Thursday, June 30, 2011

Think Inside the Box

Here's a great way to use up some of the veggies in that share box! Inspired by Evan Dayringer, who says: when you start with good ingredients you're very likely to end up with good food!

Possible ingredients:

scallions or onions
tofu with seasonings
beets w/ greens
kale or collards

The method:

Start with a deep cast iron frying pan.

Chop scallions and saute over medium low heat in a generous amount of good olive oil.

Slice tofu into strips and dip in soy sauce. Then dredge in a mixture of nutritional yeast, cayenne pepper, ground black pepper, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, salt. Add to scallions.

Slice or chop beets thinly; chop greens as well. Add to pan as next layer.

Chop 1-2 bunches kale or collards. Add to pan as top layer.

Pour soy sauce and apple cider vinegar over veggies (to taste).

Cover and let steam for 5-10 minutes. Turn off heat and let sit.

Other veggies may be included - experiment!

No-Cook Kale Chips

Hardly a recipe, this born-of-necessity method to ingest some kale quickly with minimal fuss simply involves washing kale leaves, shaking or patting dry, tearing into large pieces, and using those pieces as a scoop for a dip that you luckily find already prepared! If you are very lucky, your dip will be:

Holler Hummus

1 can or 2 c. cooked chickpeas
3/4 t. salt
3 T. olive oil
2 T. Tahini
3 large cloves of garlic (more if you love the stinking rose!)
Juice of one lemon

Combine all in a food processor

Thursday, June 23, 2011


Momos are Tibetan dumplings. It takes a little practice to make the beautiful crimped edges. No matter how it ends up looking, it will be delicious!

3 c. flour (white or wheat)
≈ 1 c. water
¼ tsp. salt

1 tbs. oil (canola or olive)
¾ lb. tofu
1 c. frozen/canned corn
1 c. cooked/canned chickpeas
½ bunch of kale, chopped into bite-sized pieces
½ tsp. tumeric
1 tbs. grated ginger (or 1 tsp. powdered)
salt or tamari to taste

2 tbs. olive oil
2 c. chopped tomatoes or chunky tomato sauce
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. tumeric
1 tsp. cumin seeds
a pinch of cayenne
salt and pepper to taste

The dough for momos is surprisingly simple. Just put the flour and salt in a bowl and
slowly add water until the dough forms a cohesive ball. No yeast and no hassle!

The fillin’ is more of an art and less of a science. Sauté the tofu and veggies in the
oil and then add the spices. Some flexibility in fillins is encouraged – just be careful
not to allow your fillins to get too saucy, because it’ll make the assembling process
significantly more messy!

The sauce is where the flavor is at. Start by heating the oil, adding the cumin seeds,
and cooking for about a minute and a half. Add the garlic and let it cook for a minute
or so before adding the tomatoes or tomato sauce and the remaining spices into the

This is the fun part! Pinch off a golf ball-sized piece of dough and roll it in your hands
until it’s a smooth sphere. Use a rolling pin to roll into a 3-4 inch circle. Make sure
to use lots of flower on your surface and rolling pin to avoid stickage! Hold the rolled
out dough in one hand taco style, while scooping with the other hand two heaping
spoonfuls of fillin into the middle of the dough. With the scooping hand, wet your
fingers with water and trace half way around the edge of the dough. Fold the other
half over the fillins. While still holding the dough taco style, use your free hand to
fold a small section of one side of the dough over, crimping it over and sealing that

Make a crimp every quarter inch, until the whole momo is sealed. Finally, dip your
fingertips in water and smooth the closure over. Your momo is assembled!

You can use a simple vegetable steamer to steam your momos. Just brush the
bottom and sides of the upper part of the steamer with some oil and place your
momos inside. Within 7-10 minutes, your momos are steamed and ready to eat!

Salad with Beets, Walnuts, Goat Cheese, and Balsamic Reduction

The sweetness of the beets contrasts with the tart tanginess of the goat cheese. A beautiful and delicious dish! (from the excellent eggsonsunday food blog)

Salad with Beets, Walnuts, Goat Cheese, and Balsamic Reduction

Ingredients (for 2 main-course salads)

For the salad:
2 medium-large (2 1/2 in. diameter) cooked beets, cubed or cut into wedges
1 bunch greens, torn into bite-sized pieces (I use a small bunch of kale, but you could use any kind of salad greens you like; just use enough for two servings)
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 of a 4-oz. log of goat cheese, crumbled (roughly 4 tbsp)

For the dressing:
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp honey
pinch each of salt and pepper

For the balsamic reduction:
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar


To cook the beets:
Two options - baking or roasting.

To bake the beets, cut off the greens (if they’re attached) and leave about an inch of stem above the beet. Place the whole beets, skin still on, in an 8×8 baking pan. Fill with water just so it covers the whole bottom of the pan, then cover the pan tightly with foil. Bake at 375 for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until the beets are tender when pierced with a fork (you kind of just have to check; it will take more or less time depending on the size of your beets.) Once the beets come out of the oven, let them sit with the foil still covering the pan for about 15 minutes. Then, remove the foil and peel the beets – the skins should be so loose that you can just slip them easily off. Be prepared for your hands to get really, really bright pink – it washes off afterwards! Cut up the peeled beets into 1/2 inch cubes.

Or, to roast the beets, cut off the greens and peel the skins off the beets with a vegetable peeler. No need to peel young beets. Cut the raw peeled(or unpeeled) beets into 1/2 inch chunks, toss with a little olive oil, salt and pepper, and place them on a baking sheet. Roast for about 20-30 minutes, until the beet chunks are tender.

To assemble the salad:
First, get the balsamic reduction going. Place 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Boil until the vinegar has reduced to a syrupy consistency, about 5 minutes (should yield about 1 tbsp.) Turn off heat and set aside until your salads are ready.

In the bottom of a large bowl, make the dressing by whisk together 2 tbsp olive oil, 2 tsp balsamic vinegar, 1 tsp honey, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Add washed (and spun dry) greens of your choice directly to the bowl (on top of the vinaigrette). Using a large spoon, toss the greens with the vinaigrette. Divide the dressed greens among two plates.

Now, top your greens with the beets, crumbled goat cheese, and walnuts.

Finally, drizzle your balsamic reduction over the tops of the salads.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Roasted Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi is in the turnip family, but has been described as tasting like a cross between apples and cauliflower! Peel the skin if it is thick and tough. Spring kohlrabi bulbs often don't need peeling. The greens can be cooked like collards. Many folks prefer to eat kohlrabi raw, but this simple roasted recipe brings out the creamy richness.

Hands-on time: 10 minutes
Time to table: 45 minutes
Serves 4 (smallish servings since roasted vegetables shrink so much)

1 1/2 pounds fresh kohlrabi, ends trimmed, thick green skin sliced off with a knife, diced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon garlic (garlic is optional, to my taste)
Good vinegar

Set oven to 450F. Toss the diced kohlrabi with olive oil, garlic and salt in a bowl. (The kohlrabi can be tossed with oil and seasonings right on the pan but uses more oil.) Spread evenly on a rimmed baking sheet and put into oven (it needn't be fully preheated) and roast for 30 - 35 minutes, stirring every five minutes after about 20 minutes. Sprinkle with a good vinegar (probably at the table so the kohlrabi doesn't get squishy).

Per Serving: 64 Cal (45% from Fat, 12% from Protein, 44% from Carb); 2 g Protein; 3 g Tot Fat; 0 g Sat Fat; 8 g Carb; 4 g Fiber; NetCarb 4; 31 mg Calcium; 1 mg Iron; 23 mg Sodium; 0 mg Cholesterol; Weight Watchers 1 point

Adapted from Vegetables Every Day by Jack Bishop

Rhubarb-Strawberry Crisp

This can be made with all rhubarb or a mix of rhubarb and strawberries.

Cook Time: 55 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes


  • 1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup quick cooking rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 cups sliced rhubarb
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch (look for organic corn starch at the People's Food Coop or natural food stores if you want to avoid GMO's)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


In mixing bowl, combine brown sugar, flour, oats, butter and cinnamon; mix together until crumbly. Press half of the brown sugar and oats mixture into a buttered 8-inch square baking dish. Top with the sliced rhubarb.

In a saucepan combine 1 cup granulated sugar, cornstarch, and the 1 cup of water and vanilla. Cook together until clear, then pour over rhubarb.
Top rhubarb with remaining crumb mixture and bake at 350° for 45 to 55 minutes

Editor's Note: I reduced the sugar in this recipe by 1/4 to almost 1/2 and it was fine. I added a sliced ripe banana to the fruit and it was delicious. I also added 1/8 c. maple syrup to the sauce after reducing the sugar.

Original recipe from Food

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Garlic Scape - Kale Pesto

This recipe comes from Diana dyer, who, with her husband Dick, was kind enough to start a garlic farm right outside of Ann Arbor and is presently nourishing the local populace with 47 varieties of garlic! check out Diana's blog at :


    1 cup garlic scapes (about 8 or 9 scapes depending on size) cut into
    ¼-inch slices

    3-5 leaves kale. If the stems are tough, remove them and then slice
    into sideways strips.
    1/3 cup walnuts, pecans, or pine nuts (toasting these adds a nice twist)
    3/4 cup olive oil

    ~ 1/2 cup freshly-grated parmesan cheese

    1/2 teaspoon salt (can omit if parmesan salty enough)

    Black pepper to taste (1-2 grinds should be plenty for a little extra
    spark of flavor)


    Place scapes, kale, and nuts in the bowl of a food processor and
    grind until well combined and somewhat smooth but not purely pureed.
    Slowly drizzle in oil and process until integrated but there is still
    some "chunkiness". Transfer mix to a mixing bowl. Add parmesan, salt
    and pepper to taste.

    Makes about 1-1/2 cups of pesto. Keeps for up to one week in an
    airtight container in the refrigerator. Or transfer to an ice-cube
    tray and freeze in cubes to be defrosted and used one cube at a time
    at your leisure. The latter approach makes scape pesto available
    even in mid-winter, when it’s use can make any dish a scrumptious

Massaged Kale (Raw Kale Salad)

This is a popular dish around the Frog Holler table. Here are some basic guidelines, but variations abound; the more you make it the more you'll get a "feel" for it!


Fresh Kale - any variety
Olive Oil
Chopped walnuts, or toasted sunflower or sesame seeds
Nutritional Yeast
Fresh garlic (stronger) or garlic powder

Strip the kale from the stems and chop leaves finely into ribbons. Place in large bowl with enough olive oil to coat the leaves. Some suggest adding a little salt at this point. Then start massaging! After washing hands :-) take clumps of kale and rub/press/squeeze them. The color will deepen and some juice may be released. Keep massaging (2-5 minutes) until all the leaves are darker green and uniformly soft.

Pour off any liquid that may have been released - you can save it for cooking or stock (remember it's salted!).

Taste massaged kale for saltiness and add more salt if needed along with the nuts/seeds, nutri-yeast and garlic. Stir and let salad sit a few minutes for flavors to blend.

Kale is a nutritional powerhouse, and some say that massaging the raw kale makes the vitamins and minerals available without destroying valuable enzymes that are often lost in the cooking process.

The photo shows one of our variations that also includes massaged cabbage and some chopped radishes. For other variations on this curiously delicious dish, go to these excellent blogs: Cookus Interruptus , and Daily Unadventures in Cooking.