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Not only has Myra been growing organic food for over twenty...
Not only has Myra been growing organic food for over twenty years, she has been cooking with it, too. In Food to Live By she combines her twin food passions, serving up hundreds of recipes, ideas, shopping and cooking tips, health notes, and more. Illustrating the book are full-color photographs throughout that bring readers right into the breathtaking California sunshine.
This is perfect cooking for friends and family, packed with irresistible dishes for weeknight dinners and casual entertaining, festive breakfasts and fall picnics. Recipes are all about the ingredients and their intrinsic qualities, not fancy techniques or time-consuming steps. Marry chicken with three simple accompaniments— rosemary, lemons, and garlic—and it’s transformed. Heighten the flavor of a springtime fava bean and orzo salad with an unexpected fava bean “pesto.” Combine Meyer lemon juice and soy sauce to create a marinade, tenderizer, and sauce that results in a perfect grilled flank steak.
Food to Live By also includes a wealth of information about organic farming and how to make the wisest food choices; there are full-color Field Guides—to gourmet greens, apples, heirloom tomatoes, winter squash—and Farm Fresh ingredient guides to sorrel, corn, melons, avocados, organic poultry, asparagus, artichokes, ginger, and more, featuring what to look for plus care and handling. The book is a boon to food lovers.
During our first few years, Drew and I spent June through October harvesting raspberries from dawn until dusk. For our fledgling roadside stand to be successful, we had to find every ripe berry, carefully lifting each thorny branch to discover any that were hiding underneath the leaves. It takes patient, gentle hands to pick the soft berries without crushing them. Even a half-pint basket fills slowly when the berries are so small. I was also teaching myself how to cook during these early years. Raspberries were often my main ingredient as I looked for creative ways to avoid wasting a single one. Although a few of my cooking experiments were disasters, some turned out to be fabulous, and I continue to make them to this day.
Corn muffins made with raspberries were one of my biggest successes. Customers stopping at our stand for a basket of berries would buy my freshly baked muffins to enjoy on the way home. Decades later, some of those early customers still reminisce about the muffins’ moist, natural sweetness. Raspberry jam was another best-seller that I continue to make every year for my family. Raspberries have so much natural pectin that all they need is sugar and low, slow cooking to turn the fruit into a jam we enjoy all year long.
Of course, raspberries are equally at home on a dessert plate. For a special event, our friend Sarah’s Chocolate Soufflés with Raspberry Sauce is our all-time favorite. Or for an easy, healthy treat, my mom’s recipe for frozen raspberry yogurt churns out rosy pink with lovely berry bits.
Our original raspberry stand is long gone, but three rows of raspberry bushes still grow behind our house. Now berry picking is a way to relax with my family after work. Even our dog, Jack, joins us. He seems to be able to smell which berries are ripe and has taught himself to pull the berries off the low-hanging branches with his tongue and eat them.
Some of our bushes were transplanted to the Carmel Valley fields beside our Farm Stand, where they continue to thrive. After all these years, our loyal customers still buy baskets of our organic raspberries and a muffin from the Farm Stand’s Organic Kitchen to nibble on the road. I hope you’ll enjoy our raspberry muffins as much as they do and discover other fresh ideas for bringing this succulent berry into your own life.
Raspberry Corn Muffins
Drew and I grew and sold organic raspberries during our early farming years, and I often baked raspberry muffins using any berries we had left over. Through my kitchen window, I could see customers driving up to our raspberry stand, and I’d quickly wash the flour from my hands before going outside to greet them. If their timing was right, in addition to baskets of fresh raspberries, they could buy a still-warm, invitingly moist corn muffin, loaded with fresh raspberries, to eat on the way home.
MAKES 12 STANDARD-SIZE MUFFINS
Butter for greasing the muffin cups (unless using cupcake liners)
1 1/2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
1 cup finely ground yellow cornmeal
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 large eggs 1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup buttermilk
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 half-pint (about 11/4 cups) fresh raspberries or frozen (unthawed) unsweetened raspberries
1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 400°F. Butter 12 standard-size muffin cups or line them with cupcake liners.
2. Place the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl and whisk to combine well.
3. Place the eggs, honey, sugar, buttermilk, and melted butter in a small bowl and whisk to combine well. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir with a rubber spatula until just combined. Gently fold in the raspberries. Do not overmix the batter or the muffins will be tough. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling them almost to the brim.
4. Bake the muffins until they are golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center of one comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. 5. Place the muffin pan on a wire rack and let the muffins cool for about 10 minutes. Remove the muffins from the pan and serve warm. The muffins taste best the day they are made but, if necessary, they can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Reheat them in a microwave for about 10 seconds or in a preheated 350°F oven for 5 to 10 minutes.
The Time Is Ripe for Organic! . . ix
The Carmel Valley Farm Stand and Organic Kitchen. . xix
Why We’re Committed to Organic Foods and Farming .. xxiii
Chapter 1: It All Began with Raspberries . . . . 3
A delicious recipe tribute to the crop that got Earthbound Farm started. Begin the day with warm Raspberry Corn Muffins spread with fresh Apricot Raspberry Jam, and end it with creamy Raspberry-Lemon Crèmes Brûlées or Red Raspberry Ice Cream. What could be better?
Chapter 2: Soups . . . 25
Enjoy a full array of tempting, innovative soups any time of the year. Choices include Summer Harvest Soup, Sweet Corn Chowder, Golden Tomato Gazpacho, Tuscan White Bean Stew, Roasted Winter Squash Soup, Hearty Cauliflower Bisque, and Simply Chicken Soup.
Chapter 3: Leafy Green Salads . . . 63
There’s nothing like a selection of fresh leafy greens to enhance a meal. And they shine in Spring Mâche Salad with Kohlrabi, Radishes, and Peas; Baby Greens Salad with Grilled Figs and Walnuts; Grilled Caesar Salad; Roasted Beet and Arugula Salad; Farm Stand Greek Salad, and more.
Chapter 4: Meat and Poultry Main Dishes. . 111
Sizzling Steak and the Goodman Family Olive Sauce, Merlot-Braised Short Ribs with Cipollini Onions, Maple- Brined Pork Chops, Lamb Curry with Saffron Couscous, Kathy’s Rosemary- Roasted Chicken, and Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wraps are just a small sampling of the surefire winners in this chapter.
Chapter 5: Fish and Shellfish . . . 159
Although there are no USDA standards for organic seafood, there are still plenty of reasons to enjoy the health benefits of flavorful fish dishes like Ginger Lime Salmon, Roasted Halibut in Mediterranean Green Sauce, and Seared Tuna with a Fennel-Coriander Crust. And for shellfish lovers, there’s Grilled Shrimp with Tropical Salsa, a savory Monterey Cioppino, and more.
Chapter 6: Pasta and Vegetarian Main Dishes. . . 183
Inviting pasta dishes to add to your repertoire include Grilled Vegetable Lasagna, Ziti with Ratatouille, and Creamy Macaroni and Three Cheeses. Plus prepare a luscious “Wild” Mushroom Ragout with Polenta, Stir-Fried Tofu with Green Beans and Shiitake Mushrooms, and a Fresh Tomato Pizza.
Chapter 7: Side Dishes . . 221
Roasted Balsamic Artichokes, Sautéed Ginger Baby Bok Choy, Summer Corn Pudding, Blue Cheese Smashed Potatoes, Garlicky String Beans, Creamed Parmesan Spinach, and Provençal Tomato, Eggplant, and Zucchini Tian— are a few of the sides that are so good, you may just want to make a meal of them.
Chapter 8: Breakfast and Brunch . 277
Great dishes to start the day include Earthbound Farm’s Famous Maple Almond Granola, Apple Nut Pancakes, Spanish Egg “Soufflé Cake,” a Classic Omelet, and Mama Fries. And
Posted March 13, 2007
Myra Goodman and her husband, over 20 years ago, began their farm by offering passers-by a taste of their organic raspberries. Today, they own and operate the world¿s largest grower of organic produce. Food to Live By encourages readers to embark on a healthier way of life. Through organic food, people can live a cleaner life. This is not confined to only vegetarianism, but to meat, produce, wine and more. Packed with color photos of Earthbound Farm, as well as the recipes, this book teases the reader into trying easy-to-prepare, healthy recipes that packed with originality. If you are pressed for time, Goodman offers shortcuts by using organic packaged products, so you can have the flavor and health without the guilt. Included in this book are guides to greens, squash and more. Similar to The Organic Cook¿s Bible (by Jeff Cox, Wiley, April 2006, ISBN: 0471445789), but with more recipes. Delicious encounters within this book are: Chicken Piccata, Pumpkin Pecan Muffins, Portuguese Kale Soup, and Apricot and Almond Tart.
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