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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Adventures in kale and radishes...

Still cooking...
Kale and Sausage soup from our CSA email 
12 links of spicy pork sausage  
or any pork for that matter 
1 Tablespoon butter 
1 large diced yellow onion 
4 cloves minced garlic 
3 cups chicken broth 
3 cups sliced kale 
1 cup water 
2 large potatoes halved and sliced 
½ cup heavy cream 
Melt butter in a sauce pan, add garlic and onion and pork- cook until 
brown, add broth, water, potatoes and cook for 15 minutes. Add Kale 
and cream and cook for another 7-8 minutes and serve. 
This was a really good soup.  It was prefect for a cool, rainy, early summer day. 
Our only recipe tweak was to add the chopped up Swiss chard stems leftover from the Utica greens.
What to do with radishes...  
Another great recipe from Mariquita Farm:

Beijing Radish Salad
This can be made with watermelon radishes or other types...
1 bunch watermelon radishes or one medium daikon radish
2 tablespoons rice or balsamic vinegar (or a combination)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons sesame oil
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
Wash and julienne radishes. They can be peeled or not as you like. I often use a mandoline to do the julienne-ing, or you can grate them. Mix together the rest of the ingredients and dress the radishes with the dressing.
I did not know what "julienne" meant, so I cut them like matchsticks.  As it turns out that was right. 
I didn't have any sesame oil, so that got skipped.  Finally, I substituted splenda for the sugar. 
It was great! 
So far, so good.  The farmer forgot to wash the spring mix lettuce, so my first lunch salad 
was a little more "crunchy" than I would have liked...  All we have left from our box this 
week are the garlic scapes and some broccoli.  The kid will eat that. I "magically" turn her 
into a dinosaur and she eats the "trees."  We are thinking a pesto recipe for the scapes. 
I did find this video while researching scapes...
Pray that we survive.

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