Green Kale & Sweet Potato Soup with Cumin and Lemon

Green Kale & Sweet Potato Soup with Cumin and Lemon
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Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 2 med-large leeks, white and light green only
  • 1 large red onion
  • 2 Tbs. Driftless Sunflower Oil
  • 1½ tsp. salt, more to taste
  • 1 lb sweet potatoes
  • 1 small red potato
  • 2 green kale tops
  • ⅔ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2- 2½ cups vegetable broth
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbs. cumin seed
  • 1-2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • a pinch of hot pepper
  • optional garnish: crumbled feta cheese
Instructions
  1. Thoroughly wash and coarsely chop the leeks, using only the white and light green part, and chop the onion. Heat the oil in a non-stick pan and start sauteing the onions, with a sprinkle of salt. When they are translucent and soft, add the leeks and keep cooking, stirring often, until all the vegetables are golden, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, peel the sweet potatoes, scrub the small red potato, and cut them all into ½ inch chunks. Remove the leaves from the main stem of the kale top and then cut out the thicker stems of the individual leaves. Cut the greens into one-inch strips, or chop them very coarsely. Combine the sweet potatoes and kale in a soup pot with 5 cups (1¼ liter) cold water and a teaspoon of salt, bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for about fifteen minutes. Add the sautéed leeks and onions to the pot, along with the cilantro, and a lot of fresh ground black pepper. Add as much of the vegetable broth as you need to give the soup a nice consistency - this is a hearty soup, but not a stew, and it should pour easily from a ladle. Simmer the soup gently, covered, for about ten more minutes.
  2. Lightly toast the cumin seed in a dry pan, just until it is fragrant, and grind it in a mortar or spice grinder. Stir the cumin seed and a spoonful of lemon juice into the soup, and taste. Add more salt, pepper or lemon juice as needed, and finish with a pinch of cayenne or any red pepper.
  3. Ladle into bowls and garnish with a heaping spoonful of crumbled feta cheese.

 

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.

 

Tom’s Cucumber Salad

Tom's Cucumber Salad
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Ingredients
  • 2 cucumbers (or 4 if using pickling cukes), seeds removed, coarsely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno or poblano pepper, seeds removed, finely chopped
  • ¼ c. white onion
  • 3 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • zest & juice of 1 lime
  • salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients & let stand in fridge for an hour to meld flavors.
  2. Serve with chips or on grilled chicken.
  3. Will keep for several days.
  4. Do not freeze.

 

Grilled Tomato, Corn & Poblano Salsa

Grilled Tomato, Corn & Poblano Salsa
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Ingredients
  • 3 large or 4 medium tomatoes, cut in half
  • 2 ears corn, un-shucked
  • 1 large or 2 medium poblano peppers
  • 1 onion, cut in quarters lengthwise through root (keep root intact to hold onion together)
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • ½ bunch of cilantro, coarsely chopped
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat grill & oil grates. Brush tomatoes & onions with oil. Place all vegetables directly on grill grates.
  2. Carefully turn each when starting to brown (the tomatoes, onions, & garlic will be quick) & remove into a bowl.
  3. Gently squeeze the tomatoes to remove some juice & seeds (or the salsa might be too runny).
  4. When the skin has blistered all over & blackened a bit remove to a bowl & cover to let steam.
  5. After 10 minutes, remove skin under running water (doesn’t hurt to wear gloves – they can burn your hands a bit when they’re spicy!) & pull out stem & seeds.
  6. When corn husks are blackened a bit, remove from grill & cool a bit before shucking & cutting the kernels off.
  7. Cut the root ends off the grilled onions & place in food processor with grilled tomatoes, garlic, prepared poblanos, cilantro, lime juice, & salt & pulse into chunky or smooth salsa, your choice.
  8. Stir in corn kernels, adjust seasoning as necessary, & serve. Freezes well.

 

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.

 

Cucumber Mint Salad w/Feta Cheese

Cucumber Mint Salad w/Feta Cheese
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Greek-style yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ thinly sliced cippolini onion
  • Juice & zest of ½ lemon
  • 2 tablespoons Driftless sunflower oil or olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 long or 2 small cucumbers, half peeled in stripes lengthwise, cut in half lengthwise, seeded, & sliced crosswise ¼ inch thick
  • 1 small green pepper, cut into bite-sized strips
  • 12 mint leaves, cut in thin ribbons
  • ¼ c. crumbled feta
Instructions
  1. Mix yogurt, garlic, onion, lemon juice/zest, oil and salt/pepper together until smooth.
  2. Chill until ready to serve.
  3. Just before serving, mix in cucumber, green peppers, sliced mint, & feta (save some mint & feta for garnishing on top).
  4. Adjust seasoning if necessary.

 

Summer Vegetable Saute w/Lime and Coriander

Summer Vegetable Saute w/Lime and Coriander
 
Ingredients
  • 1 large or 2 small zucchinis, cut in quarters lengthwise, then ½ inch pieces
  • 4 ribs celery, cut into ¼” pieces
  • ½ onion, sliced
  • 2 tsp. coriander seeds, slightly crushed with the back of a chef’s knife (or a mortar & pestle)
  • 2 cups Dragon Tongue beans (or green beans), stems removed, cut in half or thirds
  • 2 ears corn, kernels cut off
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ bunch of greens (collards, kale, chard, etc.), stemmed & coarsely chopped
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Juice & zest from 1 lime
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over med-high heat.
  2. Add zucchini, celery, & onion & sauté for a couple minutes.
  3. Add coriander seeds, beans, corn, & garlic & continue to saute for another couple minutes.
  4. Add greens & salt/pepper, stir a few times, cover, & cook until greens are wilted, about 1 minute.
  5. Stir in lime juice/zest, adjust seasoning as necessary, & serve.

 

Organic Roasted Broccoli and Zucchini With Avocado

Mixed Grilled Veggies w/Balsamic Vinegar and Oregano
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Ingredients
  • 2 medium zucchini, carefully cut lengthwise into ¼” slabs
  • 1 fresh onion, sliced into ¼” thick solid rounds
  • 1 head broccoli, carefully cut lengthwise up through stem into florets into ¼” slabs
  • 3 Tbsp. olive or sunflower oil
  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 Tbsp. coarsely chopped fresh oregano
  • Soft goat cheese or feta for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat a grill to medium-hot.
  2. Carefully toss all the prepared vegetables in a bowl with the oil, vinegar, salt, & pepper to coat.
  3. Oil the grill grates & grill over direct heat, carefully turning the vegetables when starting to brown, about 3 minutes each side (some may take longer or shorter).
  4. Serve drizzled with a bit more balsamic vinegar, fresh oregano, & cheese if you wish. Delicious with crusty bread! Serves 4-5.

 

Roasted Sweet Potato Bisque with Blue Cheese Croutons

Roasted Sweet Potato Bisque with Blue Cheese Croutons
Serves: 5-6
 
Ingredients
  • 4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled & cut into 1” chunks 1 Tbsp. olive or Driftless sunflower oil
  • ⅛ – ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 6 c. chicken or vegetable stock 1 c. half & half
  • Freshly grated pepper & nutmeg
  • 1 c. stale French bread, cubed
  • 2 Tbsp. olive or Driftless sunflower oil 1⁄4 c. crumbled blue cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Toss sweet potatoes with oil, salt, & cayenne & spread on a baking sheet (line with parchment or tinfoil for easy clean up) & roast for 40- 45 minutes, until soft & caramelizing on the edges (use convection if you’ve got it, but it won’t take as long).
  3. Meanwhile, heat butter in a heavy-bottomed soup pot & sauté onions until translucent.
  4. Add garlic & thyme & sauté until golden. Add roasted sweet potatoes & stock & bring to a boil. Lower heat & simmer for about 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat & puree soup with an immersion blender or food processor in batches until smooth.
  6. Return to low heat, add half & half, stirring frequently, until it returns to a gentle simmer – do not allow it to boil.
  7. Add freshly grated pepper & nutmeg to taste, cover & keep warm while you make croutons.
  8. Heat oil in a skillet & add cubed bread. Stir until starting to brown. Turn off heat & sprinkle with blue cheese. Cover for a minute to melt cheese. Ladle soup into bowls & carefully place some hot cheesy croutons on top.