English Bacon, Leek, and Potato Soup

leeks

Leeks add wonderful flavor to soup.

2 Tbsp. butter or ghee
2 medium leeks, white and light-green parts, sliced thin
1 Tbsp. fresh thyme leaves
1 lb. English-style bacon, chopped
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
4 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped into ½-inch pieces
1½ quarts chicken bone broth
2 Tbsp. chopped chives

Melt the butter in a heavy stock pot over medium. When it foams and froths, toss in the sliced leeks (save the rest of the leeks for flavoring stock) and fry them in the butter until they soften and become translucent. Stir in thyme and bacon, and continue cooking until the bacon renders its fat and is cooked through, about 6 minutes.

Dump the carrots and potatoes into the pot, stir in the broth and simmer, covered, until the vegetables become tender in the heat of the soup, about 40 minutes.

Ladle the soup into bowls, top with chopped chives and serve.

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Roasted Brown Butter Honey Garlic Carrots

Sweet, sweet carrots!

2 pounds large carrots, cut into 2 inch pieces
½ cup butter
3 Tbsp. honey
2 garlic cloves, chopped
Salt and pepper
Parsley or cilantro, chopped for garnish

Preheat oven to 425°F. In a medium saucepan add the butter and cook over medium high heat. Continue to whisk for a few minutes until the butter starts to become frothy and brown. Add the honey and garlic and remove from heat.

In a large bowl add the carrots and drizzle the sauce on top. Toss until coated and spread evenly on a large baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until carrots are tender. Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with parsley or cilantro. Serve immediately.

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Beet Salad with Ricotta Salata and Hazelnuts

1/4 cup lemon juice (from Meyer lemons, if possible)
1/4 cup hazelnut or olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
6 small beets, peeled and sliced very thin
1/2 cup crumbled ricotta salata cheese
1/4 cup torn mint leaves
1/2 cup roughly chopped toasted hazelnuts

Whisk together lemon juice, oil, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Add beets and toss to coat evenly. Sprinkle with remaining ingredients and serve.

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Honey-Roasted Rainbow Carrots

rainbow carrots

So many carroty colors!

1 lb. rainbow carrots, cut into 3-inch pieces. Cut fatter carrots in half lengthwise
1 Tbsp. honey, melted
2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
½ tsp. ground cumin
½ tsp. ground coriander
½ tsp. salt
A few pinches of pepper
Dried thyme

Preheat oven to 425F. Place ingredients except thyme in a bowl and stir well to coat carrots evenly. Place in rimmed baking sheet in one layer and bake for 25-30 minutes until tender. Turn halfway through. Remove from oven and sprinkle with thyme.

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Roasted Sunchoke Salad

sunchokes handful⅓ cup fresh or thawed frozen blueberries
1 small clove garlic
1 sliver ginger (equal to the size of the garlic clove)
2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
½ cup oil
¼ tsp. salt, divided
4 to 5 sunchokes, cleaned and sliced into ½-inch strips
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 bunch spinach, thinly shredded
8 ounces feta cheese, thinly sliced

Place blueberries, garlic and ginger in a food processor and process until liquified. While the food processor is still running, slowly add in the vinegar and ½ cup oil. Transfer to a mason jar, add ⅛ teaspoon salt, and shake to combine.

Preheat oven to 375° F. Place sunchoke slices in a pan, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with remaining salt. Cover and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until sunchokes are tender enough to easily be pierced with a fork. Allow sunchokes to cool.

Prepare plates with spinach shreds. Place 4 to 5 sunchoke slices on top of each spinach bed. Place sliced feta on top of sunchoke slices and drizzle with blueberry vinaigrette.

Original recipe by Virginia Newman , RDN.

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Baked Parsnip Fries

Parsnips on a bed of kale2 1/2 pounds parsnips and/or carrots, peeled, cut into about 3” strips
1 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh rosemary, plus 5 sprigs rosemary
1 large garlic clove, minced
3 Tbsp. olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 tsp. ground cumin, more to taste

Preheat oven to 450°F. Mix parsnips/carrots, chopped rosemary, garlic, and oil in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Spread out in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Scatter rosemary sprigs over.

Roast for 10 minutes; turn and roast until parsnips/carrots are tender and browned in spots, 10-15 minutes longer. Crumble leaves from rosemary sprigs over; discard stems and toss to coat. Sprinkle with cumin. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and more cumin, if desired.

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Parsnip Cupcakes

Parsnips on a bed of kale

What? Veggies in your desserts? Why yes, and they’re delicious!

1 cup Nash’s soft white flour
1 tsp. ground cardamom
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. fine salt
3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
2 large eggs
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract, divided
2 cups grated parsnip
8 oz. cream cheese, at room temp
1/2 stick unsalted butter, room temp
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

Preheat oven to 350°F. Whisk together flour, cardamom, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, whisk together brown sugar, eggs, oil, 2 teaspoons vanilla, and parsnip. Stir in flour mixture.

Line 12 standard muffin cups with paper liners. Divide batter among cups. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of a cake comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, 18-20 minutes. Let cool completely.

In a large bowl, with a mixer, beat cream cheese, butter, confectioners’ sugar, and remaining teaspoon vanilla until combined. Spread frosting onto cooled cupcakes.

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Nature’s Flu Shot

Week 16 small CSA box

This week’s small CSA box came with carrots. Maybe yours are destined for juice?

It’s that time of year! Load up on immune-boosting nutrients to stay healthy through the change of season.

2 large carrots, halved
½ small onion, halved
1 clove garlic
1 parsnip, halved
1 orange, peeled and halved
Pinch of ground turmeric
Pinch of black pepper
½ cup of cold water
Handful of ice

Wash and prep your veggies and fruit. Feed the carrots, onion, garlic, parsnip and then the orange through your juicer. Stir in the ground turmeric, black pepper and water and then pour over ice and enjoy!

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Grilled Baby Bok Choy with Miso Butter

Line of 3 Red Baby Bok Choy

Enjoy the rich colors and gorgeous patterns on this fall’s crop of red baby bok choy!

3/4 lbs. red baby bok choy (about 3 heads)
1.5 Tbsp. softened unsalted butter
1.5 Tbsp. white or yellow miso paste
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
Pinch of kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Cut the leaves away from the bok choy stalks. Halve the stalks lengthwise. Rinse the leaves and stalks well, then pat dry. Mix butter and miso with a fork until well combined. Set aside.

Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal or gas grill. Put the bok choy stalks in a large bowl.

Using your hands (or a fork), coat the stalks with the miso butter. Arrange on the grill. Use a grill screen to keep them from falling through the gaps. Close the lid and grill for about 5 minutes, until golden brown on the underside. Turn with tongs, re-cover, and grill for 5 to 6 minutes more, until golden and crisp-tender.

While the stalks are cooking, stack the bok choy leaves and roll them up lengthwise into a cigar shape. Slice the leaves crosswise into thin shreds. Make a bed of the shredded leaves on a serving platter. Drizzle the leaves with the oil and lemon juice, sprinkle with the salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and toss to combine.

Put the grilled bok choy on the dressed salad to wilt the leaves; sprinkle additional pepper over the bok choy. Serve immediately.

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Roasted Baby Bok Choy

Bok Choy

Ever look at red baby bok choy from above?

4 heads baby bok choy, trimmed, leaves separated
4 tsp. canola oil
1 clove garlic, minced
¼ tsp. kosher salt
½ tsp. freshly grated lemon zest
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1½ tsp. chopped fresh tarragon or ¾ tsp. dried
1 tsp. mirin (see note below)
Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 450°F. Toss bok choy, oil, garlic and salt in a roasting pan. Roast on lowest rack, stirring twice, until wilted and tender-crisp, about 6 minutes. Whisk lemon zest and juice, tarragon, mirin and pepper in a small bowl. Drizzle over the roasted bok choy.

NOTE: Mirin is a low-alcohol rice wine essential to Japanese cooking. Look for it in an Asian store or in the Asian section of a market. An equal portion of sherry or white wine with a pinch of sugar may be substituted. .

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