- about two cups grated sweet potato
- 1 tablespoon whole wheat flour
- 1 egg
- 1/2-1 teaspoon jerk seasoning OR sausage seasoning OR cajun seasoning OR a dash each of cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and a pinch of salt and pepper–Use what you have and what goes well with your meal.
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Posted in apple butter, cabbage, Community Supported Agriculture, CSA, farmer's market, onions, potatoes, sweet potato, sweet things, tagged dinner, Food, recipe, recipes, vegetarian on November 19, 2010 | 14 Comments »
Posted in beer, cabbage, kale, leeks, potatoes, whole grains, tagged baking, cooking, culture, Food, history, recipes, Robert Burns, rumpledethump, Scottish food on January 25, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
Today is Robert Burns’s birthday, and since I’m both of Scottish descent and lacking meal ideas, I decided to dedicate tonight’s dinner to Scottish traditional food. We’re having rumpledethump (onion, mashed potato, and cabbage casserole), smoked salmon, and oat bannocks alongside Bellhaven Scottish ale. I may also add leek and tattie soup–better known as potato-leek soup. Let me know if you are interested in recipes. I’ll post them if they’re good!
Posted in Arkansas, beer, carrots, cast iron, celery, cheese, Community Supported Agriculture, CSA, farmer's market, Food, German food, ham, leeks, locavore, mustard, onions, organic food, Pickle, potatoes, Uncategorized, whole grains, tagged Arkansas, beer, beer-cheese soup, cheddar-beer soup, cooking, dinner, environment, family, Food, locavore, organic, pumpernickel bread, recipes, soup, Super Bowl, Wisconsin on January 18, 2010 | 6 Comments »
Given that Arkansas has an award-winning brewery and darn good locally produced raw-milk cheddar from cows that get to eat real grass, I thought a variation on Wisconsin’s renowned cheese soup might be in order for our Ozark croft. The recipe is easy, and you should be able to make your own local, organic version just about anywhere in the country. The only thing in our soup last night that wasn’t local was the celery, which was at least organic. Note: recent studies have indicated that much of the alcohol does not cook out in baking and other cooking. Keep that in mind if you are planning on serving this soup to kids. To serve to kids, increase the mashed potatoes and chicken broth, and eliminate the beer. If you want to serve it to the guys for a Super Bowl Party, go ahead as is!
Makes about 4 cups
- 1 cup leek, stalk portion only, cut in half, cleaned, and finely sliced (or 1/2 cup sweet onion, finely chopped)
- 1 cup carrot, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup-1 cup celery, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup-1 cup mashed potatoes (nothing fancy added): less for thinner soup, more for thicker soup
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
- optional: a few dashes of soy sauce
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup to 1 cup beer* (depending on how much you like beer)
Begin by finely slicing and dicing the vegetables, adding each to a heavy pot on low heat (I used a 2-quart cast iron Dutch oven), lightly coated with oil (and maybe a thin pat of butter), as you finish chopping each vegetable.
Saute the vegetables over low heat with the pot covered for about 10-15 minutes. Now stir in the mashed potatoes. They’ll make the mixture look a bit disgusting, but they are there to thicken the soup, so don’t leave them out. Next, add the chicken stock and worcestershire sauce. Taste everything. If it needs a bit of salt, add a few dashes of soy sauce. Let the mixture simmer on low heat until the vegetables are soft and the soup starts to thicken, about another 10 minutes. Now add the beer, starting with the lesser amount. Finally, as the beer stops foaming, add the cheddar cheese, a little bit at a time. Serve with good bread, maybe a nice hearty sandwich. (We served it with homemade pumpernickel buns with fresh mustard greens, turkey salami, and a spicy pickle spread I made as well as a Diamond Bear Paradise Porter that we split.)
Our cheese came from the Daley Dairy near Rose Bud, Arkansas. Daley Dairy markets its raw-milk cheddar under the name Honeysuckle Lane. You can purchase it at area stores such as the Ozark Country Market in Heber Springs and Liz’s health food store in Conway. You can also purchase it through markets similar to CSAs such as Conway Locally Grown. To be frank, a bit drier cheddar would have worked better in the soup, as this cheddar tended to clump and get a bit sticky. Still, the flavor was amazing.
What kind of beer? We selected Diamond Bear’s Pale Ale for our soup. Diamond Bear is a Little Rock brewery that has won national awards. We like pale ales, and we especially like Diamond Bear’s. Use what you ordinarily drink, as long as you stay away from the hoppiest and most citrusy beers. Even though we went with the Pale Ale for the soup, we chose a darker beer–Diamond Bear’s Paradise Porter–to drink with dinner. It worked well with both the cheddar-beer soup and the pumpernickel bread.
Posted in carrots, cast iron, cold frames, Cooking And Baking, CSA, Dutch oven, eggplant, farmer's market, Food, gardening, Greek food, lamb, locavore, organic food, organic gardening, Ozark Mountains, potatoes, red pepper, tomato, Uncategorized, winter gardening, tagged cooking, CSA, Food, Greek, lamb, locavore, organic food, recipes, shepherd's pie on January 10, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
This week I ordered lamb from Conway Locally Grown, a regional variation on CSAs that I’ve blogged about here in the past. We do not ordinarily eat red meat. As a matter of fact, I had been years and years without eating it until December 2009. What happened then? A friend who has an annual winter solstice party with homemade whole-grain pizza included lamb on the pizza. He’d raised the lamb himself, so it had, as he put it, “zero carbon miles.” I had to try it. I admit it; it was way better than any red meat I’d ever had. So when my father, who is visiting us for a week, wanted to try the lamb from Conway Locally Grown, I said “okay” and ordered it. Thus we had a very Greek-inspired shepherd’s pie tonight, made almost entirely of local ingredients.
For the mashed-potato topping:
- 4 medium potatoes (I used three big Yukon gold potatoes and one red potato)
- 1-2 tablespoons of kefir or buttermilk (or yogurt mixed with a little milk)
- 1-2 ounces Greek cheese, crumbled (I used a sheep and goat feta-type with Greek herbs)
For the meat and vegetable mixture:
- several cloves of garlic (7 or 8 if you like a lot of garlic or if the cloves are small)
- 8/10 pound ground lamb
- 3 good-sized red peppers, sweet or hot (I used marconi and Hatch)
- 1 pint home-canned tomatoes (yes, you can use a 14-ounce can of good store-bought tomatoes if you don’t have home canned ones)
- 2 or 3 small carrots or half of one large
- two sprigs fresh rosemary (about 1/2 teaspoon dried)
- three of four sprigs fresh oregano, leaves only (about 1 teaspoon dried)
- 1 cup zucchini, preferably blanched or sauteed, drained thoroughly, and chopped roughly (I used some I had frozen)
Optional: eggplant, sliced and sauteed. *See seasonal note.
Begin by dicing the potatoes and slicing three of the garlic cloves. Put the potatoes and garlic in a suitable pot and boil until the potatoes are tender. I also salted the water with a “Greek” seasoning made here in the Ozarks called Cavender’s. When the potatoes and garlic are done cooking, pour off the water and then put the pot back on the stove briefly to cook off excess water. You can turn off the potatoes at this point until the meat mixture is ready.
While the potatoes are boiling, crush or finely chop the rest of the garlic. Add it and the ground lamb to a heavy-bottomed pot (I used a 2-quart cast iron Dutch oven) and cook on medium until the meat is no longer pink. Meanwhile, remove the seeds from the peppers and cut the red peppers into half inch pieces. If your peppers are fresh, add them to the meat mixture immediately. I waited to put mine into the meat mixture until it was mostly cooked because my peppers were from our freezer, from 2009′s garden, and thus already soft.
When the meat is no longer pink, add the pint of tomatoes. You can add the peppers soon thereafter if you have not done so already. Add the rosemary and oregano. (Ours remarkably survived the frigid temperatures we’ve been having, probably because they are planted next to the porch on the south side of the house, with no chance of getting hit directly by the north winds.) Next cut the carrots in halves or quarters lengthwise and cut thin half-moon slices. Add the carrots to the mix. (The carrots came from our garden, protected in a cold frame.) If you have not pre-cooked the zucchini, add it now, sliced and then chopped casually. My zucchini came from the garden via the freezer and thus had already been blanched, so I added it last. Simmer, uncovered, until the mixture has completely thickened. If you have not added the zucchini, add it now, well drained first. Fish out the whole rosemary sprigs.
As the meat mixture starts to get thick enough, you can finish the potatoes. Add the 1-2 tablespoons of kefir or buttermilk (or yogurt/milk mixture) and mash the potatoes well. Now stir in the 1-2 ounces of Greek cheese, like the sheep-goat feta blend I used. You want to leave the cheese in chunks, so that diners get a burst of flavor every few bites.
Divide the meat mixture into individual greased casserole dishes or a single larger casserole dish. You could also leave the mixture in the Dutch oven, if you prepped the meat mixture in it. Now spread the mashed potatoes over the meat mixture.
*I did not use eggplant because we did not have any in the freezer, and it is not in season here. Of course, it would be ideal for this recipe.
You may also be interested in a shepherd’s pot pie: http://ozarkhomesteader.wordpress.com/2009/12/29/shepherds-pot-pie-using-holiday-leftovers/
Posted in acorn squash, butternut squash, carrots, cast iron, comfort food, Cooking And Baking, CSA, farmer's market, Food, gardening, health, Italian, kale, leeks, locavore, organic food, organic gardening, potatoes, red pepper, sausage, soup, winter gardening, winter squash, tagged chicken broth, dinner, environment, family, Food, health, healthy, Italian sausage, kale, leeks, milk, recipes, soup, turkey stock, Tuscan soup, Zuppa on January 6, 2010 |
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I’m pledged on this blog to post recipes that are mostly created using local, seasonal ingredients. One of our new favorites among winter soups is Zuppa, an Italian soup from Tuscany that uses lots of kale, leeks, and Italian sausage. I served it last night to my father, who thought kale was just a funny garnish. He loved this soup! Zuppa is a great way to introduce non-kale eaters to kale.
Here’s what you’ll need for 3 good servings:
- 1-2 leek bottoms, cleaned and sliced across the grain (save the tops for a recipe where you’ll puree the soup)
- 1-2 cloves of garlic, finely pressed or chopped
- 2 large waxy potatoes, like Yukon gold or red potatoes (I used one of each!)
- optional: 1 carrot, finely diced
- 3 spicy Italian sausages, cooked and sliced in half lengthwise and then in thin slices across the grain (I used organic chicken sausages)
- optional: red pepper, if you use sweet Italian sausage instead of spicy
- rosemary sprig (or a few teaspoons of dried rosemary)–I removed the fresh rosemary spring after it flavored the soup
- optional: fresh or dried marjoram and/or oregano
- about a quart of chicken or turkey stock
- 1-2 quarts fresh kale leaves (measured before tough stems are removed–see below)
- milk or cream to taste to fill out servings
- salt and pepper to taste
I prepared this soup in a 2-quart, 8-inch wide cast iron Dutch oven. The cast iron lets you cook the leeks and garlic at a very low setting without burning them, and then it lets you simmer for a while. The 2-quart size is ideal for a family of 2-3 people.
Begin by cleaning the leek. Slice off the root. Slice off all about about an inch of the green part (the top). (Remember, they’ll go great in a pureed soup!) Slice the leeks lengthwise to clean, leafing through the layers to look for dirt. Now slice the leek in thin slices across the grain. Saute the leek slices in olive oil. Now prep the garlic and add it too, being careful not to burn it. Dice the potatoes and add them to the mix, stirring regularly. Now start adding your stock. Let the potatoes cook in the stock for about 20 minutes until they are soft. Now add your sliced sausage. Let the soup simmer while you prepare the kale. (If you wanted to start this soup well in advance, you could prepare it up to this point even the day before.)
Wash the kale thoroughly and remove any tough stems. Now chop it fine. When you do, you should notice the sweet aroma, like fresh-cut spring grass. (My dad agrees that it smells like fresh-cut spring grass!) Kale is an absolutely amazing food, one of the healthiest ever. One cup boiled, for example, contains 1327% of the USDA recommended daily value of Vitamin K, 192% of the RDV of Vitamin A, and 88% of the RDV of Vitamin C, all for just 36 calories! Read more about kale’s health benefits here.
About 10-20 minutes before you are ready to serve the soup, add the chopped kale. Let the soup simmer for 10-20 minutes until it is soft but still bright green. Add about a cup of milk or cream. Stir well, heat through, and serve with good, crusty bread, roasted winter squash, and a nice salad of winter greens!
Posted in butternut squash, carrots, cast iron, celery, Christmas food, comfort food, Cooking And Baking, CSA, farmer's market, Food, frugal living, locavore, onions, organic food, potatoes, turkey, tagged carrots, celery, Food, green beans, leftovers, mashed potatoes, onions, pot pie, shepherd's pie, turkey on December 29, 2009 | 1 Comment »
Tonight I’m just not sure what to make for dinner. We have few things that “have to” be eaten except for leftovers. I thought of making turkey pot pie, but that would leave the potatoes. I thought of making shepherd’s pie, but I’d prefer to make it with ground meat. So I’ve decided to make Shepherd’s Pot Pie. I can use everything that I’ve got left over, plus I can add carrots, celery, and some chopped onions. You could substitute other leftovers for these. How about butternut squash cubes? How about mashed sweet potato as the topping? It’ll all work–unless those sweet potatoes were loaded with sugar or marshmallows!
- turkey, cubed
- leftover green beans (cut small) with turkey bacon
- leftover mashed potatoes, loosened with a bit of milk to make the mashed potatoes more easily spreadable
- leftover gravy
- leftover dressing (known as stuffing to some of you!)
- onions, chopped and sauteed and then cooked in leftover bean liquid
- carrots, chopped and sauteed and then cooked in leftover bean liquid
- celery, chopped and sauteed and then cooked in leftover bean liquid
Cut the beans into small pieces. Dice the turkey. Stir together everything except the gravy, dressing and mashed potatoes. Add a little dressing to flavor the mix. Add sufficient gravy to moisten everything. Put the mix in well-greased individual pie pans or ramekins (or in one big casserole). Spread the mashed potatoes on top. Bake at 350-375 degrees F until the mix is warm and bubbly and the mashed potatoes are nicely browned. Depending on how much milk you added to the mashed potatoes, you may need to broil the pies briefly to get the tops to brown.
You may also be interested in a more traditional shepherd’s pie: http://ozarkhomesteader.wordpress.com/2010/01/10/greek-inspired-lamb-shepherds-pie-with-ozark-grown-ingredients/
Posted in cast iron, farmer's market, Food, frugal living, onions, organic food, potatoes, turkey, Uncategorized, tagged celery, comfort food, Food, holiday food, onion, potato, toast, turkey hash on December 17, 2009 | 1 Comment »
We had a turkey this year that was almost eighteen pounds. It was absolutely beautiful. We ate quite a bit of it the week of Thanksgiving–as unmolested leftovers, turkey tetrazzini, turkey enchiladas, turkey sandwiches–, but I froze the rest in packages weighed for individual meals. Tonight I used one of the freezer packs for my personal favorite of turkey leftovers, turkey hash.
It was really cold here today (for the Ozarks), and I wanted something warm and filling. Turkey hash fits the bill. It’s turkey, onions, celery, potatoes, and turkey stock cooked together with herbs and served over buttered toast. Mmmmmm. It’s not pretty, but it’s a wonderful blend of holiday flavors, pure comfort food.
For two+ servings, you’ll need:
- 1 yellow onion, chopped fine
- several stalks of celery, diced small
- three to four red potatoes (three large, 4 medium), diced large
- fresh or dried poultry-friendly herbs (rosemary, sage, thyme)
- one to two cups of turkey stock (chicken broth okay if you did not make stock)
- 1/3 pound turkey (about the equivalent of two decks of playing cards), diced large
- good buttered toast (I used some good oat bread I bought through Conway Locally Grown)
Begin by putting the chopped onions in a heated heavy sauce pan with oil and/or butter sufficient to coat the bottom of the pan. I used a 2-quart cast iron Lodge Dutch oven because it’s ideal for long simmering without sticking.
Sautee the onions until they just start to color.
Stir some more. Get a little “brown” flavor on everything. Now add the stock, about one cup to start. Stir well. Add either dried or fresh herbs. I added a fresh sprig each of rosemary and sage. I removed both after I finished cooking everything.
If you want it a little thicker, sprinkle on potato flour.
Mmmmmmmmm. It smells like Thanksgiving all over again, only it didn’t take hours to make!
Add salt, pepper, and other herbs to taste. Serve by heaping ladles over buttered toast. No, it’s not pretty, but it’s oh so yummy and comforting.
Posted in cabbage, cast iron, farmer's market, frugal living, potatoes, winter gardening, tagged braised red cabbage, Food, Hanukkah, holidays, latkes, spiced apples on December 16, 2009 | 1 Comment »
In case you hadn’t guessed, we’re not Jewish. We can still appreciate a variation on Hanukkah food, though, since it’s in season and able to be locally grown (much of which we got from Conway Locally Grown). Tonight we had latkes (potato pancakes) served with yogurt (in lieu of sour cream), braised onions and red cabbage, chicken-apple sausage, and spiced baked apple wedges. No, I’m sorry, I don’t have pretty pictures tonight. I just made it and we ate it, with no photography.
Latkes are one of the world’s easiest yummy foods. Start by washing about one or two medium red potatoes per person. Grate the potatoes in long strips. Let the grated potatoes drain in a colander. Toss them in a bowl with about a tablespoon of flour (I used whole wheat), salt and pepper to taste (I used cajun seasoning and garlic too), and about one egg (or less) for every two servings. Now heat about a 1/4 inch of oil in a heavy skillet. I, not surprisingly, used a good cast iron skillet. You can tell when the oil is hot enough if the handle tip of a wooden spoon or the tip of a wooden chop stick yields tiny bubbles if you press it into the bottom of the pan. Drop the potato mixture into the hot oil using a full soup spoon, quickly spreading out the mixture. Now leave it alone. As the edges start to brown, flip the latke using a large spatula. A few minutes later, scoop out the latke and drain it well. At this point, I like to leave the latkes on a cast iron plate in a warm oven, while I make the rest. Serve all of the latkes warm with sour cream or yogurt and apple sauce or apples. Mmmmmmm.
Even though I had forgotten that it’s Hanukkah until we finished our meal, our supper tonight is good reminder that most traditional holiday food is seasonally appropriate. For instance, I am rarely interested in heating up the house in the summer long enough to roast a bird as big as a turkey, but I’ll happily take that heat in the house come late fall. What seasonal foods do you eat at holidays, as part of family tradition?