2013 Harvest CSA Share Week #20, October 16th

Welcome to week #20 of the Harvest Share!


***Use this link to sign up for your Winter share now! ***


Feeling overwhelmed by squash? Here are some tips…


Ok! Winter squash is a beautiful thing. If seeing a squash in your box seems a little daunting, or feels like too much trouble to prepare, fear no more! Here’s how to start: peal it, cut it in half, de-seed it, THEN try any of these delicious ideas below…

Easy Spicy Roasted: Made with small diced red chillies, coriander seeds, garlic cloves, fresh rosemary, good-quality smoked back bacon, olive oil and coriander seeds. From Jamie Oliver.

Casserole: (yellow) Made with chopped onion, buttery round crackers (ie. Ritz), shredded Cheddar cheese, beaten eggs, milk, butter and seasonings. Found at Southern Plate.

Moroccan-Style Stuffed: (acorn) Ingredients include extra-virgin olive oil, ground chuck, cinnamon, nutmeg, coarse salt, finely chopped onion, garlic cloves, bulgur wheat, water, golden raisins, Italian flat-leaf parsley and toasted pine nuts. Found at The Bitten Word.

Lasagna: Yields 8 servings, made with lasagna sheets, caramelized onion, honey, thyme sprigs, Tabasco, tomato paste, freshly grated nutmeg, ricotta cheese, sharp yellow Cheddar, mozzarella, Parmesan, unsalted butter, all-purpose flour, warm milk and curly parsley leaves for garnish. From Pham Fatale.

Couscous: Ingredients include sliced almonds, chopped onions, minced garlic cloves, cayenne, grated nutmeg, cinnamon, diced tomatoes (canned), raisins, canned low-sodium chicken broth (or homemade stock), canned chickpeas, fresh parsley, water and couscous. From Food & Wine.

Roasted with Parmigiano-Reggiano: (spaghetti) Made with olive oil, Kosher salt, garlic cloves, finely chopped shallot, finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Found at Chow.

With Bacon & Garlic: (spaghetti) Made with strips of applewood smoked bacon, garlic, olive oil, Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. From Three Squares.

With Pecans and Blue Cheese: Made with fresh or dried thyme, pecans, Roquefort (or other blue cheese), salt and freshly ground black pepper. Found at Tea and Wheaten Bread.

Quesadillas with Apple Salsa: (acorn) Yields 2 servings, ingredients include chopped onion, spinach, garlic, cooked beans (pinto, black, kidney), cumin, shredded cheddar, large tortillas. Salsa is made with a crisp apple, cilantro, onion, fresh lemon or lime juice, salt and pepper to taste. Found at Chocolate Chip Trips.

Tacos with Spicy Black Beans: Made with white onion, cumin, coriander, ancho chile powder, salt, minced garlic, skinned, seeded and chopped tomatoes (or a can of fire roast diced tomatoes), cans of black beans, jalapenos, serrano chile, cilantro, small corn tortillas, crumbled cojita cheese (or feta) and wedges of lime. Found at DigginFood.

Curry-Roasted: Made with a can of chickpeas, mild curry powder, cayenne pepper, plain whole-milk yogurt, cilantro and fresh lemon juice. Found at Food & Wine.

Gratin: Ingredients include Yukon gold potatoes, a pinch of nutmeg, grated garlic, heavy cream and shredded Gruyere. From Hungry Cravings.

With Quinoa & Pumpkin Seeds: Serves 4, ingredients include quinoa, red onion, chili powder, water or vegetable stock, pumpkin seeds, baby spinach and dried cranberries. From Cooking Lessons.

Roasted with Cilantro Cream: Ingredients include unsalted pumpkin seeds, minced garlic, red onions, large scallions, cumin, hot paprika, cinnamon, whole tomatoes (canned), sour cream, milk, cilantro and fresh lime juice. From Food & Wine.

Southwestern Stuffed: (acorn) Makes 6 servings, ingredients include bulk turkey sausage, a small onion, medium red bell pepper, garlic clove, chili powder, ground cumin, chopped cherry tomatoes, a can of black beans, hot red pepper sauce and shredded Swiss cheese. From Eating Well.

With String Beans: (summer varieties) Made with green and/or yellow wax beans, minced garlic, reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth, dried marjoram (or fresh). From Eating Well.

With Jalapeno Cream: (spaghetti) Ingredients include milk, jalapenos, butter, flour and shredded jack cheese. From My Recipes.

Vanilla Walnut: Made with walnuts, coconut oil, grated ginger, vanilla extract, lemon juice and dried thyme. From Sweet Cheeks.

Garden Stuffed: (crookneck or straightneck varieties) Made with green bell pepper, onion, tomatoes, sharp Cheddar, Italian bread crumbs, slices of bacon. From Farm Flavor.

Breakfast Hash: Made with diced tart apples, chopped onion, bacon/prosciutto, chopped scallions, coarse ground salt, fresh cracked pepper. From Urban Poser.

Risotto: Ingredients include finely chopped garlic, Arborio rice, dry white wine, low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth, fresh thyme, grated Romano. From Woman’s Day.

With Sausage & Greens: (spaghetti) Made with grated Parmesan, sweet Italian sausage, spinach and crushed red pepper. From Rachael Ray.

Mushroom & Gruyere Tart: Ingredients include unsalted butter, shallot, assorted mushrooms, sherry vinegar, freshly grated nutmeg, all-purpose flour (for dusting), chilled all-butter puff pastry, large egg yolks, creme fraiche, Gruyere cheese and chopped thyme. From Food & Wine.


Asparagus Route Pick Up Locations

Monroeville, Churchill, Green Tree, Dormont, Mt. Lebanon- Briarwood, Whitehall, Mt. Lebanon- Woodhaven, Mt. Lebanon- Eden’s Market, Bridgeville, Greenfield, Sq Hill- Forward Ave, Sq Hill- Bartlett, Chatham University, Sq Hill- Fair Oaks, Shadyside, Friendship, Scott

Zucchini Pick Up Locations

Highland Park- Jackson, Highland Park- Union Project, Morningside, Fox Chapel, Lawrenceville, Marty’s Market, North Side- Children’s Museum, North Side, B Gourmet, Avalon, Cranberry-Westinghouse, Bellevue, Ross Twsp, North Park- RAW Training, Bradford Woods, Restaurant ECHO, Google, Oakland- Apple, Oakland- The Porch, Schenley Farms, Downtown- Gulf Tower, Highmark, PNC One, South Side, Steelers Training Center, Eat n Park Hospitality, Animal Nature, Edgewood, Regent Square, Point Breeze, East End Brewing, Oakdale, Indiana, Franklin Park

Bi-Weekly Member Info

Odd week pick-up dates:  October 23, November 6.

Even week pick-up dates:  October 16 & 30, November 13

This is an EVEN week.



OG- certified organic          CNG- certified naturally grown

Asparagus Route

2# sweet potatoes, Sunny Meadow Farm

3#Braeburn apples, Dawson’s Orchard

head lettuce, Blue Goose Farm, CNG

1# broccoli, Nu Way Farm

ground cherries, Clarion River Organics, OG

beet bunch, Nu Way Farm

1.5# red onions, Blue Goose Farm, CNG

brussel sprout greens, Clarion River Organics, OG

Zucchini Route

1# broccoli, Nu Way Farm

red savoy cabbage, Weeping Willow Farm

winter squash, Matthews Family Farm

2# Gala  apples, Kistaco Farm

beet bunch, Nu Way Farm

2# red onions, Blue Goose Farm, CNG

1# sweet peppers,  Crighton’s Farm

sage, Goose Creek Gardens, CNG


Savoy Cabbage Soup


  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • ½ tsp caraway seeds, plus extra
  • 1 medium savoy cabbage
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and diced
  • 1.1 liters vegetable stock
  • 80g Parmesan skin
  • Coarse sea salt
  • ½ mild red chilli, deseeded and thinly sliced
  • 80g Parmesan, grated (optional)

Heat four tablespoons of oil in a big pot and sauté the onion on medium heat until soft but without much colour (about five minutes). Add the garlic and caraway, and cook for two minutes. Remove four of the outer leaves of the cabbage, shred finely and set aside. Roughly shred the rest of the cabbage, then add to the pot along with the diced potato, and stir for two to three minutes. Add enough stock just to cover the vegetables, add the Parmesan skin, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, or until the potato is tender. Remove the Parmesan skin, taste the soup and season accordingly. Remove from the heat, allow to cool for a few minutes, then blitz roughly with a hand-blender or liquidiser. Add more stock if it is too thick. Adjust the seasoning.

To serve, heat two tablespoons of oil in a frying pan and sauté the reserved cabbage with the chilli and salt. Cook for three to four minutes, or until the cabbage softens. Spoon the hot soup into bowls, add grated Parmesan (if using), top with the fried cabbage and finish with a few extra caraway seeds scattered over the top.

***So delicious topped with croutons!!!***


Stuffed Apples


  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 4 good-quality red apples
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
Preheat an oven to 350ºF.Spread the walnuts on a baking sheet and toast in the oven until lightly browned and fragrant, about 7 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.

Working from the stem end, use a melon baller to remove the core from each apple, scooping out the stem and seeds and making a deep hole for the filling; work to within about 1/2 inch of the bottom of the apple. Peel the skin from the top half of each apple.

In a small bowl, blend together the brown sugar, butter and cinnamon. Mix in the walnuts. Spoon equal amounts of the filling into the centers of the apples. Set the filled apples in an 8-inch square baking pan or other baking pan just large enough to hold them snugly.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, warm the honey with the apple juice, stirring until the honey dissolves. Pour around the apples. Spoon some of the liquid over the sides of the apples to moisten them, but do not spoon over the tops.

Bake, basting the sides once or twice with the pan juices, until the apples are tender when pierced, about 40 minutes. Remove from the oven, let cool and serve in bowls with the pan juices spooned over the tops.


Roasted Winter Squash with Brown Butter and Sage


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium winter squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
  • 6 medium fresh sage leaves, sliced thin
  • Salt and ground black pepper

1. Adjust an oven rack to the lower-middle position and heat the oven to 400 degrees.

2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.

3. Brush the oil on the foil and the cut sides of the squash.

4. Roast until a skewer inserted in the squash meets no resistance, about 40-50 minutes.  (Mine took 50 minutes, and I made sure that it was super soft…had a bad experience with a butternut squash once by undercooking it and then trying to serve it to 3 other people….not so great……)

5.  When the squash is almost done, melt the butter in a small skillet over medium heat.

6. Add the sage and cook, swirling the pan occasionally, until the butter is golden brown and the sage is crisp, about 4 to 5 minutes.  Remove the skillet from the heat.

7.  Remove the squash from the oven and turn cut-side up and season with salt and pepper.

8.  Drizzle or brush with the sage butter sauce and serve immediately.


Check out the Penn’s Corner  page for great recipe ideas!

Click here for some more recipe ideas from our pinterest page!  If you have favorite recipes online, please let us know so we can add them to our Pinterest page.   Contact csa@pennscorner.com with the links!


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