Thursday, August 29, 2019

Lima Bean Soup

4 strips of bacon
3 medium carrots, sliced
2 celery ribs, sliced
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp dried oregano
3 cans (14.5 oz) chicken broth
4 cups lima beans
2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
1 cup half-and-half

Slice bacon into small pieces. Add to a soup pot over medium heat, stirring until the fat is rendered and the bacon is crisp. Remove the bacon, leaving the fat in the pot.
Add carrots, celery, onion, pepper, salt, pepper, and oregano to pot. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes.
Pour in chicken broth and lima beans, along with potatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer covered for 25 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.
Add half-and-half. Heat through, but do not boil. Stir frequently.
Sprinkle with bacon right before serving.

Serves 12. 

Recipe from the Delaware Department of Agriculture

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Cherry Tomato Sauce

3 quarts cherry tomatoes, halved
4 garlic cloves, peeled
10 large basil leaves, coarsely chopped
1 Tbs balsamic vinegar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
2 Tbs olive oil, divided

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line 2 large baking trays with foil. Drizzle with 1 1/2 Tbs olive oil
Place cherry tomatoes cut side up on trays in a single layer. Place 2 garlic cloves on each tray. Evenly sprinkle basil leaves between the two trays. Sprinkle balsamic vinegar, salt, sugar, and remaining olive oil on top.
Roast for 20-30 minutes, until tomatoes are tender. Remove from oven.
Using a food processor or blender, process roasted tomatoes, garlic, and basil until it reaches your desired consistency. The sauce is thick.
Use immediately or freeze.

Serves 12

Recipe from the Delaware Department of Agriculture

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Watermelon Gazpacho

2 cups seedless watermelon, diced
2 cups orange juice
2 Tbs olive oil
1 seedless cucumber, diced
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 small red onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalopeno pepper, seeded and minced
3 Tbs lime juice
2 Tbs fresh parsley
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Process 1/2 cup of watermelon, orange juice, and oil in a blender or food processor until pureed. Transfer to a bowl, along with remaining ingredients. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Serves 6

Recipe from the Delaware Department of Agriculture

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Watermelon Strawberry Sorbet

5 cups seedless watermelon, cubed and frozen
1 1/4 cups frozen strawberries
1/2 cup cold water
3/4 cup sugar
2 Tbs lemon juice

Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.
Scrape down sides and incorporate. If mixture is too thick, add 1 Tbs of water at a time until you reach desired consistency.
Serve immediately, or place in a freezer safe container and freeze until ready to serve.

Serves 4

Recipe from the Delaware Department of Agriculture

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Lima Bean Summer Salsa

3 cups lima beans
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1/3 cup chopped cilantro, stems removed
1 green bell pepper, chopped
4 Tbs lime juice
1/8 tsp fresh cracked pepper
1/8 tsp salt

Cook lima beans in boiling water until tender. Remove from stove, drain, and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process
Place limas in a bowl in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes to cool
Combine lima beans with the other ingredients. Stir well
Serve chilled with tortilla chips

Serves 4.  154 calories/serving

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Tomato, Feta, and Basil Salad

1 pint of cherry tomatoes, diced
1 small cucumber, chopped (peeling optional)
3 green onions or 1/4 red onion, chopped
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, cut into thin strips
3 Tbs olive oil
2 Tbs balsamic vinegar
3 Tbs crumbled Feta cheese
Salt & ground pepper, to taste

In a large bowl, toss together all the ingredients. Season with salt and pepper to taste.