Beet Citrus Soup

golden beets

Pair these sunny golden beets with lemon and grapefruit!

1 bunch beets, 1/2-inch cubed (about 5 cups)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1 tablespoon butter
1 small onion, roughly diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/2 apple, roughly diced
1 quart vegetable broth
Juice from 1/4 grapefruit slice
Juice from 1/4 lemon slice
Sour cream or plain yogurt for topping

Preheat oven to 400° F. Place beets in roasting pan and add olive oil and 14 teaspoon salt; mix until evenly coated. Cover and roast for 25 to 30 minutes.

Heat butter in pot over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add apples and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes more. Add beets, broth, grapefruit juice, lemon juice and remaining salt. Bring to a boil, and then simmer for 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Allow soup to cool before pureeing with an immersion blender to a thick, smooth consistency. Top with a dollop of sour cream or plain yogurt.

We thank Virginia Newman for this recipe.

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Carrot-Apple-Ginger Juice

Julia with juice

Julia Buggy, nutritionist and yogi, with a vibrant glass of orange-apple-ginger juice.

6 carrots
4 apples
2-inch piece of ginger

Wash all produce well. Add all ingredients through juicer and enjoy! Makes 2 servings of 16-20 ounces.

Stay tuned for details of a workshop by Julia on how to get the most from hearty winter veggies to stay healthy this winter, on Saturday, January 28, 2017, at 10:30 am!

We thank RebootWithJoe.com for this recipe.

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Fresh Radish and Greens Salad

radishes with greensDressing
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
3 tablespoons walnut or olive oil
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Dash of salt

Greens
4 cups mixed greens (you can substitute spinach)
1 cup thinly sliced red radishes (about 2 bunches)
1 large apple, quartered, cut into julienne strips
1/2 cup cucumber cut into julienne strips
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted
1/4 cup feta cheese

Place dressing ingredients in a large bowl, whisk together, and set aside. Combine greens, sliced radishes, apple strips, shredded carrots, and cucumber strips in a large salad bowl. Toss salad with 3/4 of dressing (add all dressing if necessary) and place on four plates. Garnish each plate with walnuts and feta cheese.

Recipe adapted from WebMD.com.

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Kate’s Old-Fashioned Apple Pie

Apples on the tree

If you love pie, come see Kate give a talk on her pie-making secrets here at the farm store community barn!

For one 9″ deep-dish apple pie.

Crust
2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup butter, shortening, or leaf lard (or a mix)
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 to 15 tablespoons ice water

Crust tip: All ingredients should be cold. Use a light touch and don’t overwork.

Cut fat into dry ingredients until fat pieces are the size of cracker crumbs or small walnuts. Add enough water to hold together. Form into a round ball and then cut in half. Form the two hemispheres of dough into chubby discs; wrap and chill in refrigerator for at least one hour. Roll out on floured board.

Apple Filling
10 cups heritage apples, skin on, quartered and cored
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 gratings nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 teaspoon butter, chopped into little pieces

Egg Wash
1 egg white mixed with 2 tablespoons water
1 to 2 tablespoons sugar

Slice apples into 1/2-inch slices. A yard sale Vegematic works great!

Put all ingredients except butter into a large mixing bowl and mix lightly until most of the surfaces are covered. Pour into an unbaked pie crust, mounding high. Dot with butter.

Roll out second crust and place on top; crimp edges with a fork. Cut vent holes. Paint with egg white wash. Sprinkle sugar on top.

Pre-heat oven to 425F and bake for 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 375F and bake 40 minutes longer. Cool for at least 1 hour.

Apple tip: Use a mix of organic heritage apples, unpeeled for flavor and color. Lemon juice can be substituted for apple cider vinegar.

Cooking tips: About 2/3 of the way baking, the house will smell like pie! Put your ear down close to the pie when you take it out of the oven and listen for a sizzle and a deep and subtle bubbling. Look for steam to come out of the vents.

We thank Kate McDermott and her Art of the Pie for this recipe.

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Creamy Kale Salad

Nash's Red Kale, 2 bunches1 ripe avocado, halved, seed removed
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons dijon mustard
3 tablespoons walnut oil or extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 bunch kale (8 ounces), stemmed and coarsely chopped
1 small red beet, peeled and thinly sliced
1 sweet, crisp apple, cored and cut into thin wedges
1/2 cup toasted walnuts, chopped

Combine avocado, vinegar, mustard and oil in a food processor. Pulse until smooth (it will be thick). Season with salt and pepper. Combine kale, beets, apple and walnuts in a large bowl. Toss with avocado dressing and season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

We thank Whole Living, January/February 2011 edition, for this recipe.

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Margie’s Bran Muffins

1 cup Nash’s soft white wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups Nash’s wheat bran
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses or honey
2 large eggs
1 cup nonfat buttermilk (or half-&-half with 1 teaspoon lemon juice)
1 grated carrot, apple, or zucchini

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In large mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Stir in bran with a whisk or long-tined fork.

Beat together brown sugar, molasses, egg and buttermilk. Add the dry ingredients to liquid ones and stir to moisten, about 30 seconds. Fill each cup in a 6-cup greased muffin tin to 3/4 full and place in oven. Bake until toothpick comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Let cool on rack.

We thank Nash’s own Margie for this recipe.

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Squash Apple Soup

squash at the farm store

Warm up with this seasonal soup!

1 medium-sized squash, any kind
1 large onion
4-6 large apples
1 tablespoon butter
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, chopped
2 quarts chicken stock, divided
Salt and pepper to taste

Bake squash until soft. Chop onion and apples until you have a good onion-to-apple ratio. Heat a large soup pot on medium, melt butter and saute the onions/apples, plus rosemary until soft.

Blend squash and about 1 cup chicken stock until smooth. Blend the onions and apples with about 2 cups chicken stock until smooth. Combine and add about a quart more of chicken stock, and salt and pepper to taste.

Options: Add fennel, sage or ginger. The rosemary is a MUST.

We thank farm-friend Ellen Russell for this simple but fabulous recipe.

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Pumpkin-Apple Soup with Camp Fire Cheese

Cheese from Mt Townsend Creamery

Smoked cheese plus an autumnal soup makes for warm fuzzies on a cool day.

4 pounds pie pumpkin or butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 2-inch chunks
4 large sweet-tart apples, such as empire, cameo or braeburn, unpeeled, cored and cut into eighths
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon chopped, fresh sage
6 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth
1/3 cup chopped hazelnuts, toasted (optional)

Preheat oven to 450°F. Toss pumpkin (or squash), apples, olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt and pepper in a large bowl. Spread evenly on a large-rimmed baking sheet. Roast, stirring once, for 30 minutes. Stir in sage and continue roasting until very tender and starting to brown, 15 to 20 minutes more.

Transfer about one-third of the pumpkin (or squash) and apples to a blender along with 2 cups broth. Puree until smooth. Transfer to a Dutch oven and repeat for two more batches. Season with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and heat through over medium-low heat, stirring constantly to prevent splattering, for about 6 minutes. Serve each
portion topped with hazelnuts and a generous amount of shredded Camp Fire cheese
from Mount Townsend Creamery.

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Celeriac & Apple Soup

Celeriac, or celery root

Celery root, a.k.a. celeriac, is a versatile vegetable. In this recipe it contributes to a super-tasty soup!

1/2 stick butter
4 cups celeriac, peeled and cubed
3 cups tart apples, peeled and cubed
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
4 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup chopped chives
1/2 cup grape seed oil or other mild oil
Pinch of salt
3 ounces thinly sliced pancetta (Italian bacon)

Melt butter in heavy large pot over medium heat. Add celeriac, apples and onion. Cook until apples and some of celeriac are translucent but not brown, stirring often, about 15 minutes. Add broth, cover and bring to simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, covered, until celeriac and apples are soft, stirring occasionally, about 25 minutes. Remove from heat; cool slightly.

Working in batches, puree soup in blender until smooth, adding more broth if you prefer a thinner consistency. Return soup to pot. Season to taste with salt and pepper. The soup, to this point, can be done ahead. Keep refrigerated.

Puree chives, oil, and pinch of salt in blender until smooth. Roast the pancetta in a single layer in a 375° oven until browned and crispy. Drain on paper towels, then crumble.

Rewarm soup over medium heat. Divide among bowls and sprinkle each with pancetta crumbles. Drizzle each bowl with chive oil.

We thank Epicurious.com for this delicious recipe.

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