Moroccan Pork

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Preserved lemons give this recipe an authentically Moroccan flavor.

2 lemons
2 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 teaspoons paprika, preferably Hungarian
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger plus 1 pinch, divided
1 1/2 pounds pork loin, cubed
1 14-ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 cup butternut squash, diced (1/2-inch cubes)
1 cup carrots, sliced (1/2 inch thick)
1 cup canned chickpeas, rinsed
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1/2 cup diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons preserved lemon, chopped and rinsed (see note; optional)
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce, such as Tabasco
1 pinch ground cinnamon
1 pinch ground allspice

Zest and juice the lemon(s) to get 1 tablespoon zest and 2 tablespoons juice; reserve the zest. Combine the juice, 1/2 teaspoon oil, paprika, turmeric, coriander, cumin, pepper and 1/4 teaspoon ginger in a medium bowl. Add pork; stir to coat. Marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.

Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork and cook, stirring, until no longer pink on the outside and beginning to brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer the pork to a plate.

Add broth, squash, carrots, chickpeas, onion, tomatoes, preserved lemon (if using), tomato paste, garlic, hot sauce, cinnamon, allspice, the reserved lemon zest and the remaining pinch of ginger to the pan. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally; reduce heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, 20 to 30 minutes. Stir in the pork, return to a simmer and cook, stirring, until the pork is just cooked through, 2 to 5 minutes more.

Note: Although entirely optional, preserved lemons make this ragu more authentic. A signature flavor in Moroccan dishes, lemons that are preserved in a salt-lemon juice mixture for at least 30 days have a salty, sweet taste and tender texture. Find them at specialty food stores or online at surlatable.com.

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Moroccan Winter Squash & Carrot Stew Over Quinoa

Butternut Squash

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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Buttercup Squash Cornbread

Riverdog Farm

Magically turn your squash into cornbread.

1 1/2 cup Nash’s stone-ground cornmeal
1 1/2 cup Nash’s triticale or white wheat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup mashed or pureed roasted buttercup squash
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 cup Dungeness Valley Creamery milk
1/2 cup yogurt or sour cream
1/4 cup melted butter (plus some for greasing the pan)
1/4 cup melted coconut oil, or light cooking oil, such as sunflower oil
2 eggs

Preheat the oven to 400 F and grease an 8 x 11 baking pan or similar sized cast iron skillet with butter. Don’t skimp on the butter–it gives a nice crispy golden bottom and sides to your cornbread.

Whisk together all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

The easiest way to roast squash is whole in the oven. Simply wash the squash, knock the stem off with the butt of a large knife, and place it whole on a pie dish. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 45 min or an hour, until it is cooked through and can be easily pierced w a fork. Cut squash in half and allow to cool a bit before scooping out seeds. Mash flesh with a potato masher, or for a smoother puree, use a hand blender or food processor.

Whisk the eggs and maple syrup together until frothy. Add the pureed squash, milk, oil, and yogurt. Whisk all together until smooth. Fold this mixture into the dry ingredients until almost combined. Add the slightly cooled melted butter and stir everything together until just combined. Do not overmix.

Pour the batter into a greased 8 x 11 baking pan or a similar sized cast iron skillet. Bake for about 35 minutes or until the top is golden, the bread is pulling away from the pan at the edges, and a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Place the pan on a wire rack and cool for about 10 minutes. Cut into squares and serve warm! Yield: 12 servings.

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Curried Delicata Squash Soup

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Tis the season for squashy goodness!

2 pounds delicata squash
1 tablespoon butter
1 medium onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 can coconut milk
Salt and pepper to taste
Half a lemon
Sour cream, chopped scallions, and fresh cilantro for garnishing

Remove the stem and skin of the squash, then cut in half. Scoop out the seeds and innards. Chop into half-inch slices, then cube.

Melt the butter in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, and garlic, and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the spices with the cubed squash and continue to stir. Put a lid on the pot and cook for 2 minutes more. Add the coconut milk and 3 cups of water and stir.

Bring the soup to a boil then turn down the heat to low and let it simmer until the squash is tender, about thirty minutes. Add salt and pepper and a lemon squeeze. Allow soup to cool. Use an immersion blender or a regular blender to puree until smooth. Add toppings if desired.

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Butternut Squash Gratin

Butternut Squash3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 (2-pound) butternut squash
3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
1/2 cup heavy cream

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 9-inch baking dish with 1 tablespoon butter. Peel and seed squash, then thinly slice using a hand slicer, such as a Benriner or mandoline slicer. Layer squash in baking dish, sprinkling some of salt and pepper between each layer. When baking dish is half filled, sprinkle 1/2 of cheese and thyme over squash. Continue layering squash with salt and pepper. Pour cream evenly over top layer, then sprinkle with remaining cheese and thyme. Cover baking dish and bake until squash is tender, about 45 minutes. Remove cover from baking dish and preheat broiler. Broil gratin until top is browned, about 4 minutes. Serve.

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Chickpea Pancakes with Leeks, Squash, and Yogurt

Chickpeas

Gluten-free savory pancakes! Courtesy of chickpea flour and winter squash, plus a few other tasty ingredients.

6 tablespoons high-heat oil (safflower, sunflower, or canola), divided
1 medium leek, white and pale-green parts only, chopped
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more
Freshly ground black pepper
1 cup grated peeled squash (such as butternut or kabocha)
1 large egg
3/4 cup chickpea flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley
Salt

Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet, preferably nonstick, over medium-high. Add leek, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until leek is softened and starting to brown, about 4 minutes. Add squash and season again. Cook, stirring often, until squash is cooked through and softened, about 4 minutes. Transfer vegetables to a plate and let cool. Wipe out skillet and reserve.

Meanwhile, whisk egg, chickpea flour, baking powder, 1 tablespoon oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 cup water in a medium bowl; season with pepper and let sit 5 minutes for flour to hydrate. Stir vegetables into batter just to coat.

Heat 1 1/2 tablespoon oil in reserved skillet over medium-high. Add batter by the quarter-cupful to make 4 pancakes, gently flattening to about 1/4″ thick. Batter should spread easily—if it doesn’t, thin with a little water. Cook until bottoms are lightly browned and bubbles form on top, about 4 minutes. Use a spatula to carefully flip pancakes over and cook until browned and cooked through, about 2 minutes longer.

Transfer to a plate and tent with a sheet of foil to keep warm. Repeat with another 1 1/2 tablespoons oil and remaining batter. Serve pancakes topped with yogurt, parsley, sea salt, and pepper.

Recipe adapted from BonAppetit.com.

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Triticale and Squash Risotto

winter squash: delicata, sweet meat, sugar pie pumpkin, lower salmon river

Which squash is your favorite in triticale risotto? Let us know in the comments below!

2 cups triticale berries, soaked for at least 8 hours and drained thoroughly
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 medium butternut, acorn or delicata squash, peeled, seeded and diced
2 x 14-1/2-ounce cans chicken broth
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 cups chopped onions
1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
1/2 cup white wine
3/4 pound winter greens (kale, chard, collards), trimmed and leaves chopped
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Cover triticale with fresh water and boil for 20 minutes. Drizzle melted butter over squash on a jelly roll pan; toss. Bake 25-35 minutes or until tender and browned. Bring broth and water to a simmer in a saucepan. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large pot; add onions and cook 4-6 minutes or until tender and lightly browned. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Add wine and cook 1 minute more. Stir in drained triticale and cook until wine is absorbed. Reduce heat to medium and gradually add broth mixture half a cup at a time, stirring, until liquid is absorbed and triticale is tender, 12-17 minutes. Stir in the squash, greens, thyme, salt, pepper and nutmeg; cook, stirring, 4-5 minutes or until greens are tender. Stir in grated parmesan. Serve immediately. Makes 6 servings.

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Squash Apple Soup

snowman

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 Butter

Pumpkins

‘Tis the season for pumpkin everything — including pumpkin butter on your morning toast!

4 1/2 cups pumpkin or winter squash puree
1 1/4 cups honey
1/2 cup apple cider
3 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt

Combine ingredients. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer. Cook 45 minutes, uncovered, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Let cool and store in the fridge. Great on toast, in oatmeal, on sandwiches, and anything else that tickles your fancy!

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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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