Apple


From the Dec 17, 2010 co-op newsletter, courtesy of Mary Duman:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 c. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1/2 t. (packed) grated lemon peel
  • 1 large fresh fennel bulb, trimmed, halved, very thinly sliced
  • 1 Fuji apple, halved, cored, cut into matchstick-size strips
  • 6 cups trimmed arugula leaves
  • 2 mandarin oranges or tangerines, peeled, each cut crosswise into 3 slices
  • Pomegranate seeds

Directions:

  • Whisk first 4 ingredients in small bowl. Season dressing with salt and pepper.
  • Combine fennel and apple in medium bowl; mix in 3 T.  dressing.
  • Place arugula in large bowl.
  • Add fennel-apple mixture.
  • Toss, adding more dressing to taste.
  • Divide salad among 6 plates.
  • Garnish each with 1 mandarin orange slice and sprinkle with pomegranate  seeds.
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From the October 8 co-op newsletter, courtesy of Kim Vodden:

Ingredients:

  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled, seeds removed, chopped
  • 1 to 2 tart green apple, peeled, cored, chopped
  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • Pinches of nutmeg, cinnamon, salt and pepper

Directions:

  • Combine butter, onion, and carrot in large saucepan.
  • Cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add squash, apple, and broth.
  • Bring to boil.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes or until squash is soft.
  • Puree.
  • Add spices to taste.

Some Variations:

  1. Instead of 3 cups broth, use 1 cup broth, 1 cup apple cider/juice, 1 cup heavy cream. Cook the veggies in the broth/juice combo and stir the heavy cream in after apple & squash mixture.
  2. You could add 1 yam or sweet potato for added smoothness and a more intense flavor. Also, you could roast the squash in the oven – slice in 1/2, cover with olive oil and salt and pepper put on foil.(400 degrees approx 35 min). This will add character to the soup, and save you the tedious task of trying to peel a squash.
  3. Some additional spice varieties: curry (to taste), sage (to taste – use fresh) & 1/2 C brown sugar, rosemary (2 whole sticks in there while you’re boiling the squash. Remove before blending).

From the July 2 Co-op newsletter:

Ingredients:

  • 2 pints fresh loquats, ripe
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup apricots
  • 1 cup Fuji apple (½ apple), shredded
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon fresh garlic
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 tablespoon dark floral honey
  • 2-½ tablespoons brown sugar

Directions:

Wash, peel and seeds the loquats. Place them in a bowl and coat them with 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and the juice of
half a lemon juice. Let sit 15 min. Remove the pits from the apricots. Coarsely chop them and set aside.

In a deep saucepan, heat the oil. Add the cumin and fennel seeds. Once the seeds start popping in the hot oil, add the shallots and cook for about 2 minutes until they’re translucent.

Add the loquats, apricots, shredded apples, ginger garlic paste, dry mustard, paprika and red chili powder. Cook over high heat for about 2 minutes until some fruits caramelize and add vinegar, molasses, honey and the rest of the brown sugar. Season with a little salt.

Bring to a boil then immediately reduce the heat to a gentle simmer. Cook for about 15-20 additional minutes. Stir occasionally.

Finish with lemon juice. Bring one last time to a rolling boil, then turn off the heat.

Serve with grilled chicken & basmati rice

Recipe from Joy Ray:

In an unbuttered glass baking dish, put:
– The rhubarb, cut into 1-inch pieces – about 2 cups
– Strawberries (I used 1.5 pints, the amount I had left), cut up into
halves or quarters
– 3 apples, peeled and cored and chopped into 1-inch bits

Mix together 1/2 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon corn starch or flour and
mix this in with the fruit.

For the topping, mix:
– 3/4 cup flour
– 3/4 cup sugar
– pinch of salt
– 1 stick cold butter cut up into small pieces

Chop these together in a food processor or in a bowl with 2 knives
till it is the consistency of breadcrumbs (not mixed too well).

Spread the topping over the fruit and bake the whole thing at 375 for
60 minutes or until the topping is golden brown.

I originally added the apples just to “beef up” the fruit a little –
but the flavor of all 3 things together is really nice.