Late March on the farm

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The Share Fair was a lot of fun. Felipe stole the show and distracted potential subscribers. The kids loved him and he loved the attention. By 1:00 in the afternoon he did look exhausted and he laid down and rested. We still have openings for this season so let your friends know, now is the time to send in those applications.

We are busy getting the farm ready for opening day. There is so much to do in between rain storms. Planting outside has been suspended until it drys out again. We managed to get a few beds of flowers and some kale and chard in the ground before the deluge. We hope to get a dry spell to seed beets, carrots and plant squash under cover this up coming week.

Jacob helped me transplant all the tomatoes. We have about 8 varieties of cherry tomatoes and over 15 of regular season tomatoes. I am hopeful that by next week we will transplant out the greenhouse tomatoes. We will have tons of starts for sale by the beginning of May and I will send out an email to subscribers with the list. The Chinese broccoli is sizing up and may even be ready for the first or second harvest. The overwintering cauliflower is getting huge, we hope it will hold.

Jacob also accompanied me to Canby for the Home Orchard Societies annual scion exchange. We picked up over 30 varieties of apples and we are busy grafting them to root stock. Who knows what we will do with all those apples, but it has been fun. I am off to transplant and seed. See you in April.

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Count down to start of 2015 season

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We are tempted to plant out in the field, but we are holding back. If we plant out there it means we will need to lay out irrigation and there is no guarantee that it won’t freeze out those seedlings. We have most of the indoor space planted, save some early potatoes that I hope to get in the ground as soon as I can get out there.

There are several events coming up that I want to shout out:

March 14th from 2-4 at Valley Arts in Forest Grove there will be a reception that I will be at featuring Polly’s and my bird feeders. I would love for any of you to show up to chat with me and see the local art created right here in Oregon.

March 21st: CSA Share Fair: Spring starts here! from  10 am to 2 pm . I will be there with “Felipe” and pictures from the farm. I hope you will come and bring some friends. I am hoping to sign-up at least 10 more shares so we will be full for the 2015 season. Please do plan on stopping by.The Redd, 831 SE Salmon St. Parking is available at the site and in the surrounding neighborhoods. HOSTS: Portland Area CSA Coalition and Ecotrust MORE INFO: www.portlandcsa.org and www.ecotrust.org/event/sharefair

April 12th 2-6: Opening potluck at La Finquita. Bring your family, a dish to pass and a pizza topping and come gather with other CSA members are we kick off the 2015 season. If you pick -up on Mondays you can gather your share then. The first Thursday pick-up is on April 16th.

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Photos from the farm this February

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This has been a glorious February. The pruning party had amazing weather and a good turn out. We got a good chunk of the pruning done and Juve managed to clear the cut branches over several chipping sessions. Thanks to all the members and friends of “La Finquita” for their help. We have been busy transplanting into the green houses.

Farming is frustrating. Juvencio re-prepared the beds in the greenhouse after the floods at the beginning of February. Many beds just washed away completely as water raged through the gopher holes and took all our soil with it. I transplanted two beds of Chinese broccoli and returned the next day to find the slugs noticed them as well. Many were half eaten in the course of several hours. A gopher tunneled in the same bed. The Dark Eyed Juncos ate all the sprouting beets and the pill bugs (rollie pollies) finished off all the emerging carrots. The sprouting broccoli and overwintering cauliflower are in full swing, 6 weeks before the season starts. The kale we hoped to overwinter and give at the start of the season next month is flowering now and will be gone by then. We work super hard to tend the soil, raise the seedlings, plant the seeds and the 10 plagues (maybe there are 20) get us every time. The plagues include pests such as slugs, rollie pollies, cucumber beetles, birds, gophers and weather. All of these things are out of our control. We can mitigate but we can not prevent all the damage and cost in wasted time, money and sweat that goes into growing vegetables.

Membership is another area of farming that I wish would take care of itself. We want our members to stay with us, many of you do. Many of you plan to remain but don’t send in your deposit, so that keeps us looking for more members. We are trying to firm up the membership for 2015. Please do send in your deposit, please do spread the word. Please tell your friends it is time to join our CSA.

I will be at the first ever:

CSA Share Fair: Spring Starts Here

Saturday, March 21, 10 – 2, Free

At the Redd, 831 SE Salmon St.

Our season opens April 12th. We will hold our annual potluck, farm orientation and tour and general fun member get together on April 12 from 2-6. Please bring your family and dish to share, plus pizza topping to the farm that afternoon. Vegetable pick-up will begin that week. Monday members can pick up from Sunday afternoon until Monday night. Thursday members can pick up anytime after 3 on Wednesdays to Thursday nights. Many more details to come as the season approaches. I am waiting for the frost to thaw to go out and finish planting all those beds Juve has prepared. We will prune, plant and weed as much as we can today. Here’s to keeping ones head held high in spite of the plagues and disappointments.

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Pruning Party set for February 21

January is almost gone and with the mild temperatures the plum trees are budding! We have scheduled the pruning party for 2/21 (Saturday).
We will start early (9:00 a.m.) and work until we finish. Dave Allie our resident arborist will be on hand to give a brief lesson before you climb into the old apple and pear trees and get to work. We have a pot luck as well and generally have a really fun day rain or shine.

Please bring any useful tools and label with your name: pruning shears, loppers, tree saw, gloves (don’t worry if you don’t have them, we will have extras available to share) and a dish to share.

We were featured on the local Portland area CSA website:

http://www.portlandcsa.org/2015/01/january-on-the-farm/

Check it out and share with your friends. We are open and accepting new members for 2015. We start the week of April 15th.

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Happy New Year 2015, farmers back from Spain

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We had a wonderful 2 and a half weeks in Spain. A much needed break from the rain, the farm and a good time spent together. We had a little snafu getting to Spain. At the airport I was unable to board as my valid passport would expire within three months of our return flight. I stayed behind and had to get an expedited passport four days after the rest of the family left. They saw Madrid, I joined them in Barcelona and we made the best of a ridiculous situation. The kids had to come back to start school and Juve and I had 9 days to travel around the south. What a great celebration of our 25 year wedding anniversary.

We have been back almost a week and are getting the farm back in order. Fortunately the weather cooperated while we were gone, no major ice or snow. The greenhouses are standing, the winter crops look fairly good. We managed to get the seedling hoop house pressure washed, a few beds tilled and barn organized. We still have a few weeks before work on the farm begins in earnest.

We are getting our rooster of members organized for 2015. Returning members still have a chance to retain their spot for 2015, but we are actively taking on new members. Please let us know if you will continue and send in your deposit of $100. New members can go to our membership page and print out the membership form and send in their deposits as well. More news soon, Pruning party coming soon, February!

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Final Week 2014

Jack and the giant caulifower

Helvetia Alp Horns

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Ivy's pony giving rides to party guests Evita and Lula

Enjoying the dancers

Mom and Josefina Harvest festival 2014

Mexico en la piel

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Blue Grass Jam

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Beaverton Market Stand after 60 mph gust smashes up the tents

• Escarole
• Broccoli or cauliflower
• Daikon radish
• Celery
• Fennel or celeriac or kohlrabi
• Parsley
• Cilantro or dill
• Green peppers
• Hot peppers
• Stuffing peppers
• Walnuts (hurray for the walnut picking up contest!)
• Onions (enjoy, make onions soup!)
• Garlic
• Cabbage (green or napa)
• Tomatoes
• Winter squash
• Kale
• Eggplant

The end of the 2014 season has arrived. Last weekend was glorious for the Harvest festival. Plenty of people showed up to celebrate fall, eat pizza, listen to music and watch the dancers. We estimate that over 250 people came by the farm. We made over 100 pizzas along with all the delicious potluck food. Special thanks to Mary Kay and Mark and friend Jay and Alison who helped get all that pizza cooked and served. My family; Steve, Geri, Dee and Dan as well as Catherine lent a hand at set up which was great. It was a real community event.

The true Oregon fall showed its colors. Yesterday’s windstorm damaged one of our hoop houses but the worst damage was to our farmers market stand. All four of our tents got picked up by a 60 mph gust and scrambled them into a ruined pile of aluminum. We lost all the tents, and the entire vendor community raced to our rescue. Fortunately no one was injured as heavy weights and metal poked out everywhere. Coincidentally an Oregonian reporter happened to be shopping at our booth and documented the whole event and it appeared in this morning’s newspaper. http://www.oregonlive.com/today/index.ssf/2014/10/high_wind_warning_gusts_up_to.html

We have had a good season all and all. The pests got the better of us on some crops and the weather managed wreak havoc on our hoop houses, but all and all seemed to work out well. We had 85 full shares this year and about 125 member families. We aimed for quality veggies with enough variety and quantity to keep you looking forward to the next week’s harvest. We had the help of our two sons for many of the harvests which made a huge difference. We also had our volunteer members who got the job done. There were five individuals who helped Juve with Wednesday harvest on a regular basis. At least two of them showed up every week and made a huge difference. Thank you to Catherine, Marianne, Eldon, Jean and Bob!

We have one last harvest for Thanksgiving. It is an add on for those who are interested. Juve and I will harvest on November 23 and it will be ready for pick-up later that day. It will be a huge harvest with salad mix and spinach and hopefully the Brussels Sprouts. They have been infested with aphids and really hard to combat. We are working on it though.

Thanks for a great year, we look forward to a small break and then to seed catalogs and planning for 2015. Please let us know your intentions so we can reserve you a spot at La Finquita del Buho for 2015.

APPLE-WALNUT SALAD WITH CRANBERRY VINAIGRETTE
1/4 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon chopped red onion
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 cup vegetable oil
10 cups mixed baby greens
2 Red Delicious apples, cored, thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
Puree cranberries in processor until smooth. Add vinegar, onion, sugar and mustard and process until well blended. With processor running, gradually add oil and process until well blended. Transfer to medium bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover; chill. Bring to room temperature and whisk before using.)
Combine greens and apples in large bowl. Toss with enough dressing to coat. Sprinkle with walnuts. Serve, passing remaining dressing separately.

Lentil Walnut Spread
1 cup lentils
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
salt and black or red pepper to taste
1. Wash the lentils, cover with cold water, bring to a boil, and cook until soft, about 1 hour.
2. Drain the lentils and combine with the remaining ingredients in a food processor. Blend until smooth, adding water as necessary to achieve a spreadable consistency.
3. Correct seasoning.
Serves 8

Butternut Shrimp Bisque
Frank Brigtsen, Brigtsen’s Resturaunt
Ingredients:
• 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
• 2 cups diced yellow onion
• 1 bay leaf
• 4 cups butternut squash (peeled, de-seeded, and diced into ½ – inch cubes)
• 2 cups peeled fresh shrimp
• 2 ¼ teaspoons salt
• 3/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
• 1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper
• ½ cup shrimp stock (see NOTE)
• 6 cups heavy whipping cream
NOTE: To make shrimp stock, place shrimp heads and shells into a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain.

1. Heat the butter in a heavy-duty saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onions and bay leaf and cook, stirring constantly, until the onions become soft and clear, 3-4 minutes.
2. Reduce heat to medium and add the butternut squash. Cook this mixture, stirring occasionally, until the squash begins to soften, 6-8 minutes.
3. Reduce heat to low and add the shrimp, salt, cayenne, and white pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the shrimp turn pink, 2-3 minutes.
4. Add the shrimp stock and cook, stirring occasionally, for 6-8 minutes. If the mixture begins to stick to the pan, scrape it with a spoon and continue cooking. This will intensify the flavor of the bisque.
5. Remove bay leaf and discard. Transfer the squash/shrimp mixture to a food processor and puree. Return the puree to a saucepan and add the cream. Whisk until thoroughly blended. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 2-3 minutes.

CAULIFLOWER GRATIN WITH GRUYERE AND HAZELNUTS
1 medium cauliflower
Salt and freshly ground pepper
½ cup crème fraiche (see note)
¾ c. shredded gruyere cheese
3 Tbsp. bread crumbs
3 Tbsp. hazelnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped
2 Tbsp. flat parsley for garnish

Butter a 2-quart baking dish or gratin pan. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut cauliflower into small florets. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt generously. Add cauliflower florets to pot and cook until tender, but not mushy, about 5 minutes. Drain florets and pat dry with a kitchen towel. Toss cauliflower with crème fraiche and half the cheese in the prepared baking dish. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle remaining cheese over cauliflower, then top with bread crumbs and hazelnuts. Bake on center rack until cheese has melted and bread crumbs and nuts are golden, 20-25 minutes or more. Garnish with parsley. Serves 5 or 6. Note: you can make crème fraiche by whisking 1 cup whipping cream with 1/3 c. sour cream in a nonreactive bowl. Let stand at room temperature until thickened, 6 hours or longer; then cover and refrigerate. Makes about 1 1/3 cups. From Foodday.

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Week #28

• Escarole or Radicchio (bitter lettuce type leafy green, see recipes below)
• Cabbage (Napa or Green)
• Broccoli
• Cauliflower
• Pink Banana Squash
• Celeriac or Fennel
• Peppers
• Tomatoes
• Hot peppers
• Radish or Daikon
• Leeks
• Onions
• Garlic
• Tiny Pumpkin – good for decoration and edible!
• Eggplant
• Kale
It is party day! The Harvest Festival starts at 2:00 p.m. today and includes a line-up of great performers, excellent food and fun for all. Bring a bit of cash and your check book. We would love you to contribute to the dancers, purchase farm t-shirts , pottery and wreaths. This party marks the near end of our 2014 season as we head into late fall and winter. We have one more regular harvest next week and then the farmers take a break for the winter.
We have an add-on week for Thanksgiving and it is going to be great! We will have many of the items you see on this week’s list but in addition we will have radicchio, lettuce, Brussels sprouts, parsley, celery and possibly beets or carrots. We will also have a pie pumpkin. You need to sign-up and pre=pay the $35. We will have the harvest ready for you to pick up on Sunday November 23 or Monday November 24.
We have placed a suggestion box in the barn and hope that you will answer 3 questions for us: 1) What did you like best about the CSA 2) what would you change about the CSA and 3) will you continue in 2015. We will begin taking deposits for 2015 next week. Your spot will be reserved until January 1, 2015 when we open enrollment for new members.
Hope to see you at the party.
RADICCHIO SALAD WITH SPANISH BLUE CHEESE AND PEPPERED ALMONDS
1 head butter lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
1 head radicchio, torn into bite-size pieces
8 ounces blue cheese (preferably Cabrales), crumbled
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
5 tablespoons almond oil or olive oil
Peppered Almonds
Combine lettuce, radicchio and cheese in large bowl. Pour vinegar into small bowl. Gradually whisk in oil. Toss lettuce mixture with vinaigrette. Season salad with salt and pepper. Sprinkle Peppered Almonds over and serve immediately.
Bon Appétit
March 2000
Asian Cabbage salad with Chicken
• 1 red jalapeño or Fresno chile with some seeds, chopped
• 1/3 cup vegetable oil
• 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
• 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
• 2 teaspoons light brown sugar
• 1 teaspoon fish sauce (such as nam pla or nuoc nam)
• 1 teaspoon grated peeled ginger
• Kosher salt
• 1/2 small head of red cabbage, thinly sliced (about 5 cups)
• 2 medium carrots, peeled, shredded
• 6 scallions, whites and pale greens only, thinly sliced
• 3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
• 1 cup baby spinach, thinly sliced
• 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
• 1/4 cup chopped dry-roasted peanuts
• 1/2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
Preparation: Whisk chile, oil, lime juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, fish sauce, and ginger in a large bowl; season with salt. Add cabbage, carrots, scallions, chicken, spinach, and cilantro; toss to coat. Top with peanuts and sesame seeds.

Julia’s Escarole Sausage Dinner Soup
up to a pound of sausage of just about any kind (half a pound, even a quarter pound is fine for the flavor, you could also use 2-4 slices bacon here, and of course this is easily skipped for a vegetarian version.)
1-2 onions or leeks cleaned and diced
2-6 garlic cloves minced or roughly chopped
1-2 cups cooked beans (white, pinto, garbanzo…. yes, it’s fine to use a can of beans!)
1 can diced tomatoes (about 2 cups or 15 oz.)
2 cups broth (chicken or vegetable)
Parmesan rind, if available
2-5 cups cleaned chopped escarole or other cooking green such as chard, dandelions, kale, spinach…
Brown the sausage, drain off excess fat if there’s lots, then remove the sausage for just a bit. Add the onions to brown in the sausage drippings and cook until transluscent then add the garlic and cook for a few seconds more. Then quickly add the beans and tomatoes and broth and parm. rind. Add the sausage back and bring the pot to a low boil. Then add the cooking greens and cook through. (3-4 minutes for escarole, less for young spinach, more for kale or collards….) Serve.
Escarole Frittata from Chef Jonathan Miller
Great anytime, but also a great buffet dish, this frittata looks
wonderful with a colorful topping of tomatoes, or salsa. Meat
eaters can add sausage.
olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 sweet pepper, chopped
1 head escarole, chopped
8 eggs, beaten
½ c grated fontina or gruyere
3 T parsley, chopped
Heat the oil in a 10 inch skillet, preferably cast iron. Sauté the onion and pepper until softened but not browned, about 8 minutes. Add the escarole and some salt and sauté until wilted and soft. Combine the eggs, the cheese, and the parsley together and pour into the skillet, making sure the ingredients are evenly distributed. Cook over low heat, covered, until the eggs are set,
another 5-8 minutes or so. Alternatively, finish the top of the frittata under the broiler. Allow to cool and then unmold to a serving plate. Top with sour cream, chopped tomatoes, your favorite salsa, and some sliced tomatoes on the side.
Escarole and Anchovies from Chef Jonathan Miller
A super quick and surprisingly flavorful dish. Use it by itself or top it with your favorite meat. The liquid exuded from the escarole becomes the sauce. Delicious.
olive oil
2 garlic cloves, chopped
3 anchovies, chopped
1 head escarole, chopped
Heat the olive oil and the garlic in a large skillet until fragrant but not browned. Add the anchovies and escarole with a little bit of salt and sauté until wilted and softened. Taste for seasoning,
and transfer to a serving plate. Serve warm as a side dish, or top with fish or another meat.
Chicken Sausage, Escarole and White Bean Stew
adapted from Take 5 150 five-ingredient recipes
edited by Nancy Gagliardi et al makes 4 servings
1 pound Italian chicken or turkey sausage links (hot or mild)
1 onion, or 1 stalk spring garlic, or 1-2 garlic cloves, chopped (optional)
1 head escarole (1# ish), cut crosswise into inch-thick pieces
1 14 ounce can broth (seasoned chicken, plain chicken, vegetable… your choice)
1 15 ounce can white beans (sometimes called cannellini beans), drained and rinsed
2 C water
1/3 cup chopped genovese or other basil
S and P to taste
1. Spray a large dutch oven (nonstick if you have one) with olive oil (or other) spray and set over medium-low heat. (NOTE: if you’re NOT counting calories/ ‘points’, you can use 1 or more T regular olive oil in this step.) Add the sausage and onion/garlic and cook, turning occasionally, until browned and cooked through, about 10-12 minutes. Remove sausages to a cutting board and slice when cool enough to handle.
2. Return sausage to the same pot; add the escarole, broth, beans, and water. Bring Stew to a simmer and cook until escarole is just tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in the basil and add S and P to taste (it might not need any salt), and serve. (note: since this is from a Weight Watchers book: it tells us that each 1.5 cup serving is worth ‘5′ points. They say to make it ‘4′ points, use reduced fat kielbasa instead. You can substitute most any cooking green for the escarole)
Favorite Escarole Salad as Martin prepares it:
4 heads escarole, dark outer leaves removed, washed and torn into large bowl. Dress with: olive oil, sherry or champagne vinegar, shaved parmesan, S & P, and truffle oil. this is very very delicious.
Wilted Escarole
3 T olive oil
2 medium escarole – rinsed, dried and chopped
1/2 cup lemon juice
chopped zest from one lemon
2 tablespoons capers, roughly/barely chopped
10 dark, pitted olives, kalamata are good here
ground black pepper to taste
Heat oil in a large frying pan over high heat. Add escarole; cook and stir until greens begin to wilt. Stir in lemon juice & zest. Add capers, S & P, and olives; cook and stir for another 15-30 seconds.
Blanched Escarole with Fried Capers
from 366 Healthful Ways to Cook Leafy Greens by Linda Romanelli Leahy
1 bunch escarole (about 1 pound), trimmed and shredded
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon unsalted capers, drained
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper
2 teaspoons thinly sliced lemon zest for garnish, optional
1. Drop the escarole in a pot of salted boiling water. Cook 3 to 5 minutes until it is as tender as you like. Drain well.
2. While the escarole is cooking, heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the capers and cook 2 minutes; remove with a slotted spoon.
3. Stir in the drained escarole, salt and pepper and heat through. Place on a serving plate and top with the capers and lemon zest, if using. Serve immediately. Serves 4
Escarole and White Bean Salad with Fennel and Gruyere Cheese
adapted from The Greens Cookbook by Deborah Madison with Edward Espe Brown
1/2 cup small dry white beans 1/4 teaspoon salt Mustard Vinaigrette (see below)
1 tablespoon green onions chives, thinly sliced
1 to 2 tablespoons Italian Parsley, chopped
1 small fennel bulb or several celery stalks, sliced into 1/4 inch pieces
3 ounces Gruyere cheese, cut into julienne
Pepper
6 handfuls (about 12 cups) escarole leaves
2 tablespoons butter 2 slices rye bread or Country French Bread, cut into cubes for croutons
Sort through the beans and rinse them well. Cover them with boiling water and let them soak for 1 hour; then pour off the soaking liquid. Cover them generously with fresh water, bring them to a boil, add the salt, and lower the heat to a simmer. Cook until the beans are tender but still hold their shape, 45 minutes or longer, as needed. Drain, and save the liquid to use in a soup stock. (I would be occasionally tempted to skip this step with a can of rinsed cannelloni beans… JW) While the beans are cooking, prepare the vinaigrette. When the beans have cooled down so that they are warm but no longer hot, toss them with half the vinaigrette and the herbs, fennel and cheese. Season to taste with salt, if needed, and freshly ground black pepper, and set aside. Prepare the greens. Use the pale inner leaves of the escarole, torn or cut into pieces; tear or slice the radicchio into smaller pieces. Wash the greens carefully, giving special attention to the bases of the escarole leaves, which often hold a lot of silt. Spin them dry and if they are not to be used right away, wrap them in a kitchen towel and store them in the refrigerator. Melt the butter in a skillet, add the bread cubes, and toss them well. Fry them over low heat until they are brown and crisp all over, shaking the pan every so often so they don’t burn. To assemble the salad, toss the greens with the remaining vinaigrette; then add the beans and the croutons and toss again. Arrange the salad in a shallow, flat bowl with the beans distributed evenly among the greens.
Mustard Vinaigrette 1/4 teaspoon dried tarragon 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds 1 1/2 Tablespoons sherry vinegar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 2 Tablespoons creme fraiche or sour cream 6 tablespoons virgin olive oil Grind the tarragon and the fennel seeds with a pestle to bruise them and partially break them up. Put them in a bowl with the vinegar, salt, mustard, and creme fraiche or sour cream, and stir until the mixture is smooth. Whisk in the olive oil vigorously until the ingredients are completely amalgamated into a thick sauce. The dressing will be very strong.
ESCAROLE SOUP
1/4 lb White beans
5 c vegetable or chicken broth
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons minced garlic
1 onion, diced
2 c chopped escarole
Salt and pepper — to taste
croutons, optional
SOAK THE BEANS OVERNIGHT IN WATER. Drain. Place beans in a pot, add broth, cover and cook over medium heat until beans are soft, about 30 minutes. (or use canned white beans if there isn’t time to soak and cook…) Meanwhile, place another pot on the stove, add oil, place over medium heat, add garlic and onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for 7 minutes, or until onions soften. Add the escarole and continue to cook until wilted, another 10 minutes. Add the beans and broth to the pot with the escarole. Add salt and pepper as desired, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Serve hot, with the addition of croutons if desired. serves 8
Fall Escarole Salad
1 Escarole heart
couple of Fuyu Persimmons
1/4 c pomegranate seeds
toasted hazel nuts
balsamic or lemon juice vinaigrette
Season the escarole with some of the vinaigrette. spread the escarole in a wide platter. slice the persimmons on top, sprinkle the pom. seeds, sprinkle the halved hazel nuts. Drizzle with more vinaigrette and if you have hazel nut oil, drizzle that on top as well.
Baked Leg of lamb with Wilted Escarole
Serves 6
5 – 6 pound whole leg of lamb Trim the fat as much as possible.
Marinade:
2 onions sliced
6 – 8 garlic cloves lightly crushed
6 – 8 thyme sprigs
6 – 8 oregano or marjoram sprigs
1 bole dry white wine
1 cup olive oil
In a shallow dish large enough to hold the lamb mix the above ingredients and then add the lamb. rub the marinade all over he lamb. let the lamb marinate overnight or 6 -8 hours. turn the lamb frequently if you can.
Preheat the oven o 450 F. remove the lamb from the marinade about 2 hours before serving. dry the lamb from the marinade. Make a stiff paste with some of the marinade by removing the thyme, oregano or marjoram leaves, and the garlic, chop finely. Season with salt and pepper. Rub the paste all over he lamb. place it on a rack over a shallow pan in he oven. Bake for 15 min. reduce heat to 350 F. turn the lamb over 30 min. bake for another 30 min. urn again and bake for 15 min. Remove the lamb from the oven and let it rest for 15 min.
Wilted Escarole Vinaigrette:
1 1/2 to 2 pounds escarole
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
Wash and trim the escarole; cut into about 3/4 inch strips. just before carving the lamb, heat 1/2 cup oil, in a saute pan, over low heat until it is very warm, but not hot. Add the escarole to the pan all at once and cover. Remove the cover and stir in 3 tablespoons or more of red wine vinegar. season with salt and pepper for taste.
Carve the lamb and put on a platter. drizzle with the carving juice, put the wilted escarole on the plate and pour the remaining vinaigrette over the lamb and the escarole.

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Week #27

"Revolution" pepper

“Revolution” pepper

broccoli and overwintering cauliflower

broccoli and overwintering cauliflower

Winter Squash harvest

Winter Squash harvest

Poppy pods and Broom Corn wreath

Poppy pods and Broom Corn wreath

pigs enjoying cabbage leaves

pigs enjoying cabbage leaves

Ukrainian Borscht

Ukrainian Borscht

Wheat and Chili swag

Wheat and Chili swag

Giant Kohlrabi

Giant Kohlrabi

fall wreaths

fall wreaths

Week #27/29
• Napa (Chinese) Cabbage
• Daikon radish (the big long white radish – enjoy!!) or red radish
• Onions (Tropeo di Italia (torpedo shaped pink onion) and a large white or yellow onion
• Garlic
• Leeks
• Kale
• Broccoli or cabbage (you can cut the cabbage into wedges and roast with salt and pepper and parmesan cheese, it is delicious)
• Winter squash
• Parsley
• Tomatoes (either cherry or salad varieties, enjoy them while you can you never know when it will be your last tomato)
• Peppers (green and some red)
• Hot peppers
• Celeriac or giant kohlrabi
• Eggplant

We are busy weeding and preparing the area for the fall/winter. The rain has helped the cover crop germinate and give new life to the brassicas (broccoli, cabbage, kale family). We have been battling the aphids and it is an uphill battle. We cannot remember such a bad year. Our Brussels sprouts are in dire need and with so many leaves and small sprouts getting to the aphids is really tough. We will be spending time with harvesters today striping leaves so that the organic spray we use can reach the aphids. Hopefully we can save them.

It is the time of the giant root vegetable! The daikon and the kohlrabi vary in size but some are enormous. Last week I gave a Ukrainian borscht recipe, if you didn’t make it there is still time! It uses up tons of veggies and is delicious as well. You can always cut your veggies up and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper and roast them. You can eat them just like that or Mary Kay shared that she takes those roasted veggies and freezes them and tosses them into soups later on in the winter. I have also included some recipes for fermenting those veggies. This adds great nutritional and health benefits to those veggies. Kimchee and slaws are the way to go to eat up all that cabbage, kohlrabi and daikon.

We have two more harvests for the season after this week. Next weekend is the harvest festival. We are excited to welcome you and your friends. We have many exciting performances for you to see, great food to share, farm tours and wreaths and pottery for you to purchase. We hope you will join us for the 14th annual Harvest Festival.

It is time to sign-up for the amazing Thanksgiving harvest basket. It is typically a huge harvest with delicious veggies for your holiday meals. The cost is $35 and should be paid prior to the harvest. Pick-up is November 23 or 24. Please do sign-up. Also time to let us know your intentions for 2015. We want you to continue and want to reserve a spot for you. Deposits are due in December, but we would appreciate your letting us know as soon as possible.

Asian Coleslaw with Fresh ginger-sesame dressing
Dressing:
½ cup plus 1 tablespoon unseasoned or seasoned rice vinegar
1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
2 teaspoons soy sauce
salt and pepper, to taste
Coleslaw
6 cups thinly shredded green cabbage or 5 cups green and 1 cup red
3 cups shredded carrots
2 cups fresh spinach leaves, thinly sliced, with a few strips reserved fro garnish (divided)
1 red bell pepper, julienne with a few strips reserved for garnish divided
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
Toasted white or black sesame seeds for garnish
To make dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, sesame oil, sugar, ginger, soy sauce and salt and pepper and set aside. To make slaw: In a large salad bowl, combine cabbage, carrots, spinach and bell pepper. Pour about 2/3 of dressing over cabbage mixture. Gradually add more to taste. Garnish with reserved spinach and pepper, toasted sesame seeds and cilantro.

Thai-Style Cabbage Salad
Ingredients
• 4 tablespoons lemon juice
• 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon peanut oil
• 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon brown sugar
• 2 teaspoons Thai fish sauce
• 1 green cabbage, finely shredded
• 5-6 leaves kale
• 1 small red onion, sliced extremely thinly
• 3 peeled and grated carrots
• 1/2 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
• 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
• Honey-roasted peanuts
Instructions
1. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the lemon juice, oil, sugar and fish sauce until the sugar is dissolved. Add the cabbage, kale, onion, carrot, mint and cilantro and toss well. The dressing will coat the ingredients very lightly; there will not be a pool of dressing in the bottom of the bowl. Throw in a handful or two of peanuts, toss again, and serve.
2. Serves 8-10.
Quick notes
Technique note: An easy way to get super thin slices of onion for use when you are eating them uncooked, as in this salad, is to do it this way. Slice an onion in half lengthwise (stem to root), cut off stem end and root end, peel off and discard papery skin. Then peel off a single layer of onion, press it flat against the cutting board, and slice as paper-thin as possible. Chop the onion one layer at a time, for maximum control.

Celeriac Slaw
From Carried Away (a great place to eat in Aptos, CA…if you ever need a caterer, we highly recommend them)
1 celery root, peeled and cut into julienne (or grated if you don’t have a mandolin, some of you may be able to julienne with a sharp knife)
1 egg
1 cup oil
1 Tablespoon capers, chopped
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
2-4 Tablespoons chopped parsley (or cilantro, or other fresh herb)

Boil a pot of water. Add the thin slices of celeriac for one minute, just to blanch them. Drain and set aside. In a blender mix the egg, lemon juice, salt & pepper. While that is mixing, slowly add in the oil. Spoon the sauce over the celery root, add the capers and the parsley, then toss. (Julia’s note: I’ve successfully skipped the blanching part)

Potato-Celery Root Cakes
from Deborah Madison
1 pound potatoes, peeled
1 pound celery root, peeled
3-4 Tablespoons oil
Salt & Pepper
Grate the potatoes and celeriac, mix together. In a heavy skillet heat half the oil over med. heat. Add half the potatoes-celery root mixture, making a layer about 1/2 inch thick. Season, then cover with the other half of the mixture. Press down on the cake and neaten the edges. Reduce heat to low and cook until the bottom is golden, about 10-15 minutes. Turn the cake out onto a plate, add the remaining oil, slide the cake back into the pan and cook the other side until golden.
Storage: Wrap celery root in plastic and refrigerate for up to one week.
Spices that go nicely with celery root:
Nutmeg, garlic, cinnamon, cloves, allspice.
measuring:
1 small celery root, sliced = 2 cups
Nutritional Value: Celery Root is Rich in phosphorous and potassium; 40 calories per cup

A very basic cooking method:
Peel and cube celery root and cook in boiling salted water about 10 minutes. Serve with butter or lemon juice.
A Celery Root Idea from Chef Andrew Cohen:
Fine dice celeriac, carrots, onions, shallot, garlic, button mushrooms, yukon gold or yellow finn potatoes, and a little prosciutto.
Cook some French lentils (the small green ones) until done with some thyme and garlic. Reserve some of the cooking liquid.
Saute the vegetables in the prosciutto renderings and, if you’ve got it- duck fat, otherwise use a neutral oil. Start with the alliums, add the mushrooms, then the carrots and celeriac. If they seem to be taking too long, add a splash of sherry or stock and cover for a couple minutes. Add the potatoes and cook until tender, adding liquid and covering if necessary as well. Fold in the lentils and cook to warm through, using the reserved lentil cooking liquid if needed to lubricate the lentils. Season with S&P and a splash of sherry. I served this with salmon with a chanterelle crust, celeriac mashed potatoes, asparagus, and a red wine mushroom stock reduction. The mushrooms were dried chanterelles as were the mushrooms in the crust on the salmon.

Celery Root and Apple Salad with Toasted Walnuts
serves 4 to 6

2 medium celery roots, peeled and cut into matchsticks
2 medium red delicious apples, cored and cut into matchsticks
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 green onions, thinly sliced
1 bunch watercress leaves

dressing:
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon mustard seed
1 tablespoon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 cup vegetable oil
salt and pepper
1 cup walnut halves, toasted

Combine the celery root and apple in a bowl and sprinkle with lemon juice. Toss with the green onion and watercress. Whisk the vinegar, mustard seed, mustard, honey and oil until well combined. Toss with the celery root mixture. Taste for salt and pepper and garnish with walnuts.

Pork Meatball and Daikon Sandwich
yield: Makes 4 sandwiches
Ingredients
Hot Chili Mayo:
• 2/3 cup mayonnaise
• 2 green onions, finely chopped
• 1 tablespoon hot chili sauce (such as sriracha)*

Meatballs:
• 1 pound ground pork
• 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil
• 4 garlic cloves, minced
• 3 green onions, finely chopped
• 1 tablespoon fish sauce (such as nam pla or nuoc nam)*
• 1 tablespoon hot chili sauce (such as sriracha)
• 1 tablespoon sugar
• 2 teaspoons cornstarch
• 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt

Sandwiches:
• 2 cups coarsely grated carrots
• 2 cups coarsely grated peeled daikon (Japanese white radish)**
• 1/4 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
• 1/4 cup sugar
• 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
• 1 tablespoon Asian sesame oil
• 4 10-inch-long individual baguettes or four 10-inch-long pieces French-bread baguette (cut from 2 baguettes)
• Thinly sliced jalapeño chiles
• 16 large fresh cilantro sprigs

preparation
Hot Chili Mayo:
Stir all ingredients in small bowl. Season with salt. do ahead Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.

Meatballs:
Line rimmed baking sheet with plastic wrap. Gently mix all ingredients in large bowl. Using moistened hands and scant tablespoonful for each, roll meat mixture into 1-inch meatballs. Arrange on baking sheet. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.

Sandwiches:
Toss first 5 ingredients in medium bowl. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour, tossing occasionally.

Kim Chee (use for Napa Cabbage, Daikon and other vegetables)
This is a general kim chee recipe, adaptable to any vegetable, sent to us by our friend Daniel, who did an internship at the Cultured Pickle in the Bay Area. While these instructions are for turnip, cauliflower and carrot, the method works for any combination of vegetable.
-Shredded pickles: this is essentially the same method for sauerkraut but it works really well with root vegetables. Basically you shred the vegetables (with a food processor is easiest) and then salt them. The salt draws moisture out of the veggies creating a brine. Here are step-by-step instructions for this method.
1. Wash the roots and cauliflower and trim off any soft spots
2. Weigh all the veggies and record the weight
3. Calculate anywhere from 1.5 – 2% of the vegetable weight and weigh out that much salt.
4. Shred the root vegetables and cut the cauliflower into small pieces combining all in a giant bowl as you go.
5. Thoroughly mix the shredded roots and cauliflower with the salt (you can add any spices, chopped garlic, shredded ginger, minced anchovies, herbs or citrus zests that you want at this point. Be aware that garlic flavor tends to bloom and get stronger during the pickling process).
6. Let the mixture sit for a couple of hours and see how the liquid is drawn from the vegetables.
7. Pack the vegetables with their liquid into a crock or as many gallon glass jars as it takes to hold them. Try to press out as much air as you can and leave some head room because the fermentation will bubble up.
8. Put some sort of cover on the surface of the veggies and a weight on top of the cover to keep them pressed under their liquid. I like to use the outer leaves from a head of cabbage folded as needed to cover the shredded vegetables with a gallon jug of water as weight.
9. Let the jars ferment for anywhere from 2 to 8 weeks. It should be in a corner somewhere with a temp around 60-65 degrees Fahrenheit. Taste it as it goes. Push it back down every once in a while. Skim off any mold or white yeast blooms that show up on the surface (they are not harmful, don’t worry).
10. When the flavor has gotten sour enough for you, pack the pickles into jars in the fridge to stop them changing further, or move them to a cool root cellar. (If you want the pickles to be stable for months and years at above refrigeration temperature, you can up the salt percentage to near 3%.

-Whole Brined pickles: these are very easy and quick and take less shredding.
1. Wash and trim the vegetables
2. Cut the cauliflower into florets and if the roots are large I would cut them into about two-inch chunks.
3. Make a brine: measure out enough water that you will be able to cover all the prepared vegetables in your crock or gallon jars. Then dissolve in this water 50 percent of its weight in salt. For example, 1 liter of water gets 50 grams of salt, 6 liters gets 300 grams of salt. Also add any flavoring to the brine like flowering dill and smashed heads of garlic. I like to add a bunch of dried chiles. Chile flakes and ground spices are good too. You can also heat the brine to dissolve the salt and add the spices like a tea for more flavor, just make sure it has cooled completely before the next step.
4. Put all the prepped vegetables in your fermentation container and pour the brine over to cover them completely.
5. Again put some sort of cover with a weight to keep the vegetables from coming to the surface.
6. Let them ferment for at least two weeks. Check them as they go.
7. Refrigerate to stop the process or put in a cool place to slow it down.

Kohlrabi and Chicken Stew
Posted by Seth Just – June 1st, 2011
• 3-4 lb. Chicken
• 2 lb. kohlrabi/broccoli stems
• 3/4 lb. Carrots
• 4 Tb butter
• 4 cups sliced onions
• 1 cup peeled, chopped tomatoes
• 2 tsp salt
• 1 tsp black pepper
• pinch saffron threads
• 1/4 tsp turmeric
• 1/2 tsp cinnamon
• 2 tsp ground coriander
• 1 quart chicken broth or water
• 4 sprigs parsley
• 1/2 small cabbage
Cut chicken into serving pieces. Peel kohlrabis and/or broccoli stems; cut larger ones into 1-inch chunks. Cut cabbage into 1/4-inch strips. Peel carrots and slice diagonally into 1/2-inch thick pieces.
In a large saucepan, heat the butter and sauté the onions, tomatoes, salt and spices for 4-5 minutes. Add the chicken and cook for 5 minutes. Add the broth or water and parsley. Bring the broth to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Add the kohlrabis and carrots, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes. Finally, add the cabbage and simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes longer or until all the vegetables are completely tender.
Adapted from The Victory Garden Cookbook by Marian Morash

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http://www.youtube.com/user/johnkitzhaberJuveencios phone summer 2014 358

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Week #26

Lettuce
Parsley or cilantro
Beets
Celeriac or kohlrabi – either a huge brown root or an enormous light green ball as big as your head, choose one to make a root vegetable soup.
Kale or chard
Peppers
Hot peppers
Tomatoes or cherry tomatoes
Brussels sprout tops
Cabbage or broccoli
Storage pears
Winter squash
Onions
Leeks
Garlic

James takes the cottage to the studs

James takes the cottage to the studs

The old cottage gets a make over

The old cottage gets a make over

Old siding gets re=planed and stained

Old siding gets re=planed and stained

The herd summer 2014

The herd summer 2014

Juveencios phone summer 2014 353

Brussels Sprouts sizing up

Brussels Sprouts sizing up

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Juveencios phone summer 2014 360

Governor Kitzhaber  visits La Finquita del Buho

Governor Kitzhaber visits La Finquita del Buho

Liberty High School students prepare a meal at La Finquita

Liberty High School students prepare a meal at La Finquita

What a glorious weekend. Warm days and cool nights are a perfect fall combination. We are in the home stretch for the 2014 season. The harvest festival is just around the corner and then just two more weeks of harvest. Our late fall crops like Napa Cabbage and Radicchio are sizing up as well as the cauliflower and later broccoli.

We are offering a taste of the “giant Kohlrabi” for those who dare. Some of them are as large as 7#. They can be used in soup or slaw or sautéed. Consider it a challenge to get through in one week! We made roasted veggies using most of what is listed for harvest this week and our 15 students from Liberty AP Environmental loved it. We also made the squash soup with curry (a family favorite) and the Meaty Ukrainian borscht which is fabulous.
It has been an exciting week. Not only did Juvencio spray for aphids, mow half the gardens and plant cover crop but he had time to entertain the governor! Kitzhaber paid us a visit at La Finquita to use our farm as backdrop for his campaign commercial. Juvencio toured him around and of course charmed him and they became fast friends. Check out the picture with his share of veggies as a thank you gift for the visit.

We also toured students from Liberty High School. They got a chance to see small scale farming and ask questions. We prepared roasted veggies and poached pears together and then they put in an hour of work. They were a hard working group and separated into 4 work teams. One team transplanted lettuce, bok choi and green onions, the next separated garlic heads into cloves for planting later this month. The third team cleaned up the onions for storage and the last fellow helped Juvencio pull all the posts from the tomatoes and prep the lower garden for garlic planting.
Then they sat down and devoured a whole pink banana squash roasted with shallots, beets, celeriac, potatoes and carrots. I forgot to mention the last group, Tessa and Colton who stayed in the outdoor kitchen and watched all the food cook to make sure it did not burn. It was a fun time and we actually got some of our work accomplished.

Vincent came by later in the week and helped us get some of the weeding done. The nice rain and subsequent warm spell sprouted many generations of weeds. All the fall crops need a lot of work to keep them weed and pest free (well at least to decrease the number). We have three of the four greenhouses planted for fall and winter. We are still harvesting a few tomatoes and peppers from the last greenhouse, but once they give signs they are done we will fill them with winter crops as well. I have spinach, lettuce, radicchio and more kale waiting in the wings, ready to be planted.

It is time to sign up for the Thanksgiving harvest. You need to pre-pay $35 for a mega harvest. It will be available on November 23 and 24th for pick-up. Even if you plan to travel it makes a great gift to the host or will keep until you get back. Don’t miss one last harvest before you go into vegetable withdrawal for the winter. Also please let us know about your plans for continuing next season. You are our top priority but if you don’t let us know you want to continue you by December 1 you may lose your spot.
Have a great week, see you later this week and hope to see you all at the Harvest Festival October 19!

MEATY UKRAINIAN BORSCHT
2 pounds beef flanken or short ribs
3 quarts of water
2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
1 medium carrot, scraped
1 medium celery root, peeled, 1/4 cut out for broth, remaining cut in
1/2-inch cubes
1 medium onion, unpeeled, stuck with several cloves
8 whole allspice berries
3 medium-large beets, without tops
2 tablespoons butter or vegetable oil
2 large onions, coarsely chopped
1 medium parsnip, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 medium turnips, cut in 1/2-inch cubes, or 2 cups chopped cabbage
1 large carrot, cut in 1/2-inch cubes
2 medium potatoes, cut in 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 well-rounded tablespoon tomato paste
8-10 large garlic cloves, crushed
Juice of 1/2 lemon, or more to taste MEATY UKRAINIAN BORSCHT

In a 5-6 quart pot, bring meat and water to boil over high heat. Reduce to simmer and skim of foam. When foam stops rising, add salt, carrot, 1/4 celery root, whole onion and allspice; simmer gently, partially covered for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until meat falls of the bone. Preheat oven to 400°F. Scub beets, wrap in foil and bake for an hour, or until just tender. Poke through foil with skewer to check for doneness. Peel beets; shred on coarse side of grater. When meat is very tender, remove, strip off bones, and cut into small cubes. Place in bowl; cover with foil. Strain broth. Rinse out pot. Place pot over medium heat, warm butter, and saute onion 2-3 minutes. Add cubed celery root, parsips, turnips and carrot. Saute 5 minutes. Add strained broth, potatoes and shredded beets. Bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. Just before serving, while soup is simmering gently, stir in garlic and lemon juice. Remove from heat immediately. Serve pipping hot in flat bowls with dollop of sour cream and generous sprinkling of parsley and dill.

Cooking in the Litchfield Hills

Curried Winter Squash Soup
Farmer John’s Cookbook, John Peterson

Serves 6-8

3 T unsalted butter
1 cup chopped scallions (about 6)
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
1 jalapeno, seeded, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 pounds butternut squash, about ½ a large squash, peeled, seeded, cubed
4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 14 ounce can whole tomatoes or 2 cups peeled, chopped fresh tomatoes
12 whole curry leaves (optional)
½ teaspoon ground allspice
¼ teaspoon ground mace (I skipped this)
pinch freshly grated nutmeg
2 teaspoons curry powder
salt
freshly ground pepper
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

1. melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the scallions; sauté until soft and wilted, about 3 minutes. Stir in the parsley, jalapeno, and garlic,; cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.
2. Add the squash and toss to coat it with the scallion mixture. Add the stock, tomatoes, curry leaves, all spice, mace and nutmeg. Bring to a boil; reduce the heat and simmer, covered until the squash is very tender, about 45 minutes. Let cool slightly.
3. Transfer the soup in batches to a blender or food processor; puree.
4. Transfer the soup back to the pot. Stir in the curry powder and add salt, pepper to taste. Return the soup to a simmer to heat through. Garnish with the parsley just before serving.

BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP WITH STAR ANISE AND GINGER SHRIMP
24 large shrimp in shell (about 1 lb), peeled, leaving tail and first segment of shell intact, and deveined
1 tablespoon finely grated peeled fresh ginger
2/3 cup chopped shallot
1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
3 whole star anise
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 3/4 lb butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (5 cups)
4 cups chicken stock or broth
2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Garnish: fresh cilantro sprigs
Toss shrimp with ginger in a bowl and marinate, chilled, 30 minutes (do not marinate any longer or enzymes from ginger will begin to cook shrimp).
Make soup while shrimp marinate:
Cook shallot, garlic, and anise in butter in a 3-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat, stirring, until shallot is softened, about 5 minutes. Add squash, stock, and water and simmer, uncovered, until squash is very tender, about 20 minutes. Remove star anise.
Purée soup in 2 batches in a blender (use caution when blending hot liquids) until very smooth, about 1 minute per batch, then transfer to cleaned pan and keep warm, covered.
Sprinkle marinated shrimp with salt. Heat oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then sauté shrimp in 2 batches, stirring, until just cooked through, about 3 minutes per batch, transferring to paper towels.
Bring soup to a simmer and season with salt and pepper. Divide among 8 shallow soup bowls and mound 3 shrimp in each bowl.
Cooks’ note:
. Soup (without shrimp) can be made 3 days ahead and chilled, covered. If making soup ahead, begin marinating shrimp about 40 minutes before serving.
Gourmet
December 2002

DELICATA SQUASH WITH ROSEMARY, SAGE, AND CIDER GLAZE

This is my favorite way to cook winter squash. You peel, and slice it, then cook it in a skillet with cider and
winter herbs. When most of the liquid boils away, the cider forms a tart-sweet glaze around the now-tender squash.

Delicata is a wonderfully firm-textured squash that’s not too sweet and almost like a potato. Other varieties like
acorn, turban, or kabocha will make good substitutes, but they may not hold their shape quite as well through the
braising.

2 medium delicata squash (about 2 pounds) or other firm
winter squash
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup very coarsely chopped fresh sage
1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh rosemary
1 1/2 cups fresh unfiltered apple cider or juice
1 cup water
2 teaspoons sherry vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper

1. Squash. If using delicata squash, peel it with a vegetable peeler, cut it lengthwise in half, and scrape out the seeds with a spoon. Cut each piece lengthwise in half again, then crosswise into 1/2-inch -thick slices. Other types of squash should be peeled with a chef’s knife, seeded, cut into 1-inch wedges, then sliced 1/2-inch thick.

2. Herb Butter. Melt the butter in a large (12-inch) skillet over low heat. Add the sage and rosemary and cook,
stirring, until the butter just begins to turn golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Do not brown the herbs. Cooking the herbs in butter mellows their flavor and improves their texture.

3. Cooking the squash. Add the squash to the skillet, then the apple cider, water, vinegar, and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, over medium heat at an even boil until the cider has boiled down to a glaze and the squash is tender,
20 to 30 minutes. Taste and season with pepper, and additional salt if needed.

Makes 6 servings.

Roasted Winter Roots with Whole Garlic Heads
From The San Francisco Chronicle Cookbook\

All vegetables may be cooked in the oven at the same time. The heads
of garlic, roasted alongside the vegetables, become a self-contained
spread that is delicious on country-style bread. Be sure to allow one
garlic head for each person.

4 carrots, about ½ pound total
2 parsnips, about ½ pound total
2 turnips, about 1 pound total
1 rutabaga, about 1 pound
2 yellow onions, about ¾ pound total
3 russet potatoes, about 1 ¾ pounds total
4 heads of garlic, about ½ pound total
1/3 C olive oil
1 ½ tsps salt
1Tbles freshly ground pepper
4 fresh thyme sprigs, or 1 tsp dried
4 fresh rosemary sprigs, or 1 tsp dried
4 fresh sage sprigs, or 1 tsp dried

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Peel the carrots, parsnips, turnips and rutabaga. Cut the
carrots into 2 inch lengths. Halve the parsnips crosswise, separating
the tapering root end from the thick upper portion. Cut the upper
portion lengthwise into 2 pieces. Quarter the turnips and rutabaga.
Peel the onions but do not cut off the root ends. Quarter the onions
lengthwise.
Scrub the potatoes and cut them lengthwise into quarters, then
in half. Cut off the upper quarter of the garlic heads, leaving the
heads intact, skin and all.
Combine half of the olive oil, the salt, pepper, thyme,
rosemary and sage in a large bowl. Add all of the vegetables,
including the garlic. Stir them until they are well coated with the
seasoned oil.
Arrange the vegetables in a single layer on 2 baking sheets.
Roast for 30 minutes. Stir the vegetables and baste with some of the
remaining olive oil. Continue roasting, stirring once or twice and
basting with olive oil, for 30 to 45 minutes longer, or until all the
vegetables are tender and are easily pierced with a fork. Remove from
the oven and transfer to a platter.
Serve hot or at room temperature. Serves 4

aCrunchy Red Devils recipe by A. Doncsecz, Vegetarian Gourmet
2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
2 shallots, minced
1/4 cup hot red pepper sauce
1 teaspoon grainy mustard
½ teaspoon sugar
3 medium kohlrabi bulbs
Whisk together all ingredients except kohlrabi with ½ cup water. Peel and thinly slice kohlrabi; stir into marinade, coating evenly. Cover and refrigerate 2-3 days, stirring occasionally. Serve cold or at room temperature.
Stir-Fried Kohlrabi from The Goodness of Potatoes and Root Vegetables
3 kohlrabi, peeled
3 medium carrots
4 tablespoons peanut or safflower oil
3 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
1 inch piece gingerroot, peeled and thinly sliced
3 green onions, sliced
1-2 fresh chili peppers, sliced, optional
salt
4 tablespoons oyster sauce (optional)
3 teaspoons sesame oil & soy sauce, each
Slice kohlrabi and carrots into thin ovals. Heat oil in large heavy skillet; when it begins to smoke, toss in garlic and ginger. Stir once then add kohlrabi and carrots; toss and cook 2 minutes. Add green onions and chilies; stir-fry 1 minute, then pour in ½ cup water. Cover, reduce heat and cook 5 minutes. Remove cover and toss in a little salt and the sesame and soy, and oyster if using. Serve with rice.
Kohlrabi Pickle Chips from the Victory Garden Cookbook
1-2 pounds smallish kohlrabi, trimmed
3 small onions
1/4 cup pickling salt
2 cups vinegar
2/3 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon celery seeds
1/4 teaspoon tumeric
Peel and thinly slice kohlrabi and onions. Mix salt with 1 quart ice water, pour over the vegetables, and soak for 3 hours. Drain, rinse, and place in a bowl. Bring remaining ingredients to a boil, cook for 3 minutes, and pour over the vegetables. Cool, cover and refrigerate for 3 days
Celery, Tomato, and Basil Salad
4 large tomatoes, sliced crosswise OR 1 clamshell mixed cherry tomatoes cut in half, or a mix
3-4 small purple onions or 1/2 larger onion sliced crosswise
4 stalks celery with leaves, thinly sliced crosswise, leaves torn
Small handful fresh basil, torn
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons champagne or sherry vinegar
3 tablespoons heavy cream
S & P to taste
In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, onion, celery, celery leaves and basil; set aside.
In another bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, and cream; to combine.
Season with salt and pepper. Pour over salad and toss to coat; serve immediately.

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