Sunday, October 28, 2012

CSA Share Week 20

The final regular share of 2012!  Wow!  

Our freezer is full to the brim and we still have yet to receive our fall shares.  Pictures of the freezer contents are forthcoming. 

We attempted some of our Italian favorites this week.  Risotto Tartufo and Orecchiette coi Broccoletti were quite good.  Although I would have to say that I prefer the orecchiette with ricotta instead of the goat cheese.  I should have tried an actual goat cheese recipe - it just has a very different flavor.  

The carmelized brussels sprouts are always a huge hit.  The kids eat them like they are candy (and so do we).  Our artichoke dip was quite popular at a gathering last week as were our pan-fried potatoes.  

I just adore the Roasted Root Vegetable Soup, so I had to stock our freezer up with more of the delicious and healthy soup to enjoy through the cold winter months.  

We will start to switch gears now and begin using some things from the freezer.

Week 20 Bounty:

Photo Courtesy of Scotch Hill Farm, Broadhead, WI
Yellow Potatoes
Green Tomatoes
Brussels Sprouts
Cheese from our goat milk

Bell peppers

Meal #1: kale
Baked Kale Chips

1 head kale, washed and thoroughly dried
2 tablespoons olive oil
Sea salt, for sprinkling
Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F. Remove the ribs from the kale and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces. Lay on a baking sheet and toss with the olive oil and salt. Bake until crisp, turning the leaves halfway through, about 20 minutes. Serve as finger food. * Recipe from Melissa d'Arabian at

Hot Dogs

Fannie Farmer's Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese
1 (8 ounce) package macaroni
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
1 cup cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
fresh ground black pepper, to taste
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded good quality
1/2 cup breadcrumbs, buttered
Preheat oven to 400°F. Cook and drain macaroni according to package directions; set aside. In a large saucepan melt butter. Add flour mixed with salt and pepper, using a whisk to stir until well blended. Pour milk and cream in gradually; stirring constantly. Bring to boiling point and boil 2 minutes (stirring constantly). Reduce heat and cook (stirring constantly) 10 minutes. Add shredded cheddar little by little and simmer an additional 5 minutes, or until cheese melts. Turn off flame. Add macaroni to the saucepan and toss to coat with the cheese sauce. Transfer macaroni to a buttered baking dish. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Bake 20 minutes until the top is golden brown. (You can also freeze this recipe in zip-lock bags for later use - once you have mixed the macaroni along with the cheese sauce allow to cool to room temperature before adding to your freezer - I generally pull it out the night before and allow macaroni and cheese to reach room temperature; I then add the macaroni and cheese to a buttered baking dish, sprinkle with bread crumbs and then bake for 20 to 30 minutes, until golden brown on top and bubbling. *Recipe from Carla at

Meal #2: brussels sprouts
Grilled Sirloin

Carmelized Brussels Sprouts
1 pound brussels sprouts
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
A few heavy pinches of sea salt 
Trim your sprouts if they have too much stem. Then steam them in skillet for 6-7 minutes until they are just beginning to turn bright green. Next you need to brown them in a shallow skillet with olive oil over medium/high heat. Lay them in the pan in one layer and just let them cook for 4-5 minutes. You can shake the pan a bit to make sure they don’t stick, but resist the temptation to flip them early. You want to get them slightly crispy, but try not too burn them. Then flip and cook an additional 3 minutes. Drizzle on more olive oil as needed, sprinkle on the sea salt or other seasonings.  We cook until nicely browned.  

Truffle Risotto
2 ounces olive oil
1 cup minced onion
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cups Arborio rice
1 cup white wine
3 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1/4 cup freshly chopped parsley leaves
4 tablespoons butter
2 ounces black truffles
In a 4-quart saucepan, heat olive oil over a medium heat. Add onions and garlic and sweat for 3 minutes until vegetables are translucent and aromatic. Add rice and lightly toast in oil for 2 minutes stirring frequently. Add liquid 1/3rd at a time stirring until each additional 1/3rd is absorbed. Once all liquid is absorbed, remove from heat and stir in Parmesan, parsley, and butter. 
Divide into 6 servings and top with shaved truffles.* Recipe from Michael Symon on

Meal #3: sweet potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, beets, turnips, onions, celery, garlic, ginger
Roasted Root Vegetable Soup
I'm not sure where this recipe originated from. We discovered it our first year with our CSA and have made it a number of times. I believe that I adapted it and added some spices. This week, once I chopped up all vegetables, I realized that I only had about six cups - so I only made half the recipe. It was the perfect amount for our family to enjoy. This is so amazing, though, I can't wait for more root vegetables and make a large batch to freeze.2 tablespoon(s) olive oil
12 cups/4lbs variety chopped root vegetables (such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, parnsips, carrots, turnips, beets, radishes)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
3 Tbsp butter
1 1/2 cups onions, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup fresh heirloom celery
2 Tbsp garlic, finely chopped
6 cups chicken stock
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 cups tomatoes, chopped and seeded
1/2 tsp fresh gingerroot, minced
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp curry
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Combine vegetables in a large pot or Dutch oven. Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread vegetables evenly on jelly roll pan. Roast in the preheated oven until the vegetables are easily pierced with a fork, 30 to 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Meanwhile, melt the butter in your previously used large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Stir in the celery, onion and garlic; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Pour in broth/stock and apple cider vinegar and bring to a simmer, uncovered. Add tomatoes and spices. Stir in the roasted vegetables and continue simmering for 10 minutes. Puree the soup. Season with salt and pepper, if necessary. If the soup becomes too thick, add more vegetable broth.

Meal #4: broccoli, garlic, parsley, goat milk cheese

Orecchiette coi Broccoletti
1 pound broccoli 
1 cup salted ricotta {we actually used our goat cheese)
2 cloves of garlic, minced
Small bunch parsley, minced
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano
1/4 cup olive oil
Pepper to taste, salt if necessary
1 pound orecchiette or farfalle (butterflies/bow ties)
Set a pot of salted water to boil. 
Meanwhile, wash the broccoli florets and break them up into fairly small pieces. When the water comes to a boil, throw in the pasta, stir it, and add the broccoli. While the pasta and broccoli cook, mince the parsley and the garlic, and sauté them gently in the oil, in a large skillet. Do not let the garlic brown. When the pasta is still a minute or so shy of being done, drain it and transfer the pasta-broccoli mixture to the skillet (it should still be a little moist, so don't shake all the water out of it while it's in the colander). Stir in the ricotta, season the pasta with pepper to taste, and continue cooking over high heat until the pasta's done, stirring vigorously. Transfer the pasta to a serving dish, dust it with the grated Parmigiano, and serve.
Other Uses: potatoes, chard, onion, garlic, artichoke, scallions, bell peppers
Farmgirl Susan's Hot Swiss Chard Artichoke Dip 
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup finely chopped onion (about 5 ounces)
4 to 6 cloves garlic, minced
1 bunch Swiss chard (about 12 ounces), leaves and stalks separated and both chopped into small pieces
1 14-ounce can artichoke hearts (packed in water), drained and rinsed, chopped into small pieces
4 ounces cream cheese (half of an 8-ounce package), softened
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1½ cups finely grated Pecorino Romano (or parmesan) cheese (about 4 ounces)
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
Chopped scallions or chives for garnish (optional)
Heat the olive oil in a large pot. Add onion and chopped Swiss chard stalks and cook, stirring frequently, until soft, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring frequently, 2 minutes; do not let garlic brown. Stir Swiss chard leaves and chopped artichoke hearts into onion mixture. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until chard is tender, about 5 minutes. (Remove lid for last few minutes of cooking if there is liquid in the pot.)  Stir cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, Romano cheese and Worcestershire sauce into Swiss chard mixture and cook 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until dip is hot and thick. Add salt and pepper to taste.Serve warm, garnished with plenty of chopped scallions or chives, if desired. * Recipe from

Pan-Fried potatoes
Diced or chopped potatoes

olive oil
Heat olive oil in pan.  Add potatoes.  Cook until desired.  We like them brown and crunchy.  We add salt and seasoning a few minutes before they are finished.

Diced and frozen

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