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.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Spicy Roasted Squash, Braised Mustard Greens

My husband asked what we were having for dinner and was not excited to hear we were having Braised Mustard Greens.  Guess what?!?  Those greens were the best part of dinner, he thought so too.  
Sunday Menu – Grilled Chicken Breast, Braised Mustard Greens, Spicy Roasted Squash
Farm Share Produce – Mustard Greens, Garlic, Carnival Squash
Braised Mustard Greens
NOTES: I followed this super simple recipe with great success.  With the garlic, I added some crushed red pepper and salt & pepper to mimic the seasonings I had in the chicken marinade and on the squash.
Spicy Roasted Squash
I got this recipe from a friend who loves the cookbook “Fresh Every Day” by Sara Foster.  She wrote this recipe to me in an e-mail from memory, but she got it from this favorite cookbook.
3 T unsalted butter
1 t salt
1/8-1/4 t cayenne, to taste
2 Carnival Squash, cut into rings or half rings with the skin on
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Melt butter and stir in salt and cayenne.  Place squash rings on a rimmed baking sheet prepared with cooking spray.  Brush butter mixture onto squash rings. 
Bake 10 minutes, flip and bake an additional 15 minutes until squash is tender.
NOTE: cutting the squash into half rings makes it easier to fit onto the baking tray.  Whole rings are for a prettier presentation when guests come to dinner.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Fried Green Tomato BLT

I love fried green tomatoes and was intrigued by a recipe from Kelsey Nixon for Fried Green Tomato BLT.  This sandwich has lots of great zing.  I made the bacon on the foreman grill while I fried up the green tomatoes and along with French Fries it was a great meal for a busy weeknight.

We haven’t gotten any green tomatoes from the CSA, but maybe.  Thanks again to Grandma’s garden for the green tomatoes!
Thursday Menu – Fried Green Tomato BLT, French Fries
Farm Share Food – Arugula
Other Local Produce – Grandma’s Green Tomatoes
Fried Green Tomato BLT
Spicy Mayonnaise:
½ cup mayonnaise
1 T lemon juice
½ t Dijon mustard
salt, to taste
1/8 t cayenne pepper
Whisk ingredients together and store in fridge until it’s time to build the sandwiches.
Fried Green Tomatoes:
1 cup flour , divided
1 egg
¼ cup buttermilk
½ t baking powder
¼ t baking soda
½ cup cornmeal
salt, to taste
¼ t cayenne pepper
8 slices green tomato, about 2 medium tomatoes
oil for frying
In a shallow dish add ¼ cup flour.  In a second shallow dish beat the egg and add buttermilk, baking powder, and baking soda.  Stir to combine.  In a third shallow dish add ¾ cup flour, cornmeal, salt and cayenne pepper. 
Dredge the tomatoes in flour, egg mixture and then coat with cornmeal mixture.  Place on a wire cooling rack in a rimmed baking sheet until ready to fry.  Repeat for all the tomato slices.
Heat oil in a skillet and fry tomatoes until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side.  Fry tomatoes in batches and allow to cool on another rack until it time to build the sandwiches.
1 pound turkey bacon, cooked
1 cup arugula, heavy, rough stems removed
8 slices of thick bread
Spread spicy mayo onto 2 slices of bread.  Add arugula and 2 fried green tomato slices to one side and bacon to the other.  Build 4 sandwiches. 

Roast Chicken with Winter Vegetables

In the spring I posted a recipe for Roast Chicken with Spring Vegetables and it was a hit.  My family loved it and I got lots of great feedback.  I thought a version with winter vegetables was in order.

Wednesday Menu – Roast Chicken with Winter Vegetables

Farm Share Food – Beets, Carrots, Onions, Radishes, Sweet Potatoes, Turnips
Roast Chicken with Winter Vegetables
9 pieces of bone in chicken, thighs and/or drumsticks
Salt and Pepper,
3 T olive oil divided
½ t poultry seasoning
3-4 beets, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
1-2 small sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
2 T lemon juice, divided
1 bunch radishes
1 bunch turnips
1-2 medium carrots
2 medium onions
Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
Rinse and pat dry the chicken.  Place skin side up in a roasting pan or rimmed baking sheet.  Season with salt and pepper.  Drizzle with 1 T olive oil.  Sprinkle chicken with poultry seasoning.  Place beets and sweet potatoes around the chicken in the pan.  Drizzle 1 T lemon juice over the chicken and potatoes.  Roast 20 minutes.
Meanwhile cut the radishes and turnips in half, cut the onions into wedges, and cut the carrots into sticks.  Toss together with remaining 2 T olive oil, season with salt and pepper.
After 20 minutes remove the chicken and potatoes from the oven and scatter the remaining vegetables around the chicken.  Continue to roast another 20 - 30 minutes, until vegetables are tender and chicken is golden. 
After removing the chicken from the oven drizzle the remaining 1 T lemon juice over the chicken and vegetables.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Paella Stuffed Poblanos

We had these amongst a hodge-podge, crazy dinner plate as we rushed from a day of work and school out to an evening event.
These were quick and easy!  I enjoyed trying manchego cheese for first time.  Thanks Grandma for the poblanos from your garden.
Paella-Stuffed Poblanos

Week 19 of 2011

We got...  
Arugula, Beefsteak Tomatoes, Butternut Squash, Mustard Greens, Onions, Red Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Turnips
Fruit: Apples
My plans...
I would like to make some Arugula Pesto to freeze.  Maybe some will find its way onto roasted potatoes or used as a pizza sauce.

Beefsteak Tomatoes
I think I’m just going to enjoy the fact that we are still getting tomatoes in October.
Butternut Squash
I can’t wait to try a recipe in Everyday Food vol. 86 for Braised Chicken with Butternut Squash and Cranberries.  I can’t share the link because it’s not up on their website yet. 
Mustard Greens
After working with these last week I thought I’d like to make Braised Mustard Greens.  This recipe on looks like a good way to go.

Our farm has a tremendous yield of onions this year - a joy amidst all the trials from Hurricane Irene.  I’m very happy to have them and will use them for as long as I can.
Potatoes and Turnips
I found this great roasted chicken recipe in the spring that featured spring vegetables.  I’m thinking of adapting it for winter vegetables.  I’ll be using beets, potatoes, radishes, and turnips.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Skillet Lasagna with Mustard Greens

I made my beloved Skillet Lasagna with our CSA Mustard Greens.  They had a zingy bite that but an interesting twist on the usual Lasagna flavors.  
Monday Menu – Skillet Lasagna
Farm Share Food – Tomatoes, Garlic, Carrots, Mustard Greens
Skillet Lasagna

NOTES: Rough chop the greens.  Depending on your preference you may want to boil the greens down before adding them to the lasagna.  Boiling them will increase their tenderness.  Last night I used double the carrots and didn’t add any zucchini. 

Monday, October 17, 2011

Grilled Chicken and Eggplant Stacks

These were fun to make.  These stacks are a little bit elegant and would be fun when you have guests to dinner.   
Sunday Menu – Grilled Chicken and Eggplant Stack with Fire Roasted Tomato Sauce, Salad
Farm Share Food – Eggplant, Garlic, Onion, Basil, Salad Mix, Tomato, Carmen Pepper
Grilled Chicken and Eggplant Stack with Fire Roasted TomatoSauce

NOTES:  I doubled the amount of crushed red pepper and it had a nice bite but wasn’t overly spicy.  So if you like a kick I recommend you use the crushed red pepper generously.  I didn’t have any fresh basil, but lots of frozen cubes from the summer.  I just melted a cube or two into the sauce.  I did my grilling on my electric indoor grill.  While the chicken and eggplant were grilling I was able to make the sauce.  We needed a nice bit of crusty bread to go with dinner last night – hope you have some on hand when you make this.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Keeping up with the CSA

I spent some time yesterday getting vegetables into storage.  
Peppers – Jalapenos, Poblanos, and Sweet
My mother in law gave me a bag of Poblanos, we got Jalapenos this week from the CSA, and we’ve gotten lots of peppers this season.  I simply cut them into strips or diced them and put them in the freezer.  I know have bags of Jalapenos, Poblanos, and Sweet Peppers in the freezer for winter stews, braises, or casseroles. 
Butternut Squash
I peeled and chopped the squash into 2inch cubes.  These went into a freezer bag.  Butternut Squash freezes nicely for stews, soups, braises, or roasts.
Broccoli Rabe and Garlic
I have a great recipe for Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe,Oregano, and Lemon.  I made part of this recipe, put it in the freezer, and will complete the dish one night for dinner.  Here is what I did...
Spicy Broccoli Rabe with Pasta (for the freezer)
Bring about 4 cups of water to boil in a deep skillet.  Add one bunch of broccoli rabe (stems removed and roughly chopped).  Boil for 4 minutes.  Drain and reserve.  Heat ¼ cup of olive oil over medium high heat.  Add 3 cloves of garlic (sliced) and ½ t of crushed red pepper.  Cook for 2-3 minutes until garlic starts to brown.  Remove from heat and toss Broccoli Rabe in the oil mixture.  Allow to cool.  When cool put in a freezer container and store in the freezer.
When you are ready to make the broccoli rabe for dinner, defrost the mixture.  Prepare a half a pound of pasta (penne or orecchiette) and brown some chicken sausage slices.  Warm the broccoli rabe mixture with the chicken sausage once it has browned.  Toss in the pasta, drizzle with a little lemon juice and serve with parmesan cheese.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Tomato-Onion Casserole

I was able to cook some while I wasn’t blogging.  We still had to eat even if Mommy was feeling a little overwhelmed.

This Tomato-Onion Casserole was easy.  We are still getting great, farm tomatoes, and some beautiful days.  BUT on those drizzly, chilly days this is a warming way to use those farm tomatoes.
Menu – Pesto Grilled Salmon, Tomato-Onion Casserole, Angel Hair Pasta
Farm Share Food – Tomatoes, Onions
 It is a pretty simple recipe and it makes sense to just follow the link.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Week 18 of 2011

It’s been a busy couple of weeks and I’ve missed the blog.  I’ve taken on some new responsibilities and they took me by surprise.  It’s good to be back!
We got...
Beefsteak Tomatoes, Beets, Butternut Squash, Carrots, Eggplant, Jalapenos, Mustard Greens, Onions, Salad Mix
Fruit: Apples

My plans...
Beefsteak Tomatoes
Already today I crushed several tomatoes with my immersion blender.  I’ll freeze these to make dishes like Chicken Tikka Masala during the winter.

Butternut Squash
Cooking Light did a recipe make over and came up with this Creamy, Light Macaroni and Cheese that is packed with Squash.

I’ve been saving this recipe for a while...this week I’ll try Grilled Chicken and Eggplant Stacks with Fire Roasted Tomato Sauce.

Mustard Greens and Tomatoes
I am going to make the Skillet Lasagna I love so much with Mustard Greens as a substitution for the spinach.