Recipes

Butternut Enchiladas

This recipe skips the rolling and just layers butternut slices and corn tortillas.  The kale is optional.  The best way to peel a butternut squash is with a right-angle vegetable peeler.  You can adjust the ratio of hot to milder … Continue reading

Savoy Cabbage-Lentil Salad with Walnuts

This is a hearty winter salad that you can make a meal out of if you like. The soft lentils contrast nicely with the crunchy vegetables. Rinse 1/2 C. of french lentils then cook in salted water until they are … Continue reading

Bok Choy Kale Soup with Udon Noodles

It may not feel like January while the sun is shining, but when dinnertime rolls around it’s still soup weather.  You can add tofu or other protein sources to this recipe to make it even heartier. Clean and finely mince … Continue reading

Dino Kale Toast with Poached Eggs

Lacinato or “Dinosaur” Kale is the chewiest of all the kales we grow, and lends itself to cooking under intense heat to soften it up.  I personally do not like kale salads made with this variety as it doesn’t seem … Continue reading

Recipe:  Potato-Leek Gratin

  Baking leeks under other vegetables this way tranforms them into a molten mass of goodness.  Serve this dish at a holiday party and watch people devour it.  Or just have it for dinner yourself with a big salad. Cut … Continue reading

Spicy Roasted Carrots and Gold Beets

Carrots and beets are difficult to cook in a frying pan.  In the oven, they are super easy.  This recipe is like a dry curry, but roasted instead of sauteed.  There are two serving alternatives outlined below. Scrub 6 carrots … Continue reading

Korean-style Spinach with Asian Pears and Roasted Broccoli.

Right now I am pretty much addicted to broccoli roasted with chili paste.  The hardest part about this recipe is not eating all the broccoli before you combine it with the other ingredients. Cut the florets off 1 lb. of … Continue reading

Afghan-Style Butternut with Yogurt Sauce

This filling, healthy vegetarian main course is always made with eggplant, but butternut fills in easily. Cut the long part of 1 butternut squash off and peel it with a vegetable peeler.  Cut into half inch thick rounds.  If the … Continue reading

Cabbage and Carrot Salad with Peanut Dressing

Soak one 4 ounce package of bean thread noodles in hot water to cover for 10 minutes or until soft.  Drain and rinse, then cut into smaller pieces. Cut the leaves off 1 leek, then slice it in half and … Continue reading

Acorn Squash Souffle Cups

Not nearly as complicated as a real souffle, this savory recipe comes together in minutes and then goes into the oven. Preheat the oven to 375. Cut 1 acorn squash in half and rub the insides with olive oil and … Continue reading

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“Big” News

Scale is a hot topic when people discuss agriculture.  In the media, and in certain circles, “big farms” is a derogatory term often associated with ecological destruction and social injustice. What is a big farm and what is a small … Continue reading

Certainly Uncertain

This is the time of year when we at Terra Firma have a few moments to sit back and think about things we might want to do differently in the coming year.  It is much, much easier, however, to conduct … Continue reading

Miracle Cures from the Soil

Dirt was in the news last week.  Scientists at Northeastern University in Massachusetts appear to have isolated a brand new type of antibiotic found in the soil in a farm field in Maine.  Teixobactin is said to aggressively kill even … Continue reading