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The End of the CSA Season
The end of our CSA season was November 2, 2011. Our CSA season ran 21 weeks plus one week’s credit in our unique online webstore. Due to the weather conditions at the beginning of the year, we pushed the CSA into November, hoping the weather would cooperate. And, it did! We had a great CSA season this year with a wide a variety of vegetables and herbs! Our customers got one fresh herb each week, plus a spread of local fruits and veggies. We also brought back the “choice box” part way through the season to help our members customize their share each week. The choice box not only helps out our members but our growers as well! We had 87 members this season, and its hard for growers to have 87 units of one item if they are a smaller farm. The choice box lets the growers sell the smaller units they have available that way you all get a variety of well-grown fruits and veggies, and our growers get to share their food with us! Along with the shares each week, we had a variety of products in our webstore, with bulk potatoes, onions, squashes, as well as honey, breads, meats and cheeses! Each week is different! We hope that all our CSA members enjoyed the season! We are always hoping to improve our CSA and welcome your comments and suggestions, as we want to keep our customers happy and well fed!
Join Our Winter Market!
The NWPAGC Winter Market runs throughout the winter, making local, natural food easy to find! The Winter Market is done through the webstore entirely, so you get to choose the items you want to end up on your table! We have a wide variety to choose from, including seasonal squashes, brussel sprouts, greens (cooking and lettuces), and also delicious items from the summer season frozen for preservation - such as blueberries and raspberries!! We also have a variety of hand-made products (that make great gifts), as well as our grass-fed meats!!! To join the Winter Market, visit our webpage and look for the Winter Market Information and Application.
NWPAGC Showcased at Slow Food SRU Meeting!
Monday, November 21, 2011 6:00-8:00pm
McCoskey Center, Slippery Rock University
Slow Food SRU is dedicated to bringing awareness to local, sustainable food. This SRU chapter has meetings every month, usually a Monday evening. This month, Sarah Johnston, manager of the NWPAGC spoke about the organization at their meeting. She spoke about the co-op itself and also the benefits to local foods. The group was a mix of students, faculty and community members. After the presentation, there was group discussion and talk of doing more joint activities in the future.
Farm of the Month:
An Interview with Patty Wilson of Springfield Acres!
How long have you been farming? When and why did create Springfield Acres?
I have been growing things for as long as I can remember, starting with houseplants. Since then I have been growing a small vegetable garden and basically giving away what my family did not eat.
Three years ago circumstances in my life gave me the opportunity to own a small farm with 11 acres. The previous farmers who lived here for 60 years planted apple trees, pear trees, lots of red and white currants, chestnuts, sweet cherry trees, blueberries, blackberries and butternut trees. Their garden area was fallow for ten years. When I learned about the NWPA growers I knew that I wanted to be a part of supporting local farmers and local food systems using natural methods. I am now Certified Naturally Grown and use no chemicals or fertilizers other than compost.
Do you raise any animals? If so, what do you use them for?
I have a small flock of laying hens whose eggs I use.
What do you grow in your gardens?
I am committed to using open pollinated heirloom seeds for my vegetables. This season I grew lots of beans for drying, brussel sprouts, kohlrabi, swiss chard, kale, corn for drying (I just finished making cornmeal for the first time!), carrots, salsify, parsnips, tomatoes, peppers, collards and three types of winter squash. This year I added three new gardens, one for herbs, one for peppers and the third for blueberries.
What is your favorite thing to grow? Why?
This year I am enjoying growing rare heirloom deans for drying. I enjoy their bright colors and unique flavor and textures.
Do you have any help on your farm? Or do you manage all on your own?
My son helps sometimes but I pretty much do it on my own. I work at a local high school so I have two months off in the summer which really helps!
Do you have favorite recipe using the things grown in your garden?
Lately I have been enjoying braised greens using either kale, swiss chard, collards or brussel sprout greens. I use lots of garlic, onion and olive oil. I make this after work usually three or four times per week.
Do you have any short term or long term goals for your farm?
I would like to get a couple of pygmy goats to protect my chickens and have plans to begin raising angora rabbits this spring.
Tell us a little about your soap and body care making! Where do you make it? Do you use herbs from your garden in your products?
This is something I really enjoy. I feel like a mad scientist in my lab/kitchen. I use no petroleum products whatsoever in my products. Last weekend I made my first liquid soap using potassium hydroxide, OG sweet almond oil, OG coconut oil and lavender essential oil. My plan is to make liquid shampoo and cleaning products using natural, healthy raw materials.
I just made my first beeswax candles using local beeswax from Butler. They are small votives with no added essences, just the natural sweet honey smell provided by the bees. Each votive burns for 15 hours. I will be offering these in the webstore next week!
I have been making homemade soaps for many years. Since I added my herb garden I can now incorporate flowers and herbs into my soaps. The colorful specks in my calendula bar are finely ground calendula flowers from my garden. I will be making a new bar soap using my lavender flowers over the holidays.
I am very happy with the lip balms and hand lotion. I will be making hand lotion with no added essence for those with sensitive skin. The Coco Butter Body Lotion is still a work in progress. I recently found a technique that will make it much softer and easier to use. I hope to offer this over the holiday season also.
Our staunch NWPAGC supporter, Vince Anastasi, asked that we send an email to Grove City members of the CSA. We are happy to forward this information to you and heartily applaud the propect of chickens in Grove City! Contact Vince at the email address below. We will bring print copies of this email to the Winter Market later today.
**Tomorrow night the Planning Commission is going to be voting on the proposed Chicken Ordinance for Grove City. I have been working closely with Michael Coulter, and it looks like there may be enough support at the Commission level to have the ordinance passed on the the Town Council for final approval. The ordinance would allow residents of Grove City Borough to keep 4-6 laying hens (no roosters) in coops/runs that were enclosed. My son, Sebastian (11) and I have been gathering a list of supporters, a list of those interested, and any letters people would feel like writing to the Town Council. We just need to let the borough know that there is support for such an ordinance and interest from more than just one family. People could just email me at this address and we'll compile all the letters to present either at the meeting Wednesday night or later down the road when it comes before the Town Council itself.
This is your last reminder about the Winter Market Kick Off Event!
When: Wednesday November 9, 2011 (TOMORROW!)
Where: Slippery Rock United Methodist Church (find directions here)
What time: 4:30-6:00pm
Why: This is a chance to meet some of our growers and see what we have to offer! Its going to be a big event with a lot of variety to look at, touch, smell, and buy! We will have: corn wreaths (for the birds and/or decoration), pumpkin bread, apple bread, lettuce, lettuce mix, middlefield cheeses, potatoes (5# bags), dried beans, apple cider, bath and body products and more! The list is long, so stop by and take a look for yourself! Yes, good, local food does exist in the winter! Its not just squahes and potatoes, but greens and more! You won't want to miss this, so set some time aside and support your local farmers!
You don't need a log in or password to access the Turkey Dept, it is open to the general public.
Simply click on the "Winter Market' tab on the Main Page toolbar (upper right), then choose "TURKEYS" from the drop-down menu.
OR click here to go directly to the TURKEY dept.
As always; thank you for choosing local foods and farms!
This is a reminder that we are having out Winter Market Kick-off event this Wednesday, November 9, 2011. This is an exciting event you wont want to miss, as it will be run as a "farmers market" with our own NWPAGC growers! Several of our growers will be present selling their products! We will have a variety of items ranging from fresh veggies, cider, herbs, body care products, corn wreaths, cheeses and more! Here is a list of the things that Patty Wilson, from Springfield Acres will have with her at the event!
a variety of heirloom dried beans
fresh swiss chard
fresh and dried herbs:
dried lemon verbena
fresh cider-half gallons (not frozen)
bath and body:
rosemary lip balm
mint lip balm
coco peppermint lip balm
coco butter body cream
calendula shampoo bar
gourmet bath bar
There will be *small* samples of some of the body products available as well!
The turkeys are coming! The local, naturally-raised, pastured turkeys are coming!
NWPAGC will offer both fresh and frozen turkeys, available in our webstore soon.
Fresh Thanksgiving turkeys will be sold in the webstore as "under 10 lbs" or "over 10 lbs". Pick up your pre-ordered fresh turkey at the Winter Market in Slippery Rock on Wednesday, November 23.
Stay tuned for detailed product and ordering information, we will send out an email announcement when the "Turkey Depaerment" opens for business later this week.
Thanksgiving Countdown: 22 Days
Just a reminder that Wednesday, Novemeber 2, 2011 is the LAST CSA pickup for our CSA season! It is also Chicken CSA day, Cheese CSA day and Mushroom CSA day! So come and pick up your local goodies!!!!
Our Winter Market kicks off Novemeber 9th, with a farmers market style gathering in Slippery Rock at the United Methodist Church on Maple and 108. Stop by and say hi!
Now a letter from the President of the NWPAGC:
THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING LOCAL FOODS AND LOCAL FARMS
In these tough economic times, it seems like more and more people are “getting it”; coming to the realization that ‘investing’ in the local food system is a wise choice—and that this choice ensures high-yielding ‘returns’ of higher levels of nutrition, health, and community involvement. The food is fresh, not transported from California or Chile. You know who grew your beef or your beets. You can even see photos of your beefs or beets on our website. You know that it is safe to feed these foods to your family, no food scares or recalls here. No poisons. No hormones. No irradiation.
So, thank you for choosing local foods and farms, and our CSA, again this year.
It was a very tough year for the growers, starting off with 2 solid months of soaking rains in March and April---did you know that there were only five non-rain days TOTAL in March and April combined? We sure did, because we could not get into the fields to plant, and if we did, the seed frequently washed away. Carrot, beet, bean and pea seeds washed away or rotted, the onions and potatoes were planted 4 – 6 weeks late, and the broccoli just melted. Hence the delay in the start date for the CSA, but you were all very kind about the delay and we thank you for your flexibility.
July: wowee zowee we got socked again, but this time with a killer heat wave + drought that burned up the tender, young plantings of fall crops (broccoli again, cauliflower, beets) As I said, a tough year, the worst in a decade. The good weather months this season were the frost-free months of May and October, allowing for early May tomato plantings and extended harvest of crops late into October.
We also thank you for your feedback—the good and the not so good-- as it helps us to do a better job of providing you with what you really want. (which is our goal) So, based on what you have told us so far, the Board is actively addressing the following for 2012:
** consistently including the most popular vegetables in all shares, Small and Full alike.
( weekly lettuce, carrots, green beans, tomatoes in season. Especially lettuce.)
** no mustard, please! Ok, we heard that. No mustard unless you want mustard.
** where’s the cilantro? We heard that too, and will pointedly grow lots more.
** “The apple situation”: during a season with wild swings of weather, we were thrilled that the local apples came through in mega-bushels due to the frost-free May. We understand that they are nothing like supermarket apples; but when you peel the bumpy skin, you find inside the complex, rich, spicy flavor of old-fashioned apple-ness. Putting together a CSA share in any given week is a fine balancing act of what we, the growers, have and what you, the eaters, want. ‘The apples’ are a prime example of the paradox of local sustainable agriculture. Everyone wants it, but sometimes everyone doesn’t like it. And that is my apple homily. Thank you Bender Family Farm, for your apples! Thank you, CSA members, for baking those pies and cobblers!
** Full Shares will once again receive 2 Choice Items per week.
** The Exchange Box will be more visible at all drop-offs.
** Farmers will be scheduled to visit all drop-offs regularly for Meet and Greet.
** At least one Farmer-Grower Event will take place at one of the farms. Maybe more.
** Major changes with the Butler drop-off. (location and coordination)
** We will send out a survey to ask which vegetables, herbs, fruits you like and which you do not. We will also ask (again) for comments and suggestions for improvement.
Our thanks go also to our tireless Site Coordinators who made everything run smoothly every Wednesday. We appreciate your willingness to shoulder the extra duties.
And last but not least, our boundless gratitude to Manager Sarah Lawlor Johnston who started this job 2 weeks before the CSA season, yet fearlessly jumped into the endless phone calls, emails, driving, invoices, checks, and computer work to make the whole CSA run for 22 weeks. Imagine several hundred pats on the back and cheers for you right now, Sarah, because you did it and you did it well! THANKS
Not much time to rest, Winter Market starts next Wednesday, Nov 9th- join us at the United Methodist Church in Slp Rk at 4:30 for this Farmers market-style event to kick off the new season. Our growers will be there in person with their products.
To all of our CSA customers: thank you for joining with us this year to create a remarkable local food system. It is hard work, but it works.
Thank you choosing local food and local farms.
on behalf of the NWPAGC Board members.
Irish Mashed Potatoes and Cabbage (from food.com)
- 3 lbs peeled yukon gold potatoes or 3 lbs red potatoes, halved
- 2 1/2 cups coarsely chopped cabbage
- 6 garlic cloves, peeled
- 1 chicken bouillon cubes
- 1/2 cup reduced-fat cream cheese
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/4 cup light sour cream
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- cooking spray
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Combine first 4 ingredients in a large stockpot; cover with water. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes. Drain.
- Return potato mixture to pan. Add cream cheese, milk, sour cream, salt and pepper; mash with a potato masher. Spoon potato mixture into a 1 1/2-quart casserole coated with cooking spray. Cover and bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
- Note: This can be made a day ahead; just cool, cover, and refrigerate. Reheat in oven or microwave.
Spicy Red Cabbage (from mayoclinic.com)
- 1 1/2 pounds red cabbage, cored, quartered and shredded
- 2 medium onions, chopped
- 1 tart apple, cored, peeled and chopped
- 1 cup pitted prunes
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon cumin seed
- 1 teaspoon coriander seed
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- Ground nutmeg, to taste
- 1/2 cup water
In a large pot, add all of the ingredients. Stir to mix thoroughly. Cover and cook, stirring frequently, over medium heat until the vegetables are tender, about 1 hour. Add water as necessary to prevent the cabbage from drying out. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve either warm or cold.
Butternut Squash with Potato Gratin (from finecooking.com)
1 butternut squash (about 2 lb.), peeled
2 Idaho potatoes (about 1-1/4 lb. total), peeled
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 Tbs. grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs combined with 2 Tbs. melted butter
Heat the oven to 350°F. Grease an 8x8-inch (2-qt.) glass or ceramic baking dish. Cut the squash in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds and fibers. Slice the squash and potatoes about 1/8 inch thick (use a mandoline if you have one). Line the bottom of the baking dish with a layer of squash (overlapping slightly), season lightly with salt and pepper, sprinkle with a little of the Parmigiano, and drizzle with a little of the cream. Cover with a layer of potato slices, season with salt, pepper, Parmigiano, and cream. Repeat with the remaining squash and potatoes until the dish is full, ending with a top layer of squash, seasoned and topped with any remaining cheese and cream. (You may have extra squash.) Press down lightly to distribute the cream and compact the layers. The last layer of squash should be just sitting in the cream, but not covered by it. Cover the dish with foil and bake until the vegetables feel tender when poked with a thin, sharp knife (check the middle layer), about 1 hour and 10 minutes.
For a gratin, alternate layers of squash and potato, drizzling cream and sprinkling Parmigiano in between.
Press gently on the completed layers to distribute the cream evenly.
Combine the walnuts and buttered breadcrumbs. Remove the gratin from the oven, sprinkle with the breadcrumb-nut mixture, and bake until the top is lightly browned, 5 to 10 minutes. Let sit in a warm place for 20 minutes before serving so that liquids will set and tighten the gratin. Cut into 9 squares and serve.
Roasted Green Beans with a Dill Vinaigrette (from allrecipes.com)
- 2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse-ground black pepper
- Preheat an oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
- Combine the green beans in a large bowl with 1 tablespoon olive oil and the coarse salt; toss to coat.
- Roast the green beans in the preheated oven until cooked through, about 20 minutes.
- Whisk 1 tablespoon of olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, sugar, dill, and pepper together in a bowl; drizzle over the roasted green beans to serve.
Sweet and Sour Eggplant, Tomatoes and Chickpeas (from nytimes.com)
1 large eggplant (1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pounds), halved lengthwise then cut in 1/2-inch slices
Salt to taste
3 to 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, as needed
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon sugar
Freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 to 3 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley, or a combination of mint and parsley
1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil, and oil it with olive oil. Lay the eggplant slices on top. Salt lightly and brush with olive oil. Place in the oven for 20 minutes until the eggplant is lightly browned and soft to the touch (the surface will be dry). Remove from the heat, and fold over the foil to make a packet around the eggplant slices. Allow them to soften and steam inside the foil for 15 minutes while you proceed with Step 2.
2. Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium heat in a large, heavy lidded casserole or skillet. Add the garlic. Cook just until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in the tomatoes, salt to taste, sugar and pepper. Bring to a simmer, and simmer uncovered over medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring often, until the tomatoes have cooked down and smell very fragrant.
3. Add the eggplant, molasses and chickpeas. Cover and simmer for another 20 to 30 minutes, stirring from time to time. The mixture should be thick and the eggplant should be very tender, melting into the mixture. Taste and adjust seasoning. Sprinkle on the parsley and/or mint, and serve. Alternately, allow to cool and serve warm or at room temperature.
Yield: Serves four to six.
Advance preparation: This dish keeps for three or four days in the refrigerator and tastes even better the day after you make it. Reheat gently in a skillet, or serve at room temperature.
Roasted Eggplant (from bonapettit.com)
- 3 medium eggplants (about 2 pounds total)
- 12 elephant garlic cloves or 24 large garlic cloves
- 1 1/2 cups olive oil
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt plus more for seasoning
- 3 tablespoons honey
- Freshly ground black pepper
· ingredient info
Elephant garlic, available at melissas.com, is a close relative of the leek and grows in heads about the size of a small grapefruit. The large cloves are very mild in flavor.
- Preheat oven to 500°. Using a two-pronged fork, pierce eggplants at least 6 times per side (make sure to penetrate at least halfway through). Place eggplants and garlic in a large cast-iron skillet or other large heavy ovenproof skillet, pour oil over, and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon salt.
- Roast eggplants in oven until tender, charred, and slightly deflated, basting twice with skillet juices, 15-20 minutes. Let rest 15 minutes, then cut each in half lengthwise. Place eggplant halves and garlic cloves on a platter. Whisk honey into juices in skillet, then spoon mixture over eggplant and garlic. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Sauteed Red Cabbage (from foodnetwork.com)
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 small onion, sliced
- 1/2 red cabbage, shredded
- 1/3 cup white or apple cider vinegar, eyeball it
- 2 rounded tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon mustard seed
- Salt and pepper
Heat a skillet over medium high heat. Add oil and onion and saute 2 minutes. Add cabbage and turn in pan, sauteing it until it wilts, 3 to 5 minutes. Add vinegar to the pan and turn the cabbage in it. Sprinkle sugar over the cabbage and turn again. Season with mustard seed, salt and pepper and reduce heat a bit. Let cabbage continue to cook 10 minutes or until ready to serve, stirring occasionally.
Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage Recipe (from simplyrecipes.com)
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
- 1 2-pound red cabbage, thinly sliced (about 12 cups)
- 6 Tbsp sugar
- 2/3 cup balsamic vinegar
Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add cabbage and sauté until slightly wilted, about 5 minutes. Add sugar, toss to coat evenly. Add vinegar. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover, simmer until cabbage is tender, stirring often, about 30 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Adapted from The New Basics Cookbook
Serves up to six
Look for kohlrabi bulbs that are about 2½ inches in diameter. Any larger and the skin may toughen and need to be peeled, and the insides can be woody. Freshly picked kohlrabi will keep for several weeks in the refrigerator. You'll need both the bulb and the leaves for this recipe.
I've adapted the recipe slightly, mostly because I'm not the type of person who ever has 3 Tablespoons of chicken stock or 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice hanging around in the fridge. The mushrooms do add a nice flavor, but I've left them out before, and the purée still tasted delicious.
4 kohlrabi bulbs with leaves
2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 ounces cultivated mushrooms (I used Baby Bellas), quartered
3 Tablespoons cream (or milk, chicken stock, olive oil, or water)
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Trim the kohlrabi bulbs, peeling them if the skins seem tough. Rinse the leaves (discarding any that are yellow) pat them dry, and coarsely chop. Set aside. But the bulbs into 1-inch chunks.
2. Bring a saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil, and add the kohlrabi chunks. Reduce the heat and simmer until tender, about 15 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a skillet. Add the onion and sauté over medium-low heat until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, another 1 to 2 minutes. Don't let the garlic brown.
4. Add the mushrooms and the reserved kohlrabi leaves to the skillet. Cover, and cook 5 minutes. Then uncover, and cook, stirring, until all the liquid has evaporated, 3 minutes. Set the skillet aside.
5. Drain the kohlrabi chunks and place them in the bowl of a food processor. Add the mushroom mixture and the cream (or whatever substitute you're using). Purée until smooth. Salt and pepper to taste.
6. Transfer the purée to a saucepan and reheat over low heat, stirring, 2 minutes. Serve warm.
Recipe source: FarmgirlFare.com
ROASTED KOHLRABI (from kitchen-parade-veggieventure.blogspot.com)
Hands-on time: 10 minutes
Time to table: 45 minutes
Serves 4 (smallish servings since roasted vegetables shrink so much)
1 1/2 pounds fresh kohlrabi, ends trimmed, thick green skin sliced off with a knife, diced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon garlic (garlic is optional, to my taste)
Set oven to 450F. Toss the diced kohlrabi with olive oil, garlic and salt in a bowl. (The kohlrabi can be tossed with oil and seasonings right on the pan but uses more oil.) Spread evenly on a rimmed baking sheet and put into oven (it needn't be fully preheated) and roast for 30 - 35 minutes, stirring every five minutes after about 20 minutes. Sprinkle with a good vinegar (probably at the table so the kohlrabi doesn't get squishy).
Roasted Delicata Squash Recipe (from summertomato.com)
Serves 2-4 as a side dish
- 2-4 delicata squash, depending on size (~1.5 lbs)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- salt to taste
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Clean the delicata squash by running under warm water and scrubbing away dirt with your hands. If there are any hard spots on the squash, you can scrape them off with a butter knife.
With a sharp knife, cut delicata in half lengthwise. This should be easy and not require any crazy hacking. With a spoon scoop out the seeds and discard (you can save these and prepare them like pumpkin seeds if you wish). Cut each delicata half into 1/2 inch segments, creating moon-shaped pieces that have slight bumps around the curve.
Arrange the pieces in a single layer in a metal baking pan and coat in 2 tbsp olive oil. Too much oil can make the squash soggy. Salt gently. It’s okay if the pieces are a little crowded, but try to maximize the surface area of the squash touching the pan. The browning only occurs where the squash and pan meet.
Place in oven and roast 10 minutes. Using a spatula (I use tongs for most veggies, but delicata squash are easily squished and hold up better if you don’t pinch them) turn the squash in the pan so that the light sides are now touching the pan and the brown sides are facing upward.
Continue roasting, turning every 7-10 minutes until both sides of the squash pieces are golden brown and the texture is creamy to the teeth all the way through, about 25-30 minutes. Adjust salt.
Serve as a side dish with the rest of your dinner.
Miso Harissa Delicata Squash (from 101cookbooks.com)
1/2 pound / 8 oz / 230 g small fingerling potatoes, washed and dried
3/4 pound / 12 oz / 340 g delicata squash
1/4 cup / 60 ml extra virgin olive oil
scant 1/4 cup / 50 ml white miso
scant 1 tablespoon harissa paste
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 1/2 ounce / 45 g kale, de-stemmed and finely chopped
4 radishes, very thinly sliced
1 1/2 ounces / 45g Marcona almonds, toasted pepitas, or other toasted nuts
Preheat the oven to 400F / 200C degrees. If the potatoes aren't tiny, slice them into pieces no larger than your thumb. Cut the delicata squash in half length-wise, and use a spoon to clear out all the seeds. Cut into 1/2-inch wide half-moons. You can leave the peel on these squash.
In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, miso, harissa. Place the potatoes and squash in a large bowl with 1/3 cup / 80 ml of the miso-harissa oil. Use your hands to toss well, then turn everything out onto a baking sheet. Bake until everything is baked through and browned, about 25-30 minutes. Toss once or twice along the way after things start to brown a bit. Keep an eye on things though, you can go from browned to burned in a flash.
In the meantime, whisk the lemon juice into the remaining miso-harissa oil. Taste, it should be intensely flavorful, but if yours is too spicy or salty, you can dilute it with a bit more olive oil or lemon juice. Stir the kale into the leftover dressing and set aside.
Place the warm roasted vegetables in a bowl and toss with the kale mixture, radishes, and almonds.
Serves 2 to 4.
Prep time: 10 min - Cook time: 30 min
Kale Grattin with Pancetta (from foodnetwork.com)
- 1 1/4 to 1 1/3 pounds kale, stems stripped and chopped, about 6 cups
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 pound pancetta, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1 cup cream
- 2 cloves garlic, smashed and chopped
- 1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg, eyeball it
- Black pepper
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano or Pecorino Romano
Preheat the broiler but place the oven rack on the second shelf down from the heat source.
Bring a few inches of water to a boil in a deep skillet or pot, add the kale and salt and cook 5 to 6 minutes; drain and dry the greens.
Return the skillet to the stove over medium-high heat and add 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil and pancetta. Crisp the pancetta and add the cream and garlic. Season with nutmeg, salt, and pepper then reduce 7 to 8 minutes to about 1/2 to 2/3 cup. Add cooked greens to cream and stir to coat evenly. Transfer to shallow casserole.
Toss with breadcrumbs with the remaining 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil. Season the crumbs with salt and pepper and combine with cheese. Place the casserole on the second shelf under broiler and brown breadcrumbs and cheese for 5 minutes.
Massaged Kale Salad (from Foodnetwork.com)
- 1 bunch kale (black kale is especially good), stalks removed and discarded, leaves thinly sliced
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
- Kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons honey
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 mango, diced small (about 1 cup)
- Small handful toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds), about 2 rounded tablespoons
In large serving bowl, add the kale, half of lemon juice, a drizzle of oil and a little kosher salt. Massage until the kale starts to soften and wilt, 2 to 3 minutes. Set aside while you make the dressing.
In a small bowl, whisk remaining lemon juice with the honey and lots of freshly ground black pepper. Stream in the 1/4 cup of oil while whisking until a dressing forms, and you like how it tastes.
Pour the dressing over the kale, and add the mango and pepitas. Toss and serve.
Sausage, White Bean, and Swiss Chard Soup (from foodnetwork.com)
- 1 (1.22-pound) package lean hot Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 4 cups chopped Swiss chard, stems removed
- 2 (15 1/2-ounce) cans great Northern beans, drained and rinsed
- Salt and freshly cracked black pepper
- Mini cornbread muffins, optional
In a large Dutch oven, cook the sausage, onions, and garlic over medium-high heat until the sausage is browned and crumbly, about 6 minutes. Drain, if necessary. Stir in the broth, Swiss chard, and beans. Add salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer until Swiss chard is tender, about 20 minutes. Serve immediately with mini cornbread muffins, if desired.
Swiss Chard and Sweet Pea Manicotti (from foodnetwork.com)
- Butter, for greasing the pan
- 12 manicotti or cannelloni pasta shells
- 1 head (about 12 ounces) red or white Swiss chard
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 (15-ounce) container whole milk ricotta cheese
- 3/4 cup frozen petite peas, thawed
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella (4 ounces)
- 3/4 cup grated Parmesan (2 ounces)
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
- Fontina Fonduta Sauce
- 3/4 cup whole milk
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 3 cups (6 ounces) fontina cheese, grated
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
- 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) mozzarella, shredded
- Special Equipment: a pastry bag fitted with a large plain tip (recommended: Ateco #7)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a 13 by 9-inch glass baking dish liberally with butter.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 6 to 8 minutes. Drain the pasta and rinse with cold water. Set aside.
For the Filling:
Using kitchen scissors or a knife, remove the leaves from the stems of the chard. Discard the stems. Chop the leaves into 1-inch pieces. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until soft, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute longer. Add the chard and cook, stirring constantly, until wilted, about 2 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool slightly. Place the ricotta cheese, peas, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, basil, salt, and pepper in the bowl of a food processor. Add the cooled chard mixture and blend until smooth. Spoon the mixture into the prepared pastry bag and fill each manicotti shell with the filling. Place the stuffed manicotti in the prepared baking dish.
For the Fontina Fonduta Sauce:
In a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan, bring milk and cream to a simmer, over medium heat. Reduce heat to low. Add the fontina cheese and cook, stirring constantly, until the cheese is melted and the mixture is smooth. Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and basil.
Pour the sauce over the stuffed manicotti and sprinkle with the mozzarella cheese. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until the top is golden. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.