French-Style Ratatouille

basil in a basket

Imagine the scent of fresh basil.

1 large eggplant
1 medium yellow onion
2 small bell peppers
3 medium zucchini
2 large tomatoes
Olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1 bay leaf
2 whole sprigs thyme
1/4 cup loosely packed basil, sliced into ribbons
Extra basil for garnishing
Salt and pepper

Chop eggplant into bite-sized cubes. Transfer to a strainer set over a bowl and toss with teaspoon salt. Let sit awhile.

Dice onions and roughly chop peppers, zucchinis, and tomatoes into bite-sized pieces. Mince garlic. Vegetables will be cooked in batches, so keep each in a separate bowl.

Warm a teaspoon olive oil in large pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and generous pinch salt. Sauté until onions have softened and are beginning to brown, about 10 minutes. Add peppers and continue cooking until soft, another 5 minutes. Transfer to a clean bowl.

Add another teaspoon of oil to pot and sauté zucchini with generous pinch of salt until softened and beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Add to onions and peppers.

Rinse eggplant under running water and squeeze cubes gently to remove as much moisture as possible. Warm two teaspoons oil in pan and sauté until softened and beginning to turn translucent, about 10 minutes. Add to other vegetables.

During cooking, a brown glaze will gradually build in the pan. Dissolve glaze between batches by pouring 1/4 cup water or red wine into pan and scraping up glaze. Pour deglazing liquid into veggie bowl.

Warm another teaspoon olive oil and sauté garlic until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes, bay leaf, and thyme. As tomato juices begin to bubble, scrape up brown glaze.

Add all vegetables back into pan and stir until evenly mixed. Bring to a simmer, then turn down to low. Stir occasionally for at least 20 minutes or up to 1 1/2 hours. Longer cooking time will break vegetables down into a silky stew.

Remove bay leaf and thyme sprigs and stir in basil. Sprinkle extra basil and a glug of good olive oil over each bowl as you serve.

Ratatouille is often better the second day, and it can be eaten cold, room temperature, or warm.

We thank thekitchn.com for this recipe.

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Sauteed Greens and Sweet Onion with Paprika

This recipe comes with a glowing recommendation from Elizabeth, one of our CSA members. She used a sweet paprika along with the greens and a Walla Walla-variety onion from her CSA box.

Walla Walla onions

Walla Walla onions, oh so sweet!

8 servings

1/4 cup olive oil
1 medium Walla Walla onion
1 teaspoon paprika
Kosher salt
12 cups thinly sliced collard green leaves (from about 3 small or 2 large bunches) or other sauteeing greens, such as kale
3 tablespoons coconut vinegar or apple cider vinegar

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium. Cook onion, stirring often, until translucent and starting to brown around the edges, 5–8 minutes. Stir in paprika; season with salt. Add collard greens a handful at a time, stirring to wilt after each addition before adding more; cook until all greens are wilted but still somewhat firm, about 4 minutes. Stir in vinegar. Taste and add more salt if needed.

We thank BonAppetit.com for this recipe.

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Quick and Easy Chard Sauté

rainbow chardSeparate the stems of one bunch chard from the leaves. Cut the leaves into thin strips and set aside. Thinly slice the stems.

Heat 2 Tbsp. olive oil in a large skillet or pot over medium heat. Stir in 2 cloves sliced garlic, a pinch red pepper flakes, and chard stems, and cook for 3 minutes until the flavor of the garlic mellows and the stems begin to soften. Stir in the shredded chard leaves, cover, and cook 5 minutes over medium-low heat. Stir, recover, and continue cooking until the chard is tender. Toss with 1 tsp. lemon juice to serve.

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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

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 bulb with rustic background

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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