani
Farm Share Food – Jalapeno, Onion, Sweet Potato, Turnip

Vegetable Biryani
a recipe from a good friend who introduced me to turnips

This dish is substantial enough to be a meal on its own.  It also makes a great side dish for a feast, like Thanksgiving.

Simple Raita

2 cup plain, unsweetened yogurt
¼ t salt
¼ t cumin
1 cucumber, peeled and diced

Stir ingredients together and store in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Spice Paste

4 cloves garlic
1 T minced ginger
1 jalapeno, seeded and roughly chopped
½ small onion, roughly chopped
1 t garam masala
½ t cumin
¼ t turmeric
2 T water

Combine ingredients of the spice paste with an immersion blender or food processor, puree until a paste forms.  Store in a small bowl until ready to use.

Vegetable Biryani

3 T olive oil, divided
4 whole cloves
1 (3 inch) cinnamon stick
1 ½ cups cauliflower florets, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 ½ cups sweet potato, peeled and diced small
1 bunch turnips, diced small
1 ¼ cups basmati rice
¼ cup raisins
2 cups water
1 t salt
1 cup frozen peas
1 T unsalted butter
2 medium onions, thinly sliced

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Heat 2 T of oil over medium heat in Dutch Oven.  Add cloves and cinnamon stick and cook for 1-2 minutes.  Add the reserved spice paste and cook until paste begins to stick to the bottom of the oven, 2-3 minutes.  Add cauliflower, sweet potato, and turnip and stir to coat vegetable completely with spice paste.  Add rice and stir to coat.  Add raisins, water and salt.  Stir to combine.  Bring to a boil, then cover the pot, and transfer to the oven for 30 minutes, until rice is cooked.  Remove from oven, stir in the peas, and then let sit covered for 15 minutes. 

While the rice is in the oven heat 1 T oil and 1 T butter in a skillet over medium heat.  Add the onion slices and slowly caramelize.  Stir the onions often, constantly moving them around the pan until they are golden and beginning to crisp.

Transfer the rice to a serving platter, sprinkle with the caramelized onions, and serve with the Raita on the side. 

Check out the great recipes from other blogs celebrating Fall Fest:

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Purple Plan Week of November 6, 2011

Turkey Tetrazzini
Local Food: Peas and Carrots

Local Food: Kale, Ground Beef, Onion, Parsley

Local Food: Butternut Squash, Onion

Welcome Back to "The Purple Plan"

During the CSA off-season I replace the weekly post stating what we got from the farm and my plans for that farm share food with “The Purple Plan”.  “The Purple Plan” is a post sharing 3-4 meals I plan to make in that upcoming week with CSA stored food or food from other local sources.   
I’m a lover of lists!  Following are two lists I’ll use to come up with my meal plans shared in “The Purple Plan” over the next several weeks. 
Local and CSA Food Stored in my Freezer

Broccoli (2 packages)
Broccoli Rabe (use it like frozen spinach)
Butternut Squash (4 packages)
Carrot Slices (2 packages)
Crushed Tomatoes
Basil (3 packages)
Sage (2 packages)
Jalapenos (2 packages)
Kale (use it like frozen spinach)
Parsley Pesto
Parsley and Sun Dried Tomato Pesto
Summer Squash Puree (2 packages)
Tomatoes Diced (2 packages)
Zucchini Puree
Zucchini Shredded (2 packages)

Ground Beef (2 packages)
Oscar’s Bacon (6 packages)
Oscar’s Chicken Sausage
Rib Steak
Short Ribs
Stew meat
Strip Steak
Pre-Prepped items:

Braised Turnip Greens (2 packages)
Broccoli Rabe Pasta Dish starter
Pear and Cranberry Crisp
Sausage, Kale, and Potato Soup
Vegetable Korma
Stored Vegetables
Butternut Squash
Red Onions
Sweet Potatoes

Friday, November 4, 2011

Weeknight Vegetable Curry

This was a warm and creamy dish that was a perfect weeknight meal. 

Wednesday Menu – Cauliflower and Sweet Potato Curry with Rice
Farm Share Food – Onion, Sweet Potato, Cilantro

 This recipe could utilize any number of vegetables – squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, peas or greens.  Just a couple of ideas off the top of my head.  I made it as written with cauliflower and sweet potatoes.  It’s a great vegetarian dish, tofu could even be added.  Or if you would like to add some leftover chicken, another great idea for this versatile dish.  Again, my cilantro was frozen cubes from the summer that I stirred in at the end.
Simple Vegetable Curry

Coriander Glazed Carrots

I really liked these carrots.  The citrus really brightened them up and they were an easy side dish to make.  My husband did not like the citrus flavors in these carrots.  
Tuesday Menu – Arugula Pesto Salmon, Arugula Pesto Roasted Potatoes, Coriander Glazed Carrots.
Farm Share Food – Arugula Pesto, Potatoes, Carrots, Cilantro
Arugula Pesto
I defrosted the Arugula Pesto I made a couple of weeks ago.  I spread some on the salmon filets and then cooked those on the Foreman Grill.  I cut up the potatoes into 1 inch cubes and tossed them with some pesto.  I roast them at 400 degrees for 40 minutes, turning them once during the cooking time.
Coriander Glazed Carrots
originally from Food Network Magazine

 Printable Version
1 T unsalted butter
½ t coriander seed, lightly crushed
1 pound carrots, cut into sticks
¼ cup orange juice
1 T lime juice
1 ½ T brown sugar
salt and pepper
2 T chopped cilantro, I used my frozen cubes
Melt the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the coriander seeds and toast 30 seconds.  Add the carrots and stir in orange juice, lime juice, brown sugar, 2 T water, and salt and pepper to taste.  Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce heat to medium low.  Simmer, stirring occasionally, 13-15 minutes until carrots are tender.
Uncover, increase heat to medium high and cook until liquid is reduced 8-10 minutes.  Stir in cilantro and serve.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Week 21 of 2011

With vegetable pick up this week our CSA comes to a close for the 2011 season.  Our farm lost thousands of pounds of vegetables due to Hurricanes Irene and Lee, and so we finish up the first week of November.  Every week since the Hurricanes I’ve been delightfully surprised at the abundance of wonderful vegetables I bring home.  I didn’t think we would see any more greens after the storms, but delighted again we’ve enjoyed several weeks of salad greens and I have Kale and Broccoli Rabe in the freezer to use in soups and stews.   
Thank you for a wonderful season!
We got...
Beefsteak Tomatoes, Beets, Butternut Squash, Carrots, Onions, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes
Fruit: Apples
My plans...
I have so many beets!  They store nicely in the refrigerator, so we can use them over the next couple of months.  Here are some ideas I may try.
Vegetable Pancakes
Michael Symon made a Goat Cheese and Beet Ravioli on the “Chew”

I’ve never made Borscht and this recipe looks yummy!

Butternut Squash
I’ve been freezing my Butternut Squash.  In the coming weeks I will make...
and if you haven’t made it yet the Braised Chicken with ButternutSquash and Cranberries, it is this season’s winner!

Carrots, Onions, Potatoes, and Sweet Potatoes
I’m so happy to have these.  I’ve got them stored and will chip away at them over the coming weeks.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Braised Chicken with Butternut Squash and Cranberries

This was the PERFECT meal for last night.  It was warm, comforting, and delicious – like I said the PERFECT meal the night we had our first snow fall of the season.

Thursday Menu – Braised Chicken with Butternut Squash and Cranberries, Crust Whole Wheat Bread
Farm Share Food – Butternut Squash, Red Onion
Braised Chicken with Butternut Squash and Cranberries

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

CSA Bits'n'Pieces

Spicy Eggs
Mario Batali made the best eggs sometime last week on “The Chew”.  I made them for lunch the other day using a little leftover onion, some pieces of jalapeno from the freezer, and some leftover tomato sauce that I always use CSA garlic, onion, and carrot to make.  Delicious and quick!!!

Spicy Eggs
Olive Oil
¼ onion, roughly sliced
1 jalapeno, thinly sliced (keep the seeds for extra heat)
1/2 cup tomato sauce
2 eggs
Salt and Pepper to taste
Heat olive oil in a small to medium size skillet.  Add the onion and jalapeno.  Cook until beginning to soften and brown.  Add tomato sauce.  When sauce begins to boil crack eggs into the liquid to poach.  Cook until eggs set.  Salt and Pepper to taste. 

Mini Squash Muffins
Got about ¼ cup of squash or pumpkin puree leftover?  Make Mini Squash Muffins!  Add ¼ cup of puree and an extra egg to an 8.5 oz. corn muffin mix and bake in mini muffin tins.  Thanks to the October “Food Network Magazine” article for “A Month of Pumpkin” ideas for these muffins.

Turnips Greens
We got a bunch of turnips last week and again this week.  Today I made a batch of BraisedTurnip Greens.  I put ½ - ¾ cup servings in freezer bags.  I can get these out of the freezer for a quick lunch over pasta or with a thick slice of crusty bread.

Freezing Items
I cut up a Butternut Squash into about 1 inch cubes.  I had 2 freezer bags, I put half of the Butternut Squash cubes into each to freeze.
I roughly chopped  Broccoli Rabe, blanched it for 2 minutes, moved it to an ice bath, and drained it.  This has also been put away in the freezer.  It can be used as a substitute in any recipe calling for frozen spinach.
Last week I made Arugula Pesto and froze it in ice cube trays.
Today I did an inventory of my freezer.  I currently have 25 items in there from this year’s Vegetable CSA.  After our last delivery I’m thinking of sharing that list on the blog and spending the winter months working my way through them with more recipes to share. 

Mango Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potato

Recently in Food Network Magazine there was a pull-out for 50 Stuffed Potatoes.  There are so many to try.  Last night we tried Mango Black Bean.
Tuesday Menu – Mango Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Farm Share Food – Sweet Potatoes, tomato, jalapeno, cilantro, onion
I had jalapeno and cilantro in the freezer from earlier in the season. 
Mango Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Printable Version

4 medium size sweet potatoes
1 15oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 ½ cups frozen mango, defrosted
½ cup diced tomato
1 jalapeno, minced
2 T onion, finely diced
2 T cilantro, finely chopped
1 T olive oil
2 T lime juice
Bake Sweet Potatoes at 400 degrees for 50 minutes.
Mix together remaining ingredients.  Serve Black Bean Mango mixture spooned on top of baked Sweet Potatoes.

Week 20 of 2011

We got...  
Arugula, Beefsteak Tomatoes, Beets, Broccoli Rabe, Butternut Squash, Potatoes, Red Onions, Sweet Potatoes, Turnips
Fruit: Apples
My plans...
I plan to make this Sauteed Shrimp with Arugula.  I also plan to make an Arugula pizza.  I did make Arugula Pesto last week.  I think I’ll use that as a sauce, put on the cheese, and then top with a few fresh arugula leaves.

Folks from the Harlem site of our same CSA farm are getting started on a blog.  Follow them on twitter at @HarlemCSA.  They suggested these Indian Spiced Beets.

Broccoli Rabe and Butternut Squash
I’ll freeze these to be used during those long winter months when I miss the CSA.
Sweet Potatoes
I love sweet potatoes that made with a dish that has some kick.  I’m looking forward to try this RoastedSweet Potato Salad with Cranberry-Chipotle Dressing.

I have this recipe in my notes for Roasted Turnips with Tomatoes.  I’m intrigued but can’t find the link.  I’ll have to do some digging!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Squash, Manchego, and Balsamic-Onion Grilled Cheese

This past summer we watched Jeff Mauro become “The Next Food Network Star” as the Sandwich King.  Last night we tried one of his recipes for the first time.  One bite and we were sold!
Meatless Monday Menu – Squash, Manchego, and Balsamic-Onion Grilled Cheese, Salad
Farm Share Food – Carnival Squash, Onions, Tomatoes
Check out the link to Jeff’s sandwich.  He uses Butternut Squash and it has the recipe for starting from scratch.  I had leftover roasted Carnival Squash which became an ingredient in our sandwiches, making for a delicious dinner on another busy weeknight.
Squash, Manchego, and Balsamic-Onion Grilled Cheese

Printable Version

12 half rings of leftover Spicy Roasted Squash, trimmed of skin
1 T butter, plus butter to spread on sandwich bread
1 large onion, thinly sliced
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
1 t sugar
Salt and Pepper
8 slices country bread
1 pound manchego cheese, thinly sliced
1 cup almonds, toasted
Melt butter in a skillet over medium-low heat.  Add the onion and toss to coat onion with butter.  Begin to caramelize onions, 10 – 15 minutes.  When the onions begin to brown add balsamic vinegar, sugar, and salt & pepper to taste.  Continue to caramelize the onions, stirring often until the mixture thickens and a sweetness develops – about 15 minutes.
Build sandwiches.  Butter one sliced of bread.  On the unbuttered side add ingredients in this order – manchego, squash, onions, almonds, manchego.  Close with another buttered sliced of bread.  Build 3 additional sandwiches.
Heat griddle over medium heat.  Cook each sandwich 4 minutes per side.  Low and slow is the key to nicely crisped bread with melted, gooey insides.