This weeks local produce and featured farms:
Green Bell PeppersBlack Sheep Produce

Pickling CucumbersBlack Sheep Produce

Star Pink Grapefruit – Point Loma Farms

Collard GreensBe Wise Ranch

Chocolate Mint – Terra Madre Farms

LeeksTutti Frutti Farms

Romaine LettuceBe Wise Ranch

German Butterball PotatoesWeiser Family Farm

White PeachesKen’s Top Notch Produce

Flavorino Plums – Dassi Family Farm

Juicing Bag:
Blueberries – A & A Organics

Cucumbers – Lakeside Organic Gardens

Fennel – Lakeside Organic Gardens

Black Kale – Lakeside Organic Gardens

Ruby Red Grapefruit – Sundance Organics

Farmer’s Choice:
StrawberriesBe Wise Ranch

Baby Bok Choy – Yasutomi Farms

Green CauliflowerBlack Sheep Produce

Chinese EggplantMilliken Family Farm

Feature:
Saturn PeachesFitzgerald’s Premium Ripe Tree Fruit

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Juice Recipes
Courtesy of Drew Canole of Fitlife.tv

Green Licorice
Handful of black kale
1 cucumber
¼ bulb of fennel

Summer Water
1 cup of blueberries
1 cucumber

Have it All
1 grapefruit – peel and pith removed
½ cucumber
¼ bulb fennel
5 leaves of black kale

Specialty Produce Recipe Suggestions
courtesy of Diane Phillips (Cucina Divina)

Butterball Potato Salad
Serves 4 to 6

1.5 pounds German butterball potatoes, scrubbed
2 tablespoons white vinegar
Salt and pepper
1 leek, finely chopped using only the white part
1 pickling cucumber, scrubbed, and finely chopped
Grated zest of 1 lemon
3/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon finely chopped dill
6 slices bacon, cooked crisp, and crumbled for garnish (optional)

1. Put the potatoes into a pan with water to cover, and boil for 15 to 20 minutes, until tender. Cool completely.
2. Cut the potatoes into bite sized pieces, sprinkle with vinegar, and season with salt and pepper.
3. Add the leek and cucumber.
4. In a bowl, stir together the zest, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and dill.
5. Pour over the potatoes, gently stirring to coat. Garnish the salad with bacon and serve.

Tomato Sauce Provencal
Makes about 2 cups
This is a delicious sauce to serve over grilled fish or chicken, or to toss into rice or pasta. Try it over roasted potatoes.

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 leek, finely chopped, using the white and tender green parts
2 teaspoons herbs de Provence
1 pint plum tomatoes, cored, and chopped
Salt and pepper

1. In a skillet, heat the butter and oil, saute the leek and herbs until the leek begins to soften, about 3 minutes.
2. Add the tomatoes, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, until the tomatoes are softened, and the sauce is thickened. Season the sauce with salt and pepper.
3. The sauce will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, or freezes for 3 months.

Beans and Greens
Serves 6

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (plus more for garnish)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 bunch collard greens, tough stems removed, and cut into 1/2-inch ribbons (see note)
2 cups cored and chopped Roma tomatoes
Salt and pepper
8 cups chicken or vegetable broth
Parmigiano Reggiano rinds, cut into small dice (optional for flavor)
Two 14.5-ounce cans small white beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup cooked small pasta such as orzo, ditali, or cavatelli
Salt and pepper

1. In a Dutch oven, heat the oil, sauté the garlic for 30 seconds, until fragrant. Add the collards, and saute until the collards are softened.
2. Add the tomatoes, and season with salt and pepper. Saute the tomatoes and collards, until some of the tomato liquid has evaporated.
3. Add the broth, Parmigiano rinds and beans, and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 45 minutes, until the soup is thickened a bit.
4. Add the pasta, and simmer another 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve hot garnished with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
Cook’s Note: The stems from collards can tend to be tough and woody, if they are tender, cut them into fine dice, and add to the soup with the greens.

Roasted White Peaches with Maple Bacon Sauce
Serves 6
These peaches are delicious filled with crème fraiche, vanilla ice cream, or over cornbread.

3 white peaches, cut in half and pitted
Raw sugar
6 slices bacon, cooked crisp, chopped saving 1 tablespoon bacon drippings
1/2 cup Maple syrup
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
Crème fraiche, or vanilla ice cream for serving

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Dip each peach cut side into the raw sugar, and place cut side up in an oven proof skillet that will hold the 6 pieces. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, until the peaches are soft and the sugar is caramelized. Cover and keep warm.
2. While roasting the peaches, cook the bacon, remove all but 1 tablespoon of bacon drippings, chop the bacon and add the syrup to the pan. Bring to a boil. Add the vinegar, and simmer for 5 minutes.
3. To serve, place a peach cut side up into a bowl, dollop with the crème fraiche or ice cream and drizzle with the warm maple bacon sauce.

Roasted Pepper Salad
Serves 4 to 6 as a side
Roasted peppers are served in the Mediterranean as a side dish to compliment the main course.
These are delicious on burgers, or bruschetta.

3 Green Bell Peppers
2 garlic cloves, sliced
2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper

1. Preheat a broiler for 10 minutes. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
2. Put the peppers onto the baking sheet, and broil, turning as each side begins to blacken. When all sides are soft, turn off the broiler, and allow the peppers to rest in the turned off oven for 1 hour.
3. Remove the peppers, scrape off the skin, remove the core and seeds, and tear the peppers into strips.
4. Put the peppers into a shallow bowl. Add the garlic, oil, and vinegar, and toss gently. Season with salt and pepper. Serve the peppers at room temperature. The peppers can be refrigerated for up to 5 days. Remove from the refrigerator 1 hour before serving.

Chocolate Mint Mojitos
Serves 4

1/2 cup packed chocolate mint
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup sugar
8 ounces white rum
1 liter club soda

1. In a large pitcher, combine the mint lime juice and sugar, and muddle together using a muddler, pestle or other device.
2. Add 1/2 pitcher of ice, and the rum. Stir, until the sugar is dissolved. Fill the pitcher with club soda, and serve garnished with additional chocolate mint.
3. For a ‘virgin’ Mojito, muddle the mint, lime juice and sugar. Add 7-UP instead of the club soda.

Romaine and Cucumber Salad with Tomato Dressing
Serves 2 to 4

One head romaine, washed, spun dry and chopped
2 pickling cucumbers, scrubbed, and sliced
1/4 cup finely chopped leek, using only the white part
2 Roma tomatoes, cored, and finely diced
2 garlic cloves
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup crumbled Feta cheese

1. Put the romaine, cucumbers and leek in a salad bowl.
2. In a food processor or blender, combine the tomatoes, garlic, vinegar, sugar, Worcestershire and mustard.
3. Process on and off to break up the tomatoes, and garlic. With the machine running, add the oil. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Pour the dressing over the salad, and toss to coat. Add the feta, and toss again. Serve.

Choice

Green Cauliflower Fritters
Serves 4

One green cauliflower, cut into florets
1/2 cup finely chopped leek, using only the white part
2 garlic cloves
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
1/4 cup fresh bread crumbs
1 large egg
Oil for frying

1. Put the cauliflower into water to cover, and bring to a boil. Salt the water, and simmer until the cauliflower is tender about 7 minutes. Drain thoroughly, and transfer to a food processor.
2. Add the leek, garlic, cheese and bread crumbs. Add the egg, and process on and off until you have a chunky mixture.
3. Form the mixture into patties, about 2-inches in diameter and 1/4-inch high (like a pancake)
4. Heat 1/4 inch of oil in a skillet to 350 degrees and fry the patties until they are golden on one side. Flip and fry until the other side is golden. Drain on paper toweling, and serve warm.

Chicken and Chinese Eggplant Stir Fry
Serves 4

2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
2 Chinese eggplant, cut into 1-inch dice
1/2 pound ground chicken or turkey
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon cornstarch, mixed with 2 tablespoons water, to make a paste
2 scallions, finely chopped, using the white and tender green parts
1/4 cup sesame seeds

1. In a large skillet or wok, heat the oil, add the garlic and ginger, and swirl in the pan for 30 seconds, until fragrant. Add the eggplant, and cook, until the eggplant is golden brown.
2. Remove from the skillet, and add the chicken or turkey, cooking until the meat is no longer pink.
3. Add the eggplant back to the skillet.
4. In a small bowl, combine the oyster sauce, soy, vinegar, sugar, chili garlic sauce and sesame oil.
5. Pour over the eggplant mixture in the pan, and toss to coat. Add the cornstarch mixture and cook until thickened. Serve garnished with scallions and sesame seeds.

Sautéed Baby Bok Choy
Serves 2

2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth
4 baby bok choy, cut in half
Sesame oil for garnish

1. In a skillet or wok, heat the oil, and swirl the garlic and ginger for 30 seconds, until fragrant.
2. Add the soy sauce and broth, and bring to a boil.
3. Add the bok choy, cut side down, and simmer for 3 minutes, turn the bok choy and simmer another 3 minutes. Serve the bok choy drizzled with a bit of sesame oil.

Chocolate Meringues with Strawberries
Serves 6

6 egg whites
¾ teaspoon cream of tartar
1 ¼ cup sugar
3 tablespoons sifted Dutch process cocoa powder
2 cups strawberries, hulled and cut into quarters
1/4 cup sugar (depending on the sweetness of the berries)
2 tablespoons orange or lemon juice
Whipped cream for garnish

1. Preheat the oven to 225 degrees. Line two baking sheets with silicone liners, or parchment paper coated with non-stick cooking spray.
2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar until they begin to look foamy.
3. Sprinkle in the sugar about ¼ cup at a time, and beat well after each addition, finishing with the cocoa, and beating until stiff peaks form.
4. Using about ½ cup of the meringue, mound the mixture into 3-inch rounds about 1-inch high. Using the back of a spoon that has been dipped into water, make a bowl in the center. (Alternately, you can spread a 3-inch wide layer of meringue onto the sheet, then using a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip, pipe two to three layers of meringue around the base)
5. Bake the meringue shells for 75 to 90 minutes, until they feel firm. Turn off the heat and allow the meringues to cool completely in the oven.
6. Do-Ahead: Remove the meringues from the baking sheets and store airtight at room temperature for up to 2 days.
7. In a bowl, combine the berries, sugar and juice, stirring to combine.
8. Place a meringue on a serving plate, fill with berries, and top with whipped cream.
9. A dusting of powdered sugar, or cocoa is also appropriate.

Feature:

Donut Peach Praline Cobbler
Serves 6 to 8

For the Peaches
2 pounds donut peaches, peeled, pitted and cut into wedges
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon cornstarch

1. In a bowl, combine the peaches, sugar, lemon juice and cornstarch. Put the mixture into a 13-by-9-inch baking dish. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

For the Cobbler Topping
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup chopped pecans

1. In a food bowl, combine the flour and sugars.
2. Stir in the melted butter, unitl the crumble comes together. Add the pecans, and sprinkle over the peaches in the prepared pan.
3. Bake for 15 minutes, lower the temperature to 350 degrees, and bake another 25 to 30 minutes, until the peaches are bubbling, and the topping is golden brown. Allow to rest for 10 to 15 minutes, before serving with ice cream.

Recipes Provided By:
Diane Phillips www.dianephillips.com and www.cucinadivina.blogspot.com

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