Turmeric

2017 CSA Fall December 2nd Turmeric

2017 CSA Fall December 2nd Turmeric

  • Watercress 8×8
  • Baby Kale 8×8
  • Baby Tatsoi 8×8
  • Chervil
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Chives
  • 2 Butternut Squash
  • 2 Acorn Squash
  • Papaya
  • Blue/Purple Sweet Potatoes
  • Turmeric*
  • Ginger*

While building from this week’s CSA ingredients, I find all I need to add to this grocery list is a dozen eggs. The greens and herbs can be used to make a quiche, frittata, or homemade pasta as well as enjoyed raw alongside a meal, in a sandwich or even a wrap. Two to three eggs and the butternut, roasted and pureed, becomes the base for a “pumpkin” pie (the flavor and consistency is more of how we dream of for pumpkin pie, try it! Great substitute). Any greens and herbs can also be frozen, in a paste, or chopped to add to later dishes such as lentils, stews, curries and pot pies.

 

And of course, these are all packed with flavorful aromatic medicinal healing qualities…just check out the antimicrobial activities of herbs and essential oils…blows my mind sometime how we miss that the kitchen cupboard is also the medicine chest.

To your health and your pleasure, always, leslie   

 

2017 CSA Fall November 25th Butternut

2017 CSA Fall November 25th Butternut

  • Watercress 8×8
  • Red Sorrel 8×8
  • Green Sorrel 8×8
  • Chervil bag
  • Mint bag
  • Beet Top bunch
  • Anaheim/Hatch peppers
  • 2 Butternut Squash
  • Acorn Squash
  • Lemon Verbena bag
  • Rose Geranium bag
  • Tatsoi 8×8
  • Ginger*

For all you Red Sorrel fans, a great addition to a cleansing part of diet: and a chance to have an almost Dr. Seuss colored meal: chop sorrel in Cuisinart and combine either savory or sweet to obtain juice or soup or just a nice dye for a meal, makes a great addition to an apple salad with walnut and raisins …to go with a purple sweet potato pie! Winter Squash- Butternut squash this week! In the same family as pumpkin, is often used in recipes in its place. So, if you have recipes you like that call for pumpkin, try this as a substitute.

  My favorite “pumpkin pie” is made with butternut instead. Butternut squash lends itself delicious for both sweet and savory dishes.  Used as an ingredient in homemade pasta, for stuffing, or cubed to be roasted, in soups, muffins and breads. If a savory soup or roast is on your mind, herbs chopped finely in your dish.  It is easy to cut in half, scoop out the seeds and roast in a bit of water for half an hour… then you can flip it over and dress with pumpkin spices, some fresh grated baby ginger, butter and brown sugar for a decadent treat.  Or stuff with savory greens, herbs, cheese or rice blend and bake the halves for about ½ an hour at 400f.  For a delicious pie, use 1 ½ cups of cooked/pureed squash, 1 cup of sugar/light brown sugar, 3 eggs, ¾ cup evaporated milk or half and half, dash each of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, turmeric (insert some fresh grated baby ginger and turmeric, about an inch square), salt, 2 tbsp. flour, 1 tbsp. of melted butter, 1 tsp vanilla combined and poured into a 9” pie crust, and if you like, garnish with pecans (I also like to add crushed pecans into the crust). Bake @350 for 45-50 minutes (or until the top of the pie is set) and allow to cool before cutting.  Yum! Just a quick note on the baby ginger, since you are getting some every week: We wanted to suggest that if it is more than you can use fresh, store it in the freezer and just grate it into your teacup or recipe frozen, it will taste just like it is fresh! To your health and pleasure, always, love Leslie.

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Purple Sweet Potatoes Mashed

2017 CSA Fall Nov 18th – Purple Sweet Potatoes

2017 CSA Fall Nov 18th – Purple Sweet Potatoes

  • Poultry Herbs
  • Tatsoi
  • Anaheim Peppers
  • Bell Peppers
  • Chives
  • Butternut Squash
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Acorn Squash
  • Purple Sweet Potatoes
  • Turmeric*
  • Ginger
  • Tomatoes*

Thanksgiving herbs and fixings this week! Purple Sweet Potatoes and lots of winter squash. Some peppers for pep and Poultry Herb Bag perfect for stuffing the bird – use the hole bag stuff inside before cooking – you’ll be amazed at the aroma and infused flavor. Once Again, frost this weekend – our lowest this week: 19.9F as we pack up this evening – lots of purple sweet potatoes, baby ginger and baby turmeric. Purple sweet potatoes with white stars inside, we think are Hawaiian but an immigrant from Japan – what a gift!   

Turmeric as the season turns cold – a great healing rhizome with anti-inflammatory properties.

 

Holiday smashed purple potatoes, add ginger and turmeric fresh as desired2017CSA_Fall_Nov_18