Gazpacho Andalusia

Soak bread crumbs in tomato juice. Puree soaked bread with diced vegetables, tomato puree, garlic, jalapeno, olive oil and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. Many thanks to Chef Instructors Jenna Hartman-Fox, Jason Osborne, and Ron Westrom, along with the students of the Charlotte Technical College Culinary Arts Program for creating and preparing this recipe! Continue reading Gazpacho Andalusia

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

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

Sandwich Pickles

Crisp cucumber pickles on a sandwich give a nice crunch and flavor burst. The cucumbers in this recipe are cold pickled so, with the exception of adding the boiling hot brine to each jar filled with sliced cucumbers, dill, garlic, and pickling spices, there is no cooking involved.  Once the jars are capped and cooled we store them in the fridge for up to 30 days. … Continue reading Sandwich Pickles

Stir Fry Eggplant Relish with Scallions, Cilantro & Cucumber 

The roasted and sautéed eggplant in this recipe has a satisfying texture, and the flavors are zingy and mouth-awakening. Many thanks to Chef Jason Osborne and the CTC Student Chefs for creating and preparing this wonderful recipe for this week’s demo sample at Worden Farm! 1 TBSP Sesame Oil 1 tsp Ginger, peeled, Minced 1 tsp Garlic, peeled, Minced 1 TBSP Spring Onions, Diced 1 … Continue reading Stir Fry Eggplant Relish with Scallions, Cilantro & Cucumber 

Classic Chilled Gazpacho

Our brief winter in Central Florida has past and spring is upon us with summer soon to follow.  This recipe is a great way to enjoy our fresh veggies in a cool and very refreshing chilled soup as the temperatures heat up. Preparation Time:  30 minutes (of washing and chopping) Make/Chill (No Cooking Involved) Time:  10 minutes (3-4 hour minimum in the fridge to chill … Continue reading Classic Chilled Gazpacho

Spicy Garam Masala Roasted Cauliflower and Carrot Soup with Tatsoi and Cucumber-Mint Raita

With a population of 1.3 Billion India is the second most populous nation on the planet.  It also has 5 major regions and over 2,000 distinct ethnic groups, each with their own culture and cuisine, yet even with such diversity, one (of many) spice mix is popular throughout… garam masala. Recipes for garam masala differ from region to region but they generally contain cinnamon, cardamom, … Continue reading Spicy Garam Masala Roasted Cauliflower and Carrot Soup with Tatsoi and Cucumber-Mint Raita