May 2, 2017
Howdy!

Welcome to May! The local farmers continue with more seasonal abundance and we’re ever-so thankful for the opportunity to bring these freshly-picked goods to your doorsteps. As always, thanks again for all the continued feedback, we love hearing which fruits and veggies are working best for you:)

Our Coffee-of-the-Month for May is in!  Let us know if you would like us to include a bag or two with your next delivery….more details about this month’s small-batch BLEND, roasted in Carpinteria: HERE.

Have a great week,

Ben & the HH Team

Just Harvested & In This Week’s Bins:

*Strawberries (Sunrise Organic Farm, Organic, Lompoc)

*Murcott Mandarins  (Galpin Family Farms, Reedley)

*Blackberries  (Chuy’s Berry Farm, Nipomo)

*Fava Beans (Santa Rita Flower Farm, Organic, Lompoc)

*White Carrots   (Alcantar Organics, Organic, Carpinteria)

*Yellow Spring Onions  (Sunrise Organic Farm, Organic, Loompoc)

*Red Butter Lettuce  (Sunrise Organic Farm, Organic, Loompoc)

*Italian Green Basil, clam (Alcantar Organics, Organic, Carpinteria)

Always lucky to have the top-notch offerings from the Salas family of Sunrise Organic Farm, who tend about 50 acres in Northern Santa Barbara County. Chuy Salas (26 years-old, pictured) has been surrounded by organic farming his whole life, learning the ways from his father who’s been the foreman at Givens Farm for over 30 years.
FAVA FUN! …a cult-like favorite in some circles, fava beans are loaded with protein, fiber, phyto-nutrients, folates and potassium. Around since ancient time, these were a major food of old Mediterranean civilizations, and also have been found in Egyptian tombs. Also known as broad beans, faba beans, field beans, bell beans, English beans, horse beans, Windsor beans, pigeon beans and tick beans. Require a bit more prep to get to that goodness…well worth it!

This Week’s Tips:

*Everything can go directly into the fridge except for the basil which can stay in the clamshell on your counter. Good idea to remove the tops from your carrots to the greens don’t pull the moisture from the roots. Always a good idea to give your lettuce a quick hydrating rinse and wrap in dishtowel before placing in the crisper. Berries are picked for PEAK ripeness, so be sure to enjoy pronto!

*ROASTED SPRING ONIONS: —> Peel the sweet onions, slice in half and toss them with olive oil to coat them, sprinkle them with salt and roast them in a 375°F oven until browned and tender, about 30 minutes. SO GOOD CARMELIZED!

*FAVA BEAN CENTRAL—-> Don’t know what to do with ‘em?…they can be enjoyed shelled and eaten raw, sauteed, or blended into a pesto. Favas make great additions to pastas, salads and soups.  Nine fava bean recipes HERE!

*FAVA BEAN VIDEO TIP—–> how to prep your favas, HERE

*EAZY PEEZY FAVAS—> leave the shelled beans inside the skin, hot-saute them in some olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper, and let each diner perform the final extraction of bean from skin with fingers and teeth.

This Week’s Recipes:

BLISTERED FAVA BEANS

INGREDIENTS

1 pound of fresh fava beans, still in their pods

large bowl of water

a few pinches of salt

optional: crushed red pepper flakes, lemon zest, and or chopped fresh herbs.

STEPS

In a large bowl of salted water, soak the fava beans (in shell) for 60 min. Strain.

Toss the fava bean pods with olive oil and salt. Arrange them in a single layer on a grill over medium-high heat. If you’re using a grill pan, you may need to cook them in batches. If I’m using an outdoor grill I don’t bother covering the favas, but when I use a grill pan, I typically cover the pan with a flat baking sheet to keep more of the heat in the pan and circulating. Grill until black and blistered on one side – 4 to 5 minutes, then flip and grill for a few minutes more on the other side.

If you aren’t sure when to pull them off, take a pod off the grill, open and taste one of the beans. You want the fava beans to be smooth and creamy when you pop them out of their skins – not undercooked. But keep in mind that they’ll keep steaming in their pods for a few minutes after they come off the grill, unless you eat them as soon as you can handle the pods without singing your fingers – which is what I encourage you to do :) Season the grilled favas with a bit more salt (if needed) and any herbs or lemon zest if you like.

To eat: tear open the puffy green pods, take a fava bean, pinch the skin and slide the bright green fava from its slipper. Eat them one at a time.

*adapted from 101cookbooks

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FAVA BEAN CROSTINI

INGREDIENTS

fresh fava beans, shelled

1 garlic clove, smashed

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling

Salt and freshly ground pepper

1/2-inch-thick slices of Italian bread

Lemon wedges, for serving

STEPS

Preheat the broiler. Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil. Add the beans and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Drain the beans and transfer to a bowl of ice water to cool. Drain, then peel and discard the tough outer skins.

In a food processor, puree the beans with the garlic, thyme, lemon juice and lemon zest. With the machine on, add 1/2 cup of the olive oil in a thin stream and process until smooth. Scrape the fava bean puree into a medium bowl and season with salt and pepper.

Brush the bread slices on both sides with the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil.

Arrange the slices on a baking sheet and broil about 4 inches from the heat for 1 minute per side, or until golden and crisp.

Spread the toasts with the fava bean puree and arrange the crostini on a platter. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and serve with lemon wedges.

*adapted from gourmet

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ROASTED FAVA BEANS w/ PECORINO

*no shelling required :)

INGREDIENTS

1 lb fava beans in the shell, washed

3 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp sea salt

Fresh cracked black pepper

Lemon

Baguette, sliced ¼” thick and toasted

3 oz wedge of pecorino

STEPS

Heat oven to 450 degrees. Toss fava beans with 1 tablespoon olive oil and salt. Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet and place in the hot oven. Roast 10 to 15 minutes or until the skin is blistered. Remove from the oven, allow cooling to the touch. Remove beans from the pods.

Drizzle favas with remaining olive oil and the juice of one lemon. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.

Shave pecorino over the top. Delicious atop butter lettuce and with a glass of Pinot Grigio. Serves 4.

*adapted from cuesa

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GARLIC & FAVA BEAN FRIED RICE

INGREDIENTS

2 eggs

1 tsp soy sauce

1 tsp toasted sesame oil

fresh garlic, minced

1 tsp minced fresh ginger

½ cup shredded kale

edamame, optional

cooked brown rice, chilled

2 Tbsp soy sauce

crushed red pepper (optional)

STEPS

In a small bowl beat eggs and 1 tsp. soy sauce; set aside. In a wok or large skillet heat toasted sesame oil over medium heat. Add egg mixture; stir gently until set. Remove egg; cool slightly. Using your hands, roll the cooked egg into a log. Using a sharp knife, slice the egg into strips; set aside.

In the same skillet heat oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic and ginger; cook for 30 seconds.Add edamame and cook for 2 minutes. Add rice and 2 Tbsp. soy sauce; cook and stir 2-4 minutes or until heated through. Add egg mixture and  cook and stir about 1 minute or until heated through. Top with crushed red pepper, if desired.

*adapted from justapinch

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FAVA BEANS, ROMAN STYLE

INGREDIENTS

Pancetta, one half-inch thick slice

3 pounds unshelled young fresh fava beans

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons onion, finely chopped

1/3 cup water

Black pepper, freshly ground

Salt

STEPS

1. Cut the pancetta into ¼-inch wide ribbons.

2. Shell the beans and wash in cold water.

3. Cook the onion in the oil until it becomes translucent, then add the pancetta strips and cook for 2 to 3 more minutes. Stir in beans and pepper. Add water and simmer, covered, on low heat for 8 to 10 minutes if the beans are young and tender, or up to 15 minutes if the beans are larger and tougher. Add extra tablespoons of water if necessary. When the beans are tender, add salt, and cook for a few more minutes uncovered until the last of the water has evaporated.

*adapted from EssentialsofClassicItalianCooking

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RICE PILAF w. SPRING ONION & FAVA

INGREDIENTS

1 garlic clove

1⁄2 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon lemon juice, fresh

1⁄4 cup olive oil

1-2 onions, finely chopped salt

pepper

1⁄2 teaspoon allspice

2 cups long grain rice

1⁄2 cup chopped carrots

1 cup fresh fava beans, blanched and peeled

2 1⁄2 cups chicken stock, hot

1⁄2 cup basil leaf

STEPS

On a cutting board, mash the garlic and 1/2 teaspoon salt together with the side of a knife until a paste forms. Place in a small bowl with the lemon juice and set aside.

Heat the oil in a heavy saucepan, then add the onions and sauté until they soften.

Season with salt and pepper to taste, and the allspice.

Add the rice, carrots, fava beans, and hot stock. Lower the heat, cover, and let simmer for 15 minutes.

Turn off the heat.

Remove the cover and add the garlic and lemon mixture, stirring to combine.

Cover and let rest for another 5 minutes.

Place the rice in a serving dish, sprinkle with the basil, and serve immediately.

*adapted from bonappetit

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QUICK COOKED CARROTS w/ BASIL

INGREDIENTS

1 bunch carrots (sliced diagonally)

1-2 onions, chopped

2 teaspoons olive oil

2 large garlic cloves (sliced thinly or 1 teasp crushed garlic from a jar)

2 tablespoons fresh basil (thinly sliced or chopped)

STEPS

Cook carrots in boiling water for for 2 -3 mins until tender but crisp or microwave if desired.

Drain and reserve 1/2 cup of liquid.

Combine the garlic, onions and oil in a nonstick pan and cook over a moderate heat until fragrant (you can smell the garlic).

Add the carrots and stirring, cook until well combined and hot, adding a little of the reserved cooking liquid if necessary.

Remove from the heat and stir in the basil.

Serve hot.

*adapted from 101cookbooks

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ROASTED CARROT & BASIL SOUP w/ BASIL & CAMMELIZED ONION GRILLED CHEESE

INGREDIENTS

1-2 bunch carrots, washed and cut into chunks

1-2 onions, cut into chunks

4 cloves garlic, unpeeled

2 tablespoons olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

3 cups chicken broth

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

Sour cream or Greek yogurt, for topping, optional

Grilled Cheese Dunkers, for serving, recipe follows

Grilled Cheese Dunkers:

1 1/4 cups shredded extra-sharp Cheddar

8 slices nice sourdough bread, quartered and crusts removed

STEPS

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Add the carrots, onions and garlic to a sheet tray, drizzle with the olive oil and season with a big pinch of salt and pepper. Toss everything together so it’s nice and coated. Roast until tender and golden brown in spots, about 45 minutes.

Add 4 cups of the chicken broth to a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Pop the garlic out of their skins and add to the sauce pan with the roasted carrots and onions. Simmer everything together for 15 minutes. Add the basil at the very end of cooking. Puree until smooth by adding in batches to a blender or by using an immersion blender. Add the remaining broth, a little at a time, when pureeing to loosen it up a bit.

Serve in bowls with some sour cream or Greek yogurt swirled in and Grilled Cheese Dunkers on the side.

Grilled Cheese Dunkers:

Heat a large nonstick pan over medium heat. Divide the cheese among 4 slices of the bread and top with the other 4 slices.  Add the sandwiches to the pan and cook until golden brown and the cheese is melted, 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Slice into dunkers and serve with the soup

Adapted from foodnetwork

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PANCETTA (BACON) & FAVA BEAN PASTA

INGREDIENTS

4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

4 ounces pancetta, thinly sliced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 pound dried spaghetti

12 fresh fava beans, shelled and peeled

1/2 cup white wine

1/2 cup vegetable broth

1 lemon, juice and zest divided

1  chopped  onion

Salt to taste

Black pepper

1/2 cup grated Parmesan, plus more for the table

STEPS

In a large pot, bring salted water to a boil.

In a large sauté pan, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add pancetta, and cook until slightly crispy, about 7 minutes. Add garlic, and cook for 1 minute.

Place spaghetti noodles in salted water pot and cook for 5 minutes, or until pasta is al dente.

In a sauté pan, add fava beans, white wine, onion and broth to sauté pan, and cook for 3 minutes, or until beans become tender.

Drain spaghetti, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Toss spaghetti in remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil.

Add spaghetti, onion, lemon zest, lemon juice,  to sauté pan, tossing to mix thoroughly. Add pasta water if pasta begins to stick to the bottom of the pan. Cook until heated through.

Season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide spaghetti into four bowls, and garnish with grated Parmesan.

*adapted from popsugarfood

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BASIL PESTO

INGREDIENTS

1 bunch fresh basil

1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated

1/4 cup pine nuts

1 garlic clove

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup olive oil

STEPS

Place all ingredients in a food processor and puree until smooth.

Serve on sandwiches, pastas or for a dip

*adapted from weelicious

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BERRY-BASIL HYDRATION

INGREDIENTS

berries

4-5 basil leaves

Sparkling water

STEPS

Add berries and basil to a pitcher. Top with sparkling water and stir well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Take out the basil before serving. Make a big load!!!

*adapted from archives

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