• Potato Leek Soup

    This soup is simple and delicious! We got the recipe from Mark Bittman’s excellent cookbook: How to Cook Everything. Ingredients 2 T butter or extra virgin olive oil 3 medium potatoes 3 leeks Salt and pepper to taste 4 cups chicken, beef or vegetable stock (or water) 1 cup of half and half or whole milk Directions Melt the butter or heat up the oil in a large pot. Add the vegetables. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until starting to soften, 2-3 minutes. Add the stock and adjust the heat so the soup gently bubbles. Cook until the vegetables are very tender, about 20 minutes. Puree in a…

  • Gazpacho

    Every year we look forward to fresh garden gazpacho (or salsa soup as we describe it to the kids). This cold soup is perfect for August. This recipe originally came from The New Best Recipe. We’ve altered it slightly. It makes quite a bit of soup, great for leftovers. Ingredients 3 medium tomatoes (1.5 lb) 2 bell peppers 2 small cucumbers (1 lb) Half of an onion 2 cloves garlic 2 tsp. salt 1/3 cup sherry vinegar Ground black pepper 5 cups tomato juice 1 tsp. hot sauce (optional) 8 ice cubes Extra-virgin olive oil for serving Directions Dice all the vegetables into approx. 1/4 inch cubes. Combine tomatoes, peppers,…

  • Classic Nicoise Salad

    Our Summer Picnic Box was inspired by an amazing Nicoise salad eaten by the ocean. Here’s a recipe (slightly altered) from the Food Network. Click here for the original recipe. Ingredients 1 pound potatoes, sliced 1/3 inch thick Kosher salt 2 T dry white wine 10 ounces green beans 4 eggs 1/4 cup white wine vinegar 2 T minced onion or shallot 2 tablespoons dijon mustard 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme or other fresh herbs Freshly ground pepper 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 8 cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered 1 head lettuce, leaves separated 2 5 1/2-ounce cans Italian or Spanish tuna packed in olive oil, drained 1/2 cup nicoise…

  • Chocolate strawberry pie

    This may be the most delicious dessert I’ve ever made. And it’s easy! No baking involved! Ingredients 12 ounces chocolate chips (I like to use bittersweet ghirardelli) 1 block silken tofu 1 graham cracker crust (I’m sure you could make this, but I bought it) Strawberries Heavy cream Maple syrup Directions Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler. At the same time, mash and cook down some of the strawberries (around a quart?) with a splash of maple syrup. When the chocolate chips are melted, take them off the heat and blend in the tofu. Pour the mixture into a graham cracker crust. Cover the top of the chocolate…

  • Black bean soup

    This soup is delicious, easy to make (though you have to get started early) and goes great with cornbread. Ingredients 2 T oil 1 onion, chopped 4 cloves garlic, crushed or minced 1 pint or 1 large can crushed tomatoes (or chopped fresh tomatoes) 1 T cumin 1 oregano 2 tsp salt 1 T chili powder 1 dash cayenne powder (optional) 2.5 cups dry black beans 8 cups water Directions Saute onion in oil. Stir in garlic, tomatoes and seasonings. Simmer 15 minutes to blend Add beans and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 2.5-3 hours until beans are soft.

  • Chicken barley soup

    Such a deeply satisfying and comforting soup. Ingredients 2-2.5 lb chicken thighs and drumsticks, or any chicken parts on the bones 1.3 lb potatoes 1.5 cups barley (or rice is good too) .5 lb carrots .5 lb onions Herbs, fresh or dried: oregano, sage, thyme, tarragon, others of your choice Salt and pepper Directions Boil chicken parts in water until you can easily get the chicken off the bones. Take chicken out of the water. Do not dump out the cooking water. Let the chicken cool until you can comfortably remove the meat from the bones and chop it into smallish pieces. Chop all veggies. Add all ingredients to the…

  • Sunday morning at Scratch Farm

    We love our nearly every Sunday morning breakfast tradition of Andy’s pancakes and smoothies eaten in front of our big windows, warm sunshine bathing us, hot tea and coffee in hand. We try to convince the kids to be quiet for a few minutes for NPR’s Sunday Puzzle. Sometimes friends come over to share breakfast with us. Sometimes we work on a crossword puzzle. Here’s what we eat… Smoothies We fill our freezers with summer berries, and this is one of our favorite ways to eat them. We blend or food process a banana with frozen strawberries, whole milk and a big spoonful of peanut butter. We don’t measure ingredients,…

  • Andy’s Deluxe Inside Out Grilled Cheese

    We know you probably don’t need a recipe for grilled cheese. But Andy’s grilled cheese is so good, we have to share. It goes great with our tomato soup! Ingredients Scratch Farm whole wheat pita bread Butter Cheddar (or cheese of your choice) Mayo (click here for a recipe to make your own) Mustard Thinly sliced onion Thinly sliced pickle Thinly sliced tomato (if you have one fresh from the garden) Directions Grease griddle or cast iron pan with butter. Cut pita in half the flat way and place one half, inside down, on the griddle. Add all the other ingredients. Add the other side of the pita, inside up.…

  • French Onion Soup

    This recipe comes from Alton Brown (with a few of our own suggestions). It’s a great way to use up a lot of onions, and it’s delicious! Ingredients 5 large onions (more if you’re using our onions, which are typically medium to small. We made this recipe once with a mix of onions and leeks and it was delicious). 3 T butter 1 tsp salt 2 cups white wine (or .25 cups bourbon and 1.75 cups water) 2.5 cups chicken stock (or any kind of stock you have) 1.25 cups apple cider Dried thyme and bay leaf Crusty bread Fontina, gruyere or swiss cheese Directions Halve onions lengthwise and finely…

  • Latkes

    This recipe is a reconstruction of Julia’s great-grandmother’s latke recipe. They are great made with our Daisy Gold potatoes and topped with applesauce and yogurt or sour cream! Ingredients 1.5 lbs potatoes 1 medium onion 2 eggs 1/4 cup flour 2 tsp salt Peanut oil Directions Grate one half of the potatoes coarsely with a handheld cheese grater or a food processor grating attachment. Then grate the onion, then the other half of the potatoes. Place layered potatoes and onions in a colander in the sink to drain for 20 minutes, periodically pressing out liquid with a bowl. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and add eggs, flour and salt.…