Sunday, September 6, 2015

Huckleberry Zucchini Muffins (or bread)

Thank Caitlin for this one who picks up at Bryant Street Market in Highland Park. Looks like someone couldn't wait to taste them! Best warm I'm sure, as most baked goods are:)


  • ½ mashed ripe banana
  • 1 cup milk (I used soy)
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup (I used a combination of maple syrup and agave syrup because I ran out of maple syrup)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 ¾ cups  spelt flour + ¼ cup corn flour (you could probably use wheat flour instead and no corn flour; this is what I had and used)
  • Large handful of pumpkin seeds
  • Small handful of sunflower seeds
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp fine grain sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • Handful of dried cranberries
  • 1 cup huckleberries
  • 1 zucchini
  1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease a muffin tin.
  2. Mash banana; dice up zucchini and add to bowl
  3. Place mashed banana and zucchini into medium bowl with the milk, vinegar, maple syrup, and vanilla..
  4. If coconut oil isn’t already in liquid form, melt it
  5. In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda). **I have a vitamix and tossed the pumpkin and sunflower seeds in with the spelt and corn flour and ground it all into a flour. If you don’t have a vitamix you could just omit the seeds. I added them for extra nutrition and maybe flavor
  6. Stir coconut oil into the wet mixture. Pour wet ingredients onto the dry ingredients and stir until justcombined.
  7. Fold in huckleberries and dried cranberries
  8. Spoon about a heaping 1/4 cup of batter into each muffin tin, filling each tin about 3/4 full. I had leftover batter and no more muffin tins, so I made a small loaf of it too in a glass container
  9. Bake at 350F  for approximately 20 minutes—might vary based on oven. My oven runs really hot, so you might need more time (or less!).
  10. Let them cool before removing from muffin tray

Leek and Goat Cheese Galette

This one comes from Aisling who picks up at Big Idea Bookstore in Bloomfield. She notes that "it was quite good."


Galette Dough:
2 cups all-purpose or whole-wheat pastry flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
12 tbsp cold, unsalted butter cut into small pieces
1/3 to 1/2 cup ice water as needed
6 large leeks, including an inch of the green
3 tbsp butter
1 tsp chopped thyme
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup cream or creme fraiche
Salt and freshly milled pepper
1 egg, beaten
3 tbsp chopped parsley or 1 tbsp chopped tarragon
1/2 to 1 cup soft goat cheese to taste, about 4 ounces


Galette Dough:
Mix the flour, salt and sugar together in a bowl. Cut in the butter by hand or using a mixer with paddle attachment, leaving some pea-sized chunks. Sprinkle the ice water over the top by the tablespoon and toss it with the four mixture until you can bring the dough together into a ball. Press it into a disk and refrigerate for 15 minutes if the butter feels soft.

Thinly slice and wash the leeks. You should have about 6 cups.

Melt the butter in a medium skillet. Add the leeks, thyme, and 1/2 cup water. Stew over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the leeks are tender, about 12 minutes. Add the wine and continue cooking until it's reduced, then add the cream and cook until it just coats the leeks and little liquid remains. Season with salt and plenty of pepper. Let cool 10 minutes, then stir in all but 1 tbsp of the beaten egg and 2 tbsp of the parsley.

Preheat the oven to 400F Roll out the dough for one large or six individual galettes. Spread the leek mixture on top, leaving a 2" border around the edge. Crumble the cheese over the top then fold the dough over the filling. The galette may be only partially covered. Brush with the reserved egg and bake until the crust is browned, 25-30 minutes. Remove, scatter remaining parsley over the top, and serve.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Garden Huckleberry Zucchini Cake with Lemon Buttercream

Thanks to Bonni who picks up at Whole Foods Wexford! Those huckleberries stump some of us, myself included, so delicious sounding recipes like this are welcome. Bonni says, "I made this recipe with zucchini and garden huckleberries from last weeks share. I hope other folks like this as well as we did."

3 eggs, lighten beaten
1 cup vegetable oil
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups sugar
2 cups finely shredded and drained zucchini
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon soda
1 pint garden huckleberries

Lemon buttercream
1 cup butter, room temperature
3 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1 lemon, juice and zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare 2 8-inch round cake pans
  • Grate large zucchini and place in clean dish towel. Squeeze until most of the liquid comes out. You want 2 total cups of grated zucchini after draining. Set aside.
  • In mixing bowel beat together eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar. Fold in the zucchini.
  • slowly add flour, salt, powder, and soda.Gently fold in garden huckleberries.
  • Divide batter evenly between prepared (greased and floured) cake pans.
  • Bake between 35 and 40 minutes in the preheated oven or until a toothpick comes out clean. 
  • Cool 20 minutes in pans then turn out onto wire racks to cool completely.
Lemon buttercream
Combine butter, sugar, and salt and beat till well combined. Add lemon juice and vanilla and continue to beat for another 3 to 5 minutes or until creamy. Fold in zest.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Tomatillo Curry

This one comes from one of our Phipps Farmers Market customers who I asked last week what he planned to do with the tomatillos he just bought. He went home, started his own curry, then ran back to the market with the directions printed out saying "I have to run. The curry is cooking on the stove!" People are wonderful, Thank you for sharing, and I tested it out yesterday with great success!

4 Tomatillos (copped into cubes)
1 medium Onion
3 TBSP Oil
3 Garlic cloves
1/2 tsp Turmuric
1 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Mustard seeds
1 tsp Coriander

For Grinding:
5 TBSP Peanuts (roasted)
dry red chilis (according to taste)

Grind everything to a smooth paste

Heat oil in pan and add cumin and mustard seeds then add garlic and onions and fry for 2 min

Now add chopped tomatillos, turmeric, and salt and fry for 2 min then cover and cook on a low flame until tomatillos become soft and cooked then add ground peanut/chili paste, coriander powder, adjust water and salt to desired consistency then cover and cook on low flame for 10 min. done.

SERVE hot with rice or roti

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Drinking Jalapeños

Yes, add them to cocktails, smoothies, lemonade, seltzer.

Cocktails: Muttle with other ingredients then eat them when your drink is done. Adds only a hint of spice and flavor, then, when your done they've lost most of their heat by soaking up the drink liquid.

Infuse: Soak your alcohol then add it to any tequila/rum cocktails you desire.

Moscow Mule:
 Vodka, Ginger Beer, Lime Juice, Mint, Jalapenos
A Credit to Tin Front Cafe in Homestead (a new CSA pickup location this year) for introducing me to my favorite new summer drink: their Moscow Mules!

Margaritas of all flavors:
 Cucumber, Jalapeno, Cilantro, White Tequila, Cointreau, Lime
 Grapefruit, Jalapeno, Lime
 Strawberry, Jalapeno, Mint

Spicy Paloma:
 Water, Agave Nectar, Jalapeno, Tequila, Grapefruit Juice, Lime, Squirt Soda(or other grapefruit soda)

Mango Jalapeno Fizzy:
 Mango juice, Seltzer, Jalapeno, White rum, Simple syrup

Quick Pickled Peppers

This will work for any peppers, but we have LOADS of Jalapeños right now, so we're already planning for our winter nacho toppings here.

Makes 2 - 8 oz. jars

10 Jalapenos
3/4 C. Water
3/4 C. Vinegar, white
3 TBSP Sugar
1 TBSP Salt
1 clove Garlic, lightly crushed

other optional ingredients: oregano, peppercorns, bay leaves, coriander, cumin, honey instead of sugar, thinly sliced red onion

Combine everything, but pepper discs, in pan over High heat. Bring to boil, stir in jalapenos, remove from heat and let rest for 10 minutes.

Pack peppers into jars then cover with liquid and store in fridge.

This will work for canning or quick fridge pickles.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Roasted/Grilled Poc Choi

Tender stems and smoky, crispy leaves. A nice side dish with grilled fish or chicken. Also works well under the broiler in the oven.

1 Bok Choi
1-2 TBSP Oil (Sesame is good)
1-2 tsp Soy Sauce
couple generous pinches of Salt 'n Pepper

Slice Bok Choi lengthwise and rinse well to get all debris from between leaves. Drip dry. Preheat grill to Medium heat. Brush cut side of Choi with oil, sprinkle with S 'n P and place cut side down on grill. Cover and cook for 5-8 minutes intul leaves are wilted, color is bright, and you've got a nice char.

Brush uncut side with oil, Sprinkle with S 'n P, and flip over. Cover and grill for another 5 minutes until stems are tender. Remove to cutting board, and slice off base, cut into bite sized pieces and splash with soy sauce.

Rhubarb Simple Syrup

Excellent with plain seltzer water and a lime wedge, or mix up some refreshing cocktails.

4 C. Rhubarb, chopped
1 C. Sugar
1 C. Water

Place all ingredients in a large, heavy bottomed pot. Cook, stirring occasionally for 20 minutes or until all chunks have dissolved.

Strain liquids from solids, with fine mesh strainer and/or cheese cloth. Pour the pure juice into a glass jar. Syrup will last quite a while in the fridge.

Reserve the solids for on toast, vanilla ice cream, yogurt, etc. Solids will last a week or more.

Variations: Add in addition when cooking.
Orange Peel

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Poc Choi with Garlic and Shrimp

A simple and light recipe to start off the summer season.

4 oz. + more Bok Choi
1/8 tsp Salt or more to taste
1 Tbsp Oil
1/4 C. Shrimp (peeled baby)
3 Cloves Garlic (finely chopped)

Heat up a Wok (or big pan) with oil and sauté garlic until light brown and aromatic. Add shrimp and cook until 1/2 done. Add chopped Bok Choi and stir fry quickly. Serve immediately.

Thanks Rasa:

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Simple Cabbage and Rutabaga Side Dishes

Thank you Alan and Jessica for sharing your recipe ideas. These sound like a couple tasty and simple side dishes. 

Fried Cabbage

"We've looked for a while for a cabbage recipe that we like. Several have been ok, but many recipes involve raw cabbage or cabbage that gets cooked for a long time. This recipe is a happy medium...the cabbage if definietly not raw, but it is cooked for a short enough time that it still has a good crunch. The red pepper flakes give it a good kick so it makes an excellent side dish"

2 TBP Butter
1 tsp Sugar
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
1/8 tsp Pepper
6 C. Cabbage, coarsely chopped
1 TBP Water

In a large skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Stir in sugar, salt, and peppers. Add cabbage and water. Cook for 5-6 minutes, until tender, and stirring occasionally.

Credit to:

Roasted Rutabaga and Brussel Sprouts w/ Rosemary

"Last year, we made mashed rutabaga and it was ok. With last week's share, we made roasted rutabaga and brussel sprouts."

2 C. Brussels, halved
1 C. Rutabaga, peeled and diced
4 TBP Oil
1 TBP Rosemary, chopped (fresh/dried)
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 405 degrees.

Place veggies in 9 x 13 pan and toss with oil, rosemary and S & P.

Bake 25-30 minutes.