After four years of hearing of this wonderful soup from Douglas, we have obtained the recipe! Please enjoy this delicious soup on the dreary days coming up this week. I’ve separated out the list of ingredients, but left the recipe exactly how I received it for authenticity!
1 large onion, or three spring onions, diced
1 TBSP butter
1 lb potatoes, peeled and sliced
2 quarts (8 cups) water (you could trade in a broth or stock here)
1 TBSP salt
2 bunches of radish leaves
4-6 TBSP heavy cream or 2-3 TBSP butter
Fresh parsley or chives for serving
Dice a large onion and sauté in 1 tablespoon of butter.
Add 1 pound of peeled sliced potatoes,2 quarts of water and 1 tablespoon of salt.
Simmer for 40 to 50 minutes until potatoes are tender.
Mash the vegetables with a fork or pass the soup through a food mill.
Reheat to a simmer and add 2 bunches of radish leaves.
Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
Off heat and just before serving, stir in 4 to 6 tablespoons of heavy cream OR 2 to 3 tablespoons of butter. Pour soup into bowls and decorate with 2 to 3 tablespoons of minced parsley OR chives.
The simplest way to enjoy radishes is on a slice of soft bread, with butter and salt. This recipe takes it a bit further, making radishes into a zippy sandwich that can be enjoyed as a meal or cut into smaller pieces for a cocktail or tea sandwich.
1 baguette (or dark pumpernickel)
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
2 teaspoons flaky sea salt
2 bunches radishes, washed, trimmed and thinly sliced
1 small handful arugula
1 teaspoon finely minced fresh garden herbs
Slice the baguette lengthwise and then crosswise, creating four quarters. Spread butter on the tops and bottoms of each quarter and sprinkle with salt. Pile sliced radishes onto the bottoms, then lay the arugula on top of them and sprinkle with the herbs. Top the sandwiches and press them down firmly.
Serve as is, cut into small sandwiches for hors d’oeuvres, or wrap for lunch.
1/3 cup slivered almonds
4 cups (1/2 pound) coarsely shredded Napa cabbage
6 ounces snow peas, sliced into half-inch slices on the diagonal
2/3 cup thinly sliced radishes
2/3 cup thinly sliced green onions (including greens)
2/3 cup lightly packed chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons rice vinegar (seasoned or unseasoned)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 clove peeled and minced garlic (about 1/2 teaspoon)
1/4 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon cayenne powder
1/2 cup mayonnaise
Toast the almond slivers in a dry nonstick or cast-iron skillet on medium high, stirring frequently until browned. Set aside. Combine cabbage, snow peas, radishes, green onions, cilantro in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the rice vinegar, sugar, soy sauce, garlic, sesame oil, ginger, and cayenne until sugar has dissolved. Whisk in the mayonnaise. When ready to serve, gently combine the dressing and almonds with the cabbage mixture.
This recipe is the perfect solution to the heavy load of fresh greens we have early and late in the season. My favorite greens to use are our tender collards, but I throw in whatever I have languishing in the fridge. Thanks to the rice and the eggs, this gratin is a full meal. And it pairs perfectly with a glass of rosé!
2 generous bunches of greens, such as collards, kale, or Swiss chard, all destemmed** (You will need about 8-10 cups of fresh greens, so throw in those two pac choi, or add the tatsoi or beet greens from last week!)
3 tablespoons butter or olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3-4 large spring onions, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced (If you have any green garlic or garlic scapes, now is the time to use it!)
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves (or ¼ tsp dried)
1 TBSP dried rosemary
1 pound cabbage (1/2 medium), cored and chopped (Napa cabbage will work!)
¼ cup dry white wine or dry sherry (Or cider, or beer, or even just water)
1 cup cooked rice
2 tsp crushed red pepper (you can also use a few dashes of hot sauce)
Freshly ground pepper
1 ½ cups grated cheese, such as Cheddar, Gruyere, Parmesan (Feta would also be a great addition)
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
Bring a large pot of water to a boil while you stem the greens. When the water comes to a boil salt generously and add your heaviest greens, such as collards and kale. Blanch for 1 minute, until just wilted, then add your more delicate greens, such as beet greens, chard, tatsoi. Let cook for only enough time to wilt. Using a skimmer or a slotted spoon, transfer to a bowl of cold water. Drain and squeeze out excess water by the handful. Chop medium-fine and set aside. You should have about 3 cups of cooked greens..
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter or oil a 2-quart baking dish.
Heat 2 tablespoons butter or oil over medium heat in a large, heavy skillet and add onion, spring onions, and garlic. Cook, stirring often, until tender, about 10 minutes, then add cabbage, thyme, rosemary and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until cabbage collapses in pan, about 5 minutes, and add another generous pinch of salt. Continue to cook the mixture until the cabbage is tender, sweet, and beginning to color, about 10 minutes. Pour in wine or sherry and scrape up any brown bits. Once the liquid has evaporated, stir in chopped blanched greens and season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir together for about a minute and remove from the heat.
Beat eggs in a large bowl and add a pinch of nutmeg, crushed pepper or hot sauce, salt and pepper to taste. Stir in rice, vegetable mixture and cheeses. Scrape into prepared baking dish. If using breadcrumbs, toss with remaining tablespoon olive oil or melted butter and sprinkle over the top. If not using breadcrumbs drizzle remaining oil or butter over the top.
Bake 40 to 45 minutes, until top is lightly browned. Remove from heat and allow to sit for at least 10 minutes before serving. Serve hot, warm or room temperature.
**You can blanch your greens ahead of time, they would be fine to keep in the fridge for up to 5 days before making the gratin. You can also use frozen greens, perhaps from a previous week, just make sure that they are thawed thoroughly and squeezed very dry.
¼ cup olive oil, plus more for drizzling
5 garlic cloves, smashed
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
20 ounces cherry tomatoes OR 2 lbs beefsteak tomatoes, sliced in 1” slices
1 bunch Swiss chard, preferably rainbow
6 large eggs
4 thin slices country-style bread
Flaky sea salt or kosher salt
Handful of basil leaves
Heat ¼ cup oil in a medium skillet over medium-high. When it just starts to shimmer, add garlic and season generously with kosher salt and black pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, until garlic is just turning golden around the edges, about 2 minutes. Stir in red pepper flakes, then add tomatoes and cook, tossing occasionally, until tomatoes look plumped and some of the skins start to split, about 2 minutes.
Reduce heat to medium. Cover pan and cook, stirring tomatoes every couple of minutes and lightly smashing them with a wooden spoon to encourage them to release some juices, until mixture is saucy and tomatoes are slightly deflated but still hold some shape, 5–7 minutes.
Meanwhile, strip leaves off Swiss chard stems and tear into bite-sized pieces (or bigger, your call). Reserve stems for your next sauté. Transfer leaves to a medium bowl.
Reduce heat under tomatoes to medium-low (sauce should be bubbling gently). Carefully crack eggs into a large measuring glass, then slip one at a time into tomato mixture, spacing them evenly apart around perimeter of pan. Season eggs with salt and pepper, cover pan, and cook until whites are set but yolks are still runny, 4–6 minutes.
While eggs are cooking, toast bread until crisp. Drizzle with oil, then firmly rub outside of lemon onto toasts to release aromatic oils from peel (you’ll smell it!). Sprinkle toasts with sea salt.
Squeeze about 2 Tbsp. lemon juice over greens, then toss in basil. Drizzle some oil over and season with kosher salt and black pepper. Toss again to combine.
Scoop an egg out of pan, spooning it up from underneath to keep the yolk intact, and transfer to a small shallow bowl. Spoon extra sauce around egg and sprinkle with sea salt. Repeat with remaining eggs. Serve with salad and toasts alongside
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.
1 lb. any color bell peppers, halved, seeds and ribs removed
½ head of garlic
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
¾ tsp. kosher salt
1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
2 mozzarella balls, sliced
Fresh basil, for garnish
Place a rack in middle of oven and preheat to 350°. Toss bell peppers, garlic, oil, and salt in a shallow 2-qt. baking dish to combine. Turn garlic cut side down, then roast vegetables, tossing 2 or 3 times, until golden brown, very tender, and edges are crisp, 80–90 minutes. Let cool slightly, then add vinegar and toss to coat. Place sliced mozzarella onto a serving plate, top with peppers, and drizzle with the oil and vinegar in the baking dish. Serve with fresh basil.
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
2 teaspoons paprika or pimentón
Pinch of cayenne
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon cider vinegar or white wine vinegar
Salt and pepper
1 1/2 pounds okra, left whole
1/2 cup oil-cured black olives, for garnish
1/2 cup roughly chopped cilantro leaves, plus additional sprigs, for garnish
Make the dressing: Put cumin, coriander and caraway seeds in a small dry skillet over medium-high heat. Shake pan and toast seeds until fragrant and lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Let seeds cool, then grind to a coarse powder in a mortar or electric spice mill. Transfer to a small bowl and add paprika and cayenne. Whisk in olive oil, lemon juice and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper.
Bring a large saucepan of well-salted water to a boil. Add okra and cook for 2 minutes, until firm-tender. Drain and rinse with cool water, then blot with a kitchen towel. Set aside.
To serve, place okra in a serving bowl. Season lightly with salt and toss with dressing. (Leave to marinate for up to 1 hour if desired.) Garnish with olives, chopped cilantro and some cilantro sprigs.
1 sheet frozen puff pastry (one 14-ounce package or half of a 17.3-ounce package), thawed
All-purpose flour (for dusting)
1 garlic clove, finely grated
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided, plus more for serving
1 lemon, thinly sliced into rounds, preferably on a mandoline, seeds removed
1 cup torn basil leaves
1 pound ripe tomatoes (about 3 medium), sliced ¼ inch thick, patted dry with paper towels
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
Crème fraîche (for serving)
Preheat oven to 375°. Roll out puff pastry on a sheet of lightly floured parchment paper, smoothing out creases, to a large rectangle measuring about 15x10". Prick pastry in a few places with a fork, leaving a 1" border around the edges, then slide parchment paper onto a rimmed baking sheet.
Combine garlic and 1 Tbsp. oil in a small bowl and brush dough with garlic oil, staying within border. Arrange lemon slices in a single layer over brushed pastry, then scatter basil over lemon slices.
Arrange tomatoes on top (a little overlap is okay). Sprinkle with lots of salt and a few grinds of pepper, then drizzle with 1 Tbsp. oil.
Bake tart until edges of pastry are browned, puffed, and crisp, 30–35 minutes. Let tart cool 10 minutes before cutting into 8 pieces. Drizzle with more oil and top each with a dollop of crème fraîche.
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!
Each week our CSA gets recipes along with their Shares. Here we've collected all the recipes from previous years.