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)

Chilled Celery and Leek Soup

As the weather heats up, here is another wonderful and delicious chilled soup, using our celery, leeks, and Spring onions.  You can enjoy this soup warm, but we love it chilled on warmer days. Preparation Time:  30 minutes Cooking Time:  30 minutes Serves:  8 (8 oz portion) or 4 (16 oz portion) INGREDIENTS: 5 cups diced celery (1 bunch) 3 cups diced leeks, white and light green parts only (3 small … Continue reading Chilled Celery and Leek Soup

Takuan-style Pickled Daikon Radish with Turmeric

If you have ever had a sushi roll you may have noticed a bright, almost neon yellow colored component in the roll.  It is “takuan”, the Japanese term for lacto-fermented daikon radish, which we grow, that has been pickled with a number of different ingredients, in particular, persimmon peels, which is what gives takuan it’s most noticeable characteristic, color. The photo below is of commercially … Continue reading Takuan-style Pickled Daikon Radish with Turmeric

“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

Romanesco and Cauliflower Gratin with Swiss/Gruyere Cauliflower Mornay Sauce

Henry Ford once said regarding his Model T cars that “You can have any color you want as long as it is black!” When most people think of cauliflower they think of the ubiquitous white variety but did you know that it is available in purple, orange, and green as well?  We grow and offer all of these, including white, and once we find blue … Continue reading Romanesco and Cauliflower Gratin with Swiss/Gruyere Cauliflower Mornay Sauce