Warm Golden Beet Salad with Greens and Almonds

Warm Golden Beet Salad with Greens and Almonds

1 bunch beets, both tops and roots
Olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
2/3 crumbled cup toasted almond slivers

Heat the oven to 425°F. Line a 9-inch square baking pan or cake tin with a big square of foil, large enough to complete enclose the beet roots. Lightly rinse the beet roots to remove any really clumpy dirt and pat them dry. Place them in the foil square and lightly drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Fold up the foil and crease to seal. Bake the beets for 60 minutes or until they can be just pierced with a fork. Set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, chop the beet greens into bite-size ribbons. Discard the stalks between the roots and where the leaves start, but chop the leaf ribs along with the leaves. Rinse thoroughly to remove all traces of dirt and grit. In a large skillet, heat a drizzle of olive oil over medium heat and add the garlic. Cook on low for about 5 minutes or until the garlic is golden and fragrant. Add the chopped leaves and stir to coat with the garlic. Cook on medium-low for about 10 minutes or until the leaves are soft and tender. Remove from the heat.

When the beets are cool, rub them with a paper towel to remove the skin. Then chop into bitesized pieces and toss with the cooked greens, goat cheese, and almonds. Taste and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm or cold. (This also makes an excellent pressed sandwich filling, especially with some extra goat cheese.)

Zucchini Frittata

Zucchini Frittata

A great Italian appetizer or brunch idea- this is as good cold as it is hot and very easy to prepare with any ingredients from the share.

2 Tbls olive oil
6-8 eggs- whisk with
1/4 c whole milk or half and half
1 med zucchini, sliced or jullienne (matchsticks)
2-3 small spring onions, sliced thin
1 med tomato, seeded and chopped- placed in a strainer to drain
2-3 Tbls chopped black olives
3-4 leaves basil,
rough chopped cheese- use goat cheese, fontina or mozz- preferably
chunks or thick slices
other options (ham, bacon or salami)

Preheat oven to 375° or use broiler. Use an 8-10-inch nonstick or well seasoned cast iron pan as this will finish in the oven, preferably under the broiler. Heat pan on med high heat and add olive oil, add onions and zucchini, saute until soft. Add tomatoes and olives, cook 1 minute, season veg with salt and pepper, pour in eggs, add basil, and cook 2-3 minutes on med, scraping and tilting the pan with a heat resistant rubber spatula, allowing the egg to run underneath each time, top with cheese. When eggs are still creamy, shake the pan and place under the broiler for 2-3 minutes until set- (without a broiler it may take 4-6 minutes in oven) remove from oven.

Allow to rest 5 minutes, then gently slide onto a platter- slice. I like to serve this with a freshly made aioli, or, garlic mayonnaise, which, made with Hogs Back eggs, is the best mayo you’ve eve had.

Warm Red Cabbage Salad

Warm Red Cabbage Salad

15 to 20 walnuts
2 teaspoons walnut oil
1 small red cabbage, quartered with core removed
1 crisp red apple
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
2 shallots, thinly sliced
3-4 ounces goat cheese
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
1/2 teaspoon marjoram, finely chopped
salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Crack the walnuts, leave the meats in large pieces, and toss them with the walnut oil and some salt and freshly ground black pepper. Toast them in the oven for 5 to 7 minutes, or until they begin to smell nutty. Then remove them from the oven and let them cool.

Cut the cabbage wedges into thin pieces, 2 to 3 inches long, and set aside. Cut the apple lengthwise into sixths, cut out the core, then slice the pieces thinly, crosswise. Put the garlic, vinegar, and oil in a wide saute pan over a medium-high flame. As soon as they are hot, add the shallots and saute for 30 seconds. Next add the cabbage and continue to cook, stirring it with a pair of tongs for approximately 2 minutes, or until just wilted. The leaves will begin to soften and the color will change from bright purple-red to pink. Season with salt, plenty of freshly ground black pepper and more vinegar, if necessary, to sharpen the flavors. Add the goat cheese, apple slices, herbs and walnuts. Toss briefly and carefully before serving.

Grilled Tomatoes with Goat Cheese and Sage

Grilled Tomatoes with Goat Cheese and Sage

2 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons chopped fresh sage (about 1 ounce), divided
1/2 cup soft fresh goat cheese
2 teaspoons sliced green onions
1 shallot, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 medium tomatoes

Heat oil in medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add 3 tablespoons fresh sage and fry 30 seconds. Using slotted spoon, transfer fried sage to paper towel.

Combine cheese, onions, shallot, salt, and remaining 1 tablespoon fresh sage in bowl. Season with pepper. Using small sharp knife, remove cone-shaped piece 2 inches wide and 1 inch deep from top of each tomato. Divide cheese mixture among tomatoes; top with fried sage.
Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Place tomatoes on grill rack; cover barbecue with lid. Cook until toma- toes are soft, about 5 minutes. Serve by themselves or on a pile of arugula.