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 9, CSA, Old Windmill Dairy

The Old Windmill Dairy

Edition 9; November 2, 2008

 

Gathering Leaves    

By Robert Frost

 

 

Spades take up leaves   I may load and unload

No better than spoons,  Again and again

And bags of full leaves Till I fill the whole shed,

Are light as balloons.  And what have I then?

I make a great noise   Next to nothing for weight.

Of rustling all da y     And since they grew duller,

Like rabbit and deer    From contact with earth,

Running away.                       Next to nothing for color

But Mountains I raise Next to nothing for use,

Elude my embrace        But a crop is a crop,

Flowing over my arms  And who’s to say where

And into my face.        The harvest  shall stop?

 

In this weeks Gourmet CSA box we have:

 

New Mexico Tea Company Tea or

Fat Boy Coffee

Ross Gardens’ Vine Ripened Tomatoes

Pomegranates

Sunshine Café Humus

New Mexico Blue / Purple 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.

 

Wondering what to do with Your Blue / Purple Potatoes. These potatoes are rich with antioxidants.

Ingredients

1.   Dice Potatoes Thinly

      2.         Chop 1 medium sized onion

      3.         Mince 2 garlic cloves

      4.         Fry 4 slices of bacon

5.    or use Olive Oil

Method

In a warm skillet use your left over bacon grease or try olive oil. Carmalize onions and garlic in oil. The onion should turn slightly brown and soft. Than add your blue potatoes and a dash of salt and pepper. Cook  until they become soft.  This makes a nice addition for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Winter Squash Pinto Bean Stew

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Ingredients

·         3 cups (3/4-inch) cubed peeled acorn or butternut squash (about 1 1/4 pounds)

·         1 large onion, diced

·         2 1/2 cups water, divided

·         2 teaspoons paprika

·         1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

·         1/4 teaspoon ground coriander

·         1/4 teaspoon salt

·         1 tablespoon minced chipotle in adobo (or to taste)

·         1 (14.5-ounce) blanched and peeled Ross Garden Tomatoes

·         2 tablespoons tomato paste

·         2 cups frozen whole-kernel corn

·         2 (15-ounce) precooked Schwebach Pinto Peans

Method

Heat a large, oiled, non-stick Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the squash and onion, and sauté 5 minutes. Add 1 cup water and the next 4 ingredients (1 cup water through chipotle); cover and cook 5 minutes. Add 1 1/2 cups water, salt, tomatoes, and tomato paste; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes. Add the corn and beans; cover and cook 15 minutes.

http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2006/02/winter-squash-stew-with-pinto-beans.html

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Website Update

Stay tuned as we release our Holiday Cheese baskets. We also offer Soap and Lotion Baskets. Under farmers blog you may find your weekly newsletter and recipes. http://www.theoldwindmilldairy.com

Food for Thought

Patience is the companion of wisdom.
Saint Augustine

 

Sincerely,

Farmer Ed.