“Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.”
I’m worried about our trees. When I look at the tree line – so many of them are starting to turn brown. It is alarming. I am hopeful, but I am worried.
Farm News: A little of much needed rain today. Maybe 1/8 inch. We have 18 out of 59 calves on the ground. One born dead yesterday. Looked like a little pig. No hair. Premature. No cow around it. It is still a mystery.
What’s in the bucket: broccoli, carrots, red bibb lettuce, kale, collard greens, islander pepper, savoy or red cabbage, beets.
What’s at market: cabbage, broccoli, carrots, greens, red bibb lettuce, beets. Circle S Farm beef: cube steak, ground beef, roasts. Finally fall special: buy one roast (chuck or rump roast) get 1 bunch carrots and 1 bunch kale free.
Following – a kale caesar salad – delish
The Best Kale Salad You’ll Ever Have
by Phoebe Lapine
Most people can agree that comfort food doesn’t usually involve lettuce. But if you top lettuce with creamy dressing and a large handful of Parmesan, that’s another story entirely. I crave this Caesar salad as much as fried chicken, and with a few tweaks here and there, it’s healthier than the classic versions you’re used to, in addition to being absolutely delicious.
What makes this kale Caesar both healthier and tastier than any you’ve ever eaten is the dressing. There’s no egg and not much cheese—instead, it gets its creamy Caesar-like texture from a whole head of roasted garlic, which acts as an emulsifier, thickener, and general yumminess-inducer. It gets its funky, punchy Caesar flavor from the capers, anchovies and Dijon. Dig in!
Recipe: Kale Caesar Salad with Roasted Garlic Dressing
Makes 4 side servings
1 bunch dinosaur or lacinato kale
1/4 cup coarse fresh breadcrumbs or croutons
1 tbsp. olive oil
1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for sprinkling over salad
1/2 cup roasted garlic Caesar dressing (recipe follows)
Remove the thick stalks from the center of the kale. Pile the leaves on top of one another and roll together into a cigar. Cut the kale into thin ribbons.
Preheat the oven to 400F. Toss the breadcrumbs together with the olive oil in a small mixing bowl and spread in an even layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Toast in the oven until golden brown and crisp, about 5 minutes.
In a large mixing bowl, toss the kale together with the dressing. Add the Parmesan cheese and toss again. Divide among four plates, and top with the breadcrumbs, plus a bit more cheese, if you’d like.
For the Roasted Garlic Caesar Dressing (makes about 3/4 cup):
1 head garlic
Juice of 1 lemon (about 1/4 cup)
1 tbsp. capers
2 anchovy filets
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. salt
Preheat the oven to 400F.
Remove the outer layers from the head of garlic so the individual cloves are exposed. Chop off the top 1/4 inch of the head so you can see the raw cloves within their skins.
Place on a 9×13 sheet of foil, drizzle with olive oil, and wrap so the packet is tightly sealed. Roast in the oven for 30 minutes, until the cloves are soft to the touch. Remove from the foil packet and allow to cool.
When cool enough to touch, squeeze the cloves out of their skins and add to a food processor. Puree the garlic along with the lemon juice, mustard, salt, and 1/3 cup olive oil. Taste and add more oil as necessary to reach the consistency you like. (This should be a thick dressing, with a punch of acidity.) Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
Happy Fall, Happy Eating and Thanks for buying local food from Circle S Farm!