Broccoli Rabe with Caramelized Onions

From SimplyRecipes

Ingredients:

  • Olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced into slivers, lengthwise (with the grain)
  • 1 large bunch of broccoli rabe (raab, rapini), rinsed and cut into 2-inch long pieces
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

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Miso-Braised Butternut Squash

From Vegetarian Times, October 2011 p.62

Serves 4
30 minutes or fewer.

misobnut

This subtly flavored, comforting dish is perfect on a chilly fall evening. Miso adds a savory depth to the braising liquid, which coats the sweet squash chunks.

  • 1 lb. butternut squash, peeled and cut into bite-size chunks (2 cups)
  • 1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
  • ½ cup light coconut milk
  • ¼ cup sweet white miso
  • 1 Tbs. minced fresh ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (1 Tbs.)

1. Place squash in large, deep skillet.

2. Whisk together broth, coconut milk, miso, ginger, and garlic in bowl. Pour over squash, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and braise 10 to 15 minutes, or until squash has softened and liquid has become thick and creamy, stirring occasionally.

Feta Dip with Watermelon Radishes

Servings: Makes about 1 1/2 cups
 
Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 1 1/2 cups crumbled feta (about 7 oz.)
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • Thinly sliced watermelon radishes
Preparation:
  • Heat oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add pine nuts and stir until nuts are golden, 2-3 minutes. Let cool completely.
  • Purée feta, milk, sour cream, dill, garlic, and lemon zest in a food processor until smooth. Scrape dip into a bowl. Scatter pine nuts over, drizzling with any oil from skillet. Serve with watermelon radishes for dipping.

Make a bouquet garni

Make a bouquet garni

Everyone is getting herbs in the share this week and you can always pick your own thyme and sage in our herb garden near the CSA garage. A bouquet garni is a great way to put your herbs to use in casseroles, stocks, sauces and soups.  This is what BBC Food has to say about about a bouquet garni: It traditionally comprises parsley (or parsley stalks, which have lots of flavour), a few sprigs of thyme and a bay leaf. These herbs may be bundled into a strip of leek or a piece of celery stalk, or tied in a muslin bag or with string, to keep them together during cooking and allow easy removal before serving.

We like to use them when making homemade veggie stock!

Kale with Apples, Raisins, Feta and Walnuts

Allandale’s Jenny Hauf shared this with us, via Cammy Watts, partner of apple historian John Bunker, who is scheduled to speak in Boston on October 23rd. He will be speaking on the Roxbury Russet, America’s oldest apple. More on that here. 

Kale with Apples, Raisins, Feta and Walnuts
From “Wild Flavors” by Didi Emmons
(Serves 3)

Tasty on quinoa or millet.

Ingredients:
1-2 TBS olive oil
1 onion – thinly sliced
1 large tart apple (Maiden Blush, St. Lawrence, Wealthy), skin-on and diced
8 cups kale – thinly sliced
1/4 cup raisins, currents or dried cranberries
3 garlic cloves – minced
1 1/2 TBS balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans – toasted
2-3 TBS feta cheese – crumbled
1/2 tsp smoked paprika or 1 tsp adobo sauce from canned chipotles (optional)
salt and fresh cracked black pepper

Directions:
1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the nuts on a rimmed baking sheet, and toast in the oven for 7-8 minutes until brown. Stir at least once. It is easy to burn them, so keep an eye on them.
2. Heat olive oil in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions, and cook, stirring every few minutes for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to low, and add the apple. The onions will start sticking to the pan; that’s ok since it is good to let them brown, but stir them before they burn. Cook 10 minutes more until the onions are quite brown.
3. Add the kale, raisins, garlic and 3/4 cup water. Turn the heat to high, and cook for 20 minutes, stirring frequently.
4. Add the vinegar, and continue to cook, stirring periodically until the liquid has evaporated, about 5 minutes. Add the nuts and feta and paprika. Stir well and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Tomatillo Salsa Verde

See the whole recipe, with photos, here on Simply Recipes. 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 1/2 lb tomatillos
  • 1/2 cup chopped white onion
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 Jalapeño peppers OR 2 serrano peppers, stemmed, seeded and chopped (you can use whole for more heat if you want)
  • Salt to taste

Directions: 

1. Remove papery husks from tomatillos and rinse well.

2a. Oven Roasting Method – Cut the tomatillos in half and place cut side down on a foil-lined baking sheet. Place under a broiler for about 5-7 minutes to lightly blacken the skin. I like to include a few garlic cloves in with the oven roasting method.

2b. Pan Roasting Method Coat the bottom of a skillet with a little vegetable oil. Heat on high heat. Place the tomatillos in the pan and sear on one side, then flip over and brown on the other side. Remove from heat.

2c. Boiling Method Place tomatillos in a saucepan, cover with water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove tomatillos with a slotted spoon.

3. Place tomatillos, lime juice, onions, cilantro, chili peppers, sugar in a blender or food processor and pulse until all ingredients are finely chopped and mixed. Season to taste with salt. Cool in refrigerator. Serve with chips or as a salsa accompaniment to Mexican dishes. Makes 3 cups. 

 

Deolinda’s Vegetarian Portuguese Kale Soup

This recipe was submitted by CSA member Suzette Caverly.

Ingredients: 
1 SMALL HEAD CABBAGE, CHOPPED
1 BUNCH KALE (BLANCHED AND SHOCKED; CHOPPED)
1 LARGE CAN KIDNEY BEANS
3 MEDIUM POTATOES (DICED, SKIN ON)
2 CONTAINERS OF LOW SODIUM VEGETABLE STOCK (OR WATER)
2 T RED PEPPER FLAKES (WET. PORTUGUESE BRAND IS GONZALVES, BUT PASTENE ALSO MAKES IT)
1 T PORTUGUESE SEASONING (I THINK PAPRIKA WOULD WORK OK)
SALT & PEPPER
SMALL PASTA (DEOLINDA USED PASTA STARS, BUT I CAN’T FIND A GOOD SIZE SO I USE ANY SMALL PASTA)

Directions: 
ADD ALL THE VEGETABLES TO A LARGE STOCK POT AND COVER WITH THE STOCK OR WATER. (I USE 2 BOXES OF STOCK, THEN WATER IF I NEED MORE BROTH) ADD SEASONING AND KIDNEY BEANS AFTER SOUP HAS BOILED. (IF YOU DON’T LIKE SPICE, CUT BACK ON WET RED PEPPER FLAKES) COOK UNTIL POTATOES AND CABBAGE ARE TENDER BUT NOT MUSHY. IF SERVING RIGHT AWAY, ADD THE PASTA, BUT WITH A LARGE POT LIKE THIS, I ADD THE PASTA TO EACH SERVING. OTHERWISE IT GETS TOO MUSHY.

THE ORIGINAL RECIPE FOR THIS HAS 1 STICK “GASPARS” HOT CHOURICO SAUSAGE CUT IN TO ½ MOONS AND USES WATER, NOT STOCK. MY MOTHER IN LAW SAID “JUST TAKE THE CHOURICO OUT” WHEN SHE FOUND OUT I WAS A VEGETARIAN. I TOOK HER ADVISE AND MADE A VEGETARIAN VERSION. DELICIOUS FOR A COOL FALL NIGHT, AND VERY HEALTHY.