Dubuque Winter Farmers' Market

Flatbread with Goat Cheese and Caramelized Onions

Ingredients:
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 teaspoons butter
2 large yellow onions, peeled and thinly sliced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 large flatbread
Olive oil for brushing
Kosher salt
4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
Fresh basil, sliced into ribbons

Instructions:
1. Melt the butter and olive oil in a large saute pan over medium-low heat. Add onions and stir to coat. Cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle the sugar over the onions and continue to cook for another 30 minutes to 1 hour, stirring occasionally. You’re looking for a deep, rich brown color. They may start to stick to the pan a little. It’s OK if they form a bit of a crust, but don’t let them burn. Set aside to cool when done.
2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
3. Place flatbread on baking sheet. Brush flatbread with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Top flatbread with caramelized onions and crumbled goat cheese. Bake for 6-10 minutes, depending on the thickness of your bread. (The cheese should start to melt and the edges of the bread should start to brown.)
4. Remove from oven and sprinkle with basil. Cut into pieces and serve.

Source: garnishwithlemon.com

Farmers’ Market and your health

Did you know that shopping at the Farmers’ Market can improve your health?
A study by the Project for Public Spaces revealed that people who shop at farmers’ markets have 15-20 social interactions per visit, while they would only have one or two per visit to the grocery store. Evidence of the clear correlations between social interaction and health mean the social space at farmers markets has important public health implications.

Slow-Cooker Roast Beef with Red Wine Sauce

Ingredients:
4 pounds boneless beef chuck, rump, or bottom round
2 tablespoons olive oil (preferably not extra-virgin)
3 large carrots, peeled and chopped
2 medium onions, chopped
2 celery ribs, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
pinch of ground cloves
2 cups dry red wine
2 cups low-sodium beef broth
2 tablespoons cornstarch, dissolved in 1/4 cup water

Directions:
– Pat the meat dry with paper towel. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the beef and cook until nicely browned on all sides, about 10-15 minutes total.
– Scatter the carrots, onion, celery, garlic, herbs, and cloves in a large slow cooker. Place the beef on top.
– Pour the wine into the skillet and bring to a simmer, scraping the bottom of the pan to loosen the browned bits. Cook for 1 minute.
– Pour the wine over the beef. Add the broth to the slow cooker and season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours, or until the beef is tender when pierced with a fork.
– Remove the beef to a platter and keep warm.
– Skim the fat from the liquids in the slow cooker.

To make sauce:
Strain the cooking liquid into a saucepan and discard the vegetables. Bring the liquid to a simmer. Add the cornstarch mixture and cook, stirring constantly, until smooth and slightly thickened, 2-5 minutes. Check seasonings and adjust as needed. Slice the beef, top with sauce, and serve.

Source: kitchenjoyblog.com

Moroccan Raw Carrot Salad

Ingredients:
1 pound carrots, coarsely grated (about 4 cups)
1/4 cup vegetable oil or extra-virgin olive oil
3 to 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
2 to 4 cloves garlic, mashed or minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin or 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin and 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
Pinch of salt
About 1/2 teaspoon harissa (Northwest African chili paste), 1 tablespoon minced green chilies, or 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne (optional)

Preparation:
In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients. Cover and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or up to 2 days to allow the flavors to meld and permeate the carrots. Served chilled or at room temperature.

Source: epicurious.com

Red Eggs

Did you know that the egg-the universal symbol of rebirth-finds its way into many different types of spring rituals?
In ancient Persia, Greece, Egypt, and Rome, red eggs, representing life and rebirth, were given as gifts during the spring. At Passover Seders, guests dip eggs in salt water as a reminder of the sacrifices made in the ancient temples.

Spinach Mushroom Quiche

Get your fresh spinach and local eggs for this recipe at market this week!
Ingredients:
1 prepared 9-inch single pie crust
4 eggs
3/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
5 ounces of fresh spinach
8 ounces of sliced fresh mushrooms
1/2 yellow onion, sliced
1/2 (4 ounce) container crumbled feta cheese
1/2 (8 ounce) package shredded Swiss cheese, divided

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

Fit pie crust into a 9-inch pie dish.

Whisk eggs, milk, parsley, garlic, salt, black pepper, and nutmeg in a bowl.

Gently combine spinach, mushrooms, onion, and feta cheese in a separate bowl. Spread spinach-mushroom mixture in the prepared pie dish; top with half the Swiss cheese.

Pour egg mixture evenly over the filling, swirling egg mixture in bowl to spread seasonings through the eggs; top the quiche with remaining Swiss cheese. Place quiche on a baking sheet.

Bake in preheated oven until the quiche is lightly puffed and browned, 45 to 50 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the center of the filling should come out clean. Cool for 30 minutes before serving.

Source: allrecipes.com

Vegetables and frost

Did you know that some vegetables will tolerate a light frost in your garden? Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, lettuce, peas, spinach, and turnips actually prefer cooler temperatures and will do better before the hot summer temperatures start. These plants can be planted in late April even though our last hard frost can come as late as May 15th. Read more.

Tender Pork Spare Ribs

Ingredients:
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup fajita seasoning (such as Fiesta®)
2 tablespoons Hungarian sweet paprika
2 racks pork spareribs, fat trimmed
1 cup beer
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon honey
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon prepared brown mustard

Preparation:
1. Mix the brown sugar, fajita seasoning, and paprika in a bowl. Rub both sides of the pork spareribs with the brown sugar mixture. Place the spareribs in a 9×13-inch baking pan; cover and refrigerate overnight.

2. Preheat an oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Whisk together the beer, garlic, honey, Worcestershire sauce, and mustard in a bowl. Set aside.

3. Tear off 2 large sheets of heavy duty aluminum foil and lay them shiny-side down. Place a rack of spareribs on each sheet, meaty-side up. Tear off 2 more sheets of foil and place them on top of the ribs, shiny-side up. Begin tightly folding the edges of the foil together to create a sealed packet. Just before sealing completely, divide the beer mixture evenly into each packet. Complete the seal. Place the packets side-by-side on an 11×14-inch baking sheet.

4. Bake in the preheated oven until the ribs are very tender, 3 hours and 30 minutes to 4 hours. Carefully open each packet, and drain the drippings into a saucepan. You may only need the drippings from one packet. Set ribs aside. Simmer the drippings over medium-high heat until the sauce begins to thicken, about 5 minutes. Brush the thickened sauce over the ribs.

5. Preheat the oven’s broiler and set the oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source.

6. Place the ribs back into the oven and broil until the sauce is lightly caramelized, 5 to 7 minutes.

Source: allrecipes.com

Potato Basil Frittata

Get your potatoes, basil, and eggs for this tasty recipe at the Winter Market this week!

Ingredients:
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, divided
2 cups peeled and 1/2-inch diced boiling potatoes (4 potatoes)
8 extra-large eggs
15 ounces ricotta cheese
3/4 pound Gruyere cheese, grated
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1/3 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder

Preparation:
Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a 10-inch ovenproof omelet pan over medium-low heat. Add the potatoes and fry them until cooked through, turning often, about 10 to 15 minutes. Melt the remaining 5 tablespoons of butter in a small dish in the microwave.

Meanwhile, whisk the eggs, then stir in the ricotta, Gruyere, melted butter, salt, pepper, and basil. Sprinkle on the flour and baking powder and stir into the egg mixture.

Pour the egg mixture over the potatoes and place the pan in the center of the oven. Bake the frittata until it is browned and puffed, 50 minutes to 1 hour. It will be rounded and firm in the middle and a knife inserted in the frittata should come out clean. Serve hot.

Source: foodnetwork.com

Root cellars

Did you know that root cellars have been found in the remains of ancient civilizations, beginning in prehistoric times?
They used them in Europe extensively, so it is not unusual that our pioneers brought the idea of root cellars to our country. The root cellar kept apples, carrots, turnips, potatoes and squash through the winter, sustaining a family through those cold winter months. Salt pork and smoked meats were also kept in the root cellar if they did not have a smoke house. According to most sources, an 8’x10′ root cellar will accommodate 60 bushels of produce.