Hearty Vegetable Stew, Steamed Kale, and Mashed Turnips

This week, I made a fall feast with veggies from the CSA!


Hearty Lentil & Vegetable Stew

2 small eggplants
1 summer squash
3 tomatoes, diced
4 sweet potatoes, diced
2 cups split red lentils
4 cups vegetable broth
1/2 tsp:
curry powder
chili powder
basil (dry or fresh)
salt and pepper to taste

Lentil & Vegetable Soup

I just put all the ingredients in the slow cooker before leaving for class. The lentils take about 8h to cook–if you make this soup on the stovetop it would probably take about an hour. After the lentils and sweet potatoes are soft, you may wish to blend or puree the stew, depending whether you like your stew chunky or more smooth.

Mashed Turnips with Applesauce

Turnips & Applesauce

I had never cooked turnips before, but I found this recipe for turnips with applesauce on cooks.com.

Boiling water
Salt and pepper
1 c. hot applesauce

Peel turnip, removing a thick peeling and leaving no sign of green (the bitterness is between the peeling and the vegetable). Slice into medium sized pieces. Place in a saucepan and pour boiling water on top. There should be at least 3 inches of water in pan. Cover and boil quickly for 15 to 20 minutes. Never let the turnips change color as this means they are over cooked. Drain well.
Mash turnip and add applesauce, a good sized piece of butter and salt and pepper. Whip until light. (Also good with cooked pears).


My variations: I wanted a sweet dish with cinnamon, so I did not add the salt, pepper, or butter. Instead, I added pinches of brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon. I also left the boiled turnips them in quarters rather than mashing them.

Steamed Dino Kale & Tomato

steamed kale

2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small white onion, chopped
2 tomatoes, diced
1/2 head dino kale, cut from the stems & chopped in strips
1.5 cups vegetable (or chicken) broth
salt and pepper to taste

Saute the garlic and onions in a pan. When they are caramelized, add the tomato, kale, broth, and the salt and pepper, then cover and steam ~20 min.


NEW FEATURE – Recipes and Tips for CSA Produce

Please let us know if you have questions about any of these posts or if you try a recipe, let us know how you liked it; or let us know if you would like to feature a recipe of your own!


As you’ll see from this inaugural post, I made good use of my produce from the first two weeks and have a number of pretty simple recipes to share below.

First up is a dinner that would have been great for my boys when they were young (they’re 24 and 27 now–eeks!).


I took a bite of the burger and a cherry tomato together, oh yum!   Much better than regular processed ketchup with corn syrup in it.


One Pan Burgers with Pak Choi and Kohlrabi


4 burgers
2 Pak Choi
1 Kohlrabi Fries


1 lb of Clayton’s Organic Ground Beef divided into 4 patties
1 Medium to Large Pak Choi
1 Medium to Large Kohlrabi chopped into 1/4 inch think slices
3 Cloves of Organic Garlic, chopped
1 tsp of Gluten Free Soy Sauce
2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) or other vegetable oil


Saute garlic in olive oil, add Pac Choi, saute over medium heat until stems start to get tender, cover and saute over lower heat for another 5-10 minutes, remove cover and sprinkle greens with 1 tsp of soy sauce, raise heat, stir and saute another 2 minutes. Place greens in a serving bowl and set aside.


Raise temperature in pan and place burger patties, add Kohlrabi slices, and sear patties on both sides, then lower heat and cook for another few minutes, when the meat is still showing slight pink (there should be plenty of juice in pan), turn the Kohlrabi slices over and cover and cook until the burgers are browned completely on outside and to taste for medium-rare, medium or well-done.





The ones below were cooked to medium with a slightly pink inside.













I made two types of Coleslaw, both without mayonnaise, one with dairy and one without dairy and with onion.

Coleslaw with Red Wine Vinegar


Coleslaw with Zesty Dressing

I made some replacements for Zesty dressing recipe ingredients: I used Agave in place of sugar, used horseradish and dijon mustard as I didn’t have fresh horseradish, and used celery salt as I didn’t have celery seed.

Ingredients – Both Recipes
1 Red Cabbage (why do we call it red, when it’s really purple?
1 Green Cabbage
1 bag of Carrots


I doubled both recipe dressing ingredients, because I had way more than 4 cups of cabbage–2 green, 2 red and 2 cups of carrots shredded–as called for with the original amounts that are listed below.

Ingredients – Coleslaw with Red Wine Vinegar dressing
2/3 cup olive oil
1 Tbsp Caraway seeds
1 Tbsp dijon mustard
1/2 finely minced yellow onion
1/3 cup Red Wine Vinegar
1/4 Cup Sugar (I used Agave)
salt, pepper to taste

Toss cabbage, carrots, onion, put to side.

Whisk vinegar, sugar, mustard, season with sp to taste and then slowly whisk in oil to form thick and creamy dressing. Taste and correct as you like. Pour 1/2 of dressing mixture over vegetables in bowl and sprinkle in caraway seeds. Toss well, taste and add more dressing as you like. Refrigerate for up to 4 hours and then allow to come close to room temperature, then stir and serve.


Black Beans and Brown Rice Stuffed Peppers

1 large casserole/cake pan
2 large Onions
3 Yellow Peppers
3 Red Peppers
2 Orange Peppers
2 Green Peppers
5 Cloves of Garlic – minced thick
3 Tbsp EVOO
1 Tbsp of Ground Cumin
1 Tsp of Red Pepper
SP to taste
1 Large can of fire roasted tomatoes
2-3 Cups of cooked brown rice
2 Cups of black beans (you can also use butternut squash in place of the black beans)
2 Tsp Better Than bullion

Saute 1/2 of the chopped garlic in 1/2 of the olive oil, add peppers and onions, saute for 15 minutes or so.

Add fire roasted tomatoes, saute another 10 minutes, stirring frequently and mashing up tomatoes in process. Take off the stove, cover and put aside.

You can prepare the peppers the night before if you like. Cut pepper tops off with a paring knife and remove membrane and seeds. Put a large pot of water to boil and blanch the peppers for 4 minutes.

Saute the other half of the garlic and olive oil, add 1 cup of juice from the beans or water, stir in 1 tsp of Better Than Bullion. Add Rice and Beans and stir to mix evenly, add cumin and red pepper and mix again, taste and correct, sp to taste.

Stuff the peppers whole standing up in casserole or cut in half and lay flat. Pour pepper, onion and tomato mixture over to cover. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour at 350-375.

If you like you can put some shredded cheese over the casserole towards the end of the time in the oven or just sprinkle some grated cheese, parmesan or other on your plate. Enjoy! These are really great leftover.



Quick Baked Eggplant

2 Medium Eggplants
SP to taste


Cut up eggplant into 1 – 1-1/2 inch cubes, toss with olive oil or lay flat on foil covered cookie sheet and sprinkle evenly with olive oil, sp. Bake in Oven on 400-425 for 15-20 minutes. Remove and enjoy plain or serve with some Tzatziki sauce (made the day before). Either way, the eggplant is delicious.



Wake-Up Juice

A fabulous combination made with my Omega VRT 330 juicer.

4-5 Large swiss chard leaves
4 Cups of green cabbage
2 Small apples
4 Medium to large carrots
1 Quarter size piece of fresh ginger


A refreshing and really nutritious way to start the day!












Later this semester I’ll report on a recipe I will be trying.

Apple Bread Pudding


Bon Appetit !

Fall Semester CSA Anouncment!

St. Rose’s Fall CSA

Providing fresh, local, organic produce to the Fordham Community since 2012

Open to all Fordham University students and employees.


Share Options:

9 Week Vegetable Share = $156

9 Week Fruit Share = $108

**One share generally feeds 2-4 people**

Deliveries begin September 18th and end November 13th

See What a share looks like!

Don’t wait, you may forget!

Sign-up Deadline Sept. 11th at 5pm.

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Check us out on FaceBook and Twitter

St. Rose’s Summer CSA!

St. Rose’s CSA: Providing fresh, local, organic produce to the Fordham Community since 2012

How long does it last? Mid June -> Mid November

When do I get my share? Produce is delivered every Thursday for 22 weeks to St. Rose’s Garden, located off the southwest corner of the parking garage (by ram van) on Rose Hill Campus.

Here are your share options:

  • 22 Week Vegetable Share = $340 ($15.50/week) OR $380 (if after noon, 4/11/14)
  • 20 Week Fruit Share =  $240 ($12/week)
  • 10 Week (every-other week) Fruit Share = $120 ($12/week)

Click here to see what was delivered during our summer 2013 CSA

Click HERE to Join!

Cost saving deadline is noon on 4/11/14

*****Final Deadline is noon on 4/24/14 *****

Why you should read, “Breaking Urban Ground for Community Gardens”

The article, “Breaking Urban Ground for Community Gardens” directly relates back to St. Rose’s Garden!

Continue reading the article here:


Why you should read, “How much water do YOU use?”

According to the enn.com article, “How much water do YOU use?” there is a  lot of ambiguity and confusion regarding the amount of water Americans use and how to be more efficient with water conservation. There is many variations on the perceptions of water use especially in urban areas. Hopefully this article will clear that up!

“Many Americans are confused about the best ways to conserve water and have a slippery grasp on how much water different activities use, according to a national online survey conducted by Indiana University Assistant Professor, Shahzeen Attari. Experts say the best strategy for conserving water is to…” continue reading at:


School Bus = Mobile Supermarket

Bronx Food Bus

The South Bronx is plagued with high rates of obesity and diabetes, compounded by poverty and poor access to supermarkets (see map) the South Bronx requires innovative solutions to solve these issues. Enter the “South Bronx Mobile Market”, a mobile farm stand started by Tanya Fields of  BLK Projek.

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Read more in the recent NYT Times article by clicking below.



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