Friday, June 14, 2013

CSA 2013 Week 1

Week 1 Bounty:
Photo from Scotch Hill Farm, Broadhead, WI
Lettuce Mix
Red Iceberg Lettuce
Nancy Butterhead Bibb Lettuce
Bok Choi

Gift of goat cheese

Meal 1: arugula, pesto, tomato sauce
Pizza with Proscuitto and Arugula
This is one of Allen's favorite pizza's that he enjoyed in Italia.  We used a Trader Joe's whole wheat pizza crust.  As we still have things left in the freezer from the 2012 share, we used some of our homemade pesto and some tomato sauce for the base pizza sauce.  It was topped with mozzarella cheese and prosciutto, then baked for about 10 minutes at 450 degrees.  The arugula was added once it was removed from the oven.

Side Salad (Lettuce Mix and Nancy Butterhead)
with oil and balsamic dressing

Meal 2: 
bok choi, carrots, celery, onion, red iceberg
Chicken Stir Fry with Bok Choi
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
3 tablespoons coconut oil, divided
1 bunch bok choi
1 cup sliced heirloom celery
1 cup thinly sliced carrot
1 small onion, cut into wedges
1 cup water
1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granule
Cut chicken into 1/2 inch strips; place in a resealable plastic bag. Add cornstarch and toss to coat. Combine soy sauce, ginger, and garlic powder; add to bag and shake well. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. In a large skillet or wok, heat 2 tablespoons oil; stirfry chicken until no longer pink, about 3-5 minutes. Remove and keep warm. Add remaining oil; stir fry broccoli, celery, carrots, and onion for 4-5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Add water and bouillon. Return chicken to pan. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly.

Side Salad (Red Iceberg) with Balsamic Honey Dressing
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. dijon-style mustard
1 tsp. honey
1 clove garlic, minced (optional)
1 shallot/small onion, minced
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
In a small bowl whisk all ingredients to combine orput all ingredients in a jar and shake to combine. Use immediately or keep, covered and chilled, up to one week. 
Makes 2/3 cup dressing. * recipe from

Meal 3: leeks, onion
Bacon, Egg and Leek Risotto
6 cups low-sodium chicken stock or vegetable broth
1 cup (4 ounces) finely chopped bacon (from about 4 slices) or pancetta (we used 8 slices)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 large or 3 smaller leeks, quartered lengthwise, cleaned of grit, and chopped small
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more to fry eggs
1/2 small onion, finely chopped
2 cups arborio, carnaroli, or another short-grained Italian rice
1/3 cup dry white wine or vermouth
1 cup finely grated fresh Parmesan cheese, plus extra for garnish if desired
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 to 6 large eggs, you’ll want one per serving
Place stock or broth in a small-medium saucepan over very low heat on a back burner. You want to have it heated until steamy when you add it in a bit, but not so much that it simmers and loses volume. 
Heat a second medium saucepan (3 quarts) or skillet over medium heat. Add bacon or pancetta and cook until it renders its fat, and is tender and just barely crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon to a bowl and set aside, leaving whatever dripping you can in the pan. Add a tablespoon of oil to the bacon fat if needed, then add the leeks. Cook leeks on medium-low for 10 to 12 minutes, until softened and mostly tender. Transfer to bowl with bacon and set aside, leaving stove on. Add butter to pan and, once melted, cook onion in butter until translucent and tender, about 5 minutes. Add rice and cook sauté until faintly toasted, about 4 minutes. Add wine or vermouth and cook until it almost disappears, about 2 minutes. Ladle 1 cup of hot broth into the rice mixture and simmer until it absorbs, stirring frequently. Add remaining broth 1/2 cup at a time, allowing broth to be absorbed before adding more and stirring frequently until rice is al dente, about 25 to 30 minutes. What you’re looking for in well-cooked risotto is a creamy but loose dish. When ladled onto a plate, it should spill into a creamy puddle, not heap in a mound. You might need an extra splash of broth to loosen it. When you achieve your desired texture and tenderness, stir in the cheese, bacon and leeks. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Ladle into serving bowls. Then, quickly, in a small skillet, heat a pat of butter over medium-high and swirl it to coat the pan. Crack one egg into the skillet, season with salt and pepper and reduce heat to medium. I like to cover the skillet with a small lid at this point, as it seems to help the egg cook faster and more evenly. In one minute, you should have a perfect sunny-side-up egg. Transfer to your first bowl of risotto and repeat with remaining eggs. Garnish each with an extra bit of grated parmesan and eat immediately. * Recipe from

Meal 4: spinach, oregano, sage
This was our kid-friendly meal of the week.  We had hot dogs and spaetzle with oil and oregano.  The kids enjoyed fried sage and Allen and I enjoyed steamed spinach. We started growing herbs this year, mostly sage and basil because we just can't get enough of either.  We used the first sage harvest for the kids.  This meal was a huge hit!

Steamed Spinach
Rinse spinach, add to pot with small amount of water on low heat, cover.  Cook for a short time - watch carefully so as not to burn it.  I added a bit of oil butter and nutmeg.

Fried Sage
Heat oil in pan, add whole sage leaves.  Remove when they just begin to brown and place on paper towel.  Add small amount of salt.

Gifted: goat cheese
A kind neighbor helped us out, so they were thrilled when we shared our goat cheese with them in thanks!

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