-1 ¼ lbs. Yukon gold potatoes (or other potatoes, scrubbed)
-Salt to taste
-1 generous bu. dandelion greens or 1 bu. Swiss Chard
-1 T. extra virgin olive oil
-1 med. size leek, white & light green parts only, cleaned & chopped
-2 ½ T. unsalted butter
-¾ to 1 c. warm or hot milk
-Freshly ground pepper
Place potatoes in a saucepan and cover by an inch with water. Bring to a boil, add salt to taste, reduce heat to medium-low and cover partially. Simmer until tender, 25 to 30 minutes. Drain, return to pot and cover pot tightly. Let steam in the dry pot for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, stem dandelion greens or chard, wash in 2 changes of water, and chop fine. You should have 5 to 6 cups chopped greens.
Heat olive oil over medium heat in a heavy skillet and add leek and a generous pinch of salt. Cook, stirring, until leek is tender but not browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Add greens, a handful at a time, and stir
until each addition has wilted enough to make room for more. When all greens have been added, turn heat to medium, add salt to taste, and stir over medium heat for 5 minutes, until greens are completely wilted and somewhat tender (dandelion greens will remain tough). Remove from heat.
Mash potatoes with a potato masher or in a standing mixer fitted with the paddle. Heat 3/4 cup of the milk with butter until butter melts, and gradually add to potatoes. Add wilted greens and leeks and mix until well blended. If desired, add the last 1/4 cup milk.
Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve hot. Enjoy!
-12 squash blossoms
-6 corn tortillas (preferably 6-inch)
-1 1/2 c. coarsely shredded pepper Jack cheese
-1 T. cilantro leaves, chopped
-Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Carefully look over the squash blossoms and brush off any dirt or small bugs you might find. Carefully remove the stems and stamens. Take note that the blossoms are quite delicate, so by all means resist the urge to wash them.
Warm a cast-iron skillet or other heavy pan over medium heat. Place a tortilla in the warm pan and heat, turning once, for about 15 seconds on each side to soften.
Sprinkle about 1/4 cup cheese, 1/2 teaspoon cilantro, and some pepper on half the tortilla. Place 2 squash blossoms on top of the cheese, arranging the flower petals at the edge of the tortilla so they peek out slightly. Fold the tortilla in half and press down lightly with a spatula.
Cook for about 1 minute, then flip and cook the other side for 1 minute more, until the tortilla is thoroughly warmed and the cheese has melted.
Transfer the quesadilla to a paper towel-lined plate and repeat to make 5 more squash blossom quesadillas. Serve warm. Enjoy!
-3/4 c. milk
-3/4 t. fresh lavender buds, or 1/4 teaspoon dried, rinsed
-2 lg. egg yolks
-2 T. honey
-1 t. cornstarch
-1/2 t. vanilla extract
Fruit & topping
-4 med. plums, pitted and cut into eighths
-2 T. sugar
Custard: Heat milk in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat until steaming. Remove from heat. Add lavender, cover and let steep for 30 minutes. Strain milk through a fine sieve into a medium bowl. Return the milk to the saucepan and reheat until steaming.
Whisk egg yolks, honey and cornstarch in a medium bowl until smooth. Gradually add the hot milk, whisking until blended. Return the mixture to the saucepan. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened and starting to bubble gently, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a clean bowl. Whisk in vanilla. Cover loosely and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.
Fruit topping: Preheat broiler. Coat an 11-by-7-inch oval gratin dish or 4 individual gratin dishes with cooking spray. Spoon custard evenly into the dish or dishes. Arrange plums on their sides, slightly over- lapping, in a single layer over custard. Sprinkle sugar evenly over plums. Broil until plums are lightly caramelized, 5 to 7 minutes.
Serve immediately. Enjoy!
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Makes 2 quarts
-2 c. black beans
-3 T. olive or sunflower seed oil
-1 lg. onion, finely diced
-2 sm. carrots, finely diced
-3 celery ribs, finely diced
-1 green bell pepper, finely diced-3 garlic cloves, minced
-1 bu. of cilantro, stems finely sliced and leaves more roughly choppe
-1 T. toasted ground cumin seeds
-1 t. Spanish smoked paprika, or more to taste
-2 bay leaves
-1/4 t. cayenne, or more to taste
-1/2 c. sour cream
Juice of 1/2 lime, or more to taste
Rinse the beans and put them in a pressure cooker with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 10 cups water. Bring the pressure to high, then maintain it for 30 minutes. Release it and let it fall by itself. Taste the beans. If they’re not soft enough, simmer them until they are.
Meanwhile, heat the oil in a medium skillet. Add the onion, carrots, celery, green pepper, garlic, and cilantro stems. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until the onion has softened. Season with 1 teaspoon salt and add the cumin, paprika, bay leaves, and cayenne.
Lower the heat and cook for 10 minutes longer, stirring occasionally and taking care not to let the paprika and cayenne burn. Add 1 cup water and continue to cook until the onion is soft, about 8 minutes.
Stir the onion base into the beans along with all but 3 tablespoons of the chopped cilantro leaves and cook over low heat, covered, for 20 minutes. Taste for salt.
Mix the sour cream, lime juice, and remaining cilantro together and season with a pinch of salt. Serve a spoonful in each bowl of soup.… Read the rest
Makes 2 quarts
-1 large onion, sliced
-1 large zucchini, sliced
-1 c. diced canned or fresh tomato
-6 plump garlic cloves
-1 large carrot or several smaller ones, diced
-3 celery ribs, chopped-1 or 2 big handfuls of cilantro
-Large handful of parsley
-Several chard or beet leaves
-Handful of lentils
-Several anise hyssop leaves or a good pinch of anise seeds
-2 t. dried Mexican oregano or 8 regular oregano sprigs
-1 jalapeño chile, halved
-2 t. sea salt
-1 t. peppercorns, lightly crushed
-Tomato paste to taste, optional
Put all the ingredients except the tomato paste in a pot with 3 quarts water. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat.
Simmer, partially covered, for 2 hours, then strain.
Taste for salt and, if you wish to fortify the flavor a bit, stir in a teaspoon or more tomato paste to taste.
From Vegetable Soups from Deborah Madison’s Kitchen, Deborah Madison… Read the rest
-1 c. summer squash of your choice, cut into chunks
-3/4 c. olive oil
-1/8 c. red vinegar
-1 bulb fennel shaved
-4 cloves roasted garlic (recipe below)
-Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 425° and place an empty jelly roll pan in to heat up at the same time. Once the oven has preheated, carefully remove the tray from the oven, pour 1/4 cup of the olive oil onto the tray and place the summer squash on top. Turn the squash chunks over several times to coat in the oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Cook for 15 to 20 minutes, until the pieces have browned and softened.
In a large salad bowl, mix the roasted summer squash with the shaved fennel, roasted garlic and the remaining oil and vinegar. Serve alongside a frittata or a pizza. Enjoy!
From clarosouthwick.com, 6/12
-1 large head fresh garlic, top and ends cut off
-4 T. olive oil
-2 t. ground kosher salt
Preheat oven to 425°. Take a large piece of aluminum foil and place
then garlic in the center. Pick up the foil, placing the bulb in your hand so that the foil creates a pouch.
Add the oil and salt and seal the packet at the top by twisting the foil over itself. Roast in the oven for 40 minutes.
Be careful opening up the pouch, there will be some steam. Remove the now softened garlic from the aluminum foil.
Once it has cooled enough to work with, push the garlic out of its skin. The roasted garlic can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 1 week.
-2 large heads radicchio
-3 T. butter
-¼ c. water
-2 c. heavy cream
-4 T. Parmesan cheese
-2 T. butter
-Salt and pepper to taste
-1 lb. penne, linguini or other pasta
Remove core and outer leaves of radicchio, and chop fine.
In saucepan, heat 3 tablespoons butter, and sauté radicchio until wilted. Add 2 ounces water and simmer for 2 minutes. Taste radicchio. If radicchio is no longer bitter, let it simmer until soft and water has evaporated. If it remains bitter, pour off excess water, add another 1/4 cup of water and simmer until it is soft and water evaporates. The double simmering should remove any bitterness.
Reduce heat under radicchio to very low, add cream and cook until sauce is thick and reduced, about 10 to 20 minutes.
While sauce is cooking, prepare the penne, linguini or other pasta.
When ready, drain it and mix with sauce. Add Parmesan and 2 tablespoons butter.
Season with salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!
-1/2 head of cabbage
-2 medium raw beets
-1/2 red onion
-1/4 c. fresh flat leaf parsley
-1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
-1/4 c. cider vinegar
-1 t. salt
-1/2 t. pepper
Wash and core the cabbage and peel the carrots and beets with a vegetable peeler. Using a food processor*, with the slicing disc in place, process the cabbage and transfer to a large bowl.
Install the shredding disc and process the carrots and beets and transfer to the bowl.
Install the chopping blade and process the parsley and transfer to the bowl. Thinly slice the red onion and add to the bowl.
Combine vinegar, oil, salt and pepper in a small bowl and whisk until salt dissolves.
Toss vinaigrette with the cabbage-beet-carrot mixture. Allow the slaw to stand for 20-30 minutes before serving, tossing regularly.
Add additional salt and pepper to taste and serve. Enjoy!
* If you do not own a food processor you can slice the cabbage into thin strips with a knife. I recommending using a hand-held or box grater to shred the beets and carrots.
-1 c. chopped red onion
-1 1/4 lb. zucchini
-3 T. olive oil
-1 t. salt
-1 t. ground black pepper
-4 c. veggie broth
-3 bay leaves
-15 sprigs of fresh Italian (or curly) parsley
Chop the onion and zucchini into small pieces, even pieces so they cook evenly. The pieces don’t have to be too small since it’s all going to be blended in the end.
Heat up the olive oil over high heat for a minute, then add the onion, salt, and pepper and cook for 2-3 minutes, stir until translucent. Then add the chopped zucchini and cook for 6-8 minutes until the zucchini also begins to look a bit translucent.
Cover with the broth and throw in the bay leaves. Bring to a boil, turn the heat down to medium and cover. Let cook for about 20 minutes, then cut the heat.
Remove the bay leaves, rinse the parsley, and add it to the pot. Cover and let sit for about 5 minutes.
Then, working in small batches, blend the soup into a fine purée. Be careful only to blend a cup or so at time, hot liquids expand when they are blended so they can pop the lid right off your blender. I always hold the top on firmly with my hand and start with a few quick pulses, then put it on a steady setting for 30-60 seconds. The result is a light, but very flavorful and slightly spicy green soup!
This would be great to eat if you are starting to feel ill, since parsley has a number of health benefits, which include curing the common cold. Enjoy!
-3 c. thinly sliced carrots
-1 c. thinly sliced radishes
-1 c. thinly sliced scallions
-1 lime, juiced
-Extra virgin olive oil, to taste (about 1 tablespoon)
-Kosher or sea salt, plus more for sprinkling
-1/4 c. minced cilantro
Place the carrots, radishes and scallions in a large bowl.
In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, oil and salt.
Pour the lime mixture over the carrot mixture; toss to coat. Fold in the cilantro.
Allow to sit, at room temperature or in the fridge, for at least 10 minutes before serving.
Serve cold or at room temperature, with a sprinkling of salt, if desired. Enjoy!