Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat.
Season your chops with salt and pepper. Add your chops to the pan when the oil is close to smoking. Cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side until well browned. Remove from pan and set aside.
Reduce heat to medium and melt you butter in the same pan and add fennel and shallots. Cook for about 5 minutes. Then, add you hard cider, apple cider vinegar & sugar. Cook until sauce has reduced by 1/2 for about 10 minutes.
Add you apples and sage and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Then, add your pork chops back to the back and cook for another 5 minutes (or until cooked throughly) until warm and fragrant.
Place your pork chops on a plate and pour fennel, sage and apple mix on top and drizzle remaining sauce over them. Serve immediately.
All of the onions from this weeks farm share made me wonder what I could make with a ton of onions. I myself (or my husband for that matter) are members of the onion appreciation committee. BUT my mother-in-law is an onion fanatic. Fanatic in a sense that she will sneak onions from the cutting board and steal cooking onions from the pot on the stove. So, I figured what else can I do with 3 pounds of onion? French onion soup! This version uses vegetable broth instead of the traditional beef stock – making it suitable for the veggie crowd. If you’re looking to make a vegan version, swap the butter with olive oil and use a vegan cheese.
This dish, as simple as it is does take some time to prepare but is well worth the wait! Enjoy!
RECOMMENDED SUPPLIES: Soup crocks! If you do not have soup crocks on hand, you CAN use a casorole dish and layer your bread and cheese on top of it.
In a stock pot of dutch oven over medium-low heat, add butter and sliced yellow onions. Stir until they are well coated with the melted butter.
Cover and allow to cook for about 25 minutes until they are soft and translucent.
Remove lid and increase heat to medium-high to begin caramelizing. Add 1/2 teaspoon of sugar and stir frequently until the onions become golden brown. If they look like they are cooking too rapidly, reduce your heat! Be careful not to burn.
Once your onions have caramelized, Deglaze the pan with 1/2 cup of white wine. Stir stir stir until you scrap up all of the fond from the pot.
Once the wine has cooked off, deglaze again with the cognac stirring and scraping the pan.
Reduce heat to medium-low and add your flour, stirring frequently to form a thick paste for about 2-3 minut. If this doesn't happen, add another tablespoon of butter.
Add the vegetable stock, thyme and bay leaves to the pot and stir well. Cover and allow to simmer for 30 minutes.
While your soup is simmers, now is a great time to make your "croutes" - aka toasted bread.
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
Drizzle each side of the bread slices with olive oil and place on a baking sheet. Cook the bread for 15 minutes on each side until they are toasty and hard. Remove from oven and set aside.
Increase oven temperature to 350.
Back to the soup... Remove the bay leaves and thyme sprigs and discard. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Pour your soup into several soup crocks and add a few thinly sliced raw shallots on top.
Layer a couple pieces of croutes on top. Then add a thick layer of shredded Swiss cheese on top, making sure you cover the bread well to prevent it from burning.
Place soup crocks on a baking dish (trust me, the cheese will melt and make a huge mess if you don't do this). Place in the oven for 30 minutes until cheese has browned.
Depending on your oven, you may have to turn it to broil for a couple minutes to achieve the browned cheesy goodness.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!
For as much mexican food that I cook, I do not write down enough recipes as I should. This one is a family favorite and is quite addictive! You can adjust the heat level by omitting a jalepeno or two. Depending on how much heat your peppers pack, the recipe below is what I would consider a 7/10 for spiciness. Removing the seeds can also bring down the heat if you prefer. You do need quite a few carrots for this recipe but you can adjust it to one jar versus four. One bunch of carrots should generally be enough to fill a small pint jar! If you’re not familiar with canning or pickling, check out the following links for a little crash course in proper sanitation. I strongly suggest visiting the National Center for Home Food Preservationon how to prepare your jars, ensure proper sanitation, acidity levels and cook time. The following topics you should check out before starting are:
I this recipe we are only PICKLING which requires a simple water bath. No pressure canner needed! YAY! For this recipe you will need the following:
4 pint canning jars (Ball brand is best)
4 rings and new lids
A canning pot with a rack or a large pot & heatproof rack that fits into the bottom of the pot
Lid wand or thongs to lift the lids from the hot water
Clean rag to clean the rims of the jars
Before starting, be sure to prepare your equipment and jars. Follow all of the proper sanitization steps! Visit the GUIDE TO WATERBATH CANNING link provided above.
Toast your cumin seeds in a dry skillet on medium heat till just fragrant. Remove them to a plate or bowl so they don't overcook. Set aside.
Combine vinegar, sugar, water and salt in a large non-reactive pot. Bring to a boil and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
Add your sliced carrots, onions and jalapeños to the pot. Return to a boil. Remove from heat and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
While your carrots are marinating, remove your sterilized jars from the water and place them on a clean towel.
In EACH jar: Add 1/2 tsp of mexican oregano, 1/2 tsp toasted cumin seeds, 3 peppercorns, 1/2 tsp coriander seeds and 1 clove of garlic.
Fill each of the jars with the carrot, onion, jalepeno and vinegar mixture to within 1/2" of the rim. Wipe the rims with a clean cloth. Using a lid wand or thongs, remove the lids from the hot water and place on the jar. Tighten rings until just finger tight. Do not over-tighten.
To process the jars: Using a jar lifter, return jars to the pot of warm water on your stove. Place them on the rack without touching each-other or the sides of the pot. Add more water IF the water does not cover your jars by 1 or 2 inches. Cover and bring to a boil.
Once your pot reaches BOIL, set your timer and boil for 10 minutes. Then, remove from heat and allow to sit for another 5 minutes. Use a jar lifter to remove the jars and place on a clean towel. Allow to sit for 24 hours.
After 24 hours, remove the rings and check the seals by pressing on the center of the lid. There should be a concave indention signifying that everything worked! If you have one or two that did not seal, you can store them in your refrigerator. Sealed, processed jars should keep for up to a year when stored at room temperature.
This traditional Thai street food is easy to whip up in a pinch (otherwise known as Thai Basil Chicken). I used ground beef in the recipe below but you can use ground chicken, pork or even tofu. Traditionally you’ll find this recipe cooked with ground or minced chicken. The main ingredient in this dish is Thai Holy Basil, considering this ingredient may be quite difficult to acquire for many (unless you have a asian grocery store nearby) you can substitute with regular Thai Basil, Lemon Basil or if you cant find those, Italian Basil will work. The flavours aren’t quite as bold but it is still delicious!
Cook your rice per packaged instructions. Set aside.
If you happen to have a mortar and pestle, add your garlic and thai chilis and pound them. This will bring out a lot of the aromatic oils which in turn, makes it extra yummy. If not, press and chop your garlic and finely mince your chilies. (use more if you would like a spicier dish) Set aside.
Finely mince one small red bell pepper and julienne the other. Set aside.Pluck several leave off of your basil and keep whole. You should have about 1/3 cup packed.
In a large skillet or wok on medium heat, add your coconut oil.
Once hot, add your garlic and chilies and minced bell pepper and cook until fragrant. Do not allow them to burn. This should only take about 10-15 seconds. Then, add your meat and begin to brown.
Add your oyster sauce, fish sauce, soy sauce, sugar and julienned bell pepper. Stir well and continue to cook for about 4-5 minutes until your meat is cooked thoroughly.
Once your meat is cooked, simmer on low. Now is a good time to cook your fried egg (I like mine a bit runny but you can cook it to your liking)
Once the eggs are done - lets get back to the pan with the meat. Add your basil and stir well, it should only take about 30 seconds for the basil to cook. Remove from heat and serve over rice with the egg on the side. Enjoy!
Potatoes and leeks go too well with each other to not make another recipe that highlights them. My husband grew up in Germany as a kid and a lot of the treats from the winter CSA shares scream to made into something German. Today we have what is called, Kartoffelpuffer Mit Apfelmus. I swapped out the traditional inclusion of onions with leeks since I had a few laying around from the recent CSA share. Frankly, I enjoy leeks far better than onions but you can easily switch the recipe around if you feel so inclined.
In a small sauce pan, add apples, juice, lemon and cinnamon. On medium heat, cook for about 15 minutes until apples become soft and mushy.
Add apples from pan into a food processor and puree until smooth. Add sugar to taste.
Remove the outer layer and cut your leeks in half, lengthwise. Rinse each of them by pulling apart all of the layers under cold water. Cut the light colored part of your leek into into 1/16 inch thin slices. Use a mandolin or a knife for this. (your choice)
In a small fry pan, add your leek slices and cook on low heat for about 20 minutes until leeks are caramelized and golden. Set aside.
Peel and grate your potatoes and add to a bowl of cold water with the lemon juice. This will help remove some of the starch from the taters and keep them from turning brown.
Strain the potatoes and press as much liquid out as you can.
In another bowl, whisk the egg, flower, baking powder and salt. Add the potatoes, leeks and mix well.
In a medium sized fry pan, add 1/2 cup of oil (or more if needed - try to get your oil about 1/4 inch high) Drop 1/4 cup of potato mixture into the hot oil and press down. Heat until golden brown on each side.
French Toast is not actually French by any means. The recipe for fried bread soaked in a mixture of milk and eggs predates France itself and was created by the Romans sometime in the 5th century AD. The next time you see French Toast on a menu of a fancy French brunch cafe, stand up and yell shenanigans! Now that we’ve had our little history lesson for the day, lets get on with the recipe.
In a medium pan, heat butter and syrup on medium heat. Add pears and cook for about 10 minutes. I prefer my pears to be firm but you can always cook them a little longer. Remove from heat and allow to cool while you prepare your toast.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Whisk together eggs, cream, milk, almond extract, spices and the liquor and pour into a shallow container such as a casserole dish. Dip bread in egg mixture and allow to soak for about 3 minutes on each side.
In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Fry slices in batches until golden brown, then flip to cook the other side. Place bread onto a large cookie sheet and finish baking them in the oven for about 10 minutes. The toast should rise slightly.
In a cold stainless steel bowl, beat cream cheese, heavy cream, sugar and vanilla on high until thickened and set aside.
Serve your French Toast topped with pears, whipped topping, maple butter (from the pear pan) and sliced almonds. Enjoy!
Sorry for not including the almonds in the photo. I didn't have my coffee this morning and forgot to add them before the display platter was eaten by my husband.
This variation of your typical potato salad is perfect for those who are not members of the mayonnaise appreciation committee (myself included).The combination of sweet and salty will certainly be a hit at your next pot luck or gathering and if you’re a fan of apple cider vinegar, this recipe is for you. I’ve always had nightmares of a mayonnaise laced potato salad marinating in the hot sun during a family picnic; by swapping that out with a little ACV certainly curbs those awful thoughts.
We took last week’s CSA inclusion of yellow potatoes and parsley to whip this one up for you and can easily be converted to a vegan recipe by omitting the bacon and using a little olive oil and smoked paprika to replace the bacon fat. Enjoy!