Sauteed Asparagus with Spinach

Bunches of spinach in a Nash box

Green things are on their way back! It’s spinach time!

1 tbsp olive oil or Nash’s camelina oil
1 bunch asparagus, ends removed and cut into 2 inch pieces
2 Tbsp. water
3 cups packed spinach
1/8 tsp. marjoram
1/8 tsp. thyme
1/4 of a lemon, juiced
Salt
Pepper

In a medium skilled over medium heat, heat olive oil. Add asparagus and top with a little salt. Mix well to evenly coat asparagus with oil. Add water, spinach, and remaining ingredients, mix well. Cover and steam for 2-3 minutes.

Remove lid, mix and re-cover. Cook the sautéed asparagus with spinach another 3-5 minutes, or until asparagus is to your liking (firm or soft). Once done, remove from heat, plate and serve hot.

We thank lemonandolives.com for this recipe.

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Braised Spring Carrots and Leeks with Tarragon

Bunch carrots

They’re BACK! Bunched carrots are coming out of the greenhouse and into your tummy!

2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 lb. leeks, white and light green parts only, halved lengthwise, cleaned and sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 lb. carrots, peeled, halved or quartered lengthwise if thick, then cut in 2-inch lengths
½ cup water
Salt to taste
2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh tarragon

Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan or lidded skillet over medium heat. Add leeks and a generous pinch of salt. Cook gently until just about tender, about three minutes. Do not allow leeks to color. Add garlic, and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 30 seconds to a minute. Add carrots, water and salt to taste, and lower heat. Cover and simmer 10 to 15 minutes until carrots are tender when pierced with a knife. Stir in lemon juice and tarragon. Taste and adjust salt. Serve hot, or at room temperature. Sprinkle with additional fresh tarragon just before serving.

We thank cooking.nytimes.com 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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Lemony Broccoli Salad

Broccoli plant

Broccoli and other members of the brassica family of vegetables are rich in phytochemicals called isothiocyanates. These magical chemicals actually communicate to your DNA to start detoxification processes!”

1 large head of broccoli (1 1/2 pounds), cut into 1-inch florets, stems peeled and sliced 1/2-inch thick
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon. finely grated lemon zest
1 small shallot, minced
Kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper

Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add the broccoli florets and stems and cook until bright green and just tender, about 5 minutes. Drain and rinse the broccoli under cold water until cool; pat dry.

In a large bowl, whisk the olive oil with the vinegar, lemon juice, lemon zest and shallot and season with salt and pepper. Add the broccoli, toss to coat and serve.

The cooked and chilled broccoli can be refrigerated overnight. Toss the broccoli with the dressing just before serving.

We thank foodandwine.com for this recipe.

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The Perfect Pork Chop

Temptation

This man just made the Perfect Pork Chop, and he wants to share his gastronomic success with the world.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Rub down the chops with salt, pepper, paprika, garlic, etc.

Heat up a skillet (cast iron, if possible) on medium-high with a little lard, oil, or butter. When ready, put chops on skillet for 2-3 minutes per side, until browned. Put the whole skillet in the oven for 10 minutes.

Remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes. This is important to make the perfect pork chop!

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Fresh Nettle Tea

Nettles

Stinging nettle loses its sting when you steep it, steam it, saute it, or put it in your blender.

Finely chop four heaped teaspoons of fresh nettle. Boil four cups of filtered water and remove from the heat. Add the nettle to the water and steep for 20 minutes with the lid on. Drink hot or cold.

You can also tie up your bundles of fresh nettle to dry, and enjoy nettle tea all spring long. Use 1 teaspoon dry tea to ounces water to make a strong, invigorating cup.

Recipe courtesy of herbsandoilsworld.com.

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Roasted Garlic

garlic

Garlic lovers rejoice! Here’s an easy way to garlickify your life even further.

1 garlic bulb
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup water

Cut “top” off garlic to expose individual cloves. Drizzle olive oil over garlic, being sure to oil each clove. Place in small, oven-proof dish. Add water to dish and cover with aluminum foil. Bake for 50-60 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely. With small paring knife, gently remove each clove and place in small dish. Mash garlic into a paste and serve with crusted bread.

We thank chef Annie McHale of Port Angeles for this recipe.

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Mixed Slaw & Warm Ginger Dressing

Ginger root

Keep warm with the gentle spice of ginger.

Salad
1/2 head red cabbage, cored and shredded
1/2 pound Brussels sprouts, shredded
2 kale leaves, de-stemmed and finely sliced
2 green onions, thinly sliced
10 sprigs parsley, chopped
1 fennel bulb, halved, cored, and shaved thin
1 Bosc pear, cored and thinly sliced
1/3 cup sunflower seeds

Dressing
2” piece ginger, peeled and minced
Juice of 1 lemon
2-3 tablespoons raw honey
Pinch cayenne
1/2 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large bowl, combine all of the salad ingredients. Set aside.

In a small saute pan, add all dressing ingredients and cook until warm and fragrant (2-3 minutes), stirring frequently. Remove from heat and pour directly onto salad. Toss salad to distribute dressing evenly.

We thank chef Annie McHale of Port Angeles for this recipe.

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Spicy Cauliflower

Cauliflower

Spice up your cauli with chili flakes, cumin seeds, turmeric, and ginger.

Serves 8. Prep time: 10 minutes. Cook time: 20 minutes.

6 tablespoons high-heat oil (safflower, sunflower, grapeseed, canola oil)
Large piece ginger, finely chopped
2 teaspoons chili flakes
2 tablespoons cumin seeds
2 teaspoons turmeric
3 1/2 – 4 pounds cauliflower, roughly chopped
Small bunch cilantro, chopped

Heat oil in a big pan or wok with a lid, and add the ginger and spices. Swirl everything around for a few seconds until the spices are aromatic. Reduce the heat, then stir in the cauliflower and salt and pepper to taste. Put the lid on and cook for 10 minutes or until just softened, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve. Delicious served hot or chilled.

Recipe adapted from bbcgoodfood.com.

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Kia’s Roasted Cauliflower & Walla Walla Onions

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Cauli and wallas: a sweet seasonal treat!

Fresh, uncured Walla Walla onions are seasonally available in July and August at our farm, and are one of the veggie highlights of the summer for me. Roasted with cauli until golden brown in this dish, they just melt in your mouth.

Might I suggest making a big batch of these roasties so you have leftovers? They are a wonderful edition to scrambled eggs, sandwiches and cold salads, or as a snack on their own.

1 medium-large Walla Walla onion, rough cut into 1- or 2-inch pieces
1 medium-large head cauliflower, stems, leaves and florets roughly chopped into 2- or 3-inch pieces
3 or 4 tablespoons melted coconut oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Toss veggies in coconut oil until thoroughly coated. Sprinkle with salt and lots of freshly ground pepper.

Spread single layer in one or two large baking sheets or baking dishes as needed. Bake uncovered for about 25 minutes, or longer if you have two trays in the oven. Check and flip veggies if desired. Bake until veg is well browned and starting to crisp in places.

Variations

SPICE IT UP! Add curry, chili powder or Italian seasonings when you toss veggies with salt and pepper.

OIL IT UP! Use alternative oils to coat the veggies. Coconut oil is one of my favs for flavor and health, but you can use any high-heat oil you have on hand.

MIX IT UP! Toss in other non-root veggies you have on hand to use up. Zucchini, peppers, fresh beans, broccoli etc all work well in combo with cauli and wallas.

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