Old Windmill Dairy


Edition 13, CSA, Old Windmill Dairy Goat Cheese, Pumpkin Pie Chevre, Au Gratin Potatoes with Goat cheese

Edition 13; November 30, 2008

 

In this weeks Gourmet CSA bag:

Ross’ Garden Vine Ripened Tomatoes

1 Dozen Eggs from Estancia, NM

Pasta Divina Fresh Organic Pasta

Sunchokes

Fat Boy Coffee or New Mexico Tea Company Tea

2 Old Windmill Dairy Cheeses

Carrots

Radishes from Ross’ Garden

 

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Au Gratin Potatoes with Goat Cheese

8 servings

Ingredients

·         2  teaspoons  butter      1  teaspoon  salt

·         3  garlic cloves, minced                        2  cups  2% reduced-fat milk

·         1  medium onion (about 5 1/2 ounces), thinly sliced

·         2 oz containers of Old Windmill Dairy Chevre

·         1/4  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper

·         3  ounces  all-purpose flour (about 2/3 cup)

·         6  ounces  shredded sharp cheddar cheese (1 1/2 cups), divided

·         6  ounces  diced ham (about 1 1/4 cups)

·         3  pounds  peeled baking potatoes, cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices

·         Cooking spray

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350°.

Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Combine milk, salt, Old Windmill Dairy chevre, pepper, and flour, stirring with a whisk. Add milk mixture to pan. Bring to a simmer; cook until slightly thick (about 2 minutes), stirring frequently. Add 4 ounces cheese and ham, stirring until cheese melts. Stir in potatoes.

Place the potato mixture in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle potato mixture with remaining 2 ounces of cheese. Cover with foil coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 30 minutes or until lightly browned and potatoes are tender. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.

http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=1072216

Food for Thought

So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.

Christopher Reeves

 

 

pumpkincream

Try our new pumpkin pie flavored chevre. It is great spread on bagels, ginger snaps or sweet apples.

 

What is going on at the Farm?

Michael and I had a wonderful holiday. We actually had 3 days off thanks to our reliable farm hands. We visited family in Galveston Texas.

 

We have been busy in the Kitchen 3 new awesome chevre flavors. Try these savory and sweet combinations: Holy Chipotle, Holiday Delight and Pumpkin Pie

 

I had the most delicious Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes this Thanks Giving at Tammy Lobaugh’s House in Galveston Texas. If you are up for something new here is the recipe:

 

14 Oranges

8 Medium sized Sweet Potatoes

1 cup Heavy Cream

Cinnamon

 

Boil Sweet Potatoes until softly done. Peel Sweet Potatoes and mash with cream and cinnamon to taste approximately ½ tsp, then set aside. Cut oranges in half, juice then remove pulp leaving the half rind intact. Reserve freshly squeezed orange juice to add to the mashed sweet potatoes. Scoop the potatoe mixture into the orange halves. Place remaining potatoes in a 9×12 pan. Bake at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 hour. Serve piping hot with a dollop of whip cream.

 

http://www.emerils.com/recipe/5168/Brandy-and-Orange-Mashed-Sweet-Potatoes-in-Orange-Cups

Here is some information regarding the tuber –Sun Choke in this weeks box. The Sun Choke/Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus), also called the sunroot or sunchoke or earth apple or topinambur, is a species of sunflower native to the eastern United States, from Maine west to North Dakota, and south to northern Florida and Texas.[1] It is also cultivated widely across the temperate world for its tuber, which is used as a root vegetable.[2]

It is a herbaceous perennial plant growing to 1.5–3 m tall. The leaves are opposite on the lower part of the stem, alternate higher up; the larger leaves on the lower stem are broad ovoid-acute and can be up to 30 cm long, the higher leaves smaller and narrower; they have a rough, hairy texture. The flowers are yellow, produced in flowerheads 5–10 cm diameter, with 10–20 ray florets, and are thought to smell like milk chocolate. The tubers are gnarly and uneven, typically 7.5–10 cm long and 3–5 cm thick, and vaguely resembling ginger root, with a crisp texture when raw; they vary in color from pale brown to white, red or purple.

Try this website for suggested Sunchoke recipes:

http://www.samcooks.com/relish/jerusalem_artichokes.htm

 

Respectfully

Dairyman Ed

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Edition 7, October 19, 2008, Old Windmill Dairy CSA

Old Windmill Dairy CSA delivers Gourmet Foods to Albuquerque, Cedar Crest, Edgewood, Santa Fe and Tiejeras

 

Halloween is less than two weeks away. Pumpkins are everywhere this time of year. If you are looking for something to do, check out the Happy Pumpkin patch just South of Estancia or McCalls in Moriarty. At McCalls there is a corn field maze to wonder through. I believe they also offering hay rides.

 

In this weeks Gourmet CSA box we have:

 

New Mexico Tea Company Tea or

Fat Boy Coffee

Vine Ripened Tomatoes

Schwebach Farm Pumpkin

Schwebach Farm Onions

Dukes Raspberry Bar-b-Que Sauce

New Mexico Potatoes

2 Old Windmill Dairy cheeses

Fresh Package of Pasta from Pasta Divina

 

Here are some suggestions of how to prepare the harvest from this weeks box.

 

Pumpkin Soup

Spicy Pumpkin Soup Recipe

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Ingredients

4 Tbsp unsalted butter
2 medium yellow onions, chopped
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 teaspoons curry powder
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
Pinch ground cayenne pepper (optional)
3 (15 oz) cans 100 percent pumpkin or 6 cups of chopped roasted pumpkin* or cook your fresh Schwebach pumpkin and puree until smooth
5 cups of chicken broth (or vegetable broth for vegetarian option)
2 cups of milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
5oz  Old Windmill Dairy ExtraOrdinaire

 

 

Method

1 Melt butter in a 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add spices and stir for a minute more.

2 Add pumpkin and 5 cups of chicken broth; blend well. Bring to a boil and reduce heat, simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.

3 Transfer soup, in batches, to a blender or food processor. Cover tightly and blend until smooth. Return soup to saucepan.

4 With the soup on low heat, add brown sugar and mix. Slowly add milk while stirring to incorporate. Add cream. Adjust seasonings to taste. If a little too spicy, add more cream to cool it down. You might want to add a teaspoon of salt.

Serve in individual bowls. Sprinkle the top of each with toasted Pinon Seeds.

Serves 8.

*To make pumpkin purée, cut a sugar pumpkin in half, scoop out the seeds and stringy stuff, lie face down on a tin-foil lined baking pan. Bake at 350°F until soft, about 45 min to an hour. Cool, scoop out the flesh. Freeze whatever you don’t use for future use.

http://www.elise.com/recipes/archives/001439spicy_pumpkin_soup.php

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Website Update

Under farmers blog you may find your weekly newsletter and recipes. Also if you would like to renew your csa or see what other goodies we offer please check out our online store. http://www.theoldwindmilldairy.com

 

Food for Thought

 

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

I often ponder this weeks quote as we tread into new territory in our lives. We truly hope you enjoy this weeks recipe.

 

Sincerely,

Farmer Ed.



Farmer’s Blog, Edition 4, October 12, 2008

Old Windmill Dairy CSA delivers to Albuquerque, Cedar Crest, Edgewood, Santa Fe and Tiejeras


Edition 4; October 12, 2008

Last nights rain was refreshing. The smell of Autumn is in the air.

In this weeks Gourmet CSA box we have:

New Mexico Tea Company Tea
Ross Garden Vine Ripened Tomatoes
Schwebach Acorn Squash
Old Pecos Mustard Flavored Mustard
New Mexico Potatoes
2 Old Windmill Dairy cheeses
Fresh Package of Pasta from Pasta Divina

Here are some suggestions of how to prepare the harvest from this weeks box.

Mustard Seasoned Chicken.

Chicken Breast
Fresh Parsley
Garlic Salt
Pecos Foods Flavored Mustard

Spread thin layer of mustard on one side of the chicken breast. Lightly sprinkle garlic salt onto the meat. Bake at 350 degree for 30-40 minutes until the chicken is done. Serve on plate and garnish with fresh parsley. The same can be done with pork chops.

Classic Baked Acorn Squash
1 Acorn squash
1 Tbsp Butter
2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
2 teaspoons Maple Syrup
Dash of Salt

Method

1 Preheat oven to 400°F.

2 Using a strong chef’s knife, and perhaps a rubber mallet to help, cut the acorn squash in half, lengthwise, from stem to end. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and stringy stuff in the center of each half. Score the insides of each half several times with a sharp knife. Place each half in a baking pan, cut side up. Add about a 1/4 inch of water to the bottom of the baking pan so that the skins don’t burn and the squash doesn’t get dried out.

3 Coat the inside of each half with 1/2 a Tbsp of butter. Add a dash of salt if you are using unsalted butter. Add a Tbsp of brown sugar to the cavity of each half. Dribble on a teaspoon of maple syrup to each half.

4 Bake in the oven for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes, until the squash is very soft and the tops are browned. Do not undercook. When finished, remove from oven and let cool a little before serving. Spoon any buttery sugar sauce that has not already been absorbed by the squash over the exposed areas.

Serves 2 to 4, depending on how much squash you like to eat.

http://www.elise.com/recipes/archives/001426classic_baked_acorn_squash.php

New Mexico Tea Company is one of our newest vendors. They provide a superb loose leaf tea. You will need a device to hold your loose leaf tea in to steep your tea. If you like your tea sweetened you might try one of New Mexico Local honeys. I find this is a great way to start the day.

Website Update

If you have seen our new website, please check it out. There are new photographs of the farm and our various products. We now have a blog on the website were you can post your comment. If you click on the RSS link in the blog you will receive an alert every time we post a new blog. FYI if you find that you like one of these recipes you can always find online in the blog area as the weekly letter is posted under Famers. Blog.

Food for Thought

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Autumn reminds me of time to dream and reminisce about this year’s accomplishments. I wanted to thank everyone who supports the Old Windmill Dairy as you have helped Michael and I to develop our dream.

May you have the same success with your dreams.

We hope you a fruitful and healthy week. Please feel free to visit us at: http://www.theoldwindmilldairy.com.

Sincerely,

Farmer Ed.