Carrots and Fennel Braised with Orange Zest and Honey

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Carrots and Fennel Braised with Orange Zest and Honey

From: Food 52
Prep Time: 10 Mins Cooking Time: 20 Mins Total Time: 30 Mins

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey (preferably orange blossom honey)
  • 1 1/2 pound carrots, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch x 3 inch sticks
  • 1 fennel bulb, ends trimmed, bulb cut in half, each half cored and cut lengthwise in 1/8”-inch slices
  • 4 strips of orange zest,– each 1 inch x 4” inch (use vegetable peeler)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds, –crushed in a mortar
  • 1/3 cup spring water
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fennel fronds or dill

Directions:

  1. Heat a large heavy-bottomed skillet over high heat. Add the butter, olive oil, and honey. Stir well and add the carrots, fennel, orange zest and fennel seeds. Toss until the slices are well coated with the oil. Sauté for 2 to 3 minutes, tossing occasionally, until the fennel starts to soften. Add the water, orange juice, salt, and pepper. Toss quickly and reduce heat to between medium and medium-low. Cover the pan and simmer for 10 minutes until the vegetables are tender.
  2. Uncover the pan. Raise heat to high and fast-simmer until the juices have all evaporated and some of the vegetables are golden-brown, about 6 to 7 minutes, tossing only occasionally so as not to break or mush the vegetables. Remove orange zest, transfer to a serving platter, sprinkle with the fennel fronds, and serve immediately. Cook’s’ note: The carrots and fennel can be trimmed and cut up to 6 hours ahead and refrigerated until ready to use, but the dish is best made just before serving. It does not reheat well.

Honey Coconut Cake

Sugar and wheat flour don’t have to ruin your diet or enjoyment of deserts during the holidays. This recipe delivers cozy, yummy goodness made of  honey, eggs and coconut meal. It has all the goodness of cake with none of the guilt. I think of it as a paleo version of pound cake.

Serves: 8
Makes: One cake (if you want it to be two layers, double the recipe)
Takes: 1 hour

(Adapted from the cookbook Make It Paleo)

Ingredients

Cake:
• 3/8 cup fair trade coconut flour, sifted
• 1/2 tsp sea salt
• 1/2 tsp baking soda
• 1/2 cup fair trade coconut oil, melted
• 1/2 cup local honey
• 1/2 TBS vanilla extract
• 1 TBS fresh lemon juice
• 5 eggs, pastured
• 1/2 cup shredded coconut or 1 cup almond meal
Frosting:
• 1/2 cup fair trade organic palm shortening
• 3/8 cup fair trade coconut butter
• 1/8 cup local honey
• toasted coconut for garnish

Directions

Cake:
• Preheat oven to 325F and grease one 8in. round cake pan.
• In a bowl combine the sifted coconut flour, salt and baking soda.
• In a stand mixer or in a bowl with a hand mixer combine the eggs, vanilla, lemon juice, coconut oil and honey. Slowly add in the flour mixture until a smooth batter is formed (as you mix, the batter will thicken).
• Stir in shredded coconut or almond meal.
• Spoon the batter into a pre-oiled cake pan and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
• Remove from oven and place pan on a cooling wrack, allow to cool at least 30 minutes then invert and remove from pan.

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Frosting:
Place all ingredients into a standing mixer with a paddle attachment and whip until smooth.

NOTES
• If you have never baked with coconut flour you must know that it is extremely absorbent and full of fiber, therefore it requires a lot of moisture. Do not be scared about using 5 eggs! In fact, my husband and I agree that it tastes very similar to a delightful reinterpretation of pound cake with coconut.
• For the frosting do not be turned off by the word “shortening” which has indeed gotten a bad reputation. Organic, unrefined palm oil comes from the palm fruit, full of healthy fats and is drastically different than the nasty and hydrogenated Crisco shortening.

Black Eyed Pea Cornbread

Comfort food re-imagined with heart-healthy black-eyed peas that are a good source of calcium. Crumble this cornbread under ice cream, serve with chili or top with a dollop of butter and enjoy.

Serves: 8
Takes: 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked black eye peas
  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 cups non-dairy milk
  • 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. raw honey :

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F
  2. line a 9×13 baking pan with parchment paper
  3. In a medium bowl, wisk together the milk and the vinegar and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, sift together the dry ingredients.
  5. Add the oil and honey to the milk mixture. Wisk with a fork until it starts to bubble.
  6. Pour the wet ingredient into the dry and mix together using a large wooden spoon or a firm spatula.
  7. Next stir in the beans.
  8. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan and bake 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Spinach Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette

Everything is better with bacon, at least that’s how the saying goes. It holds true for this classic recipe that combines greens with egg, vinaigrette, and of course bacon. It’s hearty enough for a main dish, yet cooling on a hot day.

I found this recipe at Suzie’s Farm.

Ingredients

4 ounces baby spinach or other fresh greens
2 large white mushrooms, thinly sliced
1/4 small or medium red onion, very thinly sliced
1 large egg, hard-boiled (see above), chilled, peeled and thinly sliced
4 pieces thick-sliced bacon (about 4 ounces), finely diced
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon honey or sugar
1/2 teaspoon smooth Dijon mustard
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions

Place spinach in a large, wide salad serving bowl. Scatter with mushrooms, red onion (see above for a different, mellower way to add the onions) and coins of hard-boiled egg.
In a large skillet, fry bacon bits over medium-high heat until they’re brown and crisp and have rendered their fat.
Use a slotted spoon to scoop them out of the skillet and spread them on a piece of paper towel briefly before sprinkling them over the salad.
Pour out all but two tablespoons of hot bacon fat from the skillet. Reheat over medium and quickly whisk in the red wine vinegar, honey and Dijon.
Pour over entire salad and season salt and pepper.
Toss gently and serve hot.

Thai-Style Cucumber Coconut Soup

My farm box overflows with cucumbers this time of year, and I love how this recipe combines them with Thai spices to make a savory soup that can be served warm or cool.

I first found this recipe on Suzie’s Farm.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 cups 1/4-inch-thick slices peeled lemon cucumber (or any other cucumber)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 small tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and coarsely chopped
4 scallions, thinly sliced
2 red Thai chiles (with seeds), thinly sliced (or other hot peppers)
1 garlic clove, smashed
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1 1/2 teaspoons honey
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
Fresh lime juice

Directions

Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add cucumber. Sauté until beginning to soften, about 1 minute. Season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Add tomatoes, scallions, chiles and garlic. Sauté until vegetables are soft, 2–3 minutes.
Add coconut milk and honey; simmer until vegetables are cooked through, 2–3 minutes. Stir in cilantro leaves and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Season with salt and pepper.
Serve warm with rice, if desired. Else, chill for 2 hours and serve cool.

Eggs and greens with radish salsa

Farm fresh eggs and abundant greens beg for brunch. I used baby broccoli greens in for this version, but have had great results with kale, chard, and bok choy.

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Radish Salsa
  • 1/2 cup finely diced radishes
  • 1 Tbsp. finely sliced onion or garlic greens
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. dijon mustard
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp. unpasteurized honey
  • 2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
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  • butter or ghee to coat a small frying pan
  • large handful (~ 2 cups) of coarsly chopped brasica family or chard greens
  • pinch of salt for the greens
  • squeeze of lemon juice
  • 2 eggs
  • salt and pepper for seasoning
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  1. To make the salsa, combine diced radishes and sliced onion/garlic greens in a bowl
  2. Whisk the remining (dressing ingredients) in another bowl.
  3. Combine the veggies and dressing and let the radishes marinate while preparing the eggs. I find that the radish salsa is better the next day, but gets a little stinky (in a good radishy way).
  4. To start preparing the eggs, rinse the greens and drain – it’s good to have some water drops left on the greens
  5. Melt butter/ghee on a small frying pan over low-medium heat.
  6. Place the greens on the pan, add a pinch of salt, a squeeze of lemon juice, toss, and cover, letting them steam for a minute or two under the lid, just until they wilt.
  7. Crack two eggs on top of the wilted greens, use a wooden spatula to break up and help spread out the whites.
  8. Cook until desired egg done-ness, using the lid and temperature to control the cooking process. I find that covering the eggs at the beginning helps speed up the cooking of the whites without overcooking the yolks, but that would depend on the pan, greens, and egg size.
  9. Top the eggs with radish salsa (there will probably be some left over) and some salt and pepper.
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Strawberry Basil Iced Tea

In honor of National Iced Tea Day, here is a recipe using fresh strawberries in season. Combined with basil, the tea feels cooling and refreshing with a modest lift from the tea.

This recipe and photo first appeared on MarthaStewart.com and was modified to include seasonal ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 8 black or green tea bags
  • 1 pound strawberries, hulled and halved (quartered if large)
  • 1 cup water, plus more for steeping
  • 1/2 cup honey (or equivalent sweetener)
  • 1 cup fresh basil, plus more for serving
  • Ice, for serving

Directions

  1. STEP 1Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add tea bags, and let steep for 5 minutes.
  2. STEP 2Place strawberries in a bowl. Bring water and honey to a simmer in a small saucepan, stirring until honey melts. Remove from heat, add basil, and let steep for 10 minutes. Strain over strawberries; discard basil. Toss to coat. Let stand until cool, about 25 minutes. Combine strawberries (with syrup) and tea in a pitcher. Refrigerate until chilled. Serve over ice, and garnish with basil.

Green Beans with Honey Mustard Glaze

Try this easy bean recipe from Real Simple

The post Green Beans with Honey Mustard Glaze appeared first on Suzie’s Farm.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds green beans, trimmed
  • 3 tablespoons mustard seeds
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar

Directions

  1. Bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Drop in the green beans and cook, uncovered, 5 to 7 minutes or until tender but still crisp. Drain. (Can be made ahead to this point. Rinse with cold water to stop the cooking. Place in a resealable plastic bag and refrigerate.)
  2. Dry the saucepan and return it to the stove. Toast the mustard seeds over low heat just until they pop, about 1 minute, stirring to prevent scorching. Add the honey and vinegar and cook until the sauce boils and becomes syrupy. Add the green beans and toss.

Lavender and Honey Roasted Chicken

Spring chickens, honey and lavendar combined with still-cool evenings inspire a roast. This version serves 4-6 adults, depending on the weight of the bird.

This recipe and photo first appeared on Food.com and was adapted here.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon lavender
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons marjoram
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1/4 cup aged balsamic vinegar
  • 1 whole roasting chicken, about 5 pounds (chicken pieces, or smaller poultry such as a poussin, quail or cornish hen)

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a non-reactive bowl and stir thoroughly.
  2. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Season a whole chicken or chicken pieces (leave the skin on) with salt and pepper. Roast the chicken for 15 minutes (reduce time for a smaller bird such as a poussin or cornish hen).
  3. Reduce the heat to 325°F. Baste with the lavender honey marinade every 20 minutes or so for an additional 90 minutes or until completely cooked (allow 20 minutes of cook time per pound). The bird is done when a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 165°F Do not overcook.
  4. Once the bird has browned nicely, you can cover it with foil until it is finished cooking to prevent the skin and marinade from burning. Once finished, you can brush additional marinade between the flesh and the skin.
  5. Remove the bird and let stand 10 minutes on the counter to allow the meat to reabsorb the juices. This is how you avoid dry meat.

Honey Ginger Carrots

Choices are few this time of year, but carrots standout for their sweetness. Combine with honey, ginger and optional crumbled walnuts for a quick and satisfying side.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound carrots, sliced
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 pinch ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, or to taste
  • optional: handful of crushed walnuts

Instructions

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add carrots and cook until tender but still firm, about 5 minutes. Drain.
  2. In a large skillet over low heat, melt butter with honey. Stir in ground ginger and lemon juice. Stir in carrots and simmer until heated through.