- Please watch for the winter share information that will be coming out soon. We are only able to offer a limited amount of winter shares. First come; first enrolled; once they’re gone they’re gone…
Farm News from Jane
What a great crowd we had for the tomato picking on Saturday! It’s so nice to have a good tomato season. We haven’t had an exceptional one like this in a few years. The dry weather kept disease away and of course the heavy layer of mulch that was laid down in between the rows under the plants has helped tremendously with pest, disease and weed suppression.
We did it! Those were the words I heard from the tractor in front of me (Daniel) after placing my last Napa cabbage in the soil while riding the transplanter last Friday. The last of the seedlings are planted and that signals the end of the planting season for this year except of course for the seedlings headed for the high tunnel.
This morning was a damp and chilly reminder to prepare for the changing weather. Thirty degrees difference is quite noticeable! Indoors it is quite chilly also; I had left all the windows open until Sunday morning to cool the house down not thinking that I would want to hold onto some of that heat until the temperatures rise later this week! We do sleep so much better when it is cool however…
The colors are now starting to show autumn. The woods which line the farm are changing daily. A hot summer gives so much more color to the leaves but the dry weather causes them to fall much more quickly.
We are coming to the end of the summer produce as this is the last week for string beans and sweet corn. A few more weeks of tomatoes and peppers and then we will be in full swing of fall crops. We harvested the first of the many varieties of kale and we are waiting for the broccoli to head up. We “flipped” all the spaghetti squash over to allow the green side to ripen and we’ll harvest them in the next week. The cabbages are growing nicely as well as all the cauliflowers and brussels sprouts. This week looks to be a good soup making week or baking; perhaps some kale chips. It’s not only nice to have the oven’s warmth in the kitchen but the smell that wafts through the house makes everyone feel welcome and hungry. Here’s to a more comfortable week with the understanding that we are in the last weeks of summer.
Enjoy each and every day and veggie, Jane
Produce: Napa Cabbage (Chinese Cabbage) Red Russian Kale Bell peppers Sweet Corn
Red potatoes Spanish onions Garlic Yellow beans Cherry/Saladette tomatoes
Fruit Share: Peaches Blue plums Bartlett pears Coming soon: Apples
– Napa is also called Chinese cabbage and is great raw in a salad or in a stir fry. Some people even use it for sandwich wrappers or stuffed cabbage!
– Yellow beans and sweet corn; this is the last for both string beans and sweet corn.
– Red Russian Kale; remove stems by folding leaf in half and slicing stems from kale. You can eat it raw by massaging leaves. Place the kale in a large bowl and toss with the lemon juice and zest, olive oil, salt and pepper. Massage the mixture with your hands until the kale is well-coated and just beginning to wilt. Adjust seasoning and serve.
– Add sautéed kale (chopped) to omelets, quiches, scrambled, casseroles, or mashed potatoes.
CREAMY POTATO KALE SOUP
5 tablespoons butter, 1 large yellow onion, roughly chopped, 3 large potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped, 8 cups chicken or vegetable broth, 2-3 cups chopped kale, stems removed, 2 cups milk, salt and pepper to taste
Heat the butter in a large pot over medium high heat. Add the onions and potatoes and sauté until golden brown, 5-8 minutes, sprinkling with salt and pepper. Add 6 cups of the broth and the kale; simmer for 5-10 minutes until the kale softens and becomes a darker green. Transfer the soup to a heavy-duty blender. Puree for 2-3 minutes or until the soup is completely smooth. Transfer the pureed soup back the pan and stir in the milk and the remaining 2 cups broth depending on how thick you want the soup to be. Season with salt and pepper and serve with yummy paninis, toasted wheat bread, or crackers, cheese, and hummus.
Notes: This recipe is very adaptable – add more herbs, use more potatoes, more kale, more broth, etc. Also note: the more kale you add, the brighter green your soup will be! Also, the longer you cook the onions and potatoes the more it “dulls” the flavor. You want them to be sautéed and golden, but not totally mushy.
ONE-POT SPAGHETTI WITH CHERRY TOMATOES AND KALE
1 # spaghetti, 1 # cherry tomatoes, halved (about 2 pints), 2 lemons, zested, ¼ cup plus 3T olive oil, 2 teaspoons salt, 1 bunch kale or spinach, leaves only, washed and chopped, Salt and pepper, to taste, Parmesan, for serving
Bring just over a quart of water to a boil. Meanwhile, place spaghetti, tomatoes, lemon zest, oil and salt in a large, dry, shallow pan. (The pan should be large enough that the dry spaghetti can lie flat.) Add the hot water to the pan with the spaghetti. Cover pan, and bring up to a boil. Remove lid and simmer for about 6 minutes, using tongs to move the spaghetti around now and then so it doesn’t stick. Add kale or spinach and continue cooking until remaining liquid has reduced to a sauce and the pasta is cooked through. Taste, season and top with cheese.
Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F. Line a non-insulated cookie sheet with parchment paper.
With a knife or kitchen shears carefully remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite size pieces. Bake until the edges brown but are not burnt, 10-15 minutes. May be oiled or sprayed with cooking oil and sprinkled with garlic salt.
MASSAGED KALE SALAD
2 bunches kale, 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 3 large cloves garlic, minced, 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce, 1 minced anchovy fillet or 1/2 teaspoon anchovy paste (optional), 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, 1/4 teaspoon salt
Strip leaves from the stems (discard stems). Wash and dry the leaves. Tear the leaves into small pieces and place in a large bowl. Add Parmesan, oil, lemon juice, garlic, soy sauce, anchovy (if using), pepper and salt. With clean hands, firmly massage and crush the greens to work in the flavoring. Stop when the volume of greens is reduced by about half. The greens should look a little darker and somewhat shiny. Taste and adjust seasoning with more Parmesan, lemon juice, garlic, soy sauce and/or pepper, if desired.
PRIZEWINNER GREEN BEANS WITH TOMATOES AND GARLIC
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil; 1pound green beans, ends clipped, beans cut in half; 1 clove garlic, minced; 1 sprig rosemary, leaves torn off the stem; about 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes; 2 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges; 1/2 cup sliced onions (peeling is optional); 2 teaspoons dried oregano; salt to taste or 2 tablespoons salted butter; 1/2 teaspoon dried ground thyme
Heat olive oil in deep pan over medium heat. Add garlic and pepper flakes; sauté until fragrant. Add onions; sauté until translucent, 3-5 minutes. Add 1/4 cup water, the dried spices, and green beans. Stir, cover, and steam-cook beans until nearly done, 10-15 minutes. Stir in the rosemary and tomatoes. Cook very briefly, until tomatoes are warmed through and beans are done. Season with salt, or, if you prefer, melt salted butter over the beans before serving. This recipe won a prize in the 2002 Food for Thought Recipe Contest in Madison, Wisconsin. Makes 4 servings.
Recipe from Mora Rosenbloom
LATE SUMMER BRUSCHETTA
2-3 large tomatoes; 1 crunchy sweet pepper; 1 medium sweet onion; 2-3 cloves garlic, minced; olive oil; small handful fresh basil, chopped (optional); crusty bread (like baguette); shredded mozzarella or grated Parmesan (optional)
Chop the vegetables into a midsize dice. Combine with garlic, 1-2 tablespoons olive oil, and optional basil. Slice baguette down the middle and lay the 2 sides cut side up. Brush with additional 1-2 tablespoons oil and sprinkle on cheese, if using. Broil bread for several minutes until bread or cheese browns a bit. Top the sections (you may cut them smaller, if desired) with some of the vegetable mixture. This recipe is similar to one eaten at the Lawn Beach Inn in Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin. Makes 4 servings.
TEX-MEX BEEF PIE WITH CORNMEAL BISCUIT TOPPING
1 lb. ground beef; 1 large onion, chopped; 1 pepper, seeded and chopped; 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped; 1 Tbsp chili powder; 2 tsp cumin; 2 tsp dried oregano; 1 lb. tomatoes, diced; 1 cup corn kernels; 3/4 cup flour; 1 Tbsp cornmeal; 3/4 tsp baking powder; 1/4 baking soda; 1/4 tsp salt; 1 1/2 Tbsp vegetable shortening; 1/2 cup buttermilk
In a large skillet, cook the beef with the onion, pepper and garlic over medium heat, stirring to break the meat into smaller pieces, until it is browned. Spoon off any excess fat. Add the chili powder, cumin, oregano and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, breaking them into smaller chunks with the side of a spoon if necessary, along with the corn and % cup of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and simmer for about 10 minutes until slightly reduced and thickened. Transfer to a 9- inch baking dish. (The recipe can be made one day ahead at this point and refrigerated. Return to room temperature before adding the topping.) Preheat oven to 375 degrees. For the topping, combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder and soda and salt in a medium sized bowl. Add the shortening and rub with your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the buttermilk to make a soft dough. On a lightly floured surface, roll or pat the dough into an 8-inch square and place it over the prepared beef mixture. Use a small knife to cut several slashes so steam can escape. Bake the pie uncovered in the oven until it is hot, filling bubbles around the edges, and the biscuit topping is golden brown, about 20 minutes. 4 main servings
FRESH TOMATO AND FETA SAUCE FOR PASTA
1/2-pound angel hair pasta; fresh, great-tasting tomatoes, enough to make 2 cups chopped tomatoes or 2 cups halved cherry tomatoes; 2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice; 1/4 cup olive oil; salt and pepper; feta cheese
Boil pasta in large quantity of salted water until just tender. Meanwhile, chop tomatoes and place in bowl. (If you’re using paste, or Roma-type, tomatoes, you may first cut a shallow X in the bottom of each, dip the tomatoes in the boiling pasta water 10-20 seconds, and remove skins.) Place lemon juice in a large bowl; whisk in oil and add salt and pepper to taste. Rinse and drain pasta; toss with oil mixture. Transfer pasta to a large, shallow platter and top with chopped tomatoes. Crumble feta on top, as much or as little as you like. Serve at room temperature. This recipe came from a sister’s friend. You can vary the amounts to serve any number of people. Makes 3-4 servings.
GRAND GAZPACHO SALAD
Dressing: 2 teaspoons minced garlic, mashed to a paste; 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar; 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce; 1 teaspoon sugar; 4 tablespoons olive oil; salt and pepper to taste
Salad: 5 large heirloom tomatoes, seeded and chopped; 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley; salt and pepper; 1/3 cup finely chopped sweet onion; 1/2 cup each green pepper; peeled, hard-cooked eggs, all finely chopped; freshly grated Parmesan
Mix first 4 dressing ingredients; whisk in olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Layer ingredients in a clear glass bowl in the order above. Chill before serving. Makes 5-6 servings. Recipe from MACSAC
CORNY TOMATO SALAD
1 Tbsp lemon juice; 1/2 tsp salt; 1/4 tsp chopped, fresh oregano; 2 cloves garlic, minced; 1/4 tsp chili powder; 1/8 tsp ground cumin; 1/8 tsp black pepper; 2 tbsp vegetable oil; 2 tomatoes, diced; 1 small zucchini, diced; 1/2 c thinly sliced shallots; 2/3 cup corn, uncooked
Whisk together juice, salt, oregano, garlic, chili powder, cumin, pepper and oil in medium bowl. Add tomatoes, zucchini, onions and corn; toss. Marinate at room temperature 1 hour or several hours in the refrigerator. Makes 6 servings
2 T olive oil; 3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed; 1 med. onion, finely chopped; 2 cans (28 oz. each) Italian plum tomatoes, chopped and mashed; 1/2 tsp. dried oregano; 2 T chopped fresh basil; 1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper; ½ tsp. salt
Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and onion and sauté for 5 to 7 minutes, or until onions are soft. Add tomatoes. Stir in oregano, basil, pepper and salt. Partially cover saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer for 11/2 hours. Stir occasionally. Servings: 4 Recipe from The Best 50 Garlic Recipes.
CORN AND TOMATO SOUP
2 cups cooked whole kernel corn; 2 medium tomatoes, chopped; 4 large stalks celery, chopped; 1-quart cold water; 2 tablespoons softened butter; 3 tablespoons unbleached flour; 1 cup milk; ½ cup grated Monterey Jack cheese; 1/2 cup chopped pimento; 2 tablespoons minced fresh oregano; Salt and freshly ground pepper
In a large soup pot, cover the corn, tomatoes, and celery with the cold water. Simmer, covered, for 30 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. In a small saucepan, melt the butter and blend in the flour, making a roux. Gradually add the milk and cook until thickened, stirring frequently. Add the milk mixture to the soup pot and stir well. Add the cheese, pimento, and oregano and stir until the cheese is melted. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve in heated bowls. 2 QUARTS Recipe from Herbal Soups, Salads, Breads and Sweets.
FRESH TOMATO SOUP
3 medium tomatoes, peeled and quartered, 1+1/2 C water, ½ C chopped onion (1 medium), ½ C chopped celery (1 stalk), ½ 6oz can of tomato paste, 2T fresh basil (or 2t dried), 2t chicken bouillon, 1t sugar
Seed tomatoes. Combine all ingredients; bring to boil. Reduce heat. Simmer about 20 minutes until vegetables are tender. May puree if desired. Makes four cups. Better Homes and Garden Cookbook
CREAMY ROASTED TOMATO-BASIL DRESSING
1 tomato, 1-2 Sprig basil, 1 Sprig Rosemary, 1⁄4 C oil, 1⁄4C apple cider vinegar, 1⁄2 C tahini, 1 clove garlic, salt to taste
Broil tomato on high for 10 minutes. In a food processor or blender, add remaining ingredients and puree until smooth. Chill to room temp or cooler. From Red Fire Chef Kristen Schafenacker,
WARM YELLOW WAX BEANS IN BACON VINAIGRETTE
2 lb. yellow wax beans, 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, 4 oz. thickly sliced bacon, 2 tbsp. sherry vinegar
10 oz. cherry tomatoes, 1 small shallot, 2 clove garlic, c. chopped basil, kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
Cook the beans in a large pot of salted boiling water until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Drain the beans and cool them under cold, running water. Once cooled, drain the beans well and pat them dry. Transfer the beans to a large bowl. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the bacon and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until golden, 7 to 8 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the vinegar, tomatoes, shallot, garlic, and basil. Scrape the bacon vinaigrette over the beans, season with salt and pepper, and toss to evenly coat. Serve warm. Recipe from delish.com
ROASTED CHEESE-STUFFED GREEN PEPPERS
Bell peppers; low-fat cheese
Using tongs or long-handled fork, hold whole pepper over open flame, turning occasionally, until skin blisters all around. Cool and peel off skin. Open pepper from top carefully; remove seeds and core. Fill with low-fat cheese, and pop in low oven until cheese melts and conforms to shape of pepper. Chill overnight. Slice pepper; serve with other vegetables or use in a sandwich. Makes any number of servings.
STUFFED GREEN PEPPERS
2 large green peppers; 1/2 loaf (1 lb.) firm white bread; milk; 2/3 cups cooked chicken breast, ground; 2 tbsp cup pine nuts; 2 tbsp cup light raisins; 1/2 large egg, well beaten; salt and white pepper
Wash peppers. Slice off tops and remove seeds. Rinse insides and drain. Remove crusts from bread slices. Reduce to crumbs using blender or fingers. Add enough milk to crumbs to thoroughly moisten. Add remaining ingredients. Mix well and pack into peppers. Replace tops. Stand peppers in shallow baking dish with about 1 inch of stock or water. Bake in 350°F oven about 30 minutes or until peppers are thoroughly cooked. Cool and serve at room temperature. Makes 2 servings. Recipe from Gallia Palace
STEAMED NAPA CABBAGE WITH GREEN PEPPER
One 2-lb. Napa cabbage, thinly sliced; 1/20 tsp. freshly ground black pepper; 1/4 cup cider vinegar; 1 tbsp. dark brown sugar; 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper; 1/4tsp. salt; 1 green pepper, seeded, deribbed and thinly sliced
Combine the vinegar, brown sugar, black pepper, red pepper, salt and 1/4 cup of water in a small saucepan. Bring the liquid to a boil over high heat, and cook it rapidly to reduce it by half – four to five minutes. Remove the sauce from the heat and set it aside. Pour enough water into a large pot to fill it about 1 inch deep. Set a vegetable steamer in the pot and bring the water to a boil. Put the sliced cabbage and green pepper in the steamer, cover the pot tightly, and steam the vegetables until the cabbage is just barely wilted €about three minutes. Transfer the vegetables to a serving bowl and pour the sauce through a strainer onto them. Toss the vegetables well to distribute the dressing evenly, and let them stand for five minutes before serving. Serves 6
SWEET PEPPERS WITH HERBED RICE
4 green peppers, broiled and peeled; 1/2 cup brown rice; one 2-inch strip of lemon peel; 1 tbsp. virgin olive oil; 1/2 onion, chopped; 1/4 cup raisins, soaked in ¼ cup dry white wine; 2 tbsp unsalted chicken or vegetable stock; juice of 1/2 lemon; 3 tbsp. chopped parsley; 1 tsp. fresh thyme, 1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves; 1/8 tsp. ground coriander
Bring 1 quart of water to a boil in a saucepan. Add the rice and the lemon peel. Simmer for 25 minutes over medium heat. Remove the stems, ribs and seeds from the peeled peppers. Cut the peppers in half lengthwise. Set four of the pepper halves aside as a garnish. Coarsely chop the remaining pepper halves and set them aside too. Preheat the oven to 4000 F. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large, heavy- bottomed skillet. Add the onion, and cook until it is translucent – about five minutes. Add the raisins and wine, stock, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil and add the rice. Stir in the parsley, thyme, coriander and the chopped peppers. Transfer the rice mixture to a 1-quart gratin dish. Mound up the rice slightly and arrange the pepper halves on top. Bake the dish for 20 minutes. Brush the peppers with the remaining tablespoon of oil before serving. Serves 4
POBLANO PEPPER AND CORN STEW
2 large boneless, skinless chicken breast halves; 3 tablespoons olive oil; 1 large Spanish onion, minced; 5 cloves garlic, minced; 2 fresh poblano peppers, chopped; 8 ounces good-quality cured chorizo, sliced and chopped in quarters; 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes; 8 cups chicken stock, homemade or canned; 4 cups fresh corn kernels; Salt and cracked pepper to taste; 1/4 bunch cilantro, stems trimmed, minced; 1 bunch radishes, trimmed and sliced; Queso fresco, crème fraiche, or sour cream In a heavy stockpot over medium to low heat, cook the chicken breasts on both sides in half the olive oil. Remove the chicken and allow to cool. Add the remaining olive oil to the pot and heat it. Add the onion, garlic, poblanos, chorizo, and red pepper flakes. Sauté until the onion is soft and translucent. Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Shred the chicken and add it to the boiling stock. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the corn, cook for about 2 minutes, and turn off the heat. Season the stew to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle the stew into bowls and garnish with the cilantro, radishes, and queso fresco. Serves 6. Recipe from The Café Pongo Cookbook.
CHINESE CABBAGE SALAD
5 cups chopped Chinese cabbage; 3/4 c. sliced or shredded radishes, 11/2 cups chow Mein noodles (the crunchy ones); 1 cup crushed peanuts; 1/4 cup sesame seeds (black, if available); 2 tablespoons rice vinegar; 4 tablespoons sesame oil; 3 tablespoons soy sauce; 1 tablespoon honey; 1/2-1 teaspoon dry mustard
Combine cabbage, radishes, chow Mein noodles, peanuts, and sesame seeds. Mix remaining ingredients. Toss with cabbage, using just enough dressing to suit your taste. Makes 6-8 servings. Recipe from Dog Hollow Farm
PORK AND CHINESE CABBAGE EGG ROLLS
3 1/2 ounces (about 100 grams) bean thread noodles; 1/2-pound lean ground pork; 1 cup finely chopped onions; 2 cups finely shredded Napa cabbage; 1 egg, beaten; 1 tablespoon sesame oil; salt and pepper to taste; 1-pound egg roll wrappers; 2 egg whites, beaten; 3-4 cups vegetable oil; Hmong Hot Dipping Sauce
Soak noodles in hot water 15 minutes. Drain well; chop. Mix with pork, onions, cabbage, egg, sesame oil, salt, and pepper. Place egg roll wrapper on work surface with one comer pointing toward you. Place 2 heaping tablespoons filling near bottom comer, shaping mixture to look like a cigar. Roll wrapper (lower end) over meat to middle of wrapper. Brush edges with egg white and roll up completely. Repeat with remaining filling and wrappers. Heat oil to 375 degrees. Deep-fry egg rolls in small batches until light brown, about 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Serve with Hmong Hot Dipping Sauce. Makes 20-25 egg rolls. Recipe from MACSAC
9 ounces Chinese cabbage, shredded; 4 carrots, cut into matchsticks; 4 bok choy ribs, cut into matchsticks; 9 ounces (4 cups) bean sprouts; fried onion, salted peanuts and sliced fresh hot pepper, to garnish
For the peanut sauce: 1 tablespoon oil; 1 small onion, finely chopped; 1 garlic clove; crushed; 1 small piece galangal, peeled and grated; 1 teaspoon ground cumin; 1/4 teaspoon chili powder; 1 teaspoon tamarind paste or lime juice; 4 tablespoons crunchy peanut butter; 1 teaspoon light brown sugar
Steam the cabbage, carrots and bok choy for 3-4 minutes, until just tender. Let cool. Spread out the bean sprouts on a large serving dish. Arrange the cabbage, carrots, bok choy on top. To make the sauce, heat the oil in a saucepan, add the onion and garlic and cook gently for 5 minutes, until s0ft. Stir in the galangal and spices and cook for 1 minute. Add the tamarind paste or lime juice, peanut butter and sugar. Mix well. COOK’S TIP ~ As long as the sauce remains the same, the vegetables can be altered at the whim of the cook and reflect the contents a/the vegetable bin. Heat the sauce gently, stirring occasionally and adding a little hot water if necessary, to make the sauce runny enough to coat the vegetables when poured. Spoon a little of the sauce over the vegetables and toss lightly together. Garnish with fried onion, peanuts and sliced hot pepper. Serve the rest of the sauce separately in a bowl. Serves 4
STEAMED NAPA CABBAGE WITH GREEN PEPPER
One 2-lb. Napa cabbage, thinly sliced; 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper; 1/4 cup cider vinegar; 1 tbsp. dark brown sugar; 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper; 1/4tsp. salt; 1 green pepper, seeded, deribbed and thinly sliced
Combine the vinegar, brown sugar, black pepper, red pepper, salt and 1/4 cup of water in a small saucepan. Bring the liquid to a boil over high heat, and cook it rapidly to reduce it by half – four to five minutes. Remove the sauce from the heat and set it aside. Pour enough water into a large pot to fill it about 1 inch deep. Set a vegetable steamer in the pot and bring the water to a boil. Put the sliced cabbage and green pepper in the steamer, cover the pot tightly, and steam the vegetables until the cabbage is just barely wilted €about three minutes. Transfer the vegetables to a serving bowl and pour the sauce through a strainer onto them. Toss the vegetables
NAPA CABBAGE SALAD WITH PEANUTS AND CILANTRO
THE SALAD: 1/2 cup skinned raw peanuts; 1 teaspoon peanut oil; 1 large carrot; 4 cups thinly sliced Napa cabbage; 2 cups slivered lettuce leaves; 3 thin scallions, including some of the greens, finely sliced diagonally; 1/4 cup chopped cilantro; 2 tablespoons chopped mint leaves; 2 tablespoons torn basil leaves, preferably Thai basil
THE DRESSING: 1/2 jalapeno chile, finely diced; 1/4 cup rice vinegar; 1 teaspoon sugar; 1/4 teaspoon sea salt; 1/4 cup roasted peanut oil
Heat the peanuts in the oil over medium-low heat, shaking the pan occasionally, until lightly browned after a few minutes. Blot with paper towels and set aside. Peel the carrot with a vegetable peeler and discard the skins. Then, with the vegetable peeler, continue removing long strips of the carrot until you’ve reached the core. Combine the cabbage, lettuce, and carrot with everything except the nuts. Whisk the dressing ingredients together and toss with the greens. Add the peanuts just before serving. SERVES 4 TO 6 Recipe from Local Flavors.
PORK & NAPA CABBAGE SOUP
1 teaspoon ghee or fat of choice, 1 small onion, diced, Kosher salt, 1 pound ground pork (ground chicken thighs, beef, and turkey also work), 6 large fresh shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and thinly sliced (dried and reconstituted ’shrooms work, too), 2 garlic cloves, minced, 6 cups bone broth or stock, 1 head Napa cabbage (2 pounds), cut crosswise into 1-inch segments (bok choy or Savoy cabbage are good alternatives), 2 large carrots, peeled and sliced into coins, 1 large russet potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes, Freshly ground black pepper, 3 scallions, thinly sliced
Heat the ghee in a large pot over medium heat. When the fat is shimmering, toss in the diced onion with a sprinkle of salt. Sauté the onions, stirring occasionally, until softened (about 3 minutes). Add the ground pork and break it up with a spatula. Stir in the sliced mushrooms and another sprinkle of salt. Cook the pork and mushrooms until the meat is no longer pink and the shiitakes are tender (about 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in the minced garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Pour in the broth and crank up the heat to high. Bring everything to a boil. Then, stir in the cabbage, carrots and potato, and bring the soup back to a boil. Don’t worry about cramming too many veggies into the pot—the cabbage will cook down! Lower the heat to medium or medium low to maintain a simmer, and partially cover the soup with a lid, leaving a crack so it doesn’t boil over. Simmer the soup, stirring occasionally until the vegetables are easily pierced with a fork (about 15 minutes). Peek under the lid to make sure that the soup isn’t boiling over or barely percolating, and adjust the heat up or down as needed. If you want to make this soup in a pressure cooker, sauté the ingredients in the pressure cooker as directed above. When you’re ready to simmer the soup, close and lock the lid; then, cook it under high pressure for 3-5 minutes. Release the pressure manually when the soup is finished cooking. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Ladle into bowls and garnish with fresh scallions. If you’ve got leftovers, you can store ’em in the fridge for up to 4 days or freeze for several months. Try this soup for breakfast on a chilly morning, and you’ll never crave a soggy bowl of cereal again! Recipe form NomNomPaleo.com