Recommended Recipes: Rhubarb & Kale Edition!

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Here are some recommended recipes for you all to try!

Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce For Basting and Dipping

These Rhubarb cookies got great reviews from everyone that tried them. They are a little soft, so make sure that they brown a little bit before taking them out!

Sweet and Slightly Tart Rhubarb Cookies

Kale Brownies = very good. I had to add a little water to the blender so it would chop up the Kale so my brownies were more fudgy in the middle. I think I might try it in the food processor next time or just leave the brownies in the pan to cool – that probably would have cooked them just enough. But definitely cook a bit longer than recommended for a more traditional brownie texture!

Kale Brownies

Try out these recipes and let us know what you think!

Loaded Hasselback Zucchini

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We love grilled zucchini, zucchini noodles, and zucchini fries. Here is a new twist that I want to try this week since it has cooled down and I am actually willing to use my oven, although I think I could probably do these on the grill as well.

Happy Cooking!

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GREEN BEANS FRIES

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Two similar but slightly different recipes for green bean fries. They are fabulous! You can mix up the seasoning to your preferences. Happy Cooking!

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Artichoke Recipes!

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This is the first year we have grown artichokes and they are AMAZING. So young and so tender. I am used to the big globe artichoke you pick up at the store. I always thought they were a lot of work by the time you trimmed them and scooped out the furry inside, but these young artichokes are so tender and easy -just quickly trim the pointy ends with scissors. They are small enough that there is no furry inside. So I have just popped them into the steamer and cooked until tender. We love to dip them in lemon butter.
Here are a few recipes I want to try: Grilled Artichokes with Garlic Parmesan and Roasted Baby Artichokes!
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GRILLED ARTICHOKES WITH GARLIC PARMESAN

GRILLED ARTICHOKES WITH GARLIC PARMESAN

Low-Fuss, High-Reward Roasted Baby Artichokes

Low-Fuss, High-Reward Roasted Baby Artichokes

Blueberry Zucchini Cake with Lemon Buttercream

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The “original” veggie girl aka Abby made this cake a few weeks ago. (It warms my mama’s heart to envision her baking in her little apartment on Capital Hill. Abby just graduated this May from Cornish College of the Arts with a B.A. of Fine Arts in Dance.)

We are excited to try it!  She recommended adding extra lemon juice to the frosting for a stronger lemon flavor.

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Homemade Sauerkraut

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Here is a great tutorial on how to make a small batch of homemade sauerkraut. It is really pretty simple. I am hoping to give it a try this week as well. She gives a lot of information on the whole fermentation process. The article is definitely worth the time reading all the way to the end.

Happy Cooking!

-April

Pickling Cucumbers…

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This week our regular share boxes have several pickling cucumbers in them. The plants are just starting to bear. Within the next couple of weeks we will start taking orders for bulk amounts. So keep checking the box post each week.

Pickling cucumbers are designed for making pickles but they are delicious for fresh eating as well. They are great sliced for a salad or sandwich. A little oil and vinegar and dill weed can transform this little gem into a delightful side dish. Or chop them up finely to make some Taziki sauce. I have included a few links below for you to give a whirl if you are looking for some ideas.

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Or enjoy this simple classic side dish…

Crisp Marinated Cucumbers

Or give this Tzatziki Sauce a try……

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Happy Cooking!

-April

Got Fennel?

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Fennel was a mystery to me until I married the Farmer. Sure, I had read about it in cookbooks, but I don’t think I had ever seen a fennel bulb in person until a few years after the Farmer and I had been married. Fennel can be a little intimidating, but once you learn a few easy tips on how to use it you will fall in love (or at least deep like) with it. I love when fennel is in season and I am making a big batch of my virus-killing chicken noodle soup. Here are two tutorials that go over some fennel basics and tips.

Knife Skills: How to Prepare Fennel

How to Prepare, Cook and Grill Fennel, with Fennel Recipes

Happy Cooking!
—April