Thursday, July 29, 2010

Broccoli Bread Pudding

We got some great broccoli in our CSA share.  This is a good way to use it.  Its a good dish for either supper or brunch.

2 tablespoons butter
1 large onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
4 cups finely chopped broccoli (1 bunch), its OK if there is more than 4 cups
1 teaspoon each dried basil and dried dill
salt and pepper to taste
4 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup low-fat milk
1 cup cottage cheese
1/2 cup reduced fat sour cream
4 slices whole-grain bread, torn into small pieces
Grated Parmesan cheese for topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Heat butter in large skillet.  Saute onion until translucent.  Add garlic, broccoli and seasonings.  Saute until broccoli is tender but still bright green.
Beat eggs, milk, cottage cheese and sour cream together.  Stir in bread.  Add broccoli mixture and mix well.  Pour mixture into sprayed 2 quart baking dish.  Bake for 30 minutes.  Top with grated Parmesan cheese and bake for another 10 minutes or until mixture is no longer runny in the middle.

Adapted from CD Kitchen

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Pancakes & Waffles

Today I want to post 2 totally different kinds of pancake/waffle recipes.  One is a traditional yet tasty recipe for Whole-wheat Banana Waffles.  The other is totally non-traditional and is a recipe for Broccoli Pancakes.

I made these recipes kind of in reverse.  We had the waffles (breakfast for supper) last night with strawberries and whipped cream.  Delicious!

Whole-Wheat Banana Waffles

1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup unbleached white flour
1/2 cup oatmeal (uncooked)
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 ripe banana
2 eggs
1 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup canola oil (or a similar light flavored oil)
1/2 cup pecan pieces

Stir together the flours, oats, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl.  Mash banana; add remaining ingredients, except pecans, beating lightly until combined.  Add banana mixture to dry ingredients; stir until combined--do not over mix.  Add pecans and stir in lightly.
Heat waffle iron and spray with pan spray.  Pour about 1/4 cup into section and bake until brown.

They can be served with butter and maple syrup or with fresh sliced strawberries with vanilla sugar (Penzey's) and heavy cream whipped with confectioners sugar and vanilla. 

Adapted from a recipe from the Chicago Tribune food section

We had these for Saturday brunch.  They would also make a good lunch or supper dish.

Dr. Weil's Broccoli Pancakes

1 large head broccoli
1/4 cup coarsely chopped onion
1 small jalapeno pepper
1 large garlic clove, peeled and sliced
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour or unbleached white flour
1/4 teaspoon dried dill weed
1 pinch salt
1 large egg
1/4 cup low-fat milk
Smoked trout* (strictly optional but a very nice addition)

Cut the head of the broccoli into slices and separate florets by cutting the large ones in half so they are all more or less the same size. You should have about 3 cups, more is OK.
Steam for 3-5 minutes until crisp-tender.

Put the steamed broccoli, onions, jalapeno and garlic in a food processor and pulse on and off to chop (do not puree the vegetables). Transfer the chopped ingredients to a mixing bowl and stir in the oil, flour, dill, and salt. Add the egg and milk and mix thoroughly.   If using trout, break into small pieces and gently fold into the batter.  I used about 1/2 pound.
Smear the bottom of a large, nonstick skillet with 1/4 teaspoon of butter or butter spray and set it over medium heat for about 1 minute. Drop 2 tablespoons measures of the batter into the hot skillet, placing them far enough apart so that the pancakes don't touch, and cook over low to medium heat for about 1 minute. Turn the pancakes and cook the other side for 1 minute. Transfer them to a hot platter to keep warm while you continue making the rest until all the batter is used up.

Serve with sour cream, mixed with about 1 tablespoon of fresh dill and a couple of dashes of Frank's hot sauce.

* The Artesian Trout Farm sells very good smoked trout at the Westside Community Market in Madison on Saturday mornings.

Adapted from Dr. Weil.com

Monday, July 12, 2010

Chicken with Garlic Scapes & Capers

Now that I've discussed what garlic scapes are, I thought I'd share another good recipe that uses them.
2 whole skinless boneless chicken breasts, halved
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1/4 cup dry white wine
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/4 cup chopped garlic scapes
1 Tbsp. drained capers

Between sheets of plastic wrap slightly flatten chicken. In a large heavy skillet heat 1Tbsp. of butter and the oil over medium high heat. Sauté until cooked through. Season with salt & pepper. Transfer chicken to a platter and keep warm. Pour off fat from skillet and add the remaining butter, the wine, lemon juice, scapes and bring mixture to a boil. Stir in capers and salt & pepper to taste. Spoon sauce over chicken.

Adapted from Mariquita Farms website, which has a CSA in California.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Potato & Garlic Scape Salad

We've been getting quite a few garlic scapes in our CSA box each week.  In case you aren't sure what they are, I found this good explanation on the http://www.feelslikehomeblog.com/

What is a Garlic Scape?
I never heard of garlic scapes before they came in our box from our CSA.  Apparently, garlic scapes are the shoots that garlic bulbs send up as they’re growing. Garlic bulbs want to become garlic plants, so they send up green things like onions do. 
Farmers harvest these shoots so that the plant uses its energy to make a bigger bulb instead of making a bigger plant. That’s how plants work. Instead of throwing the sprouts in the compost pile, our farmers send them out in the CSA boxes. I’ve heard you can also buy them at some farmer’s markets or directly from farmers who grow garlic.
Garlic scapes definitely taste like garlic, but the flavor is very mild. They’re like garlic essence, without the bite you back quality of a clove of garlic

Now that you know what they are, there's still the issue of what to do with them.  You can chop them up and use them in eggs, stir fries, salads, etc. 

I found the recipe I'm posting on a number of web sites.  Its a nice easy potato salad that I served with turkey burgers.

1 1/4 pound of cubed potatoes
2 stalks celery, chopped fine
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 cup chopped garlic scapes (only use the green part of the scape)
1/4 cup cup finely chopped red onion or shallot (I used shallots)

Dressing
1/3 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup light mayonaise
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
Salt & pepper to taste

Cook potatoes in boiling salted water until tender, about 10 minutes.  Drain and place in bowl.  Add celery.  Saute garlic scapes and shallots in olive oil for about 5 minutes until shallots are softened and scapes are tender-crisp.  Add to potatoes and celery.

Whisk together buttermilk, mayonaise, 1 tablespoon dill and mustard.  Pour dressing over potato mixture and stir gently to coat.  Garnish with remaining dill.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.  If the salad has absorbed all the dressing add a bit more buttermilk. 

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Green Borscht

I found this interesting sounding soup recipe that called for sorrel. We really liked it and I'll be making it again the next time I get sorrel in my CSA box.

Ingredients
2 lbs sorrel, I used a combination of sorrel and spinach--2 bunches
2 1/4 quarts beef stock
2 onions, peeled and chopped
1-2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 potatoes, cubed
2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
1 tablespoon scallion, chopped
1/2 cup heavy cream
4 eggs, hard boiled and sliced
1/4 cup sour cream

Directions
Bring the beef stock to a boil in a large pot. Add the onion, carrots, salt and potatoes and cook for 10-15 minutes. Cook until the carrots and potatoes are tender. Then add the sorrel and/or spinach. Cook briefly. Remove from heat and stir in the cream; add the dill. Serve and garnish with a dollop of sour cream, a sprinkling of minced scallion and slices of egg.

Adapted from recipezaar.com

Monday, July 5, 2010

Tex-Mex Summer Squash Casserole

We had dinner with friends yesterday. I was asked to bring a vegetable dish. Our hostess served grilled chicken, yellow rice and black beans. This was a perfect accompaniment to the rest of the meal.

2 1/4 pounds summer squash or zucchini or a combination, thinly sliced (about 10 cups)
2/3 cup finely chopped yellow onion
1 4-ounce can chopped green chilies
1/2 cup chopped picked jalapenos
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 cups grated extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup salsa (I used a locally made fresh hot salsa)
4 scallions, sliced with the green tops
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
2. Combine squash, onion, chilies, jalapenos, salt and 3/4 cup cheese in a large bowl. Sprinkle with flour; toss to coat. Spread the mixture in the prepared baking dish and cover with foil.
3. Bake the casserole until it is bubbling and the squash is tender, 35 to 45 minutes. Spoon salsa over the casserole and sprinkle with the remaining 1 1/2 cups cheese. Bake, uncovered, until golden and heated through, 20 to 30 minutes. Sprinkle with scallions and red onion.

For a milder dish, although this really isn't too hot, use mild salsa and less of the jalapenos.

Beet Green Soup

This is a good recipe to use those beet greens that come with a bunch of your CSA beets.

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, halved and sliced into 1/4-inch thick half-moons
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 # potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch dice
3/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1/4 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
4 cups beet greens, sliced into 1/2-inch wide ribbons (the greens from 1 bunch of beets)
3 cups chicken broth
1 small bay leaf
Four 1/2-inch thick slices rustic whole grain bread
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

In a large pot, heat the olive oil over high heat until hot. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened but not browned, about 8 minutes. Add the potatoes, sea salt and red pepper flakes, then add the greens, stirring well. Add the broth and bay leaf and bring just to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 10-15 minutes.
Toast the bread, rub with some olive oil and a cut clove of garlic (or garlic powder).
Serve the soup in large bowls topped with the garlic bread and the cheese sprinkled over the top.

Adapted from Post-Gazette.com

Garlic Scape Carbonara

We loved this super easy dish and between the 2 of us, ate every last crumb for supper one night last week.

1/2 lb pasta (I used Eden spinach ribbon pasta)
4 slices bacon (about 3 1/4 ounces), chopped
1/4 cup garlic scapes, cut into 1/4 inch coins
1/4 # sliced mushrooms
2 large eggs
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

A good addition is 1/2 cup of peas.

Set a pot of water to boiling on the stove and cook the pasta. While it’s cooking, cook the bacon over medium heat until browned. Remove the bacon pieces with a slotted spoon and add the garlic scapes and mushrooms. Cook until soft (2-3 minutes). Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon. (Drain both the bacon and the garlic scapes on a paper towel).
Whisk together the eggs, salt and red pepper flakes. When the pasta is done, quickly remove it from the stove. Drain the pasta and add it back to the pot, on the burner set to low. Stir in the garlic scapes, mushrooms and bacon. Add the egg mixture and stir for 3-4 minutes until sauce is thick and creamy. Don’t let it overcook or it will be gloppy. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese in, a little at a time, and stir to combine. Don’t add it all at once or it won’t mix through out the pasta as well (since it will clump).

Adapted from sarahcucinabella.com

Arugula, Feta & Dill Frittata

This is another tasty frittata which makes an easy supper dish. We love fresh dill and its a very nice addition to this egg dish.

9 large eggs
3 Tbs. freshly grated Parmesan
3 oz. feta cheese, crumbled (about 2/3-cup)
2 Tbs. minced fresh dill
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 Tbs. olive oil
1 large clove garlic, minced or 2-3 garlic scapes, chopped
4 cups packed arugula (about 4 oz. or 1 bunch), chopped

Adjust an oven rack to the upper-middle position and heat the oven to 400°F. In a large bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Stir the Parmesan, feta, dill, and a light sprinkling of salt and pepper into the beaten eggs.
Heat the oil and the garlic in a 10-inch ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. When the garlic sizzles and starts to turn golden, add the arugula. Cook the arugula, stirring constantly, until wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to low, shaking the pan to distribute the arugula evenly. Add the egg mixture and cook until the eggs start to set around the edges, about 1 minute.
Transfer the pan to the oven and bake until the eggs are puffed and set, 10 to 12 minutes.

Adapted from fine cooking.com

Old-Fashioned Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp

I've posted a lot of recipes using rhubarb, but we really like it. Plus its readily available early in the produce season and rather inexpensive as fruit goes. It combines beautifully with strawberries. I liked this recipe because it has a very generous crumb topping which really compliments the tangy fruit filling.

Filling
2 pounds rhubarb stalks, sliced 1/2 inch thick
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 pound strawberries, hulled and quartered
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Topping
1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups rolled oats
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup pecans (optional)

MAKE THE FILLING: Preheat the oven to 375°. In a bowl, toss the rhubarb with 3/4 cup of the sugar and let stand for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. In another bowl, toss the strawberries with the remaining 1/2 cup sugar and let stand for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Combine the fruit. Add the cornstarch, lemon juice and vanilla to the fruit and stir well. Transfer the mixture to a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish.

MAKE THE TOPPING: Combine all of the ingredients in a medium bowl. Using a pastry blender or your fingers, mix the ingredients together until large crumbs form. This can also be done in a food processor. If using the nuts, add at the end. You don't want them finely chopped.
Sprinkle the topping evenly over the filling and bake for 30 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 325° and continue baking for about 30 minutes longer, until the fruit filling is bubbling and the topping is nicely browned. Let the crisp rest for 10 to 20 minutes before serving.

Its good served with vanilla or butter pecan ice cream or whipped cream. I didn't have any of these things so we ate it as is. Delicious.

Adapted from Food and Wine.com

Friday, July 2, 2010

Cucumber Salad

Balkan Cucumber Salad

• 1/4 cup very thinly sliced red onion
• 1 cucumber, preferably a long English cucumber (we get them in our CSA box)
• 1/2 tsp. salt
• Freshly ground black pepper
• 3/4 cups plain yogurt, drain off any accumulated liquid. I use Sugar River Dairy low-fat plain yogurt, which you can purchase locally in the Madison area.
• 1 clove garlic, minced
• 2 tbs. fresh mint leaves, minced
• 4 tbs. (packed) finely minced parsley
• 2 scallions, finely minced (greens included)
• 2 tbs. freshly minced dill
• 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, lightly toasted

Cut the cucumbers into thin rounds and place in a medium-sized bowl.
Add remaining ingredients except walnuts, and mix well. Cover and refrigerate until serving time.
Sprinkle the walnuts on top just before serving.

Adapted from The Moonshadow, a weekly newsletter of the Blue Moon Community Farm