Saturday, June 26, 2010

easy summer veggie roast

I don't know what was in your CSA box this week, but ours had potatoes, green beans & spring onions, among other early summer harvest. So when my lovely, dear & ever helpful friend came to visit today, we had a summer veggie roast.

1-2 lbs potatoes
Quart green beans
20 green onion bulbs
10 cloves garlic, peeled (optional)
Olive oil
Sea Salt

Cut potatoes into small wedges. Cut off green onion tops & clean bulbs. Trim green beans.

Mix potatoes, onions, beans & optional garlic cloves in a large bowl with a generous swirl of olive oil. Be sure all veggies are coated. Salt to taste.

Spread evenly on one or more roasting pans, and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until potatoes are soft.

My daughter Sydney has her own variation on this dish where she adds whole cloves of garlic, and although I didn't do it today due to time constraints, I must admit, it wasn't the same without the garlic. Next time, I'll make time for the garlic prep.

And a final note, you might notice a new tag down below: ministry. I struggled for a name for what I'm tagging, and ultimately chose this over service or charity. After the recent birth of my third baby, I realized that there are certain times in a person's life where a friend showing up at the door with a dish makes all the difference between feeling alone and unloved and feeling supported by a community. I think it's important that I make time to show the friends in my community that they are supported and cared for in their vulnerable times.

Yet, it's so hard to find time for "food ministry" when you have to think of what to fix each and every time. This is the part that has always been my downfall in the past, for both potlucks and friends in need.

So I'm tagging it. Hopefully a database of easy, quick "comfort foods" will be just what I need to provide this for my people.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

green onion recipes

This morning, I harvested over 100 green onions to send to the farmer's market with our partners at WindDance farm, and there are still dozens more in the field. Time to post a couple good green onion recipes!

P.S. I also sent these recipes out to our market email subscribers. What? You didn't know we sent out a market email? Well, if you're local and you'd like to get an email about what we'll have at market each week, let me know and I'd be happy to sign you up! :-)

Sauteed Fresh Green Onions

This recipe is as simple as can be, but really brings out the sweetness of fresh spring onions.


Green onions, with tops cut off to 2 inches above onion (reserve tops for green onion dip!)

Olive oil

1 Tbls. butter (optional)

Sea Salt



Wash and dry onions

Cut off green tops leaving only about an inch or two above bulb

Heat large fry pan to medium

Swirl oil once or twice around pan

Add butter, if desired

Add onions and stir gently until slightly brown

Remove from pan and add kosher salt and white pepper to taste

Serve as a side dish - great with new potatoes!

Green Onion Dip

Mix into sour cream or yogurt:

Chopped green onion tops

Chopped garlic scapes


Sea Salt