Stir-Fry Pork with Cabbage and other Super-Vegetables

4 boneless pork chops
2 cups broccoli florets, blanched
2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
1 large onion, thinly sliced
2 sweet red peppers, seeded, cut bite-sized
1 head bok choy, thinly sliced
2 cups fresh bean sprouts, rinsed
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 slice fresh ginger, minced
1 cup beef broth
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 teaspoon oyster sauce
1/4 teaspoon hot red pepper sauce (optional)
1 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
1/3 cup cold water

Remove fat from pork and cut into thin slices. Have veggies cut and ready. Prepare the sauce by heating 1 tablespoon of oil in a small saucepan. Sauté the garlic and ginger until sizzling. Add broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, oyster sauce, and hot red pepper sauce. Simmer 5 minutes. Stir the cornstarch into cold water until there are no lumps. Add to sauce, stirring constantly until thickened. Simmer a few minutes longer.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 12-inch skillet or wok. Over high heat, stir-fry the pork until it’s just cooked through. Remove and reserve the pork. Add another tablespoon oil to the skillet. Over medium-high heat, stir-fry the celery and onion 1 minute. Add the red pepper and broccoli; stir-fry 1 minute. Add the cabbage; stir-fry 1 minute. Add the sprouts and cooked pork. Stir in the sauce and heat through, stirring well to blend flavors.

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Rutabaga Chipotle Soup

rutabagas

Add the smokiness of chipotle peppers to the turnipy spice of rutabagas!

3 tablespoons butter
1 medium yellow onion, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
2 large rutabagas, peeled and diced (about 5 cups)
4 cups broth of choice
2 cups heavy cream
1/4 to 1 teaspoon dried ground chipotle, depending on your taste
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon  ground pepper
Salt to taste

Melt butter in a large pot and add onion and celery, cooking until browned. Season with salt. Add the rutabaga and the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until the rutabaga is fork-tender, about 30 minutes. Add the chipotle and the pepper. Stir well.

Process in a blender or food processor until smooth, and pass through a fine mesh sieve to remove any chunks. Stir in the cream and taste. Gently simmer for 15 minutes. Add more salt, pepper, chipotle, or paprika if you think it needs it.

We thank thekitchn.com for this recipe.

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Diana Fava Bean Soup

diana fava beans

This simple soup is delicious. Serve alongside Nash’s roasted root vegetables for a nourishing winter meal.

4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 large yellow onion or 2 small leeks, chopped
1 sprig rosemary, pulled from stem and chopped
1 teaspoon thyme
3 cups chicken or vegetable stock
2 cups cooked Nash’s diana fava beans
1 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 cup grated Pecorino Romano, divided
Freshly ground black pepper

Cover 1 3/4 cups dried favas with water and soak overnight. Drain, rinse, cover with water and cook for 45 minutes or until tender.

Melt butter over medium heat in a large saucepan. Add onion, rosemary and thyme and sauté until onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Add chicken stock, beans and salt. Lower heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. Add 1/2 cup Pecorino Romano and then puree soup with a hand immersion blender or pour into a blender and puree (ensure the soup is cool enough and puree in small batches to avoid splatter). Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with a dollop of sour cream or yogurt, and sprinkle with remaining cheese.

We thank Virginia Newman for this recipe.

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Cream of Celery Soup

Celery fansServes 4
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes

Soup
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, peeled and diced
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 1/2 pounds celery (stalks and leaves), washed and diced
1 large potato, peeled and diced
6 cups chicken or vegetable broth
Salt and pepper
1/2 to 3/4 cup fresh parsley
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Garnish
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 Italian sausage links, meat removed from casings
1 cup bread cubes
Cracked black pepper

In a heavy saucepan, heat the oil and cook the onion and celery until soft, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute or two. Add the broth and potato, and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and cook until the potato is fork tender, about 20 minutes. Add the parsley leaves and cook another 4 to 5 minutes.

Use a hand blender to puree the soup until smooth, or work in batches in a food processor and pulse until very smooth. Return to pot, taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Stir in the lemon juice and keep warm.

To prepare the garnish, heat the oil in a skillet, and cook the sausage meat over medium heat until lightly browned, breaking the meat up into small pieces as it cooks using two forks. Add the bread cubes to the sausage and cook until the bread is golden and crisp, stirring often to prevent burning.

Serve the soup in four individual bowls, then sprinkle the sausage, black pepper and croutons on top.

We thank italianfoodforever.com for this recipe.

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Cream of Turnip & Potato Soup

golden turnips

It’s time to cream those turnips into a warming wintertime soup.

4 tablespoons butter
2 large turnips, peeled and chopped
1 large onion peeled and chopped
1 large potato, peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon corn flour
1 liter warm chicken stock (vegetable if preferred) (about 4 1/4 cups)
1 bay leaf
Freshly grated nutmeg
Salt and pepper to taste
200 milliliters cream (about 3/4 cup)
1 medium carrot, finely grated

In a large casserole dish, melt butter over a medium heat. Add turnips, onion and potato. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 7 minutes, until onion is tender and translucent. Using a slotted spoon, remove vegetables from casserole; reserve.

Away from heat, stir flour into casserole juices until smooth. Slowly pour in chicken broth, stirring. Simmer for 3 minutes, until slightly thickened.

Transfer reserved vegetables back into casserole dish; add bay leaf and sprinkle with nutmeg, salt and pepper. Lower heat; simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, until vegetables are soft, stirring occasionally. Remove casserole dish from heat, discard bay leaf and puree soup mixture, a little at a time, in a blender.

Pour puree back into casserole dish; return over low heat. Stir in cream; simmer soup for 4 minutes, until hot. Do not boil. Remove casserole dish from heat; pour soup into 4 individual bowls. Sprinkle each bowl with a little finely grated carrot and serve.

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Creamy Garlic Soup

2 tablespoons peanut oil
1 leek, white and tender greens, halved lengthwise and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
8-10 small cloves garlic, peeled and crushed (2 tablsepoons)
2 cups chicken stock or low-sodium broth
1 pound potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 slices good quality sandwich bread, crusts removed, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 tablsepoon canola oil
1 cup milk (whole or skim)
Finely chopped fresh chervil, chives, tarragon, parsley or basil

Preheat the oven to 400. In a large saucepan, heat the peanut oil. Add the leek, onion and garlic and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally until just softened, about 2 minutes. Add the chicken stock, potato chunks, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and 2 cups of water and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low cover and summer until the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, toss the bread cubes with the canola oil. Spread the cubes on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for about 6 minutes, or until golden.

Strain the soup into a clean saucepan. In a blender or food processor, puree the vegetables with a little of the liquid until smooth. Return the puree to the pan and stir in the milk. Bring the soup just to a simmer over moderately high heat. Season with salt and pepper and serve in shallow bowls, garnished with chopped fresh herbs and the croutons.

We thank Jacques Pepin for this recipe.

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Moroccan Winter Squash & Carrot Stew Over Quinoa

squash at the farm store

As the weather gets cooler, it’s time to warm up with hearty stews.

Time to hunker down and enjoy slower days and heartier meals. This vegetarian dinner is full of warm spices that will complement your winter evenings well. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Stew
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 teaspoons Hungarian sweet paprika
1 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Pinch saffron
1 cup water
1 14-1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 cups (1/2 pound) butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
2 cups carrots, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes

Quinoa
1 cup quinoa
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup finely chopped peeled carrot
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
2 cups water
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
2 teaspoons chopped fresh mint, divided

Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion; sauté until soft, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Add garlic; stir 1 minute. Mix in paprika and the rest of the spices. Add 1 cup water, tomatoes, and lemon juice. Bring to boil. Add squash and carrots. Cover and simmer over medium-low heat until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.)

Rinse quinoa and drain. This step is not necessary but can reduce the bitter taste of quinoa. Melt butter with oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and carrot. Cover; cook until vegetables begin to brown, stirring often, about 10 minutes. Add garlic, salt, and turmeric; sauté 1 minute. Add quinoa; stir 1 minute. Add 2 cups water. Bring to boil; reduce heat to medium-low. Cover; simmer until liquid is absorbed and quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes.

Rewarm stew. Stir in half of cilantro and half of mint. Spoon quinoa onto platter, forming well in center. Spoon stew into well. Sprinkle remaining herbs over. Happy Winter!

Recipe adapted from epicurious.com.

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Savory Onion Potato Pie

Alaska Bloom Potatoes

1 tablespoon butter
2 medium onions, coarsely chopped
3 eggs
3/4 cup skim milk
3-4 medium-sized potatoes, unpeeled, cubed, cooked
3 1/2 ounces Gruyere or Swiss cheese, grated
1/2 teaspoon salt
Black pepper to taste
Sprinkle of grated nutmeg

Melt butter in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Add onions and sauté, stirring often, until slightly browned, but not quite transparent, approximately 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.

Beat eggs and milk together. Stir in cooked potatoes, grated cheese, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Pour into a deep 9-1/2” pie plate and bake for 30 minutes or until golden on top and fully set. Serves 6.

Variations: For a really deep and full flavor, substitute smoked provolone for all or part of the cheese.

Recipe from www.breezywillowfarm.com.

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Cheesy Kale and Quinoa Casserole

green curly kale

The recipe calls for green kale, but you can try red kale, too. Which kale is your favorite for casseroles?

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bunch green kale, stems removed and leaves torn into bite-sized pieces
1/2 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
1 cup cooked quinoa
Zest of 1 lemon
1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 cups shredded mild cheddar cheese, divided
Salt and red pepper flakes, to taste

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Lightly grease a 2-3 quart baking dish with olive oil or butter and set aside.

Add the olive oil to a large skillet set over medium-low heat. When hot, add in the onion and cook until tender and starting to brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add in the kale and vegetable broth. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 6-8 minutes, until the kale has wilted down and the broth has evaporated. Remove from the heat.

Put the vegetable mixture in a large bowl, along with the quinoa, lemon zest, cannellini beans, Greek yogurt and 1 cup of the cheddar. Mix until well combined. Season with salt and red pepper flakes to taste.

Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the top with the remaining 1 cup of cheddar cheese. Bake for about 10-13 minutes, until heated through and the cheese is melted.

Recipe adapted from OhMyVeggies.com.

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Chicken on a Bed of Mizuna

mizuna1 egg white, slightly beaten
1 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce, divided
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, finely chopped
2 teaspoons canola oil, divided
1/3 cup carrots, finely chopped
1/3 cup yellow onion, finely chopped
1/3 cup water chestnuts, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon chile paste
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 bunch mizuna, trimmed
1/4 cup green onions, finely chopped

In a bowl, mix the egg white with 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce, minced garlic and chicken. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Heat 1 teaspoon canola oil in a wok or heavy skillet over high heat. Add the chilled chicken mixture and cook, stirring frequently for 4-6 minutes. Transfer cooked chicken to a serving plate and set aside.

Heat the other teaspoon of canola oil in the wok on high and add the carrots, onions and water chestnuts; cook for 1 minute.

Add the remaining soy sauce, chile paste, lime juice and mizuna and cook, stirring often until mizuna is wilted. Return chicken to the wok and heat through. Garnish with green onions and serve.

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