28 Feb

Winter still here? Tomato transplants are around the corner!

I don’t know about you, but I hope that the winter of 2017/18 is finally winding down. The sun has been shining the last few days, which has nudged the nighttime temperatures up a degree or two from below zero. I finally decided to put on my high-top rain boots in order to get to the back gate in the hopes that Bodie and I could take a walk along the ditch; however, needless to say, I needed thigh-high waders! Bodie didn’t enjoy our attempted excursion either, so we had to call it quits!  The next best thing for us to do was to start seeding the tomato transplants that are now on the website for  pre-order.

Even though I was born and raised here in Montana, one of the most challenging aspects of our winter season is the fact that I really haven’t made friends with the cold again, after living in Hawaii for 12 years. From early spring to late fall, I have been blessed to be able to be outside working in my gardens. Having my feet firmly grounded on the earth and the sun warming my body provides me the opportunity to go into a working/walking meditation. The chatter of my brain quiets and that inner sense of nothingness becomes palpable. I can still get there when sitting on the couch, but it is certainly not as easy.

I have been out working in the greenhouse starting the seeds that will be transplanted out into the gardens starting early spring. The tomatoes, peppers, mustard greens, broccoli, scallions and onions are already coming up! I’ve planted lots of flowers, too.  Edible flowers of violas, nasturtium,  calendula, citrus marigold have been a big hit with the local chefs.    When the sun in shining it has been over 80 degrees out there! I even had to start removing my layers of jacket and sweater. The feel of potting soil in my hands and the earthy aroma brought a smile to my face! I guess it is true that the simplest things can bring the greatest pleasure.  You might think that it is way to early to start seeds, but I am holding the door open for an early spring!

Tomato Transplants

Heirloom, organic tomato transplants are now available for sale on my website.   The photos and descriptions are already making my mouth water for summer salads and tomato sandwiches.  Nothing better than these sweet, juicy homegrown beauties!  I can hardly wait!

In the meantime, I invite you to enjoy this wintertime comfort food stew.  It will warm your body and delight your stomach!

Better with Cheddar Cornbread Stew

6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (14 ounces) Cheddar Smoked Sausage or any sausage you prefer
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets
  • 1 cup potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 large red onion, cut in small wedges
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
  • 1 package (8.5 ounces) corn muffin mix

Preparation

  1. Cut sausage into 1/4-inch slices and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, bring broth to a boil.
  3. Add vegetables, continue to cook for 10 or until vegetables are crisp and tender.
  4. In a small bowl, combine water and cornstarch. Stir until smooth.
  5. Add to vegetables, continue to cook and stir for 2 or until thickened.
  6. Stir in 1/2 cup of cheese and sausage.
  7. Spoon mixture into a greased 2-1/2 quart baking dish.
  8. In a small bowl, mix corn muffin mix according to package directions.
  9. Spoon batter over the surface of vegetable/sausage mixture.
  10. Add remaining cheese to batter.
  11. Bake at 400°F for 20 to 25 or until corn bread is golden brown.

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10 Oct

Barley with Spring Greens

A wonderful way to enjoy your fresh spring greens

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1/2 cup pearl barley
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, slivered
10 cups loosely packed torn mixed greens, such as spinach, Swiss chard, kale, tatsoi, mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Directions
1. Bring broth to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Add barley and return to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes, or until tender.
2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add scallions and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes, or until scallions are wilted.
3. Add the greens, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes, or until just wilted.
4. Fluff the barley with a fork and stir into the greens.

01 Oct

Sweet Beet Dressed Slaw

4 servings

Ingredients
• 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus 3 tablespoons
• 2 small to medium-sized red beets, peeled and grated
• Salt and freshly ground black pepper
• 2 heaping tablespoons Dijon mustard
• 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
• 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
• 8 to 10 radishes, julienned
• 1/2 small head red cabbage, thinly shredded (can substitute green cabbage)
• 3 bias cut scallions
• 2 rounded spoonfuls dill pickle relish

Directions

Preheat a medium size skillet over medium-high heat with 3 turns of the pan of extra-virgin olive oil, about 3 tablespoons. Once you see the oil ripple in the pan add the grated beets, season with some salt and pepper and cook stirring every now and then until they are tender, about 5 minutes. Transfer the beets to a bowl and let them cool down a bit. Add the mustard and the vinegar to the beets. Whisk in the remaining extra-virgin olive oil in a slow and steady stream. Add the fresh dill, radishes, shredded cabbage, sliced scallions and relish and toss to combine, taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Serve now or the next day.

 

01 Oct

Potato, Bacon, and Greens Frittata

You can substitute sliced Canadian bacon for a lower-fat alternative in this hearty Spanish egg dish.

Serves: 6

Ingredients

1 1/4 cups roasted or boiled potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
3/4 cup cooked greens, such as mustard or kale, chopped
2 slices crisp cooked bacon, crumbled (optional)
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large sweet onions, thickly sliced
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
8 large eggs, lightly beaten

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350º. Heat oil in a cast iron skillet with ovenproof handle over medium heat. Add onions, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper; cook, turning with tongs, 10 minutes, or until well browned. Stir in vinegar and cook 1 minute longer. Stir in potatoes, greens, bacon, and 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.

2. Pour eggs over vegetables and stir to blend. Cook over medium heat until mixture begins to set, 3 minutes. Place skillet in oven and cook until set, 15 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes. To serve, loosen around edges with rubber spatula and turn out onto platter.

01 Oct

Roasted Broccoli with Orange

This simple recipe with orange and garlic puts a zesty twist on your average broccoli dish.

Serves: 4

Ingredients
• 1 lb broccoli, tops cut into florets and stems peeled, quartered lengthwise, and cut into 2″ lengths
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
• 2 tsp grated orange zest (optional)
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 2 tbsp orange juice (from 1/2 sml orange)

Directions
1. Heat oven to 425°F.
2. Line baking pan with foil. Put broccoli on pan and toss with oil, garlic, zest, and salt.
3. Spread in single layer and roast until edges brown and stems are tender, about 10 to 20 minutes depending on size. Don’t overcook. They should still be a little crunchy.
4. Toss with orange juice and season to taste with salt and pepper.

23 Sep

Mario Batali’s Eggplant Parmesan Stacks

Mario Batali’s Eggplant Parmesan Stacks

Serves 4 to 6

2 large eggplant, about 1 pound each
Extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly-ground black pepper
3 cups basic tomato sauce, warm (recipe follows, or use your favorite)
About 12 leaves fresh basil (from 1 small bunch)
3/4 to 1 pound fresh mozzarella, sliced about 1/8-inch-thick
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
1/4 cup fresh bread crumbs

Heat the oven to 450° F. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper or foil.

Slice each eggplant into 6 disks about 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick. Brush both sides of each disk with olive oil, lightly season both sides with salt and pepper, and place evenly spaced on the lined baking sheets.

Roast the eggplant until the slices are tender throughout and lightly browned, about 30 minutes, flipping the slices once and rotating the pans top to bottom for even cooking. Check to see that the slices are tender by poking in a few places with a fork (if some slices are taking longer than others, you can remove the tender ones to a plate and continue roasting the rest).

Lower the oven temperature to 350° F. Scoot all of the smallest eggplant pieces to one of the same lined baking sheets, and on the other, place the 6 largest eggplant slices, evenly spaced.

Over each slice, spread a scant 1/4 cup of tomato sauce and sprinkle with a couple leaves of basil (torn into a few pieces if very large). Place one slice of mozzarella over each and sprinkle with about a teaspoon grated Parmigiano. Place a smaller slice of eggplant over each of the disks and repeat with tomato sauce, basil, and the 2 cheeses.

Bake uncovered until the cheese is well-melted, about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small skillet, toast the breadcrumbs over medium heat with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt until golden and crisp, stirring often. Set aside until the eggplant is ready, then sprinkle the toasted bread crumbs over the top of the eggplant, and serve immediately.

Basic tomato sauce:

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 Spanish onion, 1/4-inch dice 4 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced Salt 3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves, or 1 tablespoon dried 1/2 medium carrot, finely grated 2 (28-ounce) cans peeled whole tomatoes, crushed by hand and juices reserved

In a 3-quart saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and a pinch of salt and cook until soft and light golden brown, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add the thyme and carrot and cook 5 minutes more. Add the tomatoes and juice and bring to a boil, stirring often. Lower the heat and simmer until as thick as oatmeal, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with more salt to taste. This sauce keeps 1 week in the refrigerator or up to 6 months in the freezer.

22 Sep

Baba Ganoush Tahini

Baba Ganoush Tahini

Ingredients

1 Eggplant
1 Lemon, juiced
8 oz Plain Yogurt
1 Teaspoon Garlic, minced
1/2 Cup Tahini Sauce
Water

Instructions:

Juice the lemon and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Slice the eggplant into rounds, leaving the skin intact, then place in a greased baking dish and bake for 30 minutes or until soft.

Remove from heat, cool and peel. Roughly chop and add to a food processor with the garlic, 1/2 of the lemon juice, yogurt, salt and pepper. Pulse until smooth.

Add in the tahini sauce, salt and pepper to taste, remaining lemon juice and about one tablespoon of water. Pulse until combined.

Serve with pita chips and enjoy!

12 Sep

Corn, Black Beans, and Tomato Stuffed Pattypan Squash

Corn, Black Beans, and Tomato Stuffed Pattypan Squash

Serves 5
Ingredients:

3 large pattypan squash
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 cups cooked black beans (or 1 can, drained and rinsed)
2 ears corn, kernels cut off
3 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 Tbsp cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
salt to taste
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions:

Put the squash in a large pot with about 1 inch of water. Cover pot, bring water to a boil, and let the squash steam until they begin to get tender (about 7 min). Remove squash from pot and let them cool. Once they’ve cooled, cut off stems and scoop out as much of the inside of each squash as possible. Roughly chop the scooped out squash and set it aside.

Heat oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Saute onion until it’s tender, and then add garlic and cook for an additional minute. Stir in chopped squash, beans, corn, tomatoes, and spices and cook for a few minutes. Place the squash shells into a large baking dish and stuff them with the bean mixture. Top each squash with a pinch of cheese. You will likely have tons of the bean mixture left, so pour this into the dish around the squash shells or bake it in a separate dish. Bake at 350 for 20 min.

08 Sep

Patty Pan Lemon Bread

Patty Pan Lemon Bread

Serves: 12

A very lemony Patty Pan Squash Sweet Bread that is light and airy. Perfect for breakfast, brunch, dessert or as an afternoon snack with tea or coffee you will be pleasantly surprised at just how much lemon flavor comes through. A divine treat for lemon lovers!

Ingredients

For The Bread
2 cups cake flour
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 eggs, room temperature
½ cup vegetable oil
1⅓ cups sugar
½ cup buttermilk, room temperature
3 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 Tablespoons lemon zest
1 cup Patty Pan squash chopped in a food processor
For The Lemon Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
3 Tablespoons lemon juice
1 Tablespoon lemon zest

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease one 9×5 loaf pan with vegetable shortening
Triple sift first three ingredients; cake flour, salt and baking powder and set aside
In the container of a blender add the next six ingredients; eggs, vegetable oil, sugar, buttermilk, lemon juice and lemon zest. Blend until well mixed.
In three batches, add flour mixture to blender. Pulse until just blended. About 5 pulses, then add next batch, pulse 5 times, add last batch of flour and pulse 5 times more. Be careful to not over mix.
Fold in chopped Patty Pan squash with a spatula right into the blender
From the blender container pour batter into the loaf pan and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Check midway through baking. If top or sides are browning too much, cover with a sheet of parchment paper and continuing baking.
Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes in pan. Remove from loaf pan to a rack with parchment paper sheet underneath
Mix glaze ingredients together thoroughly. Pour over still warm Patty Pan Lemon Bread. Pull parchment paper from under cooling rack and replace with a new sheet. Pour the lemon glaze from the first parchment sheet back onto the Patty Pan Lemon Loaf to capture as much of the lemon glaze as possible. YUM!!!
Cool completely, slice and serve
NOTE: Add optional 1 cup chopped toasted pecans or 1 cup frozen blueberries or both to batter before baking

29 Aug

Refrigerator Pickles Recipe

Refrigerator Pickles

The garden is overloaded with slicing cucumbers. I was hoping that some of you would want to preserve some this year. Refrigerator dills or bread & butter pickles are so easy to make. They don’t have to be pressure canned or water bathed….just put in jars and kept in the refrigerator. Of course, they can canned, too, and stored in your pantry to use during the year. I have even seen recipes for freezer pickles. Here are a couple of recipes for you to try. Please come and take these babies off my hands, or I will be taking them to the food bank. I am selling them cheap!

Refrigerator Pickles
Makes 1 gallon

Slice pickles into jar (can either slice into rounds, or thin lengths)
Add sliced onions and green peppers (hot or mild). I like to add thinly sliced red peppers or red jalapeno or serrano, for both taste and color. Can eliminate peppers, but onions are a must.

Heat until dissolved:

2 cups apple cider vinegar
2 cups sugar
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp dry mustard
¼ cup salt

Pour over pickles and cool. Place in refrigerator. These will be ready to eat in 1 ½ -2 weeks. Will keep all winter.

Refrigerator Pickles

Easy Refrigerator Dill Pickles
Yields: 3 jars

Ingredients

10-12 pickling cucumbers
4 cups water
2 cups white vinegar
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon sugar
big bunch of dill
1 head of garlic, skins removed, cloves smashed (less if its a strong garlic)
10 peppercorns

Instructions

Slice cucumbers into 1/4 inch slices or spears. Set aside
To make brine, combine water, vinegar, salt, and sugar in medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil and swirl to make sugar and salt dissolve. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
Add cucumbers to jars. Do not pack them super tight as you you’ll want room for the brine. Add the fresh dill, smashed garlic, and peppercorns to the jars. Finish by adding enough brine to cover the cucumbers. Seal with an airtight lid and store in the refrigerator for at least one week. Pickles should be good for at least 4-6 weeks after that.
This recipe made enough for me to fill one pint and two quart jars.

28 Aug

French Potato and Green Bean Salad

French Potato and Green Bean Salad

Ingredients

2 pounds medium potatoes, like Yukon Gold or Yellow Finn
Salt and pepper
1 bay leaf
1 large thyme sprig
3 garlic cloves, smashed to a paste with a little salt
1 tablespoon chopped anchovy
1 tablespoon chopped capers
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
4 tablespoons white wine vinegar
⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 pound small French beans, or small romano or wax beans
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon thinly sliced chives
2 tablespoons roughly chopped parsley
2 tablespoons roughly chopped basil
6 to 8 anchovy fillets, optional, for garnish
8 ounces arugula, optional

Preparation

Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil. Add the potatoes, bay leaf and thyme branch. Cook at a brisk simmer until the potatoes are firm but easily pierced with a skewer, about 30 minutes. Remove and let cool slightly.
While the potatoes are cooking, make the vinaigrette: In a small bowl, stir together the garlic, anchovy, capers, mustard and vinegar. Slowly whisk in the olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Whisk again before using if the dressing separates.
When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, remove the skins with a paring knife and carefully cut into pieces 1/4-inch thick, or slightly thicker. Put the slices in a low bowl, season lightly with salt and pepper and add half the vinaigrette. Using your hands, gently coat the potatoes with the vinaigrette, taking care not to break them. Cover and set aside at room temperature.

25 Aug

Tomato Salad on a Roll

4 servings

This sandwich, a delight of summer, is a cross between the pan bagnat from Nice and the Catalan tomato bread with anchovy. And it’s dead simple. Tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, capers, anchovy and basil. A splash of red wine vinegar. This sandwich comes together quickly, but the ingredients need to stay inside the loaf for at least an hour. That way, the juicy tomatoes and all the tasty aromatics permeate the bread in a soggy, heavenly way. Eat it outside.

Ingredients

1 pound ripe tomatoes, in assorted colors and sizes
Salt & pepper
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
2 anchovy fillets, rinsed and roughly chopped, optional
1 teaspoon capers, rinsed
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
Pinch red pepper flakes
12 basil leaves
A few tender parsley leaves
4 fresh French rolls or a long baguette

Preparation

Cut larger tomatoes in thick slices or wedges and smaller ones into halves, and put them in a salad bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
Add the garlic, anchovies (if using), capers, olive oil, vinegar, pepper flakes and half the basil, torn or chopped. Gently toss with the tomatoes and leave for 5 or 10 minutes.
Split the rolls or baguette lengthwise. Spoon tomato salad and its juices onto bottom of each roll (or bottom half of the baguette). Lay a few basil and parsley leaves over tomatoes. Replace tops and press lightly. If using baguette, cut crosswise into 4 pieces.
Cover sandwiches with a clean dish towel and wait for an hour or so before serving.

19 Aug

Chinese Chicken Zoodles

Chinese Chicken Zoodles

Serves 2

These Chinese chicken zoodles are a quick and easy 15 minute meal. Packed with flavors from your favorite takeout dish but way healthier for you!

Ingredients

3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon coconut sugar
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon sriracha
1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 cup shredded cooked chicken
1 medium zucchini, spiralized on blade “D”
1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
1/2 tablespoon melted coconut oil

Instructions

Whisk the soy sauce, garlic, coconut sugar, water, sriracha and cornstarch together in a small bowl. Set aside.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the onions and cook for 2-3 minutes until softened.

Add the sauce to the skillet and let cook for about 1 minute. Add the chicken and zucchini noodles to the skillet, toss to fully coat in the sauce and cook for about 2 minutes, until the zucchini noodles are just slightly softened. Serve immediately.

18 Aug

Meat, Tomato, and Mozzarella Stuffed Zucchini Cups

Meat, Tomato, and Mozzarella Stuffed Zucchini Cups

Serves 6-8

Ingredients:
2 large zucchini or yellow squash, about 12 inches long
2 tsp. + 2 tsp. olive oil (may need more, depending on your pan)
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 green pepper, finely chopped
2 T finely minced fresh garlic
1 lb. ground beef
12 oz. ground turkey
(use any combination of ground meat you’d like
1-2 tsp. seasoning of your choice….fresh herbs are preferred
salt and pepper to taste
2 C flavorful tomato-basil pasta sauce
2 cups mozzarella or other mild white cheese

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350F/175C. Chop onion and green pepper. Heat 2 tsp. olive oil in a non-stick pan, then sauté onion and pepper for 3-4 minutes, until just starting to soften. Add minced garlic and sauté about 1 minute more, being careful not to brown the garlic. Remove the onion, pepper, and
Remove the onion, pepper, and garlic mixture to a bowl.

Add 2 tsp. more olive oil to the pan. Crumble in the ground beef and ground turkey, season selection of herbs, salt, pepper and cook over medium heat until the meat is well browned. Tilt pan to see if there is any extra fat, and remove with a spoon if there is, then stir cooked vegetables and garlic back into the meat. Add tomato sauce and simmer until the mixture has thickened and liquid has cooked off, about 10 minutes, then turn off heat.

While meat cools, cut zucchini into 2 inch thick slices, discarding ends. Use a sharp spoon or melon baller to hollow out a cup in each zucchini slice, leaving just over 1/4 inch of zucchini flesh. Be careful not to get too close to the skin or the cups will leak liquid when they cook.

Spray baking sheet with nonstick spray and stand up zucchini cups, open end up. Stir 1 1/2 cups grated cheese into the cooled meat mixture (it doesn’t need to be completely cool), then spoon the meat-cheese mixture into zucchini cups, pressing down with the spoon and mounding it up a little over the top of the zucchini.

Bake zucchini cups for 20 minutes, then remove from oven and use remaining cheese to top each one with a generous pinch of cheese. Put back in oven and bake 10-15 minutes more, until zucchini is slightly soft when pierced with a fork and cheese is melted and lightly browned. Serve hot.

17 Aug

Honey-Lime Sriracha Salmon with Cold Sesame Cucumber Noodle Salad

Honey-Lime Sriracha Salmon with Cold Sesame Cucumber Noodle Salad

 

A healthy honey marinated sriracha salmon served over a delicious spiralized sesame cucumber noodle salad!

Ingredients

FOR THE SALMON
1 1/4 pounds wild salmon
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon chili paste
1 tablespoon sriracha
3 tablespoons gluten free soy sauce
1 teaspoon fresh peeled grated ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon sesame oil
FOR THE CUCUMBER NOODLES:
4 large cucumbers, peeled and spiralized
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon fresh peeled grated ginger
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons gluten free soy sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons water
Optional for dressing: 1 teaspoon honey
Optional for serving: sesame seeds, spinach, green onions, cilantro or chives

Instructions

In a medium bowl, whisk together the marinade ingredients for the salmon: honey, chili paste, sriracha, soy sauce, ginger, garlic and sesame oil. Place salmon in a large ziploc bag and pour in marinade; refrigerate for 1 hour (no longer).
While salmon is marinating you can prepare the cucumber noodle salad: In a large bowl, whisk together garlic, ginger, sesame oil, soy sauce, water and honey, if using. Add cucumber noodles and stir to evenly coat the noodles; cover and place in the fridge until ready to serve with the salmon.
When salmon is ready to cook, preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place salmon on a foil-lined baking sheet (important) and bake for 15-20 minutes or until salmon flakes easily with a fork. The salmon will take 15 minutes per inch of thickness. Mine is usually always perfect around 18 minutes.
Cut salmon into 4 pieces and serve on top of cucumber noodles. Sprinkle on garnishes like sesame seeds, green onions or cilantro if desired.

14 Aug

Tubetti Rigate with Long Cooked Broccoli Leaves and Pecorino

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

¼ pound mixed broccoli leaves, washed & large stems removed
3-4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 large garlic cloves, peeled, germ removed & thinly sliced
1 long fresh red chile, stem removed & minced
1 pound tubetti rigate or orcchiette
Salt, to taste
¼ cup grated pecorino cheese

PREPARATION

Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil in a saucepot. Add 2 tablespoons of salt and return to a boil. Add the broccoli leaves and bring back to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook for 1 minute. Drain and let cool. Squeeze the leaves gently, discarding the water. Chop the leaves finely. In the same saucepot, bring 4 quarts of water to a boil with 2 tablespoons of salt for the pasta.

Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the chopped broccoli leaves and cook stirring often to prevent them from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Cook for about 5 minutes reducing the heat if necessary to prevent browning. Make a space in the middle of the pan by pushing the broccoli to the sides. Add 1 teaspoon of the olive oil to this space, then add the garlic and chiles. Cook for about 20 seconds or so, until the garlic is cooked but not colored. Mix everything together and continue to cook very slowly until the flavors marry. This should take about 6-7 minutes.
In the meantime, add the pasta to the boiling water & give it a stir so that the pasta pieces do not stick to the bottom. Stir several more times while cooking. Cook the pasta until it is just done about 7 minutes. Drain the pasta, saving a cup of the pasta water.
Add the pasta to the broccoli & toss together with 2 tablespoons of the pasta water to moisten. Add more pasta water if too dry. Continue to cook on low heat for about 30 seconds. Adjust the seasoning with salt if necessary then toss with the remaining olive oil. Plate the pasta and sprinkle with the pecorino.

02 Aug

Broccoli Salad with Bacon & Cheddar

This is one of my favorite salads in the summer using broccoli.  It was my mom’s recipe and I think she got it out of the Junior Women’s of Billings cookbooks.  Whenever I  make it I think of her!  Warm memories of us in the kitchen.

Broccoli Salad with Bacon & Cheddar

Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients:
1 lb. broccoli about 4 cups, cut into florets
6 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
1/4 cup chopped red onion, diced
1/2 dried white raisins or substitute dried cranberries
4 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded or cut into small cubes
½ cup chopped walnuts
1 cup real mayonnaise
2 tablespoons white vinegar ( I use cayenne wine vinegar that I make every fall)
1/4 cup sugar
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
In a large bowl mix together the broccoli, crumbled bacon, onion, raisins or cranberries, cheese and the walnuts.
In a small bowl stir together the mayonnaise, vinegar and the sugar. Add to the broccoli mixture and gently stir. Chill and serve.

01 Aug

Blueberry zucchini cake with lemon buttercream

Blueberry zucchini cake with lemon buttercream

Need to use up some of that Zucchini? This cake will surely hit that sugar craving spot and with the addition of blueberries, it’s got to be healthy, right? I found the recipe on Pinterest and it is a good one!

Blueberry zucchini cake with lemon buttercream

Ingredients
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup vegetable oil
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups white sugar
2 cups finely shredded and drained zucchini
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 pint fresh blueberries (you can reserve a few for garnish if so desired)

Lemon Buttercream
1 cup butter, room temperature
3 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 lemon, juice and zest of (about 2 tablespoons)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare two 8-inch round cake pans.
Grate a large zucchini (or two small zucchini) and place in a clean dish towel. Squeeze until most of the liquid comes out. You will want to have 2 total cups of shredded zucchini after it has been drained. Set aside.
In a large bowl and using a hand mixer, beat together the eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar. Fold in the zucchini.
Slowly add in the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Gently fold in the blueberries. Divide batter evenly between prepared cake pans.
Bake 35-40 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a knife inserted in the center of a cake comes out clean. Cool 20 minutes in pans, then turn out onto wire racks to cool completely.

Lemon Buttercream
Combine butter, sugar and salt and beat till well combined.
Add lemon juice and vanilla and continue to beat for another 3 to 5 minute or until creamy.
Fold in zest*.
*If you are piping this buttercream, I recommend leaving out the zest.

19 Jul

Garden News – July 19, 2017

We have zucchini, which means that summer is really here!  The cucumbers are now just beginning, too, so from now on there will be a plethora of both.  Just remember this when you start complaining that you are getting tired of eating them, because in the deep of winter, you will be missing their wonderful taste!

There are not too many things things in the garden that can handle this heat.  Even the tomatoes, peppers and eggplants aren’t sure if they want to set fruit.

We are starting early each day and harvesting before it gets too hot.  We began seeding our fall crops  this week.  That means that making sure the seed beds stay good and wet is a priority.  Seeds are typically planted shallow and the soil will dry out quickly in this heat.  We always use a light mulch over the new seed beds to retain moisture and keep the soil cool, but it is a challenge with daytime temps well into the 90’s.

Your share this week is another bounty  of goodness.  The last of the tender leaf lettuce, cabbage, beets, rainbow chard, braising mix (all cut up and ready to wash), scallion, dragon radish, haricot vert and basil.  I have some wonderful recipes listed below using some  of  the produce, so let’s get cooking!

Sautéed Greens with Creamy Polenta

First, cook the polenta which will take around 30-40 minutes.   Of course, before serving, add butter and Parmesan to the pot and then taste it, and add more butter and Parmesan.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced or 1/2 cup ramps, Chopped
  • 2 TB Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Bunch Swiss chard, the greens roughly chopped and the stems sliced small. Use the whole plant. You can also use other greens like kale, mustards or spinach
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 pinches hot pepper flakes
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Parmesan cheese grated to taste

Heat a large sauté pan over medium high heat, add oil, wait 30 seconds and add onions, chard stems, pepper flakes and garlic.  Cook/sauté until they begin to color and the chard stems become tender, but still crunchy. Next, add the greens, lower the heat to medium and cover pan with lid and allow greens to cook for about 3-5 minutes. Taste, season with salt and pepper and serve over creamy polenta. Drizzle a little good quality olive oil over the dish and top with shaved or grated cheese.

Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad
Recipe from DELANCEY, by Molly Wizenberg (Simon & Schuster, 2014)

Serves 2 to 3

Don’t be put off by the number of steps. The dressing can be made a few days ahead.  This salad is wide open to adaptations and a great vehicle for using up leftovers or odds and ends. Take the recipe and run with it, using whatever vegetables and cooked meats you have on hand. Though it changes the whole concept, try substituting hot freshly cooked rice for the noodles.

The dressing:

3 tablespoons fish sauce
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
2 to 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
6 to 8 tablespoons water, to taste
1 medium clove garlic, minced
1 fresh Thai (also sold as “bird’s eye”) chile, minced

The salad:

8 ounces thin rice noodles (roughly the width of linguine)
3 or 4 napa cabbage leaves, thinly sliced crosswise (can substitute any other cabbage)
1 medium carrot, shredded or cut into matchsticks
1/2 cucumber, halved, seeded, and thinly sliced
1 handful chopped fresh herbs, preferably a combination of basil, cilantro, and mint
8 ounces cooked meat or shrimp, cut or torn into bite-sized pieces
1/2 cup salted peanuts, coarsely chopped

To prepare the dressing, combine the fish sauce, lime juice, 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar, 6 tablespoons of the water, the garlic, and the chile. Whisk well. Taste: if it’s too pungent, add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time. If you’d like more sweetness, add more brown sugar, 1/2 tablespoon at a time. Remember that you’re going to be putting this dressing on unsalted vegetables and noodles: you want the dressing to have a lot of flavor, but it shouldn’t knock you over. Pour into a serving bowl. (Covered and chilled, the dressing will keep for 3 days to a week.)
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the rice noodles, and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, until tender but not mushy. Immediately drain the noodles into a colander, and rinse them well with cold water. Lay out a clean kitchen towel on the countertop, shake the colander to drain away excess water, and then spread the cooked noodles on the towel to drain further.
Divide the noodles between two or three good-sized bowls, depending on the number of diners, and top with the vegetables, herbs, and meat. Scatter the peanuts on top. Allow each person to spoon on dressing to taste. Toss well, and eat. (Alternatively, you can present this salad family-style: Toss the vegetables, herbs, and noodles in a mixing bowl and then mound them on a serving platter. Arrange the meat over the noodles, and top with peanuts. Each diner can scoop their own portion from the platter and dress it as they see fit.)
I will see you all tomorrow from 4 to 6 for your share pick up.  I thank you all again for your support of Kate’s Garden.  It really means allot to me and even though it has been so hot this season, I am still enjoying being able to provide vital nutritious food for you and your families.  Blessings to you all!

01 Jul

Simple Spring Greens and Radish Sauté Recipe

Keep your health on track with this scrumptious and vitamin-rich radish sauté.

SERVES 4

1 tablespoon butter
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 bunch radishes, sliced
4 green onions, sliced
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon celery seed
6 generous cups packed, chopped greens (such as beet greens and chard)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Heat butter and oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Sauté radishes for 3 minutes.

Add green onions and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in lemon juice, sugar, celery seed and chopped greens; sauté for 2 to 3 minutes more or until greens are wilted.

Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.