Cold Cucumber Buttermilk Soup

I’m growing these delightful pickling cucumbers, and boy do they grow fast! This is a quick refreshing soup for brunch, lunch, or dinner.

1 lb cucumbers*
2/3 Cup buttermilk
2 springs fresh tarragon
3 springs fresh dill
salt and pepper

*If you are using a thin skinned cucumber like small pickling cukes or fresh english cucumbers, you can leave the skin on. If you’re getting those thick, waxy skinned ones at the grocery store, peel them. Those skins just don’t have the right texture.

Put the cucumbers and herbs in the food processor and blend until smooth. Add buttermilk and salt and pepper to taste. Blend 2 pulses. Chill. Serve the same day.

You can serve this in a martini glass or other fun glass with chilled shrimp or lump crab or lobster on the side. Very fancy cocktail party food!

Carrot Top Pesto

I’m growing rainbow carrots this year. The tops are greater in mass than the roots. So I’ve been working on things to do with the greens. This is by far the smartest thing I’ve come up with and it really celebrates carrot greens as a food rather than a garnish.

I used the greens from 5 big carrots. After everything was washed very well, the thick stems trimmed, and just the leafy greens used, I had about 5 handfuls or 4 cups.

In the food processor:

1/2 Cup chopped pecans
1/2 Cup quality olive oil
juice from 1 lemon (this helps the pesto retain color and develops the flavor)
2 TB sea salt

Then I added the greens 1 handful at a time and processed until smooth.

With the last handful, I added 1/4 C water. You can add more olive instead of water if you want a richer oil flavor. I used the water because I like it better.

Yield: 1 pint.

Thanks to my mother in law for sending pecans from South Georgia.

Published in: on July 20, 2011 at 9:48 am  Comments (2)  
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Warm Black Eyed Pea Salad

I used fresh black eyed peas for this recipe and cooked them very gently. You can sprout fresh peas and toss them in the salad raw or warm them.

Heat a large saute pan on medium heat with
1/2 C olive oil
2 carrots, diced
1 small spanish onion, diced
4 ribs celery, diced
12 oz fresh black eyed peas
2 tsp salt

Saute until onions are translucent and peas are tender, stirring often.

Add in
1 C sweet corn kernels
1 TB black pepper
3+ cloves garlic

Saute 5 minutes, until garlic and corn are crisp tender. Remove from heat.

Add in
Zest and juice from 2 limes
1/2 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1 bunch of cilantro, finely chopped

Toss to coat. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.

Serve over rice, salad greens, with crackers, or with toast points.

Celery Apple Salad with Raw Almond “Mayo”

One of the benefits of writing about food vs. reading about food: you get to eat the dish while writing about it rather than salivating over someone’s far away food pics in a fit of hunger. This is SO GOOD!

Dice into equal pieces

1 small stalk celery- about 3 Cups
3-4 pink lady apples – about 3 Cups

Toss with the juice of 1 lemon, 1 tsp salt, and plenty of fresh ground black pepper.

Raw Almond “Mayo”

In your food processor, combine:

2-3 TB dried tarragon
1/2 Cup raw almonds
1/2 Cup olive oil
1/2 Cup raw apple cider vinegar

Pulse until creamy. Toss with apples and celery. Can be chilled over night.

Smoked almonds add a delicious zing if you prefer.

Watermelon Radish and Goat Cheese Salad

Watermelon radishes are awesome. This sweet find came in my CSA box so I turned it into a salad topping to swoon over.

Layer 1: 1 head green leaf lettuce, torn
Layer 2: 1 Cup sunflower seeds
Layer 3: 1 watermelon radish, shredded
Layer 4: 1 Cup goat cheese crumbles

Dress with:

1/4 Cup red wine vinegar
1/4 Cup olive oil
1 TB raw sugar
salt and pepper

Whisk together and sprinkle over salad. Serves 2 people like me.

Indian Style Cabbage Salad

It’s cabbage season. Here is something to do with it other than make traditional slaw.

Cabbage Salad Served with Tandoori Chicken and Creamy Lentils

1 head green cabbage, shredded
2 tomatoes, diced
juice from 3 limes – about 4 TB
juice from 2 lemons – about 4 TB
3 tsp garam masala
2 tsp chili powder
1 small diced green chili
2 tsp salt

Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl. When dicing the tomatoes, transfer juices from cutting board to the salad bowl for added moisture. Coat cabbage well in seasoning and juices. Let rest in the fridge for at least 20 minutes before serving. This can be made up to 1 day in advance.

Demon Sauce

Here is the hot sauce I made for the chili cook off. This fiery red sauce went over a mild white chili so everyone could adjust their heat to taste. However, the sauce is good on everything. This is a GREAT chicken wing sauce.

Into the food processor!

1/2 Cup chile arbol
1/4 Cup red wine vinegar
1 tsp salt
8 cloves garlic
3 TB lemon juice
4 oz tomato paste

Process to make a paste and ensure the chiles are well pureed.

Transfer to 1 qt size wide mouth mason jar.

Add:

1/3 Cup lemon juice
1 Cup distilled white vinegar
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp oregano
1 TB sweet chili powder
2 TB smoked paprika
1 tsp salt

fill jar with red wine vinegar, about 2 1/4 Cups.

Put the lid on TIGHT. Shake to incorporate. Let flavors marry for at least 4 hours. Keeps in the refrigerator for many many weeks.

Spinach Lemon Pesto

We’re getting more fresh spinach from our CSA than basil. After last years seemingly unending basil harvest, I’m shocked that I miss basil. This should cure your winter pesto woes. This is a raw pesto. It can be heated with pasta or served with raw veggie noodles.

Served with Gluten-Free Pasta!

In your food processor

1/2 lb baby spinach, washed and dried
1/3 Cup evoo
1/4 Cup lemon juice

handful of pine nuts or walnuts, about 1/3 Cup

1-2 tsp salt
fresh ground black pepper to taste

Blend until smooth. It is easier to add the spinach in stages because it is so bulky. This keeps well in the fridge for a little over a week because of the high vitamin C content.

Published in: on February 12, 2010 at 8:57 am  Comments (4)  
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