Pickled Beets

July 28th, 2010

We also add shelled, hard boiled eggs to the juice, and after 2 to 3 days, they are a beautiful purple all the way down to the yolk (and taste divine!). Slice these eggs, and they are a stunning garnish to salads.

Ingredients

  • 6 medium to large fresh beets, scrubbed and tops cut off
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups cider vinegar (real–not cider flavored)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 Tablespoon whole allspice
  • 3 Tablespoons pickling spice

Preparation Instructions

Put beets in a large saucepan or stockpot and add enough online casino cold water to cover them with 3 inches over the top. Bring to a boil, then turn heat down to maintain a slow boil. Cook until beets are tender when pierced with a fork, about 40 minutes. Pour water off and let beets cool. Slip skins off once the beets are cool enough to handle. Slice and set aside.

Place the sugar, cider vinegar, water, salt, and spices in a smaller saucpan. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Pour this pickling liquid into a large glass jar (1.5 liter or 1/2 gallon), add the sliced beets, cover with a lid and refrigerate. Let the beets sit at least a week before tasting.

Add shelled hard boiled eggs to the mixture as well. Try to use them in 2 to 3 days. If left in the pickling liquid too long, they turn rubbery.

Keep adding more cooked beets (and eggs) as needed. May keep in the refrigerator up to 6 months.

Helpful Hints

These beets make a delicious summer lunch accompanying good cheese and home made bread.

For vegan beets, make sure the sugar you use is vegan. Some white sugar is processed with bone char.

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Sharing the Risk, Community Supported Agriculture

July 21st, 2010

The boxes aren”t as fat this week for several reasons.  The beautiful head lettuces you have been receiving bolted all at once last week in the long summer sun.  The salad mix was beaten up by torrential rain fall.  The cauliflower had browned and I didn”t feel like it was good enough to put in the boxes.  We are at the end of the broccoli.  The swiss chard was holey and brown from overly wet hot days.  Also there were about three weeks of overly satureated fields.  We could not plant succession crops on time that we would be harvesting right now.  We are also right on the cusp of the main season crops beginning to produce.  There is some fruit but not enough to add to the boxes yet.

People are mistaken if they think farmers are loving all this rain.  Maybe if you have a monocrop that you planted only once this spring, you wouldn”t mind this much rain.  But for farmers If you learn to respect nature you learn how to respect everyone and everything around you!Anchal from MKD DAV Public best-driving-school.com in Punjab India writes:I think we can protect our heritage by giving awareness among the masses. who are trying to plant a variety of succession crops each week it has been really hard to keep things going.  After large amounts of rainfall we need several dry days to be able to get the tractors into the fields to prepare beds or cultivate.  Just before the fields were dry enough it would rain again.  We”ve lost crops to the weeds because we could not get in there to pull them without pulling out the veggie plants as wet clay soil clumps together. Plant disease grows and spreads in warm wet fields where the leaves never fully dry and there is constant standing water.

So we are sorry that mother nature has not been more accomodating to our planting plans this season.  And I assure you it is not do to lack of effort on our part.  It”s all part of sharing the risk of farming that you so bravely signed up for. But do not dispare this is not to say that all the boxes will be this way, far from it.  We are just experiencing a lull this week.  There are lots of full boxes of veggies yet to come!  August and September are big months for harvesting.  All of the main season crops that have been doing nothing but silently growing will burst into fruit!  The succession crops that we were late in planting will suddenly mature!  The weed pressure is lessoning as the light level begins to shorten each day.  And the cool loving fall crops will be showing their faces yet again!

Thank you one and all for participating in the realities of farming at the whim of mother nature.  It has it”s ups and downs but by the end of the season you look back and see that it all balances out!

Chocolate Beet Cake

July 20th, 2010
Beets in a chocolate cake? You might think this is one of those sneaky recipes showing you how to hide vegetables in kids food. It’s not. The beets lend moisture and texture to this chocolate cake. But other than that, you can’t really taste them.I came up with this chocolate beet cake recipe when I kept getting fresh beets in our CSA Share, and my family wasn’t too crazy about them. Now I can put the beets to good use in a way we all like.  Stephanie Gallaghar kidscooking.about.com

Ingredients:

  • 3 large beets
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups mini chocolate chips

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray.
  2. Trim stems off beets, and wash off dirt. Drizzle olive oil over beets. Wrap loosely in foil and place on a sturdy baking sheet. Roast 45-55 minutes, until tender when pierced with a fork.
  3. Remove from oven and let beets cool 10-15 minutes. Peel and cut into chunks.
  4. Place beet chunks and applesauce in a food processor, fitted with a metal blade. Pulse until smooth.
  5. Beat sugar, oil and eggs together in a large mixing bowl. Add cocoa powder and beet mixture. Mix well.
  6. Sift together flour, baking soda and salt. Gradually mix into batter until no clumps of flour show. Do not overmix.
  7. Stir in half of the chocolate chips. Pour into prepared pan.
  8. Bake 40 minutes. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Bake another 2-10 minutes until cake is done.

Bouquet of Basil

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Cinnamon Basil, Chicken and Nut Spread

1/4 c. sweet butter, softened
1 t. honey
1/3 c. very finely chopped cooked chicken
3 t. washed, dried and finely chopped cinnamon basil leaves
3 T. almonds, very finely chopped
Salt to taste

Blend softened butter and honey until smooth. Stir in chicken, cinnamon basil and almonds. Salt to taste.

Serve on very thin bread with crusts removed. (Think high tea….)

I don’t know where I got this recipe; I think it was from the Cooking Forum;

Lemon Basil can be used with almost any recipes that require basil, including seafood (mainly fish), chicken, pesto, sprinkled on salads.  Anything that’s good with Lemon and Pepper.

Seared Salmon with Lemon Basil Risotto

2 tsp olive oil
1 large onion (diced)
1/2 cup arborio rice
3 cups water
1 cup low sodium chicken broth
1 tsp lemon zest
1/4 tsp salt
fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
1 ounce semi soft goat cheese
6 large leaves fresh basil (chiffonade)
2 4 ounce salmon filets
2 green onions (separated green tops from white parts)

Place 1 teaspoon of the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat.

Add the onion and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes until they begin to soften. Add the arborio rice and stir for about 2 minutes.

Add the water, chicken broth, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to medium-low so that the rice is simmering. Cook for about 20 minutes until the rice is just tender. Add more water 1/4 cup at a time as needed to let the rice cook, but when it is done there should be almost no liquid left.

Add the goat cheese and reduce the heat to medium low. Stir gently so that the goat cheese melts. Reduce the heat to low.

Place a large skillet over high heat and add 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Sear the salmon and cook for about 2 – 3 minutes on each side.

Just before the fish is done, add the basil to the risotto and stir. Divide the risotto between two bowls and top with the salmon.

While the large skillet is still hot, toss in the green onions and toss for about 30 seconds until they begin to wilt. Place the green onions on top of the fish and serve.

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Purple Basil use as traditional basil.

BROCCOLI – CAULIFLOWER – CARROT SALAD

July 14th, 2010

2 tbsp. sugar
4 tsp. salad vinegar
1/2 c. mayonnaise
2 c. broccoli flowerets
2 c. cauliflower flowerets
1 c. carrots, slice thin
4 tbsp. minced onion Or Scallions
1/2 c. raisins
Mix sugar, vinegar, and mayonnaise in small bowl. Pour over remaining ingredients and mix well. Chill before serving. www.cooks.com

Swiss Chard Pesto

July 14th, 2010

Ingredients

Use as a pasta sauce, or add at the last minute to give extra flavour to a stew.

  • 1 T butter
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic or equivalent amount of garlic scapes
  • Bunch of Swiss Chard
  • Handful pine nuts or other nut try walnut, soaked almonds or sunflower seeds
  • 4 oz. fresh Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Handful of fresh cilantro leaves
  • optional salt

Method

  1. Wash the chard thoroughly and shake to dry.
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan with the olive oil. Peel and chop the garlic and saute for 2 minutes.
  3. Chop the chard stems and add them to the pan. Stir and then cook, covered, for 5 minutes.
  4. Roughly chop the chard leaves and add them to the pan. Cook for another 3 minutes.
  5. Toast the pine nuts for a couple of minutes (either under a pre-heated grill or in a dry pan)
  6. Turn off the heat under the chard. Add the coriander leaves, pine nuts and parmesan.
  7. Puree the mixture until it looks like pesto.

You can omit the pine nuts and parmesan, if you don’t like them.

This recipe is a really useful way of persuading kids to eat chard. If they like pesto, they’ll like this.

The finished pesto will keep in an airtight jar in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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SWISS CHARD CATALAN STYLE

July 14th, 2010
1 lb. bunch
2 tbsp.
1 lg. clove
1/3 cup
1/3 cup
chard, stems removed, leaves blanched
olive oil
garlic, sliced (or equivalent in garlic scapes)
dark or golden raisins
pine nuts
Salt and freshly milled pepper

Chop and blanch the Swiss chard leaves. Warm the oil with the garlic in a wide skillet over medium heat. When the garlic is golden, remove it. Add the raisins and online casino Red kayttaa ruotsalaisen NetEntin casinosovellusta, joka on suosituin ja laadukkain casino-ohjelmisto. pine nuts and cook until the raisins are plumped and the pine nuts are golden. Add the greens and cook until they”re heated through. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, Deborah Madison

Creamy Curry Cauliflower Broccoli Soup

July 13th, 2010

Ingredients

  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 head cauliflower, finely chopped
  • 1/2 head broccoli, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon chicken bouillon granules
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

Directions

  1. In a stockpot, combine chicken broth, onion, cauliflower, and broccoli. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Continue to simmer until vegetables are tender. Season with curry powder, chicken bouillon, salt, and pepper.
  2. In a bowl, combine flour and 1/2 cup of the milk. Whisk briskly until there are no lumps. Add mixture to soup, stirring continuously as soup thickens. Stir in Cheddar cheese until completely melted.
  3. You might like a stronger curry flavour or a creamier soup, so adjust the seasonings to your taste. It’s ready within the hour, but the longer it simmers the better the flavor. Serve with crusty bread and butter.recipebridge.com

Creole Cauliflower with Creamy Cheese Sauce

July 13th, 2010

Ingredients:

  • 1 large head cauliflower, separated into flowerets
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup sliced pimiento-stuffed olives
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

Preparation:

Cook cauliflower in boiling salted water until tender; drain. Place in a greased 2-quart casserole. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt.

In saucepan, melt butter; blend in 1/4 cup flour until smooth and bubbly. Gradually stir in milk; cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. Add sliced olives and salt and pepper to taste; pour over cauliflower. Top casserole with shredded cheese and sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 375° for 15 minutes.
Cauliflower recipe serves 4 to 6.

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What's happening out in the fields.

July 7th, 2010

Well, here”s the report.  Rain, rain, and more rain.  This has lead to soggy, muddy conditions.  Weeding in the rain, harvesting in the rain, and lots of slopping in the mud.  All of our kids are jealous and think we have the coolest jobs ever playing in the mud and going outside when in rains!

We finally got potatoes planted last week!  About 2 acres worth and more next week.  The online casino tomatoes are looking great and you can expect to see a lot this growing season.  The forecast looks like sun all next week :)  We will be planting more crops as soon as the fields allow.  Believe it or not it is already time to start transplants for fall crops!  The days have already begun to grow shorter.  Although it doesn”t seem like it to me.

Still trying to get a handle on those weeds.  It”s great growing weather not so great pulling weather.  Our crew is doing an amazing job keeping up considering they are cultivating primarily by hand about 8 acres!

Red and Green Lettuces in the FieldRed and Green Lettuces amongst the weeds!