We are lucky here in Wisconsin to have 4 distinct seasons. Unfortunately, by this time of year there aren’t a lot of local produce choices available to us. Thank goodness for our root vegetables, which stay with us to the welcome arrival of spring. Combine local rainbow beets with very in season (if only in FL and CA) citrus for a fresh winter dish that is sure to please!
Tis the season for citrus! Try this knockout dressing on salads, or as a marinade for tofu or chicken.
Mustard greens are frequently underutilized, since there just aren’t that many recipes out there that highlight their flavor. Try out this symphony of spices, designed to bring out the best in your mustard greens!
Perfect for guests, or for a nutritional boost at home!
“The sweetness of the pears plays of the slight bitterness of the turnip. Lemon juice and walnuts work together to add the finishing touches that make this dish great."
“Watch the oven carefully and set a timer. It may get a little smoky with the high heat, plus you do not want to overcook the salmon. It happens faster than you think. I usually like to take it out a minute before recipes indicate since I like it more rare than not. Finishing off the salmon in the oven makes for a restaurant quality cooked piece of fish. Just remember – do not move the fillets – you will be very tempted, but don’t do it. Leaving them alone allows for the nice crust to form in order for you to flip them over.” – Giao
Earl Grey tea steeped in vinegar is the surprise ingredient in this salad's dressing.
Serving collard greens with black-eyed peas in considered to be a lucky dish in the new year. The greens symbolize wealth, the black-eyed peas health. Enjoy this salad as 2010 winds down- it’s delicious spicy flavors will ring you into the new year.
Pears and cardamon, when baked together, have a magical quality. Makes four 4-inch cakes or one 8-inch cake.
This fast and interesting preparation of spinach is found all over the Mediterranean and shows the influence of Saracen (Persian) cooking. The spinach may be steamed ahead of time, but the sautéing must be done at the last minute. Chard and escarole are also excellent prepared in this way.
This healthy and flavorful salad is just the lunch or dinnertime trick. Make extra large portions and serve as a platter salad with a side of sliced baguettes and hummus.
Another great thing about this recipe is that you can really use any combo of winter veggies you’d like. Not a fan of beets? Why not throw in a turnip? Can’t stand carrots? Throw in some red potatoes. It’s really up to you.
These spicy sweet potatoes will warm you right up during the long months of winter.
Throw these ingredients in a crock-pot and enjoy the warm, delicious and fragrant food that practically cooks itself!
A lovely orange soup that is as nutritious as it is delicious.
Another easy to make gem from MACSAC's "From Asparagus to Zucchini"!
Another FANTASTIC and easy to make recipe from the ladies who brought us the Garden of Vegan cookbook. Top your dragon bowl, a salad, or anything, really, with this knock out dressing!
A one pot meal that is nutritionally dense and easy to make. Leftovers taste great cold the next day!
Take the leftover kasha and potatoes from this dish and turn them into a salad for lunch the next day! Add fresh chopped veggies, and some of your favorite dressing.
A great recipe from Cynthia Lair’s fabulous book, “Feeding the Whole Family.”
“Whether you use a small chicken or a great big roaster, this makes a succulent bird that’s as good cold as it is hot. The juices, which are flavored with the garlic, wine and herbs, make delicious pan gravy.” - Deborah Madison
Kids of all ages love applesauce! Serve it as a snack or for dessert; dollop it on potato pancakes or buttermilk pancakes. Increase the quantities and freeze the extra.
$16 Squares are menus that feed four people for $16 or less. These menus incorporate products that are on sale this month at the Co-op. the cost of basic pantry ingredients like flour, spices, oil, and condiments are not included in the cost of each menu. Serving sizes are based on manufacturers’ recommendations where appropriate
The savory, rich flavor of collard creams melds with creamy coconut milk for a sumptuous dish.
Sea vegetables, like Dulse, have innumerable health benefits. Experiment with adding them into your diet through foods like this tasty salad!
Millet is an excellent and delicious whole grain. Combined with protein rich tofu, it makes a perfect veggie patty for burger night!
What feels better on a chilly evening than bright, vibrant and warming carrot ginger soup?
This fall soup is great hot or cold. Garnish with the fennel fronds and enjoy!
Creamy avocado unites with zesty lemon to make the potato salad equivalent of a shooting star.
Arame is an excellent source of protein and vitamins A & B. It also possesses significant amounts of iodine, calcium and iron. Plus, it's super yummy!
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!
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.”
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!
Cool and refreshing.
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.
Sesame honey candy, or pasteli, is a traditional Greek confection which combines the simplest of ingredients to create a wholesome, natural treat featuring three simple ingredients: sesame seeds, honey and unrefined sea salt.
A lovely way to get still more greens into one's diet!
Utilizing Eden Food's rich, nourishing soba noodles made from 100 percent buckwheat flour, an ancient health food. Earthy, deep brown color, delicious flavor combines with shiitake, wakame and delicate onion flavor for a dish that is great served hot or cold.