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Here are some easy and tasty recipes from our friends at Easy Pickin's Orchard!

Have a favorite recipe of your own? Just email a copy of your recipe to farmerb@easypickinsorchard.com, and if we decide to use it on our website we will send you a $5.00 OFF coupon that can be used on your next purchase at Easy Pickin's Orchard! We are looking for simple, yet great tasting recipes that include produce from our farm. We can't wait to hear from you, and try your favorite recipes!

Freezer Berry Jam
Brought to our attention by Kat of Enfield, CT

Ingredients:
4 cups blueberries
2 cups raspberries
5 cups sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3/4 cup water
1 (1.75 ounce) package powdered fruit pectin

Directions:
In a large bowl, crush the blueberries (or use a food processor, don't puree).

Add raspberries and crush with potato masher

Stir in sugar and lemon juice. Let stand for 10 minutes.

In a small suacepan, bring water and pectin to a boil. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add to fruit mixture; stir for 3 minutes.

Pour into jars or freezer containers; cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Cover and let stand overnight or until set, but not longer than 24 hours.

Refrigerate for up to 3 weeks or freeze for up to 12 months.


Blueberry "Pizza"
Brought to our attention by Elaine of Longmeadow, MA

Ingredients
1 package (10 oz.) refrigerated pizza crust
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tbsp. butter
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
Pinch nutmeg
2 1/2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen (can also use raspberries or a mixture of both)

Directions:
Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease cookie sheet. Roll pizza dough to a 9-inch by 10-inch rectangle on prepared cookie sheet.

In food processor fitted with chopping blade, pulse to combine flour, sugar, butter, cinnamon and nutmeg. Sprinkle half of crumb mixture over pizza dough. Spread berries over cumb mixture, and sprinkle remaining crumb mixture on top.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until crust is golden and berries are bubbly. Transfer to cutting board and cut into 12 pieces. Enjoy. Great as a breakfast treat!

Microwave Peach Crisp
Brought to our attention by Kathlena of Enfield, CT

Ingredients:
4 medium peaches sliced (about 3 cups)
3/4 cup Bisquick baking mix
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoon softened butter or margarine
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

Directions:

Arrange peaches in square 8" dish.  Mix remaining ingredients until crumbley; sprinkle over peaches.  Microwave uncovered on high 6 minutes; rotate dish 1/2 turn.  Microwave uncovered until peaches are tender, 4 to 6 minutes longer.  Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.

Turkey Sausage Soup with Kale
Brought to our attention by Kristi of Enfield

Ingredients
1-2 TBL. Olive oil

1 onion, chopped

2 celery ribs, chopped

3 carrots, chopped

1-2 cups finely chopped kale

¼ cup wine (optional)

6-8 cups chicken broth

1 Bay Leaf

1 TBL. McCormick Italian Seasoning Classic Herbs (which contains: Majoram, Thyme, Rosemary, Savory, Sage, Oregano and Basil)

½ cup prepared spaghetti sauce

1-2 cups fresh green beans (or any other veggies that you prefer)

3 turkey sausage links, cooked and cut into bite sized pieces

1 cup cooked pasta or cooked brown rice (optional)


Directions:

In a large pot sauté onion, celery, carrots in olive oil over medium heat. Sauté for 2-5 minutes. Add finely chopped kale. Cook while stirring for about 5-10 min. Or until flavors meld and onion gets soft.  Add wine and stir until mixed and evaporated. Add chicken broth, Bay Leaf, McCormick Italian Seasoning, and spaghetti sauce and simmer (with cover on) for 10-15 minutes. Add green beans, simmer for 10 minutes or until vegetables are cooked. Add the cut up turkey sausage. Also put in cooked pasta or brown rice if you want.

Crustless Swiss Chard (or Spinach !) Quiche

from Donna of Enfield

This recipe works well with many different greens.  Use whatever you prefer & have available: spinach, Swiss chard, ... experiment !  Makes 8 medium servings.    

Ingredients

1 tsp. olive oil

1/2 sweet onion (green onions work, too !  & add garlic or shallots if you like ...)  

1/2 bunch Swiss chard or other greens (if using chard, use stems also) (about 2 cups total)
2 1/2 cups shredded cheese (any variety, or a mixture: Swiss, cheddar, parmesan, Monterey, etc.)

4 eggs

1 cup milk (skim or low-fat works fine)

pinch of salt & pepper to taste (optional)  

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Wash and dry chard or other greens; chop roughly.

Sauté onion in oil until tender; add greens and sauté only until wilted (do not overcook).

Whisk the eggs; add milk & cheese.  Fold in onion/greens mixture.  Add salt & pepper to taste.

Pour into a pie dish that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.

Bake 35-45 minutes or until golden brown and no liquid seeps when you poke it with a knife.

* Can also be baked in small muffin tins for individual servings; cooking time will be less. *  

Green Onion Quiche

from Kristi of Enfield

Serves 6
Ingredients
2 cups chopped green onions, including the tops (both white & green parts)
4 tbsp. butter
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup cream
1 cup grated Swiss cheese
salt & pepper to taste
6 slices bacon, cooked & crumbled
1 pie crust
Directions

Parboil onions 4 minutes.  Drain.  Sauté briefly in butter.
Mix eggs, cream, cheese, bacon, salt & pepper in a bowl.  Add onions.
Pour mix into pie crust.
Bake at 400° for 30 minutes, then at 375° until set.  Let sit 10 min before cutting.


Blueberry Treat

Brought to our attention by Lori of Enfield
 

This can be made with fresh or frozen berries, and can also be made with crushed pineapple, strawberries, or raspberries.


Ingredients: 

1 ¼ cup graham cracker or 36 vanilla wafer crumbs

¼ cup sifted confectioners sugar

¼ cup melted butter or regular margarine

2 eggs, beaten

1/3 cup sugar

1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened

¼ teaspoon salt

1 ½ cup blueberries

½ cup sugar

2 tablespoons cornstarch

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon nutmeg (optional)

1/3 cup water

¼ teaspoon grated orange rind or 1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 ½ cup blueberries


Directions:

Combine graham cracker crumbs, confectioners sugar and butter in bowl; mix until crumbly. Press mixture into greased 8 inch square baking pan.

Beat together eggs, 1/3 C. sugar, cream cheese, and salt in bowl until well blended. Pour over crust.

Bake in 375 degree oven 20 minutes. Cool on rack.

Combine 1 ½ C. berries, ½ C. sugar, cornstarch, salt, water, orange rind and optional nutmeg in saucepan.

Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until thick and clear. Arrange 1 ½ C. plain berries over cheese layer.

Pour hot sauce over berry layer. Chill before serving. Makes 6 - 8 servings.


You may double recipe in a 13x9 pan

Enjoy!

 
Easy Pickin's Orchard * 46 Bailey Road * Enfield, CT * 06082
(860) 763-FARM (-3276) * farmerb@easypickinsorchard.com