Bountiful Blessings Farm Produce

  (Hinckley, Illinois)
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Getting Ready for Spring - Leek and Potato Soup

This past week at the Bountiful Blessings Farm has been filled with preparation for Spring. We finished the construction of our new high tunnel. All we have left to do is hang the doors and backfill. It is exciting to see the progress as we anticipate seeding and growing for this year’s produce season. The seeds have all been ordered; the soil has been prepared; the seed room erected; flats ready; many seeds have arrived; most everything is ready to go! The days are getting longer and the work is multiplying. Once again, the folks at Bountiful Blessings Farm Produce are ready to grow a wonderful crop and to serve our local friends and neighbors with fresh veggies! In the meantime, here is a wonderful recipe for Leek and Potato Soup:

 

Leek and Potato Soup

4 Tbsp. – unsalted butter

1lb - leeks, trimmed and finely sliced

1 ½ lb - potatoes, roughly chopped

1 ½ pt - vegetable stock

4 - Sprigs of fresh rosemary

1 ½ cups – Whole milk

2 Tbsp. - chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

2 Tbsp. – Heavy whipping cream

Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Melt the butter in a large saucepan, add the leeks and sweat gently for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the potatoes, stock, rosemary and milk. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, cover and simmer gently for 20–25 minutes until the vegetables are tender. Remove from the heat. Cool for 10 minutes. Discard the rosemary, then pour into a blender or food processor, and puree until smooth. Return to a clean pan, and stir in the parsley and cream. Season to taste. Reheat gently and serve.

 

Serves 4

 
 

Another Stew Recipe - Great Comfort Food for a Winter NIght

 As I mentioned yesterday, we love soups, stews and chowders in the winter. Here is another one of our favorite recipes. This is one my grandpa enjoyed, so we named it after him. Today has been one of those days on the farm. We wanted to get our new high tunnel covered but the wind was too strong. I guess it will have to wait until next week.

Burton’s Beef Stew:

2 lbs lean stew beef, cut into bite size chunks

1 ½ cups - flour

3 tablespoons cooking oil

2 cups boiling water

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

2 teaspoons garlic powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 ½ teaspoon pepper

1 large chopped onion (1 cup)

3 to 4 medium potatoes cut in 1 inch squares

3 large carrots quartered lengthwise and cut in 1 inch lengths

1 14-oz can tomatoes, bite size

1 14-oz can stew tomatoes

Directions:

Roll beef in flour. Heat oil in pot on medium heat then brown beef a few pieces at a time, setting aside each piece when browned when finished return all to the pot. Pour in boiling water and watch out for splatter. Add Worcestershire, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Lower heat, cover, and simmer for 2 to 2 ½ hours or until the meat is tender. Add onion, potatoes, carrots, and tomatoes then cook another 30 minutes until potatoes are tender. May be served hot but taste best when refrigerated overnight and reheated.

 
 

Winter Comfort Food

If you are like many gardeners, you probably have a few butternut squash tucked away in your root cellar or other winter storage area. Here at the Bountiful Blessing Farm, we have an ample supply of Butternut squash set aside for ourselves this winter. This is one of my wife's favorite recipes.

Butternut Squash Soup

Makes 6 servings
6 Tbsp chopped onion
1/4 c butter
6 cups peeled and cubed butternut
squash
3 cups chicken broth
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried marjoram
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
8 ounces cream cheese, in pieces

1. Cook onions in butter in pot until tender. Add squash, broth, marjoram, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer,
partially covered, 20 minutes or until squash is tender.

2. Puree squash. Return to saucepan. Add cream cheese, and heat, stirring occasionally, until cheese is melted and soup is very hot. Add more broth or water if needed to achieve desired consistency. Do not allow to boil.

 
 
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