Fried okra

Roasted Okra

We received 7 or 8 okra seedpods in our farm share this week and neither one of us had ever tried it. We found this simple recipe online and my husband swears they taste like fried clams. Worth a try with zero mucilage, you can decide if you serve with tartar sauce.

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Broccoli Crunch

Broccoli Crunch Recipe

This was a new find on Heidi Swanson’s 101 Cookbooks food blog and is a definite keeper. I used the Brown Sugar and Rosemary Walnuts but think this would work with plain toasted walnuts or the almonds as well.

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Mixed Greens with Purslane & Almond Crunch

At the Little Seeds booth at Saturday’s Troy Farmers’ Market, they had a mix of young spinach leaves and purslane, an herb that contains alpha-linolenic acid, one of the sought after Omega-3 fatty acids, and is said to have both anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties – Had to try it and this salad was a hit.

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Asparagus from the oven

Fresh spears are quickly roasted in a hot oven, just 15 minutes to tender crisp.

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Chutney Salad

Spinach, Apple and Pecan Salad with Spicy Chutney Dressing

These fresh ingredients paired with this unusual dressing creates such an interesting flavor combination – love this one!

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Spicy Chutney dressing

Spicy Chutney Dressing

This spicy, sweet dressing is perfect with the Spinach, Apple, Pecan Salad but can be used with any fresh salad. Mix leftovers with some cream cheese for a really interesting spread for crackers.

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Squash and sweet potato soup

Caramelized Butternut Squash – Sweet Potato Soup

All together this soup took a little over an hour to make and was inspired by being sick of seeing the squash and sweet potatoes hanging out on the kitchen counter the last few weeks. It will taste great paired with the fresh spinach salad with chutney dressing and makes a great base for a sauce to toss with pasta.

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Honey Oatmeal Bread

Maryetta’s Oatmeal Bread

One of our favorites, this slightly sweet, chewy bread works with peanut butter and jelly, ham or tuna salad and is awesome toasted. The recipe is from Beard on Bread an exceptional bread cookbook.

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beans and pea salad

Green bean, fresh peas and snow pea salad

Adapted from Plenty, this springy green salad goes great as a side to a warm panini, as Yotam suggests with grilled lamb chops or with a grilled ham steak . If you can find baby chard to toss in, do it – so good!

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Strawberry Rhubard Tart 2

Fresh Strawberry and Rhubarb Tart

Adapted from Rose Levy Beranbaum’s Pie and Pastry Bible – I like this because the single crust focuses your attention on the fruit and cooking only the rhubarb allows the strawberries to remain distinctive. Sugar is reduced slightly in this version. Serve with or without freshly whipped cream.

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