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


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

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


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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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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Kale Raab with Lemon and Butter

One bunch of green kale raab, against a background of Nash boxes

This simple recipe is a perfect side dish to any spring meal.

1 bunch kale raab, stalks and leaflets
1 tablespoon butter
Juice from half a lemon
Splash of white wine or sherry

Melt butter in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Cut the very ends off the raab and rinse well. 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. Sauté the kale for a moment longer, and serve while still hot.

Recipe adapted from OutlawGarden.com.

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Triticale berries with baby bok choy and onion comfit

triticale1 cup triticale berries, cooked
2 bunches baby bok choy
1 bunch spicy radishes
1/4 cup onion comfit (see below)

To cook berries, soak them overnight in 1 1/2 cups water. Drain the water and place berries in a medium sauce pan. Add 2 cups water and cook on medium heat for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Once cooked, let cool down.

Meanwhile, slice baby bok choy into quarters, place on a grill and cook till they start getting nice grill marks. Let cool. Clean and slice radishes.

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl starting with berries and adding onion comfit, radishes, and grilled baby bok choy. You can also use fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro to garnish.

Onion comfit
2 large red onions, sliced thinly
1/2 cup red wine
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt

In a medium sauce pan place sliced onions and a little bit of oil, and cook on medium heat till translucent, about 15 minutes. Add remaining ingredients, reduce heat to low and cook, stirring often until the liquid has been reduced, about 20 minutes. Store in fridge until ready to serve. Use on sandwiches or with a hummus dip.

We thank Nash’s Farm Chef Karolina Tracz for this recipe.

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Sweet & Sour Broccoli

Purple Sprouting Broccoli1 bunch Nash’s purple sprouting broccoli
1 tablespoon high-heat oil
2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon soy sauce

Cut each broccoli stalk in half to create long, thin pieces. Wash and dry well.

Warm a large sauté pan over medium-high heat and add the oils. Add the purple sprouting broccoli and brown it on the outside, stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and stir frequently until fragrant and beginning to brown. Add the sugar, vinegar, pepper, and soy sauce. Let the sauce reduce by half and stir to coat the broccoli. Taste for seasoning, and serve warm.

We thank Darin Gagner for this recipe.

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Cheddar & Garlic-Stuffed Potatoes

russet potatoes

Potatoes have a blissful affinity for some of our favorite things: cheese, garlic, butter, and sour cream. Indulge!

Serves 4
Active Time 15 minutes
Start to finish 1-1/2 hours

1 medium head garlic (about 2 1/2 inches diameter)
4 medium russet potatoes (2 pounds total), scrubbed
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cups coarsely grated Cheddar (about 6 ounces)
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Put a rack in middle of oven and preheat oven to 400 F.

Cut off and discard top quarter of garlic head. Wrap garlic in foil. Prick potatoes with a fork. Bake potatoes and garlic on oven rack for 45 minutes. Remove garlic and let cool. Continue baking potatoes until tender, about 20 minutes more. (Leave oven on.)

Squeeze pulp from garlic cloves into a medium bowl and discard skin. Stir in butter, sour cream, and 1 cup Cheddar. Cutting length-wise, slice off top quarter of each potato and discard. Leaving 1/4-inch-thick shells, scoop flesh out of potatoes and add to cheese mixture. Mash with fork to combine. Season with salt and pepper and divide among shells.
Arrange potatoes in a small baking pan and sprinkle with remaining half cup Cheddar. Bake until heated through, 15 to 20 minutes.

We thank The Gourmet Cookbook for this recipe.

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