October 22nd Market Recipes ft. Savory Sunchokes

Sunchokes, also known as Jerusalem Artichokes, are a commonly overlooked vegetable. Sure, they look like knobby wrinkled potatoes, but there is so much more to them than meets the eye. The sunchoke plant looks like a towering sunflower, anchored into the soil by a huge tangle of root. Once you’ve dug up this large root, washed all the dirt out of the crevices, and cut it into manageable pieces, the savory artichoke-like flavor of the sunchoke can finally be appreciated. I was getting over a cold and refrained from sampling yesterday, but one of our wonderful marketeers, Logan cooked up the following delicious dishes including an excellent sunchoke stir fry.

  • Raw Black and Watermelon Radishes (October 8th post)
  • Spinach Salad with Shallot Balsamic Dressing
  • Stir Fried Sunchokes with Sesame Oil
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SPINACH SALAD WITH SHALLOT BALSAMIC DRESSING:

  • Ingredients:
    • 2 bu. Spinach
    • 1 Shallot, minced
    • ~6 Tbsp Olive Oil
    • ~4 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
    • Salt to taste, ~2-3 pinches
  • Directions:
    • Mince a shallot and place into a bowl.
    • Add olive oil and balsamic vinegar to the bowl and use the back of a spoon to smash the shallot in the juices. This will release the garlic flavor of the shallot into the dressing, and you’ll instantly be able to smell the resulting fragrance explosion.
    • Add in a few pinches of salt and let sit while you chop up your spinach.
    • Toss the spinach in the dressing, and if needed add more salt, vinegar, or oil to taste. Though it can be served right away, letting the vinegar soften the spinach for ten to fifteen minutes before serving can really accentuate the deliciousness!img_3062-2
    • Excellent paired with the stir fried sunchokes.

STIR FRIED SUNCHOKES WITH SESAME OIL:

  • Ingredients:
    • 1 Shallot, finely chopped
    • 4-5 Sunchokes, finely chopped
    • 2-3 Tbsp Olive Oil
    • 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
    • Salt
    • Parsley, Cilantro, or your herb of choice
  • Directions:
    • Finely chop your shallot and set aside.
    • Cut the sunchokes into even slices by first cutting them in half lengthwise, then cut each half lengthwise again. Finally, make thin slices all the way down your sunchoke pieces.
    • Heat up your pan to medium-high with olive oil coating the bottom. Once up to temp, add in the shallots and let cook about 2 minutes.
    • Add in your sunchokes and stir around. Cover and let cook about five minutes. Sunchokes have a strong crunch to them, so you’ll want to make sure to cook them thoroughly so that they become soft.
    • Add in the sesame oil and salt and let cook another five to ten minutes until soft to the taste.
    • Mince up some fresh herbs and sprinkle on top before serving.

DELICATA SQUASH WITH GREEN KALE:img_3061-2

  • Ingredients:
    • 1 Shallot, finely chopped
    • 1/2 head Garlic, finely chopped
    • 1 Delicata squash, chopped into half moons
    • 1/2 bunch Green Kale, finely chopped
    • 2-3 Tbsp Olive Oil
    • Salt
  • Directions:
    • Finely chop your shallot and set aside.
    • Delicata squash have a very high sugar content, and their skin is so tender that it doesn’t require peeling. Cut the top and bottom ends off the squash and stand up on end so you can slice it in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds with a spoon and then cut each half in half lengthwise again. Make thin slices all the way down each squash quarter, so that you make little moon shapes.
    • Heat up your pan to medium-high with olive oil coating the bottom. Once up to temp, add in the shallots and let cook about 2 minutes.
    • Add in the delicata squash and stir around to coat in oil. Cover and let cook about eight minutes.
    • Finely chop garlic and green kale and add into the pan, along with a few pinches of salt and a splash of oil if needed. Let cook about three minutes covered.
    • Remove the lid and let cook another few minutes until the squash is tender to the taste. Add more salt if needed.

Happy cooking!

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June 25th Market Recipes – Spinach Basil Salad and Fresh Pico de Gallo

Summer is officially here, and with it has come another slew of seasonal produce. It’s now that time of year when a few quick chops is all that stands between you and a meal of simple fresh food. The following recipes focus on quick raw dishes that can be enjoyed without turning on the stove, although I did break down and cook up some zucchini, I just missed it so much all winter.

  • Fresh Cucumber with Lemon and Salt20160622_090504 (2) 700 pixels wide
  • Fresh Kohlrabi with Lemon and Salt (June 4th post)
  • Cocozelle Squash Sauté with Black Kale and Garlic
  • Spinach Basil Salad
  • Pico de Gallo

FRESH CUCUMBER WITH LEMON AND SALT:

Cucumber season is in full swing! Eat them whole like an apple, slice them up with lemon and salt, mince them into a salad- cucumbers are good for everything.

COCOZELLE SQUASH SAUTE WITH BLACK KALE AND GARLIC:20160625_104941 (2)

Summer squash and garlic are soul mates, and when they are together, deliciousness is sure to result. Many people asked me, “One head of garlic? You must mean 1 clove?” No sir, no ma’am, I mean one head! Though garlic is most commonly treated as a seasoning, I prefer to treat it as a vegetable as it provides a savory flavor that makes vegetarian dishes feel especially filling. Feel free to add as much as or as little as you wish! I used Cocozelle in this dish, a type of zucchini that has thicker skin which helps the squash maintain its form without getting mushy in the pan.

  • 3 Cocozelle Summer Squash, sliced into discs
  • 1/2 Willamette Sweet Onion, finely chopped
  • 1 head Garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch Lacinato Black Kale, roughly chopped
  • Olive oil
  • Salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Coat the bottom of the pan in olive oil and bring it up to medium-high heat.
  2. Once up to temperature, add in the chopped onion and cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Add in sliced squash and garlic, stirring around to coat everything in oil. Sauté for about 7 minutes.
  4. Stir in the black kale and add a couple pinches of salt. Sauté for about 3 minutes. Timing is somewhat key here, as we don’t want the squash to get mushy. Make sure to add in the kale while the squash is still a little bit raw so that both the kale and the squash finish cooking about the same time in the pan.
  5. My favorite way to eat this dish is for breakfast topped with two fried eggs and some hot sauce. However it is also delicious along side rice and chicken, or just by itself.

SPINACH BASIL SALAD:20160625_104933 (2)

Spinach is not the biggest fan of hot weather, so I made this dish in an effort to enjoy it in its prime before we all have to go a month or two without its tender greens in our lives.

  • 1 bunch Spinach, roughly chopped
  • 2/3 bunch Basil, finely chopped
  • ~6 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • ~4 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1/4 Willamette Sweet Onion, minced
  • Salt to taste, 2-3 pinches

Directions:

  1. Mince the garlic and onion and place them in a medium bowl.
  2. Pour the olive oil, salt, and balsamic vinegar into the bowl, and mash the onion and garlic into the dressing a bit with the back of a spoon. This is the magic secret! All those onion and garlic juices will release into your dressing making it incredibly flavorful.
  3. Chop up the spinach and basil and toss them in the dressing.
  4. This salad is delicious as is, although if you let it sit 10-15 minutes before serving, the vinegar will break down the spinach a bit making for an extremely tender salad.

PICO DE GALLO:20160625_115024 (2)

Pico de Gallo is one of my main dinners during the summer. All you have to do is roughly chop up the following ingredients, dump them all in a bowl, and mix them around. Serve with tortilla chips, on top of tacos, or if you’re crazy like me, grab a spoon and experience just how fresh summer can taste. You’ll notice from this picture that I like my pico with heavy quantities of onion; for those of you who prefer less onion, feel free to add less.

  • 4 medium Tomatoes
  • 1 medium-large Willamette Sweet Onion
  • 2-3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 bunch Cilantro
  • 1/3 bunch Basil
  • Lemon Juice to taste
  • Salt to taste