Peter Rabbit’s Birthday Soup

Bulk carrots

What does Peter Rabbit like best in the whole wide world?

Serves 8 to 10

2 pounds carrots, peeled and chopped
4 cups chicken or veggie stock or water (or a combination)
1½ tsp. salt
1 medium potato, chopped
1 cup chopped onion
1 to 2 small cloves garlic, crushed
⅓ cup chopped cashews
3 to 4 Tbsp. (about ½ stick) butter
¾ cup sour cream
½ to 1 tsp. finely chopped fresh thyme
Toasted nuts and extra sour cream (optional)

In a large saucepan, bring the carrots, chicken stock, salt, and potato to a boil. Cover and simmer for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the vegetables are very soft. Let cool. Meanwhile, in a separate pan, sauté the onion, garlic, and cashews in the butter until the onions turn translucent.

Puree everything together in a blender until the soup is smooth. Return the puree to a pan or double boiler, and whisk in the sour cream. Heat very slowly and season with the thyme. Garnish with the toasted nuts and more sour cream, if desired.

Our thanks to Maureen Cooney, The Bluff Country Co-op Cookbook, as it appears in Bounty from the Box: The CSA Farm Cookbook, by Mi Ae Lipe.

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Rutabaga Borscht

Rutabagas in a basket

What to do with a basket full of rutabagas?

2 Tbsp oil or butter
1 1/2 chopped onion
1 1/2 cups chopped potatoes
1 or more cup chopped beets
1 large carrot sliced
1 stalk of celery sliced
3 cups chopped rutabaga
1 cup tomato, diced or puréed
1 tsp caraway seed
4 cups stock (veggie or chicken)
2 tsp salt
Black pepper to taste
1/4 tsp dill weed
2 Tbsp cider vinegar
1 1/2 Tbsp honey

Sautee onions in oil or butter. Add caraway and salt.  When soft add the other veggies, stock/water and remaining ingredients.  Simmer until tender for at least 30 minutes. Whiz in the blender until smooth.  Serve with sour cream or yogurt dollop on top.

We thank Pam & Liam Antrim for this recipe.

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Root Vegetable Puree

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Warm up with soup!

Serves 4 to 6
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes

4 large parsnips, peeled and chopped into 1-inch cubes (about 3 cups)
1 rutabaga, peeled and chopped into 1-inch cubes (about 2 cups)
1 potato, peeled and chopped into 1-inch cubes (about 1 cup)
3 tsp. olive oil
½ tsp. salt, or to taste
¾ cup yogurt
2 to 3 cloves garlic
Water to thin, if desired

Preheat oven to 400° F.

Place vegetables in roasting pans. Mix with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, and cover. Roast for about 30 minutes, or until vegetables are fork tender. Allow vegetables to cool.

Place in a food processor (in batches, if necessary), along with yogurt and garlic, adding water if needed. Process until smooth.

Try serving the puree under a spoonful of your favorite soup!

Original recipe by Virginia Newman.

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Potato Salad with Arugula and Dijon Vinaigrette

arugula

Fun facts about arugula: *Arugula is a good source of vitamins A, K, C, folate, and calcium. *Arugula also has extremely powerful ‘glucosinolates,’ which act as detoxifiers and can potentially decrease the risk of cancer. *Arugula has some protein in it, which is not common in other vegetable families.

1/2 small red onion, peeled and roughly chopped
2 pounds potatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons finely chopped chives
3 cups arugula, stems removed, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
5 tablespoons olive oil

Put onion in small bowl and cover with cold water (to remove some of the bite). Put the potatoes in large pot of generously salted water. Bring to boil over high heat, lower heat simmer and cook until just tender. Drain well and put into large bowl.

Gently toss warm potatoes with rice vinegar, salt, and pepper. Add chives, arugula and red onion and stir. Whisk together red wine vinegar, mustard and olive oil in small bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour over potato mixture and toss to combine. Serve warm.

We thank food52.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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Kia’s Crock Pot Favas & Chicken

fava beans

Fava beans are fun and delicious!

Slow-cooked favas are tender and pair effortlessly with anything else you want to toss in the pot. Skip the meat and add extra veggies and lots of herbs for a vegetarian meal.

1-2 cups shucked fava beans
Approx. 2 pounds chicken thighs/drumsticks/breast, or other meat
2 cups fresh or canned salsa
4 cups chopped celery, onions, peppers, zukes, carrots, potatoes, etc.
Approx. two cups water
Salt and pepper
Fresh or dried oregano, thyme, basil, cilantro, rosemary, etc.

Put all ingredients in crock pot with salt/pepper/herbs as desired. Cover and cook on medium heat overnight or 6-8 hours. Add a fresh bunch of roughly chopped spinach/kale/chard the last 30 min of cooking, as desired. Serve hot over rice/quinoa/pasta/shredded cabbage etc.

Fava Tip: Approx 1 pound fresh favas = 1 cup shucked beans.

We thank Nash’s own Kia for this recipe.

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Hearty Vegetable and Red Lentil Soup

Organic Red LentilsOn some days, a bowl of warm soup can soothe your senses and bring comfort. This vegetable lentil soup recipe from Mercola.com reader Marina Korsakova-Kreyn does just that by providing a harmonious blend of different vegetables and spices for a mouthwatering experience.

3 cups red lentils
1 large onion
5 medium carrots
5 medium potatoes
1 large sweet potato
1 inch fresh ginger root
4 medium cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon turmeric
Salt, to taste
Cayenne pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon dry seaweed mix (optional)

Boil 3 quarts filtered water in an 8-quart pot. Add lentils. Add all vegetables (washed, uncut, and unpeeled) to the boiling water. Add ginger (peeled but uncut) and 3 cloves of garlic.

Add turmeric, curry powder, salt and cayenne pepper to taste. Cook vegetables, ginger and garlic until ready, about 30 minutes. Use a ladle to take them out on a big plate, and let them cool for about 20 minutes (while lentils continue simmering).

Blend cooled vegetables, ginger, and garlic in batches with generous amount of filtered water. Return to pot with now-cooked lentils and reheat. Add finely minced clove of garlic (add salt if needed).

Note: If using seaweed, reconstitute them in 2 cups of boiling water, let them cool, and then blend along with vegetables.

Prep and cook time: 2 hours
This recipe makes 20 servings.

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Shepherd’s Pie

Greek shepherd with sheep

These sheep are flocking to your kitchen, hoping for a piece of your shepherd’s pie!

This version of shepherd’s pie is quite reminiscent of the dish from Britain with a few small tweaks to make use of all the gorgeous produce we have as we move into spring.

1 tablespoon high heat oil
2 leeks, peeled and chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
1 pound ground beef or Nash’s ground pork
2 cloves garlic, diced
1 cup beef or chicken broth
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon chopped rosemary
1 tablespoon chopped Italian parsley
1 cup diced broccoli, broccolini, or Nash’s purple broccoli
2 pounds Nash’s huckleberry gold potatoes, cut into chunks
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup milk (any fat content — I prefer full fat, you can also sub yogurt here)
Kosher salt to taste

Preheat oven to 375°F. In a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, heat the oil, then add the leek, carrot, and meat. Cook until browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Throw the diced garlic and broccoli in after 5 minutes. Drain the fat and add the broth, tomato paste, and herbs. Simmer until the juices thicken, about 10 minutes. Pour the mixture into a 1 1/2-quart baking dish; set aside.

Meanwhile, bring the potatoes to a boil in salted water. Cook until tender, about 20 minutes; drain. Mash the potatoes with the butter, milk (or yogurt) and salt. Spread them over the meat mixture, then crosshatch the top with a fork. Bake until golden, 30 to 35 minutes.

Recipe adapted from epicurious.com.

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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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