Tuesday, July 30, 2013

CSA 2013 Week 7

Week 7 Bounty:
Image from Scotch Hill Farm, Broadhead, WI

Shuyho long cucumber
H19 cucumbers
Summer squash
Lettuce mix
Green beans

Allen and the kids and I visited the farm last Saturday to "help." I picked 11 pounds of green beans and helped weed/mow the carrot patch. We were only able to stay about 2 hours. I wish that we could have helped more, but we had two kids running circles around the farm. They helped very little, but were most entertained by the many animals and Tony's tractor ride. Dela and Tony were wonderful and welcoming and we hope to make it out there again!
While there we purchased the new Farm-Fresh and Fast cookbook. It is amazing. Really beautiful layout and the recipes are so interesting. We tried the Chard Tacos, but I can't wait to try out more! These tacos are delicious and the kids both ate them, which is always a win. Meal #2 was shared with new friends and a wonderful time was had sharing fabulous food. 

Meal #1 (chard, onion)
Black and Green Tacos
Mushrooms and Beans:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 large onion, thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
1/2 pound crimini mushrooms, caps and stems thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 jalapeno, finely diced (used 1 teaspoon of frozen hot peppers from 2012)
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
8 ounces mixed greens, cut into 1 inch strips (I used chard)
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 (8-inch) flour tortillas, warmed
1 large avocado, sliced
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup shredded Cheddar
Mushrooms and Beans: In a medium pot, heat the olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the onion and saute for 5 minuts, stirring occasonally. Stir in the mushrooms, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and continue to saute for 5-8 minutes, or until the mushrooms and onion are soft. Stir in the jalapeno, black beans, cumin, and more salt if needed, and keep warm until the greens are finished.
 Start the greens while the mushrooms and onion are softening. Heat the olive oil over medium-low heat in a large saute pan. Sprinkle in the crushed red pepper and heat for 1-2 minutes. Add the greens, sprinkle with salt, and saute for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, just until the greens wilt.
To Serve: Put the tortillas, mushrooms and beans, greens, avocado, sour cream, and Cheddar in separate serving dishes for individual taco assembly.
*Recipe from Farm-Fresh and Fast, page 173

Meal #2 (potatoes, broccoli, carrots)
Griglia Mista (Mixed Grilled Meats)
Pork roast

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.

Roasted Carrots and Broccoli 
12 carrots, peeled and chopped 
Bunch of broccoli, with leaves and stems, chopped 
3 tablespoons good olive oil
1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons minced fresh dill or parsley

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. If the carrots are thick, cut them in half lengthwise; if not, leave whole. Slice the carrots diagonally in 1 1/2-inch-thick slices. (The carrots will shrink while cooking so make the slices big.) Toss them in a bowl with the olive oil, salt, and pepper. Transfer to a sheet pan in 1 layer and roast in the oven for 20 minutes, until browned and tender. Toss the carrots with minced dill or parsley, season to taste, and serve. * Recipe from Ina Garten at foodnetwork.com.

Unbelievable Coconut Brownies

1/2 cup coconut oil (or unsalted butter)
1/2 cup cocoa or cacao plus 1 tablespoon
6 eggs (I used 4 eggs plus flaxseed with water)
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup coconut sugar (I did the brown sugar substitution below)
1/3 cup honey or agave
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (I used 2/3 cup walnuts instead)
Tiny pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line an 8 by 8-inch pan with parchment paper. Melt the coconut oil (just to melting, not hot) and whisk in the cocoa/cacao. In a medium sized bowl whisk the eggs, sugar, honey, and vanilla together. Pour in the chocolate mixture and whisk unt
il combined. Add the coconut flour and coconut and mix until combined.  Pour into prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes or until set in the middle.
Recipe Notes and Substitutions:

Coconut: Substitute 2/3 cup of nuts for coconut.
Flour: Though I haven’t tried it, I’m pretty confident that if you wanted to try this out with whole wheat flour, oat flour or gluten-free flour, it would work.
Sugar: Not ready to try coconut sugar? 3/4 cup packed brown sugar would work too, but omit the honey. * Recipe from csmonitor.com

Shake (lettuce, pineapple, cantalope, apricot)
Image from Scotch Hill Farm, Broadhead, WI
Pina Colada Shake
coconut water
Add to blender and crush/blend.

Bread (summer squash)
Double Chocolate Zucchini Cake/Bread
I made 2 times this recipe and I poured it into two bread pans. I baked the loaves at 325 degrees for 60 minutes. It is absolutely wonderful! A great treat!
3/4 cup oil
1 1/4 cups sugar (I only used 1 cup)
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups grated zucchini
1/2 cup sour milk or buttermilk (or 1 Tbsp lemon juice in 1 cup measuring cup and fill with milk)
3 Tbsp cocoa or carob powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp each cinnamon and cloves
2 1/2 cups flour (used half white and half whole wheat flour)
Small bag of chocolate or carob chips (used Ghiradelli dark chocolate)
Heat oven to 350 degrees; grease a 9-by-13-inch pan. Mix all ingredients and bake 30-35 minutes. Makes 16 servings. *Recipe in From Asparagus to Zucchini via Scotch Hill Farm.

Other (cucumber)
Again, we have eaten the cucumber like chips with our lunches daily.  The beets, garlic, and green beans are holdovers for next week.  The basil is hanging to dry.  

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