Blood & Thunder Member Diary – Week of June 2

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Blood & Thunder (aka Mary, Hashem and Xochi – and sometimes more friends)

Southside CSA's sweetest "member"

Southside CSA’s sweetest “member”

We are a household of two (plus a dog). We have signed up for the Full Greig (Berry) Share, Full Egg, ½ Veggie and ½ Meat Shares.

Getting Stuff

Getting Stuff

Meat & Eggs

Meat & Eggs

Eggs, Strawberries, & Asparagus

Eggs, Strawberries, & Asparagus

Share in a Bag

Share in a Bag

Ryan and Xochi

Ryan and Xochi

Here are the meals from my week that I used CSA share stuff: Continue reading

Package Spotlight – Just Jammin’

Greig Farm "Berry" Share 2011

Greig Farm “Berry” Share 2011

We organize the shares offered at Southside  CSA into packages. This helps us volunteers keep things organized while meeting our farmer’s sales needs. The earlier you sign up, the more likely you are to get whatever type of package your heart desires. We have crafted a big variety of packages — Full Share Packages & Mixed Full -Half Share Packages & Half Share Packages. We tried to make that list complete BUT if you don’t see the combo that fits your needs, let us know what you would like to purchase. At this point we can pretty much put together any type of combination.

Asparagus

Asparagus

Peas

Peas

 

 

Strawberries

Strawberries

Another great package for the person that likes to eat local fruit, especially berries, but can’t commit to cooking up all those vegetables. The Just Jammin’ Package is a Full Share of the Greig Farm Share which consists of mostly berries. Greig Farm is a pick your own farm in Red Hook. Norm grows asparagus, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, apples, and pumpkins. All are grown without any spraying of any sort of pesticides — not even the natural types approved under the organic moniker. He grows with the ideal that one can walk out into the field, pick the ripest, plumpest berry and pop it right into your mouth without worrying about washing anything off. This share is unlike our other shares in that it follows exactly the ebb and flow of the season, the amount arriving directly related to what is ripe on Monday morning, to the weather, the season, all the factors that can alter a local harvest. 

Blueberries & Yellow Raspberries

Blueberries & Yellow Raspberries

Greig Farm Share 2011

Blackberries

 

 

Greig Farm Share 2011

Apple

With all these berries, you can top your morning cereal, bake up a slew of pies, and rock out jams that will make your grandma proud. Experiment with pickled asparagus,  rock out strawberry chamomile jams & blueberry maple butters, make your friends swoon by bringing raspberry sorbet to those summer bbqs, stock your pantry with blackberry chutney, and master that apple pumpkin pie by the time the holidays roll around. This share is beyond perfect if you want to enjoy some of the local Hudson Valley harvest, be a part of the Southside CSA, improve your culinary skills, and upgrade your health with a weekly dose of nature’s candy.

Mo's Strawberry Jam

Mo’s Strawberry Jam

Chutney

Chutney

Apple Pie!

Apple Pie!

Our Holiday Adventures Cooking with Beer

Scotch Ale paired with Salted Caramel Brown Butter Crunchies

Scotch Ale paired with Salted Caramel Brown Butter Crunchies

Actually this should be entitled Cooking with Fabulous Homebrew. Le sigh –  how we LOVE our Broken Stove Tasting Club membership(s). Yes, that is plural – we are in the lucky situation of multiple memberships — an old roomie bought us an additional share. Best. Gift. Ever.

It has been a fun few weeks of festive cooking and holiday gatherings. While we drank most of our beers paired with yummy holiday food like the Smitten Kitchen Salted Brown Butter Crispy Treats topped with Brown Eyed Baker Salted Caramel (pictured above), Mac & Cheese, and holiday hams, we did a little experimenting and discovered some fun new ways to rock a beer in the kitchen….

Smoked Porter by Broken Stove

Smoked Porter by Broken Stove

Irish Cheddar & Beer Fondue

Brooklyn is our home and we celebrate the holidays here with a serious gusto. This includes hosting giant family parties filled with fun and food. This year one of our dear friends suggested we try something new for our Christmas Eve fare. Instead of rocking our starting-to-become-a-tradition homemade Christmas Eve Pizza Night, he suggested that we keep in theme with the Great Cake Bake (more on that below) and have a fondue fest. What an amazing idea! We had a really fun time rocking out a series of fondues — a traditional raclette and a raclette “casserole”, a traditional Swiss fondue, a Stilton fondue, an Anchovy-Butter Fondue, a Meat Broth Fondue, a Salted Caramel Fondue, and a fun new fave — Irish Cheddar & Beer Fondue.

I think this is the recipe i used – Cheddar & Stout Fondue — It was such a festive night with so many fondues and cakes being made that i am not 100% positive…. I do remember the yummy fondue — strong cheddar mixed with the deep flavors of the Broken Stove Smoked Porter. We served it with all sorts of goodies — bread, cauliflower, broccoli, apples, sliced peppers, potatoes, and beef. Super divine!

Smoked Porter pic by ryan kuonen

Pork Hocks in Beer & Honey

We ripped off this amazing idea/recipe from  In Ania’s Kitchen for our Winter Solstice Party — Golonka na Piewie z Miodem. We used all her measurements & ingredients but due to time and other additional factors — like a birthday cake in the oven — we decided to whip up our hocks in our pressure cooker. I love my pressure cooker dearly and have found that pork hocks are best when prepared in this device. I had 4 hocks so we doubled the recipe, placing 2 cups of our Smoked Porter and 1/2 cup of honey into the pressure cooker. Our honey was a special purchase from one of our CSA members who has a hive on his Fort Green rooftop. After 45 minutes of pressure cooking, we opened up the pot to the delicious smell of pork, honey, and beer. We pulled out the hocks and started removing the meat, chopping and shredding it up. I have to admit to being in a bit of a rush and probably should have spent more time carefully chopping because a few seriously big and fatty pieces made it into the serving dish. D’oh. Regardless of those “rustic bites”, the hocks were fabulous. While I was chopping, Marion (french chef divine!!) began simmering the beer/honey sauce and whipping up a roux to thicken it. After about 15 minutes, we had this deliciously thick beer honey gravy ready to be mixed with the chopped pork. It was so so yummy I seriously can’t wait to get more hocks in the meat share!!

Making Cake by Ryan Kuonen

Butter + Beer = Making Chocolate Porter Cake

Chocolate Smoked Porter Cake

We have been going to the Smitten Kitchen blog non-stop for recipes, ideas, and retakes on vegetables.  One of our holiday traditions is our (infamous) Christmas Eve Cake. On Christmas Eve we bake up a crazy big cake and decorate it with a candy landscape and marzipan flora & fauna. The cake recipes must be moist and delicious, holding up the diorama aesthetics while delivering a tasty treat. One of Yolim’s fave treats from the past year were the Guinness cupcakes our friend brought over to celebrate Buy Nothing Day; He wanted that flavor in the mix of the Christmas Cake. I didn’t want to bother my friend for the recipe, but kinda remembered a post on my fave cooking blog. One quick search and I had a recipe for some ganached guinness  goodness. I followed the instructions, merely substituting our Broken Stove Smoked Porter for the Guinness Stout called for in the recipe. Unfortunately, we got caught up in a night of mad holiday celebrating and didn’t bother to take pics of the “raw” cake with our camera. (We did instagram that shiz so…..)  However, Smitten Kitchen has some great pics of the cake and baking process that would put anything we snapped to shame.  We might not have stopped in time to take pics, but the results are more delicious than can translate through our camera. Super-deluxe!! The cake was divine — as promised — but of course with the yummy beer and butter and chocolate combo, no one was surprised at the delectable final result. Do yourself a favor and make this cake the next time you need to celebrate!!

Alpine Meadow Christmas Cake

Alpine Meadow Christmas Cake

Marzipan Maddness!

Marzipan Maddness!

Although I love nothing more than pouring out a glass of James’s homebrew, I can’t recommend enough experimenting in the kitchen with beer. The flavor and dimension it adds to the dish is so worth it!! Plus, who says you can’t drink it while cooking with it!

Iris Member Diary for Week of Nov 4th

IMG_126Veggie Share: Red potatoes, yellow onions, scallions, kale, popcorn on the cob, cilantro, acorn squash, butternut squash.

Orchard Share: One quart apple cider, apples

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Our household stats: We are a family of four (two adults, a four-year old, and an infant) with a Week B half-share of both Veggie and Orchard. It takes us a full two weeks to use up all the produce. Sadly, Berry and Egg Share season is over. This week we enjoyed hearty meals featuring roasted potatoes, roasted butternut squash, apple crisp, hot apple cider, snake bites (IPA with cider!) and kale salad. Lots of kale salad. Continue reading

Veggie Monster Member Diary from Oct 28th Share Week

Share pic by katerina barry This week we got butternut squash, potatoes, red onions, carrots, kale, mustard greens, cilantro, parsley, popping corn, apple and apple cider.  We have a Full Monty share; We eat mostly vegan and usually have no problem getting through our fruit and vegetables each week.  This is our 5th year in the CSA, so by now there are very few surprises.  We have our favorite recipes for each vegetable that we return to each year.
Image02_SquashChickpeaCurryWith butternut squash, we pretty much always make a butternut squash and chickpea curry from Madhur Jaffrey’s wonderful “World Vegetarian” cookbook. Continue reading

Meeshka Member Diary – Apples, Strawberries & Squash

greigfarmstrawberry pic by Mo Kim
Meeshka Share Family shares with us some yummy recipes for all those apples, strawberries in the freezer, and squash you have piling up on the counter….

Sugar Ladies Member Diary for the Week of Oct 14th

Full Fridge pic by Beth ArnoldThe shared: Pears, Butternut squash, Acorn squash, Carrots, Parsnips, Parsley, and Greens Galore (Kale, lettuce, arugula, and other green things I don’t know the proper name for).

The sharers: We are three sweet female roommates (i.e., sugar ladies).

granola crisp pic by Beth ArnoldThere are two approaches to cooking.  The first is scientific, i.e., following a recipe. The other is improvisational, i.e., “winging it.” This week, we did a little of both. Continue reading

Palambino Member Diary for Week of Oct 7th

pic by alyssa palambinoThis is our fourth year with the Southside CSA; each week we pick up vegetables, eggs, a chicken, orchard fruit and berries, plus an armload of maple syrup when we can get it. It’s an ideal system for us – I don’t have to plan ahead or visit Whole Foods, and we’re getting a truly superior product. We used the delivery service from the Cargo Bike Collective for the first time this week, and it really tipped the experience into luxurious territory. If there were CSA Olympics, I think we’d have a gold medal winner on our hands with the Southside CSA.

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Because eating in a restaurant with two small kids can be nightmarish, we prepare a simple-but-delicious dinner every night at home (pizza night is the exception, of course). These are some of the dishes we’ve made in the last week with our CSA haul: Continue reading

Stay Sweet with Local NY Maple Syrup

Circle C Maple Share

Circle C Maple Share

Got enough maple in the kitchen? This was a banner year for Maple; Conditions were perfect for a great harvest. Stock up and keep your Sunday brunches (or weekday breakfasts) fueled with local flavor.

We buy a gallon and a half (1 Gal B & 1/2 gallon of A Medium) for our household. We have been chugging through it and will probably have to stock up on some more. Haven’t been cooing or baking with maple? Great way to keep your sugars more local/natural. Check out this quick list of amazing ways to enjoy maple in the kitchen. One Ingredient, Many Ways by Saveur.  PS – makes a mean mixer as well. Best addition to any bar!!

pic by ryan kuonen

For Sale – Delivery date is still to be set. Sometime in Oct/Nov.
On Sale at distribution until Oct 15th. Email for more info: southsidecsa@gmail.com
A – DARK AMBER

  • 1 gallon – $62
  • 1/2 gallon – $35
  • Quart – $21
  • Pints – $13
  • 1/2 pints- $8

A – MEDIUM AMBER

  • Quarts – $21
  • Pints- $13
  • 1/2 pints- $8

GRADE B

  • Quart- $21
  • Pints- $13
  • 1/2 pints- $8

Remember, the grades have nothing to do with quality — B isn’t any “worse than” A. From WIkipediaExtra Light and Grade A typically have a milder flavour than Grade B, which is very dark, with a rich maple flavour.The dark grades of syrup are used primarily for cooking and baking, although some specialty dark syrups are produced for table use.Syrup harvested earlier in the season tends to yield a lighter color. The classification of maple syrup in the US depends ultimately on its translucence. US Grade A Light Amber has to be more than 75 percent translucent, US Grade A Medium Amber has to be 60.5 to 74.9 percent translucent, US Grade A Dark Amber has to be 44.0 to 60.4 percent translucent, and US Grade B is any product less than 44.0 percent translucent.

Joe & Cathy of Circle C

Joe & Cathy of Circle C

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