Farmer John's Cookbook: The Real Dirt on Vegetables
  • Farmer John's Cookbook: The Real Dirt on Vegetables
  • Farmer John's Cookbook: The Real Dirt on Vegetables

Farmer John's Cookbook: The Real Dirt on Vegetables

by John Peterson, Angelic Organics, Staff of Angelic Organics
     
 

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Join the real food revolution with a true pioneer in the Community Supported Agriculture movement—Farmer John Peterson and his farm, Angelic Organics. Angelic Organics is a leader in community supported gardening and biodynamics, helping to connect people with their food, their farmers, and healthful living.

With exciting recipes grouped by season and by

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Overview

Join the real food revolution with a true pioneer in the Community Supported Agriculture movement—Farmer John Peterson and his farm, Angelic Organics. Angelic Organics is a leader in community supported gardening and biodynamics, helping to connect people with their food, their farmers, and healthful living.

With exciting recipes grouped by season and by vegetable, The Real Dirt Cookbook provides cooking tips, serving suggestions, and evocative descriptions of each dish, and teaches readers new ways to use a surplus of basil, cabbage, tomatoes, or whatever veggie is plentiful. Find new ways to use a huge variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs.

Also included in the book is an Illustrated Vegetable Identification Guide and tips on long-term vegetable and herb storage and preservation methods (such as freezing, drying, canning, and lactic acid fermentation). Whether you grow your own veggies, spend lingering mornings at the farmer’s market, or pluck your produce from shelves at the local supermarket, The Real Dirt Cookbook is an invaluable resource on growing, cooking, and storing real food.

Watch for the DVD release of The Real Dirt on Farmer John, the award-winning feature documentary film by Taggart Siegel, about the dramatic failure of Farmer John’s conventional farming operation and its resurrection into a thriving, organic CSA farm! Coming Spring 2006. Visit www.AngelicOrganics.com for more information.

“[Farmer John is] part of a movement that connects to the same movement that Alice Waters has helped lead and facilitate, coming from another part of the system.”

—Al Gore, in his introduction of The Real Dirt on Farmer John,
San Francisco’s Castro Theatre, June 2005

Lifelong farmer John Peterson runs Angelic Organics, one of the largest Community Supported Agriculture farms in the United States. John brings the discipline of farming in the Midwest to his winters of writing in Mexico. John’s essays have been featured in books and articles, including in The Sun, Growing for Market, Biodynamic Magazine, Lilipoh, and Community Farm News. John makes public presentations about farming to groups and conferences worldwide. He lives in Illinois.

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Publishers Weekly
Community-supported agriculture is an increasingly popular farm-marketing system where subscribers buy a portion of the harvest before the growing season begins and receive weekly boxes of diverse vegetables that vary throughout the season. Angelic Organics is one of the largest farms of this kind in the country, serving 1,200 shareholders in the Chicago area, and Peterson's cookbook is an outgrowth of the chatty, idiosyncratic newsletters he's been sending to his members every week since 1993. The book is arranged seasonally by crop, offering recipes and information on storing and preserving the exotic or misunderstood vegetables like sunchokes, rutabagas and kohlrabi. Familiar staples like corn, tomatoes and spinach are also represented, but jazzed up with an eclectic international pantry of condiments and spices. Interspersed with the cooking discussions are philosophical essays on biodynamic agriculture by and about the movement's founder, Rudolf Steiner. While the relevance of some sidebars is questionable-cooking tips from the farm cook, and excerpts from farm newsletters on weather, harvest records and equipment heartaches-they do help readers vicariously experience life on this unique farm in this farm kitchen bible presented with missionary zeal. (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423600145
Publisher:
Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date:
04/19/2006
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Baked Zucchini Halves
Stuffed with Wild Rice and Quinoa

Friend of the Farm

In this hearty recipe the classic combination of onion, celery, and cheese give plenty of robust flavor to the mixed grains, while zucchini provides the perfect juicy-firm base. Both wild rice and quinoa have a firm outer layer that splits during cooking to expose a soft kernel inside. In the case of quinoa, this layer twists and rolls so that each tiny, tender nugget ends up surrounded by a delicately crispy ring. Remember to rinse your quinoa thoroughly before you cook it, as rinsing will remove all traces of a naturally occurring coating that can make it taste bitter. This satisfying dish is an excellent accompaniment to roasted chicken or grilled fish. This recipe serves four to six as a side dish, and two to three as a main course.

1 large zucchini, halved lengthwise

1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa

1/2 cup cooked wild rice

1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (about 3/4 ounce)

1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil

1/2 cup chopped onion (about 1 medium onion)

1 rib celery, chopped

3/4 cup fresh bread crumbs

1 teaspoon salt

butter (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

2. Cut out the center from each half of the zucchini with a paring knife, being careful not to puncture the bottom or the sides; reserve the centers. Transfer the hollow halves, cut-side up, to a baking dish.

3. Coarsely chop the zucchini centers and put them in a large bowl. Add the quinoa, wild rice, and Parmesan. Stir until well combined.

4. Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and celery; cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in the bread crumbs and salt. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until the bread crumbs are well mixed in and heated through, about 1 minute.

5. Add the bread crumb mixture to the quinoa/rice mixture and combine well.

6. Stuff hollow zucchini halves with the quinoa/rice mixture. Cover with aluminum foil; bake for 40 minutes.

7. Remove the foil. If you wish, dot each half with a pat of butter. Continue baking until zucchini is very tender and the filling is golden brown, 10-20 minutes. Serve warm.

Serves 4 to 6

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