Tomato Dill Pasta Salad

Tomato Dill Pasta Salad
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Ingredients
  • 3½ c. diced ripe tomatoes (about 1½ lbs.)
  • 2 tbsp. minced parsley
  • 1½ tsp. flowering dill
  • 2 tsp. finely minced shallot
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 oz. thin pasta noodles (such as linguine, angel hair or spaghetti), cooked
Instructions
  1. In medium bowl, combine tomatoes, parsley, dill, shallot and garlic.
  2. Gradually stir in olive oil.
  3. For best flavor, let sauce sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  4. When ready to serve, add salt and pepper; toss with hot cooked pasta.
  5. Makes 2 to 4 servings (about 3½ cups sauce).

 

Dijon Potato, Pepper & Bean Salad

Dijon Potato, Pepper & Bean Salad
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Ingredients
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ lb. Dragon Tongue or green beans (around 3 c.), stem snapped & cut in half or thirds
  • 2 lb. new potatoes (around 6 medium-large potatoes), whole with peels
  • 1 small green bell pepper, cut into bite-size strips
  • ½ c. thinly sliced onion
  • 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. sherry or white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh oregano, tarragon, or thyme (or 1 tsp. dry)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 Tbsp. Driftless sunflower oil
  • ¼ c. fresh parsley, chopped
Instructions
  1. Hard boil eggs & let cool.
  2. Bring salted water to boil in a medium sauce pan.
  3. Add green beans & blanch for about 2 minutes.
  4. Using a slotted spoon, remove them & immediately plunge into a bowl of ice water to cool. Drain.
  5. Add new potatoes & boil until just tender, 15-20 minutes. Drain & fill with cold water to cool.
  6. Meanwhile, in a medium serving bowl, whisk together mustard, honey, vinegar, tarragon, salt & pepper. Continue whisking while adding oil.
  7. Slice potatoes & eggs. Gently toss green beans & onions into dressing, then fold in potatoes & eggs. Serve with parsley.

 

Fresh Winter Vegetables & Tahini Dip

Fresh Winter Vegetables & Tahini Dip
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Ingredients
  • 4 cups sliced beauty heart radishes & carrots
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed with the side of a large knife
  • 1 cup roasted tahini
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ c. water
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Garnish: drizzle of olive or Driftless Sunflower Oil, minced red onion or shallot, flat leaf parsley cut into thin ribbons
Instructions
  1. Prepare vegetables & hold in cold water until ready to serve.
  2. Pulse garlic a few times in a food processor & add tahini, lemon juice, water, salt & pepper & process until smooth & creamy (add a bit more water if it’s too thick).
  3. Pour into a serving dish & top with desired garnishes.
  4. Drain vegetables & serve.

 

Salt Pickled Turnips & Gold Beets

Salt Pickled Turnips & Gold Beets
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Ingredients
  • 4 salad turnips, quartered and sliced (about 2½ cups)
  • 1 medium golden beet, peeled, quartered and sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp. each whole black peppercorns, whole coriander seeds, & whole fennel seeds
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. sea salt
  • 1 cup cold, purified water
Instructions
  1. Fill a sterilized quart-sized canning jar with the turnips, beets, garlic, parsley, & spices.
  2. Press gently with a wooden spoon to pack them in, leaving at least one inch of headspace below the top of the jar.
  3. Whisk the salt into the water until dissolved and pour over vegetables to about a half-inch below the top of the jar, making sure the water completely covers the vegetables.
  4. Cover tightly and let sit at room temperature out of direct sunlight for 3 to 5 days.
  5. Taste after 3 days—it should be slightly bubbly and the flavor should be salty and sour, with just a little bit of turnip bite.
  6. Once the flavor is where you want it, store in the refrigerator. Makes 1 quart.

 

Dijon New Potato & Green Bean Salad

Dijon New Potato & Green Bean Salad
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Recipe type: Side Dish
 
Ingredients
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ lb. green beans (around 3 c.), snapped, large ones cut in half
  • 2 lb. new potatoes (around 6 medium-large potatoes), whole with peels
  • ½ c. thinly sliced sweet onions
  • 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. sherry or white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. dried tarragon (or 1 Tbsp. fresh)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 Tbsp. Driftless sunflower oil
  • ⅓ c. finely sliced onion greens
  • ⅓ c. chopped celery
Instructions
  1. Hard boil eggs & let cool. Bring salted water to boil in a medium sauce pan. Add green beans & blanch for about 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove them & immediately plunge into a bowl of ice water to cool. Drain. Add new potatoes & boil until just tender, 15-20 minutes.
  2. Drain & fill with cold water to cool. Meanwhile, in a medium serving bowl, whisk together mustard, honey, vinegar, tarragon, salt & pepper. Continue whisking while adding oil.
  3. Slice potatoes & eggs. Gently toss green beans & onions into dressing, then fold in potatoes, eggs, onion greens and celery. Serve with parsley.

 

 

Turkish Zucchini Fritters

Turkish Zucchini Fritters
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mediterranean
 
Ingredients
  • 3 Tbsp. oil + more for frying
  • 2 baby leeks, washed carefully & coarsely chopped (white & green parts)
  • 2 medium or 1 large zucchini (about 1 lb), finely chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 Tbsp. all purpose flour
  • Black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh herbs like parsley, mint, oregano &/or dill
  • 7 oz. feta cheese, mashed with a fork
Instructions
  1. Heat 3 Tbps. oil over medium heat & sauté baby leeks until soft.
  2. Add zucchini & sauté, stirring, until soft & remove from heat.
  3. In a bowl, beat eggs with flour until well blended.
  4. Mix in black pepper, chopped herbs, & mashed feta.
  5. Fold in zucchini mixture.
  6. Heat a thin film of oil in a non-stick or well-seasoned cast iron skillet & fry about 2 Tbsp. of zucchini mixture, a few fritters at a time, turning each over once & cooking until lightly browned.
  7. Drain on paper towels & serve.

 

Garlicky Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan

Garlicky Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan
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Recipe type: Casserole
 
Ingredients
  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • Juice & zest of one lemon, separated
  • 2 Tbsp Olive or Driftless Sunflower oil
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh herbs of choice (basil, parsley, thyme, sage, etc.)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Put cauliflower florets in a single layer in an oven-proof baking dish.
  3. Stir in the garlic & pour lemon juice and olive/sunflower oil over cauliflower & stir to coat.
  4. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  5. Place casserole uncovered in hot oven & roast for 20-25 minutes, stirring a couple of times, until the top is lightly brown.
  6. Remove from oven and sprinkle generously with lemon zest, Parmesan cheese & herbs. Serve immediately.

 

Mediterranean Grilled Broccoli, Napa Cabbage & Zucchini

Mediterranean Grilled Broccoli, Napa Cabbage & Zucchini
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
 
Ingredients
  • ¾ c. oil (Driftless sunflower or olive)
  • Juice & zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh or 2 tsp. dry Mediterranean herbs (like rosemary, oregano, thyme, etc.)
  • 1 garlic scape, finely minced
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 heads broccoli, carefully cut lengthwise through stem & florets into ¼” slabs
  • 1 head napa cabbage, outer leaves removed, cut lengthwise through core in half & then each half lengthwise into quarters
  • 2 zucchini (or summer squash) cut lengthwise into ¼” slabs
  • 2 lemons, cut in half
  • ¼ c. parsley, coarsely chopped (for garnish)
Instructions
  1. Heat grill.
  2. Whisk together oil through salt/pepper in a large bowl.
  3. Make sure veggies are dry & toss in oil mixture until well coated. Rub cut side of lemon in oil mix.
  4. Grill in a single layer about 2 minutes on each side, until just starting to char a bit. Grill lemons cut side down.
  5. Serve on a large platter topped with parsley & grilled lemons to squeeze over veggies while serving.

 

Ever-Alterable Vinaigrette

Ever-Alterable Vinaigrette
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Recipe type: Dressing
 
You can make vinaigrettes easily low-tech by shaking them in a jar – just make sure to mince up your aromatics well first… But if you have one, I much prefer using my immersion blender in a wide-mouth pint jar (or the plastic jar the blender came with) to really emulsify the dressing & release the flavor of the aromatics (& then you only have to coarsely chop your aromatics & the blender will do the rest)… The cool thing about homemade vinaigrettes is that they’re super easy, cheap, keep well, & fun to experiment with – with this basic rough formula, you can change your vinaigrette up with whatever fresh aromatics you have in your box throughout the season or whatever mood you’re in. Latin American food? Try lime juice, sunflower oil, agave, spring onion & cilantro. Italian? Try balsamic, honey, olive oil, & rosemary. Asian? How about green garlic, rice vinegar, & a mix of sunflower & toasted sesame oil? It’s Ever-Alterable!!
Ingredients
  • 2 to 4 Tbsp. aromatics (green garlic, chives, spring onions, herbs, etc.)
  • ⅓ c. acid (vinegar [apple cider, balsamic, red/white wine, rice, etc.], lemon, &/or lime juice)
  • 2 to 3 tsp. sweetener (sugar, honey, maple syrup, agave, etc.)
  • 2 tsp. grainy mustard (optional but recommended)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • ⅔ to 1 cup oil (Drifltess Sunflower Oil, of course, but also olive, sesame, peanut, canola, etc.)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a jar & shake, or combine all but oil in a jar for an immersion blender or a food processor & blend while slowly adding oil until emulsified. Store in fridge for up to a couple weeks.

 

Broccoli & Roasted Pepper Salad with Tomato Vinaigrette

Broccoli & Roasted Pepper Salad with Tomato Vinaigrette
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Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 4-6
 
Ingredients
  • Dressing:
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, finely diced
  • 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 4-6 Tbsp. Driftless sunflower oil or olive oil
  • 3 Roma tomatoes or ½ cup cherry tomatoes, neatly diced
  • Salad:
  • 3 red bullhorn peppers, roasted, peeled, de-stemmed & seeded, & cut into
  • ½” squares
  • 1 ½ lb. broccoli with stems
  • 1 Tbsp. parsley or sage, chopped
  • ½ cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • Salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. For the dressing: In a small bowl, combine the garlic, shallot, vinegars, salt, & pepper. Let stand 15 minutes, then whisk in the oil & add the tomatoes.
  2. Taste & adjust seasonings if needed. Set aside (you probably won’t use it all in the salad – save excess for a green salad!).
  3. Separate the broccoli into small florets. Peel & dice the stems.
  4. Blanch the florets & stems in boiling salted water until just tender (about 2-3 minutes) & drain in a colander.
  5. In a large bowl, combine roasted peppers, broccoli, herbs, feta & a bit of the dressing. Taste & add more dressing, salt, & pepper as needed.
  6. Serve warm or at room temperature.