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Grilled Eggplant Tapenade

 

Hello Harvesters!

I have to say, this week’s recipe is one of the most delicious ones I’ve tasted yet. We busted out the BBQ this past weekend for the first barbecue of the season, and we had so much fun we had to do it both nights of the weekend. This charred eggplant and onion tapenade was the result of several experiments with a balsamic and garlic marinade. It makes a perfect topping over chicken, or goes well with bruschetta or crackers. Let us know what you think!

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Charred Eggplant Tapenade

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Ingredients:

½ cup aged balsamic vinegar (get a good, sweet one for this recipe)

½ cup olive oil

1 tsp. kosher salt

1 tsp. ground black pepper

3 large cloves garlic, minced

2 small eggplants

1 medium yellow onion

Directions:

Prepare grill for veggies, you want a medium heat, so if you’re using charcoal spread it out so they are about 1 briquette thick.

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Slice onions and eggplant through their equator into ½ inch-pieces. Combine vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic in a casserole dish and lightly coat onion and eggplant pieces. Place on grill for 10-15 minutes total, flipping half way through until the eggplant begins to look transparent and juicy and the onion softens and look transparent (the onion may take a bit longer). Remove from grill and let cool, then use a knife to cut onion and eggplant into 2-3 inch pieces. Place the chopped onion and eggplant in a food processor along with the left over marinade and pulse a few times until it looks like a chunky salsa (there will be bigger and smaller pieces, but that’s good for texture). Serve with grilled chicken and feta or with bruschetta.

Original recipe and photo for Pacific Coast Harvest by Kayla Waldorf

 

 

A Hardy Salad for A Nutritious Picnic

 

Hello Harvesters!

For this last week of April we have a perfect picnic recipe. Share it with your family out on the lawn or at the park. We can tell you from personal experience: this one is particularly delicious (plus good for you too!). Give it a try and let us know what you think.

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Hardy Quinoa Salad

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For salad:

2 cups quinoa (uncooked)

2 medium bell peppers, diced

1 cup cilantro, loosely packed and diced

2 small zucchini, very thinly sliced

1 large avocado (or 2 small), sliced

1 T. olive oil

1 tsp. salt

 

For dressing:

1 large lemon, juiced

3 large cloves garlic, crushed

Olive oil (equal parts lemon juice and olive oil)

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Prepare quinoa ahead of time. To cook, rinse two cups quinoa thoroughly and toast in skillet with 1 tbsp. olive oil until water evaporates and quinoa begins to make popping sounds. Stir for about 1 minute then remove from heat. Transfer to large pot and cover with 4 cups water and add 1 tsp. salt. Bring to a boil on high heat then turn down to a simmer, covered, and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes (do not remove lid before 5 minutes are up!). Drain remaining liquid from quinoa and let cool in a bowl.

While quinoa cools, prepare veggies. Use a potato peeler to thinly slice zucchini, dice cilantro and peppers, and slice avocado. Toss cilantro, peppers, and zucchini into quinoa and set aside. Wait to add avocado until the end.

Prepare dressing by juicing lemon, add equal amount of olive oil as lemon juice. Stir in garlic and add a hefty amount of salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly and pour over quinoa, toss until evenly distributed. Lay avocado over salad and garnish with left over cilantro. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Enjoy!

Original recipe and photo for Pacific Coast Harvest by Kayla Waldorf

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Kiwi-Rhubarb Compote

Hello all. It’s a simple one this time! All you need is a small pot and a bowl, and some fresh fruit. This makes a delicious topping to serve over vanilla ice cream, or to put on French toast in the morning with pears and walnuts. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

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Kiwi-Rhubarb Compote

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Ingredients:

4 large stalks rhubarb, cut into 1-inch pieces (about 3 cups)

3 ripe kiwis, diced

½ cup granulated sugar

¼ cup water

 Method:

Place rhubarb, water, and sugar into medium pot and bring to a boil on medium heat. Once boiling, bring down to a simmer and simmer for 20 minutes until water is reduced and rhubarb starts to fall apart and soften. Remove from heat and place in a bowl, stir in diced kiwis and refrigerate for an hour or so until cold.* Serve over vanilla ice cream or yogurt.

 

Original photo and recipe for Pacific Coast Harvest by Kayla Waldorf

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Carrot-Zucchini Bread with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

Hello Harvesters

Happy belated Easter and Passover, and welcome to April! This week our featured recipe is a scrumptious dessert bread that can be eaten after dinner or with coffee in the morning. It’s a good way to use the carrots, zucchini, and oranges that we are delivering this week. You may also want to save this recipe for the height of summer when we will all be struggling to keep up with the massive amount of summer squash that grows in Washington. Instead of trying to pawn off a 5 pound zucchini on your neighbor, make this bread and spread the love!

Carrot-Zucchini Bread with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

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Ingredients:

 For bread

1 ½ cups all purpose flower

1 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp. kosher salt

¾ cup brown sugar

¼ cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

1.5 cups shredded carrot

1 cup shredded zucchini

1 tsp. vanilla

1 ½ tsp. orange zest

½ cup chopped walnuts

 

For frosting

 

8 oz. cream cheese

¼ cup. salted butter

4 c. confectioner’s sugar

2 tsp. orange zest*

2 T. freshly squeeze orange juice

 

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat 9 by 13 inch pan with vegetable oil. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl. In a medium bowl combine brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, carrot, zucchini, vanilla, and orange zest. Pour wet mixture into dry mixture and mix until ingredients just come together and mix in walnuts. Bake for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

While bread is cooling mix frosting. In a stand-mixer start by creaming butter, cream cheese, orange juice and orange zest at a high speed until there are no lumps. Turn speed down and slowly add sugar while the mixer is on. Mix until smooth.

Serve bread with desired amount of frosting, but likely you will have left over frosting for another batch!

*orange can be substituted for grapefruit or another one of your favorite citrus fruits

Enjoy!

Original recipe and photo for Pacific Coast Harvest by Kayla Waldorf

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Spicy Mango Salsa for Spring BBQs

Hello Harvesters!

Since it’s the start of spring, we thought we would give you a good recipe for the first outdoor meals of the year. Bring this dish to a barbeque and you will be an instant hit. It’s perfect for a side dish with tortilla chips or to top a delicious grilled white fish or tacos. Plus, it’s incredibly easy to make and won’t take up too much of your valuable time. Let us know how you like it!

Recipe of the Week: Spicy Mango Salsa

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Ingredients:

2 mangoes, finely diced

1 large red bell pepper, finely diced

½ medium yellow onion, finely diced

1 habanero pepper, very finely diced

Juice from 1 lime

1/3 cup green onion, finely diced and loosely packed

1/3 cup cilantro, chopped and loosely packed

¼ tsp. kosher salt

Method:

Dice all ingredients and place in food processor. Place food processor on pulse setting, and pulse 3 times until ingredients just come together. For extra spice, let sit over night; for medium spice serve immediately. Serve with grilled white fish or tortilla chips, enjoy!

Original recipe and phot for Pacific Coast Harvest by Kayla Waldorf

Crispy Garlic Asparagus with Whipped Potato & Squash

Hello harvesters!

Check out a delicious new dinner recipe that the whole family will love. This is a classic comfort food type dinner, with a bit of spicing up. Guaranteed to help get your kids to eat their veggies!

Crispy Garlic Asparagus with Whipped Potato and Squash

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Ingredients:

3 medium potatoes, cut into 1 inch cubes (preferably Yukon gold, but other varieties will work)

½ butternut squash, cut into 1 inch cubes (about 2 cups)

1 bunch (about 2 lbs. asparagus)

1 T. brown sugar

3 T. butter

3 large garlic cloves, finely diced

1/3 cup cream

1 Tsp. salt, plus more to taste

Directions

Peel and cube potatoes and butternut squash. Steam squash and potatoes together until a knife is easily inserted, about 20 minutes. Place steamed squash in mixing bowl and add 2 T. butter, set aside.

Place 1 T. butter in skillet on medium-high heat. Remove tough ends of asparagus (about 1-2 inches) and add to skillet with ½ the diced garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes, then add left over garlic and a few pinches of salt. Cook until asparagus is softened, but still slightly crunchy (about 10 minutes). Remove from heat.

Combine cream, brown sugar, and salt in liquid measuring cup and warm in microwave, about 1 minute. While mixing the potatoes and squash with a hand mixer, pour in cream mixture until smooth (you can also use a ricer and stir in the cream).

Lay asparagus over desired amount of potato-squash mixture. Enjoy!

Serves 4-6

Original recipe and photo for Pacific Coast Harvest by Kayla Waldorf

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Curry Roasted Cauliflower with Honey Lemon Yogurt Dressing

Hello Harvesters!

It’s the first week of March and we are seeing the cherry blossoms bloom all around us. We’re looking forward to the first local spring produce coming on the market in a month or so, but in the meantime we are going to keep bringing you the best organic selections from around the region. If there’s a particular item you want in your box or a local Puget Sound area farm you’d like to see us work with, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us! We love to hear from our friends out there.

This week’s recipe is for a curry roasted cauliflower dish that is served with a delicious honey lemon yogurt dressing and sprinkled with cilantro. We like it as a side dish to an entree like chicken or lamb, but if you’re feeling veggie, it works as an entree on its own as well. Let us know what you think!

Curry Roasted Cauliflower with Honey Yogurt Sauce

Cauliflower dish

Roasted Cauliflower and toppings:

1 head cauliflower, cut into florets

a few sprigs of cilantro, stemmed

¼ roasted cashews, chopped

2 T. olive oil

1 T. curry powder

½-1 tsp. kosher salt (depending on your preference)

¼ tsp. cayenne pepper

1/8 tsp. ground cumin

 

Yogurt Sauce:

4 oz. plain greek yogurt

½ tsp. olive oil

Juice from ½ lemon

2 tsp. honey

 Directions:

Preheat oven to 450. In medium bowl mix olive oil, curry powder, salt, cayenne pepper, and cumin until combined. Cut cauliflower into florets and toss in olive oil mixture until completely coated. Spread florets sparsely on baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes until edges are golden brown (toss once during baking process to ensure even roasting).

Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine Greek yogurt, honey, olive oil, and lemon juice to make yogurt sauce.

Serve cauliflower drizzled with yogurt sauce with a sprinkling of cilantro and cashews.

Original recipe and photo for Pacific Coast Harvest by Kayla Waldorf

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Mediterranean Chicken Wrap with Roasted Tomatoes

Hello Harvesters!

This week’s gorgeous recipe from Friend of PCH Kayla Waldorf is for a Mediterranean entree for lunch or dinner. You can use the tomatoes, fennel, and cucumber from this week’s harvest box to cook up a meal that will impress your friends and family and nourish them too! It’s making me hungry just writing about it.

Make sure to check out our online marketplace this week, as we have some extra California garlic that we are selling for our customers. Pick some up to make this recipe!

Slow Roasted Tomato and Chicken Pita with Fennel Tzatziki

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Make Roasted Tomatoes 3 hrs ahead of serving.

 

Roasted tomatoes

4 medium tomatoes (you want them all to be roughly the same size)

1-2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 clove of garlic, thinly sliced

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. sugar

 

Preheat oven to 300 degrees, cover baking sheet with tin foil and top with parchment (if you have both, otherwise tin foil is fine) and distribute olive oil on bottom of pan. Halve the tomatoes through their equator (not through the stem) and lay center-up in pan. Make sure they are sitting in the olive oil. Sprinkle sugar and salt over tomatoes, and lay a few slices of garlic on top. Place in oven for about 3 hours until tomatoes are reduced in size and look a bit crisp on the outside (avoid charring and make extra for future use!).

 

Garlic Fennel Tzaziki

8 oz full fat Greek yogurt

1 tsp. red wine vinegar

1 cup cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced

¼ cup fennel bulb, finely diced

1.5 tsp. chopped fennel leaf

1 clove garlic, crushed

1.5 tsp. salt

 

Combine yogurt, vinegar, garlic, and salt in bowl. Peel and chop cucumber and finely chop fennel leaf and bulb. Combine with yogurt mixture.

 

To prepare prior to serving:

 

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs, chopped

¼ tsp. oregano

Salt and pepper to taste

½ onion (red or white) cut into very thin strips

4 tortillas (or pita if you prefer), heated

 

Chop chicken into 2 inch pieces and bring skillet to medium-high heat coated in about 2 tbsp. olive oil. Lay in chicken pieces and sprinkle with a hefty amount of salt and pepper and add the oregano. Once chicken has begun to brown, flip over and sprinkle with more spices. Cover with lid and let cook for about 10 minutes until pinkness in the center is gone.

Warm pita and serve everything on the table, allowing guests to fill their own sandwich. Enjoy!

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Original recipe by Kayla Waldorf

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Sweet Caramelized Banana Bread for Breakfast or Dessert

Hello Harvesters!

We’re really excited that spring is just around the corner. The days are getting a bit longer, and we are breathing a sigh of relief as the long cold winter comes to an end. Keep your chins up through the rest of the February gloom, and try not to think of the disaster that was the Superbowl… Sorry 12s.

This week’s recipe from Friend of PCH Kayla Waldorf is for an absolutely delicious banana-carrot bread with shredded coconut and rum glaze. It’s a more complicated twist on a classic breakfast treat, and I can tell you that it is nothing short of spectacular with a cup of BioWilly’s Beans Wedding Roast. Give this a try, and I guarantee you won’t regret it.

Caramelized Banana and Carrot Bread with Rum Glaze

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Ingredients

For banana bread:

3 very ripe bananas, 1 mashed, 2 sliced

1 tbsp. butter

2 tbsp. brown sugar

2 pinches salt

1 cup granulated sugar

1 2/3 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp. baking soda

¼ tsp. ground cinnamon

2 eggs

2 Tbsp. whipping cream

½ cup coconut oil, melted

1 cup carrots, grated

2/3 cup walnuts, chopped

 

For rum glaze:

½ cup brown sugar

¼ cup butter (½ stick)

1/8 cup light rum

1/8 cup water

¼ cup sweetened shredded coconut

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 350. In a small pan, heat butter on medium-high heat until melted. Add 2 sliced bananas (about ½ inch thick) and brown sugar and a couple large pinches of salt. Stir continuously for 5-10 minutes until bananas start to break down and liquid thickens and turns caramel colored.

In medium sized bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, and cinnamon. In large bowl, combine melted coconut oil, eggs, sugar, whipping cream, and 1 smashed bananas as well as the caramelized bananas (should amount to around 1 ½ cups bananas total). Slowly add in dry ingredients until batter is smooth. Fold in carrots and walnuts. Prepare 2 bread pans with butter and divide batter into each (or 1 9 inch pie pan). Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

To make glaze, combine brown sugar, coconut, butter, rum, and water in small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Once at a boil, stir constantly for 5-10 minutes until glaze barely starts to thicken, then remove and let cool.

When ready to serve, poke small holes in the top of the bread and pour desired amount of glaze over the top. Serve warm.

Original recipe and photo for Pacific Coast Harvest by Kayla Waldorf

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Candied Hazelnut & Pear Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

Hello all

This week we have a delicious and exotic salad with pears, candied walnuts and hazelnuts, and Humboldt Fog cheese. Give it a try and you won’t regret it!

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Ingredients

1 ripe Bartlett pear

2 heads red butter leaf lettuce

3 oz. Humboldt Fog cheese

Candied Hazelnuts

2 cups hazelnuts (or other nuts if desired)

¼ cup sugar

1 tbsp. water

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Vinaigrette

1 orange

1 tbsp. balsamic (plus more)

1 tbsp. olive oil

¼ teaspoon salt

Method:

Preheat oven to 300. Prepare baking sheet with butter. In a small saucepan combine sugar, water, and cayenne over medium heat. Bring to a boil then remove from heat and stir in hazelnuts and immediately spread over baking sheet. Sprinkle with kosher salt and bake for 20 minutes, stirring every 5.

To make vinaigrette, juice orange and add balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and salt. Toss desired amount with lettuce and divide onto 4 plates. Slice pear and lay a few slices along each salad. Sprinkle with Humboldt fog and candied hazelnuts. Drizzle with balsamic for serving. Enjoy!

 

Original Recipe and Photo by Kayla Waldorf

 

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