05 Jun Seared Chicken-Style Setas (Oyster Mushrooms)

From SMFM Vendor Texas Fungus and John Mercer, Cafe Momentum

Yield: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 60 minutes to 4 hours
Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. fresh oyster mushrooms
  • 2-4 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 3-4 tablespoons desired spice blend or rub

Directions:

  1. Marinate oyster mushrooms with olive oil and seasoning for 1-4 hours.
  2. Preheat cast iron skillet on medium-high heat.
  3. Add oil and mushrooms. Press with a second cast iron skillet or steak-weight grill press. (Both pans will be very hot, so be extremely careful not to burn yourself or the mushrooms.) Sear for about 4-5 minutes, then turn mushrooms over and press again. Sear for another 4-5 minuets.
  4. Reduce heat to medium and cook for about 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Remove mushrooms from pan and let rest for 2-3 minutes before slicing. They should have a very nice char to them, but soft and cooked through on the inside.
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30 May Roasted Vegetables

Ingredients:

  • Vegetables – tomatoes, bell peppers, carrots, zucchini, broccoli, red onion
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Salt
  • Peppet
  • Italian seasoning (optional)
  • Lemon juice (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Dice vegetables into pieces about the same size, place in a mixing bowl (except tomatoes.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with Italian seasoning, garlic, salt, pepper, and lemon juice, then toss.
  4. Spread evenly on a rimmed baking sheet and roast 15 minutes
  5. Remove from oven, add tomatoes, and toss.
  6. Roast 10 minutes longer or until veggies are tender

You can roast any vegetables! Here are approximate cooking times with oven temperature at 400 degrees. Remember to toss halfway through.

  • Asparagus – 20 minutes
  • Bell peppers – 20 minutes
  • Broccoli – 25 minutes
  • Brussels sprouts (halved) – 25 minutes
  • Butternut squash – 30 minutes
  • Cabbage (cut into 1-inch thick slices) – 30 minutes
  • Carrots (cut into 1-inch chunks or baby carrots) – 30 minutes
  • Cauliflower – 25 minutes
  • Corn (cobs left whole with husks) – 40 minutes
  • Green Beans – 20 minutes
  • Kale – 15 minutes (it doesn’t need to be in a single layer)
  • Onions – 35 minutes
  • Potatoes (russet, red, yukon) – 45 minutes
  • Sweet potatoes – 30 minutes
  • Tomatoes (grape or cherry) – 15 minutes
  • Yellow squash – 20 minutes
  • Zucchini – 20 minutes
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12 Sep Squash Casserole

From The Women of Saint Michael’s Pass the Plate Cookbook

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds yellow squash, cut into thin slices
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoons salt
  • 16 saltine crackers (divided use)
  • 1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (divided use)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

Directions:

  1. Cook first 3 ingredients in boiling water to cover, in a Dutch oven for 25 minutes or until squash is very tender. Drain well and mash mixture with a fork
  2. Crush 10 crackers and stir into squash mixture. Stir in 1/2 cup cheese and the next 5 ingredients.
  3. Spoon mixture into a lightly greased 11″ x 17″ baking dish.
  4. Crush remaining 6 crackers and sprinkle over casserole. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup shredded cheese evenly over casserole.
  5. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
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05 Sep Roasted Cauliflower

From The Women of Saint Michael’s Pass the Plate Cookbook

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 4 cloves garlic (or more), minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil

Directions:

  1. Grease a shallow dish with olive oil. Break cauliflower into flowerettes and put in dish. Sprinkle liberally with olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic.
  2. Roast at 425 degrees for 24-30 minutes.
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13 Jun Sweet Corn and Basmati Rice

From the Women of Saint Michael’s Pass The Plate Cookbook

Serves 6-8

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 ears of corn, husked
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 cup basmati rice, uncooked
  • 1 1/4 cups toasted pecans, chopped
  • 16 ounces arugula

Directions:

  1. Whisk together first 5 ingredients until emulsified.
  2. Cut corn kernels off the cobs and saute in butter. Add onions and cook until tender. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook rice according to package directions.
  4. Mix rice and corn mixture (may be made the day before serving, to this point).
  5. Add arugula, pecans, and vinaigrette.

Note: this can be served cold or at room temperature.

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13 Jun Beet Tartare

From Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Jean-Georges Cooking at Home

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 6 medium beets (about 1 1/4 pounds)
  • 1 shallot, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Worchestershire sauce
  • Few drops Tabasco or other hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sherry vinegar
  • 6 cornichons, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup capers, drained
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley, plus more for garnish
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper (optional)

Directions:

  1. Wash the beets, wrap them individually in foil, and place them in a roasting pan or on a baking sheet at 350 degrees for about 90 minutes or until nice and tender. Cool the beets, peel them, and then cut into eighths.
  2. Place the beets in a food processor with the shallot, Worchestershire sauce, Tabasco, vinegar, cornichons, and capers, Pulse until the mixture is minced but not pureed. Scrape down sides between pulses.
  3. Spoon the mixture into a bowl and stir in the mayonnaise and parsley. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed. You may need to add salt.
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07 Jun Mushrooms and Swiss Chard

From the French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook by Mireille Guiliano

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 large shallot, peeled and minced
  • 1 pound Swiss chard, center ribs discarded and leaves coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 pound mixed mushrooms (use a variety such as shiitake, oyster, button, and portobello), wiped clean and chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

 
Directions:

  1. Heat the olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shallot and sauté until fragrant and softened, 1 minute.
  2. Add the Swiss chard and cook, stirring, until tender, about 5-7 minutes. Add the mushrooms and sauté for 3 minutes. Season to taste and serve immediately

 
Note: In addition to being a delicious side dish, this makes a fabulous sandwich. Place a layer of mushrooms and Swiss chard on a slice of baguette or other good crusty bread. Top with a few slices of fresh mozzarella and place under the broiler until melted. Sprinkle with salt and serve immediately.

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21 Jul Summer Corn Cakes with Fresh Ricotta and Heirloom Tomato Salsa

By Chef Jed Demler

Summer Corn Cakes Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups corn (2 ears shucked and removed from cob)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Butter or cooking spray (for the pan)

 

Directions:

  1. Combine the flour, milk, eggs, oil, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl and stir until smooth. Fold in 1/4 teaspoon black pepper and 2 cups of corn.
  2. Heat skillet or hot plate to medium-high heat and spoon a tablespoon or so onto a greased (butter or spray) section of the pan.
  3. When the edges turn brown and pull off of the pan, flip. Cook maybe 2 minutes on each side.

Homemade Ricotta Cheese Ingredients:

  • 4 cups whole milk or goat milk
  • 2 cups cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • Cheesecloth

 

Directions:

  1. Heat the milk, cream, and salt in a heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat until you reach a boil. Turn off the heat and add the lemon juice. Stirring frequently, the curd will start to separate from the whey.
  2. Gently pour mixture into a strainer lined with cheesecloth. Allow to drain for 20-30 minutes and chill.
  3. Once cold, mix in lemon zest and black pepper

Tomato Salsa Ingredients:

  • 1 large heirloom tomato (diced)
  • 1/4 cup cucumber (skinned, seeded, and diced)
  • 2 tablespoons red onion (minced)
  • 1/2 jalapeno (seeded and minced)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped herbs (basil, dill, or tarragon)
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

 

To Assemble:

Spread ricotta cheese over the corn cake and top with fresh salsa!

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22 Jun Heirloom Tomato Salad

From Gourmet Magazine

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (reduce to 1/2 of amount and set aside to cool for 10 minutes)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns roasted 8-10 minutes then crushed
  • 2 1/2 lbs. assorted Heirloom tomatoes (green, red, yellow, small red, pear yellow, etc.)
  • 1 large bunch arugula (stems removed)
  • 1 1/2 ounces parmesan cheese (use vegetable scraper to thinly slice curls)
  • 1 bunch fresh marjoram (finely chopped)

Directions:

  1. Plate salad plates with arugula leaves around border. Place tomatoes (some sliced, some quartered, some whole depending on size) on plate. Drizzle olive oil over tomatoes.
  2. Put shaved parmesan around top. Sprinkle with crushed peppercorns, chopped marjoram, and kosher salt.
  3. Drizzle balsamic vinegar around edge of plate and on arugula.

Note: this is a beautiful salad and delicious. Heirloom tomatoes are fun to serve because they come in so many different colors and shapes. If you cannot find the tiny tomatoes in Heirloom, substitute other small pear-shaped tomatoes.

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20 Apr Avocado Shooters

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium-sized, ripe but firm avocado
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup packed parsley or cilantro leaves (no stems)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 1 cup prepared gazpacho or 1/2 cup each diced tomato (peeled) and diced cucumber (or, you can use prepared salsa)

Directions:

  1. Halve and peel the avocado. If it has dark spots, you may need to use 1 1/2 avocados.
  2. Put the avocado pieces and sour cream in a blender (or Cuisinart). Blend until smooth. Add chicken broth, parsley or cilantro, lime juice, and salt and blend again. The parsley will give the soup a nice bright color. Adjust salt to taste. The soup can be made 3-4 hours in advance and refrigerated. It tends to lose its bright green color in 12 hours. It will also tend to thicken after 3 or 4 hours; just thin it with a little half & half.
  3. Fill small, clear glasses a little more than halfway. Top with a few spoonfuls of gazpacho or tomato-cucumber garnish. Chill up to 1 hour.

Make 2 1/4 cups – about 12 small shooters or 6 small servings. Serve with demitasse spoons.

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