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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Simple Sautéed Fava Beans

fava beans

Fava beans are fun and delicious!

3-4 pounds fava beans
2 cloves garlic, diced
1 tablespoon olive oil
Juice from 1/2 lemon
Pinch of salt

Shell the fava beans from the larger pods. Bring 2 cups water to boil, and cook the fava beans for 2 minutes, strain, and rinse with cold water. Pierce the outer shell of the bean with your fingernail, and slip the bright green beans out of this second layer into a bowl.

Heat oil in sauté pan over medium heat. Add beans, and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add diced garlic and sauté for 2-3 more minutes. The beans should be just browned. Remove from heat, add lemon and salt. Serve as a side dish or atop a salad.

We thank Virginia Newman for this recipe.

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Leeks Braised with Garlic and Wine

leeks

This dish is a nice transition from winter to spring. Sometimes we still need comfort food, especially when we’re tired and not quite ready to embrace longer, warmer, sunnier days. This dish can be tossed with pasta or with hearty greens.

4 big leeks, well washed and patted dry
4 big cloves of garlic, peeled and finely sliced
6 tablespoons butter
2 wineglasses of white wine
1 cup chicken stock
Half a lemon, sliced
Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper

Trim the brown ends of the green leeks off and discard. Then cut the rest of the fresh, green part of the leeks away from the round white bulbs. Finely slice the green parts and reserve. Rinse the white parts well and slice into 1-inch rounds.

In a large shallow frying pan melt the butter over medium heat. Slowly fry the garlic in the butter with the dark green leek tops until the garlic is softened but not colored. Go slow and let the garlic infuse the butter.

Add the pieces of white leek and toss them in the flavored butter. Add salt and pepper to taste and toss as well. Pour into a baking pan, squeeze the lemon over and toss it in, then pour the wine and stock in and cover with a square of baking parchment.

Bake in the oven at 350°F for 35 minutes or until tender and tasty. The butter should emulsify with the stock and wine to create a slightly shiny broth. Pour over a batch of pasta, or eat directly from a bowl with a large spoon!

Recipe adapted from thekitchn.com.

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Beet Slaw

Sliced beets

Betalains are a class of phytonutrient found in beets that have been studied for their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxification support. These fragile plant compounds can be lost in the cooking process, so this recipe offers a way to eat beets while preserving the valuable betalains —raw!

Beets make a delicious and gorgeous slaw, a perfect side dish to a picnic as we welcome the spring weather.

8 medium beets, grated
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Grated peel from one orange
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons caraway seeds

Depending on how juicy your beets are, you may want to squeeze with a paper towel to pull out moisture that will make the dressing too watery.

Vigorously whisk cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, grated orange peel and honey in small bowl. Gradually beat in oil. Pour 3/4 of the dressing over the beets and mix well.  Add the rest if needed. Add caraway seeds and toss. Season to taste with kosher salt and pepper.

Recipe adapted from www.thekitchn.com.

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Hominy

Painted Mountain Corn

This hominy has a satisfyingly chewy texture and really lets the flavor of the corn shine through.

Soak corn overnight. Rinse. Boil for 3 hours with sifted wood ash. (Clean ash from hardwood is best, but softwood ash works as well.) Use about 1/2 cup ash for 1 quart of corn.

Rinse and rinse and rinse until no more ash is in the corn. Fry with butter and salt. Enjoy!

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