Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Spicy Kale & White Turnips

Many thanks to Chef Instructors Ron Westrom and Jason Osborne and the students of the Charlotte Technical College Culinary Arts Program for creating and preparing this recipe! Yield: 2 Quart Ingredients: 4 TBSP                        Olive Oil ½ TBSP                       Ginger, Fresh, Minced ½ TBSP                       Garlic, Fresh Minced 1 ea                             Jalapeno, Fresh, Minced ½ Cup                         Onions, Fresh Minced 1 Cup                          White Turnip, with leafs, Small dice … Continue reading Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Spicy Kale & White Turnips

Stir Fry Eggplant & Summer Squash Lettuce Wraps

This quick recipe is hearty without being heavy. The flavors strike a satisfying balance of sweet and savory. The textures contrast nicely between the delicate lettuce leaves and the substantial chew of the squash, eggplant, and other fillings. It’s a perfect dish for casual weekend parties, or for an easy but interesting weeknight dinner. Ingredients: 4-6 ea             Lettuce Leaves (Any variety) 1 oz                 Sesame … Continue reading Stir Fry Eggplant & Summer Squash Lettuce Wraps

Thai Basil Pesto

This Thai basil pesto, while a bit more exotic, can be used like you would classic basil pesto: on pasta, grilled meat, poultry, fish, or veggies. You may have to make a visit to a nearby Asian market to find all the ingredients but it will be well worth it. Yield:  2 cups Ingredients: 5 cups of lightly packed Thai basil leaves 1 cup of lightly packed … Continue reading Thai Basil Pesto

Moroccan-style Carrot, Celery, and Leek Stew with Chick Peas, Kalamata Olives, and Dried Lemon

Here is a delicious stew for you. It matches up our organic carrots, celery, and leeks with Moroccan spices: dried lemon, cinnamon, cumin, garlic, and cloves.  When the spices hit the hot oil in the pot you will feel transported. Exotic and intoxicating aromas will fill your kitchen! The dried lemon gives the stew a wonderful hint of lemon and lime, but if you can’t find it locally simply … Continue reading Moroccan-style Carrot, Celery, and Leek Stew with Chick Peas, Kalamata Olives, and Dried Lemon

Roasted Beets Salad with African Blue Basil Vinaigrette

We grow three types of beets; deep red, gold, and candy stripe.  While we have published a few beet recipes on our blog, this is one of our favorites as it focuses our attention on the colors of all three and the pattern of the candy stripe variety. We use African blue basil in our vinaigrette but you can, of course, use any type of … Continue reading Roasted Beets Salad with African Blue Basil Vinaigrette

Sauteed Beet Greens with Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar and Greek Feta

Did you know that beet greens are not only edible, they are delicious and very healthy?  Saute them briefly in a little extra virgin olive oil, kosher salt, and black pepper, dress them in your favorite vinaigrette; we have a couple favorites, tarragon, and orange muscat champagne vinaigrettes to name two.  Add some Greek feta for even more tang! Preparation Time:  15 minutes Cooking Time:  5 minutes Serves: … Continue reading Sauteed Beet Greens with Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar and Greek Feta

Lacto-fermented Cucumber Pickles

Our cucumbers are plentiful now but because Summer is quickly approaching they won’t be for long.  Lacto-fermentation is a tried and tested way of preserving in-season veggies for later use, and requires no pasteurization. Preparation Time:  30 minutes Lacto-fermentation Time:  30 – 60 days Note:  The length of time will depend entirely on the level of sourness you like in your pickles. Yields:  1 half-gallon (here) … Continue reading Lacto-fermented Cucumber Pickles