This Weeks Box 12/17/2011

Ohh! It’s a salad……..

beets
fuyu persimmons
bok choy
salad mix with spinach and arugula
red onion
grapefruit
head of lettuce
kale
tangerines
avocados
chard
kabocha squash
meyers lemons
eureka lemons
hachia persommons
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Yeah… I know what you’re thinking. Romaine, avocado, and red onion? Is that all?
B-O-R-I-N-G.

No way!! This salad is crisp, light, and refreshing – making it a perfect match for anything heavy, cheesy, or fried or extra spicy.
 Grilling Fuyu Persimmons
Sounds weird, yes, I know.
But if you’ve never tried, I do urge you to consider a Fuyu Persimmon that is ripe (but not yet soft), slicing it up, then grilling it over a low-medium flame.
“Try a marinade of meyer lemon, coconut oil and honey  if you want more flavor”
What you get is the most amazing caramelized persimmon you’ve ever tasted.
I left a couple slices on extra long (about 5 minutes) so that it was completely soft and gooey, then sandwiched it between two graham crackers, some chocolate and voila … the world’s first Persimmon S’mores!
Cheers!
Grilled Beets 
If you have not, you ought to.
Slice em like steaks about 1/3 inch
Marinade them with olive oil, your favorite herb and balsamic vinegar.
Keep splashing the beet steaks with marinade until finished grilling.
Putting the cut steaks in a steamer for a few minutes will speed up the grill time and help with marinade absorbtion.
                      Sweet and spicy roasted kabocha squash

Most recipes out there for using winter squash seem to involve pureeing them, but I rather like them when they are in chunks or slices. This roasted squash has a sweet, spicy and salty glaze of sorts on them, which brings out the dense sweetness of the fruit. Cut into fairly thin slices like this, it makes interesting finger food. You can vary the sugar and spice to your taste, though too much of either may overwhelm it.
You do need to use kabocha-type squash for this ideally, though butternut should work too. You will need a dense, starchy and sweet squash.
  • 1/2 small to medium sized kabocha squash
  • 3 Tbs light brown, natural cane, or muscovado sugar, plus a bit more for sprinkling
  • 1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper or hot chili powder, more or less to taste
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbs soy sauce
  • Oil for drizzling – pumpkin seed oil is preferred, or use toasted sesame oil, argan oil, or walnut oil (see notes)
Preheat the oven to 200°C / 400°F. Line a baking sheet or two with silicon baking liner or parchment paper.
De-seed and cut the squash into slices about 1/2 cm or 1/4 inch thick. (Use a sturdy knife for cutting squash or pumpkin, on a stable surface, and be careful!)
Combine all the dry ingredients. Toss the squash slices in this until coated thoroughly. Add the soy sauce and toss well again.
Spread the slices in a singler layer on the baking sheet. Drizzle over them with the oil, and optionally sprinkle more sugar on them. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, then turn over, drizzle with more oil and sprinkle more sugar, and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes.
Serve hot or at room temperature.

Notes

Toasted pumpkin seed oil (Kürbiskernöl) is a mainly Austrian speciality, though they make it here in Switzerland too. It’s very nutty and dark, and is terrific in dressings and marinades. Toasted sesame seed oil or walnut oil can be substituted, or even expensive argan oil. 
Carved turkey sandwich with kabocha spread and ancho-bell-pepper-cranberry chutney

Turkey sandwich
Total time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Servings: Makes 2 sandwiches

Note: Adapted from Judy Han of Mendocino Farms

Ancho-bell-pepper-cranberry chutney

2 red bell peppers, roasted, peeled and stems removed

1 ounce dried ancho chiles, stems removed

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1 cup leftover cranberry sauce or ½ can cranberry sauce with whole cranberries

1. Place the roasted bell peppers, dried ancho chiles and sugar in a medium, heavy-bottom sauce pan. Simmer uncovered over low heat until the chiles are very soft and most of the liquid is evaporated, about 1 hour, 15 minutes. Stir in the balsamic vinegar, remove from heat and cool.

2. In a blender, or with a hand-held blender, purée the ancho-pepper mixture. (This makes 1 cup ancho-pepper purée, more than is needed for the chutney. It will keep in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 2 weeks.) Fold one-fourth cup of the purée (add more to taste) into the cranberry sauce. This makes more chutney than is needed for the sandwich; keep covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Roasted kabocha squash spread

1/2 kabocha squash, halved and seeds removed

1/2 tablespoon oil

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup crème fraîche

1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Place the kabocha cut side down on a cutting board and cut away the thick skin with a knife (or also use a peeler for harder-to-cut spots). Cut the squash into about half-inch strips and toss them with the oil, brown sugar and salt.

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