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  • Roasted Beets, Cream, and Horseradish

    by Greg Georgaklis
    January 26, 2012

    Roasted Beets, Cream, and Horseradish
    1. Preheat the oven to bake 400 degrees.
    2. Cut the tails and stems off the beets and scrub well.
    3. In a covered casserole dish pour half the oil into the bottom and then the beets. Pour the rest of the oil over the beets and stir them around until they are all coated with oil. Cover and bake for 1 hour 15 minutes or until a fork can pierce them easily.
    4. Mix the cream and horseradish and add pepper to taste.
    5. When beets are done, remove and slice them ½ to ⅓ inches thick, and arrange on a platter. If your beets are large and the skins thick, you can peel them, but we don't bother.
    6. Pour the cream/horseradish mixture over them and serve hot.
    7. When available chop fresh parsley over the top.
    8. These are also fantastic cold the next day and are great added to a salad, so don't be afraid of making too much.

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  • Leeks Recipes

    by Will Forest
    January 21, 2012

    Submitted by our Arlington site host, Katja Baker

    Having grown up in France and Switzerland, I had leaks all fall and winter growing up. The most common winter soup is Potage Bonne Maman, which is potatoes, carrots and leaks. Delicious comfort food! I also cook with a Schlemmer Topf, this great covered earthenware pot where you place a chicken, carrots, potatoes,onions, and of course leaks. Place it all with Herbes de Provence, salt and pepper, nothing else, in a cold oven and cool for two hours at 400 F. Mmmmm…

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  • Maple Roasted Root Vegetables

    by Jenise Aminoff
    January 20, 2012

    Here’s a good recipe for folks trying to make use of seasonal root vegetables:

    Maple-Roasted Root Vegetables
    • 1 large onion or 2 shallots or 2 medium leeks, diced in ½ inch cubes
    • 1-2 medium potatoes, diced in ½ inch cubes
    • 1-2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced as above
    • 2-4 beets, red and/or golden, peeled and diced
    • ½-1 celeriac, peeled and diced
    • 2-4 carrots, cut in thick rounds
    • ¼ cup sunflower oil
    • ¼ cup melted butter
    • 3 T maple syrup
    • salt to taste
    1. Place all root vegetables in a large bowl and toss with remaining ingredients. Spread out evenly on a baking sheet and roast at 400 degrees F for 45 minutes or until fork-tender. Tip: to speed cooking time, slice all vegetables to ¼ inch thickness, but you will need two baking sheets and extra sunflower oil and/or melted butter to coat.

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  • Gone Apple Picking? Try an Apple Brown Betty

    by Julie Wormser
    October 16, 2011


    Hundreds of New Englanders flock to Shelburne Farms  to pick sweet-tart Cortlands and Macintoshes and sample their cider donuts and caramel apples. Pre-Farmers to You, I would pick bushels of apples at a time and turn them into gallons of applesauce, sheets of fruit leather and jars of dried apple rings.  All good, mind you, but nothing compared to New England apples fresh off the tree.  What sold us on FTY last March was the fact that their farmers magically stored their apples in such a way that they still had that just-picked crunch months later.  A miracle!

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  • Pan Asian Slaw

    by Julie Wormser
    September 22, 2011

    Pan-Asian Slaw
    Shred six cups of any of the following (a Cuisinart helps here):
    Other Ingredients:
    • ½ t salt
    • 2 t sugar
    • 3 T rice vinegar or white vinegar
    1. Mix salt, sugar and vinegar together in a small bowl. Combine all shredded vegetables except for the minced shallots in a large bowl. Put the shallots on the top in a small pile. Heat the oil in a microwave or pan until almost smoking and pour hot oil over shallots to wilt them. Add the vinegar mixture and toss well.
    2. To complete your meal:
    3. Pan sear grilling kabobs, fry sausages or scramble eggs and add some fresh bread and cheese to make an eye-rollingly delicious meal.
    Lunch the next day:
    1. Add sliced meat or cheese to marinated salad.
    2. Put between two slices of fresh bread to make a hearty sandwich.
    3. Add a few fresh apples or even a slice of apple pie.

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