April 5 – CABIN FEVER – Week #1

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

Check out the harvest for the upcoming week below!           CLICK THOSE TAGS  ^^^^^^^ For Recipes!

1/2 Gallon Apple Cider, Kistaco Farm
Hydroponic Lettuce, Harmony Grove Farm
Green Onion Tops, Crighton Farm
3# Gold Potatoes, Clarion River Organics (OG)
Chopped Tomatoes, Penns Corner Farm Alliance
Root A: Watermelon Radish, Clarion River Organics (OG)
Root B: Garlic Bulb, Riverview Dairy
Greens A: Red Cabbage, Blue Goose Farm
Greens B: Mixed Greens, Puckerbrush Farm
Snapdragon, The Bloomery

OG = Certified Organic, CNG = Certified Naturally Grown

Egg shares are from Jubilee Hilltop Ranch

Cheese shares will receive Temptation from Hidden Hills Dairy

**This week’s shares are ALL VEGAN and GLUTEN FREE!


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2014 Winter CSA Share #6, February 19th

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It’s the middle of winter and while it’s hard to imagine anything growing in what seems to be the frozen tundra of Pittsburgh, now is the time to start thinking about your spring gardening plans!  If you’re new to gardening or you’d just like to hone your green thumb, check out Grow Pittsburgh’s FREE Garden Workshop Series.   They offer lots of fantastic classes covering a variety of topics including starting your own seedlings, building raised beds and gardening with kids.

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Please return your empty box from the last pick-up!

Remaining Winter Share delivery dates are as follows:  March 5 & 19, and April 2.

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THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

OG- certified organic          CNG- certified naturally grown

pea shoots, Crighton’s Farm

2# carrots, Tuscarora Organic Growers, OG

green cabbage, Blue Goose Farm, CNG

hydroponic bibb lettuce, Harmony Grove

Old Gold cheese,  Hidden Hills Dairy

farmer’s market salsa, Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance

2 garlic bulbs, Blue Goose Farm, CNG

Bloody Mary mix, Clarion River Organics

1# popcorn, Hostetler Farm and Troyer Farm

2# mutsu/crispin apples, Kistaco Farm

1/2 pint maple syrup, Sunny Meadow Farm

* vegan shares will have hot shoestring peppers from Clarion River Organics in place of the cheese

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IMG_1924-1024x682Caramelized Cabbage and Onion Soup

from the Brazen Kitchen
Did you know you could caramelize cabbage?  Me neither!  This is a great recipe to use up some of those winter root veggies, especially if you still have some onions and potatoes kicking around.  If you’re not a fan of almond milk, you can substitute regular milk, or leave it out altogether.

1 small green cabbage
3 T olive oil
1 tsp sea salt
2 cups sliced onions
2 medium carrots
2 medium stalks celery
1 medium russet potato
5 cups basic light vegetable broth
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2-3 T chopped fresh dill (or 1 T dried)
Freshly ground black pepper

1. Preheat oven to 375. Cut cabbage into wedges; remove core and slice wedges thinly crosswise.
2. Toss sliced cabbage with half the olive oil and 1/2 tsp salt. Spread on baking sheet.
3. Roast cabbage for 30-40 minutes, turning occasionally with spatula.
4. Heat remaining oil in a nonstick pan. Add sliced onion and cook on low heat until golden brown. This will also take about 30-40 minutes.
5. Clean and finely dice carrots, celery, and potato. Combine all vegetables in soup pot with broth and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes.
6. Add roasted cabbage and caramelized onions. Simmer another 15 minutes.
7. Stir in almond milk and dill; adjust salt and pepper.
8. Serve.

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Maple Pecan Popcorn

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recipe from Soulemama

The Makings:
8 cups or so cooked popcorn
1/2 cup real Maple Syrup
1 cup pecans or walnuts (optional)

The Method:
Cook the popcorn in your preferred style. For this combination of flavors, coconut oil is clearly the favorite base from which to start. (I can’t eat coconut, but everyone else happily can, so it’s a bit of a treat to for them to get that flavor around here and this is the perfect place to do so.) I simply coat the bottom of a heavy stock pot with coconut oil, add the kernels and pop it. You’ll want as few extra unpopped kernels as you can get for this one (they’ll stick to the popped corn with the syrup), so don’t put too many kernels in to start.

Meanwhile…
Chop the nuts. Roast until they’re toasty smelling and just beginning to brown. I do it in a cast iron pan on the stovetop, but you can also put them on a cookie sheet in the oven at 375 for 5 to 10 minutes (watch it closely!). Set aside.

On the stovetop, bring maple syrup to a boil in a small saucepan. Lower the heat and continue to cook until it’s 236 degrees. It won’t take long – five minutes maybe.

Drizzle the syrup over your bowl of popped popcorn. Using an oiled spoon, stir to coat the popcorn, and add the nuts quickly.

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What else can you do with Bloody Mary Mix?

Who knew Bloody Mary Mix was so versatile?

Check out this blog post from The Kitchn:

10 Things To Do With Bloody Mary Mix.

You can use it to make appetizers, soups, salad dressings or even as a marinade.

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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!

2013 Harvest CSA Share Week #21, October 23rd

Welcome to week #21 of the Harvest Share!

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***Get your Winter Share now before we sell out!  Use this link to sign up today. ***

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Important Food News!

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As a CSA member, we know that small farms and local food is important to you. Currently, the FDA is proposing new rules that may threaten the ability for small farms to exist. Here is a message from PASA’s director Brian Snyder regarding this issue: 

You’ve been hearing about this from us for almost 10 months now, but THE TIME IS NOW TO TAKE ACTION AND COMMENT ON THE PROPOSED FOOD SAFETY (FSMA) RULES by the November 15 deadline. Keep in mind it is not likely that another chance to affect these regulations this deeply will come around in our lifetimes…it is indeed critical that you express yourself now!

A very strong coalition of sustainable and organic farming leaders, working through the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition(NSAC), has been pouring through the thousands of pages provided by FDA to understand what’s going on, and while no one fully understands, our team as a whole has the most thorough knowledge of the proposed rules and implications that I’ve seen out there anywhere.

The most significant issues needing attention have been boiled down for you – particularly the farmers – so that you can choose among them for comment, or maybe work down the list and do them in several pieces over the remaining time. You can file comments as often as you wish (by November 15), but keep in mind that issues of relevance to both the Produce and Preventive Controls rules (as with exemptions) must be filed in both places to be considered separately.

For your convenience, NSAC has also developed templates for both farmers and consumers to follow, at least to get you started.  These, and several other helpful documents, are available on our website. There is also a petition to sign, sponsored jointly by NSAC and Farm Aid – we suggest that everyone do that first, and then proceed to the issues page and templates to make more meaningful comments.  It is particularly important that farmers weigh in as thoroughly as you are able, since yours are the voices and stories that will carry the most weight.

In addition to all of the above resources, I also want to draw your attention back to the Write to Farm blog I started earlier this year to address food safety and other issues.  There are several posts there of relevance, including the most recent entitled FDA’s Culture of Fear Threatens Food Safety.  Please consider discussing this issue of institutional culture as part of your comment introduction or summary, as it’s probably the most important matter not otherwise covered in the actual written rules.

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This Wednesday, October 23rd Voluto Coffee Shop on Penn Ave. is hosting a lecture about local food with our very own general manager Neil Stauffer!  Click here for more info!

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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 30, November 13

This is an ODD week.

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THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

OG- certified organic          CNG- certified naturally grown

Asparagus Route

1# broccoli, Nu Way Farm

1/3# spinach, Nu Way Farm

1.5# white onions, Blue Goose Farm, CNG

2 kohlrabi, Blue Goose Farm, CNG

1# sweet peppers, Matthew’s Family Farm

2# macoun apples, Kistaco Farm

dill, Goose Creek Gardens, CNG

2# russet potatoes, Weeping Willow Farm

butternut squash, Clarion River Organics, OG

Zucchini Route

1# broccoli, Nu Way Farm

1/3# kale, Nu Way Farm

1/3# mizuna/arugula/tatsoi/swiss chard,  Blackberry Meadows, OG Goose Creek Gardens,CNG OR Blue Goose Farm, CNG

3# braeburn apples, Dawson’s Orchard

1# hakurei turnips, Nu Way Farm

salsa kit (tomatillos and peppers), Beccari Farm

2# gold potatoes, Clarion River Organics, OG

2# white onions, Blue Goose Farm, CNG

french breakfast radishes , Nu Way Farm

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Kohlrabi, Potato, and Apple Puree

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  • 1 1/2 pounds kohlrabi, peeled, cut into 1/2” cubes
  • 1 pound russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1” cubes
  • 1 Granny Smith apple (1/2 lb.), peeled, cored, cut into 1” cubes
  • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Salt
  • Fresh dill

**Note: If you don’t have enough kohlrabi, substitute with more potatoes**

  • Add kohlrabi to a large pot of boiling salted water. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender, 11–13 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer celery root to a large bowl. Return water to a boil; repeat with potatoes, cooking until tender, 14–16 minutes 10–12 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, bring apple and 2 Tbsp. water to a boil in a small saucepan. Cover and cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until apple falls apart, 6–8 minutes, adding water by tablespoons if dry.
  • Working in batches, pass kohlrabi, potatoes, and apples through a potato ricer into a large bowl. Pass mixture through ricer again if a smoother texture is desired. Stir in butter. Season with salt and pepper. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Transfer to a microwave-safe bowl, cover, and chill. Rewarm in microwave in 30-second intervals until heated through. Transfer to a large serving bowl. Garnish with chervil sprigs.

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Raw Tomatillo Salsa

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  • 4 large tomatillos, papery husks removed
  • 2 tablespoons diced white onion
  • 1 serrano chile, stemmed
  • 8 sprigs cilantro, stemmed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

1. Wash the tomatillos well with warm water to remove the naturally sticky coating, which is bitter. Cut them into quarters.

2. Pulse the tomatillos in a food processor with the remaining ingredients until a slightly chunky texture is achieved.

3. Taste for salt and serve as soon as possible to enjoy maximum bite and crunch.

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Roasted Butternut Squash with Garlic

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  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 1/2 pounds butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/4-1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1. In a large bowl, combine the parsley, oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Add squash and toss to coat.

2. Transfer to an ungreased shallow 2-qt. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 400 degrees F for 50-55 minutes or until squash is just tender.

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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!

2013 Harvest CSA Share Week #20, October 16th

Welcome to week #20 of the Harvest Share!

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

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Feeling overwhelmed by squash? Here are some tips…

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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.

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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.

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THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

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

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Savoy Cabbage Soup

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  • 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!!!***

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Stuffed Apples

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  • 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.

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Roasted Winter Squash with Brown Butter and Sage

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  • 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.

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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!

2013 Harvest CSA Share Week #18, October 2nd

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Welcome to week #18 of the Harvest Share!

***We still have spots open for the winter CSA! You can use this link to sign up now! ***

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Fall is upon us!

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Tis’ the season for apples, pumpkins, hay rides, cool breezes, colored leaves, and the change from summer to autumn. There are many Fall festivals near Pittsburgh that offer a fun way to celebrate the season. Here is one idea, and there are many more options available here!

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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 9 & 23, November 6.

Even week pick-up dates:  October 2, 16 & 30, November 13

*dates in bold include Flower share deliveries

This is an EVEN week.

This is the 8th and final EVEN Flower share delivery.

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THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

OG- certified organic          CNG- certified naturally grown

Asparagus Route

1# tomatillos, Sunny Meadow Farm

2# anjou pears, Dawson’s Orchard

sage, Goose Creek Gardens, CNG

2# candy onions

butternut squash, Clarion River Organics, OG

green cabbage head, Blue Goose Farm, CNG

1/3# vates kale, Nu Way Farm

4 ears corn, Weeping Willow Farm

carrot bunch, Nu Way Farm

Zucchini Route

1# broccoli or sweet potatoes,  Sunny Meadow Farm

1# tomatillos, Sunny Meadow Farm

2# honeycrisp apples, Kistaco Farm

1# mixed sweet peppers, Weeping Willow Farm

2# yellow onions, Crighton ‘s Farm

butternut squash, Clarion River Organics, OG

1/3# vates kale OR mizuna, Nu Way OR Goose Creek Gardens, CNG

2# roma tomatoes, Matthew’s Family Farm 

flat parsley, Crighton’s Farm 

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Shredded Green Cabbage Salad

Shredded Green Cabbage Salad with Lemon and Garlic

  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 pounds green cabbage, cored and finely shredded
  • Kosher salt
  1. In a mortar, pound the garlic to a puree. Stir in the lemon juice and olive oil.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the cabbage with the dressing. Season with salt and toss again. Serve right away or lightly chilled.

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Roasted Pear and Chocolate Scones

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  • 3 firm pears
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar plus 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated or coarse for sprinkling
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt plus additional for egg wash
  • 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped (or chips)
  • 2 large eggs, 1 for dough, 1 for glaze

Heat oven to 375°F. Peel and core pears. Cut into 1-inch chunks. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange pear chunks on parchment and roast until they feel dry to the touch and look a little browned underneath, about 20 minutes. Slide parchment paper with pear chunks onto a cooling rack (or onto a plate in the fridge or freezer to speed this up) and cool to lukewarm. Leave oven on. Line baking sheet with another piece of parchment.

Whisk flour, baking powder, 1/4 cup sugar and salt together in the bowl of an electric mixer. Toss in cooled pear chunks, bits of butter, heavy cream and 1 egg. With the paddle attachment, mix the dough on low speed until it just comes together. Don’t overmix. Add the chocolate chunks and mix for 5 seconds more.

On a very well floured counter, pat out dough into a 6-inch round. Cut into 6 generous wedges and transfer to baking sheet at least two inches apart (do as I say, not as I did here!). Whisk remaining egg in a small dish with 1 teaspoon of water and a pinch of salt. Brush each scone with egg wash and sprinkle with remaining tablespoon of sugar.

Bake scones until firm and golden, about 30 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack. Serve, and pat yourself on the back for your excellent host skills.

Do ahead: You can get this recipe all the way to the point where you’d bake them, and instead cover the pan with foil or plastic wrap and freeze them overnight. Bake them directly from the freezer in the morning; they should only take a few minutes longer. For longer than overnight, transfer frozen, already shaped, scones to a freezer bag until needed. In both cases, brush the egg wash/sprinkle the sugar on while still frozen, before baking the scones.

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Black Bean and Butternut Squash Burritos

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  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled, cubed, & roasted
  • 1/2 cup uncooked short grain brown rice
  • 1-2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 tsp kosher salt, or to taste
  • 2 tsp ground cumin, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • One 15-oz can black beans (about 1.5-2 cups cooked), drained and rinsed
  • 3/4 cup cheese of choice
  • 4 tortilla wraps (large or x-large)
  • Toppings of choice: (avocado, salsa, sour cream, spinach/lettuce, cilantro, etc)

1. Preheat oven to 425F and line a large glass dish with tinfoil. Drizzle olive oil on squash and give a shake of salt and pepper. Coat with hands. Roast chopped butternut squash for 45 mins. or until tender.

2. Cook brown rice (for directions, see here)

3. In a large skillet over medium-low heat, add oil, onion, and minced garlic. Sautee for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Now add in salt and seasonings and stir well.

4.  Add chopped red pepper, black beans, and cooked rice and sauté for another 10 mins. on low.

5. When b’nut squash is tender remove from oven and cool slightly. Add 1.5 cups of the cooked butternut squash to the skillet and stir well. You can mash the squash with a fork if some pieces are too large. Add Daiya cheese and heat another couple minutes.

6. Add bean filling to tortilla along with desired toppings. Wrap and serve. Leftover filling can be reheated the next day for lunch in a wrap or as a salad topper.

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2013 Harvest CSA Share Week #17, September 25th

 

Welcome to week #17 of the Harvest Share!

***We still have spots open for the winter CSA! You can use this link to sign up now! ***

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What are Ground Cherries?

Ground cherries, (A.K.A. husk cherries, ground tomatoes, winter cherries, and strawberry tomatoes) can come off as a very confusing produce item. These delicious little golden orbs loosely covered in a lantern-like shell are a very exciting item in our fall CSA boxes. Are ground cherries new to you? Here’s some more info about them…

These little gems are in the same genus as tomatillos (Physalis philadelphica)—hence the similar papery husk—and the same family as tomatoes. Ground cherries taste slightly sweet and tropical, with a texture that’s somewhere between a tomato and a grape. According to this article, their common name comes from the fact that the fruit falls to the ground when it is ripe. The guy at our local farmstand called them “ground tomatoes,” and a bit of online research turns up many other names: “husk cherries,” “winter cherries,” “strawberry tomatoes.” Some sources also call them Cape gooseberries, but from what I can tell, those are slightly different (Physalis peruviana).

Well, whatever they are, I like them.

Ground cherries are very versatile, suitable in both sweet and savory dishes. You can just unwrap the fruits and eat them raw, like cherry tomatoes (which is what I’ve been doing), but here are some other recipe ideas:

1. Puree them into a salsa verde, or chop them in into this ground cherry salsa.

2. Bake a ground cherry pieupside-down cake, or a husk cherry and plum tart.

3. Layer halved ground cherries with fresh tomatoes and basil for an easy appetizer.

4. Make a simple salad from greens, ground cherries and goat cheese, or get a little more complex with husk cherry Waldorf salad.

5. Ground cherry jam is “easy peasy,” we hear.

You can read more of this article HERE. 

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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:  September 25, October 9 & 23, November 6.

Even week pick-up dates:  October 2, 16 & 30, November 13

*dates in bold include Flower share deliveries

This is an ODD week.

This is the 8th and final ODD Flower share delivery.

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THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

OG- certified organic          CNG- certified naturally grown

Asparagus Route

2# honeycrisp apples, Kistaco Farms

pint ground cherries, Clarion River Organics, OG

watermelon, Beccari’s Farm OR Weeping Willow Farm

1 bulb garlic, Blue Goose Farm, CNG

1/3# arugula, Nu Way Farm

1# daikon radishes, Nu Way Farm

swiss chard, Blue Goose Farm, CNG

1# leeks, Blue Goose Farm, CNG

beets, Nu Way Farm 

Zucchini Route

Italian eggplant, Matthew’s Family Farm

2# anjou pears, Dawson’s Orchard

pint ground cherries, Clarion River Organics, OG

2 garlic bulbs, Blue Goose Farm, CNG

green cabbage head, Blue Goose OR Weeping Willow Farm

1/3# mixed lettuce, Nu Way Farm

1/2# spinach, Nu Way Farm

beet bunch, Sunny Meadow Farm 

rosemary, Goose Creek Gardens 

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Ground Cherry and Goat Cheese Salad

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  • 1 pound field greens, washed
  • 1/2 pound husk cherries (or however many you have)
  • 4 ounces herbed goat cheese
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp basalmic vinegar
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp coarse sea salt
  • Pinch of black pepper

1. Wash lettuce, remove cherries from their husks, and wash. Dry.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together mustard, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.
3. Mix together lettuce, husk cherries, and dressing.
4. Top salad with chunks of goat cheese.

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Japanese-Style Potato Salad w/ Daikon and Cucumber

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  • Dressing
    • 1 cup mayonnaise
    • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
    • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon honey
    • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
    • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
    • 1/4 cup finely chopped white onion

    Salad

    • 2 3/4 pounds russet potatoes (about 4 very large), peeled, sliced into 1/2-inch-thick rounds
    • 1 2-inch-long piece daikon (Japanese white radish),* peeled, halved lengthwise, cut crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick slices
    • 1 large carrot, peeled, cut into 1/8-inch-thick rounds
    • 8 large escarole leaves, torn into 1-inch pieces
    • 1 cup very thinly sliced red onion
    • 1 cup very thinly sliced white onion
    • 3/4 cup thinly sliced peeled Japanese cucumber or half-rounds of peeled English hothouse cucumber
    • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
    • 1/2 cup diced yellow bell pepper
  1. Whisk first 6 ingredients in small bowl. Mix in celery and onion. Season with salt. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover; chill.)
  2. Steam potatoes until tender, about 12 minutes. Transfer potatoes to large bowl; mash coarsely. Steam daikon and carrot until tender, about 5 minutes. Transfer to medium bowl. Mix 1 1/2 cups dressing into mashed potatoes. Cool to barely lukewarm.
  3. Gently mix daikon, carrot, and remaining vegetables into potatoes. Season with salt and pepper.

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Quinoa w/ Eggplant and Cabbage

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  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 3/4 to 1 lb eggplant, cubed
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons sriracha
  • 2 cups cabbage, chopped
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the eggplant cubes in a bowl, drizzle with a small amount of vegetable oil, season with salt and pepper and toss to combine. Arrange in a single layer on the baking sheet and roast for 8 to 12 minutes, or until tender and lightly browned. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  2. Thoroughly rinse the quinoa with cold water in a fine mesh strainer. Place the quinoa and broth in a saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until all the water is absorbed, about 12 minutes. Drizzle with sesame oil, fluff with a fork and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet or wok heat 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add the eggs and scramble until cooked through. Stir into the cooked quinoa.
  4. Add another tablespoon of oil to the pan and increase the heat to high. Add the onion and garlic and stir-fry for 1 minute. Quickly stir in the sriracha, then add the cabbage. Stir-fry until the cabbage is crisp-tender, another 2 minutes.
  5. Add a little more oil to the pan if needed, then add the quinoa-egg mixture. Continue to stir-fry for another minute. Add the soy sauce, toss to combine, then add the eggplant and cilantro. Mix well, drizzle with a little additional sesame oil and serve.

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

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2013 Harvest CSA Share Week #10, August 7th

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Welcome to week #10 of the Harvest Share!

A note on share routes: We divide deliveries into two routes for box planning and distribution purposes. See below for a list of locations by route. Once you find the route that visits your pick-up location, scroll down to see what will be in your box!

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The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times By: Carol Deppe

Life, weather, and the changing climate does not always make it easy to be a good garden parent. If you have a garden, or if you just want an interesting and educational read about food and how to grow it, this is a great book to read….

There are some things everyone should know in order to be a fully functional and productive member of society. Some of these skills define adulthood. Mastering them is part of becoming an adult. Others require decades of further living for full mastering, and make the transition from mere adulthood to wisdom. Everyone’s list would vary somewhat. Here’s mine:

You need to be able to walk, run, stand, and crawl. You can read, write, do basic arithmetic, and type. You can drive, swim, preform first aid, use contraception, deliver a baby, tend the old or ill, comfort the dying. You are able to support yourself. You wash your hands. You are courteous. You function at least adequately in an emergency, perhaps excellently, and you know the difference between an emergency and an inconvenience. You can give orders, take orders, lead or follow, and you know when to do which. You either don’t drink or can hold your liquor. You know when to speak and when to be silent. You know how to listen. You know how to say “I’m sorry,” and mean it. And “I’m wrong,” and mean that too. You can build a fire. You can cook a delicious meal from simple basic ingredients. And you can garden.

-Carol Deppe

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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:  August 14 & 28, September 11 & 25, October 9 & 23, November 6.

Even week pick-up dates:  August 7 & 21, September 4 & 18, October 2, 16 & 30, November 13

*dates in bold include Flower share deliveries

This is an EVEN week.

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THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

OG- certified organic          CNG- certified naturally grown

Asparagus Route

beet bunch, Nu Way Farm 

1# green beans, Beccari Farm

2# new white potatoes, Nu Way Farm 

4 ears sweet corn, Weeping Willow Farm OR Matthews Family Farm

1.5# peaches, Kistaco Farm

swiss chard, Blue Goose Farm, CNG

4oz. chèvre, River View Dairy

savoy cabbage OR spaghetti squash, Clarion River Organics, OG

green bell pepper, Blue Goose Farm, CNG

Zucchini Route

beet bunch, carrots. OR cherry tomatoes, Nu Way Farm 

1# tomatillos, Sunny Meadow Farm

2 cucumbers, Weeping Willow Farm

4 ears sweet corn, Matthews Family Farm

kale, Kistaco Farm

cantaloupe, Clarion River Organics, OG

savoy cabbage, Clarion River Organics, OG

2 zucchini, Weeping Willow Farm

2 yellow onions, Blue Goose Farm

 

**Click on the inserted link for a photo of the item**

**Asparagus Route Vegans will be getting eggplant OR tomatoes in their boxes instead of goat cheese**

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Charred Corn Salad

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  • 4 ears of corn, husked
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/3 cup (loosely packed) fresh basil leaves, large leaves torn
  • 2T  fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper

Build a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill, or heat a gas grill to high. Rub corn with some of the oil. Grill, turning frequently, until corn is charred and heated through, 10-12 minutes. Remove from grill; when cool enough to handle, cut kernels from cobs and transfer to a large bowl.

Place onion in a strainer and rinse with cold water to mellow its flavor. Drain well. Mix onion, remaining oil, tomatoes, basil, lime juice, and thyme into corn. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and more lime juice, if desired.

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Seared Savoy Cabbage with Sausage

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  • Kosher salt
  • 1  head savoy cabbage, cut into wedges with some core attached
  • 1/2 cup 1-inch crustless bread cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder (such as Colman’s)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound sausage (such as sweet Italian, kielbasa, and smoked garlic)
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh tarragon

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Season heavily with salt. Cook cabbage wedges until crisp-tender but not falling apart, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined baking sheet. Pulse bread cubes in a food processor until coarse crumbs form; transfer to a medium bowl. Add mustard powder and stir to coat.

Heat 1 tablespoons oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add breadcrumbs; stir frequently until golden, 4-5 minutes. Season with salt and transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to cool.

Whisk 1 tablespoon oil, Dijon mustard, vinegar, and 1 teaspoon water in a small bowl. Season mustard vinaigrette with salt and pepper.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large cast-iron or nonstick skillet over high heat until smoking.  Sear cabbage wedges until dark and crispy edges form on both cut sides, 3-4 minutes per side.

Cook sausages in a large skillet over medium heat until browned and cooked through (time will vary depending on variety and whether fresh or fully cooked).

Transfer cabbage to a platter; arrange sausages around. Scatter breadcrumbs and tarragon over. Serve mustard vinaigrette on the side.

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Beet Salad with Walnuts and Goat Cheese

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  • 1 bunch medium beets, tops trimmed
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1 bunch arugula (escarole OR spinach would work too!) trimmed and torn
  • 2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled

Put the beets in a saucepan with water to cover and season generously with salt. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook until fork tender, about 20 minutes. When the beets are cool enough to handle, peel them–the skins should slide right off with a bit of pressure from your fingers. If they don’t, use a paring knife to scrape off any bits that stick. Cut each beet into bite-sized wedges.

Whisk the vinegar with salt and pepper, to taste, in a large bowl. Whisk in the olive oil in a slow steady stream to make a dressing. Toss the cut beets in the dressing; set aside to marinate for at least 15 minutes or up to 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the nuts on a baking sheet and oven-toast, stirring once, until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Cool.Toss the arugula with the beets. Scatter the walnuts and goat cheese on top.

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Do you have an ice cream maker? If so, give this a try!

Beet Sorbet

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  • 2 lbs red or golden baby beets, trimmed and peeled
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple juice or cider
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon vodka

In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, cover the beets with just enough water to completely submerge them and boil them until they are fork-tender, about 20 to 25 minutes. Drain the water and discard it. Process the hot beets with the remaining ingredients for 3 minutes, until the beet mixture is smooth and the sugar is dissolved. Chill the mixture for an hour. Freeze the beet puree in an ice-cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

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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!