Anastasia Recipe Picks — Week 16

This week’s recipe comes from Sam Kass, former White House chef and senior food policy advisor and the author of Eat a Little Better (http://www.shakeandco.com/shake_trade/categories.php?category=detail&isbn=9780451494948). What I love about this book is that it features a few different variations on a simple dish, and today I will be sharing two delicious ways to serve couscous using the edamame, spinach, carrots, and shallots in our CSA shares. I think these dishes are perfect for the weather we’re having, and I hope you enjoy them!

Cheers,
Anastasia

Couscous Two Ways: with Olives, Spinach, and Slow-Cooked Garlic & with Roasted Carrots and Shallots
From Eat a Little Better by Sam Kass
Pick it up at Kitchen Arts & Letters, or order from http://www.shakeandco.com/shake_trade/categories.php?category=detail&isbn=9780451494948

At the White House, couscous frequently saved the day—or at least, the First Family’s dinner. Whenever I was running late and rice wasn’t an option, I’d turn to the whole-wheat variety of this trusty North African staple, essentially a kind of tiny pasta. The whole-grain version is virtually indistinguishable in flavor and texture from its refined counterpart (something I wish I could say about most Italian pasta), and it offers far more fiber. Plus it’s a dream when you’re tight on time. Not only does it take just 10 minutes to prepare, you don’t even have to monitor the pot. Instead, you stir it into boiling stock or water, turn off the heat, and let it hang out. If I’m in a real rush, I’ll just serve it as a side with a drizzle of oil and squeeze of lemon or splash of vinegar. But when I have the time, I like to incorporate vegetables and herbs, so it acts as the centerpiece of a meal.

Step One: Simple Couscous

(Makes a little more than twice as much cooked couscous as dried.)

1. For every 1 1/4 cups of couscous, use 1 1/2 cups liquid (I like to use half water and half low-sodium stock for extra flavor). Bring the liquid to a boil over high heat in a pot with a lid. Stir in the couscous, cover the pot, and take it off the heat. Let it sit until the water’s been absorbed and the couscous is tender, about 10 minutes. Gently fluff with a fork, breaking up any clumps.
2. Use the couscous right away or let it cool. It’s great hot or cold. Once cooled, it keeps in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Pro Tip: Just before serving, try splashing some hot chicken stock on the couscous to keep it moist.

Couscous with Olives, Spinach, and Slow-Cooked Garlic

(Serves 4 to 6.)

1 head of garlic, cloves separated and peeled
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 cups whole-wheat couscous, warm
1 cup shelled edamame beans
4 cups spinach, chopped like you would for a salad
1/2 cup very roughly chopped pitted kalamata olives
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Kosher salt

1. Make the garlic: Combine the garlic and oil in a small heavy saucepan and set over very low heat. Let the garlic gently sizzle until smooshably soft and golden in places, about 45 minutes. Store the garlic and oil in the same container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
2. Make the dish: Fluff the couscous with a fork and stir in 4 mashed cloves of the cooked garlic and 1/4 cup of the reserved garlic oil, edamame, spinach, olives, vinegar, and salt to taste.

Couscous with Roasted Carrots and Shallots

(Serves 4 to 6.)

6 to 8 medium carrots, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
3 medium shallots, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
3 cups cooked whole-wheat couscous, warm
Handful of coarsely chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
2. Toss the carrots and shallots on a baking sheet with 2 tablespoons of the oil and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Spread them out in a single layer and roast until golden brown in spots and tender, 20 to 30 minutes.
3. Fluff the couscous with a fork and stir in the carrots, shallots, parsley, and vinegar along with the remaining 2 tablespoons oil and 1 teaspoon salt. Season with more salt and vinegar to taste. Transfer to a serving bowl.

© 2018, Sam Kass.

Week #16 — Note from the Farmer

Dear CSA Member,

We are now into the second week of September. The summer sure did fly by. We have been working hard in the fields, preparing for weekly CSA delivery, weeding, and seeding fall cover crops for the winter. The rain this past summer has sure been challenging for us but, the carrots and potatoes sure didn’t seem to mind it. You will be receiving both of these items in your shares again this week. It looks like the weather will be cooling down by the end of next week. Just in time for soup season. We hope you enjoy this weeks bounty.


This Weeks Marketplace Special- (LAST WEEK)
Seed Oil Special- Purchase ANY seed oil from the online marketplace and receive 10% off when you
use coupon code SEEDOIL
These seed oils are a great addition to any warm fall dish. Or, use them in a health shake or smoothy. What ever you prefer!
They are locally produced in New York State.
Login to your member account to place your order.


There are also lost of other great items available on the marketplace that make great gifts for the coming holiday season.


Fruit Share Recipes: Italian Plum Torte
Mushroom Share Recipes: Garlic Sautéed Shiitake Mushrooms

Brussels sprout Greens: Very similar to collard greens but, taste like a Brussel sprout. The leaves are very tender and require less cook time. These greens taste the best sautéed. Try some recipes below.
Acorn Squash with Greens
Sautéed Brussel Sprout Greens with Bacon & White Beans
Sautéed Brussels Sprouts Greens

Acorn Squash: Can easily be cooked the same as a butternut, or any other hard shelled winter squash. Some fresh local maple syrup drizzled on top really completes this side dish.
Acorn Squash with Greens

Red Cabbage: Red cabbage has always been a family favorite in my house. It pairs wonderful with pork or beef.
Mrs. Mosher’s Sweet Sour Red Cabbage
Top 10 ways with red cabbage

  Edamame Beans:  Rich in fiber, antioxidants and vitamin K. Commonly found in Asian, Japanese cuisine’s.
10-Minute Restaurant-Style Steamed Edamame
Roasted Edamame (YUM!)

Storage:
Sage- Hang to dry, and use as needed.
Brussel Sprout Greens- in a damp paper towel in the refrigerator.
Acorn Squash- In the refrigerator or in a cool dry place.
Shallots, Cabbage, Edamame Beans, Potatoes, Onions, Carrots- in the crisper drawer.

Eat Me UP!– Potatoes, Onions
Zero Waste!
Freeze: Edamame Beans, Brussel Sprout Greens, Acorn Squash
Dry: Hot Peppers, Sage

Enjoy the Harvest,
Candice for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

Week #14 — Note from the Farmer

Dear CSA Member,

Farm Visit!
Saturday, September 1st here on the farm.
145 Garcia Lane, Leeds NY 12451.
11:30-3pm

Bring your family and friends for a day on the farm. It is a great day to come to the farm and see how your vegetables are grown, and meet your farmers. We have the grill hot with pork, Story’s Sweet Corn along with a Stoneledge Farm vegetable chili made by Kim and Mickael of Paradis to Go. There will be Stoneledge Farm Coffee, and water. Also attending that day is Heather Ridge Farm with grass fed meats, candles and more, and Lewis Waite Farm. There will be farm field walks, wagon rides, children activities, and you can even pick a bouquet a flowers to take home.

We ask that members bring a dish to share so that lunch is a giant potluck get together. If possible, please bring your place settings, utensils, and cup. No pets, please.


Marketplace:
%10 off the white cannellini beans when you use coupon code BEAN at checkout.


Butternut Squash: Should be used up quickly. Again, due to all the rain they will not hold as long as normal. There are many ways you can cook this squash, boiled, baked, sautéed. Anyway you choose it will be delicious! Try these great recipes.
Butternut Squash Stuffed with Quinoa and Mushrooms
Sautéed Butternut Squash with Garlic, Ginger & Spices

Tomatillos: Great is Mexican or Spanish cooking! Make them Spicy, Make them sweet. Either way you prefer!
Baked Shrimp With Tomatillos

Edamame Beans: Rich in fiber, antioxidants and vitimin K. Commonly found in Asian, Japanese cuisine’s.
How to prepare fresh Edamame
10-Minute Restaurant-Style Steamed Edamame

Cilantro: Easy One Skillet Creamy Cilantro Lime Chicken
91 Bold and Savory Cilantro Recipes

Storage: Cabbage,Tomatillos, Onions, Soy Beans – In crisper

Eat Me UP!- Tomatillos, Cilantro, Onions, Soy Beans
Zero Waste! Freeze, or Can!- Butternut Squash, Cabbage, Eggplant
Have questions on how to preserve some these items?
Email the farm info@stoneledge.farm
Blanching Steps

Enjoy the Harvest,
Candice for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

Week #13 — Note from the Farmer

Dear CSA Member,

Don’t forget about the farm visit!
Saturday, September 1st here on the farm.
145 Garcia Lane, Leeds NY 12451.
11:30-3pm

Bring your family and friends for a day on the farm. It is a great day to come to the farm and see how your vegetables are grown, and meet your farmers. We have the grill hot with pork, Story’s Sweet Corn along with a Stoneledge Farm vegetable chili made by Kim and Mickael of Paradis to Go. There will be Stoneledge Farm Coffee, and water. Also attending that day is Heather Ridge Farm with grass fed meats, candles and more, James Mikmaus with his observation bee hive, and Lewis Waite Farm. There will be farm field walks, wagon rides, children activities, and you can even pick a bouquet a flowers to take home.

We ask that members bring a dish to share so that lunch is a giant potluck get together. If possible, please bring your place settings, utensils, and cup. No pets, please.

Make a getaway out of it and enjoy the Catskills!
Use this link and plan your trip today.
See you in September!


LAST WEEK TO ORDER CORN
Story’s sweet corn is available on the Marketplace for one more week. Story’s sweet corn Non-GMO and conventionally grown. It is not organic. There is a limited amount available each week. The order deadline is Friday, August 31 by 1 pm for week #14 delivery. If you need help logging in the marketplace, please let me know.


MARKETPLACE SPECIAL

10% off the white cannellini beans when you use coupon code BEAN at checkout.
Login to your member account to place your order.
Order Deadlines: Mushroom’s and Sweet Corn the Friday before your CSA delivery by 12pm.
All other marketplace orders Monday by 1pm.


Potato Leek Soup Week! Click here for a great recipe!

Edamame Beans: Rich in fiber, antioxidants and vitimin K. Commonly found in Asian, Japanese cuisine’s.
10-Minute Restaurant-Style Steamed Edamame

Celery: The LAST week for this tasty celery. Do you still have last weeks? It is Very easy to freeze! And great for winter soups and stews. Click here for step by step freezing recipe.

Tomatoes: Due to all the rain it is best to use your tomatoes right up. Try some of these recipes below.
Black Bean and Tomato Quinoa
Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes and Garlic
Quick Tomato Sauce

Fennel: Fennel is a highly aromatic vegetable mostly used in Mediterranean cooking. The bulb and stems are both edible.
What is Fennel, and How Do I use It?
53 Fresh Fennel Recipes That Make Us Fall for it All Over Again
Chickpea and Fennel Ratatouille
Roasted Fennel with Parmesan

STORAGE
 Leafy Greens- In damp paper towel in the refrigerator.
Tomatoes- Preserve or eat fresh right away.
Onions, Celery- Crisper draw

Eat Me UP!
Onions

Zero Waste!
Freeze, or Can!- Freeze- Greens, Tomatoes, Sweet Peppers

Have questions on how to preserve some these items?
Email the farm info@stoneledge.farm
Blanching Steps

Enjoy the Harvest,
Candice for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

Week #13 Farmer’s Note — Farm Visit Next Weekend: come by a sponsored bus — Edamame recipe

Dear CSA Member,

New this week… Edamame Beans! When preparing the edamame for eating separate the pod from the stalk and rinse. The Edamame can be steamed or boiled. When cooked you pop the bean out of the shell and eat only the bean. The shell is not edible. Below is a simple and tasty recipe link you can use. What is Edamame, and How Do I Eat It? Click Here

If you are traveling from NYC you might be interested in the bus that Chelsea CSA in sponsoring. $5 per person, if you are interested click HERE and sign up ASAP. Space is limited.

We hope that you will mark your calendar with the upcoming Fall Farm Festival. The Fall Farm Festival will be held on the farm September 2nd from 11:30-3:00. Please use the 145 Garcia Lane, Leeds, NY 12451 address. There are directions on the farm website Contact Us tab or using your GPS. It is a great day to come to the farm and see how your vegetables are grown, meet your farmers and walk the fields. We have the grill hot and will have pork as well as grilled Sweet Corn and Portobello Mushrooms and vegetarian chili. There will be fresh fruit, Stoneledge Farm Coffee, and water. We ask that members bring a dish to share so that lunch is a giant pot luck get together. If possible, please bring your own place settings, utensils, and cup. No pets, please.

We will have several other farms at the festival. Please, bring a freezer bag if you are interested in purchasing some items.

In addition we will have:
Local Bee Keeper- With an observation hive and Local Honey for Sale.
Stoneledge Farm Marketplace Farm Stand- Fix Brother Farm Apples, Some Stoneledge Farm Vegetables, Stoneledge Farm Coffee, Bearkill Road Maple Syrup, NY Produced Organic Seed Oils.

There are flowers to pick and take home from the flower garden. If you would like to take flowers home, please bring your own scissors and something that will keep the flowers until you get home. Wet paper towels or newspapers in a plastic bag will usually do the trick. There will be an “I Spy” game for kids of all ages as well as scarecrow making!

It is a great day on the farm and we look forward to seeing you there!

Enjoy the Harvest,
Candice for Everyone at Stoneledge Farm

Week #11 — Note from the Farmer

August 14

Dear CSA Member,

Welcome to August! Hot Hot Hot! This summer we have be experiencing a severe drought but our pepper harvest has been exceptional. This week you will be receiving a couple different types of peppers. Many of them are heirloom varieties. The coloring of the peppers are absolutely beautiful!

New this week are Edamame Beans! (Soy Beans) Another crop that has done well in these weather conditions. When preparing the edamame for eating separate the pod from the stalk and rinse. The Edamame can be steamed or boiled. When cooked you pop the bean out of the shell and eat only the bean. Below is a simple and tasty recipe you can use.

Directions
Separate the pods from the stalks. Place bean pods in a large bowl. Sprinkle generously with salt, rub vigorously, and let stand 15 minutes. Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil, add the beans and boil over high heat for 5 to 6 minutes. (For a firmer bean, decrease the cooking time.) Don’t cover the pot or the beans will lose their bright green color. When ready, drain beans and serve hot or at room temperature. To eat as finger food, serve the beans in baskets or bowls. Squeeze the pods with your fingers to press the beans into your mouth and discard the pods.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Fall Farm Festival. The Fall Farm Festival will be held on the farm September 3rd from 11:30-3:00. Please use the 145 Garcia Lane, Leeds, NY 12451 address. There are directions on the farm website Contact Us tab https://www.stoneledgefarmny.com/contact-information or using your GPS. It is a great day to come to the farm and see how your vegetables are grown, meet your farmers and walk the fields. We have the grill hot and will have pork as well as grilled sweet corn, portobello mushrooms, and vegetable chili. There will be fresh fruit, Stoneledge Farm Coffee and water. We ask that members bring a dish to share so that lunch is a giant pot luck get together. If possible, please bring your own place settings, utensils and cup. No pets, please.

Reminder** Corn and Mushroom orders need to be placed by 12pm the Friday before your delivery. All orders placed after 12pm will be delivered not that week but the following week after. ***

Enjoy the harvest!
Candice for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

Note about the celery-(It is not like the celery you would find in the grocery store. It is a deep green with a rich celery taste. You can use the leaves as well they are just as tasty.)

What’s in the Bag — Week #14

UPDATED LIST — Posted Monday evening

Veggies 

  • Green beans – 1 pound
  • Tomatoes – 2 (These are probably the last of the tomatoes.)
  • Asian eggplant – 2
  • Edamame -1 bunch.  (Edamame are soybeans. Pluck the pods from the stalk and rinse. Steam the pods for 5 or so minutes. Drain. Sprinkle salt on the warm pods and pop the beans out of the pod.
  • Carrots – 4
  • Dill -1 bunch
  • Broccoli – 2 heads
  • Red onions – 2
  • Cabbage-1 head  (The cabbage will keep in your refrigerator.  Great for making sauerkraut in a Mason jar or coleslaw.  Recipes for both can be found on the farm website in the recipe section.)
  • Potatoes – 2 pounds
  • Peppers-  2
  • Habanero hot peppers – take as many as you like. (Habaneros are a very hot pepper, and caution is needed when preparing and eating.)
Fruit Share
  • 1 bag Bartlett pears
  • 1 bag nectarines
  • 1 box Concord grapes
Mushroom Share
  • Shiitake