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Spaghetti with Frisée, Oil and Garlic

Spaghetti with Frisée, Oil and Garlic

A fresh take on spaghetti dinner. We add the frisée at the end so that it just wilts as there’s no need to overcook it. Serves 4-6

Ingredients

Kosher salt, to taste, plus 1 teaspoon

1 pound spaghetti pasta

3 cloves garlic, sliced

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Pinch red pepper flakes

2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley

1/2 lemon, zested, optional

Freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, optional

¾ cup cherry tomatoes, halved

1 bunch Frisée loosely chopped

Directions

Bring a large pot of cold water to a boil over high heat, then salt it generously. Add the pasta and cook, stirring occasionally until al dente, tender but not mushy, about 8 minutes.

While the pasta cooks, combine the garlic, olive oil, the 1 teaspoon salt, and red pepper flakes in a large skillet and warm over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the garlic softens and turns golden, about 8 minutes.

Drain the pasta in a colander set in the sink, reserving about a 1/4 cup of the cooking water. Add the pasta and the reserved water to the garlic mixture. Mix well. Add in the cherry tomatoes and frisée. Add the parsley and lemon zest (if using). Adjust seasoning, to taste. Transfer to a large serving bowl or divide amongst 4 to 6 dishes. Serve topped with grated cheese, if desired.

 

Recipe adapted from Spaghetti with Oil and Garlic (Aglio Et Olio) by Food Network Kitchen

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Share the Good plus a Cookbook Sweepstakes!

Share the Good!

(Jan 11-Mar 14)

Refer a friend and get your next box at 25% OFF!*

Plus, we’ll enter you into our raffle for a FREE cookbook! (see below)

Have your friend mention “4 for 3” and we’ll give them their 4th box FREE!*

*Must be currently getting a box to receive 25% off. Offer does not apply to meat orders. Referral must purchase a delivery for referral to qualify.

*4th box free applies to boxes of equal or lesser value, up to $45.

 

Cookbook Sweepstakes!

We have come across a handful of great cookbooks, and will be doing some prize giveaways over the next couple of weeks.

The first raffle will happen on Thursday, 1/29/15 at noon. In order to qualify for the raffle, all you have to do is…talk about your box of good. Tell your friends, family, business associates about the organic veggies that you get delivered from Klesick. Send them to this page if they want more info: http://www.klesickfamilyfarm.com/how-it-works-2/ and if they sign up for a deliveries, and give us your name as the person who told them about us, your name will automatically be entered into this drawing!

 

Facebook Giveaway! 

Updated 2/4/15

We’re giving away another copy of Date Night In, signed by the author! Share your menu on our Facebook post that you would actually create for your date night in. Best menu wins!

Props go to menus that are: simple, creative, and contain ingredients from your box of good.

Participants must be current customers to qualify for the cookbook sweepstakes. Limit, one entry per customer. Participants may enter the drawing through Monday, 2/9/15, and the winner will be announced the next day on Facebook.

This prize is a signed copy of Ashley Rodriguez’s new cookbook, Date Night In: More than 120 Recipes to Nourish Your Relationship.

Watch the trailer, here:

Date Night In Book Trailer from Not Without Salt on Vimeo.

In two week’s we’ll do another drawing, this time for the cookbook, Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking: 275 Great-Tasting, From-Scratch Recipes from Around the World, Perfect for Every Meal and for Anyone on a Gluten-Free Diet – and Even Those Who Aren’t – this book has some fantastic recipes for eating your Klesick veggies!

We’ll do two more drawings in Febuary, as well as one in March, with more great cookbooks, so keep sharing and stay tuned! The more people you refer, the more chances you have of winning, plus you’ll get 25% off your box for each person you refer!

Shoot our office an email or give us a call if you would like some brochures to help spread the word.

Thank you for sharing the good!!

Your friends at the Klesick Family Farm

360-652-4663

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Preparing for Thanksgiving

 

Thanksgiving! ~ Ordering a Holiday Box with all of the Fresh Ingredients You’ll Need for Your Special Meal 

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! If you haven’t already, it’s time to start thinking about preparing for the holiday! For a day that’s devoted to cooking, eating, family and thinking about what makes you thankful, a little planning ahead goes a long ways in making that special meal go off without a hitch.

We at Klesick would like to be a part of your Thanksgiving celebration by making your holiday planning easy. Every year in November, we offer an additional special: the Holiday Box ($36). The Holiday box, as its name implies, is full of traditional organic Thanksgiving meal items for your celebration. Keep in mind that you can schedule a Holiday Box to be delivered the week of Thanksgiving, but NEW THIS YEAR: you can order a holiday box for any week in November, as well as the week after Thanksgiving (available Nov. 4 – Dec. 5). You can have this box delivered along with your regular order or in place of your regular order (when you place your order please specify).

Along with the Holiday Box, you can order many of the ingredients you’ll need for your  big meal: hearth-baked dinner rolls, bread cubes for stuffing, cranberries, jams, apple butters, pickles and relishes, as well as all of your favorite fresh vegetable ingredients, like sweet potatoes, green beans, and greens for your favorite sides and salads.

Let us source, pack, and deliver your Thanksgiving good right to your doorstep!

An Opportunity to Give! ~ Donating a Holiday Box to Neighbors in Need

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Klesick is providing an opportunity for you to donate a Holiday Box to the food bank. The season of giving has started, with schools, churches and businesses kicking off food drives that have become annual holiday traditions. While commonly donated foods are high in salt, sugar or calories, these are poor choices for people with high blood pressure, diabetes and other diet-related health problems. We’d like to ask you or your organization to consider giving a box of organic produce this Thanksgiving.

If your celebration includes helping the less fortunate who live in our community, you may order an additional Holiday Box at a discounted price of $26.00. Like our Neighbor Helping Neighbor program, we will deliver donated boxes to the food bank prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. These will become available to add as a donation throughout the month of November. 

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Holiday Box Menu

Granny Smith Apples, 2 lbs.

Cranberries, 7.5 oz.

Satsumas, 2 lbs.

Breadcubes for Stuffing, 1 lb.

Celery, 1 bunch

Acorn Squash, 1 ea.

Green Beans, 1 lb.

Garnet Yams, 2 lbs.

Carrots, 2 lbs.

Yellow Potatoes, 3 lbs.

Yellow Onions, 1 lb.

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Freezing the Summer

The Klesick family has been in full freezing mode for the last few weeks and will probably continue here for the next few as well. Years ago, canners (those people who canned fruits and vegetables) would put up lots of jars for the winter food supply.  People canned meats, veggies, fruit and sauces when the items were plentiful and in season. The canners, for the most part, are a very small component of food buyers today. I know that a few of you still exist, so you can relate when I say that I can barely find a freestone peach to can anymore. Pickles have bucked that trend, however, and are still made every year, but most other canning items have fallen on “hard times.”

Ironically, the practice of canning has declined with our prosperity, stable electricity to run refrigerators and freezers, and a plethora of fruits and vegetables widely available all the time. Except for opening a can of black beans, I hardly even remember using a can opener—and we don’t even own an electric one—but when I was growing up it was the main kitchen gadget. I Still remember watching that can go round and round!

Today the Klesick family freezes and freezes and freezes. We freeze lots of berries, mangos, nectarines, peaches and grapes. The freezer has replaced the shelves of cans! It is not a perfect system – when the power goes out we NEVER open the freezers, and if it looks like it is going to be an extended outage we will fire up the generators.

The Klesick’s cannot be the only family in the off-season that enjoys a splash of summer on pancakes, or in hot cereal, or as a frozen treat. Joelle and I enjoy a green smoothie every morning and those frozen berries with fresh greens transport your taste buds right back to those “chin dripping” juicy peaches and nectarines of summer.

So, from now till the end of August, Klesick Family Farm is running a “Freezing the Summer” special! Check out the offerings in your email inbox, on Facebook and our website, and order a case or two of local summer goodness for your next delivery and start looking forward to winter

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Berry Time!

The berry season started early this year. I shudder to even mention the weather, but we could use a drink for a lot of our crops, but it would be a disaster for hay farmers and berry farmers now. But it is what it is and if we get rain, great, and if we don’t we will drag out the drip tape and get to watering.

I have already dragged out the drip tape for the strawberries to keep the moisture sufficient to keep those berries growing. We plant a variety called Albion. It is a day-neutral variety, which means that it is not affected by the increasing day length like many of its June-bearing cousins. The advantage of day-neutral varieties is that they produce all season, well into October. The disadvantages are that the fruit set or production and they do not have that classic NW flavor. So we end up picking a little all season instead of a bunch in June.

The June bearing varieties produce copious amounts of strawberries in June and have that classic NW flavor, but are extremely delicate to handle. The disadvantage here is that if it is a rainy June, mold becomes an issue and you can lose a year’s worth of work pretty quick!

While I love the Albion berry for a lot of reasons, I find myself missing the bigger harvest of June bearing berries. So I decided last week to order 3000 plants of Puget Crimson. It is a newer variety developed by WSU for northwest growers. In addition to the Puget Crimson, I am also ordering Black Diamond Blackberry plants to trial them on our farm. We will start with 200 feet and go from there. The Black Diamond is also a newer variety that seems to do well in our climate and to top it off it is “thornless”!

May your health be vibrant and days be merry!

 

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Local Organic Berries & More!

Blueberry Flats…. Full $38, Half $22

Raspberry Flats…. Full $38, Half $22

Strawberry Flats. Full $36, Half $20

Pickling Cucumbers……. 5 lbs. $7.50

Bulk Basil……………………… 1 lb. $7.50

Green Beans……………….. 20 lbs. $40

Garlic & Dill will also be available – notify us to request some with your pickling cuke or other bulk order!

To place your order, please call our office (360-652-4663) and we will add your name to our reservation list. Once the items are ripe and ready, we will contact you and schedule a delivery. Orders are on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

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The Avocado

It was almost embarrassing how giddy I was about the rows and rows of avocado trees that lined the slope at the house I stayed at in California. I became known as the girl who eats avocado for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.. What can I say? I love their wrinkled skin that hides a soft, citron flesh. The taste is like grassy butter that slathers beautifully on toast or is great eaten alone with a squeeze of lemon plucked from the tree nearby.

I justified my avocado binging by saying I was making up for lost time. You see I wasn’t always an avocado fanatic. My infatuation began with guacamole and now I’m perfectly happy with an avocado and a spoon. As an adult I can now appreciate all the health benefits that comes with eating avocados. They are packed with protein, help to regulate blood sugar levels and protect against many types of cancer. They are indeed high in fat but it’s the sort of fat your body needs. It’s the sort of fat that makes your skin glow, your hair healthy and can be a nutrient dense replacement for butter in many recipes.

An avocado is in its prime when a soft nudge against the dark skin yields slightly. It’s neither too firm nor too soft. The exterior is uniform in color and if you carefully take a peek under the little cap where the stem was once connected it should look bright and green. If it is brown than the avocado will be brown too. If you want to speed up the ripening, store the avocados in a closed brown paper bag. Throw a banana in the bag to really get things ripening quickly.

As I walked through those avocado trees and stood there starry eyed at those branches dripping from the weight of the fruit I couldn’t help but envy California and the sun that makes avocados so abundant. But perhaps I wouldn’t appreciate them as I do now because for me, they are a luxury and one that I don’t take for granted. So when an avocado is in the kitchen I do my best to make sure it remains the star of the dish.

Here are a few ideas to make an avocado shine in your kitchen:

 

Grapefruit Guacamole: Dice two ripe avocados and mix with diced segmented grapefruit. Add a squeeze of lime and 1/4 cup or so of finely diced red onion. Add salt then taste and adjust.

 

Avocado Salad with Orange, Olives and Mint: Serve sliced avocado along with peeled and sliced oranges. Top with pitted and chopped kalamata olives and garnish with fresh mint. Serve alongside grilled fish.

 

Avocado Ice Cream: Because of the fat content, avocados turn into a creamy ice cream. Blend avocado with coconut milk (and cream if you’d like), add a bit of sugar, a pinch of salt and a squeeze of lime. Freeze in your ice cream machine or turn it into popsicles. Avocados also make smoothies taste like a rich milkshake.

 

Chilled Avocado Soup

Serves 4

1 avocado

1 1/2 cups vegetable broth (or more)

2 tablespoons lime juice

salt and pepper

Blend the avocado with the broth, lime juice and a pinch of salt. Taste and add more salt and pepper to your liking.

Garnish with cilantro, diced mango, diced onion, sliced melon, chopped tomatoes or peppers.

Serve chilled as an appetizer or first course.

 

Ashley Rodriguez

Food Blogger

www.notwithoutsalt.com 

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Spreading Cheer this Holiday Season

Looking for that special something for that special someone? Let us help…

breadfarm_ccokiesBreadfarm’s Holiday Assortment Cookie Box  $28

Ease your holiday frenzy by giving your friends and family a tasty cookie box full of Breadfarm’s best-selling seasonal shortbread cookies (approx. 26 per box).

Available Nov.-Dec. only.

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Fruit Medley Gift Basket  $26

Perfect for that special teacher, or as an office or hostess gift. A beautiful selection of our finest seasonal fruits, decoratively packaged in a willow basket & wrapped in a cello bag with a festive bow and card. Free gift message available upon request.

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Eco Spa Gift Set  $14.75 (+tax)

Created by EcoSations, this organic set is the perfect gift for someone who deserves a little extra pampering this season! Contents: Citrus Salt Spa Bar (5 oz.), Bath Cookies (3 ct.), Brown Sugar Scrub (5 oz.).

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Theo Holiday 4-Bar Collection  $16

Essential seasonal flavors captured in four of Theo Chocolate’s festive, popular holiday bars (3 oz. each), wrapped in a decorative sleeve and ready for gifting. Contains: Peppermint Stick, Nutcracker Brittle, Gingerbread Spice, Coconut Mint.

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5-lb. Box Satsumas  $10 

Juicy Satsuma mandarins with the e-z peel that clings so loosely to its flesh that it can be peeled with just a couple of tears. The perfect convenient healthy gift! Especially if the recipients involve children. Satsumas are perhaps the sweetest tangerine and the sweetest known citrus variety.
To add them to your order please visit: http://www.klesickfamilyfarm.com/cart/index.php?route=common/home

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A Leafy Green Cookbook

TKE_CoverOption2-500x500Experience The Kale Effect! Eat Your Greens.
 
Increasing your servings of vegetables does not have to be an elusive mystery. Get ready for this cookbook to change how you shop, cook, eat, and live your life.
 
Co-written by one of our own KFF customers, Christina Bandaragoda, Ph.D. and by Emily Miranda, LCSW, this delightful cookbook is not only fun to read, but will have you dishing up your dark leafy greens in some of the tastiest recipes ever! Softcover, 81 pages, full color photos of all recipes; includes tips on how What’s for Dinner can be made Heroic.
  
The Kale Effect (noun)-  an immediate, and observable*,  autonomic nervous system response to the absorption of  the vitamins and minerals in nutrient rich kale. Symptoms may include uncontrollable smiling, laughing, and jumping up and down in the kitchen. *This reaction has been most reliably noted in children under the age of 10.

To add this book to your next delivery click here

*State sales tax will also be applied to this item. Cookbook will ship out with your box of good at no extra charge for shipping. 

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Spring is here! Share the Good Contest

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Get ½ off, Give ½ off, Win a Juicer!

Are you ready to shed those bulky winter clothes? It is not unusual to let your attention to healthy eating lapse a bit in the winter. After all, aren’t those cozy — and bulky — woolen sweaters sometimes just a little too comfy? But spring is here, and it's time to get back out there and show the world what you're made of.

A strong support system is key when it comes to keeping healthy eating habits. Friends, family members, and neighbors are not only a pivotal part of your success, you can play a huge roll in their health as well! This season, we want to partner with you in the goal to Share the Good!

Here are the details: Refer your friends to our delivery service and get your next Box of Good 50% OFF. PLUS, you’ll be entered into our contest for the chance to win a Champion Commercial Juicer valued at $320!

How it works: 
    •    The contest takes place April 1-30, 2013.
    •    When we receive a referral from you, BOTH you and your referral will receive 50% OFF your next box of good when the person whom you refer to our service signs up for delivery, he/she must give your name as the person who referred him/her.
    •    Each time you refer a person, your name will be entered into the prize drawing once. The more people you refer, the more times your name will be entered into the drawing and the greater your chance of winning. 
    •    We will choose the winner through random selection on May 1, 2013. The winner will be notified immediately thereafter.

Now for the small print:
    •    You must be a current customer to win.
    •    Your referral person must actually sign up and place an order to qualify. New customers who create an account, but do not place an order within the April 1-30, 2013 time period do not qualify as a referral.
    •    For each person you refer, you will still receive one of our standard referral gifts as a thank you.

We are excited about making your referrals more rewarding! So spread the word—email, Facebook, tweet—and share the good!

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Grass-fed Beef, Lamb and Pork

order beefA few years ago, I was invited by the director, Robert Kenner, to attend a screening of Food, Inc. in Los Angeles. This invitation was all thanks for my brother who filmed much of the movie. I jumped at the opportunity to see the film.

Food, Inc. “lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA” (www.foodincmovie.com). It does so in a way that is honest and not intended purely for shock value but to inform and educate the often misguided and undereducated consumer. If you haven't seen the movie yet I highly recommend it.

What struck me the most while viewing the film is that food works best if we let it do what it was created to do. Tomatoes left to ripen on the vine are sweeter, have a much greater nutritional value and a flavor that cannot even compare to the tomatoes that were plucked while still green and left to ripen on the truck while in transit. The same goes for cows.

Cows were created to eat grass. Their digestive systems were designed to consume grass and yet lately, due to ease, cost and control, many cows are being fed grain. Now we all know that grain, in and of itself, is not a bad thing, but when cows start eating something other than grass things start to go wrong.

As things have started to go wrong for cows because of their unnatural diet, science has solved the problem by creating antibiotics that combat the diseases that arise. Rather than solving the problem by changing their diet, which would eliminate the need for antibiotics, we are now consuming meat from "cows that are essentially being kept alive by drugs" (baronbeef.com).

So now that we got that out of the way, let's focus on the benefits of grass-fed beef. For me the most important part is that it just plain tastes better. Richer, meatier and more complex in flavor. But there are other reasons as well. "The animal itself thrives because it is getting the food it was designed to eat and it converts that food to muscle and fat that is higher in minerals, vitamins, CLAs (conjugated linoleic acid) and Omega 3 fatty acids, and lower in cholesterol and fat" (baronbeef.com). Even though grass-fed beef isn't injected with antibiotics you have a much lower risk of getting diseases associated with beef such as E-Coli and Mad Cow Disease.

To learn more about this and in general where our food comes from I can't recommend the film Food, Inc. enough. Also, any of Michael Pollen's best-selling books like the Omnivores Dilemma provide a very thorough look into the world behind the food on our plate.

In the meantime, I highly encourage you to take advantage of this great opportunity to purchase and enjoy grass-fed beef. Not only can you eat it in good conscience but you will be thrilled with the wonderful taste that comes from cows that eat a diet they were created for.

by Ashley Rodriquez
Chef, food blogger, and full-time mom. You can read more of her writings at www.notwithoutsalt.com