Another favorite from cooking goddess Deborah Madison that fits perfectly with the Eat Local Challenge. Her description reads, “It’s such an easy pleasure to make this dish, I always imagine it would be ideal for tired farmers at the end of the day- or tired anyone. While the onions sizzle in olive oil, you’re cutting eggplant and squash into big bold pieces. Into the pan they go, a thigh-fitting lid goes on top, down goes the heat, and the vegetables stew briefly in their own juices until tender. You can be completely relaxed and improvisational with this stew, for it really reflects the generous spirit of the market with all its choice and variety. Any kind of squash, onion, or eggplant will be fine, in any proportion. I find that some of the skinnier eggplants are interesting here: Yellow squash definitely enlivens the appearance; pattypans can be cut into thick wedges; zucchini into 2-inch logs, than halved or quartered, etc.”
Another recipe from the ever tantalizing and gorgeously photographed http://kissmyspatula.com/. With the legendary (or notorious) bounty of zucchini we get in WI every year, it’s always nice to find new ways to enjoy! Minus the lemon juice, this recipe can be made 100% locally. “Feel free to change up and play around with your choice of cheese and herbs. Dollops of fresh ricotta with chervil and dill would be brilliant together. I picked the herbs below since they’re growing like mad in our garden right now. Plus, when fresh feta comes knocking at our door, mint is never too far behind.”
Seriously. It is the easiest kale/potato soup ever and SO delicious.
Great stirred into mayo for an instant aioli!
A simple and delicious Eat Local Challenge recipe.
Tomatillos are a wonderful but perhaps underutilized WI fruit that is available in great abundance this time of year. Experiment with making your own salsa and have fun with Eating Locally!
I’m such a sucker for Brussels sprouts- they are exciting to carry home on the stalk from market, fun to cook, and look like adorable mini cabbages. Here’s another fabulous Brussels sprouts recipe to rock during the Eat Local Challenge!
Another Eat Local Challenge friendly recipe that makes great use of tasty local eggs and fresh herbs!
A wonderful cooling dessert recipe that can make use of whatever delectable local fruit is around. Experiment, go wild and enjoy this Eat Local Challenge friendly dessert!
“Roasted peppers can be expensive to buy but are very easy to make. When peppers are in abundance, roast some and freeze for later use. One way to do this is in freezer boxes, separating the layers with waxed paper.”
A savory alternative to the old standby corn on the cob.
Originally this fabulous Luna Circle Farm CSA recipe called for sorrel, but can really be made with any flavorful leafy green. Experiment with your favorites! -SR
An old housemate passed along her mom’s split pea soup recipe, adapted for our Co-op’s vegetarian needs. It is one of the best I’ve ever had. Enjoy Margot’s variation on split pea soup! - SR
“This humble braise more or less cooks itself. The vegetables are cut into large pieces (quick to prepare) and are meltingly tender when finished. Some might say they’re overcooked, and they are soft, but this only brings out their flavors. Once, when I added some pesto at the end, the familiar flavors told me that I had made a soupe au pisou, only a heartier version.” - Deborah Madison
Served with crusty bread, as an accompaniment to the perfect baked/grilled meat or tofu, or as its own main course, you and yours will be astounded at how delicious this beautiful meal tastes!
Lovely on the eyes and on the palate, making herbal honey is a fun way to add variety and creativity to your pantry. This is also a great gift idea!
Sweet, juicy, crunchy, pungent, spicy, delicious. Unforgettable.
Cool and refreshing.
Fried green tomatoes are the perfect solution to the impatience resulting from watching your tomato plants daily, hoping to find a splash of red or orange or yellow.
Allow the aroma of fresh baked bread to fill your home! Nothing compares to sandwiches on slices of bread fresh from the oven.
Definitely dessert, but a healthful choice. Wholesome oatmeal, whole-wheat flour and a medley of dried berries will satisfy your sweet tooth.
Locavores: fennel and kohlrabi are not only available locally in Wisconsin summers, but they combine to make a delicious and colorful (kohl?) slaw. kohlrabi look prettiest in this recipe since they stand out so boldly against the pale fennel bulb, but the color contrast isn't necessary for you to enjoy this lovely side dish.
These lightly-spiced, savory black bean burgers topped with creamy avocado are just the dinner for a night like this!
Grilled white peach halves, allowed to get warm and crisp on the outside, will absolutely melt in your mouth once drizzled with honey and adorned with fresh mint.
Hunks of warmed sourdough topped with gooey, garlicky oven roasted or grilled tomatoes with olive oil and herbs makes the perfect accompaniment to any meal.
"Duxelles" is a fancy (well, not so much fancy as it is a French) word for a finely chopped mixture of mushrooms, mushroom stems, onions, shallots, and herbs sauteed in butter, then reduced to a paste. Sometimes cream is added, as well. It's a basic preparation used in gravies, sauces, and as a filling for a savory pastry mushroom tart.
This savory mushroom-nut paté will be a hit at home as well as at a potluck. Toasted hazelnuts, sauteed garlic, thyme and sherry add depth to this companion to the cracker. Convenient for company, since you can make this in advance and store it in the refrigerator until your guests arrive.
This salad is summer food at its finest. Crisp, juicy, refreshing and textured, jicama and papaya make an unlikely yet delightful duo, especially when paired with this light orange juice dressing atop a bed of crunchy Bibb lettuce.
Do you try to convince yourself to eat more salads but find yourself lacking inspiration? Perhaps you linger in the dressing aisle, searching for a compelling new flavor that will bring a new excitement to your greens. This simple, homemade dressing is just the trick! Papaya seeds are known for a subtle, peppery flavor. Combined with some oil, herbed vinegar and a hint of onion, you will find your palate singing new songs in the key of D. Yes, D stands for delicious!