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This Week's Ingredients
Green Leaf Lettuce
Yellow Peppers (In the large and Jumbo baskets)
Sweet Pea Shoots (In the Jumbo baskets only)
Pink Lady Apples Bananas
Wilted Leaf Lettuce Salad
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min. YIELD: 6 servings.
When I think of my favorite meals from childhood, this salad comes to mind. Nothing beats garden lettuce wilted with bacon drippings, and no other recipe better captures the taste of long ago.
4 cups torn leaf lettuce
1 small onion, sliced
3 radishes, sliced
6 bacon strips, diced
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1. In a large salad bowl, toss lettuce, onion and radishes; set aside. In a skillet, cook bacon until crisp; remove with a slotted spoon to drain on paper towel. To the drippings, add vinegar, brown sugar, mustard, salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Pour over lettuce and toss; sprinkle with bacon. Serve immediately.
Yield: 8 servings
For the tart dough
3 cups all-purpose flour
12 tablespoons (1½ sticks) cold, unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch pieces
Kosher salt and black pepper
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
4 tablespoons ice-cold water
For the tart
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
½ cup grated Gruyere cheese
4 plum tomatoes, cut into ½-inch slices, seeds removed
6 ounces camembert or brie cheese, sliced into 1/8-inch strips
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
½ clove garlic, finely chopped
1. For the dough: Combine the flour, butter and some salt and pepper using a pastry blender or 2 knives until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Mix in 2 tablespoons of the oil and the water just until the bottom of the mixture begins to cling together. If necessary, add 1 more tablespoon of oil. Gather the dough into a ball and flatten into a disc. Wrap the disc in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.
2. For the tart: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Roll the chilled dough into a 14-inch circle and place into a 12-inch tart pan, preferably with a removable bottom. Chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
3. Spread mustard over the bottom of the tart shell. Sprinkle the Gruyere evenly over the mustard and alternately place the tomato and camembert or brie slices over the Gruyere. Bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 30 minutes.
4. While the tart is baking, mix together the olive oil, basil, parsley, thyme and garlic in a small bowl. When the tart has baked for 30 minutes, brush the top of it with 3 to 4 tablespoons of this mixture and return to the oven to bake an additional 5 minutes. Reserve the rest of the oil mixture for future use.
5. Allow the tart to cool briefly before serving. Serve warm.
Per serving: 533 calories; 37g fat; 17g saturated fat; 69mg cholesterol; 12g protein; 38g carbohydrate; 1g sugar; 2g fiber; 252mg sodium; 168mg calcium. https://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/food-and-cooking/got-a-bunch-of-tomatoes-we-have-25-recipes-for-you/collection
recipe adapted from Bobby Flay, via the Food Network
Smoky White Bean and Roasted Yellow Pepper Hummus
2 roasted yellow or orange bell peppers
1 15 oz. can of white navy beans, rinsed and drained
juice of 1/2 a lemon
1 tsp. chipotle in adobo sauce
1/4 cup tahini
1/4 tsp. chipotle chile powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
4 garlic cloves
1/4 tsp. chipotle hot sauce
Place the bell peppers, the navy beans, and the lemon juice in the bowl of a food processor. Blend until smooth.
Add the remaining ingredients and process until smooth.
Enjoy with chips and veggies
Last-of-the-Bunch Banana Bundt
For the cake
3 cups (408 grams) all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
8 tablespoons (1 stick; 4 ounces; 113 grams) unsalted butter, cut into chunks, at room temperature
1/2 cup (113 grams) coconut oil, at room temperature, or another stick (113 grams) butter
1 cup (200 grams) sugar
1 cup (200 grams) packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 tablespoon dark rum (optional)
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
3 to 4 ripe bananas, mashed to a puree (about 13⁄4 cups; 360 ml)
1 cup (240 ml) plain yogurt (Greek or regular)
3 ounces 84 grams) chocolate (milk, semisweet or bittersweet), finely chopped
1/2 cup (60 grams) sweetened flake coconut
For the icing (optional)
3/4 cup (90 grams) confectioners’ sugar 1 to 11⁄2 tablespoons milk
1 handful sweetened flake coconut, toasted, for sprinkling (optional)
Center a rack in the oven and preheat it to 350 degrees F. Generously butter a Bundt pan, dust with flour and tap out the excess (or coat with baker’s spray). Do this even if your pan is nonstick.
Whisk together the flour, baking soda and nutmeg.
Working in a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, beat the butter, coconut oil, if you’re using it, both sugars and the salt together at medium speed for 3 minutes, or until well blended, scraping down the bowl as needed. Add the eggs one by one, beating for 1 minute after each egg goes in, then beat in the rum, if you’re using it, and the vanilla extract. With the mixer on low, beat in the mashed bananas; don’t worry about how curdled the batter looks.
Still working on low, add half of the flour mixture. When it’s almost incorporated, beat in all of the yogurt, and when that is almost in, add the rest of the our and mix until blended. Switch to a flexible spatula, scrape down the bowl and mix in the chocolate and coconut.
Spoon the batter into the pan, smoothing the top and swiveling the pan from side to side to even the batter and get it into all of the pan’s curves.
Bake for 65 to 75 minutes, until the top is brown and the sides of the cake pull away from the pan when gently nudged; a skewer inserted into the center of the cake will come out clean. Transfer the cake to a rack and let it rest for about 5 minutes, then unmold it onto the rack. Let cool to room temperature. If you have patience, wrap the cake once it cools and let it “ripen” overnight.
To ice the cake (optional): Put the confectioners’ sugar in a small bowl and stir in 1 tablespoon milk. Add more milk if necessary, a drop at a time, stir- ring until you have an icing that falls easily from the tip of the spoon. Drizzle the icing over the cake and sprinkle over some toasted coconut, if desired. Let the cake sit for at least 20 minutes, or until the icing is set, before you serve or store the cake.
Storing: Covered, the cake will keep for up to 5 days at room temperature. Without the icing, it can be wrapped airtight and frozen for up to 2 months.
Working ahead: I think the taste and texture of this cake are better after an overnight rest.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Serves 4 to 6
This broccoli salad recipe is the perfect easy cookout side dish! Tangy, refreshing, and full of yummy sweet/salty flavor, it's a lighter version of the classic recipe, made with less mayo and no sugar, meat, or dairy.
1 pound broccoli crowns
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons mayo,
1½ tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey
1 garlic clove, minced
¼ teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
⅓ cup diced red onions
⅓ cup dried cranberries
Smoky tamari almonds
½ cup almonds
½ cup pepitas
1 tablespoon tamari
½ teaspoon maple syrup
¼ teaspoon smoked paprika, more to taste
Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Chop the broccoli florets into ½-inch pieces and any remaining stems into ¼-inch dice. Peel any woody or course parts from the stem first.
In the bottom of a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, mayo, apple cider vinegar, mustard, maple syrup, garlic, and salt. Add the broccoli, onions, and cranberries and toss to coat.
Place the almonds and pepitas on the baking sheet, toss with the tamari, maple syrup, and smoked paprika and spread into a thin layer. Bake 10 to 14 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes (they’ll get crispier as they sit).
Toss the almonds and pepitas into the salad, reserving a few to sprinkle on top. Season to taste and serve.
PURPLE POTATO BITES WITH HORSERADISH CREME FRAICHE AND CAVIAR
Purple potato bites with horseradish creme fraiche and caviar - bold colors and big flavors packed into a small, delicious morsel - the perfect starter for your holiday dinner or a cocktail party.
Servings: 3 -4
Calories: 105 kcal
1/2 lbs purple potatoes ,or regular baby potatoes
1/2 cup creme fraiche ,or sour cream
1/4 cup chopped chives
1 Tbs chopped dill
2 Tbs prepared horseradish
Bring a pot of water to a boil, add plenty of salt, and the whole, unpeeled potatoes. Reduce heat, and cook until potatoes are fork tender (20-25 min)
Drain the potatoes and let cool, before peeling.
Mix the creme fraiche with the chives, dill, horseradish, black pepper and salt.
Cut potatoes in 1/4 inch thick slices cross-wise (if bigger), or lengthwise in half (if smaller).
Top each potato slice with a dollop of creme fraiche, and add about 1/2 tsp of caviar on top.
Sprinkle chopped chives, and dill on top, coarse black pepper, salt and serve.
Homemade Roasted Tomato Basil Soup
PREP TIME15 MINUTES
COOK TIME1 HOUR 10 MINUTES
TOTAL TIME1 HOUR 25 MINUTES
The best homemade roasted tomato basil soup made with fresh tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, caramelized onions and optional add-ins for extra creaminess. This easy tomato basil soup recipe is full of flavor and the best way to use up garden tomatoes! You'll never want to go back to the canned stuff after you try this.
For the roasted tomatoes
3 pounds roma or plum tomatoes, cut in half
8 cloves garlic, peeled
3 tablespoons olive oil
Freshly ground salt and pepper
For the caramelized onions:
½ tablespoon olive oil
2 yellow onions, thinly sliced
Additions to the soup:
½ cup packed basil leaves
½ teaspoon dried oregano
1-2 cups water or vegetarian broth, depending on how thick you want the soup
Freshly ground salt and pepper, to taste
Optional add ins:
Light/Regular coconut milk for a creamy vegan soup
Whole dairy milk/heavy cream for a creamy texture
Parmesan cheese, for a tangy, flavor enhancing flavor
A tablespoon or two of butter, for richer flavor
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Place halved tomatoes and garlic cloves on the baking sheet and drizzle with 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Generously season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 40-45 minutes.
While the tomatoes are roasting, you can make the caramelized onions: Add 1/2 tablespoon olive oil to a large pot and place over medium heat. Add the onion slices and stir to coat the onions with olive oil. Cook, stirring occasionally. Check onions every 5-10 minutes until they have completely caramelized and turned golden in color. This usually takes 20 minutes.
Once tomatoes and garlic are done roasting, allow them to cool for 10 minutes, then add them to a food processor or high powered blender and blend until smooth. Next add basil and caramelized onions and blend again. Alternatively you can add the tomatoes to the large pot and use an immersion blender. It's really just about what you have available to you.
After blending, transfer back to pot, turn to medium low heat and add in oregano, vegetarian broth and salt and pepper to taste. From there you can add in any additional add-ons you want (as listed in the ingredients). Allow tomato soup to simmer 10 minutes before serving. To serve, garnish with parmesan cheese and serve with grilled cheese, if desired. Serves 4.
Pastry Apple Tarts with Goat Cheese and Honey
Individual puff pastry apple tarts get a classy twist with lightly sweetened goat cheese and a drizzle of honey.
PREP TIME15 minutes
COOK TIME25 minutes
TOTAL TIME40 minutes
2 14-ounce packages puff pastry (single sheet), defrosted but chilled
6 ounces fresh goat cheese
1 ½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
Pinch fine sea salt
1 large baking apple, peeled, quartered, and sliced thin
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons honey, plus more for drizzling
Light dusting of ground allspice
Preheat oven to 375°F. Unfold the puff pastry onto a lightly floured cutting board. Using a 5-inch cookie cutter (or an overturned bowl and a small, sharp knife), cut three 5-inch circles from each sheet of dough. (If this isn't possible, you can roll out the puff pastry gently with a floured rolling pin just until it's big enough to accommodate the circles.) Place the rounds on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Press a 3-inch cookie cutter into the center of each round, stopping ¾ of the way down so that the outer and inner portions are still attached at the bottom. This will allow the outer ring to rise around the center. Pierce the inner section of each round all over with a fork.
Place the goat cheese, powdered sugar, lemon juice and salt in a small bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds or until soft but not melted. Stir to combine well, then divide and spread over the inner section of each round. Top with ov