Savoy Cabbage Raab and Pork

A jaunty bunch of savoy cabbage raab

Savoy cabbage raab in its full glory.

3-4 slices bacon or pork belly, cut into small pieces
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 bunches Savoy cabbage raab, washed and ends trimmed
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/8 tsp. cayenne (optional)
Whole grains or brown rice (optional)

Saute bacon or pork belly with garlic in a frying pan until the bacon starts to brown. Remove and set aside.

Cut raab (stalk, leaves, florets and all) into one-inch pieces. Add olive oil to the pork drippings and saute raab until it starts to wilt. Cover and let it cook for a few minutes more until tender.

Remove from heat and stir in pork and garlic. Add salt and pepper to taste and a little cayenne if you like a bit of a kick. This tastes great on a bed of brown rice or on cooked whole grain, like triticale or rye berries.

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Kale Flowers with Lemon and Butter

Lacinato raab

It’s spring, it’s finally spring, and the kale is abloom!

1/2 pound kale flowers, stems and leaflets
1 Tbsp. (or so) of butter
Juice from half a lemon
Splash of white wine or sherry
Pinch of salt

Heat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, and melt the butter (not oil, please). Once the butter is melted, give the cleaned and prepped kale (flowers, stems and leaflets) one last rinse. Then, add the whole lot (still wet) to the pan. The kale should be moist enough for the sauté, but don’t hesitate to add a splash of water or chicken broth if the pan starts to dry.

Sauté over medium-high heat for a few minutes, until the leaves wilt and the stems are fork tender.

Add the lemon juice and a splash of wine (not too much — a tablespoon or two is probably perfect), sauté the kale for a moment longer, and then serve it while still hot.

That’s it! Very very simple, and extremely tasty. After all, it’s lemon, butter and wine. What’s not to like!

Recipe adapted from outlawgarden.com

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Brussels Sprout Slaw with Apples and Pecans

Brussels Sprouts close-up

Brussels sprouts don’t only look like tiny cabbages — they can be used in many of the same ways as cabbages. Try Brussels slaw!

1 pound trimmed Brussels sprouts
6 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp. lemon zest
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
1 diced Granny Smith or Honeycrisp apple
2 oz. shredded Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup toasted and chopped pecans
1 Tbsp. honey
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper

Thinly slice Brussels sprouts using a mandolin or food processor fitted with the slicer attachment. Transfer sprouts to a large bowl. Add olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, and red pepper. Toss to coat. Add apple, Parmesan cheese, pecans, honey, salt, and pepper. Toss to coat. Let stand 5 minutes to allow the Brussels sprouts to wilt slightly and the flavors to marry.

We thank southernliving.com for this recipe.

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Creamy, Smoky Whipped Rutabaga

Rutabagas in a basket

Does anyone else love rutabagas even more than potatoes?

3 1/2 to 4 pounds rutabagas (two small or one large vegetable)
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
4 garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped
1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 cup whole milk
4 ounces cream cheese, cut into small chunks
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 tsp. smoked paprika
Freshly ground black pepper

Using a veggie peeler, remove the skin from the rutabaga(s). Then cut them into small slices about 1 inch thick.

Heat the butter in a large, heavy 4-quart pot, set over medium heat. When the butter has melted, stir in the chopped rutabaga and the garlic. Stir to coat the vegetables in butter, then sprinkle them with the salt. Pour in the milk and bring to a simmer, then turn the heat to low and cover the pot. Cook for 30 minutes, or until the rutabaga is very tender and can be easily pierced with a fork. Turn off the heat and remove the lid. Let the vegetables cool for about 5 minutes.

At this point you can either leave the rutabaga in the pot and use a hand mixer to whip it, or you can transfer it to the bowl of a stand mixer and use the paddle.

Drop the cream cheese into the rutabaga and use the hand mixer or stand mixer to mash it into the vegetables. The rutabaga will crumble then slowly turn into a mashed potato consistency. Add the olive oil and smoked paprika and mix thoroughly. Taste and add more salt and some black pepper, if necessary. Serve immediately.

Recipe adapted from thekitchn.com.

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Hush Puppies

Stone-Ground Cornmeal

Our cornmeal is not only grown and milled on the farm, it’s also GMO free!

Pair these with some of Nash’s hearty vegetables for a warm and filling winter meal.

1 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 tablespoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1 (8 1/4-ounce) can cream-style corn
1/2 jalapeño, stemmed, seeded, and roughly chopped
1/2 small red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and roughly chopped
1/2 small yellow onion, roughly chopped
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Vegetable oil, for frying

Whisk cornmeal, flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder in a large bowl. Pulse buttermilk, butter, hot sauce, cream-style corn, jalapeño, red pepper, onion, and black pepper in a food processor until almost smooth. Add buttermilk mixture to dry ingredients and stir together until combined. Cover batter with plastic wrap and refrigerate 10 minutes.

Pour enough oil to reach a depth of 2″ in a 6-quart saucepan. Heat until a deep-fry thermometer reads 350°. Using a 1-ounce scoop, drop 2 tablespoons batter into oil, making sure not to crowd the pan. Cook, flipping once, until golden and cooked through, 2–3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer hush puppies to paper towels to drain; season with salt.

We thank saveur.com for this recipe.

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Mexican Grilled Corn

Corn on the cob

Aw yeah, grilling season!

4 ears corn
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 cups sour cream
1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro leaves
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1 lime, juiced
Red chili powder, to taste
2 limes cut into wedges, for garnish

Remove the husks of the corn but leave the core attached at the end to act as a handle. Grill the corn on a hot grill or cast iron griddle pan until slightly charred. Turn it so it gets cooked evenly all over.

Mix the mayonnaise, sour cream and cilantro together. Grate the Parmesan in another bowl. While the corn is still warm slather with mayonnaise mix. Squeeze lime juice over the corn and shower with Parmesan. Season with chili powder and serve with extra lime wedges.

We thank foodnetwork.com for this recipe.

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Hasselback Potatoes

Hasselback potatoes

Each potato is actually thinly sliced, but kept together, so that the flavors of the seasonings infuse every delicious bite.

4 yellow potatoes, cut in half lengthwise
(if they’re thin-skinned like yellow potatoes, there’s no need to peel)
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1 tablespoon oil or butter
1/4 parmesan cheese
Seasonings to taste

Mix bread crumbs, oil or butter, cheese, and seasonings.

Place potatoes cut-side down between 2 chopsticks and thinly slice across. Use the chopsticks as bumpers to stop your knife from cutting all the way through the potato. In the end, your potatoes should look like wide closed books standing on their spines, with each slice, like book pages, still attached to the spine.

Drizzle your potatoes with oil or butter. Fan each potato and dip it in the bread crumb mixture. Place in greased baking dish, cover with foil and bake 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake about another 15 minutes or until potatoes are cooked and golden brown.

Adapted from Cuisine at Home.

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Lemony Braised Lacinato Kale

lacinato kale1 large bunch (about 10 ounces) lacinato kale, leaves rinsed and thick center ribs cut out
Scant 1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin fruity olive oil
2–4 cloves garlic, or to taste
1/8 cup dry white wine (could use vermouth)
1/4–1/2 cup chicken stock
1 teaspoon coarse salt or sea salt
1–2 teaspoons freshly-squeezed lemon juice, to taste

Cut kale into 1-inch pieces and steam until slightly wilted. Remove from heat and drain well.

In a large fry pan over low heat, heat olive oil. Add garlic and sauté, stirring often, until soft. Add kale and wine; cover and cook until almost all liquid has evaporated. Add 1/4 cup chicken stock and cook until stock is almost evaporated and kale is very tender, approximately 30 minutes. Check for tenderness. If needed, add the remainder of the chicken stock and cook until done.

Season to taste with salt and lemon juice; toss with tongs and serve. Serves 2.

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Dilled Green Beans

Green beansYields 4 pints.

2 pounds small, tender green beans
4 large heads dill
2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
4 cloves garlic
4 small red chili peppers
2 cups vinegar
1/2 cup salt

Heat together water, vinegar, salt and cayenne pepper to make a brine. Wash beans. Snap off ends to fit in the jar. Pack beans into hot, sterilized jars. To each pint add one clove garlic, one head dill and one red pepper. Bring brine to a boil and pour over beans.

Follow USDA instructions for canning pickled green beans. Wait six weeks before eating.

We thank Janet French for this recipe.

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Simply Baked Artichokes

Artichoke

Nash’s artichokes don’t have any choke, so all of the delicious heart is available for the eating.

This recipe is easy, yet so delicious. Serve with an aioli dip, butter, or mayonnaise for a lovely summer appetizer.

6 medium artichokes
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt

Chop the stem of the artichoke at the tip of the globe. Cut the artichokes in half, and then cut off the tougher tips of the leaves.  Oil a baking sheet or baking dish large enough to fit the 12 halves. Place the artichokes flat side down. Drizzle the rest of the oil over top of the halved artichokes and sprinkle with salt. Place in a 400°F oven for 20-30 minutes, depending on how large the artichokes are. You should be able to pierce the base with a fork when they are ready.

They can be eaten as is, by holding the tips of the leaves and biting into the delicious heart. Nash’s artichokes don’t have any choke, so all of the delicious heart is available for the eating.

We thank Virginia Newman for this recipe.

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