Winter Wild Rice Soup

Winter Wild Rice Soup
Recipe type: Soup
 
A great warm and hearty meal when there is a blizzard howling outside.
Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp Driftless Organics Sunflower Oil
  • 1 small-medium onion, diced
  • 1-2 celery ribs ,diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed and then chopped
  • 6 c. vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1-2 sweet potatoes, diced (about 1 c.)
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 c. mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 c. wild rice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 ½ Tbsp Old Bay Seasoning (you can make your own!)
  • 3 Tbsp Butter
  • ¼ c. flour
  • 1 ½ c. milk
  • 1-2 Handfuls of Kale OR Spinach, coarsely chopped
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • *Optional: add diced OR shredded cooked chicken
Instructions
  1. Let oil heat up in a dutch oven. Add onions and celery, saute until translucent, about 3-5 minutes.
  2. Now add garlic, saute until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add stock, sweet potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, wild rice, bay leaf & Old Bay Seasoning. Stir to combine. Continue cooking until the soup reaches a simmer.
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 45 minutes, or until rice is tender, stirring occasionally.
  5. Take a small saucepan and melt the butter. Whisk in flour and let cook for about 1 minute. Slowly, whisk in milk, until combined. Continue cooking, stirring OFTEN, until the mixture nearly comes to a simmer and has thickened.
  6. When your veggies and rice are tender, Add the cream sauce and kale/spinach.
  7. Stir until combined.
  8. Taste and season with salt, pepper or more old bay seasoning. Serve warm.

 

Braised Stuffed Cabbage

Braised Stuffed Cabbage
Recipe type: Side dish
Cuisine: Delicious!
 
This dish is best as a side dish, but it is VERY festive and absolutely delicious! You'll be fighting for the last roll.
Ingredients
  • 1 cabbage (Savoy is best): 8 leaves
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsp Driftless Sunflower Oil (or EVOO)
  • 1-2 Onions, finely chopped (approx ⅔ c.)
  • 2 tsp dried Rosemary, coarsely chopped OR ground smaller if you have a mortar & pestle.
  • 2 large cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 celery stick, chopped OR 1-2 Tbsp of Celeriac, minced
  • Approx 1 c. toasted pecan pieces
  • 1-1 ½ c. cooked rice
  • ½ c. craisins OR cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 2 c. vegetable or chicken stock
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp honey
Instructions
  1. Bring large pot of salted water to boil.
  2. While it is heating up, remove the central core of the cabbage. Take off any “icky” outer leaves. When water is boiling, put whole cabbage in for 1-2 minutes, flip if needed for full water contact half way through. When it’s wilty, then it’s done.
  3. Drain and refresh until cold water. Drain well. Take each leaf and pat dry before stuffing.
  4. Preheat oven to 350F.
  5. Heat butter & oil in a medium sized pan, add onion. Brown onions, about 5 minutes.
  6. Add rosemary and celery/celeriac/. Lightly salt the mix. Cook for another 5 minutes.
  7. Add minced garlic. 2-3 more minutes.
  8. When it is fragrant, add cooked riced and toasted pecans until everything is well incorporated and rice has a “glistening” appearance. Take off of heat and add craisins/cranberries.
  9. Spoon the stuffing into the cabbage leaf, roll up/fold to enclose the filling. Use between ¼-⅓ c of filling per cabbage leaf. It varies based on how big the leaf is.
  10. Put in an oiled, shallow baking dish. ** A 9 x 13 pan is a little big, but perfect if you are doing a 1 ½ batch (12 cabbage rolls)*** Make sure the seem is facing down on the pan. Fill up your pan with remaining cabbage rolls.
  11. Mix 2 c. stock, 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar & 2 tsp. Honey together and pour into the pan.
  12. Cover with foil.
  13. Bake at 350F for 1 hour. Take foil off, bake for an additional 15 minutes.

 

Aloo Gobi

Aloo Gobi
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Cuisine: Indian
 
This is one of my favorite simple Indian dishes. I can whip it up in about 30-45 minutes. It's simple, it's delicious and I typically have the ingredients on hand in the fall/winter time.
Ingredients
  • 2-3 Potatoes, cut into bite sized pieces
  • Head of Cauliflower/Romanesco, cut into similar size of potatoes
  • 1-2 Tbsp. Driftless Sunflower Oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Coriander Powder
  • ¼ tsp. Turmeric
  • 1 c. water, divided
  • 1 Tbsp garlic paste (or microplaned)
  • 1 Tbsp. ginger paste (or microplaned)
  • 1 “hot” pepper (Serrano, Jalapeno, or Poblano)
  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tsp. Cumin seeds
Instructions
  1. Start by cutting up your potatoes, cauliflower/romanesco, onions and “hot” pepper.
  2. Make “wet” curry mix: 1⁄2 c. water, Ginger paste, Garlic paste, Coriander powder and turmeric. Heat oil in a good sized pan (about 3 qt). When it’s shimmering (but not smoking) add cumin seeds. Saute for 30 seconds - 1 min.
  3. Add onions and peppers. Saute for about 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add wet curry. Cook for about 2-4 minutes, until it gets a little darker and slightly reduced. Now Add the potatoes and cauliflower. Mix well, coating the veggies.
  5. Add remaining ½ c. water and cover. Simmer for 10-15 minutes (however long is needed to cook vegetables thoroughly.).
  6. Uncover and let moisture cook off. This dish should be fairly dry at the end.
  7. Serve with Indian bread of choice. **Naan or Paratas are our favorite.**

 

Roasted Pepper Sauce

Roasted Pepper Sauce
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Recipe type: Pasta Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
 
This pasta sauce is a great change from your regular marinara sauce....it has deep flavors from roasting the sweet peppers, onions and garlic. Try it today!
Ingredients
  • 4-5 Roaster Sweet Peppers
  • 1-2 Tbsp of Driftless Organics Sunflower Oil
  • 1-2 leeks or medium onion, coarsely chopped (optional)
  • 4-5 cloves Garlic
  • 1 c. Chicken or Vegetable broth
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp. Dried basil (or ¼ c. fresh, chopped)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450F.
  2. Take roaster peppers, cut in half and deseed.
  3. Place on shallow sided baking sheet (with tin foil...makes clean up SO much easier).
  4. Place peppers and leeks/onions (optional) on sheet - drizzle with oil, use your hands to cover all over the pepper - front and back. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Place peppers with skin side down.
  6. Put in oven for 10-15 min. Take out, flip over so skin side is up.
  7. Add garlic cloves. Roast another 10-15 min.
  8. It is done when you see blisters or a nice coloring on your garlic.
  9. Take out and set aside to cool for 5-10 min.
  10. When it’s able to be touched, take peppers and coarsely chop them. Add them to your blender. Toss in the garlic and leeks/onion (optional) and about 1 c. Chicken or Vegetable broth.
  11. Puree until smooth.
  12. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
  13. Pour into a pot, add basil and simmer in a pot over low heat for 10+ min. Letting the flavors develop a little further. Serve over pasta.

 

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup
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Recipe type: Soup
 
This is one of my family favorites....a dash of dried cayenne and a dollop of sour cream brings is a must. This soup is also great the next day, adding some garam masala and chunks of paneer..."instant" Indian. So yum!
Ingredients
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1-2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 Butternut Squash, peeled, deseeded and chopped
  • 1 tart green apple, chopped
  • 3 c. Chicken Stock
  • 1 c. Water
  • Pinches of Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Salt and Cayenne (to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup (optional)
  • Sour Cream (for serving)
Instructions
  1. Saute onion, carrot and celery in butter until tender (about 3-5 min).
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients (minus syrup) and simmer. Be conservative with the spices.
  3. When butternut and apple are tender (about 20-30 min), puree the soup.
  4. Taste and add more spice per taste, including optional syrup.
  5. Serve with a dollop of sour cream.

 

Salad Pizza

Salad Pizza
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Recipe type: Pizza
Cuisine: Italian
 
A fresh take on pizza - sooooooooo yummy!
Ingredients
  • 1 Pizza Dough (homemade or bought)
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • Optional Toppings:
  • Sweet Pepper (optional), thinly sliced OR Roaster Pepper - roast before using as a topping
  • Basil (optional)
  • Tomato (optional), thinly sliced
  • Zucchini (optional), thinly sliced
  • Salad Mix/Spinach
  • Mozzarella, Feta and Parmesan Cheese
  • Salad Dressing - pick an option: Lemon Apple Cider Vinegar dressing, White wine vinegar dressing or Balsamic Vinegar Dressing.
Instructions
  1. Spread a pizza dough into a 14” round on parchment.
  2. Drizzle olive oil over crust, lay out toppings.
  3. Add mozzarella cheese and bake in a 425 degree oven on a pizza stone for about 12 minutes.
  4. Mix any and all greens you have in a bowl.
  5. Top with feta and dressing.
  6. Mix to coat salad.
  7. Dump the salad on the hot pizza and cut as desired.
  8. Top with fresh Parmesan.

 

Corn, Tomato and Basil Chowder

Corn, Tomato and Basil Chowder
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Recipe type: Soup
 
Great way to use up some of the bounty of the garden for a fresh soup on a cooler day.
Ingredients
  • 6 ears of corn, shucked
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 lg onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 c. chicken broth
  • 1 ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 pound waxy potatoes (red or yukon gold) cut into ½” cubes
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • ½ tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • ¼ c chopped fresh basil
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • Creme fraiche or sour cream (optional)
Instructions
  1. Slice corn kernels off cob and place in bowl.
  2. Run back of knife along each cob to remove additional corn pulp (the creamy stuff).
  3. pulp to bowl; reserve cobs.
  4. In a medium soup pot or dutch oven - melt butter over medium heat.
  5. Stir in onion, shallot and garlic.
  6. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened (about 5 min).
  7. Add broth, reserved cobs, 1 c. water and 1 tsp salt to pot.
  8. Bring to a boil over high heat.
  9. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 10 min.
  10. Add potatoes and simmer until potatoes are tender (about 15 min).
  11. Remove cobs and discard.
  12. Stir in corn kernels and pulp, tomatoes and remaining ½ tsp salt and pepper.
  13. Simmer for 20 more min.
  14. Stir in the basil and lime juice.
  15. Turn off heat and let soup cool for at least 15 min before serving.
  16. Serve warm with a dollop of creme fraiche or sour cream, if using.

 

Roasted Vegetables w/Chevre & Lemon

Roasted Vegetables w/Chevre & Lemon
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Ingredients
  • 3 Tbsp. olive or Driftless sunflower oil
  • 1 head broccoli, cauliflower, or romanesco, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 fennel bulb, cut in half lengthwise, cored & sliced
  • 2 sweet peppers, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • ½ yellow onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh sage leaves
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Juice & zest from 1 lemon
  • 2 oz. plain or herbed chevre, crumbled
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Toss broccoli/cauliflower & fennel in 2 Tbsp. oil & salt/pepper to taste in a large bowl. Pour onto a large rimmed baking sheet & roast for about 10 minutes.
  3. Toss sweet pepper & onion with remaining oil & add to roasting vegetables, carefully stirring with a metal spatula.
  4. After about 15 minutes, stir again & add garlic, thyme, & lemon juice. Continue to roast for another 5-10 minutes, or until vegetables are au dente but starting to brown a bit on the edges.
  5. Sprinkle with lemon zest & chevre & serve.

 

Deep Dish Fennel Rutabaga Gratin

Deep Dish Fennel Rutabaga Gratin
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup grated cheddar cheese
  • ⅔ cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 Tbs. chopped fresh sage
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 large or 2 medium rutabagas, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium yellow potatoes, sliced
  • ½ yellow onion, thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease 2-qt. baking dish with oil.
  3. Combine cheese, flour, sage, salt, and pepper in bowl.
  4. Layer half of rutabaga, potato, onion, and fennel in prepared baking dish. Season with salt and pepper, if desired, and sprinkle with half of cheese mixture.
  5. Top with remaining vegetables; season with salt and pepper, if desired; and pour milk over top. Sprinkle with remaining cheese mixture.
  6. Bake 1 hour, or until liquid is absorbed and vegetables are tender. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.

 

Frisee Endive Salad

Frisee Endive Salad
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Ingredients
  • 1 head of frisée
  • ½ c. blue cheese, crumbled
  • ½ c. dried cranberries
  • ⅓ c. walnuts, broken into pieces (or more if you really like walnuts!)
  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • pinch of salt
  • Dressing:
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. finely minced yellow onion
  • 1 tsp. each grainy mustard & honey
  • 1½ Tbsp. sunflower, or olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Wash endive & spin dry. Coarsely chop or rip leaves & place in serving bowl.
  2. In a small frying pan, toast walnuts for about a minute over high heat, stirring. Add maple syrup & pinch of salt & remove from heat. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients. Pour over salad, toss to coat, top with cheese, craisins, & maple nuts. Combine with roasted (and chilled) gold beets, grated carrots, sliced salad turnips or chopped up sweet peppers for an even more amazing salad! Serves 3-4