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bowl of beet soup

Beautiful beets – amazing beet soup and Moroccan carrot and beet slaw

  Beets   Beets are an astounding vegetable. Both the roots and the greens are edible. They can be eaten raw, cooked, or pickled. The red juice can be used as a dye, as you will no doubt discover when it runs all over your cutting board (though don’t worry, the juice washes out easily unless it gets “fixed“). Commercially, they are used as a source of sugar, accounting for approximately 20
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Squash and arugula pizzas

Squash and arugula pizzas (vegetarian, opt. gluten-free, opt. vegan) by Sean Kinlin These can be easily made with whatever crust you want to use, but the below recipe makes a nice wheat crust. However, you can also make or buy a gluten-free crust – just follow the directions on the package. Prep times: Note that, except for the squash, most of the prep times overlap with cooking or dough rising times. The total
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bowl of soup

Tofu, mushroom, and veggie noodle soup

Tofu, mushroom, and veggie noodle soup (vegan, opt. gluten free, contains soy) by Sean Kinlin This is a highly modified version of a recipe by Nava Atlas. It makes a large amount – if you don’t need or want this much soup, you can reduce the recipe by half, or freeze some of it for a cold winter night. If you want some additional heat, you could also add chili oil (or whatever else you might have to hand)
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bowl of colcannon

Colcannon: traditional Irish fare

Colcannon (gluten-free, contains dairy, optional meat) by Reeve Gutsell This traditional Irish potato dish is often made with either cabbage or kale. For meat eaters, it goes very well in combination with sausages, bacon, or corned beef.  The Hampshire College Farm sells both farm-raised sausages and bacon at the Hampstore if you are interested in keeping your meal local. As a side note, this dish is often associated
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large pot of kale soup

Kale – the champion vegetable of New England

Kale has been cultivated for food at since least as early as 2,000 B.C., where it originated in the Mediterranean and Asia Minor. David Fairchild (1869-1954), a botanist and plant explorer, is credited with introducing kale into the U.S., along with approximately 200,000 other exotic plants and crops, including mangoes, dates, soybeans, quinoa, and flowering cherries (including the famous ones in Washington, D.C.). O
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West African sweet potato and peanut stew

West African sweet potato and peanut stew (gluten-free, opt. vegan, contains peanuts) By Reeve Gutsell Often referred to as ground nut stew, variations of this recipe are found across Western Africa. Thick, rich, and as spicy as you want it to be, this great meal has been in my regular rotation ever since I tried it. Prep time: 10 min Cook time: 20 min Serves 4 – 6 Note: This stew is often served with shredded chicke
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plate of sweet potato fries

Southwestern sweet potato fries

Southwestern sweet potato fries (vegan, gluten-free) by Reeve Gutsell This recipe is super-easy to modify in whatever way you would like; it is itself a modification of this recipe by Mark Bittman. I have taken some of the suggestions proposed in the comments, added some spices to give it a southwestern flavor – and viola! This recipe is super-easy, very healthy, and delicious! Also much cheaper than buying swe
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hand oiling cast iron skillet

Seasoning and caring for cast iron

I know I told you way back at the start of the semester (so long ago, right??) that I would write a post on how to season a cast iron pan. Well, promise kept! But before I launch into the “how-to”s, let’s clear up a few common questions and misconceptions about cast iron care first.   First of all, what does “seasoning” a cast iron pan really mean? A lot of people think that it mean
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jar of kimchi

Kimchi

  Kimchi (gluten-free, opt. vegan) by Reeve Gutsell This classic Korean staple is a fermented dish made of any of a variety of vegetables, but often including cabbage as the main ingredient, along with Korean hot pepper, ginger, garlic, and daikon radishes. (Kimchi also often includes fish sauce or shrimp paste, but this can be left out for vegetarians.) Fermentation is an ancient food preservation method that g
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chopped broccoli on a cutting board

All the broccoli!!

I don’t know if you all have noticed when picking up your CSA shares, but we have SO MUCH BROCCOLI!! Why? Because Nancy is the Broccoli Queen of the Valley. Also because we planted too much because we inaccurately predicted the dining hall’s need for broccoli this fall. So…. here we are with all this delicious green goodness, which we are passing on to you, fortunate CSA members! Wondering what to d
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large bucket of cauliflower

Cauliflower curry with ginger and turmeric

The Hampshire College Farm has an abundance of cauliflower – AND the ginger and turmeric are ready! Check out this great cauliflower curry recipe by Sarah Steely that uses all three – plus carrots and whatever other veggies you would like. Red lentil and cauliflower curry (vegan, gluten-free, contains coconut) by Sarah Steely Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 45-60 minutes Serves 4-6 Note: This recipe goes
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glass jar of olive oil with cork and green background

A note about cooking oils

Are you curious about the different types and qualities of oils available for you to cook with? Wondering what a “smoke point” is? Below is an overview of the basic types of cooking oils you are most likely to need or encounter in the kitchen, along with their various pros and cons. Note: Always remember that you should never pour oil or fats down the sink, as this is a disaster for your plumbing. The oil
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closeup of kohlrabi with greens

It’s a baseball! It’s a spaceship! It’s KOHLRABI!!

Kohlrabi  – it’s one of those weird vegetables that people often find baffling. Its peculiar, Sputnik-like appearance, plus its generally unfamiliar name, often leave shareholders hesitant to give it a try. That’s a shame, because, despite its weird appearance, kohlrabi is pleasant, mild, and crunchy – much like a stem of broccoli (to which it is related) or a little like jicama. Before you do
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baby ginger root

Homemade ginger ale and sugared ginger

Ginger is one of our favorite products here at the Hampshire College Farm. The baby ginger that we grow is much crisper, fresher, and tastier than what you can find in the grocery store, which is often in its second year. In addition to being really tasty, ginger has many medicinal qualities: it is a great anti-inflammatory and digestive aid and helps fight the common cold. There are tons of things you can do with gi
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many types of greens on a table

A sea of greens

Do you feel stumped by the sea of greens available to you at the CSA share? Don’t worry, we’re here to sort it out. First of all, a few things about what is (and isn’t) in the photo you see above. The photo contains all of what are generally considered to be “dark, leafy greens” that the farm currently offers (at least as of the third week of September). Not included are lettuce (which i
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hands chopping

Knife skills – slicing, sharpening, and The Claw!!!

So if you’ve ever watched a cooking show, or seen a professional chef in action, you’ve probably noticed that they don’t handle either their knives or the food they are chopping in the same way that most of the rest of us do. They hold their knives in a weird grip (actually partially up onto the blade, not pointing the index finger) and they hold the food they are chopping in an even weirder grip th
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Thai red curry in a glass bowl on wooden table

Thai red curry recipe

  Thai Red Curry (gluten-free, opt. vegan, contains coconut) by Wm. Josiah Erikson NOTE: This is a very flexible recipe – almost any vegetables can be substituted or added, depending on what is in your fridge or to your taste. Additionally, the chicken in this recipe can be replaced with another meat, substituted with tofu or tempeh, or left out altogether. Jasmine or basmati rice is best, but regular whit
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sliced delicata squash

Roasted delicata squash

Delicata Squash   Do you hate squash? If so, it might be because you haven’t yet tried delicata. This stripy winter vegetable with a delicate (and edible) rind is indigenous to North and Central America. The flavor is lighter and sweeter than that of many other squashes; in fact, it is commonly cooked very simply as a side dish by roasting it in olive oil with a little salt and pepper. You can also toast t
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close-up of caponata

Caponata (eggplant) recipe

Caponata     Caponata is a classic Sicilian eggplant dish, somewhat like a sweet and sour version of ratatouille. If you haven’t done much cooking with eggplant before, be aware that it absorbs both flavors and oil – you may need to add additional olive oil (or water) if your pan starts to look dry before you add the tomatoes. This recipe also benefits from being made ahead of time and sitting f
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Fennel salad

Easy fennel salad recipe

Easy Fennel Salad Recipe (vegan, gluten-free) by Nancy Hanson   Fennel is one of the items we get the most questions about during the CSA share pickup. It is an aromatic and flavorful herb in the carrot family and tastes somewhat like a milder and sweeter version of anise. Fennel is popular throughout the world, particularly in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines, and can be grilled, sauteed, braised, stewed, or
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