KALE CAESAR SALAD
This is a great kale salad recipe that comes from a blog I frequent, Diary of a Localvore.
for the salad:
1 bunch kale
1/4 cup whole wheat Panko or bread crumbs
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
for the dressing:
1 head garlic
juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon capers
2 anchovy filets, plus extra for serving
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
First make the dressing. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Take the outer layers of skin off the garlic and chop off the top 1/4 inch of the head so you can see the individual cloves inside. Place the garlic in the center of a sheet of foil, drizzle with olive oil, and wrap tightly. Roast for 30 minutes, until the cloves are soft. Remove the foil and set aside to cool.
Meanwhile, toast the Panko crumbs. Spread them on a baking sheet, drizzle them with the olive oil, and toast until golden brown—about 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside.
When you can tough the garlic, squeeze the cloves into a food processor. Puree along with 1/3 cup olive oil and the lemon juice, capers, two anchovies, and the mustard and salt. The dressing should be thick.
Now put together the salad. Cut the kale into thin ribbons, removing any thick parts of the stalks. Put the kale in a bowl and toss with 1/2 cup of the dressing, the Parmesan cheese, and the Panko crumbs. Serve at once. If you like anchovies, I recommend layering a few on top.
Sauteed Radicchio with Honey and Balsamic Vinegar
Serve this simple side of sauteed radicchio with chicken, steak, or sausages.
1 head radicchio, cored and torn into bite-size pieces
1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 tablespoon honey
Rinse radicchio (leave some water still clinging to leaves). In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Add radicchio and season with salt and pepper. Cook, tossing, until tender, about 4 minutes. Add vinegar and honey and stir to combine.
I found this recipe on the Food Network website. The reviews were all positive- "the smokiness, the sweetness, the bitterness, and the slight heat are a perfect marriage." If you'd rather it not be so bitter soak it longer than the recommended 1 hour.
1 head radicchio
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/4 pound mozzarella, cut into 4 pieces
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Cut the radicchio in quarters lengthwise, being sure to keep some of the stem attached to each quarter. Trim off any dark bits of stem. Submerge the radicchio quarters in ice water for 1 hour to remove some bitterness. Put a plate on top of the radicchio to keep them under water.
In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except the mozzarella. Mix well.
Prepare a hot fire in your grill, or heat a cast iron grill pan over medium-high heat.
Drain the radicchio and place them on paper towels to absorb remaining water. Open up the leaves and spoon the olive oil mixture inside. Place the radicchio quarters on a baking sheet and pour the remaining marinade mixture. Season generously with salt and pepper.
Grill the radicchio until browned on the outside but still raw in the center, 3 to 5 minutes, turning occasionally. Be careful, as the oil mixture may flame up.
When the radicchio begins to brown, pull from the grill, open up a section of each portion and place a slice of mozzarella inside. Place quarters back onto the sheet pan and place the pan directly on the grill for 5 minutes to melt the cheese. Drizzle any leftover dressing over the top of the grilled radicchio and serve warm.
One of my favorite ways to enjoy veggies is to grill them in a foil packet. Last night I brought some beets home and thought I'd give it a shot - they were awesome! I use this same method with carrots and potatoes, adapting the seasoning to my tastes for the day or whatever herbs I have on hand.
1 bunch beets, greens trimmed off
1 onion, chopped
Salt and pepper
fresh thyme or dill (optional)
Heat up the grill.
Peel the beets and chop into small pieces. Add these to a bowl and drizzle with olive oil, salt, pepper and herbs (if using). Pour onto 2-3 large foil pieces and seal (this steams the veggies which gets them nice and tender). Put on grill for about 15-20 minutes, or until soft.
Dilled Cucumber, Tomato and Celery Salad
Unfortunately we're not sending out cucumber this week, but I wanted to leave this recipe as is just in case you have access to more. You could just leave it out entirely or I think that kohlrabi would be a great substitute.
1/3 cup water
1 tablespoon dill seed
1 tablespoon honey
1/3 cup buttermilk salad dressing and seasoning mix
2 cups mayonnaise
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/3 cups milk
1 cup white vinegar
2 large cucumbers, quartered and thinly sliced
3 tomatoes, cubed
2 stalks celery, chopped
1/2 onion, sliced and quartered
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
Place water and dill seed in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 10 minutes. Whisk in honey and salad dressing mix, then pour mixture into a large bowl. Whisk in mayonnaise, buttermilk, milk, and vinegar until smooth.
Place cucumbers, tomatoes, celery, onion, garlic, salt, and fresh dill into a separate bowl, and pour half of the dressing onto the vegetables; toss well. Cover, and refrigerate salad for at least 1 hour. Cover and refrigerate remaining dressing for future use.
Garlic Scape Smashed Potatoes
Here's a fun way to incorporate scapes into your diet.
Boil or fry potatoes with skins on or off, drain if boiled. In separate pan cook chopped garlic scapes for a couple minutes with lots of butter. Add salt and pepper and lots of chopped dill at the last moment and stir. Add to potatoes, then half mash the potatoes and garlic dill butter yumminess and serve hot or cold.
Garlic Scape Pesto
There are many recipes for garlic scape pesto and they are all different. That's because pesto is one dish where you can indulge your creativity and personal taste. Experiment!
1 doz. garlic scapes
1/2 cup parsley (or more or less)
1 1/2 cup walnuts (or less)
1/2 – 1 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
Chop or use a food processor or blender to make smooth.
Parmesan to taste
Substitute pine nuts (1/2 cup or more) for the walnuts
Substitute basil for the parsley
You can also make this same basic pesto and add a can of garbanzo beans for a garlic scape pesto hummus. Yum!
I designed this week's share with strawberry crisp in mind.
1 quart strawberries, sliced if large
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup margarine (or butter)
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
Directions: Combine strawberries and sugar and place in 8" square baking dish.
Mix margarine, oats, flour, and brown sugar until crumbly.
Sprinkle on top of berries. Bake at 375 degrees until brown on top, about 35 minutes.
Fermented Dilly Kohlrabi Chips
This recipe makes a chip similar to a dill pickle. I love everything fermented and will be trying these chips asap!
Makes: 1 pint jar
1 1/4 c. thinly sliced kohlrahbi rounds (about 1 large bulb1)
1 1/2 tsp. sea salt
1-2 dill heads
a couple sprigs of dill leaves
1/2 garlic clove, peeled
water to cover, about 1 c.
Sterilize a pint jar. Put the kohlrahbi rounds, dill heads, dill leaves, garlic, and sea salt into the jar. Cover with water, leaving about 1/2? headspace. Add the salt. Screw on the lid. Shake the whole thing like crazy for a minute to mix up the saltwater brine.
Set it in a warm, dark corner somewhere for a couple days. It takes a couple days to ferment. You’ll want to try a piece after 2 or 3 days to taste and see if it’s there yet. The pickles will go from salty and okay-tasting to this dilly-sour-happy-taste-bud-explosion. When it reaches that perfect point, stick the jar in the fridge to keep the flavors right where they are. They’ll last in the fridge for… a really, really long time, theoretically, but you’ll probably eat the whole jar in just a day or two if you like dill pickles like me.
The Basic Burger
Mark Bittman's basic burger recipe is basic but tried, true, and tasty.
1 to 1? lb. ground chuck or sirloin, not too lean
1 tsp. salt or 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, or steak sauce
¼ cup minced onion, shallot, or scallion (optional)
Place the meat in a bowl and sprinkle with salt or sauce and the onions, if using. Lightly mold the meat into 4 patties.
If you’re cooking the burgers on a grill, heat the grill to high; cook the burgers for about 3 minutes on each side for rare, a minute more per side for each increasing stage of doneness. If you’re cooking the burgers on the stovetop, preheat a cast-iron pan over medium-high heat for 3 to 4 minutes; sprinkle coarse salt in the pan and cook the burgers for the same amount of time as on a grill.
If you’re making cheeseburgers, add the slices of cheese to the burgers as soon as you flip them. Serve on warm buns, toast, or hard rolls, garnished with ketchup, mustard, mayo, lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, etc.
Grilled Chicken: the Bittman Method
This method of making a grilled chicken is great. You have to cut the whole bird up into its parts, but that's easily done.
Mark's method for grilling chicken that's moist on the inside and crisp on the outside is to grill at two temps. On a grill, you would have a hot side and a cooler side. On a gas gill, turn one side on low (or even off) and the other on medium high. The chicken starts out skin side up on the cooler side of the grill....
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Put the chicken on the grill skin-side up on the cool side and, after some of the fat has been rendered, turn it; if flames flare up, move the chicken to an even cooler part of the fire (this is where gas is handy; it's so easily adjusted). Or turn it so the skin side is up again -- remember to keep the fat away from the flame.
When the skin has lost its raw look and most of the fat has been rendered, usually after 20 minutes or so of cooking, it's safe to move the chicken to the hot side of the grill. By then the meat will be mostly cooked through; what you do now is brown it nicely on both sides.
Bingo. If you have any doubts about the meat's doneness, cut into it alongside the bone. It will not make for the most attractive presentation, but it's more attractive than bloody chicken. With experience, you will be able to judge doneness by appearance and feel alone. This technique not only frees you from fear, at least in this little universe, but gives you dozens of options for flavoring.
BBQ Country Style Ribs
?Country style ribs require long slow cooking and deserve to be cooked to the meat is nearly falling from the bone. You can do this in a slow cooker in about 6-8 hours, or you can go the oven route and get there in a shorter amount of time. Either way, the results should be delicious. This recipe was reviewed by over 200 users of allrecipes.com, most giving it 5 stars. Not surprising as the method is perfect for this cut of meat and the lemon slices on top help tenderize the meat while it cooks. You could use any BBQ sauce for this, or just serve the ribs plain if you have picky kids in the house. They'll be yummy regardless. Some reviewers covered the ribs with foil for the first 2 hours to keep them more moist. ??
10 country style pork ribs
?2 teaspoons minced garlic
?1 lemon, thinly sliced?
1 (18 ounce) bottle barbeque sauce??
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).?
In a shallow baking pan or roaster, place ribs in a single layer; salt if desired. Spread the garlic on the ribs, then place the lemon slices on top. Bake in a preheated oven for 2 hours - the ribs should be tender. Drain any grease and liquid. Pour BBQ sauce over the ribs. Return to oven and bake one more hour at 200 to 250 degrees F.