Greek-Style Braised Eggplant
1 large yellow onion, chopped
3 small sweet pepper diced
3 carrot, chopped
6 large garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp marjoram
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 small eggplants cubed
2 small squash (zucchini or yellow) cubed
2 bay leaves
1 mixed tomato qt or 3-4 large tomatoes chopped
In a casserole pot (or just a regular large pot) over medium heat, place enough oil to just coat the bottom. Add the onion, sweet pepper, carrot, and garlic. Let cook until fragrant. Stir in salt to taste plus the herbs and spices. Add/subtract/substitute herbs and spices to taste or for what you have on hand (ie: sweet paprika instead of smoked, or oregano instead of marjoram). Add the eggplant, squash, tomatoes, and bay leaves. Stir and bring to a bubbly almost boil. Reduce heat to low and let simmer until eggplant and squash are nice and soft. Keep an eye on it while simmering, stir occasionally and add a little liquid if it starts to get too dry (water, chicken broth, veg broth, wine, water+boullian, all good liquid options).
If desired, top with a mint and cucumber tzatziki-esk sauce (peeled/seeded/chopped cucumber, mint, plain yogurt, salt, pepper). Serve with buttered crusty toast, would be great with Sub Rosa toast or toasted pita. Could be made with any type of bean or served over rice instead of toast for a GF option.
Braised Chicken with Carrots
Use up your leeks, carrots, and celery with this absolutely delicious chicken recipe. If you feel weird about the loose coriander seeds, you can use ground or put the seeds into your spice bag in with the other herbs.
¼ cup all-purpose flour
2 thyme sprigs
1 rosemary sprig
1 whole clove
1 whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces, rinsed and patted dry
1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
1 ½ teaspoons ground black pepper
¼ cup (4 tablespoons) extra virgin olive oil
4 large leeks, halved lengthwise, cleaned and thinly sliced crosswise
3 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
1 pound carrots, peeled, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
1 celery stick, diced
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons whole coriander seeds
1 cup dry white wine
About 2 cups chicken stock
1 to 2 tablespoons grainy Dijon mustard, to taste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or celery leaves, for garnish
Buttered noodles, for serving (optional)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place flour in a shallow bowl. Tie thyme, rosemary and clove in a spice sachet or square of cheesecloth.
Season chicken pieces all over with salt and pepper. Coat each piece evenly with flour; tap off excess. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a large oven-proof Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Sear in batches, until browned all over, 5 to 6 minutes a side. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate.
Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pot; reduce heat to medium. Add leeks and 2 tablespoons sage and cook, stirring, until softened, about 2 minutes. Stir in the carrots, celery, garlic, coriander, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until vegetables begin to color, about 5 minutes.
Add wine and increase heat to high; simmer, scraping up browned bits from bottom of pot, until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Return rabbit to pot. Add stock (it should come almost halfway up the sides of chicken pieces) and herb sachet (or herbs and clove). Transfer pot to oven and cook, partially covered, until meat is fork tender, about 2 hours.
Transfer rabbit pieces to a serving platter. If the liquid seems too thin, place the pot over medium-high heat and simmer until it thickens slightly. Discard sachet. Stir in mustard, to taste. Spoon sauce and vegetables over chicken. Garnish with parsley and celery leaves and remaining 1 tablespoon chopped sage. Serve with noodles, if desired.
French Carrot Salad
¼ cup grated or finely chopped red onion (optional)
2 to 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil or canola oil (or a mix of the two)
2 to 3 tablespoons buttermilk
2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon curry powder
½ teaspoon ground lightly toasted cumin seeds
Salt and black pepper
1 pound carrots, peeled and grated
¼ cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
3 tablespoons capers, rinsed and coarsely chopped
Place the onions, if using, in a bowl and cover with cold water. Soak for 15 minutes, drain, rinse with cold water, then pat dry using a paper towel.
Meanwhile, make the dressing: Whisk together the oil, buttermilk, lemon juice, mustard, curry powder and cumin in a large bowl; season with salt and pepper.
Add the carrots, parsley, capers and drained onions, if using, and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Refrigerate before serving (I recommend making this 30 minutes to 1 hour ahead, then tossing again just before serving).
Lamb Stuffed Peppers
1 lb. ground lamb
1 onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 carrots, grated
2 sticks of celery, finely chopped
3 tomatoes, diced
1 cup red wine
½ cup golden raisins
1 TBSP smoked paprika
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
2-3 cups cooked rice
6 large bell peppers, tops and seeds removed
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and add two tablespoons olive oil. Add the lamb and season with salt and pepper. Cook until brown, about 5-8 minutes, breaking it up into small bits with the back of a wooden spoon as it cooks. Add the onion, garlic, carrots, celery, garlic, raisins and paprika. Continue to cook until the onions start to get tender, about 3-4 minutes.
Deglaze the pan with the red wine, stirring to get any brown bits off the bottom of the skillet. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook until most of the liquid has evaporated. Turn off the heat and add the parsley and cooked rice to the pot. Stir to combine.
Pour 1 cup of water or vegetable broth into an oven-safe baking dish for additional liquid to create a bed for the peppers to sit on. Fill each pepper up with the rice and lamb mixture.
Set in the baking dish and bake, uncovered, for 20-30 minutes.
Farmer’s Market Ragu
1 head of celery, diced (if using store-bought, you may only need 4 stalks)
3-4 carrots, peeled and diced
1 onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
½ cup red wine
4 large tomatoes, diced
2 cups leftover shredded meat of choice
½ lb pasta (I love the wrinkly trumpets for holding the sauce)
Cook pasta according to the package and set aside. In a large pan, heat 4 TBSP olive oil over medium heat. Add celery, carrot, onion and cook until the onions start to look translucent, about ten minutes, then add garlic for another minute. Pour in red wine, and cook, stirring, until the wine has mostly absorbed into the veggies, and the smell of alcohol has disappeared. Add in chopped tomatoes, stir, and let simmer until most of the tomato water has evaporated and sauce has begun to thicken. Then add in your leftover meat (or meat substitute!) and cook until warmed through. At this point, add in your pasta, and toss with the sauce, until all the pasta is coated. Serve topped with parmesan cheese and fresh herbs!
Kale, Beet and Carrot Slaw
Yield: 4-6 servings
Time: 20 minutes
1 bunch Tuscan kale, trimmed and finely shredded/sliced
2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
2 small-medium beets, peeled and cut into thin matchsticks
1 bunch carrots, peeled and cut into thin matchsticks
1 apple, cored and thinly sliced
1/2 small red onion, sliced into little slivers
salt and pepper
1 clove of garlic, peeled
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp prepared mustard (Dijon, stoneground, etc)
1/3 cup tahini
juice of 1 orange (a generous 1/4 cup)
honey to taste
1-2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper
In a large bowl, combine the sliced kale, celery, beets, carrot shreds, sliced apple and red onion slivers. Season all of that with some salt and pepper and toss. Set aside.
Make the dressing: combine all the dressing ingredients in a blender on high until you have a smooth dressing that will coat the back of a spoon, in a decidedly thin way (you might have to add splashes of water to get there). Check it for seasoning, adjust and set the dressing aside.
Pour the dressing onto the salad and toss it up. Garnish with parsley.
Roasted Spiced Beets and Carrots
Time: 2 hours
1 bunch beets, greens removed
1 bunch of carrots, cut into chunks
½ teaspoon of cumin
½ teaspoon of coriander
Chopped, roasted almonds (optional)
Heat the oven to 400.
Wash beets, wrap in foil and put on a baking sheet.
Put carrot chunks on the baking sheet and toss with olive oil.
Roast until a knife pierces the beets with little resistance, 45 to 90 minutes, and the carrots are tender and browned (remove when done; before the beets).
When the beets are cool enough to handle, peel by gently rubbing the skin off under cold water, and cut into chunks; toss them and the carrots with chopped almonds, 1/2 teaspoon each of cumin and coriander, lemon juice and olive oil. Garnish with chopped fresh herbs of choice!
Spiced Carrot Frittata
For carrots, and all other root vegetables with tops, you will want to remove the tops before storing in the fridge. This keeps the root from going soft, and you can use the tops for something else. Serve this frittata with a lightly dressed bowl of salad greens (and maybe a glass of Riesling) for a simple summer dinner!
1 bunch carrots, top removed, peeled and sliced
1 tablespoon caraway seeds, ground
1 to 2 tablespoon harissa paste OR Chile garlic paste
4 large garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup finely chopped flat leaf parsley
8 large eggs
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Either boil the carrots in salted water, or steam until thoroughly tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and mash with a fork, or puree in a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Add the caraway, harissa, and garlic, and blend together.
Beat the eggs in a large bowl. Beat in the salt and pepper, and add the carrot mixture and the parsley. Mix together well. Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a heavy 10-inch nonstick skillet. Hold your hand above it; it should feel hot. Drop a bit of egg into the pan and if it sizzles and cooks at once, the pan is ready. Pour in the egg mixture. Swirl the pan to distribute the eggs and filling evenly over the surface. Shake the pan gently, tilting it slightly with one hand while lifting up the edges of the omelet with a spatula, to let the eggs run underneath during the first few minutes of cooking.
Cover the pan, turn the heat down to low and cook 15 minutes, shaking the pan gently every once in a while, until the frittata is almost set. From time to time remove the lid and loosen the bottom of the omelet with a spatula, tilting the pan, so that the bottom doesn’t burn. Meanwhile, preheat the broiler.
Finish under the broiler for 1 to 3 minutes, watching very carefully to make sure the top doesn’t burn (it should brown slightly, and it will puff under the broiler). Remove from the heat, shake the pan to make sure the frittata isn’t sticking, and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes and up to 15. Loosen the edges with a wooden or plastic spatula. Carefully slide from the pan onto a large round platter. Serve warm or room temperature.
Market Haul Bibimbap!
This recipe is easily adapted to use whatever veggies you have on hand! If you can get some eggs from one of our market neighbors, you’ll be set. Feel free to switch out the rice for other grains as well, or cauliflower.
3/4 cup short-grain brown or white rice, rinsed
1 ½ cups water
1 pinch sea salt
VEGGIES + EGG
2-3 Tbsp sesame oil, DIVIDED (toasted for more flavor, untoasted works, too)
3 cups packed mixed vegetables (such as finely shredded carrot, thinly sliced zucchini, or greens)
1 heaping cup bean sprouts (if you can’t find, sub more mixed vegetables)
2 stalks green onion, sliced on an angle
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp soy sauce
2 large eggs
2-4 Tbsp Korean Gochujang Sauce
Toasted or raw sesame seeds (optional)
To a medium saucepan, add cooking water, rinsed rice, and salt. Heat over high heat and bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, and cover. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until water is absorbed and rice is tender and fluffy. Keep covered and set aside.
While the rice finishes cooking, heat a large skillet over medium heat (stainless steel or cast iron are best). Once hot, add 1 tsp of sesame oil or enough to just coat the pan.
Once the oil is hot, add vegetables one type at a time and cook in batches until lightly browned (1-2 minutes), seasoning each with a little minced garlic and a dash of soy sauce. Cooking in batches allows you to arrange vegetables separately over the rice for visual effect. Add more oil to the pan as needed between vegetables.
Arrange cooked vegetables in individual piles on a serving plate and cover gently to keep warm until serving.
To cook eggs heat the same pan over medium heat. Once hot, add a little more oil (sesame or otherwise), and carefully crack eggs. For sunny-side up (our preference), cover briefly with a lid to steam for 1 minute, then remove lid and continue cooking until whites are cooked but yolks are still runny. Turn off heat and set aside (uncovered).
Spicy Stir-fried Cabbage
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons minced ginger
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 star anise, broken in half
2 teaspoons soy sauce (more to taste)
2 tablespoons dry sherry
2 tablespoons peanut or canola oil
1 small cabbage, 1 to 1 1/2 pounds, quartered, cored and cut crosswise into 1/8-inch shreds
1 medium carrot, cut into julienne
Salt to taste
2 tablespoons minced chives, Chinese chives or cilantro
Combine the garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes and star anise in a small bowl. Combine the soy sauce and sherry in another small bowl.
Heat a 14-inch flat-bottomed wok or a 12-inch skillet over high heat until a drop of water evaporates within a second or two when added to the pan. Swirl in the oil by adding it to the sides of the pan and tilting it back and forth. Add the garlic, ginger, pepper flakes and star anise. Stir-fry for a few seconds, just until fragrant, then add the cabbage and carrots. Stir-fry for one to two minutes until the cabbage begins to wilt, then add the salt and wine/soy sauce mixture. Cover and cook over high heat for one minute until just wilted. Uncover and stir-fry for another 30 seconds, then stir in the chives or cilantro and remove from the heat. The cabbage should be crisp-tender. Serve with rice or noodles.
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