Winter Share Four January 10th 2019

Posted by on Jan 9, 2019 in Uncategorized

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Farm News from Jane
If the excitement of fifteen grandchildren isn’t enough for Christmas a new Christmas calf surely is! Every once in a while, a heifer calf gets bred out of season or a mother cow loses her calf and then has a calf in the winter time. But regardless of the season or weather both momma and baby are doing great. It is always such a joy and entertaining to see how the new baby is introduced to the herd and how all the “youngsters” are anxious to “play” with him. For those of us who follow the sun and the daily amount we receive or what we refer to as “day length”, we have already gained about ten minutes of “sunshine” this month. In January we gain 90-120 seconds each day and then as we progress into February the rate increases to about 2 1/2 minutes each day. No wonder that the greens in the high tunnels start to grow so quickly! It certainly has been a pleasure to harvest them. It is at least ten degrees warmer in the high tunnels than outdoors even though there is no added heat. But when the sun is shining it almost feels like summer in there… Who would complain about picking spinach and greens in these conditions? Certainly not me!
Well the seeds have all been orders have been completed and so we are ready for the first planting in the greenhouse next month. It’s always exciting to study the catalogs and drool over the pictures of perfect vegetables. Each year we order our tried and true seed varieties that grow well in our soil and microclimate but occasionally we are not able to source them. This happened with our broccoli last year and the variety that we replaced it with was quite a disappointment. In all truth though the weather was not conducive to growing great broccoli. When it is hot and dry broccoli just wants to flower and reproduce itself for another season. This year we did find our old favorite, “Packman” so hopefully we will have a great broccoli season this coming year. It is so disappointing when we have four different plantings of a vegetable and are only able to harvest such a small portion of any of them… We do try many new varieties of the veggies we grow every season as well as a few different vegetables. It’s always good to try new varieties and see how they respond to our unique microclimate. And even though a new vegetable variety does not appear to be stellar we will grow it over several seasons to really give it a fair trial over different weather conditions. We strive to have a diverse offering for our members to enjoy. That’s what is nice about raising annual vegetables, we get a new chance the next season! We hope that you are all blessed with a healthy and abundant new year.
Enjoy the winter weather if possible but mostly the good veggies! Until next time, Jane

Produce:  Spinach   Asian greens (Tokyo Bekana) Adirondack Red potatoes
Cippolini onions   Spaghetti squash   Butternut squash   Napa cabbage
Chioggia beets   Carrots   Black radishes   Celeriac   Leeks    Shallots  

Produce tips:
– I have a new favorite peeler for butternut squash and rutabaga that I received for Christmas last year. It is a wide blade and it is also perfect for those small handed helpers; Swiss-made Kuhn Rikon 2784.
– The Rutabaga Cinnamon soup was a hit with the kids; talk about comfort food; soup’s “in season”!
– Napa cabbage makes a great “raw slaw” as well as combined with other salad ingredients. I really like the Ramen noodle salad
– Spaghetti squash makes a great base for a medley of other veggies or a topping of meat.
– Black radishes are great added to a stir fry or sauté or toss them with a salad.
– The Asian green, Tokyo Bekana is actually a celery type so slice and add raw for a tender crunch!

Recipes
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

SALAD GREENS WITH CHINESE SALAD DRESSING
1/3 cup sesame or olive oil; 1 teaspoon minced garlic, pressed to a paste; 1-2 teaspoons grated fresh gingerroot or 1/4 teaspoon powdered ginger; dash of cayenne; 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice; 1 teaspoon sesame seeds; 1 tablespoon chopped green onion, salad greens or Chinese cabbage
Mix all ingredients (except greens); toss with greens. This is also good with Napa cabbage, bok choy, snow peas, or cucumbers. Makes 1/2 cup dressing. Recipe from Oak Ridge Farm

DUTCH CORN AND CABBAGE
5 slices bacon; 1/2 cup water; 2 1/2 cups corn, cut from the cob; 2 cups shredded Chinese cabbage; 1/2 tsp salt; 1/8 tsp pepper; 1 tsp sugar
Fry bacon until crisp in skillet. Remove bacon; drain, crumble. Reserve 2 tbsp drippings in skillet. Add water, corn and cabbage to bacon drippings. Cook, covered, until cabbage is tender, about 5 minutes. Add salt, pepper, sugar and bacon. Mix lightly
and serve. Makes 6 servings.

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 from NomNomPaleo.com

RAMEN NOODLE SALAD
2 bunches of Romaine, chopped or finely shredded or Napa cabbage, 1 bunch green onions, 4 T butter, ½ C. sliced almonds, 2-3 T sesame seeds
Crush noodles, brown in 4 T butter. After browned lightly add almonds and sesame seeds and continue to brown lightly for about 2 more minutes. Set aside.
Dressing: ¾ C oil, ¼ cup vinegar, ½ C sugar, 2 T soy sauce
Warm oil and sugar stirring until sugar is dissolved; add soy sauce and whisk well to combine. Toss greens with dressing and reserved noodles, nuts and seeds just before serving.

INSTANT POT VEGAN CABBAGE SOUP
3 cups coarsely chopped green cabbage, 2 ½ C vegetable broth, 1 14.5 can diced tomatoes, 3 carrots, 3 stalks of celery, 1 onion chopped, 2 cloves garlic, 2 T apple cider vinegar, 1 T lemon juice, 2 tsp. dried sage
Combine cabbage, vegetable broth, diced tomatoes, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, and sage in a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot(R)). Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer’s instructions; set timer for 15 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build. Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer’s instructions, 10 to 40 minutes. Unlock and remove lid. Recipe from Allrecipes.com

CHEESY SPINACH
Mix: 1 eggs; 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice; 1/3 cup brown rice, cooked; 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley; 2 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese (optional); salt and pepper to taste
Mix separately: 1/2 large bunch of spinach, chopped and steamed; 1/3 cup cottage cheese; 1/3 cup grated cheddar cheese; 1egg, plus 1 egg white; salt and pepper to taste; a pinch of cayenne pepper
Spread the ingredients from the first mixture in the bottom of a greased casserole. Spread the spinach mixture over them. Bake at 350 degrees until firm, 45-60 minutes. Makes 3-4 servings.
Recipe from Max, the cook at Red Caboose Day Care Center

ROASTED GARLIC AND SPINACH QUICHE
1 bulb roasted garlic; 1 tbs. butter; 1 small onion, finely chopped; 4 eggs; 1 cup milk; 1/4 tsp. chili powder; 1/2 tsp. salt; 1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper; 1 cup cooked spinach, fresh or frozen drained well; 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese; 1/4 tsp. vegetable oil for oiling pan
Heat oven to 350°. Separate roasted garlic cloves, peel and mash in a small bowl to form a paste. Melt butter in a skillet. Add onion and sauté until soft; about 6 minutes. Add garlic paste and sauté for 4 minutes. Blend together and set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, chili powder, salt and pepper. In another bowl, combine garlic-onion mixture with spinach and cheese. Mix well. Spread spinach mixture firmly in a lightly oiled 99inch quiche or pie pan. Pour egg mixture evenly over spinach. Bake for 40 minutes. Quiche is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Servings: 6 Recipe from The Best 50 Garlic Recipes.

SPINACH SOUP
1 tbsp olive oil; 1 onion, halved and sliced thinly; 1 leek, split lengthwise and sliced thinly; 1 potato, diced finely; 4 cups water; 2 sprigs fresh marjoram or 1/4 tsp dried; 2 sprigs fresh thyme or 1/4 tsp dried; 1 bay leaf; 14 oz young spinach, washed; freshly grated nutmeg; salt and pepper; 4 tbsp light cream, to serve
Heat the oil in a heavy-based pan over a medium heat. Add the onion and leek and cook for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they begin to soften. Add the potato, water, marjoram, thyme, and bay leaf, and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, then cover and cook gently for about 25 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender. Remove the bay leaf and herb stems. Add the spinach and continue cooking for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently, just until it is completely wilted. Let the soup cool slightly, then transfer to a blender or a food processor and blend until smooth, working in batches if necessary. (If using a food processor, strain off the cooking liquid and reserve. Puree the soup solids with enough cooking liquid to moisten them, and then combine with the remaining liquid.) Return the soup to the pan and if it is too thick, thin it with a little more water. Season with salt, a good grinding of pepper, and a generous grating of nutmeg. Place over a low heat and simmer until reheated. Ladle the soup into warm bowls and swirl a tablespoonful of cream into each serving. Serves 4.  Recipe from Easy Meals Vegetarian.

SPINACH SALAD WITH HONEY-BACON DRESSING RECIPE
8 cups torn fresh spinach, 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms, 1/4 cup sliced green onions, 1 medium tomato, chopped, 5 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled, 1 hard-boiled large egg, chopped, 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Honey-bacon dressing: 2 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled, 1/2 cup honey, 1/2 cup vinegar, 1/3 cup vegetable oil, 1 teaspoon yellow or spicy brown mustard, 1 teaspoon lemon juice
Combine the first seven ingredients in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients; pour over salad. Serve immediately. Yield: 8-10 servings. Recipe from TasteofHome.com

BEETS, ORANGES, AND RASPBERRY SAUCE
1-pound beets, scrubbed; 2 tablespoons raspberry vinegar; 1-2 oranges or peaches; 3 tablespoons olive oil; 2 cloves garlic, minced; 1 teaspoon grated gingerroot (optional); 1/2 teaspoon salt
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Place beets (in their skins) in a baking dish and cover with foil. Roast beets until tender, about 35-55 minutes, depending on their size. When cool, peel, slice thinly, and place them in a bowl. Peel the oranges (or peaches) and cut in half. Place flat sides down on cutting board and slice each into about 4 wedges. Remove seeds from orange slices before adding to beets. Make vinaigrette out of the remaining ingredients: mash garlic with the salt, add vinegar, and whisk in olive oil. Stir in grated gingerroot, if using. Toss with beets and oranges. You can serve this immediately, but it’s best if allowed to chill and mellow. Makes 4-6 servings. This dish was inspired by recipes in Mollie Katzen’s Vegetable Heaven and Renee Shepherd’s Recipes from a Kitchen Garden.

ROASTED BEET SALAD
6-8 small beets, scrubbed, tops trimmed to 1 inch; 4 tbsp white wine vinegar; olive oil; 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil; salt and pepper to taste; 4 cups baby salad greens; 1/4 cup pecans; 1/2 small sweet onion, thinly sliced; 1 tbsp Dijon mustard; 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
Heat outdoor or indoor grill. Place beets on heavy foil; drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Wrap tightly; grill until beets can be easily pierced with a fork, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, toast pecans in a dry pan on the grill, tossing frequently. Finely chop the nuts. When beets are cooled a bit, use a paper towel to remove the peel, stems, and tails. Cut beets into quarters. Combine mustard and vinegar in a bowl. Whisk in olive oil until thickened. Add salt and pepper. Toss salad greens in a bowl with a little dressing. Portion the greens onto 2-4 plates. Top with beets, onions, blue cheese, and pecans. Drizzle with as much more dressing as you like. Makes 2·4 servings. Recipe from Jenny Bonde and Rink DaVee, Shooting Star Farm

BEET CARPACCIO

For salad:1 lb. beets (preferably Chioggia), trimmed and peeled, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1 small red onion, thinly sliced; 1/2 cup roasted pistachio nutmeats, 1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled; 1/4 cup greens

For dressing: 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons sour cream, 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon, 1 teaspoon superfine sugar, 1/3 cup olive oil, salt and white pepper

Thinly slice the beets with a mandoline slicer.  Place the slices into a bowl and toss with 1/4 cup lemon juice.  Set aside. (The lemon juice will help preserve the color of the beets when you cook them, so let them sit at least 10 minutes while you prep everything else.) Make the dressing: Mix together vinegar, sour cream, tarragon, and sugar with a wire whisk until well-blended.  Slowly add the olive oil, while whisking constantly.  (This creates an emulsion).  Add salt and white pepper to taste.  Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Bring water to a boil in a large pot that has a steamer tray.  If you like, add salt and a splash of lemon juice to the water.  Once boiling, place beet slices on the streamer tray (it’s alright if they overlap slightly).  Cover and steam for 5-6 minutes, or until tender yet firm.  Briefly shock the beets in an ice bath, then drain.  Layer the beets and onions on four small plates.  Sprinkle with pistachios and feta cheese crumbles.  Make sure the dressing is well-stirred, then lightly drizzle over the salad. Top with microgreens. Recipe from Restaurant Widow; Serves 4

 

BEET & GOAT CHEESE HUMMUS
1 large beet, 1 can chickpeas, 2 lemons, 1/4 cup tahini paste, 1 teaspoon salt, 4 oz. crumbled goat cheese,
1/4 cup olive oil
First scrub the beet and chop into large cubes. Bake in aluminum foil or on a baking tray at 400°F until soft enough to pierce with a fork (about 25-30 minutes). Allow the beet to cool. In a food processor combine the beet (and any juices you were able to reserve), the rinsed *chickpeas, juice from two lemons, tahini paste, salt and goat cheese. Pulse until well blended. Now while the food processor is running, drizzle in the olive oil. Blend until smooth. Crumble a little more goat cheese on top for a pretty presentation.

Recipe from simplyrecipes.com

 

SAVORY BEET SOUP
1 teaspoon olive oil, 1 cup chopped onion, 4 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth, 2 cups water, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, 3 medium beets, peeled and halved, 1 medium potato, peeled and halved crosswise, 1 bay leaf, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 8 tsps. reduced-fat sour cream
Preparation: Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 3 minutes or until tender. Add broth and next 6 ingredients (through bay leaf). Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes or until beets and potato are tender. Discard bay leaf. Place one-third broth mixture in blender or food processor; process until smooth. Place puréed mixture in a large bowl. Repeat procedure twice with remaining broth mixture. Return pureed mixture to pan. Warm soup over low heat for 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Remove from heat, and stir in lemon juice. Combine 1/2 cup soup and the sour cream, stirring with a whisk. Divide soup evenly among each of 8 bowls. Top each serving with 1 tablespoon sour cream mixture; swirl sour cream mixture using the tip of a knife.
Recipe from: Kathryn Conrad, Cooking Light OCTOBER 2004

ROASTED BEETS WITH BALSAMIC GLAZE RECIPE
2 # red beets, medium sized, scrubbed clean, Olive oil, Salt, 1/2 c balsamic vinegar, 2 t sugar, 1 t grated orange zest, freshly ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 400°F and line pan with aluminum foil.  Rub beets with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, place in pan, cover with foil: Place the beets in the pan. Rub olive oil over the beets, and sprinkle with salt. Cover the beets with another sheet of aluminum foil. Roast for 1 to 2 hours: Roast for 1 to 2 hours, depending on the size of the beets and how old they are. After 1 hour, test every fifteen minutes by poking a beet with the tines of a fork. Once the fork tines go in easily, the beets are tender and cooked. Remove from the oven.
Prepare balsamic glaze: While the beets are cooling, prepare the balsamic glaze. In a small, shallow sauté pan, add the balsamic vinegar and sugar. Heat on high until the vinegar has reduced to a syrup consistency. Remove from heat. Peel and cut cooked beets: After the beets have cooled for several minutes, but are still warm to the touch, peel off the outer skins and discard. Cut the beets into quarters or more, bite-sized pieces. Pour glaze over beets: Place beets in a serving bowl. Pour balsamic glaze over the beets. Stir in grated orange zest, and add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with a little orange zest to serve.

ROASTED VEGETABLE-CHICKEN SOUP
1 pound rainbow carrots, peeled and halved lengthwise, 1 pound turnips, peeled and cut into 1- 1/2-inch cubes, 1/4 cup vegetable oil, 2 1/4 teaspoons salt, 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, 2 small yellow onions, quartered, 4 cloves garlic, sliced, 3 quarts (12 cups) unsalted chicken , broth, 2 bay leaves, 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken, 1/2 cup parsley, roughly chopped, 5 cups cooked pasta (or rice or barley)
Heat oven to 425 degrees . On a rimmed baking sheet, toss carrots and turnips with 2 tbsp oil, 1 tsp salt and the pepper. On a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet, toss onion with 1 tbsp oil and 1/4 tsp salt. Roast carrots and turnips 15 min, then add pan with onions to oven and roast 20 min more. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp oil in a large Dutch oven over med. Add garlic and 1/4 tsp salt; cook about 4 min. Add broth, bay leaves and 3/4 tsp salt; bring to a simmer. Chop carrots and onions. Stir into soup with chicken and parsley. Simmer until heated through, about 5 min.

GOLDEN HARVEST POTATO BAKE
5 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cubed, 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed, 5 large carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces, 3 garlic cloves, minced, 1 teaspoon dried tarragon, 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided, 1/2 cup whole milk, 2 large eggs, 2 tablespoons cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon butter, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes, 1/2 to 1 teaspoon pepper
Place the potatoes, carrots, garlic and tarragon in a Dutch oven; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until tender. Drain. In a large bowl, mash the vegetables. Stir in 1/2 cup cheese, milk, eggs, vinegar, butter, salt, parsley and pepper until blended. Transfer to a greased 13×9-in. baking dish; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 25-30 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°.

MOROCCAN GRATED CARROT AND BEET SALAD RECIPE

2 cups of grated carrots (from about 3 carrots), 1 cup of grated fresh beets (from about 1 medium sized peeled beet), 1/2 cup golden raisins, 1/2 teaspoon paprika (sweet, not hot), 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, Small pinch of salt, Small pinch of cayenne, 2 Tbsp lemon juice, 2 teaspoons honey, 2 Tbsp sliced fresh mint leaves
Place the grated carrots in a medium sized serving bowl. Place the grated beets into a sieve and briefly rinse with cold water. This will rinse away a little of the excess beet juice that may otherwise color the whole salad beet red.  Pat dry with a paper towel. Then add to the bowl with the carrots.  Add the raisins.  Stir to gently combine. In a small bowl, whisk together the paprika, cumin, cinnamon, salt, and cayenne. Then add the lemon juice and honey and whisk until smooth. Drizzle over the carrots and beets, then gently fold until the carrots and beets are lightly coated.  Let sit for an hour before serving, either chilled or at room temperature, for the dressing to seep into the carrots and beets. Right before serving, stir in a couple tablespoons of sliced fresh mint leaves. Garnish with fresh mint. Recipe from simplyrecipes.com

ROASTED CARROTS WITH TURMERIC COUSCOUS
1 1/4 lbs. medium carrots, halved lengthwise, 2 tbsp. olive oil, 1/2 tsp. curry powder, 2 3/4 cups chicken stock, 2 cups Israeli couscous, 1 1/2 tsp. ground turmeric, 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt, thinned with 3 tbsp. water, torn fresh mint, 4 lemon wedges
On baking sheet, toss carrots, oil and curry powder; season with salt and pepper. Roast at 500° until tender, 15 to 20 minutes. In saucepan, boil stock. Add couscous and turmeric. Cover and simmer until tender, about 7 minutes; season. Top couscous with carrots, yogurt and mint. Serve with lemon wedges.
Recipe from rachaelraymag.com

DILLY SLAW

4 cups shredded veggies (carrots, Hakurei turnips, radish, kohlrabi), 5 scallions chopped
Dressing: 3⁄4 cup yogurt or 1⁄2 cup mayonnaise, 2 Tbs. lime juice, 2 Tbs. cider vinegar, 1 Tbs. honey, 1⁄4 cup dill, 1 tsp. salt, 3 garlic scapes or cloves of garlic, minced
Blend dressing and toss with veggies. If time, let chill and stir occasionally so the dressing can soak into the veggies. Recipe from Red Fire Farm, Granby MA

BAKED RADISHES
1/2 lb. radishes, trimmed and halved; 1 Tbsp Honey; 1 Tbsp butter; 1 tsp cinnamon
Steam radishes 5 minutes. Drain and arrange in a shallow baking dish. Combine honey, butter and cinnamon in a small saucepan. Warm and stir until butter is melted. Pour over radishes. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees until tender, about 30 minutes. Makes 4 servings

CONFETTI OF RADISHES AND CARROTS
3 large radishes (or that equivalent), peeled; 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint; 4-6 medium carrots, peeled; 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill; 8 ounces feta cheese (or substitute fresh chevre); 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley; 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil; salt and pepper to taste; 2-3 tablespoons wine vinegar Shred radishes and carrots using hand-held cheese grater. Toss with remaining ingredients. Chill and serve. Makes 8 servings

COUSCOUS AND RADISH SALAD 1/2 c water; 1/8 tsp salt; pinch of pepper; 2 tbsp lemon juice; 1 Tbsp olive oil; 1/2 clove garlic, crushed; 1 Tbsp onions, thinly sliced; 1/2 c couscous; 1 c radishes, quartered; 1/4 c parsley; 2 tbsp mint; 1/4 tsp lemon rind, grated
Bring water to a boil in saucepan; stir in couscous. Remove from heat, and let stand, covered, 10 minutes; fluff with a fork. Set aside. Mince radishes by hand or in food processor. Place in large bowl. Mince parsley and mint. Add to radishes and stir in couscous. Whisk together lemon rind, salt, pepper, lemon juice, oil and garlic. Add to couscous mixture, toss. Top with onions. Makes 2 servings

 

ROASTED RADISHES WITH GREEN GODDESS DRESSING
1 # radishes, cut in half, 2 tsp. olive oil, ½ tsp. slat, ¼ tsp. black pepper
Green Goddess Dressing: ½ C Greek yogurt, 1T lemon juice, 1 tsp. olive oil, ¼ C chopped green onion, ¼ tsp. minced fresh garlic (about ½ clove garlic), ¼ C roughly chopped fresh parsley, 1T fresh dill (or 1 tsp. dried), ¼ tsp. salt
Preheat the oven to 4000. Place the halved radishes, olive oil and salt and pepper in a small bowl and stir to coat. Pour the radishes onto a parchment lined baking sheet and roast until tender, about twenty minutes. (no need to flip). Meanwhile, place all the dressing ingredients into a blender and blend just until mixed, but a few green flecks remain, about 20 seconds. (The recipe makes extra dressing.) Serve the radishes warm or room temperature with about half of the sauce – either drizzled on top, or served in a small bowl.

WARM DRESSING WITH SHALLOT
(great over baked squash and greens)
1/4 C maple syrup, 1/4 C cider vinegar, 1/3 C olive oil, 2 tsp Dijon mustard, 1 shallot, minced, salt and pepper
Shake ingredients together and place in a small pan. Heat until shallots begin to have an aroma.

ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND SHALLOT SOUP
4 cups (1-inch) cubed peeled butternut squash (about 1 1/2 pounds), 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 4 large shallots, peeled and halved, 1 (1/2-inch) piece peeled fresh ginger, thinly sliced, 2 1/2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth, 2 tablespoons (1-inch) slices fresh chives, Cracked black pepper (optional)
Preheat oven to 375°. Combine first 5 ingredients in a roasting pan or jelly-roll pan; toss well. Bake at 375° for 50 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Cool 10 minutes. Place half of squash mixture and half of broth in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Pour into a large saucepan. Repeat procedure with remaining squash mixture and broth. Cook over medium heat 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Top with chives and pepper, if desired.

BAKED EGGS WITH CREAMY LEEKS
1 tablespoon butter, plus extra for greasing; 8 ounces leeks, thinly sliced; 5-6 tablespoons whipping cream; freshly grated nutmeg; 4 eggs; salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Generously butter the bottoms and sides of four ramekins or individual soufflé dishes. Melt the butter in a small frying pan and cook the leeks over medium heat, stirring frequently, until softened but not browned. Add 3 tablespoons of the cream and cook gently for about 5 minutes, until the leeks are very soft and the cream has thickened a little. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Arrange the ramekins in a small roasting pan and divide the leeks among them. Break an egg into each, spoon 1-2 teaspoons of the remaining cream over each egg and season lightly. Pour boiling water into the roasting pan to come halfway up the side of the ramekins or soufflé dishes. Bake for about 10 minutes, until the whites are set and the yolks are still soft, or a little longer if you prefer them more well done. Serves 4

WINTER SQUASH, LEEK AND SAFFRON RISOTTO
5-6 c. chicken stock; ½ t. saffron threads, pulverized; 3 T olive oil; ½-1 c. chopped leeks (white and pale green sections only, 1 1/2 c. Arborio rice; 2/3 c. dry white wine; 2-3 c. cooked, pureed winter squash; ¾-1 c. grated parmesan, Romano, or asiago cheese
Bring stock and saffron to a simmer is saucepan. Heat olive oil in large, heavy saucepan. Add leeks; cook over medium-low heat until softened, several minutes. Raise heat to medium high and stir in rice. Keep stirring rice 1-2 minutes, then add wine. Stir and cook until nearly all the wine has evaporated, about 2 minutes. Add two ladlefuls hot stock (enough to barely cover the rice.); stir frequently until most is absorbed. Risotto is done when rice is barely tender and mixture is creamy; this should take 25-35 minutes. (Adjust heat if rice is absorbing liquid too quickly). Stir in squash during last 10 minutes. Fold in most of the grated cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately, with a little more cheese on top of each swerving.
Makes 6-8 servings.

ITALIAN-STYLE SPAGHETTI SQUASH
1/2 medium spaghetti squash (about 1 1/2 lbs.), seeded; 2 Tbsp water; 1 (14 1/2-oz) can Italian style stewed tomatoes, drained; 1/4 c grated Parmesan cheese
Place squash, cut side down, in a microwave-safe baking dish. Add water. Cover and microwave on high 10-14 minutes, or until tender. Using a towel or pot holder, hold squash on its side in dish. With other hand, use fork to shred pulp into strands into the dish. Add tomatoes, toss. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, and serve. Makes 6 serving

SWEET ‘N’ SPICY SQUASH CAKE
3 Cups all-purpose flour; 2 ½ Tsp baking powder; 1 ¼ Tsp baking soda; 1/2 Tsp each ground allspice, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg; 10 Tablespoons butter, cut in small pieces; 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar; 1/2 Cup light brown sugar; 2 Eggs; 1/2 Cup milk; 1/4 Cup orange juice; 3/4 Cup cooked Winter Squash; 1 Tsp vanilla extract; Butter-Cream Icing
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and spices. Place the butter in a mixing bowl, sprinkle in the sugars and beat until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Mix together the milk and orange juice; let stand for 5 minutes, and then stir in the squash puree and vanilla extract. Add the milk and squash mixture to the creamed butter alternately with the sifted dry ingredients, a little of each at a time, beating until smooth after each addition. Spoon the batter into a greased and floured tube pan and bake for 40 to 45 minutes; the cake is done when it springs back after pressing lightly with the fingers. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and allow to cool to room temperature before frosting. Yield: enough to serve 10-12

QUICK SWEET WINTER SQUASH SOUP
3 Cups Winter Squash, cooked and whipped; 4 1/2 Cups light cream; 5 Tbsp honey; 2 Tbsp butter; 3 Tbsp light brown sugar; 1 Tsp salt; 1/4 Tsp each ground cinnamon, mace and nutmeg; 1 Orange, juice and zest* Whipped cream (optional)
Combine the squash, 2 cups of the cream, the honey and butter, and cook over low heat, stirring continuously, until warm. Mix together the spices and sugar; add to the squash mixture and simmer gently without allowing to boil. Grate the orange zest and squeeze and strain the juice, then add both a bit at a time to the hot soup, blending well. Allow the soup to simmer for 10 minutes, then remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Stir in the remaining cream and chill well. Serve cold, with dollops of whipped cream if desired.
Yield: enough to serve 6

SQUASH RISOTTO
4 cups Vegetable Broth; 2 cups water; 2 tbsp butter; 1 tbsp olive oil; 1/2 cup finely chopped onion; 1   clove garlic, minced; 2 cups Arborio rice; 1/4 cup dry white wine; 2 1/2 cups peeled, diced squash (1-inch dice); 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary; Salt and freshly ground black pepper; 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring the broth and water just to a simmer. In a medium, heavy saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter with the olive oil. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring often, until the onion is softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the rice and cook, stirring, for 1 minute to completely the coat the grains. Add the wine and stir until almost completely absorbed, about 1 minute. Add 1/2 cup of the hot broth mixture to the rice and cook, stirring constantly, until the liquid is almost completely absorbed. Repeat with another 1/2 cup broth. Stir in the squash and continue adding the broth 1/2 cup at a time, making sure that most of the liquid is absorbed before adding more. Remove the pan of broth from the heat when about 1/2 cup broth mixture remains. Start checking for doneness by biting into a grain of rice-it should be firm but tender. (The timing from the first to last addition of broth is 25 to 30 minutes.) Stir in the rosemary, salt and pepper to taste, and Parmesan, if using. Serve hot. Serves 4 to 6

BUTTERNUT SQUASH LASANGNA
1T olive oil, 1+1/2-2 lbs. butternut squash; peeled, seeded and cut in 1-inch cubes, salt and pepper, ½ c. water, ¼ c. butter, 1/3 c. flour, 4 c. whole milk, ¼ t. nutmeg, 12 lasagna noodles, 21/2 c. shredded mozzarella, ½ parmesan cheese
Heat oil in a heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add the cubed squash and toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Pour the water into the skillet; cover and simmer over medium heat until the squash is tender, about 20 minutes. Transfer the squash to a mixing bowl or food processor and mash. Season the squash puree to taste with more salt and pepper. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and whisk for one minute. Gradually whisk the milk into the flour. Bring to a low boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until thickens slightly whisking often about 5 minutes. Add the nutmeg. Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste. Preheat the oven to 3750. Lightly butter a 9x13x2 inch glass baking dish. Spread ¾ c. of the sauce over the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Cover the bottom of the dish with one layer of lasagna noodles. Spread half the squash puree over the noodles. Sprinkle with ½ c. mozzarella cheese. Drizzle ½ c. sauce over the cheese. Repeat layering once more, finishing with a layer of noodles covered only by white sauce. Tightly cover with foil and bake 40 minutes. Remove foil, sprinkle with remaining parmesan cheese and continue baking until the sauce bubbles and the top is golden about 15 minutes longer. Let the lasagna stand for 15 minutes before serving. Serves 8; Recipe from Mother earth News

SPAGHETTI SQUASH SALAD
1 spaghetti squash, 1 large onion; finely chopped, ½ c sugar, 1 c diced celery, ½ c chopped sweet red pepper. ½ c chopped green pepper, ½ c oil, ¼ c vinegar, ½ t salt
Cut squash in half; scoop out seeds. Place squash cut side down, in a baking pan. Fill pan with hot water to a depth of ½ inch. Bake uncovered, at 350 for 30-40 minutes or until tender. When cool enough to handle, scoop out the squash, separating strand with a fork. Combine remaining ingredients in a bowl; add the squash and stir well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Serve with a slotted spoon as a salad or as a relish with burgers and hotdogs. Store in the refrigerator. Recipe from Taste of Home

PALEO SPAGHETTI SQUASH
1 whole spaghetti squash, 3 medium carrots, roughly chopped, 2/3 cup walnuts, 3 cloves garlic, peeled ,and quartered, 1/2 teaspoon oregano,1 teaspoon lemon zest; grated, dash crushed red pepper, 2 tablespoons coconut oil, 1/2 cup raisins, 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth,1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, optional,1/2 cup lemon juice, 3 tablespoons fresh parsley; chopped
Place the squash on a baking sheet and bake at 375°F for 30-45 minutes, or until the squash pierces easily with a butter knife and the interior is fully cooked. Cut the squash in half and let it cool enough to handle. Scrape out the seeds and “goo” with a spoon; discard. Using a fork, scrape out the squash’s “noodles” into a bowl; set aside. Place the carrots, walnuts, garlic, oregano, lemon zest, red pepper flakes, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the carrot-nut mixture and the raisins and cook, stirring frequently, until the carrots soften and begin to turn golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add the chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Add the squash, cheese (if using), lemon juice, parsley, and toss. Adjust salt, to taste. Divide among bowls and top with more cheese (if desired).

STUFFED SPAGHETTI SQUASH WITH SAUSAGE AND SPINACH
1 large spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise, seeded (4 1/2 lb.), 2 T olive oil, 1 lb. bulk mild Italian sausage, 1 cup chopped onions, 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped, 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 3/4 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper, ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1 bag (5 oz) baby spinach, 1 cup heavy whipping cream, 1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese (6 oz), ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese (3 oz), ½ cup plain panko crispy bread crumbs, Heat oven to 400°F. Line large rimmed baking sheet with cooking parchment paper; spray with cooking spray. Place both squash halves cut side down on baking sheet. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until tender. In 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat. Add sausage, onions and garlic; cook and stir 5 to 7 minutes or until sausage is no longer pink. Reduce heat to medium; add flour, salt, pepper, pepper flakes and nutmeg. Cook and stir 1 minute. Gradually add spinach. Cook and stir just until spinach is wilted. Stir in whipping cream. Heat to boiling; cook and stir 1 to 2 minutes or just until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in mozzarella and 1/2 cup of the Parmesan cheese until melted. When squash is cool enough to handle, use fork to remove squash strands from shells, leaving shells intact. Mix squash strands into sausage mixture. Spoon filling into both squash shell halves. Arrange filled squash halves on same baking sheet. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until bubbly around edges and heated through. Let stand 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in 8-inch skillet, heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add bread crumbs; stir to coat. Cook and stir about 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer to small bowl; mix with remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle bread crumb mixture over squash halves, and serve.

FAJITA-STUFFED SPAGHETTI SQUASH
1 medium spaghetti squash (2 to 2 1/2 lb.), 1 teaspoon vegetable or olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper, ½ lb. extra-lean ground beef (at least 90% lean), 1 medium serrano Chile, seeded and finely chopped (about 2 teaspoons), 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic, ¾ cup sliced red, yellow or orange bell pepper, ¾ cup sliced onions, 1package (1 oz) Old El Paso™ original taco seasoning mix, 2/3 cup water, ¾ cup shredded Cheddar cheese (3 oz) ½ cup chopped tomato, ½ cup diced avocado Heat oven to 400°F. Line rimmed baking pan with foil. Cut squash in half lengthwise; remove seeds, and brush insides with oil and season with salt and pepper. Place cut sides down in pan. Roast 35 to 40 minutes or until squash is tender. When squash is cool enough to handle, scoop flesh into bowl, and reserve squash shells on lined pan. Meanwhile, heat 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Cook beef with Chile and garlic 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is thoroughly cooked; remove and reserve. Heat same skillet over medium heat, and add bell pepper and onions; cook 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onion is just starting to soften. Add beef mixture, squash flesh, taco seasoning mix and water to skillet. Cook until well blended and heated through, stirring frequently. Stir in cheese; spoon mixture back into squash shells. Bake 5 to 6 minutes or until cheese is melted. Top with tomato and avocado.