JUDI’S RECIPES – WEEK 11 – AUGUST 14, 2018

August 13, 2018

Greetings All,

How about this weather? – ugh! But, one advantage of being stuck inside is that it’s a great opportunity to cook and “put food by” – stock the refrigerator and freezer with ready meals – so you can enjoy the sunny days. Our wonderful farmer has informed us that the tomatoes must be used quickly, as all the rain has rendered them very fragile. So, today’s recipe will help you utilize and enjoy all those fabulous tomatoes.

TOMATO GALETTE

Ingredients:

 

  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper (or really you can use any kind of pepper)
  • 4 -6 TBS cold water
  • 4 large heirloom tomatoes, cored (about 2 pounds – you can use any tomatoes at all that add up to about 2 lbs.)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 3 TBS dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced shallots
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 4 -6 ounces semi-soft goat cheese (chevre) or feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 TBS water
  • Fresh basil leaves

Directions

  1. In a large bowl cut butter into flour with a pastry blender (or two forks) until pieces are pea-size. This can be done in a food processor (see Helpful Hint, below). Stir in Parmesan and cracked pepper. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of cold water over part of the mixture; toss with a fork. Push the moistened dough to the side of the bowl. Repeat, using 1 tablespoon of the water at a time, until all of the dough is moistened.
  2. Form the dough into a disk, wrap with plastic wrap and chill at least 30 minutes or until easy to handle (up to 24 hours).
  3. Slice the tomatoes about 1/4 inch thick and arrange on a wire rack over a baking pan, sink or paper towels. Sprinkle with salt and let the tomatoes drain for 30 minutes. This will keep your crust from becoming soggy from the tomato juice.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees . On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a 13-inch circle. (Don’t worry if it’s not perfectly round.) Fold the dough in half to make it easier to transfer it to a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Unfold the dough on the parchment.
  5. Evenly spread the bread crumbs on the pastry, leaving about a 2-inch border (this will also help prevent the crust from getting soggy. Layer the tomatoes, shallot, thyme and goat cheese on the bread crumbs. Fold the edges of the crust over the filling, pleating as necessary and leaving some filling exposed in the center. Combine the egg and 1 tablespoon of water and brush it onto the  pastry.
  6. Bake the galette for 30 to 40 minutes or until the crust is browned and crisp. Cool at least 10 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature, garnished with fresh basil (snipped if the leaves are large) and cut into wedges.

HELPFUL HINT: The first step can be done in the food processor. Place the steel blade in the food processor bowl. Add the flour and butter. Cover and pulse until the pieces are pea-size. Add Parmesan and pepper and pulse just until combined. Transfer to bowl and continue with the recipe.

I promise you, it will be an afternoon well spent, if you make this tart.  You will love it! And, you’ll be using up the short-lived tomatoes!

Have a delicious week!

Best,

Judi

 

JUDI’S RECIPES – WEEK 10 – AUGUST 7, 2018

August 7, 2018

Greetings All,

Oh swell. Another heatwave. We must do everything we can to keep cool. I know how! This week’s recipe is a cool tomato-on-toast dish. No cooking involved and, since tomatoes are at the peak of their season right now, it will be so delicious, you’ll forget about the heat for a few moments.

 

TOMATO TOASTS

Ingredients

  • or 4 ripe tomatoes
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 5 large slices hearty sourdough bread, about 1/2-inch thick(really, any crusty bread will do)
  • 5 garlic cloves, peeled
  • Salt and pepper
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Basil leaves, for garnish.
    1. Cut 2 tomatoes in half crosswise. Stand a box grater in a bowl and grate the tomato using the cut sides, through the large holes. You should have 1 cup or so of coarse tomato purée* Set aside. Cut the cherry tomatoes in half. **
    2. Toast the bread until brown and crisp.
    3. With your fingers, rub the top of each toast with a garlic clove. You will see the cloves get smaller as the garlic is  pushed into the bread. (For a less garlicky toast, press lightly when rubbing.)***
    4. Place toasts on plates. Spoon and spread a heaping tablespoon of tomato purée over each toast. Then arrange tomato slices and cherry tomatoes randomly on top.
    5. Sprinkle generously with salt, pepper and a tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil per toast. Garnish with whole or torn basil leaves.

    Tips

  • *If you don’t want to bother with grating tomatoes, rub the toasted bread first with garlic, then with 1 or 2 halved tomatoes, until top surface is quite juicy, then continue with the recipe (step 5).
  • **To halve cherry tomatoes, put them between the covers of two takeout containers. Hold your hand on top of the top cover and run a knife between the two covers. Voila – halved cherry tomatoes!
  • ***To get that garlic smell off your fingers, touch press them to anything made of stainless steel – a knife, a pot, anything.

I hope you enjoy this recipe. It really is a lifesaver on a hot, humid day.

Have a delicious week!

Best,

Judi

JUDI’S RECIPES -WEEK 9 – JULY 31, 2018

JULY 31, 2018

Greetings All,

We’re still here! Haven’t drowned or melted yet!

It’s tomato time! This week we are getting three different kinds of tomatoes. And tomatillos, those poor misunderstood green tomato lookalikes! Many people see them and say, “What am I supposed to do with these?”  Fear not. I have a delicious recipe that uses tomatillos with chicken  and jalapenos, to make a super soup. And it’s low calorie! Here it is:

Chicken-Tomatillo Soup

Ingredients

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1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp hot pepper sauce

2 TBS chopped fresh cilantro

Directions

  1. Heat the oil over high heat in a large saucepan or Dutch oven. Saute the chicken in the oil until both sides are browned, approximately 2 minutes per side. Remove the chicken, and set aside.
  2. Add the onions and garlic to the saucepan, and saute until golden. Stir in the tomatillos, jalapeno peppers, and broth. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat, cover the pot, and simmer for about 15 minutes.
  4. Puree the vegetables in batches in a blender or food processor. Return them to pot, and reheat. At this point, taste the soup. If it is not piquant enough, add cayenne pepper or pepper sauce. Or leave it as is- your choice.
  5. Slice the chicken  and then shred it. Stir the chicken into the soup. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. When you are ready to serve, stir in the minced cilantro and ladle the soup into bowls. Put a dollop of sour cream on top of each portion, and let it melt a bit. Top each dollop with a single cilantro leaf, and serve immediately.

You’re gonna love it!

HELPFUL HINT: Your knives will last longer and stay sharper if you wash each one after each use and dry it instead of letting it lie there in the sink.

Can’t believe summer is half over! Enjoy it while you can.

Have a delicious week!

Best,

Judi

JUDI’S RECIPES – WEEK 8 – JULY 24, 2018

July 24, 2018

Greetings All,

We’re gearing up for a stormy week. Think of the poor farmer and his workers, having to be out in the fields – all so you and I can enjoy the fruits (and veggies) of their labor.

This week’s recipe utilizes all those summer squash we’ve been getting – a respite from the grill.

 

ZUCCHINI AND SQUASH PASTA

Ingredients

  • Salt and pepper
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 or 6 medium zucchini and/or summer squash, rinsed, trimmed and cut into ribbons or coins
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 or 3 sprigs thyme
  • 2 tomatoes, in wedges or roughly chopped, with their juice
  • ½ lb short pasta, such as ziti or penne
  • Freshly grated Parmesan or freshly chopped parsley for garnish.

     

    Directions

    1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt it well.
    2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
    3. Add the zucchini, squash, onion and thyme, and cook, stirring occasionally.
    4. Add salt and pepper and adjust the heat so onion and zucchini release their liquid without browning. Cook for about 20 minutes, or until very tender.
    5. Add the tomatoes and their liquid to the zucchini and raise the heat a little so the mixture bubbles.
    6. Cook the pasta until it is al dente. Add a little pasta cooking water to the eggplant mixture.
    7. Drain the pasta and finish cooking it in the eggplant sauce.
    8. Serve, garnished with parsley or Parmesan.

    This is quick and easy to make and tastes great. Enjoy!

    Have a delicious week!

    Best,

    Judi

    HELPFUL HINT: We are getting cherry tomatoes this week. The way to cut them for use in a salad is this: You’ll need to Chinese food container lids. Place one on your counter so it forms a little tray. Put the tomatoes in the lid in one layer. Place the other lid upside down on top of the tomatoes . Resting the palm of your hand on the top lid, run a knife between the lids. Your tomatoes will all be cut in half at once..

JUDI’S RECIPES – WEEK 7. July 17, 2018

July 17, 2018

Greetings All,

Just when I thought I’d have to shop for lettuce, more is showing up this week! Enjoy it, because we’re probably done with lettuce, a cool weather vegetable, for now.

But, we’re also getting lots of other great veggies. Like spinach. What a delightful green! This week’s recipe is for a soup that includes some of your favorite vegetables – and spinach!

GREEN MINESTRONE WITH SPINACH

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup ditalini pasta or any small tubular pasta
5 TBS. olive oil
12 cup thinly sliced shallots
1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
2 cups finely diced zucchini
1 cup finely diced kohlrabi
1 cup finely chopped leek
34 cup finely diced fennel
4 cups vegetable stock
14 cup thawed frozen peas
6 large green olives, pitted and roughly chopped
1 cup plain cashews
5 oz.  spinach, cleaned
2 cups packed basil leaves
5 TBS. pine nuts
Toasted country bread, for serving

Instructions

1. In a medium saucepan of boiling, salted water, cook the pasta, stirring, until it is al dente, about 4 minutes.
2. Drain the pasta and keep warm. Return the empty pan to medium heat, and add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add the shallots and garlic and cook, stirring, until soft, about 3 minutes.
3. Stir in the zucchini, kohlrabi, leek, and fennel. Season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until slightly softened, about 6 minutes.
4. Pour in the vegetable stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to maintain a simmer and cook, stirring, until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. 5. Stir in the reserved pasta along with the peas and olives and cook until warmed through, about 2 minutes more.
6. Make the cashew cream: Soak cashews with 34 cup boiling water in a blender until the water cools to room temperature, and then purée until silky smooth.
7. Make the pesto: In a blender, combine the spinach with the basil, pine nuts, and the remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil. Purée into a smooth pesto and then scrape the pesto into the soup and stir until evenly combined.
8. Ladle the minestrone into bowls and serve with toasted bread and cashew cream on the side.
It sounds complicated, but it isn’t. Just cut up everything at once, and then do the heating and assembly. I hope you’ll love this soup.
HELPFUL HINT: This soup is very tasty served cold, too. Perfect for a steamy night.
Have a delicious week!
Best,
Judi

JUDI’S RECIPES – Week 6 July 9, 2018

July 9, 2018

Greetings All,

Welcome to Cucumberland! There will be three cucumbers for each of us in this week’s half share, and full share members will get six. Such a cool, crisp, wet vegetable. It’s perfect for summertime.

Because it is such a wet vegetable, the cucumber lends itself to cold dishes, as cooking it will draw out all the moisture, and our poor cukes will just disappear!

So, this week’s recipe is a cool no-cook cucumber salsa.

CUCUMBER SALSA

Ingredients

       2 TBS lime juice
      1 tsp minced parsley
      2 tsp minced cilantro
      1/2 tsp dried dill weed
     1/2 tsp salt
     1 pkg tortilla chips
1. In a medium bowl, stir together the cucumbers, tomatoes, green pepper, jalapeno pepper, onion, garlic, lime juice, parsley, cilantro, dill, and salt.
2. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Serve with tortilla chips.
That’s all there is to it – no sweat!
HELPFUL HINT: If you take the ribs and the seeds out of the jalapeno, it will be milder. You could also substitute a milder chili pepper, such as Anaheim.
I hope this dish will help you beat the heat. Enjoy!
Have a delicious week.
Best,
Judi

JUDI’S RECIPES – WEEK 5 JULY 3, 2018

July 3, 2018

Greetings All,

And welcome to the Baked Apple!

We’re going to be pretty steamy here for the next week or so. Which brings me to this week’s recipe. We are getting the first beets of the season and what could be more delightful than a beet salad? The unfortunate thing is that beets are a root vegetable and have to be roasted for most recipes. And who wants to turn on the oven in this weather? My best recommendation is to do this at night, when it’s a little cooler, or hold your beets until next week when it’ll be a little cooler in the city. If you do it, you’ll be rewarded with a cool delicious dish!

ROASTED BEETS AND FETA

4 medium beets, peeled and cut into half-inch pieces

1 TBS olive oil

1 tsp salt

pepper to taste

4 scallions, chopped

2 tsp lemon juice

Crumbled feta cheese

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

2. Toss the beets with the olive oil, salt and pepper on a baking sheet.

3. Roast the beets until tender, stirring once or twice, approximately 35 – 40 minutes.

4. Transfer to a bowl and toss with scallions and lemon juice

5. Top with crumbled feta cheese

That’s it. If you can roast the vegetables and not melt, you’ll really enjoy this dish.

HELPFUL HINT: An easy way to peel the beets is to immerse them in boiling water for 1 minute, and then plunge them into ice water. The skins will slip off easily.

I hope you enjoy this dish and the Fourth of July holiday.

Have a delicious week!

Best,

Judi

JUDI’S RECIPES WEEK 4 – JUNE 26, 2018

June 25, 2018

Greetings All,

Summer has arrived! As you know, we don’t have spring in New York City. It seems that winter weather lasts right up until June, and then we have scorching summer.

Summer also brings lovely and bountiful vegetables. This week we are getting the first of the summer squash, versatile and plentiful. So this week’s recipe is a great  mixture of summer squash and zucchini. ideal for serving with pasta.

SUMMER SQUASH AND BASIL PASTA

1/4 cup olive oil

8 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

2 lbs assorted summer squashes and zucchini, quartered lengthwise, sliced

Kosher salt

1 tsp pepper, plus more for serving

12 oz paccheri, ziti, or other large tube pasta

2 oz Parmesan, grated (about 1/2 cup), plus more for serving

1 TBS fresh lemon juice

1/2 cup basil leaves

 

1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the garlic, stirring occasionally, until it is very lightly browned around the edges, about 4 minutes.

2. Add the squash; season with salt. Cook, tossing occasionally, until the squash begins to break down and gets jammy (they may start to stick to the skillet a bit, which means you are there!), 12–15 minutes. Toss in 1 tsp.  pepper.

3. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until very al dente.

4. Transfer the pasta to a skillet using a slotted spoon or spider and add 1/2 cup pasta cooking liquid. Cook the pasta, adding 2 oz. of Parmesan in stages, along with more pasta cooking liquid as needed, until the sauce coats the pasta and the pasta is al dente. Toss in the lemon juice and most of the basil.

5. Divide the pasta among bowls and top with more Parmesan and  pepper and the remaining basil.

HELPFUL HINT: This tastes great the next day, too!

ANOTHER HELPFUL HINT: If you have a basil plant, pinch off the newest tiny leaves. That will make the plant branch out and grow. Do not allow the plant to bloom, or it will die! Pinch off any flower buds as soon as you notice them.

A THIRD HELPFUL HINT: I’m at the full share table. Stop by with any questions you may have about the veggies, the CSA, recipes, etc.

I hope you find the summer weather enjoyable, and I hope you love this dish!

Have a delicious week.

Best,

Judi

JUDI’S RECIPES WEEK 3 – JUNE 19, 2018

June 19, 2018

Greetings All!

The heat is on! We had no spring this year. It was cold and rainy. And then it was hot! So, if you’ve decided to hide in the air conditioned apartment, why not pass the time cooking your beautiful organic vegetables?

Members are always asking me what to do with the kohlrabi. It is actually a very versatile vegetable, and the greens are delicious in a salad too. I’m guessing that by now you are looking for variations for your salads.

So, today’s recipe is a surefire way to impress your family – kohlrabi fries! And they are not deep fried, so you won’t be feeding your family too much fat. It’s a simple recipe, and a quick one, so you won’t get tied up in the kitchen all night.

KOHLRABI FRIES

  • 1 ½ to 2 lbs kohlrabi
  • 1 TBS rice flour, chickpea flour or semolina (more as needed)
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 to 4 TBS canola oil or grapeseed oil, as needed
  • Chili powder, ground cumin, curry powder or paprika to taste
  1. Peel the kohlrabi and cut them into thick sticks, about 1/3 to 1/2 inch wide and about 2 inches long.
  2. Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a heavy skillet (cast iron is good). Meanwhile, place the flour in a large bowl, season with salt if desired and quickly toss the kohlrabi sticks in the flour so that they are lightly coated.
  3. When the oil is rippling,  add the kohlrabi to the pan (be careful – you don’t want to splash hot oil on yourself!) in batches so that the pan isn’t crowded.
  4. Cook the kohlrabi sticks on one side until browned, about 2 to 3 minutes. Then, using tongs, turn the pieces over to brown on the other side for another 2 to 3 minutes. The entire procedure should take only about 5 minutes if there is enough oil in the pan. Drain on paper towels, then sprinkle right away with the seasoning of your choice. Serve hot.

HELPFUL HINT: The kohrabi sticks can be cut several hours in advance and refrigerated until you are ready to fry them.

ANOTHER HELPFUL HINT: IF you really don’t want to fry these, they can be floured, brushed or sprayed with the oil and baked in the oven.

I hope you all enjoy this dish and that you find new and wonderful ways to beat the heat. Have a delicious week!

Best,

Judi

JUDI’S RECIPES – WEEK 2 – JUNE 12, 2018

June 12, 2018

Greetings All!

I hope you all had amazing salads and fresh vegetable dishes last week. This week there are more greens (surprise!) and a few other interesting things.

This week one of the other interesting things is Napa cabbage. Here’s a great recipe for shrimp with Napa cabbage and ginger. It’s pretty quick to make and is nice light hot weather fare. Just add rice.

SHRIMP WITH NAPA CABBAGE AND GINGER

1 bunch scallions

1 lb large shrimp in shell (16 to 20 per lb), peeled and deveined (you can buy them already shelled and deveined).

2 TBS medium-dry sherry

1 tsp cornstarch

1/4 tsp white pepper

1 tsp salt

1 (2-lb) head Napa cabbage, quartered lengthwise, cored, and cut crosswise into 1 1/2-inch pieces (10 cups)

3 TBS vegetable oil

1 tsp minced peeled fresh ginger

1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/4-inch-wide strips (1 cup)

1 TBS soy sauce

 

 

  • 1. Cut the white and pale green parts of the scallions into 2-inch pieces and thinly slice the dark green parts.
  • 2. Stir together the shrimp, 1 TBS sherry, cornstarch, white pepper, and 1/2 tsp salt in a bowl.
  • 3. Rinse the cabbage in a colander. Tap the colander lightly, then transfer the cabbage to a large bowl with excess water clinging to the leaves.
  • 4. Heat a 14-inch wok or 12-inch heavy skillet over high heat until it is beginning to smoke, then add 2 TBS oil. When the oil begins to smoke, add the shrimp and stir-fry until golden and almost cooked through, about 4 minutes. Transfer the shrimp to a clean bowl.
  • 5. Add the remaining TBS oil to the pan and heat until it is just smoking, then stir-fry the ginger and white and pale green parts of the scallions until they are slightly softened, about 2 minutes.
  • 6. Add the bell pepper and stir-fry until it is softened, about 2 minutes. Stir in the remaining tablespoon of sherry and cook until most of the liquid is evaporated.
  • 7. Add the cabbage with water from the bowl, the soy sauce, and the remaining 1/2 tsp salt and cook, covered, until the cabbage is tender, about 5 minutes.
  • 8. Stir in the shrimp along with any juices accumulated in the bowl and simmer, uncovered, until the shrimp are just cooked through, about 1 minute. Add the scallion greens and toss to combine well. Serve with brown or white rice.

 

HELPFUL HINT: You could add mushrooms to this mixture, or thinly sliced carrots, celery and my favorite, thinly sliced or grated garlic. This dish is also good with broad noodles instead of rice.

ANOTHER HELPFUL HINT: You can peel the ginger using a regular vegetable peeler, but the edge of a spoon does a good job of scraping out all those crevices.

I hope you enjoy this recipe and have a delicious week!

Best,

Judi