JUDI’S RECIPES, WEEK 24, NOVEMBER 1, 2019

November 12, 2019

Hi Everyone!

Here we are, at the end of another CSA season. This one was a truly wonderful season. Shares were sizable, the quality was excellent, and seeing all of you each week was a delight. I’ll miss you all and will look forward to seeing you next spring. But wait! We have a Potluck scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, December 3. Don’t miss that! It is always fun and the food is outstanding, as everyone contributes something special to the meal. It also gives us a chance to socialize. People are busy and rushed at the site, and we’d love to get together in a relaxed atmosphere. Please come!

By now we all have some onions. This week’s recipe is one for sweet onions in a casserole that’s delish! The recipe calls for Vidalia onions, but any sweet onion would be excellent.

TENNESSEE ONIONS

Ingredients

  • 2-3 whole Vidalia onions or any sweet onion will do
  • 4 TBS (1 stick)  unsalted butter
  • Garlic salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 Cup sharp good quality cheddar cheese
  • 1 Cup Mozzarella Cheese
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh oregano or other herbs for garnish

DIRECTIONS

1. Using non-stick cooking spray, coat a 9×13 baking dish.
2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
3. Slice the .onions in 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices and separate the rings.
4. Place the rings in the prepared baking dish
5. Sprinkle the onion rings with garlic salt (about 1 tsp), and pepper (about 1/2 tsp).
6. Cut the butter into pats and place around the dish on top of the onions.
7. Spread the cheddar and mozzarella cheeses on top of the onions and then top with the grated parmesan cheese.
8. Bake at 350 degrees, covered, for 30 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and beginning to brown.
9. Remove the casserole from the oven, allow it to cool for a few minutes, then garnish with some fresh herbs (oregano, chives, thyme all work well)  and then serve.
HELPFUL HINT: These are terrific on hamburgers.
ANOTHER HELPFUL HINT: Be sure to cut the onions so the slices are uniformly thick. Use the best quality cheese you can afford.
Well, that’s it. Stay warm and dry.  Have a wonderful holiday season and come back hungry next year.
Enjoy the dish and have a delicious winter!
Best,
Judi

 

JUDI’S RECIPES – WEEK 10 – AUGUST 6, 2019

AUG 6, 2019

Hi Everyone!

We are in full summer abundance mode! Everything looks and tastes delicious and is bursting with summer goodness.

And who is the star of this show? The tomato, of course! So, today’s recipe is for what may seem like an unconventional dish, but is actually traditional, especially in the South. It’s tomato pie, which is not a sweet item. It’s a delicious savory treat. Try it!

 

TOMATO PIE

INGREDIENTS

1  9-inch pie shell  (available in any grocery or supermarket refrigerated case)

1/2 cup chopped onion (about 1/3 onion, diced)

3-4 tomatoes, cut in half horizontally, excess juice squeezed out, roughly chopped, to yield approximately 3 cups of chopped tomatoes

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/4 cup sliced basil (about 8 large leaves) chiffonade*

2 cups of  grated cheese (combination of sharp cheddar and Monterrey Jack, or Gruyere or Mozzarella or, really, almost any cheese)

1/2 cup mayonnaise – yes, mayonnaise!

1 tsp (or more to taste) of hot sauce (Tabasco is my favorite, although Sriracha and Frank’s are good too)

Freshly ground black pepper

 

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Follow the directions on the package for pre-baking the pie crust or pre-bake it in the oven for about 8 to 10 minutes, until lightly browned.

2. Lightly salt the chopped tomatoes and set them in a colander over a bowl to drain while you are pre-baking the crust. Squeeze as much moisture as you can out of the chopped tomatoes, using either paper towels, a clean dish towel, or a potato ricer.

3. Sprinkle a layer of chopped onion over the bottom of your pre-baked pie crust shell. Spread the drained chopped tomatoes over the onions. Sprinkle the basil over the tomatoes.

4.  In a medium bowl, mix together the grated cheese, mayonnaise, hot sauce and a sprinkling of  freshly ground black pepper. Spread the cheese mixture over the tomatoes.

5. Bake at 350 degrees, until browned and bubbly, anywhere from 25 to 45 minutes.

Serve hot, warm, at room temperature or cold. It’s all good!

HELPFUL HINT: If some onions are too sharp for your taste, put the diced onions in a bowl of ice water for fifteen minutes before you use them. They’ll be milder.

*To chiffonade basil, stack the leaves and then cut the stack into thin ribbons.

I hope you enjoy the tomato pie.

Have a delicious week!

Best,

Judi

JUDI’S RECIPES – WEEK 17 – SEPTEMBER 25, 2018

September 25, 2018

Greetings All,

The summer of extraordinary heat and heavy rain is coming to an end. I don’t know about you, but to me that means I can start using the oven again. Time for some fall comfort food.

How about a zesty squash soup? This is a favorite recipe of mine. It’s easy to make and really tasty.

 

Curried Butternut Squash Soup With Apples

Ingredients

  • 2 TBS unsalted butter
  • 2 TBS olive oil
  • 3 large yellow onions, chopped
  • 2 TBS mild curry powder
  • 2 large butternut squashes
  • 4 apples (sweet, such as Macintosh or Gala)
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 c. water
  • 2 c. apple juice

Directions

1. Warm the butter, olive oil, onions, and curry powder in a large pot, uncovered, slowly over low heat for 15 to 20 minutes, until the onions are tender. Stir occasionally, scraping the bottom of the pot.

2. Peel the squash, cut it in half, and remove the seeds. Then cut the squash into chunks.

3. Peel, quarter, and core the apples, then cut into chunks.

3. Add the squash, apples, salt, pepper, and 2 cups of water to the pot. Bring it to a boil, cover, and cook over low heat for 30 to 40 minutes, until the squash and apples are very soft.

4, Puree the soup in a food processor.

5. Pour the soup back into the pot. Add the juice and enough water to make the soup quite thick. Check the salt and pepper and serve hot.

You will love this soup with some crusty bread  and perhaps a glass of white wine.

HELPFUL HINT: Squash can always be peeled, cut up and roasted, and then frozen. This kind of divides the work so that when you are ready to make the soup, you just throw in the cooked quash cubes and off you go.

I hope you enjoy this lovely fall soup. Have a delicious week!

Best,

Judi

Anastasia Recipe Picks– Week 15

What a week! Judi and Artie are off on their fabulous trip, and our CSA site is temporarily relocating! On the 11th and 18th of this month our pickup will be at the Church of the Holy Trinity on 88th Street between First & Second Aves. The pickup hours will remain the same as usual.

Judi’s shoes will be hard to fill! As I am totally lacking in fancy chef credentials, I’ll be sharing some wonderful recipes from a couple of chefs I admire. This week, a beautiful recipe for salt-crusted potatoes with herbed vinegar, and a recipe for quick-pickled onions. These are variations of some of my favorite dishes to make for dinner parties and potluck gatherings. Hope you enjoy them!

Cheers,

Anastasia

Salt-Crusted Potatoes with Herbed Vinegar
From A Girl and Her Greens by April Bloomfield
https://kitchenartsandletters.com/product/a-girl-and-her-greens/

(Serves 4 to 6 as a side.)

Here’s a nice, unusual way to cook my old pal the potato. For the typical boiled potatoes, I’d simmer them gently in salty water. For this preparation, the bubbles are furious. In fact, you’re meant to boil the water not just until the potatoes are cooked but until it evaporates altogether. (While I do it, I like to think of a salt lake drying out to become a salt flat.) The salt left behind coats each potato to form a toasty crust that reminds me of a perfect baked potato with an especially salty jacket. Then all you do is spoon on a mixture of vinegar and fresh herbs. Just don’t serve the potatoes in a bowl or stir them, or you’ll lose the crust and the whole dish will get too salty.

2 pounds golf-ball size Yukon Gold potatoes or similar (white potatoes will work here)
3 tablespoons Maldon or another flaky sea salt
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar or sherry vinegar
A five-finger pinch of delicate flat-leaf parsley sprigs (feel free to substitute dill or thyme, or even cilantro)
6 or so large basil leaves
10 or so large mint leaves
Coarsely ground black pepper

Put the potatoes in a medium pot where they’ll fit snugly in one layer and add enough cold water to just barely cover them. Add the salt and bring the water to a boil over high heat. Boil until the potatoes are tender and the water has completely evaporated, giving the pan an occasional shake once the water’s almost all gone, 30 to 40 minutes. Keep cooking, and shaking, until the potatoes are coated with a layer of salt and the bottom of the pot has begun to brown (don’t fret; it’ll scrub off easily later), about 3 minutes more. Take the pot off the heat and let the potatoes cool slightly.

If any potatoes have a very thick layer of salt, gently rub them with a kitchen towel to knock a bit off. Halve the potatoes the long way and arrange them cut sides up on a large platter or plate. Whisk together the oil and vinegar in a small bowl until the mixture looks creamy. Toss the herbs together, coarsely chop them, and stir them into the vinegar mixture. Spoon the mixture over the potatoes, sprinkle on as much pepper as you’d like, and serve straightaway.

© 2015, April Bloomfield.

Pickled Onions
From The Vegetable Butcher by Cara Mangini
https://www.amazon.com/Vegetable-Butcher-Masterfully-Vegetables-Artichokes/dp/0761180524

(Makes about 2 cups.)

1/3 cup apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1/3 cup water
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 thinly sliced large red onion
Optional: 1 thinly sliced jalapeño, seeds and ribs removed
Optional: 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin

Combine the vinegar, sugar, water, and sea salt in a medium-size saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Stir in the thinly sliced large red onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion just begins to soften, about 3 minutes. Transfer the onion slices to a jar and pour the hot cooking liquid over them. Let stand to cool, turning occasionally; cover tightly and refrigerate for up to 1 week.

As a variation, add 1 thinly sliced jalapeño (seeds and ribs removed) along with the onion to the vinegar mixture and/or 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin.

© 2016, Cara Mangini.

JUDI’S RECIPES – WEEK 14 – SEPTEMBER 4, 2018

September 4, 2018

September is here. I hear a lot of moaning and groaning about the end of summer, but that’s three weeks away, people! Cheer up! September also means the fall harvest is beginning and lots of hearty and delicious vegetables are coming our way.

I don’t know about you, but I have a few onions sitting around. Some people shy away from them because they’re sharp and might cause stomach repercussions.  Here’s what I do:  I make caramelized onions! They are mild and delicious, and there are things we can add to make them super interesting and even more delicious. So today’s recipe is one for caramelized onions.

 

CARAMELIZED ONIONS

2 large yellow onions, peeled

2 TBS unsalted butter

Kosher salt
Low-sodium chicken broth or water (for pan; optional)

1. Halve both onions through the root end (vertically). Using the tip of your knife, cut a V-shaped notch around the root on each half to remove it.  This will help the onion slices separate when you slice the onion.

2. Lay each onion half on your cutting board, flat side down, with the root end  facing you, then thinly slice the onion lengthwise. You want slices that are 1/8 to 1/4 inch  thick. You’re going to wind up with a big pile of thinly sliced onion. Don’t worry – it cooks down quite a bit.

3. Heat 2 TBS of butter in a large saucepan over medium heat until it sizzles.  Using a pan that has a wide base gives water room to evaporate, allowing the onions to caramelize rather than steam.

4. Putting all of the onions in at once would crowd the onions, making it hard to stir, which would in turn make the onions on the bottom cook faster than the ones at the top. So, begin with a handful or two of onions.  Cook, stirring, until the onions are soft and starting to turn translucent (1–2 minutes). Stir in a few more handfuls of onions and continue cooking and stirring  until you’ve added all the onions. Season with a pinch of salt.

5. Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue to cook the onions, stirring every few minutes to prevent them from sticking and browning unevenly, until blonde-colored, 15–20 minutes. At this point, the onions are just done enough  for French onion soup. If you feel like onions are getting too brown around the edges or they’re sticking, reduce your heat a bit.

6. If you want onions that are both softer and more caramelized (for something like onion dip), keep cooking and stirring until the onions are really golden brown, another 15–20 minutes. Because most of the water will have cooked off at this point, there might be some bits stuck to the pan. If this happens, stir in a splash of broth or water. The liquid will dissolve the cooked-on bits, which the onions will re-absorb. For extra-dark onions, the kind that are  great on a burger, cook until they start to almost blacken around the edges and go slightly crisp, another 10–15 minutes. This requires constant attention so they don’t burn.  Caramelized onions are not fast food, but they are so worth the effort!

7. Let the onions cool in the saucepan, then either use them right away or put them in an airtight container and chill. They will keep up to 1 week.

HELPFUL HINT: There are lots of things you can add to these onions to enhance or complement their flavor: red wine, balsamic vinegar, more chicken stock, diced mushrooms – let your imagination run wild!

ANOTHER HELPFUL HINT: I saw this one on the late lamented The Chew: It’s still corn season. To quickly and neatly cut the kernels off a corn cob, use a bundt pan. Rest the tip of the corn cob on the little indentation in the center of the pan (the part that sticks up). Then use your knife to quickly slice off the corn kernels. A bonus: they all land in the bundt pan!

I will be away for the next two weeks, so Anastasia will be gathering recipes for you from the Internet. Enjoy the bounteous season!

And have a delicious week!

Best,

Judi

 

 

Week #10 — Note from the Farmer

Dear CSA Member,

The weather forecast has been very unsettling these past few weeks and again this coming week. We are always keeping our eye on the sky. We are indeed ready for some normal summer weather (aren’t we all!?) This week we will be picking tomatoes again for your CSA shares. We have plum tomatoes available through the online marketplace great for canning and making sauce. If you are interested, please order as soon as possible. With all the rain in the forecast, it is hard to tell how long these tomatoes will last. Login to your member account to place your order. (limited availability)


Sweet corn has been added to the marketplace today for week #11’s delivery. Story’s sweet corn is available on the Marketplace for 4 weeks only. 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 10th by 1 pm for week #11 delivery. If you need help logging in the marketplace, please let me know.


Don’t forget; We invite you to our annual Fall Farm Festival. Saturday, September 1st here on the farm. 145 Garcia Lane, Leeds NY 12451. Bring your family for a great day on the farm. 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 by Kim and Mickael of Paradis to Go http://paradistogo.com Kim will also make a batch of Stoneledge Farm 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 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.


MARKETPLACE

Fruit and vegetables available in bulk weekly. Check back often for updates. Local Mushrooms, Local Honey, Maple Syrup, Organic Dry Beans, Organic Sriracha Sauce and more.
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.


Tag #stoneledge.farm in your Instagram or Facebook photos and receive 5% off coupon to the marketplace. Send a screenshot of your post to info@stoneledge.farm to receive your coupon. 1 coupon per member per week! (example- share photo, meal photo, picking up your CSA shares)


This week’s recipes! You can find more on our website!

Celery: Stoneledge Farm Celery! Not your average store celery. This is a beautiful dark green and extremely flavorful celery. Easy to freeze for winter soups and stews or enjoy raw with not butter or in a summer salad.

Eggplant: It’s that time of year! How many ways can you make Eggplant? Our favorite is the Italian way! Yum!
BA’s Best Eggplant Parmesan Eggplant Jumbot Crunchy Broiled Eggplant
15 Easy Eggplant Recipes

Lacinato Kale: A long dark green leaf variety of kale. A staple in Italian cuisine. You can sauté, steam and it makes great Kale chips!
Kale Chips Sauteed Kale with Smoked Paprika
Kale Tabbouleh

Tomatoes: So many varieties! Share your favorite tomato recipe! We love tomatoe, mozzarella, basil and balsamic!
Mozzarella and Tomato with Balsamic Vinegar

Hot Peppers: Can be strung up, and hung to dry and use at a later time. Once they are dry you can crush them and use them as needed when cooking.

Mushroom Share – Portobello– Great on the grill this time of year! Or, have you ever tried making a pizza??! 10-minute portobello pizzas

Storage: Leafy Greens- In a plastic bag in the refrigerator.
Tomatoes- Preserve or eat fresh right away.
Peppers- Crisper draw
Onions- Crisper draw
Eggplant- Crisper draw

Eat Me UP!- Onions,
Zero Waste! Freeze, or Can!- Tomatoes, Basil, Celery, Kale, Spinach, Eggplant, Peppers, Tomatoes
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