JUNE 23, 2020

Hi Everybody,

It is hot, hot, hot! And humid too.

This is great weather for eating vegetables. They contain a lot of water and will help to cool your body.

This week’s recipe is for rigatoni with a kale sauce. Even if you hate kale, you’ll love this dish. If you absolutely refuse to try kale, you can use spinach instead. This recipe is quick and very easy to make.



  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
  • 2 smashed or chopped cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 1 lb kale with the thickest ribs removed
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • ½ lb rigatoni (or fusilli or penne or anything else you like)
  • ¾ cup coarsely grated Parmigiano- Reggiano cheese

1. Bring a large pot of water to the boil and add a generous amount of salt.  Heat the olive oil and garlic over medium heat and watch so the garlic doesn’t brown. When the garlic starts to sizzle, reduce the heat to low, and cook very gently until the garlic is soft and begins to turn light gold, about 5 minutes. Remove it from the heat and set aside.

2. When the water is boiling, add the kale leaves, and cook until they are tender, but not mushy, about 5 minutes. Pull out the hot kale leaves with tongs, and put them into a blender. (Don’t drain the water from the pot; you’ll use that same boiling water to cook the pasta.) Add the garlic and oil to the blender, along with a splash of hot water from the pot if you need some more liquid to process the kale. Blend into a fine, thick green purée. Taste the mixture, and adjust the seasoning by adding salt and pepper, then blending again.

3. Add the pasta to the boiling water, and cook until it is al dente. Ladle out about a cup of the pasta water to save for thickening and finishing the sauce, then drain the pasta and return it to the dry pot. Add the kale purée, about 3/4 of the grated cheese and a splash of the reserved pasta water. Toss the mixture until all the pasta is well coated and bright green, adding another splash of pasta water if needed so that the sauce is loose and almost creamy in texture. Serve right away, topping with an extra swirl of olive oil and the rest of the grated cheese.

Serves 2.

HELPFUL HINT; The sauce can be made a day ahead and refrigerated overnight in a container with a tight lid.

ANOTHER HELPFUL HINT: If you want to pump up the flavor of this dish, you can add lemon, hot pepper flakes or garlic scapes for some zip.

Enjoy! And let me know if you feel any differently about kale now.

Have a delicious week!






OCTOBER 22, 2019

Hi Everybody,

Well, it’s pretty clear that summer is over, and nearly so is our CSA season. If you haven’t yet volunteered to help at the site , please do so. There are only 4 weeks to go and volunteer service for one shift is an obligation of your membership. Please help out. I think you’ll find it enjoyable.

On to the business at hand. This week we have a mixture of greens and fall root vegetables. Here’s a great recipe for roasting and serving those root vegetables.



For the Roasted Potatoes and Carrots

  • 1 lb carrots — peeled, and cut in half lengthwise, if they are thick
  • 1 lb small red potatoes — halved
  • 2 TBS extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 TBS honey or pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper — omit if sensitive to spice
  • 1 TBS chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

For the Honey Yogurt Sauce:

  • 1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 TBS honey


    1. Place a rack in the lower third of your oven, then preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with foil and coat the foil with nonstick spray (or use baking parchment instead).

    2. Place the carrots and potatoes in the center of the baking sheet. Drizzle with the olive oil and honey, then sprinkle with cumin, smoked paprika, salt, garlic and cayenne. Toss to coat, then spread into a single layer.
    3. Bake until the vegetables are browned in spots and tender when pierced with a small, sharp knife ( about 25 to 30 minutes), tossing halfway through. Sprinkle with rosemary and toss to coat.
  1. While the vegetables bake, prepare the honey yogurt sauce: In a small bowl, stir together the Greek yogurt and honey. Transfer the vegetables to a serving plate. Serve warm with yogurt on the side.

    HELPFUL HINT: If you are using a sheet of baking parchment, you can spray it with olive oil or butter it to prevent any of the vegetables from sticking. You can also use a Silpat mat, which has a nonstick surface. This makes cleanup much easier.

    Enjoy The vegetables. And have a delicious week! Best, Judi



August 20, 2019

Welcome to Week 12! I hope everyone has a wheeled cart or enormous muscles . We are getting 14 different items this week!

One of the most questioned items  all season is undoubtedly the tomatillo. Many people don’t know what to do with them . But, I’m here to help.

Let’s begin with identifying a tomatillo. What is it? The dictionary definition of the tomatillo is “a small edible fruit that is purplish or yellow when ripe, but is most often used when green for salsas and preserves.”

Today’s recipe is not a salsa or a preserve. It’s a great appetizer or tapa and, in honor of the ongoing heat and humidity, it’s served cold.





4  medium tomatillos, husks removed, rinsed and quartered
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 ciabatta loaf
1 TBS olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1 garlic clove, finely grated
1 small green tomato, thinly sliced (optional)
Flaky sea salt
  1. Toss the tomatillos, kosher salt, and sugar in a small bowl. Gently massage them until they feel soft and juicy. Cover them and let them stand at room temperature, tossing occasionally, until the tomatillos have released some of their liquid. This should take at least 4 hours and up to 12 hours.*
  2.  Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Slice the ciabatta in half crosswise (as if you are making a sandwich). Slice each piece in half lengthwise, then cut each strip on a diagonal into  4″ pieces. Drizzle 1  tablespoon of oil over the bread and rub or brush each piece to evenly distribute the oil. Place the bread on a baking sheet and bake until browned all over, dried out and crisp. This will take about an hour. Let cool.*
  3. Meanwhile, transfer the tomatillos to a food processor while leaving the juices in the bowl. Pulse the tomatillos until they are finely chopped but not smooth (the mixture should look pulpy with little bits of skin). Transfer to a bowl and add the garlic.
  4. Spoon the tomatillo mixture over the toast, then drizzle some of the reserved juices over. Top with the green tomatoes, if you are using them, drizzle with oil and sprinkle with sea salt.

*HELPFUL HINT: The tomatillo mixture can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill. The toast can also be made ahead and kept in an airtight container overnight.

I hope you enjoy this – it’s a little different and  it’s very refreshing. Terrific with a cool drink.

Have a deiciousweek!






Greetings Everybody,

Tomatoes are here! The share is small this week, but it’s just the beginning. More to come!

We’re also getting fresh, crisp green beans this week. They make a wonderful summer side dish. Today’s recipe combines them with lemon and garlic, a tasty, light summer treat.




1 1/2 lbs green beans, cleaned and trimmed

1-2 TBS olive oil (depending on pan size; you’ll basically  need enough to cover the pan and coat the green beans)

4 TBS, butter, salted

4 tsp fresh lemon juice

1/2 tsp garlic powder (if you really like garlic, add more)

additional salt and pepper to taste



  1. Fill a large bowl with ice water. Set aside.
  2. In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook green beans for about 3 minutes.
  3. Drain the beans and put them into the bowl of ice water. Allow them to cool completely. Once they are cool, drain them and eiher use in this recipe right away or cover and refrigerate for up to two days, until you are ready to finish this recipe.
  4. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the green beans and butter to the pan, tossing them to coat with oil and butter.
  5. Add the lemon juice, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Continue to toss the beans, cooking for about 3 minutes.
  6. Add more salt and pepper as needed to taste.

Simple and delcious!

HELPFUL  HINT: You can really use any seasoning for this dish. I like grated parmesan cheese, whole roasted cloves of garlic, sesame seeds, onions, grated ginger and/or  soy sauce.

Enjoy and stay cool, if you can.

Have a delcious week!




JULY 2, 2019

Greetings everyone! Yup  – finally summer. It’s hot and humid and still doing a lot of raining. This, of course, may be uncomfortable for people, but it’s great for vegetables.

This week we’re getting one of our most popular vegetables – sugar snap peas, so delicious, they don’t always make it into a recipe at our house. We just pull the strings and eat them.

And you must remember to pull the strings, too. Just break off the stem and gently pull the strings down to the other end of the pod.



1/2 lb sugar snap pies, washed, dried and trimmed

1/4 c panko bread crumbs

1/4 grated parmesan cheese

1 TBS grated garlic, dried minced garlic or chopped fresh garlic

3 TBS olive oil or olive oil infused with your favorite herbs (widely available in supermarkets and groceries)



1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

2. Mix the panko crumbs, the parmesan cheese and the garlic.

3. Toss the peas with the olive oil

4. Toss the pea mixture with the bread crumb mixture

5. Spread on a baking sheet and roast for 15 – 20 minutes

HELPFUL HINT – you may want to use a sheet of parchment paper to line the baking sheet. It will make cleanup much easier.


Have a wonderful, fun-filled and safe July Fourth holiday. And have a delicious week!






June 4, 2017

Welcome back everybody! We’re so glad to have you back for another CSA season.

As is always the case at the beginning of the season, we are getting lots of greens. Fresh and delicious,  they are so good for you!

Today’s recipe is quick, easy and delicious.



  • 2 tsp avocado oil
  • 1 bok choy sliced in half
  • 1/2 tsp minced ginger
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 2 tsp water
  • salt and pepper


  • Heat the avocado oil in a wok or sauté pan on medium heat.
  • Add the minced ginger and minced garlic and stir for 30 seconds.
  • Add the bok choy and  stir fry for 2 minutes, turning once.
  • Pour two tablespoons of water into the pan, cover and let cook for 2 minutes more.
  • Turn off the heat, add salt and pepper and serve.


HELPFUL HINT: Use tongs to turn the bok choy. Much easier than using a spatula.

Enjoy! And have a delicious week!




Greetings All,

The weather continues to be warm and rainy. It still feels like summer, doesn’t it?

Today I thought I’d publish a recipe for carrots. I usually just eat carrots raw, since I love the crunch. But Artie likes his carrots cooked. So, I try to make them as interesting as I can. This recipe uses lots of garlic and a sprinkling of grated cheese.




6 carrots, washed and cut into strips

1/4 c olive oil

5 large cloves garlic, minced (or 1 TBS minced garlic)

1/4 c grated cheese (parmesan, romano or any hard cheese)

2 TBS bread crumbs (any kind)

Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to  375°F and spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Put the carrot slices in a bowl. Pour the olive oil over the carrot slices, then add the garlic, parmesan, bread crumbs, salt and pepper. Toss all the ingredients together to coat the carrots.
  3. Spread the carrots out on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 25 – 30 minutes, or until tender, tossing the slices halfway through.


That’s all there is to it.  Enjoy!

Have a delicious week.





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!


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.


August 22, 2017

Hi Everybody!

We’re at the height of summer and the vegetables are so abundant! Everything we’ve been receiving has looked so good, and it is truly delicious.

This week’s recipe uses the lovely eggplants we’ve been getting and is quick and delicious. Serve it with a green salad and some crusty bread (not the bread that’s in the recipe) dipped in herbed olive oil.


Eggplants (2 1/2 pounds)


Extra-virgin olive oil

1 lb oyster mushrooms (or any other mushrooms), sliced lengthwise 1/4 inch thick

Freshly ground pepper

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 medium red onion, finely diced

1 tsp ground cumin

2 TBS unsalted butter

4 oz stale baguette, cut into 1/2-inch dice, soaked in 1/2 cup red wine

2 oz pecorino cheese, diced

3/4 cup low-sodium vegetable broth

2 TBS chopped parsley

1. Cut the eggplants in half lengthwise and cut out the flesh, leaving 1/4-inch shells. Cut the flesh into 1/2-inch dice. Salt the eggplant shells and let stand for 30 minutes. Pat the shells dry.

2. Preheat the oven to 350°. Rub the eggplants with oil and set them on a rimmed baking sheet, cut side down. Add 1/4 cup of water, cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, in a skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper, cover and cook over moderate heat until tender. Transfer to a bowl.
4. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in the skillet. Add the diced eggplant. Season with salt and pepper, cover and cook until tender and browned, 3 minutes; add to the mushrooms.
5. Add the garlic, onion and 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the skillet. Cover and cook, until softened.
6. Add the cumin and 1 tablespoon of the butter and stir until fragrant, 1 minute; add to the mushrooms. Stir in the wine-soaked bread, cheese and broth and season the filling with salt and pepper.

7. Increase the oven temperature to 425°. Turn the eggplant shells cut side up and fill with the stuffing. Dot the tops with the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter and bake in the upper third of the oven for 10 minutes.

8. Preheat the broiler. Broil the eggplant 4 inches from the heat until browned, 2 minutes. Top with the parsley and serve.


HELPFUL HINT: Here’s an easy way to peel ginger: use the edge of a spoon to scrape the skin off. Easy!

Enjoy, and have a delicious week!




Judi’s Recipe — Week #23

Greetings! This is really the home stretch. I will not be at the CSA next week, so I want to say “ta ta” to you now. I wish you a warm and cozy winter, and look forward to seeing you all next June. Don’t forget that Lewis Waite will be delivering their wonderful products all winter.

Today’s recipe may seem complicated, but, once you assemble the ingredients, it’s very simple. It’s an enchilada recipe that uses kale pulp (yes, pulp!) after you juice the kale. It also uses potatoes and garlic, both of which we are getting this week. I hope you enjoy it, and that you have a delicious week!


2 bunches kale, washed and drained.

Enchilada Sauce
2 TBS olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 red bell pepper
2 poblano peppers
1 red jalapeno pepper
1 hot Italian pepper
2 1/2 tsp Ancho chili pepper
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes, preferably roasted
1 tsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
Enchilada Filling
1 lb yellow or red potatoes
2 TBS olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups kale pulp, from the juice, above
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/4 cup vegetable broth or water
3 TBS lime juice
1/4 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped, plus more for garnish
1 1/2 tsp salt
10 – 12 whole wheat tortillas
3/4 cups queso fresco or any cheese you like

1. Juice the kale first and set aside the pulp to use in the enchilada recipe.

2. Peel and cut the potatoes into 1-inch pieces. Rinse the cut pieces and cook, covered in water, in a large pot over medium high heat. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, or until tender. Drain and set aside.

3. Preheat the oven broiler. Place the peppers on the top rack of oven and let roast. Check every few minutes, rotating peppers, until they are charred on all sides. Remove them from oven, remove the seeds and rough chop the peppers. Reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees.

4. In a sauce pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté 5 to 7 minutes. Add chopped, roasted peppers, chili powder, cumin, Mexican oregano, tomatoes, sugar and salt. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Using a blender or immersion blender, puree sauce until smooth. Set aside.

5. In a large sauté pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic, and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the kale pulp, and stir to combine with garlic. Add cooked potatoes, lime juice, broth, cumin, and walnuts. Stir to combine. Cook 5 to 8 minutes, until heated through.

6. Spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with nonstick spray. Spread a small amount of sauce around the bottom of the baking dish.

7. In a dry pan over medium low heat, heat each tortilla until flexible. Remove from heat. Dip the tortilla into the sauce and place into the baking dish. Fill the tortilla with some of the filling. Roll the tortilla around the filling and place seam side down in the baking dish. Continue until filling is divided among the tortillas.

8. Pour the remaining sauce over the top of the filled tortillas, making sure to cover the edges to prevent dried and tough edges.

Bake in the preheated oven 20 to 25 minutes. Sprinkle cheese across the top, if desired, during the last 5 minutes of baking.