Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Apple, Parsnip and Potato Puree

Apple, Parsnip and Potato Puree


A perfect recipe for this share, this one is from EatingWell September/October 1996. Sweet apples and earthy parsnips add depth to potato puree. Serves 4.

2 sweet fragrant apples, peeled, cored and sliced
2 parsnips, peeled and thinly sliced
1 1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks (about 4 potatoes)
2 large cloves garlic, peeled and cut in half
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup reduced-fat sour cream
Freshly ground white pepper, to taste

Combine apples, parsnips, potatoes and garlic in a large saucepan. Pour in cold water to cover, add salt and bring to a boil. Partially cover the pan and simmer over medium-low heat until the vegetables are very tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain the potatoes and mash with a potato masher until smooth. Stir in sour cream. Season with salt and pepper.

Published in Soups and Stews
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Celeriac Remoulade

Celeriac Remoulade


Here's another from the Cook's Garden recipe. If you look up celeriac you often find a remoulade recipe, but I don't think I have put one in for nearly a year. In honor of the book and the celeriac in the share this week, I thought it might be nice for you all to be reminded of the option. This is like a cole slaw, but with a zesty celeriac twist.

1/2 cup Mayonnaise
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
2 tbsp Parsley, finely minced
2 tbsp Tarragon, finely minced
1 Garlic clove, finely minced
2 Sweet pickles (opt'l.) finely chopped
2 Young celeriac knobs (around 2 to 2.5 cups) coarsely grated

In a medium size bowl, mix together all ingredients but celeriac. Add celeriac; toss until completely coated. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
Mushroom, Barley & Miso Stew

1 cup pearl barley
1.5 cups water
1 cup shiitake or oyster mushrooms, stemmed & sliced
1/2 copra onion, small dice
1 carrot, peeled, roughly chopped
1 tbsp. garlic, minced
1/2 cup sunflower oil
1 tbsp. fresh grated ginger
1.5 quarts vegetable stock
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
8 ounces tofu, cubed (optional)
4 ounces miso (or to taste)
2 cups braising greens, sliced thinly
1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced

Rinse barley and place in pot with the water. Cook until tender but not mushy.

In a large soup pot heat oil and add mushrooms, onions, garlic and ginger. Add vegetable stock. Add cayenne and tofu. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer. Remove 1 cup of the broth and mix with miso, stir into soup. Add braising greens. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Add barley and scallions.

***Note: You can use some of the Gilfeather turnips or beets in this soup. Slice thinly and add them when you add the stock and cook until tender.

Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Beet, Apple and Goat Cheese Salad

Beet, Apple and Goat Cheese Salad


Yet another from Cook's Garden... There are seemingly endless variations of beet and apple salads and I have never met one I didn't like. So in honor of THE LAST beets of the share (pretty sure this may be it!) do them right by using them in a way that makes you pine for the day the new beets get pulled from the ground. This recipe is merely a suggestion, feel free to change up nuts (pecans, walnuts, pine nuts), cheeses (goat, feta, blue), herbs etc! I had a very similar salad the other night with beets, apples, some grated celeriac, pecans, blue cheese and maple balsamic. Funny thing is that even in the book the title is as above, but the recipe itself calls for feta. Apparently, even the author couldn't decide. So dig through the fridge and see what you've got t0 throw together.

6 medium beets
2 tart apples
1/2 cup walnuts, toasted
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup parsley
1 small red onion
1/2 cup walnut or olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic
2 TB shallots
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard

Salt and Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400°. Scrub 6 mix beets and wrap in foil. Bake until tender, about 45 minutes. Cool, peel and cut into 1/2 inch cubes. Mix with 2 finely chopped tart apples, 1/2 cup toasted walnuts, 1/2 cup chopped parsley, and 1/2 cup thinly sliced sweet red onion. Whisk together 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, 1/2 cup walnut or olive oil and 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard. Pour over salad and season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper. Toss with 1/2 cup crumbled Feta cheese.

Published in Salads
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Chocolate Zucchini Cake


Aren't new cookbooks great? Another one from the Cook's Garden by Ellen Ecker Ogden this week. This is a recipe that Lisa who gave me the book keeps raving about. And given that the frozen shredded zucchini is the ideal ingredient, it's a perfect week for this. This one has been a real crowd pleaser at her house. She tops it with cream cheese frosting and likes it best after its been refrigerated. It gets dense and more moist and rich. To substitute the frozen zucc, just thaw it and squeeze out the moisture and toss in.

1 C unbleached all-purpose flour
1 C whole wheat flour
1/2 unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 C sugar
8 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 C (+) olive oil
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1/3 C sour cream or yogurt
3 C grated zucchini (about 4 medium sized zuchhini)

Position the rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350F.
Butter and lightly flour a 9x13 - inch pan
Sift the flours, baking soda and powder, and salt all together into a medium bowl.
In another bowl use a mixer on high speed to beat together the sugar, butter, and oil until well combined.
One at a time, add in the eggs, beating well after each addition.
Gradually stir in the flour mixture, blending just until smooth.
Stir in the sour cream, then the zucchini.
Spead evenly into the pan!
Bake until the cake springs back when pressed in the center, about 45 minutes.
Cool completely on a wire rack.

Published in Desserts
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Upland Cress and Cucumber Salad

Upland Cress and Cucumber Salad



1 European cucumber, peeled, seeded and cut into half moons
1/2 cup sweet salad turnips, washed and thinly sliced
2 cups upland cress
1/2 cup toasted pecans
Apple cider vinaigrette, to taste
Salt and Pepper

In a large bowl toss cucumber and turnips with just enough vinaigrette to coat them. Season with salt and pepper. Add the cress and gently toss. Mound this mix on plates and crumbled the toasted pecans on top of each. Drizzle some more dressing if needed. Any number of cheeses can be add to this including gorgonzola and goat cheese.

Published in Salads
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Baked Tofu in a Sweet Ginger Marinade

Baked Tofu in a Sweet Ginger Marinade


I used the basics to a favorite Korean marinade, added some local ingredients and found this to be a really yummy way to eat tofu with rice, sauteed vegetables or even as a cold snack out of the fridge.

1 lb firm tofu, sliced in eight even slabs
Marinade:
2 - 3 T apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar
2 - 3 T Tamari soy sauce
1/2 T fresh, grated ginger
1 tsp sesame oil
2 T honey (or more if you like a sweet flavor)
pinch cayenne
1/2 tsp sesame seeds
1 clove of garlic, minced
fresh ground black pepper
chopped scallions

Marinating and Baking the Tofu:
Make the marinade by shaking in a lidded jar
Arrange the tofu slices in an oiled flat baking pan
Cover with the marinade - add more vinegar and soy sauce needed
Cover and marinate 4 - 8 hours in the fridge
Turn over once if possible
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Bake 30 minutes in the marinade, uncovered
Turn over halfway through the baking
Broil for a few minutes if the tofu isn't golden on both sides

Published in Light Sides
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

SWEET SALTED TURNIPS WITH ORANGES

SWEET SALTED TURNIPS WITH ORANGES


1 bunch turnips, trimmed, halved and sliced
1 tsp salt
1 orange
Juice of 1 lemon
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp harissa or other chile garlic paste
Salt
3 Tbs olive oil
2 Tbs chopped fresh cilantro
Salt the turnip slices and set aside for 30 minutes. Drain and squeeze out the excess liquid.
While the turnip is being salted, prepare the rest of the salad ingredients. Cut the rind off of the orange with a sharp knife. Cut into 1 inch chunks. Blend together the lemon juice, garlic, harissa, salt to taste, and olive oil. Toss turnips, orange and dressing. Garnish with cilantro.
The beets are wonderful as a roasted vegetable. Scrub the roots, but you don’t have to peel the whole thing, just trim as needed. Toss together chunks of beets, fennel, turnips, carrots and any other roots, wedges of onion and minced garlic with salt, pepper and a couple tablespoons of olive oil. A pinch of cumin and paprika are nice, too. Place in a baking dish, roast at 400 for about hour, covered for the first 30 minutes. When done, the roots should be tender and nicely browned. Stir a couple times during roasting.

Published in Light Sides
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

CRANBERRY BUTTERMILK MUFFINS

CRANBERRY BUTTERMILK MUFFINS



1/3 C OIL
1/2 C SUGAR
2 EGGS
1 C BUTTERMILK
3 C WW PASTRY FLOUR
1 TBSP BAKING POWDER
1/2 TSP SALT
1 C FRESH CRANBERRIES, WHOLE OR CHOPPED UP A BIT
ZEST OF 1/2 ORANGE
1/4 TSP NUTMEG

PREHEAT OVEN 400

IN A BOWL BEAT TOGETHER THE SUGAR AND OIL. BEAT IN EGGS ONE AT A TIME, UNTIL LIGHT & FOAMY. SLOWLY POUR IN BUTTERMILK AND MIX UNTIL WELL COMBINED. ADD THE REST OF THE INGREDIENTS AND STIR TOGETHER BY HAND UNTIL JUST BARELY COMBINED. DO NOT OVER MIX SO THE MUFFINS WILL BE TENDER. FILL 12 GREASED OR PAPER LINED MUFFIN CUPS EVENLY. BAKE AT 400 FOR 15 - 20 MINUTES.

OPTIONAL GLAZE: COMBINE 1 C CONFECTIONERS SUGAR WITH A BIT OF ORANGE JUICE TO MAKE A SMOOTH GLAZE. SPOON OVER COOL MUFFINS.

THIS IS THE MOST FLEXIBLE MUFFING I HAVE EVER TRIED. YOU CAN ADD 1 CUP OF ANY FRUIT, EVEN BANANA OR PUMPKIN, OR 1/2 CUP OF NUTS, OR CHOCOLATE CHIPS. ADD A 1/2 TSP OF CINNAMON, NUTMEG, OR VANILLA OR ALMOND FLAVORING. ADD LEMON OR ORANGE ZEST. ONE IDEA I HAVE NOT TRIED IS USING ONLY MAPLE TO SWEETEN, BUT THAT MIGHT BE NEXT.


Published in Baked Goods
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Mini pumpkins with maple ginger apples

Mini pumpkins with maple ginger apples


4 mini pumpkins, tops sliced off and seeds scooped out. Save the tops
4 apples
1 small onion, in thin verticle slices
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp oil
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
Dash red pepper flakes
Salt
Preheat oven to 350
Bake pumpkins in a baking dish with an inch of water for about 30 minutes.
Core and chop the apple. In a small skillet, heat the oil and saute the onion, garlic and ginger until fragrant. Add salt, and the red pepper if using and saute a few minutes more. Add apples and maple syrup; cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and fill each pumpkin with 1/4 of the apple mixture. Return to oven, along with the tops for 20 minutes, until pumkins are cooked through and the apples are tender.

Published in Desserts
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Strawberry Sauce

Strawberry Sauce


3 C Frozen Strawberries, hulls removed
1/2 C maple syrup, or to taste

Thaw strawberries slightly and chop them up a bit. Cook strawberries and syrup about 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently as they begin to bubble. Adjust sweetness with more syrup, to your taste.

Whip cream until fluffy. Butterworks cream whips up quickly, be careful not to make butter! Sweeten if you like.

In individual bowls, split a scone, top with berry sauce and cream. Dream of spring!

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