Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Chevre & Roasted Veggie Pizza:

Chevre & Roasted Veggie Pizza:

This is an adaptation of one of the most popular pizzas at On the Rise. You can roast the frozen peppers from last week's share, and carmelize some onions from this share. If you would like some fresh tomato sauce on this pizza, take some of the frozen tomatoes , hold them under hot water to remove skins, chop them and then simmer them in a wide pan to thicken the sauce while onions are carmelizing and peppers are roasting.

1 pizza crust
Shredded mozzarella cheese
fresh chevre
roasted red peppers (fresh diced frozen peppers are good too)
carmelized onions
herbs - fresh or dried oregano and basil and perhaps a bit of thyme too

Roasting the peppers - Slightly oil the peppers with olive oil using your fingers and then place them under the broiler for 6-10 minutes until browned,

Carmelized onions - using 2-3 TB olive oil for each 2 or 3 onions, sauté onions in a hot pan, stirring often, for 10-20 minutes until browned.

Ben's new simplified instructions on how to use and bake your pizza go like this:
1. Thaw dough completely (don't wait for it to rise)
2. roll it & stretch it
3. top it
4. bake it on a stone or pan at a high temp (450°F)
5. take it out (cool it for a few minutes) and eat it!

Published in Pizzas
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Lemon and Herb Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes

Lemon and Herb Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes

This one has been adapted slightly from a recipe in Andrea Chessman's Serving Up the Harvest. This is a simple and tasty way to get to know this vegetable a bit better.

1 lb Sunchokes (Jerusalem Artichokes)
1.5 TB olive oil
1 garlic clove
a light sprinkling of basil
zest of a 1/4 lemon
coarse or kosher salt

Preheat the oven to 500F and lightly grease a shallow roasting pan with oil.

Scrub the sunchokes well or peel them. Cut off the irregular knobs to make reasonably regular shapes. Cut the sunchokes into 1-inch pieces. Combine sunchokes with the oil in a large bowl and toss to coat. Arrange in a single layer in the prepared pan.

Roast for about 15 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally for even cooking. While the sunchokes roast, combine the basil, garlic, and lemon zest in a mini food processor or on your cutting board and finely chop.

Sprinkle the lemon-herb mixture over the sunchokes and continue to roast for about 5 more minutes. The sunchokes should be well browned and tender, and the garlic should be fragrant but not burned.

Transfer the chokes to a serving bowl or platter. Sprinkle with salt and serve at once.

Published in Light Sides
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00



- In the share today is pesto made simply with basil and sunflower oil. We chose not to add other ingredients so that people could make the pesto that suits their personal taste best. We did try a bunch of different recipes though and had fun doing it. You could use some local aged cheese (try some old blue for a zesty pesto!) or go with something more classic. You could skip cheese altogether and try some nuts and lots of garlic.

To make a fairly simple pesto add the following to your 1/2 pint
1 clove minced or crushed garlic(or 2-3 depending on taste)
3 TB grated parmesan
2-3 TB pine nuts, lightly toasted
1/8 - 1/4 tsp salt

Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Basil Smashed Norland Potatoes

Basil Smashed Norland Potatoes

The recipe was supplied by Vt Butter and Cheese. Serves 8.

2 lbs, Red Norland potatoes, washed and cut in half
I bunch basil
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 sour cream
salt & pepper, to taste

Rinse cut potatoes well and place in a pot with salted water. Bring to boil and when potatoes are knife tender, drain and let dry out a bit. While the potatoes are boiling, heat cream and olive oil in small sauce pan. Add basil and remove from heat.

Return potatoes to pot and mash with potato masher or a large whisk. They are supposed to be chunky so don’t worry about getting every last bit smooth. Add cream mixture and fold in. Dependent on how creamy you like your potatoes, add the sour cream in bits until it is the consistency you like, Correct seasoning.

Published in Hearty Sides
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Spring Vegetables with Pasta

Spring Vegetables with Pasta

I love that the summer veggies are really starting to come in force now. Here's one from Bill that you can substitute as much as you please. Use arugula or one of your greens from last week instead of the kale if you like. Sub in beans for the peas. Or eggplant for the peppers or zuc.

3 carrots, peeled and cut into thin strips
1 large zucchini, cut into thin strips
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 yellow or red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1/2 bunch kale, washed trimmed, chopped fine (or baby arugula!)
1 cup sugar snap peas, bias cut, in half
1/4 cup olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp. fresh oregano or basil
1 pound penne rigate
1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, split in half
1/2 cup freshly grated Reggiano

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

In a large bowl, toss carrots, zucchini, onion and bell pepper with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place vegetables on a baking sheet and roast until carrots are tender and other vegetables begin to brown.
Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente, tender but still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. In the last 30 seconds, add sugar snap peas and kale to the water, Drain and rinse briefly with cold water.

Toss the pasta with the vegetable mixtures in a large bowl to combine. Toss with the cherry tomatoes. Drizzle with some more olive oil and fresh herbs. Season the pasta with salt and pepper, to taste. Sprinkle with the Parmesan and serve immediately.

Published in Pastas

Grilled Foagies with Roasted Peppers & Grilled Garlic Scapes

6 slices of foagies, sliced lengthwise, rub with some oil
2 peppers, roasted over open flame or in oven
1 bunch garlic scapes
Ploughgate Elmore Cheese
salt & pepper

Pre-heat grill to low.

Place peppers on open flame and char. Remove from heat., place in bowl and cover. When cool enough to handle, peel char skin away, cut in half and remove seeds. Do not run under water as this washes away the flavor. A few seeds never hurt anyone. Slice into 1/2 inch long julienne strips While the peppers are cooling, toss scapes with a very small amount of oil, season with salt and pepper and grill until lightly charred. Set aside. Place bread on corners of grill and lightly toast on both sides. Spread some Elmore cheese on each grilled bread. Top with peppers, then scapes and finish with some freshly ground black pepper and fresh basil (or pesto!), if you have some on hand.

Published in Sandwiches
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Oven Ratatouille

Oven Ratatouille

This recipe looks long. But really, it's just a lot of instruction about properly roasting the various vegetables in this dish. The roasting sweetens and concentrates the flavors of them all. This is a very healthy, very tasty dish. Another from Mollie Katzen's Vegetable Dishes I Can't Live Without.

3 to 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 large globe eggplant (about 1 pound), cut into 3/4-inch cubes (peeling unnecessary if the skin is tight and smooth)
2 pounds ripe plum tomatoes (or 1 smallish heirloom or beefsteak)
6 medium-sized garlic cloves, unpeeled
2 large bell peppers (red, yellow, or orange)
2 cups coarsely chopped onion
1 medium zucchini (7 to 8 inches long), cut into 1-inch cubes
1 teaspoons dried basil
1 teaspoon dried marjoram or oregano
1/2 teaspoon each crumbled dried thyme and rosemary
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Small amounts of fresh herbs (basil, marjoram or oregano, rosemary, thyme, and/or parsley)
Pitted chopped olives

Arrange an oven rack in the topmost position, and another in the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line 1 small and 2 large baking trays with foil, and coast the foil generously with the olive oil.

Place the eggplant on one of the large trays, and toss to coat with oil. Then push it to one side, keeping it in a single layer. Arrange the tomatoes on the other half of the tray, rolling them around so they get coated with oil. Wrap the garlic cloves (still in their skins) and a half teaspoon of water tightly in a piece of foil, and place this on the corner of the same tray.

Place the whole bell peppers on the small tray.

Spread the onions and the zucchini pieces on opposite ends of the remaining large tray, and toss to coat with the oil.

Place the eggplant tray on the middle shelf of the oven, and put the small sheet with the peppers on the upper rack. After 10 minutes, use tongs to turn everything over. Repeat this turning process after another 10 minutes or so. Gently squeeze the garlic to see if it is soft. If it is, remove it from the oven; if not, continue roasting.

Place the onion-zucchini tray on the middle shelf next to the one with the eggplant, and continue roasting all for another 10 minutes. Turn the peppers and tomatoes one more time, and toss the eggplant, onions, and zucchini to help them brown evenly. Sprinkle the eggplant, onions, and zucchini evenly with the dried herbs. Once again, squeeze the garlic to see if it is soft. If so, remove it from the oven; if not, continue roasting. Roast a final 10 minutes, or until the vegetables become deep golden brown and very tender.

Transfer the eggplant, onion, and zucchini to a large bowl. Let the peppers, tomatoes, and garlic sit for a few minutes, or until comfortable to handle. Peel the peppers, then chop the tomatoes and peeled peppers roughly into 1-inch pieces and add to the eggplant mixture. Slip the roasted garlic cloves from their skins, mash with a fork, and add to the eggplant mixture.

Toss until well combined. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve warm, at room temperature, or chilled to plain or topped with a sprinkling of freshly chopped herbs and/or olives.

Published in Dinner

Mini Frittatas with Zucchini, Tomatoes, and Goat Cheese

If you have guests coming this week or you are doing some traveling and need handy car food, or just want to make something a little fun for the family, here's a great one for this week. These little frittatas are delicious and a good way to get some veggies into the kids too! The original recipe comes from Does Leap Farm, and I came to it by way of Tracey Medeiros Dishing Up Vermont Cookbook.

1.25 cups grated zucchini
2 eggs
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup grated cheddar
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/4 cup goat cheese (around 2 ounces) crumbled (parm or feta good too!)
1/4 cup seeded minced tomato
1.5 TB fresh basil

Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly oil and flour a mini muffin tin; set aside.

Place zucchini in a colander and sprinkle lightly with salt. Place colander in a bowl and set aside to drain about 15 minutes. Place salted zucchini between layers of clean tea towel or paper towel and gently press down to remove excess water.

Whisk the eggs in a medium bowl. Add zucchini, flour, cheddar cheese, garlic, salt, and pepper, and mix well. Spoon mixture into each muffin cup, just even with the rim, and sprinkle with the crumbled goat cheese. Bake in the oven until the edges are crisp and brown and frittatas are set, about 12 minutes. Carefully remove from oven and evenly top with tomatoes and basil. Return to oven and bake until tomatoes have heated through, about 1 minute.

Published in Lunch
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Polenta and Vegetable Bake

Polenta and Vegetable Bake

[Passed on by one of our Craftsbury members and the original recipe came from Eating Well magazine. Her substitutions are in parenthesis.-esg]
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped (this is my addition)
1 medium eggplant, diced (I used the patty pan squash)
1 small zucchini, finely diced
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup water (I didn't use any)
1 10-oz bag baby spinach (I used the cress instead)
1 1/2 cups marinara sauce (I used a few chopped tomatoes instead, that's why I didn't use water)

1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
1 14 or 16 oz tube prepared polenta, sliced lengthwise into 6 thin slices

1 1/2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella, divided

1. Preheat oven to 450 and coat a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.

2. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add
onion, eggplant, zucchini, salt and pepper and cook, stirring
occasionally, until the vegetables are tender and just beginning to
brown, 4 to 6 minutes. Add water (or tomatoes) and spinach (or other
greens); cover and cook until wilted, stirring once, about 3 minutes.
Stir marinara sauce into the vegetables and heat through, 1 to 2
minutes. Remove from heat and stir in basil.
3. Place polenta slices in a single layer in the prepared baking dish,
trimming to fit. Sprinkle with 3/4 cup cheese, top with the veggie
mixture and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake until bubbling and the
cheese is melted, 12 to 15 minutes. Let stand for about 5 minutes
before serving.

Published in Dinner
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Roasted Tomato Basil Pesto

Roasted Tomato Basil Pesto

(adapted from the Seed Savers Calendar, 1998).
Serves 2
2 pre-roasted tomatoes or 1 largefresh tomato
2 to 3 cloves garlic, peeled, halved
3 tablespoons pine nuts
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 cup fresh whole basil leaves
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons butter, softened
freshly ground black pepper
1. Combine the tomatoes, garlic, pine nuts, and oil in a blenderand process until just combined. Add a handful of basil and process again briefly; continue adding the basil in small amounts until all is combined.
2. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and butter and season with salt and pepper to taste.

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