Love the bright, alluring color of rhubarb at the farmers markets, but not sure what to do with it? Molly Wizenberg of Orangette gives us this ultra simple way to maximize the best of this spring vegetable (yes, vegetable!). In 15 minutes, you can spoon this delightful compote over ice cream or cake, or even swirl it into your morning oatmeal. This recipe appears in the June 2018 SFDC newsletter. It makes @ 2 cups.
- 1 pound rhubarb, trimmed, and cut into roughly 3/4-inch chunks
- 1/2 to 3/4 cups sugar
- 2 Tablespoons salted butter (or use unsalted and add a pinch of salt)
- 2 Tablespoons orange liqueur, like Cointreau or Grand Marnier
In a medium bowl, mix the rhubarb with the sugar.
In a heavy medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. When the butter has melted, add the rhubarb and sugar mixture and the orange liqueur.
Allow to cook, undisturbed, for 2 minutes. Then gently stir and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the rhubarb is tender and beginning to fall apart and its juices are thick, 10 to 15 minutes.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
This recipe appeared in our April 2018 SFDC newsletter. It comes from Caitlin of Snail of Approval winning No. 1 Sons — host of our spring potluck and board meet & greet!
- American cheese or mayo
- two other types of cheese
- No. 1 Sons kimchi or sauerkraut
- Get a half fistful of kimchi. Squeeze the liquid. No soggy sandwiches here! Do a coarse chop on the kimchi.
- Butter the outside pieces of your bread! Bread — for a decadent grilled cheese use thick slices of bread like Texas Toast. For a more “everyday” grilled cheese, I like sourdough. But any bread will do!
- Time to cheese your bread! We like to use three types of cheese: one slice of American for ultimate melt-iness and two other types of cheese that you like or have on hand. We often do cheddar and provolone. My mom always reprimands me for using processed cheese but it does create the most melty grilled cheese! If you are like #1 mom, you could use a bit of mayo instead.
- Time to layer the grilled cheese! The order is: bread, cheese, half of kimchi, American cheese, half of kimchi, cheese, bread.
- Put a bit of butter in a medium warm griddle. Cook till one side is brown and a bit crispy. Flip. Make sure that all cheese is melted before removing the grilled cheese!
Other options from Caitlin: “I love doing a sauerkraut grilled cheese and using a dark break and all white cheeses for a more subtle flavor compared to the Grilled Kimcheese.”
Adapted from the Washington Post Food Section, Feb 2018. Recently taste tested and approved by SFDC board co-chair, Ibti Vincent (and her carnivorous boyfriend). It took about 3 1/2 hours to cook, but SO worth it. Best valentine’s day meal EVER.
- One 2-pound boneless chuck roast (we got ours from Snail of Approval award winning farm, Smith Meadows, at the Dupont farmers market)
- 1 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp or so of freshly ground black pepper
- A generous glug (2 TBSP?) of olive oil
- One 12-ounce tub of cabbage kim chi (we used some from Number One Sons, another Snail-winning purveyor at the Dupont market)
- 1/2 cup apple cider (the non-boozy kind, available at any farmers market)
- 2 pounds of sweet potatoes (you guessed it, from the farmers market), scrubbed and cut into large-bite chunks
Preheat the oven to 300F. Pat the meat dry and season with salt and pepper.
Heat the oil in a deep cast iron skillet until it shimmers, and sear the roast on all sides until browned. This takes about 10 minutes total.
Move the meat to a plate, then add kim chi and cider to the pan and bring to a boil, scraping any delicious meat bits from the bottom of the pan. Nestle the roast back on top, cover tightly with an ovenproof lid (or tinfoil) and bake for 90 minutes.
Uncover the pan, flip the meat over, and tuck the sweet potatoes around the edges of the pan. Re-cover and cook an additional 90 minutes, until beef and sweet potatoes are quite tender.
Scoop out servings — you may need, oh, a butter knife to cut the meat — onto plates or shallow bowls, being sure to top meat and potatoes with the delectable kim chi sauce on the bottom of the pan.
This recipe serves 4… or two people with the most anticipated leftovers ever.
From our SFDC Jan 2018 newsletter… Also published in Samin Nosrat’s Salt Fat Acid Heat. Serves 8-10 as a side.
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Season the squash lightly with salt, drizzle with olive oil and place in a single layer on 1 or 2 cookie sheets.
- Halve the Brussels sprouts and season lightly with salt. Drizzle with olive oil and place in a single layer on 1 or 2 cookie sheets, cut side down.
- Place vegetables into the preheated oven and cook 20-24 minutes, until tender and caramelized.
- Meanwhile, stir together another ½ cup extra virgin olive oil, vinegar, sugar, onion, chili flakes, and garlic and season with salt.
- Check on the vegetables to make sure that they are browning evenly, rotating pans to control the heat. When you are satisfied that they are cooked, remove from the oven and mix in a big bowl. Pour marinade over and allow to sit for 20 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
- Garnish with torn mint leaves before serving.
~recipe on Samin Nosrat’s blog here.
Many thanks to Snail winner 100 Bowls of Soup for hosting the wonderful tour and tasting at their location in Herndon, VA earlier this month!
- 6 lbs. Butternut Squash, peeled, quartered lengthwise, seeded, and cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices
- 2 quarts sauce: 100 Bowls Beef Bolognese, Eggplant or Mushroom Ragout, or Ratatouille
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Salt & pepper
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 large onion, diced
- 1 lb. mushrooms, sliced (any kind you prefer)
- 1/2 lb. baby spinach (can be substituted with kale)
- 15 oz. ricotta
- 1/2 bunch parsley, finely chopped
- 2 cups grated Parmesan
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Working in batches, toss the butternut squash slices with olive oil, salt and pepper. Lay the squash slices on sheet trays and bake until the squash is tender but still holds its shape, about 15 mins. Repeat until all the squash is roasted. For best results, squash can be roasted a day ahead of time and cooled as they will be easier to handle and layer.
Coat a large saute pan with olive oil and add diced onions and bring the pan to a medium-high heat. Add garlic and mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. When mushrooms are soft, add spinach and saute until spinach is wilted.
In a bowl, combine the ricotta and parsley.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
To assemble, place a ladleful of 100 Bowls “Sauce” (Beef Bolognese, Mushroom or Eggplant Ragout or Ratatouille) in the bottom of a 9x13inch baking dish. Spread to cover the bottom of the dish.
Arrange an even layer of the roasted squash on top of the Sauce. Be sure the squash completely covers the surface of the baking dish–this acts as the “pasta.” Cover the squash layer with more Sauce. Spread ricotta mixture over Sauce layer. Arrange an even layer of the mushroom and spinach mixture on top of the ricotta. Sprinkle with the grated parmesan. Lay another layer of butternut squash over parmesan and repeat the process until baking dish is full, ending with a top layer of squash topped with a little Sauce and parmesan.
Cover the baking dish with foil, place on a sheet tray and bake for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for 10 minutes more. Remove from oven and let rest for 15-20 mins. before serving.
This seasonal recipe comes from FoodPrints — the in-school education program of Snail award winning FreshFarm. This recipe is one of the program’s most popular with students in DC public elementary schools, and will soon be featured on menus in the cafeteria of FoodPrints partner schools.
- 2 apples
- 2 beets
- 2 carrots
- ½ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- ½ to 1 teaspoon salt to taste
- ½ – 1 teaspoon brown sugar or maple syrup, to taste
Core the apples and peel the beets.
Grate the apples, beets and carrots with a box grater or with the grating attachment of a food processor. Put grated vegetables in a large bowl.
Put remaining ingredients in a jar and shake well. This is more dressing than you will need.
Pour in just enough dressing to coat the salad, but not enough to drench it. Mix well. Save the rest of the dressing in your fridge for other salads.
Have a great seasonal recipe you’d like to share? Send it our way — it may end up featured in an upcoming newsletter! (And if you’re interested in volunteering with FreshFarm programs, send an email to email@example.com.)
From our Sept 2017 SFDC newsletter… Recipe adapted from Swiss Chard Pesto Pasta. Serves 4 as a sauce.
- 2 large garlic cloves
- 2 cups packed chopped Swiss chard leaves
- 1/2 cup chopped almonds or walnuts
- 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan and pecorino cheese
- additional parmesan shaved with a vegetable peeler
- 1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Pulse garlic in a food processor to chop.
Add chard, nuts, cheese, and parsley and pulse until finely chopped.
Scrape down inside of bowl. Add oil, salt, and pepper and process just until smooth.
Serve with pasta/polenta/toast and shaved parmesan.
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This recipe, adapted/photo from Sprouted Kitchen, appeared in our July 2017 newsletter.
Serves 2-4 as a side
- 1/2 head small green cabbage
- 1/2 a small red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 jalapeno, thinly sliced, some seeds removed unless you like it really spicy
- 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
- 1 Tbsp. mayonnaise (or similar alternative, such as vegenaise or Greek yogurt)
- 1 Tbsp. grapeseed oil
- 2 Tbsp. rice vinegar
Slice the cabbage extra thin, discarding the core, using careful knife skills, a mandoline, or the slicer blade in your food processor. Place the sliced cabbage in a large bowl and sprinkle with 1 Tablespoon kosher salt. Using your hands, massage the salt into the cabbage. Let sit for 15 minutes.
Fill the bowl with cold water and jostle the cabbage with your hands. Drain into a large colander. Don’t worry about drying the cabbage.
Meanwhile, make the dressing by whisking together the mayo (or substitute), grapeseed oil, rice vinegar, and a few pinches each of salt and pepper.
Combine the rinsed cabbage, onion, and jalapeno in a serving bowl; add the cilantro. Add dressing and toss well.
Serve and enjoy! This recipe is easily doubled.
Get some fresh, healthy berries into your desserts with this beautiful Seasonal Strawberry Shortcake, contributed by Slow Food DC Board Member Shelu Patel.
Strawberries and Cream Ingredients:
2 cups ripe strawberries
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 handful of chopped fresh mint leaves
- 1 Tablespoon Grand Marnier
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup of finely chopped nuts (hazelnuts, almond, pecans or black walnuts, but choose a single nut type)
1/2 cup unsalted or sweet butter
2 large eggs
2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour (you can be creative with the type of flour)
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
Prepare your strawberries by removing the green hats and slice the strawberries into a large glass mixing bowl.
Mash the strawberries lightly using the back of a large spoon.
In the bowl with strawberries sprinkle sugar and add the Grand Mariner, chopped mint and cream. Lightly mix by gently folding.
Cover bowl and place in the refrigerator for at least one hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and prepare a baking pan with a piece of parchment paper.
Whisk the eggs until pale yellow in large mixing bowl. Add nuts, butter, sugar, flour, baking powder to the whisked egg bowls. Mix lightly until the ingredients form a ball.
Add the ball to the baking pan on top of the parchment paper. Gently pat the ball semi-flat on the parchment paper.
Bake for 20-24 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool before halving the cake horizontally.
Add strawberries and cream to the cake bottom-half and place the remaining cake top-half back on the dessert.
Enjoy your spring strawberry shortcake!