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

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

Green Beans with Stewed Diced Tomatoes, Tatsoi, and Scotch Bonnet Pepper

Green beans with stewed tomatoes is a staple on most Southern tables. In this recipe, we change it up a bit and add one of our Scotch bonnet peppers (whole) to the pot for a few minutes to give it more flavor and just a tad bit of heat. (Don’t worry, we remove it just before we add the tatsoi to finish the dish.)  Scotch bonnets … Continue reading Green Beans with Stewed Diced Tomatoes, Tatsoi, and Scotch Bonnet Pepper

“Are You Sure There Is No Meat In This!?!” Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Stuffed cabbage rolls, despite a vegetable-specific name, are usually all about umami; rich tomato sauce and lots of meat filling. Our recipe is vegetarian but we try to stay true to this tradition by using a filling that is rich with roasted veggies, barley cooked with mushrooms and mushroom stock made from rehydrating umami-rich dried mushrooms, and a rich, thick red sauce made with caramelized onions … Continue reading “Are You Sure There Is No Meat In This!?!” Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Italian Kale, Summer Squash and Spring Onion Salad with Quinoa

The summer squash harvest is coming on now, and kale is still in abundance. This recipe uses these favorite vegetables raw, by cutting the kale into a confetti-like chiffonade, and dicing the squash to 1/4 inch. It is delicious on its own, and also great as a side dish. Yield: 4 each  ½ cup portions Ingredients: ½ cup Italian Kale, fine chiffonade ½ cup Zucchini … Continue reading Italian Kale, Summer Squash and Spring Onion Salad with Quinoa