Garlic-Spinach-Yogurt Dip

garlic scapes, bunched

Garlic scapes may look wild, but they have a pleasantly tame garlic flavor.

Use as a dip for veggies or strawberries, or use the dip to top baked potatoes. As a dressing it’s excellent on any salad, but really good with a salad made from lettuce, spinach, strawberries, Walla Walla onions, and pecans.

1 cup oil
2 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
5-6 leaves spinach
4 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
5-6 large fresh basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 garlic scapes, chopped
1 cup nonfat Greek or plain yogurt
For pourable dressing, add a small amount of buttermilk to thin.

Blend all ingredients except yogurt for about a minute. Add yogurt and give it a brief blending. Chill about an hour. Keeps for about a week in refrigerator in closed container.

We thank Pam Maurides for this great recipe.

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Kia’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nash's flour in two-pound bags

What’s your favorite flour to use for these amazing cookies?

I’m not gonna lie, I’ve eaten these nutritious cookies before for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack! Sweetened with honey and loaded with nutrient-rich grains, dried fruits and nuts, Kia’s Cookies are as easy to make and share!

1 cup butter (or 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup applesauce or pureed squash, etc.)
1 large glob peanut butter or almond butter (approx 1/4 cup)
1 cup honey
2 eggs
1 splash vanilla
1 1/2 cup Nash’s wheat flour (white, triticale, or red)
1 cup Nash’s wheat bran
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
3 cups rolled oats
Extra goodies: approximately 1/4 cup each dried cranberries, raisins, nuts, flax seeds, crystallized ginger, chocolate chips—you get the idea.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Let butter soften on the counter, then add peanut butter, honey, vanilla, and eggs, and mix well. (Honey measuring tip: quickly coat measuring cup or spoon with olive oil, and then portion honey. It will slide off tools easily, with no mess.)

Combine dry ingredients, except for extra goodies. Add to wet bowl and mix thoroughly. Then mix in extra goodies.

Eat some cookie dough, while also spooning some onto baking sheet. These cookies don’t spread too much when cooked, so shape accordingly. Bake for 15-18 minutes, and don’t overcook! Makes about 24 cookies.

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Field Pea Herb Hummus

cilantro

Hummus doesn’t have to mean chickpeas — you can make a fantastic veggie dip from field peas and other legumes, too.

1 cup dried Nash’s field peas
1 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup tahini
3 cloves garlic
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
1/2 teaspoons chili powder
Dash cayenne pepper or Tabasco sauce
Dash salt

Soak the field peas overnight. Drain and cook one hour or until tender. (Save the drained cooking liquid and save for soup.) Place peas into a blender or food processor and add all other ingredients. Process until smooth. Use as a spread on crackers or veggies.

dill, bunched

Cilantro, dill, and garlic add extra flavor to this yummy dip.

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Asian Pickled Leek Scapes

leek scapes

Scapes are the flowering stalks of the leek plant and can be eaten like asparagus — or pickled!

Yields half a pint. Recipe can be doubled or quadrupled.

1/2 cup seasoned rice vinegar
Small splash of fish sauce (optional)
Juice of 1 lime
1 leek, thinly sliced, or 1 shallot, sliced
1/2-1 whole hot chili pepper, sliced
1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 leek scapes, sliced thinly on the diagonal, or use 4-5 garlic scapes

Combine all but the sliced scapes in a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Add the scapes and return to a simmer, then remove from heat and allow to steep for 20 minutes.

Pour everything into a clean half-pint jar, tightly seal it, and give it a good shake to make sure all the aromatics in the brine are well distributed. Refrigerate for at least 24 hours to allow the flavors to develop.

Pickled scapes go great with sweet and sour pork chops!

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Green Garlic Hummus

green garlic

Green spring garlic is milder than garlic in bulb-and-clove form, but it can still garlic up your favorite dishes.

Makes about 1 1/2 cups

1 bunch green garlic (6 to 8 stalks)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained, or Nash’s field peas*
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Black pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)

Trim the green garlic stalks and chop them. Let sit for 5-10 minutes while you drain and rinse the chickpeas and gather the rest of the ingredients. Put chopped green garlic in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until they’re more finely chopped. Add the lemon juice and salt and whirl until a rough puree forms. Add the chickpeas or field peas and pulse until everything is combined. Whirl in the oil until a puree forms again. Stir in pepper and/or lemon zest to taste. Adjust seasonings, adding more salt, pepper, or lemon juice as you like. Serve with crackers, bread, or crudités.

Although this recipe uses green garlic, which is milder than cured garlic bulbs, it still packs a big punch! The flavors will intensify over time, so if you want a milder hummus prepare just before serving.

*Try using a cup of Nash’s dried field peas instead of canned garbanzos. Soak them overnight, and then cook until tender, about an hour. Cool, drain, and add to the recipe.

Recipe adapted by Virginia Newman from About.com.

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Kia’s Jalapeño Salsa

The roasted pepper flavor of this salsa is wonderful over breakfast potatoes and eggs, spread with mayo on sandwiches, mixed into tuna or egg salad, atop meat or vegetarian entrees, stirred into soups, or anything you want to kick up a notch with some heat!

6-8 jalapeno peppers, stems popped off
4-5 cloves of garlic, quartered
Salt
Water

In a dry cast iron skillet, pan roast whole peppers on medium-low heat, turning occasionally, until they are softened and mostly blistering or blackened, about 25 min.

Combine peppers, garlic, 3-4 large pinches of salt and a few long splashes of water in blender or Vitamix. Blend thoroughly until everything is smooth, adding a more water if needed.*

Store salsa in fridge for up to 10 days, or pour into ice cube trays and then pop them into a plastic bag when they are frozen. Use liberally over everything you eat!

*Note: Do not touch your eyes while preparing or let children handle salsa, it is VERY spicy. After blending the peppers, take the blender outside or to your stove’s fan, and open the lid in a well ventilated area.

We thank the farm’s own Kia Armstrong for this recipe.

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Rocket Sauce

Produce Manager Eliza Winne loves arugula (aka rocket).  Check out her Rocket Sauce recipe!

Produce Manager Eliza Winne loves arugula (a.k.a. rocket). Check out her rocket sauce recipe!

Salad Rocket, also known as arugula, is a spicy leafy green, great in salads, stir-fries and sauces. Packed with beneficial phytochemicals, anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals, two cups of arugula contains over 50% of your daily Vitamin K! This recipe for rocket sauce is easy to make and delicious dressing for a healthy potato salad. For a nutty twist, try adding cooked sunchokes to the potatoes.

Rocket Sauce

2 large bunches fresh arugula
1/2 cup olive oil
5 cloves fresh garlic
1 teaspoon salt

Place arugula in food processor or blender. Pour in the olive oil and start the food processor. Once arugula and olive oil are thoroughly pureed, add garlic and salt. Continue blending until all ingredients are finely chopped and thoroughly mixed together.

Use fresh on salads, potatoes, pasta, sandwiches and burgers, or freeze some rocket sauce in an ice cube tray and thaw at as needed.

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Vegetable Tempura

Bunch carrots, bagged carrots, green onions, red onions, gold beets, red beets at farmer's market

Raw veggies are absolutely lovely, but sometimes it’s fun to mix it up with tempura for a special occasion.

Serves four to six as an appetizer.

Dipping Sauce
2 scallions, minced
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup water
2 teaspoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon grated ginger root
2 minced garlic cloves
1 teaspoon dry mustard

Batter
2 cups all purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 cups cold water
1/4 cup dark sesame oil

Veggies
5 cups seasonal fresh veggies, such as broccoli, zucchini, carrots, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, etc.

For the dipping sauce, combine the scallions, soy sauce, water, vinegar, honey, ginger, garlic, and mustard in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate for an hour to let the flavors blend.

For the batter, mix together the flour and baking powder. Add the cold water and sesame oil all at once and whisk until the consistency of pancake batter and very smooth. Refrigerate until ready to prepare the tempura.

Blot the vegetables dry, season with salt and pepper and dip into the batter. Coat them evenly.

Pour the oil into a tall pot to a depth of 3 inches. Heat over medium heat until around 350 degrees F. Work in batches to avoid crowding. Slip the batter-coated vegetables into the hot oil, deep-frying until the batter is a golden brown and puffy, 3-4 minutes. Turn the veggies so they cook evenly. Remove from the pot with tongs. Drain on an absorbent towel. Serve with dipping sauce.

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Easy Baking Powder Drop Biscuits

Soft White Wheat Flour

Try these biscuits with thyme and cheese, plus Nash’s flour. Yum!

1 cup Nash’s hard red wheat flour
1 cup Nash’s soft white wheat flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon white sugar
1/2 cup chilled butter, diced
1 1/4 cups whole milk
1 teaspoon dried thyme (optional)
Grated cheese, to taste (optional)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Mix flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a bowl. Cut in the cold butter with a knife or pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add milk a little at a time, stirring lightly between additions. Fold in thyme and cheese.

Drop the batter by spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes until the tops are golden. Makes 12 biscuits.

We thank CookieeMonster13 at AllRecipes.com for this recipe.

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Pumpkin Butter

Carving pumpkins

‘Tis the season for pumpkin everything — including pumpkin butter on your morning toast!

4 1/2 cups pumpkin or winter squash puree
1 1/4 cups honey
1/2 cup apple cider
3 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt

Combine ingredients. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer. Cook 45 minutes, uncovered, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Let cool and store in the fridge. Great on toast, in oatmeal, on sandwiches, and anything else that tickles your fancy!

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