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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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overflowing angel food cake

A Few Basic Cooking Tips

A Few Basic Cooking Tips   In a hurry? Don’t just crank up the heat, which will cause your food to be burned on the outside and raw on the inside – yuck! Instead, cover the food with a lid or tin foil, which will trap the heat and speed up the cooking process. For better or for worse, this will also trap moisture; if the food needs a crispy exterior, remove the covering and turn up the heat for a few minut
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tomato salad in bowl

Tomato season is here!

Tomato season is here! Yahoo!!! Tomato season is here! We asked for recipes using CSA vegetables, and you answered. Here are the first two recipes, courtesy of CSA member Dawn Beckman. Got a great CSA-focused recipe? Send it (with photo is best, if possible) to farm@hampshire.edu. Can’t wait to hear what you’re cooking up!   Tomato Salad (vegan, gluten-free)   Ingredients 1 quart of cherry tomat
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closeup of kitchen utensils in a jar

Setting up a kitchen

Setting up a kitchen     One of the most important things you can do to make your experience in the kitchen fun instead of frustrating is to make sure that you have the proper tools. Although many tools can be improvised (yes, you can drain your pasta with a pot lid instead of a colander) at the end of the day you will have more fun and be less stressed in the kitchen if you have the right tools for the job
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