French Onion Soup

French onion soup is a heart-warming, rustic soup that’s great on cold winter days. But because it has a lightness to it, and isn’t thick like a stew, it’s even better for those busy cool spring days, to warm you up but not slow you down, as you enjoy the sunshine, new growth, and brisk breeze. Preparation Time:  15 minutes Cooking Time:  1 hour Yields:  2 quarts Ingredients: 6 … Continue reading French Onion Soup

Dutch Chocolate Beet Cake, Topped with Special Triple Cream Frosting, with Toasted Fresh Coconut

We always prepare hearty farm team meals that feature our organic vegetables and this week, we made a special meal to mark the end of the CSA season. We prepared a mixed greens and veggie salad with roselle hibiscus vinaigrette, an assortment of lacto-fermented and pickled veggies (watermelon radishes, red beets and Spring onions, takuan-style daikon radishes, carrots and cauliflower, green beans, and okra), a refreshing gazpacho, … Continue reading Dutch Chocolate Beet Cake, Topped with Special Triple Cream Frosting, with Toasted Fresh Coconut

Italian Basil Pesto

Make this pesto recipe when basil is being harvested in abundance. Enjoy some right away, and freeze some for later use. Preparation Time:  20 minutes Cooking Time:  7 minutes Yields:  2 cups Ingredients: 4 cups lightly packed fresh Italian basil leaves, blanched 2 quarts water (for blanching) 1 tbsp kosher salt Ice water bath 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/2 cup grated Parmesan Reggiano 1/4 cup toasted … Continue reading Italian Basil Pesto

Roasted Vegetables with Mustard Oil and Indian Five Spice (Panch Phoron)

Indian food is very aromatic and this dish uses “Panch Phoron”, a classic spice mix of fenugreek, fennel, black mustard, cumin, and nigella seeds.  The spicy and aromatic mixture of seeds may be used whole or ground. Our globe eggplants, carrots, and green beans are abundant now, so we are using them in this recipe.  We added carrots for their sweetness, to balance the spiciness of this exotic and … Continue reading Roasted Vegetables with Mustard Oil and Indian Five Spice (Panch Phoron)

Lacto-Fermented Watermelon Radishes

This is one of the ways that we like to preserve the seasonal harvest for later enjoyment. Lacto-fermented watermelon radishes are probiotic and so delicious, and they also are so beautiful.  This recipe uses no vinegar, just veggies, salt, water, and time. We love them in salads but check out the Extra! below for another creative and delicious way to use them. Preparation Time:  30 minutes Lacto-fermentation Time:  30 – … Continue reading Lacto-Fermented Watermelon Radishes

Curried Curly Endive Soup with Romanesco

Many thanks to Chef Instructor Jason Osborne and the student chefs at Charlotte Technical College for creating and preparing this delicious recipe for our farm members! Ingredients: 4 TBSP Olive Oil ½ TBSP Ginger, Fresh, Minced ½ TBSP Garlic, Fresh Minced 2 each Scallions, Sliced 1 ea Jalapeno, Minced ½ Cup Worden Farm Yellow Onions, Fresh Minced 2 each Worden Farm Carrots, small dice 1 … Continue reading Curried Curly Endive Soup with Romanesco

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