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The End of the Season Harvest: Tomatoes & Peppers…

By Laura

The rains have arrived and I’ve had several people ask me about harvesting this time of year. Hopefully you’ve already picked most your red tomatoes! The rain will definitely cause tomatoes to split and they aren’t as flavorful after being rained on either. If you have them under cover, then you might be able to pick for another week or so but wait until the sun comes out again if you can. On the farm we usually try to wait for a dry day to pick green tomatoes as well. It is important pick these before the late blight attacks the fruit, and definitely before the frost comes. We’ll have lots of green tomato recipes in the website next week, but in the meantime try these from the NY Times.

We’re hoping for another week or so of mild weather to keep ripening sweet peppers. The slugs are beginning to attack the fruit so this week we’ll probably harvest everything that is close to the ground. Before the first frost make sure you pull all the rest of the fruit off, wash it, and then you can store them in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. If you’re swimming in peppers this time of year like we are try this recipe for Marinated Red Peppers from Kelly Meyers blog Front Burner on Culinate. I think it works just as well with yellow and green peppers too.

We also grow several varieties of hot peppers and dry extras to give out during the winter share. Usually the cayenne and habeneros start to ripen sometime in September. We’ll check the plants about once a week and bring any fully ripe fruit inside to dry. Before the first frost we’ll pick all the remaining hot peppers that have started to blush with color and bring them inside to dry. Most of them will slowly add more color during the drying process. Fully dry peppers can be stored in airtight containers or frozen.

Eggplant in the Moorish Style

By Laura

Ensalada de Berenjenas a la Morisca
Based on a recipe from The Complete Spanish Cookbook

By Jacki Passmore

4 medium to large eggplant (about 1 1/2 lbs)
olive oil
1 small red onion, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 Tablespoons fresh chopped mint
1/2 teaspoon crushed dried red chili pepper
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon ground cumin
3-4 Tablespoons red wine vinegar

Thickly slice regular eggplant or cut Japanese eggplant in half lengthwise. Spread on an oiled baking sheet and brush with some olive oil. Sprinkle with salt & pepper. Bake in a preheated oven at 400 until soft and starting to carmelize about 20 min. I often turn the eggplant halfway through cooking so they get toasted on both sides. Let eggplant cool, then cut into cubes. Place in salad bowl. Whisk some olive oil with the chopped ingredients. Add vinegar to taste and pour over the eggplant. Toss to coat evenly. Let stand for at least 30 min before serving. You can make a day ahead and marinate in the fridge overnight.

Grilled Fresh Fava Beans

By Laura

Ignacio Matta’s Grilled Favas

— from via Cook With What You Have

This recipe is brilliant. I first tried whole grilled fava beans (including the pods) at the Gathering Together Farm booth at a farmers’ market this season. Then I found this recipe, which is incredibly good. You can also just grill them with olive oil and salt and a squeeze of lemon with the same method. But all the extra goodies are worth it. And it seems like a lot of anchovies but it is well balanced. And if you don’t have a grill, a smoking hot cast iron pan works too—just turn your fan on high and open the windows.

Serves 4 to 6

1 pound fresh fava beans in their pods, the younger/smaller the better
1 teaspoon sea salt 1 teaspoon ground chile pepper
1 teaspoon picked rosemary
3 to 4 cloves chopped garlic
1/4 cup good olive oil, plus more to finish
2 tablespoons water
1 lemon
6 canned anchovies in oil, chopped finely
1 handful toasted bread crumbs (optional)
Mix first 7 ingredients together in a large bowl. Toss to coat the fava pods, then place them on the grill over medium-high heat.

Grill favas for several minutes, until charred, then flip them over and char the other side, cooking until the pods seem about to open.

Remove pods from grill, return them to the mixing bowl, and squeeze the lemon over them. Toss the pods to coat. Check the seasoning, and add salt if necessary. Add the anchovies to the bowl, mixing well.

Place the pods on a serving platter, drizzle to taste with olive oil, and sprinkle the bread crumbs on top, if using. Serve hot or at room temperature; eat with your hands or with forks and knives, depending on how messy you want to get.

Everyday Favas

By Ayers Creek Farm

The American food establishment has deemed that favas are edible only when the seeds are peeled. In our experience shelling the beans raw, then blanching and peeling the seeds is tedious and unnecessary, and robs this amazing vetch of much of its flavor, nutritional value and fiber. Worse yet, a simple, hearty staple has become a fussy, special occasion food, and a daunting one at that.

The best way to prepare favas for everyday use is to bring a large pot of water to the boil, add a handful of salt, a quarter cup or so, and then throw the whole pods into the water. Cook them for about 12 minutes, until the pods are limp. Drain and leave to cool for 20 minutes, or until they are comfortable to shell. A gentle squeeze and the seeds will slip out of the pod. Favas cooked in this manner are free of bitterness and strong flavors. The combination of the heavily salted water and cooking the seeds in the pod makes skin of the bean nutty flavored, and the fresh favas become a much more satisfying dish than the naked cotyledons touted in the food magazines.

These fresh favas can be sauteed with some garlic and olive oil. On her blog, Katherine Deumling, a happy convert to this method of preparing fresh favas, has a recipe for favas in yoghurt, a very traditional was of serving them. For the field day, we prepared a ful made from a combination of fresh and dried favas, along with some chickpeas. The ful was seasoned with some olive oil, lemon, garlic and cumin.

We must credit Mimi Serafi, the mother of our sister-in-law Shirin, who taught us this simple Persian approach to cooking favas. It works and has improved our life. Can’t ask more than that.

Thank you,
Carol and Anthony Boutard
Ayers Creek Farm

Allium Galette

By Laura

This recipe may sound a bit complicated but after making it once I think you’ll find it quick, easy and versatile. Alliums – all those wonderful members of the onion family including spring onions, green garlic, leeks, whistles, ramps and shallots – are at the heart of this dish. I saute whatever alliums are in season, add a few other veggies and herbs, the egg and a bit of cheese to bind it together, and surround the whole thing with a giant free form pie crust. YUM!

3 cups alliums including some greens, chopped
8-10 Nicoise or Kalamata olives
butter/olive oil
2/3 cup parmesan
2-3 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
1 teaspoon minced lemon zest
1/2 cup dry white wine (optional)
1-2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup cream or crème fraiche
1/4 cup chopped parsley (or other herbs)
salt and pepper
1/2 to 1 cup soft goat cheese (about 4 oz)

Almost any greens and/or mushrooms are a great addition to this dish. Saute them separately, allow to cool for 10 min, then add in with the olives at the end.

Thinly slice and wash the alliums then saute them in butter or olive oil for 5-10 min. Add thyme and 1/2 cup of water. Stew over medium heat stirring frequently until alliums are tender- about 5-10 min more. Add the wine and continue cooking until it’s reduced, then add the cream and cook until it just coats the leeks and a little liquid remains. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and add olives, parmesan, and lemon zest. Let cool 10 minutes, then stir in all but 1 tablespoon of the beaten egg and most of the parsley & herbs.

Preheat the oven to 400. Roll out the dough (see below) for one large or six individual galettes. Spread the leek mixture on top, leaving a 2-inch border around the edge. Crumble the cheese over the top then fold the dough over the filling. Brush with reserved egg and bake until the crust is browned, 25-30 minutes. Remove, scatter the remaining parsley over the top, and serve.

Galette Dough

Based on a recipe from Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone

2 cups all purpose or whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon sugar
12 tablespoons cold unsalted butter cut into small pieces
1/3-1/2 cup ice as water as needed

Mix the flour, salt and sugar together in a bowl. Cut in the butter by hand or using a mixer with a paddle attachment leaving some pea sized chunks. Sprinkle the ice water over the top by the tablespoon and toss it with the flour mixture until you can bring the dough together into a ball. Press it into a disk and refrigerate for 15 min if the butter feels too soft.

I always roll the dough out onto lightly floured parchment paper because it makes then it doesn’t stick! To form a galette, roll it out on a lightly floured surface into a 14-inch irregular circle about 1/8th inch thick. Fold it into quarters and transfer it to the back of a sheet pan or a cookie sheet without sides. Unfold it. It will be larger than the pan.

I usually make savory galettes, but this dough is also wonderful wrapped around sweet summer fruit for dessert.

Swiss Chard Bisque

By Laura

Swiss Chard Bisque
By Beverly Matlock (Laura’s Grandmother)

1 bunch chard
1 can chicken broth
1/4 cup butter
1 cup chopped mushrooms
3 tablespoon flour
1/4 teaspoon curry powder
1 pint half and half
salt and pepper
4 slices bacon, crisply fried and crumbled

Slice stems of chard- cook about 3-4 min with 2 tablespoons of broth.

Slice leaves and cook until tender, covered about 3 min. Put chard and remaining broth in blender and whirl until smooth. Should be about 3 to 3 1/2 cups.

Melt butter. Saute mushrooms 5 min. Stir in flour and curry powder. Cook until bubbly and slowly add cream. Stir until thickened. Add chard puree and season to taste. Garnish with bacon when serving.

Laura’s Disclaimer: This is my grandmother’s recipe exactly as she used to make it. I’ve made it more recently with a few modifications. It is still really good with veggie broth and olive oil. You can leave out the dairy or use soy milk and you can leave off the garnish or try croutons or a bit of parmesan or crisp fried tofu instead of bacon.


In Praise of Winter Cauliflower

By Laura

Winter cauliflower is nothing short of amazing! We planted a whole bunch of different varieties this year trying to figure out what does well for us. I’ll post the results on that sometime next month. More important I wanted to put this photo up of our gorgeous SEVEN POUND cauliflower head!! Thanks Matt for capturing this beast on film! Below is a great cauliflower recipe recommended by my friend Lane Selman. She is part of the OSU team that is helping us with variety trials and she also works at the downtown farmers market for Gathering Together Farms. How she find’s time to cook too is beyond me!

Based on Jamie’s Italy cookbook….

Cauliflower Risotto
(Risotto ai Cavolfiori)

serves 6

This is an absolutely delicious recipe. It’s quite unusual, and the best thing about it is that it makes a hero of the much-underloved everyday cauliflower. If you’re down at the farmers’ market, or at the supermarket, have a look around for a Romanesco cauliflower – it’s a similar size to a normal cauliflower but spiky and green. It also has a delicious flavor. The reason I love this dish is because it takes some all-time classic ingredients and puts them together in a great way. In Britain we normally eat cauliflower baked with cheese, and in Italy it is baked as a parmigiana with cream, cheese, and anchovies. All these flavors are in this risotto, with the added bonus of really crunchy chili pangrattato sprinkled on top – it gives an amazing kick.

2 handfuls of stale bread, torn into pieces
1 small can of anchovies, oil from can reserved
3 small dried red chilies
extra virgin olive oil
1 cauliflower
1 risotto bianco (recipe follows)
a handful of chopped fresh parsley
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Parmesan cheese, for grating

Whiz the bread in a food processor with the anchovies, the oil from the can, and the chilies. Heat a frying pan with a splash of oil and fry the flavored breadcrumbs, stirring and tossing constantly until golden brown.

Trim the coarse leaves off the cauliflower and cut out the stalk. Chop the nice inner part of the stalk finely. Start making your risotto bianco, adding the chopped cauliflower stalk to the pan with the onion and celery at Stage 1. Add the cauliflower florets to your pan of hot stock.
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Green Soup Recipe

By dcculpepper

Green Soup

This is a loose guideline rather than a strict recipe…

  • one sweet potato, diced (a regular potato should work just fine)
  • one parsnip, diced (optional)
  • one medium large yellow onion, chopped
  • one medium leek (white and most of the light green parts), chopped
  • Four cloves garlic, smashed
  • About 4 to six cups of mixed greens*, roughly chopped
  • Two stalks celery, chopped
  • Four cups homemade veggie broth (or any veggie broth, or chicken broth)
  • About a teaspoon salt
  • About 1/2 teaspoon red chile powder
  • A few sprinkles black pepper

* Any collection of three or more greens should work.  I used black kale (stemmed), chard (stemmed), collard greens (stemmed), parsley, cilantro, and a little bit of mint (about 1/4 cup – just because we had some).  Spinach would be great, but we didn’t have any at the time.

  • Sauté the onions and leeks and garlic about 10 minutes on low.
  • Add sweet potato, parsnip, and broth and seasonings and bring to simmer and cook covered for 20 minutes
  • Add greens and simmer another 10 minutes
  • Let cool slightly and then puree in blender (or use an immersion blender)

Taste and correct seasonings.

When serving, add a little lemon juice to the bowl and/or maybe a dab of good extra virgin olive oil.