Sofrito from field to plate

Estia's Sofrito

Harvesting different types of peppers at the Quail Hill Farm

Reporting in from the Quail Hill Farm on October 30th. My membership here extends back to the early days, having joined New York’s first Community Supported Agriculture adventure (CSA) in 1993 I’m always thrilled to harvest here.

Harvesting carrots was my first task.  Take a look at our carrot video in the Estia Seed to Plate series. Once I was finished with the pitchfork in the carrot bed I moved on to find an abundance of chili’s three beds to the west. As always my eye was distracted by the beauty of the farm that’s been created and maintained by the Quail Hill crew now run by farmer Layton and mentored by poet and seed specialist Scott Chaskey.

Last week my email inbox featured a note from my pal Laura’s wife Catherine. She had visited a garden—planted by a man she spoke fondly of—and she carried a large bag filled with peppers home that day. Her note to me requested a recipe that might properly celebrate the harvest. Read More »

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Lemon Squares

Lemon Squares

Ingredients for crust:

  • 1 pound butter – cold – cut into pieces
  • 2 cups AP flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups gram cracker meal
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup corn starch

Combine flour, gram cracker meal & butter in a food processor, pulse for 30 seconds.

Add the rest and run until it starts to turn into a ball.

Line a ½ sheet pan with parchment. Roll the crust dough out to flat with a rolling pin and line the bottom of the sheet pan with the dough. Place in a 350°F oven for 25 minutes. Read More »

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“Over the top” Mac & Cheese

Estia's “Over the top” Mac & Cheese

This is a dish that I started using as a big starch filler for our annual Christmas party last year. The key ingredient was love as I had my 3 daughters by my side, each of them stuffing penne into rigatoni, singing Christmas songs and making it all so easy.

Today as I stood alone in the kitchen I was missing the girls—and their hands, their smiles & their cooking enthusiasm. Then our pals Stew, Tina and Amy walked in and took over the pasta stuffing. I made the béchamel, added the cheese, and in 15 minutes there were 3 casseroles going into the fridge, ready to be baked and served at tonight’s harvest dinner.

Recipe serves over 20 people

Ingredients:

  • 2 boxes Penne (DeCecco, Penne lisce #10)
  • 2 boxes Rigatoni ( DeCecco, Mezzi rigatoni #26)
  • 16 oz Swiss cheese, grated
  • 24 oz Gruyer cheese, grated
  • 16 oz Mozzarella, grated
  • 3 cups, salted butter
  • 1 cup A.P. flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 4 tablespoons salt

Estia's “Over the top” Mac & Cheese

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Sweet corn & rye berry salad

Sweet corn and rye berry salad
Serves 10

Ingredients:

  • 6-8 corn cobs
  • 1 cup dried rye berries (or wheat berries)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh oregano
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 2 cups diced zucchini
  • 1 cup chopped scallion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

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Little Kitchen Tortilla Soup

Tortilla Soup

Recipe serves 30 cups

Ingredients:

  •  6 quarts water
  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 10 plum tomatos
  • 25 Guajillo chilis (stems removed)
  • 3 Arbol chilis (stems removed)
  • 1 Spanish onion
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons cumin powder
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 dozen fried, chopped tortillas

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Mid Summer Garden Vegetable Escabeche

Mid Summer Garden Vegetable Escabeche with flat beans, carrots, cilantro, garlic

Makes 4 quarts (32oz Mason jars)

Ingredients:

  • 16 carrots, peeled and cut into four sticks each
  • 10 jalapeño peppers with top removed, quartered, leave the seeds
  • 1 quart flat beans, ends trimmed
  • 1 quart string beans, ends trimmed
  • 3 heads of garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1 bunch of cilantro, washed twice in water bath to remove sand
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup salt
  • 32 oz white vinegar
  • 4 32 oz Mason jars, sanitized in boiling water*

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Refrigerator Beet Pickles | Red and Yellow Beet Recipes

Finding pickled beets at Hayward Farmers Market

Red Beet ”Refrigerator Pickles”  

Ingredients:

  • 6 medium sized beets (peeled and sliced into ½ inch discs)
  • 2 cups shredded beet greens
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced thin
  • 3 dried red chilis, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped green onions
  • ½ cup chopped fennel bulb
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • 8 oz water
  • 5 oz white vinegar (plus extra to top off jar if needed)
  • 3 oz white sugar
  • 1 ⅔ T sea salt

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Inside Out Lasagna

Inside out lasagna

Makes one 9 inch lasagna
Serves 4 as a main course with salad
Use a 9 inch springform cheesecake pan

Ingredients:

  • 4 large tomatoes (roast at 350°F on a well oiled sheet pan, 20 minutes) reserve all oil and remove the skin after roasting
  • 1 yellow summer squash, 6 inches long
  • 1 large eggplant, medium size
  • 1 red onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 sweet yellow pepper
  • 1 sweet red pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

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Mexican Chimichurri

  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped
  • handful oregano sprigs, chopped
  • ½ cup finely diced fresh garlic
  • 4 tsp dried chili powder
  • 2 tbsp finely diced fresh ginger
  • 1 cup finely diced jalapeno
  • ½ cup finely diced red onion or shallots
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 3 cups oil
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • salt

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Woodfire Beets with fennel, currants, raisins and yogurt

Woodfire Roasted Beets by chef Megan Huylo

Recipe by chef Megan Huylo of Amber Waves Farm Kitchen in Amagansett

Woodfire Roasted Beets w/ baby fennel, fresh currants, golden raisins & yogurt

Serves 2

  • 6 medium red beets, ends trimmed
  • 4 lemons, zested & juiced
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt, whipped with a fork
  • 2 baby fennel, thinly sliced & fronds reserved
  • ¼ cup fresh red currants
  • 2 tablespoons golden raisins
  • 2 tablespoons chopped, toasted walnuts

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Beet Moussaka

Beet Mousaka

Recipe by chef Arie Pavlou of Bridgehampton Inn & Restaurant in Bridgehampton, NY

Beet Moussaka

makes 4 servings

  • 1 lb beets, boiled until tender and peeled
  • 3 oz. sweet butter
  • 1 medium onion caramelized in 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 8-10 cloves garlic confit, mashed
  • ½ cup sweet sherry
  • 1 cup stock of your choice, we use duck stock
  • 1 tsp dried or 1 Tablespoon fresh marjoram
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, sliced into ½” discs
  • 2 medium eggplant sliced into ½” discs
  • 1 qt. béchamel
  • ¼ cup grated gruyere cheese

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Smoked Baby Beet and Arugula Salad

Smoked Baby Beet and Arugula Salad by chef Sam McCleland

Recipe by chef Sam McCleland of The Bell & Anchor in Sag Harbor, NY

Smoked Baby Beet and Arugula Salad

serves 4

  • 16 baby beets, roasted and quartered lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 6 sprigs of thyme
  • 1/2teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 bulb of fennel, cored and shaved thinly
  • 4 cups baby arugula
  • 4 oz. goat cheese, crumbled
  • 2 oz cranberry vinaigrette (recipe to follow below)

For Beets:

Preheat oven to 400°F. In a medium bowl, toss whole beets, olive oil, salt, pepper and whole thyme sprigs. Transfer to a sheet pan, cover tightly with aluminum foil and roast in oven for 30 minutes or until tender. Cool and then gently remove skin with a dry towel (skin will slip off when gently rubbed). Read More »

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Roasted Baby Beet Salad

Roasted baby beets, yogurt, honey, orange, pistachio and mint

Recipe by chef Justin Finney of Highway Restaurant & Barin East Hampton

Roasted baby beets, yogurt, honey, orange, pistachio and mint

makes three salads

  • 2 lb. local beets (tops removed)
  • 2 tbl olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1tsp cracked black pepper

To roast the beets mix all the ingredients together and place in a roasting pan. Cover the pan with foil and place in a 350°F oven for 25-30 minutes. Test the beets with a toothpick to make sure they are done. Let the beets cool for 15 minutes and then remove the skins. Read More »

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Scape & Sweet Pea Pasta

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb fresh whole wheat fettuccine
  • 10 garlic scapes, chopped fine
  • 2 cups fresh English shell peas
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh oregano, cleaned and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh thyme, cleaned and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh mint, cleaned and chopped
  • Sea salt
Garlic Scapes

Garlic Scapes

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Grilled Artichokes

Grilled Artichokes

Serves 4 as a large starter or 8 with a side salad

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium size artichokes
  • 2 lemons (cut in half and sliced thin)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon white pepper

For Sofrito:

  • 3 tablespoons jalapeño (diced fine)
  • 2 tablespoons red pepper (diced fine)
  • 2 tablespoons red onion (diced fine)
  • 2 tablespoons garlic (diced fine)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

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Pimento Cheese Spread with Red Chili and Green Tomato Relish

Pimento Cheese Spread with red chili and green tomato relish

Ingredients:

2 cups of mild cheddar cheese (cubed)
1 cup of sharp cheddar cheese (cubed)
2 sweet red roasted peppers, cleaned of stems and seeds (reserve liquid)
1/4 cup red pepper roasting liquid
1 cup Mayonnaise
1 tablespoon hot sauce (Tabasco or similar)
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
2 tablespoons minced fresh hot red chili pepper
4 tablespoons minced red onion
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