- This is a weekly share only. There are two weekly summer shares remaining after this week’s distribution. Please be on the “look out” for any share boxes that may have escaped earlier.
- We still have a few more winter share memberships available. Enrollment on-line @ https://promisedlandcsa.com/csa/sign-up/ or payment by mail with membership form attached.
- Summer share membership renewal will be available at the end of summer shares.
Farm News from Jane
The carpet of leaves on the ground is significant now and it definitely smells like Halloween to me. Fragrances bring back memories and that’s what comes to mind when I smell the damp leaves… But we have a few weeks left before we “encounter’ that holiday…
This week we are happy to have more broccoli. It has been quite a few years since we’ve had such a wonderful broccoli yield. The cauliflowers however, are very slow to mature this season. The plants look gorgeous so we’ll pray for a long autumn for them to mature. I wonder if the late summer’s heat caused it a bit of stress. But we’ll try to be patient! We harvested to first of the winter storage beets today to share. Their size is good even though the deer had eaten off many of their leaves. We are at the cusp of the marathon fall harvest when acres of hardy roots and cabbages are brought out of the field and stored. It feels like a monumental task but once we get started, we get into a “groove” and just keep moving. There are three varieties of beets, rutabaga, celeriac, parsnips, kohlrabi, radishes, carrots, leeks and a few more potatoes for those of you who’ve joined us for our winter share. By Friday is will feel like summer again with the predicted high temperature of 700. No one will complain about that forecast! It seems like this week will be a good one for soup so look at the recipe section for some ideas for broccoli, beet or a greens and beans dish. And speaking of beans, they are on the harvest list also. We have red kidneys, black turtles and white navy beans to harvest for winter shares. With the sweet addition of maple syrup and honey and lots of fresh greens from the high tunnels we should have a delicious and nutritious variety of produce to enjoy this winter. How fortunate we are to live in a region that grows or produces such a fantastic variety of good foods for all year pleasure!
Until next week, enjoy your veggies or even share a few! Jane
Produce: Red beets Daikon radishes Poblano peppers Garlic Dinosaur kale
Broccoli Brussels sprouts Cauliflower/ Romanesco Spicey fall greens
Fruit Share: Jonagold apples are a cultivar of apple which was developed in 1953 in New York State Agricultural Experiment Station of Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, a cross between the crisp Golden Delicious and the blush-crimson Jonathan. They form a large sweet fruit with a thin skin.
Ruby Frost apples can be compared to Empire and Granny Smith.
– Brussels sprouts were harvested in the muddy conditions today; please excuse. “Pop” them off the stalk with your thumb or cut them off with a paring knife. Rinse with water and remove any dry outside leaves before preparing. They will cook more quickly if cut in half and are great roasted with olive oil if you have the time. Otherwise steam or saute until just tender. Garlic is also a great addition!
– Poblano pepper is a mild chili pepper originating in the state of Puebla, Mexico. Dried, it is called ancho or chile ancho, from the Spanish word ancho. Stuffed fresh and roasted it is popular in chiles rellenos poblanos.
SOUTHWEST STUFFED POBLANO PEPPERS
4 poblano peppers halved and seeds/membranes removed, 1# lean ground beef, or chorizo, 1 tsp each ground cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, 1 C cooked long grain white rice, 1/2 C canned black beans, drained; 1/2 C frozen or canned corn (drained); 1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes, drained; 1 4-oz can diced green chiles; ½ C -1 C grated mozzarella or Mexican-blend cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a large baking sheet. Arrange halved poblano peppers in a single layer on the baking sheet so that they aren’t overlapping. Bake for 10-15 minutes while you move on to the next step. Add ground beef (or preferred meat choice, see Note 2) and rice to a large skillet, and season with the cumin, chili powder, and garlic powder. Saute over medium heat for 5-8 minutes until meat is browned and cooked through. Stir in the black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, and green chiles. Cook another 1-2 minutes. Spoon mixture into the peppers, sprinkle with cheese, and return to oven for another 10 minutes or so until peppers are tender and cheese is melted. Allow to cool slightly before serving. Recipe form www.cremedelacrumb.com
6- 12 whole or halved hot or semi-hot chiles (Hungarian wax, Poblanos, Anaheim, jalapenos.), 1/4 cup flour; enough to cover bottom of a 9×13-inch pan; 1 1/4 cups milk; 1/2 teaspoon salt; 1 pound Monterey Jack cheese, cut into thin strips; 1/2 pound grated cheddar cheese; 5 large eggs; 1/2 teaspoon paprika
Seed the chiles. Slip strips of Monterey Jack cheese inside chiles. Beat eggs and gradually add flour, milk, and salt. Arrange chiles in well-greased pan. Sprinkle on the cheddar. Pour on egg mixture. Sprinkle on the paprika. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees 45 minutes. Makes 6-8 servings. Recipe from MACSAC and Jose Nancy Crabb, Zephyr Community Farm member
CHILI CHEDDAR SAGE CORN BREAD
1 cup oil; 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese; 6 eggs; 1 can creamed com, or 2 cups corn with cream sauce; 1/3 cup hot peppers; 1/2 cup milk; 4 cups yellow cornmeal; 2 cups flour; 1 cup sugar; 1 tablespoon baking powder; 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage; 1 teaspoon salt
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a very large, heavy baking pan. Combine first 6 ingredients in large bowl. Combine last 6 ingredients in another bowl. Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients until just combined (don’t over mix). Spread batter in pan. Bake until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean, 30-35 minutes. Makes 24 servings. Recipe from MACSAC
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.
RICOTTA WITH ROASTED CHILE AND MINT
2 poblano chiles; 3 scallions, including an inch of the greens, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced, or 3 tablespoons finely snipped chives; 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro, plus sprigs for garnish; 1 tablespoon finely chopped mint; 1 1/2 cups ricotta; sea salt; 6 small corn tortillas or 4 large slices nutty, dense wheat bread; 4 large red radishes, thinly sliced lengthwise, then julienned
Roast the chiles until charred (see page 390), put them in a bowl. cover with a plate, and set aside to steam for 15 minutes. Mean· while, stir the scallions, cilantro, and mint into the ricotta. Season with salt to taste. Remove the chiles from the bag and slip off the skins. Wipe off all large flecks that remain, then remove the stems and seeds. Chop finely and stir into the ricotta. Taste for salt. Wrap the tortillas in foil and steam or heat in the oven until warmed through. Serve tortillas and cheese separately. If you’re using bread, spread the cheese over it, slice into fingers, then garnish with the radish slivers and a sprig of cilantro. Serves 6 as an appetizer. Recipe from Local Flavors.
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
RADISH AU GRATIN
1/2 cup milk; 1/2 tsp freshly grated ginger; 1 1/2 pounds radishes, peeled and cut into I-inch cubes; 1 tsp salt; 1/2 tsp black pepper; 1 tbsp oil, or pan spray as needed; 1/3 cup half-and-half; 1 cup chopped onion; 1 cup cottage cheese, drained; 1 tbsp butter; 4 tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese; 2 Ts flour
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8-by-8-inch baking pan. Cook radish in boiling water until tender, about 15 minutes. Heat oil in skillet; add onions and cook, stirring frequently, until tender. Stir in butter and flour and stir over low heat, 3-4 minutes. Slowly add milk, stirring, and cook until sauce is thickened. Stir in ginger, salt, pepper, and half-and-half. Add drained cottage cheese and stir until cheese is somewhat melted. (It will finish melting while it bakes with the vegetables.) Spread radish mixture into prepared baking dish. Pour the sauce over the vegetables and sprinkle with the Parmesan. Bake until bubbly and slightly brown on top, 45-60 minutes. Makes 3-4 servings. Recipe from Edith Thayer, Vermont Valley Farm member
BEET AND DAIKON SLAW
2 beets, peeled and cut into l/8-inch julienne (matchsticks); 1 6-inch daikon radish, peeled and cut into l/8-inch julienne; 1 tsp toasted sesame oil; 2 tsp canola oil; 1 tsp unsalted rice vinegar; 1 tsp sea salt
Combine all ingredients in a non-reactive bowl, cover, and let stand at least 1/2 hour. Season to taste and serve. Recipe from Bill Maddex, member of Drumlin Community Farm
SHREDDED DAIKON WITH SCALLIONS AND SESAME SEEDS
1 1/2 pounds firm daikon, peeled; 1 bunch scallions, including the firm greens; 1 tbsp sesame seeds; 1 tbsp vegetable oil; 1 tsp dark sesame oil; sea salt; soy sauce
Coarsely grate the daikon or cut into matchsticks. Slice the scallions on the diagonal into large pieces. Heat a nonstick skillet and toast the sesame seeds, shaking often, until they smell good, about 3 minutes. Pour them into a dish, return the pan to the heat, and add the oils. Add the scallions, cook for 1 minute, and then add the daikon. (If it feels wet-it will exude water as it sits-squeeze it before adding it to the pan.) Season with ½ teaspoon salt, sprinkle lightly with soy sauce, and sauté over high heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Taste for salt, add more soy if needed, toss with the sesame seeds, and serve. serves 2 to 4 as a side dish
DAIKON CARROT SALAD
3/4# daikon radish, 1/2# carrots, 1T grated peeled ginger, 1.5T unseasoned rice vinegar, 1t lime juice, 2T vegetable oil, 1/2 t toasted sesame seed oil, 1t white sesame seeds, 1t black sesame seed
Shave the daikon into ribbons with a vegetable peeler. Toss with 1/8 t salt in a colander, let drain in the sink, tossing occasionally, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile shave the carrots into ribbons with the peeler.
Make the dressing: Whisk the ginger, vinegar, lime juice and 1/4t salt in a large bowl. Slowly whisk in the vegetable oil and sesame oil until blended. Toast the sesame seeds in a skillet over medium heat, tossing occasionally, until the white seeds are golden, about 5 minutes. Add 1T seeds to dressing.
Toss the daikon and carrots with the dressing and season with salt. Top with the remaining sesame seeds.
Serves 4; Recipe courtesy of Food Network Magazine
CAULIFLOWER WITH WHITE SAUCE OR CHEESE SAUCE
For an easy cream sauce whisk one cup of milk in a 2-cup measuring cup with 2 T. flour until well blended add 1 T. butter, 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/8 tsp. of pepper.
Microwave on high for 1 min. Stir well. Wave for another minute and stir again. Continue at 30 sec. intervals stirring well after each time until thickened. If cheese sauce is desired add 1/4 cup favorite cheese and heat and stir until well blended.
2 large cloves garlic, minced; 3 tablespoons olive oil; Salt and black pepper, to taste; 1 large head cauliflower, separated into florets; 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese; 1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped Combine garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper in a casserole dish. Add cauliflower, and toss to coat well. Bake 25 minutes at 425 degrees, stirring halfway through. Sprinkle top with Parmesan and parsley, and broil 35 minutes, until golden brown. Makes 6 servings
CURRIED RICE SALAD
1 1/2 cups long-grain or basmati rice; 2 ½ tsp salt; 2 tbsp peanut oil; 1/2 small head cauliflower, cut into small florets (about 2 cups); 1 tbsp curry powder; 1/2 cup currants; 1/2 cup water; 1/2 cup raw cashews, toasted and chopped; 3 tbsp finely chopped chives or green onion tops; 1/2 tsp black pepper
In a large pot, bring 4 quarts of water to boil. Meanwhile, heat a medium skillet over medium heat until hot, about 3 minutes. Add the rice and toast, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes. Add 11/2 teaspoons of the salt to the boiling water and stir in the toasted rice. Return to a boil and cook, uncovered, until the rice is tender but not soft, 8 to 10 minutes for long-grain rice or about 15 minutes for basmati. Meanwhile, line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Drain the rice in a strainer, and then spread it on the prepared baking sheet. Let cool while preparing the salad ingredients. In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, warm the oil. Add the cauliflower, curry powder, and 1 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring constantly, for about 1 minute. Add the currants and 1 cup water. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until the water evaporates and the cauliflower is tender, about 3 minutes. Transfer the cauliflower to a large bowl. Add the rice, cashews, chives, pepper, and remaining 1 teaspoon salt and toss to combine thoroughly. Let stand for 20 minutes to blend the flavors. Serve at room temperature. Serves 6 to 8
3 c. shredded lettuce; 1 c. grated raw cauliflower; l/2 c. grated carrot; 3 tbsps. sweet pickle relish; 1/4 c. vinegar; 1/4 c. salad oil; 3 tbsps. Sugar; 1/2 tsp. onion salt; 1/8 tsp. pepper; 1/8 tsp. paprika
Combine lettuce, cauliflower, carrot and pickle relish in salad bowl. Shake together the remaining ingredients. Pour over salad and toss. Makes 6 servings.
Recipe from America’s Best Vegetable Recipes.
1 head Romanesco (also known as Romanesque cauliflower or Romanesco broccoli), cut into bite-size pieces, 1 T olive oil, salt, pepper, pinch of garlic powder and paprika
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
Spread Romanesco onto the prepared baking sheet; drizzle with olive oil and season with salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and paprika. Roast in the preheated oven until tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
CREAMY CHICKEN & SPINACH SOUP (USING CAULIFLOWER CREAM)
1 Tablespoon olive oil, 8 oz mushrooms, sliced, 1 1/2 cup cooked chicken, chopped, 1 teaspoon crushed garlic,2 cups baby spinach, chopped, 1 Tablespoon Better Than Bouillon (optional but recommended), 1 cup chicken broth or water, Cauliflower Cream, 4 cups cauliflower pieces, 2 Tablespoons olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon sage, 1/4 teaspoon thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 1 teaspoon crushed garlic, 2 T nutritional yeast (can sub grated Parmesan cheese but not Paleo) 1 cup of water retained from boiling cauliflower
To make the cauliflower cream sauce, add your cauliflower to a pan and fill with water until almost covering the cauliflower. Cover and cook until the cauliflower is fork tender. Drain cauliflower but retain the liquid. Add to a high-speed blender along with 1 cup of the retained liquid, olive oil, spices, nutritional yeast and garlic. Blend until smooth and creamy. Set aside and start making the soup. Add olive oil and mushrooms to a soup pan. Sauté mushrooms until they just start to brown. Add your garlic and sauté for 1 minute more. Then add your bouillon, spinach and chicken broth and let simmer for 5 minutes. Next add your chicken and cook for 1 or 2 minutes until heated through. Add your cauliflower cream sauce and continue to cook a few more minutes until all the flavors meld together. If you wish to it to be thinner, add more chicken broth or water.
1 medium head cauliflower, broken into florets, 1 medium carrot, shredded, 1/4 cup chopped celery, 2-1/2 cups water, 2 teaspoons chicken or 1 vegetable bouillon cube, 3 tablespoons butter, 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 3/4 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, 2 cups 2% milk, 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, 1/2 to 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, optional
In a Dutch oven, combine the cauliflower, carrot, celery, water and bouillon. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until vegetables are tender (do not drain). In a large saucepan, melt butter. Stir in the flour, salt and pepper until smooth. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat. Stir in the cheese until melted, adding hot pepper sauce if desired. Stir into the cauliflower mixture.
BROCCOLI WITH PINE NUTS
1 large head broccoli; 1/4 cup sundried tomato bits; 1/4 cup boiling water; ¼ cup pine nuts; 2 tbsp olive oil; 2 tbsp red wine vinegar or cider vinegar; 1 small clove garlic, minced; Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Cut the broccoli into florets. Peel the stems and cut in half length wise, and then cut crosswise into 1\2-inch-thick slices. Bring a saucepan of water to a boil over high heat. In a medium bowl, combine the dried tomato bits with the 1/4 cup boiling water and set aside. Toast the pine nuts in a large, preferably nonstick skillet over medium heat for 7 to 8 minutes, stirring often. Scrape into a small bowl. Add the broccoli stems to the pan of boiling water and boil for 2 minutes. Add the florets and boil until bright green and crisp· tender, 2 to 3 minutes more. Drain well. Add the olive oil, vinegar, and garlic to the dried tomatoes and water. Whisk until well blended. Add the broccoli and pine nuts, tossing to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve warm or at room temperature.
BROCCOLI AND RICOTTA CANNELLONI
2 tsp olive oil; 12 dried cannelloni tubes, 3 inches long; 4 cups broccoli florets; 11/2 cups fresh bread crumbs; 2/3 cup milk; 4 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for brushing; 1 cup ricotta cheese; pinch of grated nutmeg; 6 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese; 2 tbsp pine nuts; salt and freshly ground black pepper; tomato sauce
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease four ovenproof dishes with olive oil. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil, add the olive oil to the water to prevent the pasta from sticking together and simmer the cannelloni, uncovered, for 6-7 minutes, or until it is nearly cooked. Meanwhile, steam or boil the broccoli for 10 minutes, until tender. Drain the pasta, rinse under cold water and set aside. Drain the broccoli and let it cool, then place in a food processor or blender and process until smooth. Set aside. Place the bread crumbs in a bowl, add the milk and oil and stir until softened. Add the ricotta, broccoli puree, nutmeg and 4 tablespoons of the Parmesan or Pecorino cheese. Season with salt and pepper, and then set aside. Pour sauce into the four ovenproof dishes. Spoon the cheese mixture into a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch nozzle. Carefully open the cannelloni tubes. Standing each one upright on a board, pipe the filling into each tube. Divide the tubes equally among the four dishes and lay them in rows in the tomato sauce. Brush the tops of the cannelloni with a little olive oil and sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan or Pecorino cheese and pine nuts. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden. Serves 4
CABBAGE-BEET SLAW WITH GINGER VINAIGRETTE
1 small head red cabbage, 1 medium-sized beet, 2 tablespoons rice vinegar, 4 tablespoons oil (vegetable or canola), 1 1/2 tablespoon honey, 1-inch piece of ginger, peeled and grated, Salt & pepper to taste
Chop the cabbage into 4 wedges. Trip away any of the tougher core. Cut the remaining cabbage into thin strips. Place in a bowl. Peel the beet using a vegetable peeler. Using a hand-held grater or box grater, shred the beet into the bowl with the cabbage, being careful to not stain clothes with beet juice. Make the vinaigrette. Combine vinegar, honey, and ginger in a small bowl. Add oil and whisk to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste. Toss vinaigrette with cabbage-beet mixture. Allow the slaw to stand 20-30 minutes before serving, tossing regularly. Add salt and pepper if needed, and serve. Recipe from TheBittenWord.com
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 BEET AND RICE SALAD
3 beets, ends removed, skin peeled with vegetable peeler and cut into small cubes, ½ cup balsamic vinegar, ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons sugar, 1 tablespoon crushed rosemary
Salt and pepper, to taste, 1 cup Arborio rice, prepared according to package directions, 5-oz. package feta cheese, 4 cups mixed greens, rinsed
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray. Spread the beet cubes out on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer. In a medium bowl, combine the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, sugar, rosemary, salt and pepper. Mix well. Pour evenly over the beets. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes, stirring to coat every 5 minutes or so. In a large bowl, combine the prepared rice, feta cheese and roasted beats (do not discard juices from pan). Stir until combined. Divide the mixed greens between 4 plates or bowls and top with beet-rice mixture. Drizzle olive oil and juices from pan over the top and serve. Recipe form Pipandebby.com
BEET AND CABBAGE SOUP
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, 3 cups coarsely chopped peeled raw beets (from 1 1/2 pounds), 2 cups chopped red onions, 3 celery stalks, coarsely chopped, 1 cup chopped red cabbage, 3 tablespoons finely chopped seeded jalapeño chiles, 5 cups (or more) low-salt chicken broth, 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, Tortilla chips, Sour cream
Melt butter in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add beets, onions, celery, cabbage, and chiles; sauté until celery is soft, about 10 minutes. Add 5 cups broth and lime juice; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until vegetables are very tender, about 1 hour 15 minutes.
Working in small batches, puree soup in blender until smooth. Return soup to pot; season to taste with salt and pepper. Thin with more broth by 1/4 cupfuls, if desired. Ladle soup into bowls and top with tortilla chips and sour cream.
SESAME KALE SALAD
1# fresh kale, 2T soy sauce, 2T toasted sesame oil, 1T toasted sesame seeds, 1 clove garlic, 2 t honey or other sweetener, 1T apple cider vinegar, dash of black or red ground pepper to taste.
Separate kale leaves from stems. Chop stems and greens. Steam stems a couple of minutes, then add the greens and steam until just tender. Drain; let kale cool enough to handle it. Squeeze out as much water as possible. Place in a serving bowl. Mix the remaining ingredients in another bowl; add to greens. Mix, chill, and serve. Serves 4-6. Adapted from the Extending the Table; A World Community Cookbook, by Joetta Hendrich Schlabach.
KALE & BRUSSEL SPROUT SALAD
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, 2T Dijon mustard, 1T minced shallot, 1sm.garlic clove, finely grated, 1/4 t. kosher salt, Freshly gr. pepper, 2 large bunches of Tuscan kale (about 1 1/2 lbs.), center stem discarded, leaves thinly sliced, 12 oz. Brussel sprouts, trimmed, finely grated or shredded with a knife, 1/2 c. extra-virgin olive oil, 1/3 c. almonds with skins, coarsely chopped, 1 c. finely grated Pecorino. Combine lemon juice, Dijon mustard, shallot, garlic, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and a pinch of pepper in a small bowl. Stir to blend; set aside to let flavors meld. Mix thinly sliced kale and shredded Brussel sprouts in a large bowl. Slowly whisk olive oil into lemon-juice mixture. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper. DO AHEAD: Dressing and kale mixture can be prepared 8 hours ahead. Cover dressing and kale mixture separately and chill. Add dressing and cheese to kale mixture; toss to coat. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Garnish with almonds.
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.
AROMATIC WILTED GREENS WITH COCONUT MILK
2 T coconut oil, 4garlic cloves, lightly crushed, 2 small shallots, 1 red chili (such as Fresno) thinly sliced, 1” piece of ginger, peeled, thinly sliced into matchsticks, 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced, divided, kosher salt, 1 small bunch kale, ribs and stems removed and leaves torn, 1 small bunch collard greens, ribs and stems removed, leaves sliced 1 “ thick, ½ C coconut milk. Divided, lime wedges (for serving)
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium. Cook garlic, stirring, until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Add shallots, chili, ginger, and two thirds of scallions. Season with salt; cook, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add kale and collard greens a handful at a time, letting them wilt slightly before adding more. Cook, tossing occasionally, until greens are crisp tender, about 6-8 minutes. Add half of coconut milk and toss to coat. Transfer greens to a serving bowl and top with remaining coconut milk and scallions. Serve with lime wedges. Recipe form Bonappetit
KALE & BRUSSEL SPROUT SOUP
1tablespoon olive oil, 1onion, 1lb kale, 10 Brussels sprouts, 3carrots, 1sprig fresh rosemary, 14ounces cannellini , beans (1 can), 2pints vegetable stock, salt, pepper
Sauté the chopped onion in the olive oil until golden. Add chopped kale, carrot and shredded Brussel sprout and allow to soften a little. Pour over the stock and bring to the boil, adding the sprig of rosemary. Simmer for 45 minutes adding more stock if required. At this stage the soup will be very watery. Drain the can of beans, rinse in a colander and then mash with a fork or blend. Add the mashed beans to the soup. This will make the broth a little thicker and give it an interesting texture and flavor. Recipe from Food.com
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.
SEARED BRUSSEL SPROUTS BRAISED WITH APPLE CIDER
12 large Brussels sprouts; cooking oil; salt; 1/4 cup apple cider
Trim Brussels sprouts and cut in half. Heat a cast-iron pan over medium flame. Add some oil. Sprinkle salt evenly over bottom of pan. Lay Brussels sprouts cut side down in the pan. Cook until deep brown or almost black in some places, about 5 minutes. Add apple cider, cover pan, and turn off heat. Let them continue cooking off the heat another 5 minutes. Serve with grilled chicken or black-eyed peas. Makes 2 servings. Recipe from Ben Hunter, Catacombs Coffeehouse
BRUSSEL SPROUTS VINAIGRETTE
1-pound Brussels sprouts; Juice of 2 lemons; 1/4 cup apple-cider or white-wine vinegar; 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce; Dash salt; 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Clean sprouts and score stem ends. Steam in 1-inch water until barely tender. Mix lemon juice with vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Place sprouts in shallow bowl. Pour vinaigrette over sprouts. Chill for 3 to 4 hours. Serves 2 to 3. Recipe from The Fruit and Vegetable Stand.
SHAVED BRUSSEL SPROUT SALAD
1 t Dijon mustard, 3T olive oil, 1T walnut oil, 1T lemon juice, 1t sherry vinegar, 1T finely chopped parsley, salt and pepper; freshly ground to taste, 1 qt Brussels sprouts; shaved thinly by hand or on a mandolin, 1C roasted peanuts, 1C shaved Pecorino Romano cheese (or Parmigiano-Reggiano), ½ C flat leaf parsley
Prepare the vinaigrette: Put the mustard in a heavy bowl. Slowly add olive oil and walnut oil while whisking. Add lemon juice and sherry vinegar. Finish with chopped parsley and season with salt and pepper.
To prepare salad: Toss Brussels sprouts, peanuts, cheese and parsley in a salad bowl with the vinaigrette, to taste.
BRUSSELS SPROUT AND SAUSAGE SOUP
1 #Brussels sprouts’ 1/2-pound andouille sausage, 1 teaspoon olive oil, 3 large red potatoes, 2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon caraway seeds, 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
Trim ends off Brussels sprouts, remove any damaged external leaves, and cut in half lengthwise. Set aside. Remove casing from sausage and cut into 1/4-in.-thick slices. Put olive oil and sausage in a medium pot over medium-high heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until sausage is well browned, about 7 minutes. Meanwhile, peel potatoes and cut into roughly 1/2-in. pieces. When sausage is browned, add bay leaves and caraway seeds to the pot. Cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add potatoes, broth, and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil. Add Brussels sprouts. Partially cover pot and reduce heat to low or medium-low to maintain a steady simmer. Cook soup until potatoes and Brussels sprouts are tender, about 15 minutes. Remove bay leaves and serve soup hot. Recipe form Myrecipes.com