Monday, November 18, 2013

CSA 2013 Week 20

Week 20 Bounty:
Brussels Sprouts
Assorted tomatoes
Greens Mix
Yellow Potatoes
Winter Squash

It has been a while and I just realized that I failed to ever post about our last regular season share.  All of these dishes were superb.  The chili is a mainstay at our house.  The Pizza with Arugula we have enjoyed previously, but this time we added prosciutto.  The truffled mashed potatoes were scrumptious.  It really was one wonderful meal after another!

Meal #1 (chard, garlic, onion, kale)
Stir Fried Swiss Chard with Spicy Honey Cashew Sauce2 tbsp olive oil
4 garlic cloves, pressed with a garlic press
1 medium size onion, sliced
4 kale leaves, roughly chopped
2 Swiss chard leaves, roughly chopped
1 carrot, julienned
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/4 tsp garam masala
4 green onion stalks, minced
8 fresh basil leaves, torn
1/2 cup cashews (I used raw, unsalted), chopped well
1 inch nub of ginger, grated
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp Sriracha (substituted chili pepper)
Chop the cashews with a nut chopper or food processor until broken into teeny, tiny pieces and some particles are powdery. In a small bowl, mix well together the ginger, honey, and soy sauce. Heat a small nonstick pan over medium heat. When the pan is hot, toast the cashew pieces for about 2 minutes until fragrant and golden. Stir often to avoid getting the cashews burnt. Pour the wet mixture all over the cashews and turn the heat down to medium low. Stir well for about a minute, making sure all cashew pieces are coated with the sauce. Add the Sriracha and stir for another minute. Move pan away from heat. Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat. When the oil is hot, sauté the garlic until fragrant and golden brown. Throw in the onions and sauté until soft and almost caramelized, about 4 minutes. Toss in the kale and Swiss chard and cook, stirring often, until it wilts, about 3 minutes. Add the carrots and cook for 2 minutes, stir often. Mix in the spice mixture and stir well. Turn off the burner and remove pan from heat. Throw in the green onions and basil leaves, mix well. We mixed the nuts and greens together and served over rice. * Recipe adapted from Let's Cook and Be Friends blog
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Meal #2 (arugula, basil)
Pizza con Rucola/Arugula
Whole wheat Trader Joe's pizza crust
Frozen pesto cubes from the freezer, thawed
Sliced fresh mozzarellla
Spread pesto on crust, added mozzarella slices and prosciutto and baked at 400 degrees for 12 minutes. Added arugula just before serving.

Meal #3 (brussels sprouts, garlic, scallions)
Pork and Brussels Sprouts Stir Fry
3 tablespoons oil1/2 pound boneless pork loin chops, cut into 1/4-inch thick strips
1 pound brussels sprouts, halved2 scallions, whites and greens sliced separately
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Heat 1 tbsp. oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; add pork and cook until golden; transfer to plate. Add remaining 2 tbsp. oil and sprouts to pan; cook, stirring occasionally, until brown and tender, 5 to 8 minutes. Add scallion whites and garlic; cook 1 minute. Add soy sauce, brown sugar and 1/4 cupwater; cook until sauce is slightly thickened. Return pork to pan and toss to coat. Top with scallion greens. *Recipe from

Meal #4 (tomatoes, bell peppers, garlic)
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Vegetarian Black Bean Chili
3 cans black beans
2 yellow or green bell peppers
1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
5 to 6 medium-sized garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon lime juice
two 4 oz. canned diced green chiles (or 1-2 medium-sized minced Anaheim or poblano chiles)
2 teaspoons dried basil (or 1 tablespoon fresh basil)
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
black pepper and cayenne pepper to taste
1/2 cup tomato puree
Heat oil in skillet. Add garlic and all other seasonings, lime juice, bell peppers, and chiles. Sauté over medium heat until peppers and chiles are tender (about 15 minutes). Add sauté to beans and tomato puree. Simmer covered over low heat for about 20 min., stirring occasionally. Serve with dollop of light sour cream, sprinkle of cheese, or without any toppings. We served with taco chips. *Recipe from

Side (potatoes)
I do not even remember what we served this with, but know that we still have some in the freezer and I cannot wait to break them out again!  We used real black truffle, shaved, that we brought back from a trip to Italy last year.  We spent $20 on what would cost us around $100 for the same here in the U.S.  As for the recipe, we cut out the dill as we wanted to just let the truffle work it's magic!
Rustic Truffled Mashed Potatoes with Garlic and Dill
2 pounds Idaho russet potatoes (~4 big ones, wash but do not peel)
1 heaping teaspoon table salt
4-5 garlic cloves, peeled
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 tablespoons truffle oil (yes, I know it is ridiculously expensive!)
1 tablespoon fresh chopped dill (or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried dill weed)
Scant 1/2 teaspoon flaked sea salt (may need more)
Grinding of fresh black pepper
A fresh black truffle, if you can afford it (optional)
Place potatoes and salt in medium pot. Fill with water so it comes to about 1-1 1/2 inches above potatoes, and bring to a boil. Throw in garlic cloves, partially cover pot and turn heat down so it is just boiling (not furiously boiling). Boil 18-20 minutes. Remove lid and poke a bamboo tester or toothpick into potatoes to make sure they are done. If done, drain water and leave potatoes and garlic in the pot. To the pot, add butter, oil, dill, salt and pepper, and mash a bit with a potato masher. Put lid back on pot and let potatoes rest about 3-5 minutes, so butter can fully melt into the hot potatoes. Uncover pot and mash with potato masher further, until you have desired consistency. I like to leave them a bit rustic; not too smooth. As you mash, the potato skin will break up charmingly. Taste and adjust for salt, adding a bit more if you need it. Remember, you can always add more salt, but it is difficult to repair a dish that is too salty, so go slow on the salt. Put lid on pot and let rest until serving time. At serving time, grate some fresh truffle over each mound of mashed potatoes on plates, and be sure to serve with a dramatic flourish. If you don’t have fresh truffle, that’s OK. There will still be plenty of truffle flavor infused from the truffle oil. Just make a mental note to save up for a fresh truffle, at least once in your life. Serves 4-6, depending on appetites. * Recipe from

Other (beets, eggplant, sqush, greens)
Beets roasted, pureed and frozen
Eggplant roasted, pureed and frozen
Squash roasted, pureed and frozen
Greens, steamed, pureed and frozen

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