The Berkshires Farm Table Cookbook: 125 Homegrown Recipes from the Hills of New England

The Berkshires Farm Table Cookbook: 125 Homegrown Recipes from the Hills of New England

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Overview

The best of the Berkshires’ homegrown food from noted farms to esteemed kitchens

The Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts are famous for their unique culture, from scenic views to artistic and literary attractions. But in addition to the region’s classic landmarks, the Berkshires also boast an impressive number of family-run farms. Together with local restaurants, these farms add another feature to Berkshires culture: heartwarming and homegrown food.

Telling the story of family-run agriculture through the language of food, The Berkshires Farm Table Cookbook offers 125 recipes to recall the magic of the Berkshire region for readers far and wide. Sweet Corn Pancakes, Carrot Soup with Sage and Mint, Confetti Vegetable and Goat Cheese Lasagna, and more celebrate the lush landscape of the western New England area. Complete with farm profiles and vibrant photographs, The Berkshires Farm Table Cookbook paints a vivid portrait of the relationship between the earth and what we eat.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781682684528
Publisher: Countryman Press, The
Publication date: 05/19/2020
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 144,630
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Elisa Spungen Bildner is a former lawyer, journalist, and CEO of a perishable food manufacturing company. She is also a professionally trained chef.

Robert Bildner is a former lawyer who grew up in a food family and went on to found several food companies that helped local farmers bring product to market. He photographed the farms and restaurants in this book. Elisa and Rob have lived in the Berkshires for 35 years.

Brian Alberg is the vice president of culinary development for Main Street Hospitality Group and formerly Executive Chef of their Red Lion Inn property.

Table of Contents

Introduction 13

A Note on the Recipes 17

Breskfast

Sweet Corn Pancakes (Howden Farm) 19

Moon In The Pond Farm 20

Farm Hash with Poached Eggs (Moon In The Pond Farm) 22

"Red-Eye" Sausage Gravy for Eggs or Biscuits (East Mountain Farm) 23

East Mountain Farm 24

Deerfield Farm 25

Shiitake Mushroom Frittata with Goat Cheese (Deerfield Farm) 26

Balsamic Stone Fruit over Yogurt (Leahey Farm) 29

Hawthorne Valley Farm Camp Oatmeal (Hawthorne Valley Farm) 29

Hawthorne Valley Farm 30

Any-Kind-of Berry Muffins (Hawthorne Valley Farm) 32

Haven's Morning Glory Muffins (Haven Cafe & Bakery) 33

Salads

Kale and Peanut Salad (Holiday Brook Farm) 35

Ted Dobson, former owner of Equinox Farm 36

Frisée, Arugula, and Tart Apple Salad (Ted Dobson, former owner of Equinox Farm) 37

Ioka Valley Farm 38

Maple Dijon Vinaigrette (Ioka Valley Farm) 39

Watercress, Apple, and Cucumber Salad (Wolfe Spring Farm) 40

Wolfe Spring Farm 41

Farm Bounty Salad (Mighty Food Farm) 42

Feta and Roasted Beet Salad (Cricket Creek Farm) 43

Tomato, Peach, and Cucumber Salad (Hawk Dance Farm and Rawson Brook Farm) 45

Watermelon and Feta Salad (Dave's Melons) 46

Kohlrabi Slaw (Caretaker Farm) 47

Rawson Brook Farm 48

Raw Slaw (Et Cetera Farm) 49

Salad with Goat Cheese-Stuffed Potatoes (Rawson Brook Farm) 50

Warm Potato Salad (North Plain Farm and Blue Hill Farm, Leahey Farm) 52

Taco Salad (Indian Line Farm) 52

Soups

Dave's Melons 55

Chilled Melon and Mint Soup (Dave's Melons) 56

Chilled Sweet Corn Soup (Howden Farm) 57

Easy Gazpacho (Caretaker Farm) 58

Roasted Garlic Tomato Soup (Indian Line Farm) 59

Indian Line Farm 60

Celery Root Soup with Granny Smith Apple (Indian Line Farm) 62

Woven Roots Farm 63

Carrot Soup with Sage and Mint (Woven Roots Farm) 65

Clear Shiitake Mushroom Soup (Deerfield Farm) 66

Chilled Zucchini and Roasted Tomato Soup (Chez Nous) 66

Mighty Food Farm 68

Velvety Zucchini Soup (Mighty Food Farm) 69

Et Cetera Farm 70

Miso Soup with Daikon Radish (Et Cetera Farm) 71

Bizen Gourmet Japanese Cuisine & Sushi Bar 72

Vegetable Nabe with Kale (Bizen Gourmet Japanese Cuisine & Sushi Bar) 73

Bean Soup with Smoked Ham Hock (East Mountain Farm) 75

Kale, Sausage, and White Bean Soup (Climbing Tree Farm) 76

Chicken Soup, Three Ways (Square Roots Farm) 77

Roasted Stock (Moon In The Pond Farm) 79

Vegetables

Holiday Brook Farm 81

"Burnt" Carrots (Holiday Brook Farm) 83

Brussels Sprouts with Smoked-Almond Butter (Indian Line Farm) 84

Wildstone Farm 84

Swiss Chard Gratin (Wildstone Farm) 86

Butternut Squash Gratin (Mighty Food Farm) 87

Hawk Dance Farm 88

Mashed Cauliflower with Chives (Hawk Dance Farm) 89

Roasted Baby Turnips with Swiss Chard and Dijon (Hawk Dance Farm) 90

Grilled Harissa Cauliflower with Corn and Avocado Relish (Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health) 91

Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower (Holiday Brook Farm) 92

Southern-Style Collard Greens (Mighty Food Farm) 93

Celery Root Puree (Indian Line Farm) 93

Blistered Green Beans with Dijon Vinaigrette (The Red Lion Inn) 94

Caretaker Farm 95

Rutabaga Latkes (Caretaker Farm) 96

Savory Beet Latkes (Hawk Dance Farm and Rawson Brook Farm) 98

Chunky Homemade Applesauce (Riiska Brook Orchard) 100

Mezze Bistro + Bar 101

Farm Egg with Peas, Fava Beans, Garlic Scapes, and Zucchini (Mezze Bistro + Bar) 102

Vegetable Ratatouille with Basil Gremolata (The Berry Patch) 104

Corn and Mushroom Conserva (Howden Farm) 105

Howden Farm 106

Corn, Feta, and Summer Savory Fritters (cafeADAM) 107

Rhubarb Compote (Moon In The Pond Farm) 108

Baked Eggplant with Tomatoes, Mozzarella, and Basil (Holiday Brook Farm) 109

Berkshire Bounty Farm 110

Kimchi Summer Rolls (Berkshire Bounty Farm and Hosta Hill) 112

Stir-Fried Bok Choy (Et Cetera Farm) 113

Kabocha Squash Tempura (Bizen Gourmet Japanese Cuisine & Sushi Bar) 114

Sandwiches, Pizza, and Savory Pies

Cricket Creek Farm 117

Open-Faced Grilled Cheese (Cricket Creek Farm) 118

Hosta Hill 120

Tempeh Reuben (Hosta Hill and Starving Artist Cafe & Creperie) 121

Roasted Asparagus and Lemon Ricotta Tartines (Wolfe Spring Farm) 122

Starving Artist Cafe & Creperie 123

Portobello and Spinach Crepes (Starving Artist Cafe & Creperie) 124

Pizza Dough 126

Good Dogs Farm 127

Greek Salad Pizza (Good Dogs Farm) 129

Roasted Zucchini and Cherry Tomato Pizza (Berkshire Bounty Farm) 130

Savory Piecrust 131

Caramelized Onion Galette with Blue Cheese and Carrots (Woven Roots Farm and High Lawn Farm) 132

Yellow Squash and Spinach Quiche (Mighty Food Farm) 133

Leek Tarts with Chèvre (Rawson Brook Farm) 134

Pasta, Grains, and Beans

Carrot Gnocchi (Woven Roots Farm) 137

John Andrews Farmhouse Restaurant 138

Ricotta Gnocchi with Butternut Squash and Sage Brown Butter Sauce (John Andrews Farmhouse Restaurant) 139

Michael Ballon, owner of the former Castle Street Café 142

Fettuccine with Blue Cheese (Michael Ballon, owner of former Castle Street Café and High Lawn Farm) 143

Whole Wheat Penne with Vegetables and Herbed Ricotta (Wolfe Spring Farm) 143

Ditalini Pasta with Sugar Snap Peas and Pancetta (or Mushrooms) (The Red Lion Inn) 145

Pasta with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives, and Capers (Berkshire Bounty Farm) 146

Pasta Bolognese (Mezze Bistro + Bar) 146

Confetti Vegetable and Goat Cheese Lasagna (Rawson Brook Farm) 148

Mushroom Ragout over Pasta, Rice, or Polenta (Prairie Whale) 150

Asian Stir-Fry with Baked Tofu over Rice (Berkshire Bounty Farm) 152

Shiitake Mushroom Risotto (Deerfield Farm) 153

Chez Nous 154

Einkorn Risotto with Oven-Roasted Tomatoes and Garlic (Chez Nous) 156

Chili with Chorizo and Butternut Squash (Holiday Brook Farm) 158

Bean Chili (Caretaker Farm) 159

Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health 160

Pinto Bean, Butternut Squash, and Corn Curry (Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health) 162

Prairie Whale 163

Local Braised Beans (Prairie Whale) 164

White Bean Dip (Good Dogs Farm) 165

Poultry and Fish

When Pigs Fly Farm 167

Chicken Cacciatore with Polenta (When Pigs Fly Farm) 168

Garlic Chicken (Wildstone Farm) 170

Chef Brian Alberg, The Red Lion Inn and Main Street Hospitality 171

Chicken Pot Pie (The Red Lion Inn) 172

Aloo Gobi (With or Without Chicken) (Hawk Dance Farm) 174

Square Roots Farm 175

Grilled Turkey Breast Paillard (Square Roots Farm) 176

The Dream Away Lodge 178

Crispy-Skin Salmon (The Dream Away Lodge) 180

The Old Inn On The Green 181

Pan-Seared Massachusetts Striped Bass (The Old Inn On The Green) 182

Diver Scallops with Cauliflower (John Andrews Farmhouse Restaurant) 183

Meat

Lamb Ragu (Moon In The Pond Farm) 187

North Plain Farm and Blue Hill Farm 188

Grilled Grass-Fed Top Round London Broil (North Plain Farm and Blue Hill Farm, Leahey Farm) 190

Leahey Farm 192

cafeADAM 193

Braised Beef Shanks with Eggplant and Scarlet Runner Beans (cafeADAM) 194

Stuffed Collard Greens Golabki-Style (When Pigs Fly Farm) 196

Braised Pork Shoulder (Climbing Tree Farm) 197

Climbing Tree Farm 198

Maple-Cured Pork Tenderloin (Ioka Valley Farm and East Mountain Farm) 200

Desserts and Breads

Warm Cranberry Cobbler (Michael Ballon, owner of the former Castle Street Café) 203

German Plum Kuchen (The Dream Away Lodge) 204

The Berry Patch 205

Blueberry Crisp (The Berry Patch) 206

Sweet Piecrust 207

Apple Pie (Riiska Brook Orchard) 208

Riiska Brook Orchard 209

Blueberry Pie (Mountain Pasture Farm) 210

Strawberry Pie (The Berry Patch) 212

Dutch-Style Strawberry Rhubarb Pie (The Berry Patch) 213

Kabocha Squash Cake with Maple Butter Drizzle (John Andrews Farmhouse Restaurant) 214

Maple Cheesecake with Pecan Topping (Ioka Valley Farm) 215

High Lawn Farm 218

Chocolate Ganache with Dried Cranberries (High Lawn Farm) 219

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting (Haven Cafe & Bakery) 220

Haven Cafe & Bakery 223

Farm Camp Brownies (Hawthorne Valley Farm) 224

Indian Pudding (The Red Lion Inn) 225

Pumpkin Crème Brûlée (Ioka Valley Farm) 226

Rosemary Popovers (The Red Lion Inn) 227

Parsnip (or Carrot) Bread (Hancock Shaker Village) 228

Pumpkin Bread (Hancock Shaker Village) 228

Apple Bread (Riiska Brook Orchard) 230

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Almond Bread (Mighty Food Farm) 231

Glazed Blueberry Lemon Bread (Mountain Pasture Farm) 232

Mountain Pasture Farm 233

Acknowledgments 235

Index 236

Customer Reviews