Monday, January 3, 2011

Happy New Year from Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative! (And Winter Chili Recipe)

Happy New Year! Here at Lancaster Farm Fresh, we're looking forward to another great season in 2011. Fulfill your New Year's resolution to eat healthy and nutrient-dense produce in 2011 by purchasing a CSA share! Not only does your purchase support local and small-scale family farms, but you'll also receive 25 weeks of Certified Organic produce, chock-full of nutrients that only Lancaster County soil can supply. 2011 CSA Membership Applications are available on our website, Don't forget to postmark your application and payment for a 2011 CSA share by January 15th in order to qualify for a $30 early sign-up discount!

Now to the recipes! Although we are currently between seasons, be sure to check back for weekly updates for recipes that LFFC farmers and staff are enjoying over the winter, using canned and frozen vegetables from our 2010 CSA shares. Below is a winter chili recipe that I made last night with tomatoes that I canned this summer from LFFC member farm Green Valley Organics. Delicious!

Winter Chili
Serves 3 to 4

3 tablespoons butter
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 to 3 onions, roughly chopped
2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
2 24-ounce cans canned tomatoes
1 can kidney beans, drained
1 can black beans, drained
4 cups frozen corn
3 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon sweet paprika
1 to 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons ground cumin
3 tablespoons brown sugar
salt and pepper to taste
grated cheddar cheese

1. Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add onions and garlic, stirring until onions are translucent.
2. Turn down heat slightly, and add chili powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, and cumin. Working quickly to avoid burning the spice mixture, add chicken or vegetable broth, canned tomatoes, brown sugar, and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to boil and turn down to a simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes, or until tomatoes begin to break down and chili has a thick consistency.
3. Add beans and corn and allow to heat, taking care not to overcook. Adjust spices as needed. Serve hot, topped with grated cheddar cheese and cornbread on the side. Enjoy!

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