This week your basket contains: snap peas (full shares), Walla Walla onions (half shares), GARLIC SCAPES, BABY BEETS, cilantro, spinach, zucchini, kohlrabi, kale, bok choi, Swiss chard and lettuce.
Thank you to everyone who came to the farm Sunday for our subscriber pot luck. We always enjoy getting to know who we are growing food for and hanging out enjoying the farm with you. The salad below was brought to the pot luck by a subscriber. It was so good that we wanted to make sure everyone had the recipe. At this time of year, we would substitute thinly sliced kohlrabi for the jicama and radishes.
2 t corn oil
1/2 C pepitas
1/2 t ancho chile powder or regular chile powder
1/4 t kosher salt
6 corn tortillas
12 C romaine hearts (or other greens), cut crosswise into 1 in. pieces
12 oz (about 1/2) jicama, peeled and cut into 1/2 x 2 in. pieces
1 bunch radishes, thinly sliced
1/2 pint cherry tomato, cut in half
1 (15oz) can black beans
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
8 oz queso fresco, crumbled
1/3 C chopped cilantro
Heat 2 teaspoons corn oil in a heavy small skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pepitas, chile powder, and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt and stir until pepitas are golden brown and beginning to pop, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool completely. Stack the tortillas and cut in half. Cut the halved tortillas crosswise into 3/4 inch strips. Fill a heavy deep skillet with 1 inch of corn oil and heat over medium-high until very hot. Reduce heat to medium and, working in batches, add tortilla pieces to the oil and fry, turning once, until the tortillas are golden and crisp, about 1 minute per batch. Transfer the tortillas to a brown paper bag or paper towels to drain. Sprinkle the tortilla strips with salt to taste. In a large bowl, combine the lettuce, jicama, radishes, tomatoes, black beans, and red onion. Add the tortilla chips and enough Creamy Lime Avocado Dressing to season to taste. Toss to combine. Sprinkle the salad with the cheese, chile pepitas, and cilantro.
CREAMY LIME AVOCADO DRESSING
1/2 avocado, pitted
1/2 C chopped cilantro
1/2 C pepitas
6 T extra virgin olive oil
6 T freshly squeezed lime juice
1 garlic clove, peeled
1/2 t kosher salt
Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Thin with additional olive oil and lime juice if necessary. From Salad For Dinnerby Jeanne Kelley.
Garlic scapes (the flower buds of certain garlic varieties) are used like scallions (mostly cooked) and are particularly good in omelets or other egg dishes.
The beets were thinned mostly for their greens, though the roots are of a very tender and tasty size. This risotto could be made with the beets you have and any combination of the greens in your basket (though it will be less beet root heavy).
BEET RISOTTO WITH GREENS AND FETA
2 Tbs. olive oil
1 ¼ c. chopped onion
1 ½ c. arborio rice
1 ½ Tbs. minced fresh ginger
1 tsp. crumbled dried rosemary
½ c. red wine
3 ½ cups finely chopped peeled beets
2 vegetable bouillon cubes
3 c. water
3 ½ c. chopped greens
4 oz. feta cheese
½ c. chopped toasted walnuts
To toast nuts, heat in a dry skillet over medium heat until they barely start to brown. Stir often to avoid scorching. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, add onion and cook until translucent. Add ginger, rosemary and rice, stir to coat and cook a minute or two. Add wine and cook until wine is absorbed, stirring constantly. Add beets, bouillon cubes and water. Cover and reduce heat. Simmer for 20 minutes or until beets are tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in greens and cook an additional 5-10 minutes. Add cheese and stir until blended. Sprinkle each serving with toasted walnuts. Makes 8 servings.
We have a very large collection of greens recipes on our web site if you are looking for inspiration for this week’s basket. There is also a cashew stir fry sauce recipe that would be perfect for the veggies we’ve sent along.
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