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Green Curry Butternut Squash

The butternut squash in this week's share has me really excited. There are so many ways to prepare it. I love roasting it simply with butter and warm, sweet spices like pumpkin pie spice or maple syrup and cinnamon. Sometimes, though, you need something different. When I'm in the mood for a savory butternut squash dish, this is what my kitchen smells like.

 

1 small butternut squash, about 1-1/2 pounds, cut into 1-inch pieces (about 4 cups)

2 tablespoons coarsely chopped shallots

1 tablespoon coarsely chopped garlic

Farmer Bill's newsletter from Green Thumb Farm 8/19/14

Notes from Green Thumb Farm 8/19

 

Summer is almost over. Our fall crops have been planted and some are being harvested. We’re still waiting for some rain—only 5 inches since August 13th. It seems to be raining at times all around us but not here. Our winter squashes are being picked and look very good—some new varieties this year including vegetable spaghetti. We’ll start brining all types in shortly. Our sweet potato harvest will start next week so look for those in October after curing for a couple of weeks.

 

Roasted Tomato Sauce

This recipe is a combination of two recipes I've used for tomato sauce using heirloom tomatoes. I've used all sorts of tomato varieties for this, so use whatever you have.  This sauce freezes well, so you can stock up for the winter.

3 lbs (1.4 kg) very ripe red or yellow meaty heirloom tomatoes

1 cup extra virgin olive oil 

9 large garlic cloves

1 cup chopped yellow onion

1 cup dried white wine

1 small bunch basil (3 oz) (85 g) – leaves removed from stems and torn in 1” pieces

Leaves from 8 sprigs thyme

Share for 9/16/14

<p>The vegetable share will be:</p><p><span style="line-height:1.6em">Large tomatoes - mixed</span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.6em">Cranberry beans (a shelling bean)</span></p><p>Celery</p><p>Lettuce</p><p>Sweet pepper<br /><br />Eggplant<br /><br />Also&nbsp;tomorrow&nbsp;will bring fruit, fish, the tortilla share and a Lewis Waite<br />delivery.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Check later in the week for Randi Sherman&

Edamame Salad with Tomatoes and Parmesan

This is a nice side dish, served warm or cold, or you could mix it with some smaller shaped pastas for something a little more filling.

1 cup shelled and steamed edamame

1/2 cup mini tomatoes, sliced in half

2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, shredded

2 scallions, roughly chopped

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (optional)

 

Combine and toss together. Serve immediately, or chill for 15-30 minutes.

 

For all those string beans

Here's a simple, quick and delicious way to transform your string beans. This is my go-to recipe when I get tired of eating them raw. It's also great with snap peas.

Sauteed String Bean with Ricotta Salata and Mint

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 lb string beans, cleaned and cut crosswise

3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon rind

1/3 cup Ricotta Salata (or feta)

salt and pepper

Directions:

Simple Cucumber Pickles

I love half-sour pickles, and with all the cucumbers we've been receiving, there is nothing I want more with a sandwich. But store-bought pickles can get pricey. Luckily, I learned how to make them myself a few years ago, so now as long as I'm not too lazy, I can make them at home. You may want to tweak a few ingredients to your liking, the number of garlic cloves or the dill sprigs. The sourness depends on how long you're willing or able to leave the pickles on their own.

1 quart plastic deli container with lid

16 oz spring water, room temperature


Hellgate share 8/26/14

Your vegetable share for tomorrow will be:
cantaloupe
mini tomatoes
lettuce
eggplant
peppers
cucumbers
summer squash
beans
parsley

There will be an herb share, which will be sorrel and sage.
There will be fruit (look on Facebook later today for what's coming), and
fish for those people on that rotation of the fish share. No Lewis Waite and
no tortillas.

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