July 10, 2018

Hi Folks!

We hope you’re cooling down after that brutally hot weekend. Tip of the hat to the first responders of the Holiday Hill fire here in Goleta. Friday was one of the hottest days in recent memory for most folks, including Diane of Lily’s Eggs, who said that temps exceeded 114 at her Fillmore based farm and unfortunately she lost 100 chickens to the heat. Checking in with the growers this morning, it’s looking like most crops are already rebounding from the weekend, and the high temperatures have plants growing quicker than they have all year.  So that means lots of summer abundance will be coming quick, including more tomatoes, basils, stonefruit, peppers, corn, melons, eggplant and lemon cucumbers. Before the weekend we had our eye on some heirloom tomatoes from the team from Sunrise Organic Farm, but the heat caused about an acre loss of heirlooms….fortunately they have a new crop just behind it and will be back in action next week!

*Heat continues manana, friendly reminder that if you are planning on being away most of the day, feel free to leave out a cooler w ice packs and we’ll gladly transfer your produce to keep it NICE & FRESH!

Have a great week,

Ben & the HH team

Just Harvested & In This Week’s Bins:

*STARHAWK ROMAINE LETTUCE (Roots Organic Farm, Organic, Los Olivos)

*”T & O” PLUMS  (Galpin Family Farms, Reedley)

*ITALIAN ZUCCHINI  (Sunrise Organic Farm, Organic, Lompoc)

*STRAWBERRIES (Givens Farm, Organic, Santa Barbara)

*SLICING CUCUMBERS (Sunrise Organic Farm, Organic, Lompoc)

*RAINBOW CARROTS (Sunrise Organic Farm, Organic, Lompoc)

*PURPLE & GREEN BEANS  (Sunrise Organic Farm, Organic, Lompoc)

*BLACKBERRIES (Chuy’s Berry Farm, Nipomo)

This Week’s Tips:

*Everything can go directly into the fridge. Good idea to give your lettuce a hydrating rinse before wrapping in a dish towel and placing in crisper. Berries picked RIPE so enjoy asap :)

*MARTHA’S GOT ALL THE ZUC IDEAS: HERE

*HEAT WAVE CUCUMBER HYDRATION & HEALTH -→ perfect pickled or raw:

  • *Hydration…add slices of cucumber to your water bottle for hot weather hydration.
  • *As a “cracker”…use thick slices of cucumber in place of toasts or crackers when serving dips or spreads such as hummus or tzatziki.
  • *Slice thinly and toss with rice vinegar, salt, sesame seeds and pepper to taste.
  • *Add thick slices of cucs on sandwiches or chopped into salads.
  • *Relax & Revitalize:  slice cucs put on ‘em on your eyes.

This Week’s Recipes:

SESAME CUCUMBER SALAD

INGREDIENTS

•          2  cucumber

•          1 teaspoon salt

•          2 tablespoons distilled vinegar

•          1 tablespoon sesame oil

•          salt, pepper

•          1 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

STEPS

1.         Rinse, peel (if desired) and thinly slice cucumbers . In a bowl, mix cucumber with 1 teaspoon salt. Let stand until cucumber is wilted, about 45 minutes. Rinse and drain; squeeze excess liquid from cucumber and return to rinsed bowl.

2.         Add 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar, 1 tablespoon Asian sesame oil  and salt and pepper to taste. Serve at room temperature or cold.

3.         Shortly before serving, sprinkle salad with about 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds.

*adapted from smittenkitchen

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GREEN & PURPLE BEANS WITH ZUCCHINI AND BACON

There’s nothing like crisp-tender beans, onion and zucchini flavored with bacon. J

INGREDIENTS

1 1⁄4 lbs green beans, fresh

4 slices bacon, coarsely chopped

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

2 zucchini, medium sized, sliced 1 /4-inch thick

1⁄2 cup onion, finely chopped

1⁄4 teaspoon dried savory or 1⁄4 teaspoon thyme

salt

pepper

STEPS

Wash and snap green beans, then steam 3-4 minutes – should still be a bit firm.

Drain and set aside in covered bowl.

In large skillet, saute bacon until crisp, remove with slotted spoon and set aside.

To the skillet, add enough oil to make about 1-2 tbsp of fat in the pan and saute onion, zucchini and the savoury or thyme.

Cook over medium-high heat until crisp-tender (4 min) and stir in beans, bacon, salt and pepper and heat through.

*adapted from cookinggenius

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ZUCCHINI & BEAN SAUTEE

INGREDIENTS

•           1 tablespoon olive oil divided

•           1 large zucchini halved and thinly sliced

•           1/2 pound trimmed green beans cut in bite-sized pieces

•           salt and pepper to taste

•           pinch red chili flakes

•           2 tablespoons lemon juice

•           1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese feta or shredded parmesan – optional garnish

•           red chili flakes optional

STEPS

1.         Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and drizzle the olive oil. Add zucchini, green beans, salt and pepper to the pan.

2.         Sauté, stirring frequently, until vegetables become bright green and crisp-tender, about 7-9 minutes.

3.         Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice and garnish with cheese and red chili flakes to serve.

*adapted from thelemonbowl

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PASTA w ZUCCHINI & GREEN BEANS

INGREDIENTS

1 pound pasta: orecchiette, fusilli, rigatoni, etc

6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

2 pounds zucchini, trimmed, cut into 1/3-inch-thick slices

6 garlic cloves, chopped

1 handful beans

1/2 cup grated pecorino cheese, plus additional for sprinkling

STEPS

Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally. Drain, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid. Return pasta to pot.

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large skillet over high heat. Add zucchini; sauté until tender and beginning to brown, about 8 minutes. Then add beans for 2 min. Mix in garlic and oregano; remove from heat. Add zucchini mixture to pasta, adding reserved pasta cooking liquid by 1/4 cupfuls as needed to moisten. Add 1/2 cup cheese; stir until melted. Transfer to large bowl. Serve.

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SAUTEED SUMMER SQUASH

INGREDIENTS

2-3 squash

sliced onion

1 clove of garlic (minced)

2 tablespoons of butter or olive oil

salt

pepper

STEPS

Wash the squash and DRY THEM OFF COMPLETELY. Melt your butter (or olive oil) in a large silver skillet (NOT a non-stick skillet!) on medium-high heat. Once the butter  or oil is melted, add your onions, minced garlic and some salt.

Slice the squash into half-inch thick medallions. When the onions are tender, add the squash,, then scrape the skillet and shuffle the medallions around to make sure your onions are mostly on top of the squash and the squash are lying flat on the skillet.

Add more salt, a dash of pepper, and garlic salt, then shuffle it all around again. Now it’s important that you let the medallions sizzle for a while without stirring them around for a few minutes. Don’t worry about burning them — this is the only way to make them perfectly crispy. Wait about 4-5 minutes, then shuffle them around again to make sure all the squash are getting some flat face time on the skillet. Bump the heat up if you have any water in the skillet. Between stirrings, let them sizzle untouched for about 4-5 minutes. You’ll only need to shuffle them a few times, with plenty of sizzle time in between. Once you notice lots of the squash getting crispy brown edges, remove the skillet from the heat.

*adapted from 101cookbooks

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BBQ SUMMER SQUASH SPEARS

INGREDIENTS

fresh zucchini

salt, pepper and any seasoning you want to use

non stick spray or olive oil

a grill!

STEPS

Heat up your grill or cook whatever you are going to be eating for dinner.

Slice your zucchini into long spears.

Spray with non stick spray or drizzle with olive oil.

Sprinkle some seasoning over it (I love any kind of seasoning on my zucchini)

Lay directly on the grill (directly over the flames -if you are using a gas grill, you want to turn it down a bit)

Allow it to cook for about 5 minutes on one side. Then flip and cook for another 5 minutes.

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ORZO (OR QUINOA) SALAD w/ FETA, SQUASH

*easy to make a big batch and have cold for lunch

INGREDIENTS

4 teaspoons olive oil

3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

2 tablespoons water

1 medium zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch pieces

1 cup uncooked orzo pasta

STEPS

Cook orzo according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a small microwave-safe bowl, combine zucchini and water.

Cover and cook on high for 1 minute or until crisp-tender; drain.

Place in a large bowl. Add the squash, feta cheese, oil, salt and pepper; toss to coat. Salt and pepper to taste, serve warm or chilled. Yield: 5 servings.

*adapted from tasteofhome

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ZUCCHINI FRIES

INGREDIENTS

2 medium zucchini cut into 1/4-inch square 3-inch long sticks — like fries

olive oil

salt and pepper

STEPS

Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.

Arrange zucchini on nonstick cookie sheet and cover in olive oil. Sprinkle thyme, salt and pepper over the zucchini fries. Place in very hot oven and cook 15 to 18 minutes. Serve hot.

*adapted from 101cookbooks

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CHARRED MEXICAN-STYLE ZUCCHINI

INGREDIENTS

2-3 summer squash, sliced in half lengthwise and seeds removed

3 tablespoons olive oil

salt and red pepper flakes, to taste

1 cup queso, crumbled (Mexican cheese)

fresh cracked black pepper, to taste

ancho chili powder, for dusting

1 lime cut into 4 wedges

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STEPS

Turn oven onto broiler setting.  Place zucchini halves on baking sheet  cut side up.  Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and crushed red pepper flakes.  Place under the broiler until sizzling and well charred.  This could take 2 to 5 minutes depending on your broiler situation.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool while you assemble the topping.

In a medium bowl stir together queso, and a few grinds from the pepper mill.  Stir until evenly combined.

Top each zucchini half with a few spoonfuls of prepared filling.  Dust generously with ancho chili powder and serve immediately with wedges of lime.

*adapted from joythebaker

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ZUCCHINI RIBBONS

INGREDIENTS

3-4 squash

1 teaspoon olive oil

thinly vertically sliced red onion

1 garlic clove, minced

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

shaved fresh Parmesan cheese (optional)

STEPS

1.  Using a vegetable peeler, shave squash into ribbons to measure 5 cups. Discard seeds and core of squash.

2.  Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add squash, onion, and garlic; cook 4 minutes or until onion is tender, gently stirring occasionally.

3.  Remove from heat. Add salt, red pepper, and black pepper, and toss gently to combine. Sprinkle with cheese.

*adapted from nytimes

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