Thursday, October 11, 2012

CSA Share Week 18

Three new dishes we attempted this week and they were all a great success!  The fagottini were something we have thought of attempting for years and we finally tried.  We learned of the pasta "cheat" in using wonton wrappers through a pumpkin ravioli recipe that we adore.  I'm sure to be making that recipe in the coming weeks.  The Pepper and Collard recipes I stumbled upon in my effort to find new, creative uses for these vegetables.

We have sweet potatoes, cabbage, and kohlrabi leftover.  I already have an excellent recipe to try tonight with kohlrabi and turnips, which I believe we will receive in our share today.

Week 18 Bounty:
Photo courtesy of Scotch Hill Farm, Broadhead, WI
Sweet potatoes 
Bright Lights Chard 

Bok choi

Spicy Greens Mix 

Meal #1: parsley, chard
Fagottini con pera e prosciutto
Pear and Prosciutto Pasta

We enjoyed this dish with a side of braised chard with butter. This is based on one that we remember from the Veneto region in Italia.  We attempted to find a recipe online to no avail.  We only found one recipe that used pear and prosciutto, but felt that it was nothing like the simple dish that we enjoyed.  So we worked off of that recipe and created our own.  It was delicious, maybe not exactly the fagottini of our memories but wonderful just the same.  
fagottini pasta
Package of wonton wrappers
Small bowl of water
1/2 cup (4 oz) ricotta cheese

1/2 cup (4 oz) pears, peeled, seeded and small-diced
1/2 cup (4 oz) prosciutto chunks, small-diced
1 tbsp. Italian parsley, minced
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. dried orange peel
4 Tbsp butter
2 tsp sage
Combine the parsley black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and orange peel in a small container. Then combine ricotta, pears, prosciutto, and seasoning blend. Place wonton wrappers on clean surface and, one at a time, drop one tsp of prepared filling onto wonton. Use bowl of water to wet your finger and trace the outer edge of the wonton. Then purse the sides together into a small pasta "bag," or fagottini, as shown above. Boil pot of water and cook fagottini for 2-3 minutes. While waiting to boil, add butter to a frying pan. Cook butter until slightly browned. Then use a slotted spoon to transfer fagottini to the frying pan. Toss pasta gently with sage. Cook in pan as desired or serve immediately.

Meal #2: bell peppers, onions, garlic, parsley, thyme, sage
I roasted all 15 or so red and green bell peppers that we had.  I used about one cup for this recipe and froze the rest into cubes for future use. It is a wonderful recipe that even the kids loved.
Roasted Red Pepper and Herb Pasta with Shrimp
2 red bell peppers
8 ounces uncooked fettuccine
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 cup finely chopped onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 pound peeled and deveined large shrimp
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh sage
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons shaved fresh Parmesan cheese
Preheat broiler. Cut bell peppers in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place pepper halves, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet; flatten with hand. Broil 15 minutes or until blackened. Place in a paper bag; fold to close tightly. Let stand 20 minutes. Peel and chop; set aside. Cook fettuccine according to the package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain well. Set aside; keep warm. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chopped onion and garlic to pan, and cook for 4 minutes or until the onion is tender, stirring frequently. Add shrimp to the pan, and cook for 2 minutes. Add bell peppers and 1/4 cup lemon juice to the pan, and cook for 4 minutes or until the shrimp are done and half of the liquid has evaporated. Add chopped parsley and the next 5 ingredients (through 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper) to the shrimp mixture. Remove pan from heat. Combine cooked fettuccine and 1 teaspoon olive oil in a large bowl; toss well. Add shrimp mixture, tossing gently to coat. Top each serving with cheese. * Recipe from Gale Moody, Woodstock, Georgia, Cooking Light 

Oven Roasted Green Beans
1 1/2 pounds green beans
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Trim the ends of the green beans and add to a large bowl. Toss with the extra-virgin olive oil, salt and pepper and spread out evenly on a parchment lined baking sheet. Roast, stirring once halfway through, until lightly caramelized and crisp tender, 12 to 15 minutes.
Meal #3: collard greens, spicy greens, onion
Lentil and Green Collard Soup
I used the collard greens and spicy greens and made a double batch of this so that we had extra for the freezer.  I had cut down on the water as someone suggested, so it was a thick soup.  I also think this would be great atop some brown rice.

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 tablespoon salt
1 cup dry red lentils, rinsed and drained
6 cups water
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 bunch collard greens - rinsed, stemmed and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1/3 cup lemon juice
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat, stir in onion and salt; cook until softened and translucent, about 4 minutes. Stir in lentils, and cook for 1 minute. Pour in water, then bring to a boil over high heat, then turn heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the lentils are tender, about 15 minutes.  Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add collard greens, and cook until wilted, about 10 minutes. When the lentils are tender, stir in the collard greens and season with cumin, cinnamon, and garlic; allow to simmer 10 more minutes. Stir in lemon juice before serving. * Recipe from Farah Momtaz at

Other Uses: zucchini, cilantro, tomatoes, bok choi
Zucchini(Squash) Flaxseed Bread
We made this back in June/July and loved it so much we brought it back.  I made them into muffins this time.  Baked them at 350 for about 25 minutes.  
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 cups shredded zucchini (about 2 medium zucchini)
1 cup vanilla low-fat yogurt
1/2 cup egg substitute
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cooking spray
3 tablespoons chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flours, granulated sugar, and next 7 ingredients (through nutmeg) in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Spread zucchini onto several layers of heavy-duty paper towels; cover with additional paper towels. Press down firmly to remove excess liquid. Combine yogurt, egg substitute, oil, and vanilla in a medium bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Stir in zucchini. Add zucchini mixture to flour mixture, stirring until well combined. Pour batter into a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle batter with 3 tablespoons walnuts. Bake for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack. Remove bread from pan; place on wire rack. * Recipe from Cooking Light 

Cilantro, washed, chopped and put in freezer bags.  

Bok choi, washed, chopped and blanched in boiling water for 2-3 minutes.  Put in freezer bag.

Tomatoes were washed, stemmed and seeded and pureed.  Frozen into cubes.

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