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I love quotes that add meaning to my life. Here are a few to live by:

How should I eat? (Not too much)
—Michael Pollan

If it is so difficult to learn to cook, how did all those early pioneer women manage to cross the country in rugged covered wagons and feed troops of people from one big pot hung over an open fire?
—Marion Cunningham, from Learning to Cook

Treat treats as treats.
—Michael Pollan

No matter how you slice it through, grain-fed meat production systems are a drain on the global food supply.
—Jonathan A. Foley, director of the Institute on the Environment, U of MN

Soooo Many Momos

Corrie Austin is new to Vermont and new to the excitement and challenge of the Vermont food world. She’s jumped in with both feet, a transplant from another great food region, Portland, Oregon.
The crew

After a disappointing experience with food-truck momos, some peers at work decided we should make our own!  For those of you wondering “what the heck is a momo,” watch this video. Reminiscent of Japanese Gyoza, the Momo is the dumpling of Tibet, Nepal, and Northern India.

Before this experience, many in our group did not know what a momo was, let alone how to make one.  However, with the guidance of our Nepalese-native colleague, we made batch after batch of (mostly) beautiful and delicious momos.  We made plenty to bring to the office the next morning and show off our mad momo-making skills.  Enjoying the way the word feels in your mouth, we tossed around phrases like: “How many momos have you eaten?” and “Let’s make more momos” and “More momos, please!”

Our patient teacher, Anup

Our patient teacher, Anup

How to Make Momos:

Momos:

1 1/2 lb Ground pork (or chicken or turkey)

A generous handful of freshly chopped cilantro

1 Finely chopped yellow onion

3-4 Garlic cloves

1 Finely chopped scallion

Salt & pepper to taste

Round wonton wrappers

Momo Sauce:

2 1/2 C. fresh cilantro

1 Tbsp lemon juice

1 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

8 Trimmed scallions

Salt & pepper to taste

Method:

Please note: you will need a steamer basket.  We were lucky enough to have a steaming tower, allowing us to steam momos in large batches.  If you have a single steam basket, the method is the same, but you will be momo-making in much smaller batches.  Fill the base of your steamer or pot with water and set on the stove to boil.  Each batch steams for 20 minutes, so be sure to have plenty of water in your pot.

Steamer Tower

Add all the momo ingredients except the wrappers into a large bowl and mix well.  I find hand-mixing is the best method, or use your kitchen-aide mixer to be sure you get all the ingredients fully integrated.  Fill a bowl with water and keep it within reach of your workspace.  Separate the wrappers and lay them out on a sheet pan, tinfoil, or wax paper.  Once you get wrapping, you will be glad to not use your sticky fingers to pull a fresh wonton wrapper off the stack.  Place a wrapper in the palm of your hand and add a spoonful of momo filling to the center of your wrapper.  Be careful not to add too much filling, as you will have a difficult time wrapping your momo.

Wet your fingers and rub them around the outside 1/2 inch of your wrapper.  Start by pinching the edge of the wrapper together.  The water should help your wrapper stick; add more water if necessary.  Keeping one edge of the wrapper flat, gently scallop the other edge of the wrapper by folding it on top of itself in 1/4″-1/2″ folds.  Continue scalloping the edge until you have a completely sealed dumpling.  Rub the basket of your steamer with oil, and arrange your momos in a single layer.  Place on the stove to steam for 20 minutes.

While your momos are steaming, place all the sauce ingredients in a blender or food processor, adding salt and pepper to taste.  If you are feeling creative, add a tomato or two!

Serve momos fresh out of the steamer and top with momo sauce.  Makes 24-30 momos.

Mmm-MOMOS!

Until next time,

Corrie Austin

Posted: 9-2-2017

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Corrie Austin is new to Vermont and new to the excitement and challenge of the Vermont food world. She’s jumped in with both feet, a transplant from another great food region, Portland, Oregon. The crew

After a disappointing experience with food-truck momos, some peers at work decided we should make our own!  For those of you wondering "what the heck is a momo," watch this video. Reminiscent of Japanese Gyoza, the Momo is the dumpling of Tibet, Nepal, and Northern India. Before this experience, many in our group did not know what a momo was, let alone how to make one.  However, with the guidance of our Nepalese-native colleague, we made batch after batch of (mostly) beautiful and delicious momos.  We made plenty to bring to the office the next morning and show off our mad momo-making skills.  Enjoying the way the word feels in your mouth, we tossed around phrases like: "How many momos have you eaten?" and "Let's make more momos" and "More momos, please!" [caption id="attachment_4450" align="aligncenter" width="520"]Our patient teacher, Anup Our patient teacher, Anup[/caption]

How to Make Momos:

Momos: 1 1/2 lb Ground pork (or chicken or turkey) A generous handful of freshly chopped cilantro 1 Finely chopped yellow onion 3-4 Garlic cloves 1 Finely chopped scallion Salt & pepper to taste Round wonton wrappers Momo Sauce: 2 1/2 C. fresh cilantro 1 Tbsp lemon juice 1 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper 8 Trimmed scallions Salt & pepper to taste Method: Please note: you will need a steamer basket.  We were lucky enough to have a steaming tower, allowing us to steam momos in large batches.  If you have a single steam basket, the method is the same, but you will be momo-making in much smaller batches.  Fill the base of your steamer or pot with water and set on the stove to boil.  Each batch steams for 20 minutes, so be sure to have plenty of water in your pot. Steamer Tower Add all the momo ingredients except the wrappers into a large bowl and mix well.  I find hand-mixing is the best method, or use your kitchen-aide mixer to be sure you get all the ingredients fully integrated.  Fill a bowl with water and keep it within reach of your workspace.  Separate the wrappers and lay them out on a sheet pan, tinfoil, or wax paper.  Once you get wrapping, you will be glad to not use your sticky fingers to pull a fresh wonton wrapper off the stack.  Place a wrapper in the palm of your hand and add a spoonful of momo filling to the center of your wrapper.  Be careful not to add too much filling, as you will have a difficult time wrapping your momo. [video width="1080" height="1080" mp4="http://inthekitchenwithbronwyn.com/wp-content/uploads/Momo-Wrapping.mp4"][/video] Wet your fingers and rub them around the outside 1/2 inch of your wrapper.  Start by pinching the edge of the wrapper together.  The water should help your wrapper stick; add more water if necessary.  Keeping one edge of the wrapper flat, gently scallop the other edge of the wrapper by folding it on top of itself in 1/4"-1/2" folds.  Continue scalloping the edge until you have a completely sealed dumpling.  Rub the basket of your steamer with oil, and arrange your momos in a single layer.  Place on the stove to steam for 20 minutes. [video width="1080" height="1080" mp4="http://inthekitchenwithbronwyn.com/wp-content/uploads/Presentation1.mp4"][/video] While your momos are steaming, place all the sauce ingredients in a blender or food processor, adding salt and pepper to taste.  If you are feeling creative, add a tomato or two! Serve momos fresh out of the steamer and top with momo sauce.  Makes 24-30 momos. Mmm-MOMOS!

Until next time,

Corrie Austin

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In the Kitchen with Bronwyn welcomes Corrie Austin, new to both Vermont and to the excitement and challenge of the Vermont food world. She’s jumped in with both feet, a transplant from another great food region, Portland, Oregon. And, it is no surprise to this writer that she trained as an architect before falling in love and following her Vermont-born husband to our green mountains.

palm close up Fiddleheads are one of the first symbols of Spring for Vermonters.  I recently enjoyed my first experience with them, and oh my, what a treat!  With a lightning fast harvest, these little gems can disappear before you know it.  Get them while you can!  Both beautiful and delicious, they are an excellent addition to any meal.  With a nutty and mellow flavor, fiddleheads are reminiscent of asparagus. However, their interior is more firm than asparagus, and they don't come with that other, rather awkward, side effect of asparagus we all know about… bowl o greens I bought my fiddleheads at Lantman's in Hinesburg for $7.99/lb.  The cost alone is enough to inspire you to do your own wild fern foraging.  If you decide to go on your own, take an experienced guide for your first couple of ventures, as there is a poisonous lookalike you don’t want to eat. Close up They are naturally covered with a brown, papery coating.  This brown material is the cocoon from which the ferns emerge like little butterflies.  It is easy rinsed off with water.  I filled a bowl with water and gently rubbed the fiddleheads between my hands to break them free.  I decided to go simple with butter, garlic, and lemon; a preparation that celebrates the flavor while also being very difficult to NOT enjoy. greens Ingredients: 3/4 lb Fiddleheads 1 1/2 Tbsp Butter 3-5 Cloves of Chopped Garlic 1 Lemon sliced into 1/4 inch discs Salt to taste Pepper to taste ingredients Preparation: Prepare your fiddleheads by rinsing off the brown casing.  They do not require any cutting or slicing.  Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat.  Once heated, add the garlic and sautée for two minutes, stirring regularly.  Add the ferns and cover for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add half the lemon wheels, salt, and pepper.  Stir occasionally for another 3-5 minutes or until they turn into a slightly dull shade of green.  Serve immediately and top with remaining lemon wheels as garnish.  ENJOY! fry pan I served mine with roasted sweet mama squash and pork tenderloin, washed down with a delicious and local Mountain Ale by The Shed brewery. dinner plate

Until next time,

Corrie Austin

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Farm Cart at Shelburne Farms2

 

Farm Cart Squash Soup

 At a recent lunch meeting with Shelburne Farms President Alec Webb and Director Megan Camp, the Farm Cart, the outdoor lunch purveyor in the courtyard of the Farm Barn at Shelburne Farms, served a delicious squash soup. It seemed the perfect recipe to offer as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches. Here it is, and thank you, James McCarthy, special events chef at the inn, for letting me share the recipe with my readers!

  

Farm Cart Squash Soup
6-8 servings  

2 ½ cups squash puree
4 cups squash stock
2 medium sweet onions, quartered
2 bay leaves
2 red chilies
2 cups apple cider
¼ cup grated ginger (save the peels)
2/3 cup maple syrup (grade B or dark amber)
1 ½ teaspoon allspice
1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 ¼ cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Salt

For the Squash Puree
Use a combination of buttercup squash, butternut squash and/or sweet pie pumpkins for a delicious flavor, but if you have only one type of squash the recipe will still work just as well. Cut the squash in half lengthwise, remove the seeds, and roast in a 375-degree oven until tender and slightly brown –about 40 to 50 minutes depending on the size of the squash. Separate the flesh from the skins and set aside skins for use in the stock.

For the Stock
Pour 6 cups of water into a large pan with a cover. Add the squash skins, ginger peels, and 1 of the onions, 2 bay leaves, and 2 whole red chilies in a large stockpot and bring to a boil. Cover and let simmer gently for 30 minutes. Strain and discard skins. If the liquid is less than 4 cups when finished simmering, add water to make up the difference.

The Soup
In a large pot combine the squash puree, stock, apple cider, and the final onion. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the ginger. Blend the soup by either using a hand blender or by batches in a countertop blender until smooth. Mix together the maple syrup, heavy cream, allspice, cinnamon and vinegar in a separate bowl and add to the soup. Mix thoroughly. Add salt to taste (as much as ¼ cup). Garnish with sage or a little hazelnut oil.

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A Delicious & Health-Conscious Version of the Great American Classic

With thanks to Tom Zetterstrom

 Zetterburger patties

Here is the recipe for "The Zetterburger," Tom Zetterstrom's version of the classic hamburger with an addition that makes it one of the healthiest meals of the summer.    

Bronwyn 

Serves 4 people 

Ingredients:
1 lb. ground grass-fed beef
1 medium-sized sweet onion, finely chopped
1 cup densely packed and finely-chopped arugula
1 egg
Garden lettuce
2 whole-wheat buns 

In a large bowl mix the ground beef, the onion and the arugula. When everything is mixed well, in a separate bowl whip the egg and add to the ground meat mixture, mixing thoroughly.

Divide the ground meat mixture into four parts and form into burgers. On an outdoor grill, quickly sear both sides over high heat then cook over medium-low heat until the inside of the burger is pink and juicy and the outside firm and well-broiled, but not overcooked. Grass-fed beef is at its best when cooked rare to medium rare.

Serve on a whole-wheat half bun with organic ketchup and top of dark green lettuce—either Romaine or other garden lettuce. 

Grey Line

As my friend and creative home cook, Tom Zetterstrom, says,“It’s a balanced meal.” For more on Tom Zetterstrom, his “runaway arugula”, and how his classic hamburger got its twist, read The Making of the “Zetterburger”: A True Tale of Creativity in the Kitchen.

Please also enjoy this slideshow of how to make a Zetterburger, as photographed by Tom Zetterstrom:

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Lindsay Harris making mozzarella

This recipe comes with my thanks to Lindsay Harris of Family Cow Farmstand for her wonderful introduction to making mozzarella. Lindsay and her husband, Evan Reiss, run the largest raw milk farm in Vermont. They have eight Guernsey cows, which Lindsay says are bred to process vitamin A better than any other breed.

My good friend, Lisa Farrell, and I spent a lazy Sunday afternoon making mozzarella cheese in my kitchen, using raw milk from Family Cow Farmstand, after having attended a workshop led by Lindsay. We felt confident that we could master the technique. To our surprise, it was even easier than it looked! Read Lisa's Spoon Fed Story here.

Here’s the recipe we used, compliments of Lindsay Harris.

—Bronwyn

Grey Line

Mozzarella is a fresh cheese. This means it has not been worked on by bacteria (cultured). It is fresh milk made slightly acidic, then worked on by enzymes (rennet). The enzymes change the shape of the protein, causing solids (curd) to separate out from most of the liquid (whey).

FRESH HOMEMADE MOZZARELLA

The finished mozzarella square

Ingredients
1 gallon of milk (best if it is raw milk)
Citric acid crystals (1½ tsp per gallon of milk)
1 cup of cool water
Rennet (1/8 tsp. for 1 gallon of milk depending on strength of rennet. Use less rennet if using pasteurized milk)
Salt (2-3 tbs per gallon of milk)

Equipment
Thermometer (must reach 120 to 130 degrees F)
Rubber gloves
Bowl with ice water 

To Make the Cheese
Rinse a large pot with cool water and dry it. Pour cold milk into the pot.

Dissolve citric acid crystals in ½ cup cool water, then stir this solution gently and thoroughly into cold milk. Slowly heat the milk to 90 degrees while stirring frequently.

Dissolve the rennet in ½ cup cool water. Take the milk off the heat and very gently but thoroughly stir in the rennet. Stir only once. Let milk sit undisturbed for 10 minutes or until you get a mass of curds that breaks cleanly. You may have to put a little heat to it if the curds aren’t setting up right.

Mix salt into bowl of ice water to make an icy brine (to cool the finished cheese). 

Use a long knife to cut the curds into 1 inch by 1 inch columns. Very gently stir the curds as you heat up the pot. The curds will become gooey and stretchy and stick together when the whey reaches 120 -130 degrees. Be sure to stir gently from the bottom up. 

Using rubber gloves to pull the mass of curds out of the whey, stretch and work them for 5-10 seconds—not too much or they’ll be rubbery. Whey will pour off as you work them. Immediately submerge the cheese in the icy brine to cool for 15 minutes or so to cool (the saltier the brine, the firmer the skin of the cheese).

Enjoy the cheese immediately and/or store moist (but not submerged) in the fridge in an airtight container.

Note: You can contact Lindsay Harris or Evan Reiss at www.familycowfarmstand.com. Family Cow Farmstand, 2386 Shelburne Falls Road, Hinesburg, VT 05461, 802-482-4440. Citric acid and rennet are available at www.cheesemaking.com 

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Corrie Austin is new to Vermont and new to the excitement and challenge of the Vermont food world. She’s jumped in with both feet, a transplant from another great food region, Portland, Oregon. The crew

After a disappointing experience with food-truck momos, some peers at work decided we should make our own!  For those of you wondering "what the heck is a momo," watch this video. Reminiscent of Japanese Gyoza, the Momo is the dumpling of Tibet, Nepal, and Northern India. Before this experience, many in our group did not know what a momo was, let alone how to make one.  However, with the guidance of our Nepalese-native colleague, we made batch after batch of (mostly) beautiful and delicious momos.  We made plenty to bring to the office the next morning and show off our mad momo-making skills.  Enjoying the way the word feels in your mouth, we tossed around phrases like: "How many momos have you eaten?" and "Let's make more momos" and "More momos, please!" [caption id="attachment_4450" align="aligncenter" width="520"]Our patient teacher, Anup Our patient teacher, Anup[/caption]

How to Make Momos:

Momos: 1 1/2 lb Ground pork (or chicken or turkey) A generous handful of freshly chopped cilantro 1 Finely chopped yellow onion 3-4 Garlic cloves 1 Finely chopped scallion Salt & pepper to taste Round wonton wrappers Momo Sauce: 2 1/2 C. fresh cilantro 1 Tbsp lemon juice 1 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper 8 Trimmed scallions Salt & pepper to taste Method: Please note: you will need a steamer basket.  We were lucky enough to have a steaming tower, allowing us to steam momos in large batches.  If you have a single steam basket, the method is the same, but you will be momo-making in much smaller batches.  Fill the base of your steamer or pot with water and set on the stove to boil.  Each batch steams for 20 minutes, so be sure to have plenty of water in your pot. Steamer Tower Add all the momo ingredients except the wrappers into a large bowl and mix well.  I find hand-mixing is the best method, or use your kitchen-aide mixer to be sure you get all the ingredients fully integrated.  Fill a bowl with water and keep it within reach of your workspace.  Separate the wrappers and lay them out on a sheet pan, tinfoil, or wax paper.  Once you get wrapping, you will be glad to not use your sticky fingers to pull a fresh wonton wrapper off the stack.  Place a wrapper in the palm of your hand and add a spoonful of momo filling to the center of your wrapper.  Be careful not to add too much filling, as you will have a difficult time wrapping your momo. [video width="1080" height="1080" mp4="http://inthekitchenwithbronwyn.com/wp-content/uploads/Momo-Wrapping.mp4"][/video] Wet your fingers and rub them around the outside 1/2 inch of your wrapper.  Start by pinching the edge of the wrapper together.  The water should help your wrapper stick; add more water if necessary.  Keeping one edge of the wrapper flat, gently scallop the other edge of the wrapper by folding it on top of itself in 1/4"-1/2" folds.  Continue scalloping the edge until you have a completely sealed dumpling.  Rub the basket of your steamer with oil, and arrange your momos in a single layer.  Place on the stove to steam for 20 minutes. [video width="1080" height="1080" mp4="http://inthekitchenwithbronwyn.com/wp-content/uploads/Presentation1.mp4"][/video] While your momos are steaming, place all the sauce ingredients in a blender or food processor, adding salt and pepper to taste.  If you are feeling creative, add a tomato or two! Serve momos fresh out of the steamer and top with momo sauce.  Makes 24-30 momos. Mmm-MOMOS!

Until next time,

Corrie Austin

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  1. Kellie Kutkey says:

    Mmmmm! Many much Momo’s. . . Nom nom nom 😆

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Sautéed Fiddleheads in Butter with Lemon and Garlic

In the Kitchen with Bronwyn welcomes Corrie Austin, new to both Vermont and to the excitement and challenge of the Vermont food world. She’s jumped in with both feet, a transplant from another great food region, Portland, Oregon. And, it is no surprise to this writer that she trained as an architect before falling in love and following her Vermont-born husband to our green mountains.

palm close up

Fiddleheads are one of the first symbols of Spring for Vermonters.  I recently enjoyed my first experience with them, and oh my, what a treat!  With a lightning fast harvest, these little gems can disappear before you know it.  Get them while you can!  Both beautiful and delicious, they are an excellent addition to any meal.  With a nutty and mellow flavor, fiddleheads are reminiscent of asparagus. However, their interior is more firm than asparagus, and they don’t come with that other, rather awkward, side effect of asparagus we all know about…

bowl o greens

I bought my fiddleheads at Lantman’s in Hinesburg for $7.99/lb.  The cost alone is enough to inspire you to do your own wild fern foraging.  If you decide to go on your own, take an experienced guide for your first couple of ventures, as there is a poisonous lookalike you don’t want to eat.

Close up

They are naturally covered with a brown, papery coating.  This brown material is the cocoon from which the ferns emerge like little butterflies.  It is easy rinsed off with water.  I filled a bowl with water and gently rubbed the fiddleheads between my hands to break them free.  I decided to go simple with butter, garlic, and lemon; a preparation that celebrates the flavor while also being very difficult to NOT enjoy.

greens

Ingredients:

3/4 lb Fiddleheads

1 1/2 Tbsp Butter

3-5 Cloves of Chopped Garlic

1 Lemon sliced into 1/4 inch discs

Salt to taste

Pepper to taste

ingredients

Preparation:

Prepare your fiddleheads by rinsing off the brown casing.  They do not require any cutting or slicing.  Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat.  Once heated, add the garlic and sautée for two minutes, stirring regularly.  Add the ferns and cover for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add half the lemon wheels, salt, and pepper.  Stir occasionally for another 3-5 minutes or until they turn into a slightly dull shade of green.  Serve immediately and top with remaining lemon wheels as garnish.  ENJOY!

fry pan

I served mine with roasted sweet mama squash and pork tenderloin, washed down with a delicious and local Mountain Ale by The Shed brewery.

dinner plate

Until next time,

Corrie Austin

Posted: 5-20-2017

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Corrie Austin is new to Vermont and new to the excitement and challenge of the Vermont food world. She’s jumped in with both feet, a transplant from another great food region, Portland, Oregon. The crew

After a disappointing experience with food-truck momos, some peers at work decided we should make our own!  For those of you wondering "what the heck is a momo," watch this video. Reminiscent of Japanese Gyoza, the Momo is the dumpling of Tibet, Nepal, and Northern India. Before this experience, many in our group did not know what a momo was, let alone how to make one.  However, with the guidance of our Nepalese-native colleague, we made batch after batch of (mostly) beautiful and delicious momos.  We made plenty to bring to the office the next morning and show off our mad momo-making skills.  Enjoying the way the word feels in your mouth, we tossed around phrases like: "How many momos have you eaten?" and "Let's make more momos" and "More momos, please!" [caption id="attachment_4450" align="aligncenter" width="520"]Our patient teacher, Anup Our patient teacher, Anup[/caption]

How to Make Momos:

Momos: 1 1/2 lb Ground pork (or chicken or turkey) A generous handful of freshly chopped cilantro 1 Finely chopped yellow onion 3-4 Garlic cloves 1 Finely chopped scallion Salt & pepper to taste Round wonton wrappers Momo Sauce: 2 1/2 C. fresh cilantro 1 Tbsp lemon juice 1 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper 8 Trimmed scallions Salt & pepper to taste Method: Please note: you will need a steamer basket.  We were lucky enough to have a steaming tower, allowing us to steam momos in large batches.  If you have a single steam basket, the method is the same, but you will be momo-making in much smaller batches.  Fill the base of your steamer or pot with water and set on the stove to boil.  Each batch steams for 20 minutes, so be sure to have plenty of water in your pot. Steamer Tower Add all the momo ingredients except the wrappers into a large bowl and mix well.  I find hand-mixing is the best method, or use your kitchen-aide mixer to be sure you get all the ingredients fully integrated.  Fill a bowl with water and keep it within reach of your workspace.  Separate the wrappers and lay them out on a sheet pan, tinfoil, or wax paper.  Once you get wrapping, you will be glad to not use your sticky fingers to pull a fresh wonton wrapper off the stack.  Place a wrapper in the palm of your hand and add a spoonful of momo filling to the center of your wrapper.  Be careful not to add too much filling, as you will have a difficult time wrapping your momo. [video width="1080" height="1080" mp4="http://inthekitchenwithbronwyn.com/wp-content/uploads/Momo-Wrapping.mp4"][/video] Wet your fingers and rub them around the outside 1/2 inch of your wrapper.  Start by pinching the edge of the wrapper together.  The water should help your wrapper stick; add more water if necessary.  Keeping one edge of the wrapper flat, gently scallop the other edge of the wrapper by folding it on top of itself in 1/4"-1/2" folds.  Continue scalloping the edge until you have a completely sealed dumpling.  Rub the basket of your steamer with oil, and arrange your momos in a single layer.  Place on the stove to steam for 20 minutes. [video width="1080" height="1080" mp4="http://inthekitchenwithbronwyn.com/wp-content/uploads/Presentation1.mp4"][/video] While your momos are steaming, place all the sauce ingredients in a blender or food processor, adding salt and pepper to taste.  If you are feeling creative, add a tomato or two! Serve momos fresh out of the steamer and top with momo sauce.  Makes 24-30 momos. Mmm-MOMOS!

Until next time,

Corrie Austin

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In the Kitchen with Bronwyn welcomes Corrie Austin, new to both Vermont and to the excitement and challenge of the Vermont food world. She’s jumped in with both feet, a transplant from another great food region, Portland, Oregon. And, it is no surprise to this writer that she trained as an architect before falling in love and following her Vermont-born husband to our green mountains.

palm close up Fiddleheads are one of the first symbols of Spring for Vermonters.  I recently enjoyed my first experience with them, and oh my, what a treat!  With a lightning fast harvest, these little gems can disappear before you know it.  Get them while you can!  Both beautiful and delicious, they are an excellent addition to any meal.  With a nutty and mellow flavor, fiddleheads are reminiscent of asparagus. However, their interior is more firm than asparagus, and they don't come with that other, rather awkward, side effect of asparagus we all know about… bowl o greens I bought my fiddleheads at Lantman's in Hinesburg for $7.99/lb.  The cost alone is enough to inspire you to do your own wild fern foraging.  If you decide to go on your own, take an experienced guide for your first couple of ventures, as there is a poisonous lookalike you don’t want to eat. Close up They are naturally covered with a brown, papery coating.  This brown material is the cocoon from which the ferns emerge like little butterflies.  It is easy rinsed off with water.  I filled a bowl with water and gently rubbed the fiddleheads between my hands to break them free.  I decided to go simple with butter, garlic, and lemon; a preparation that celebrates the flavor while also being very difficult to NOT enjoy. greens Ingredients: 3/4 lb Fiddleheads 1 1/2 Tbsp Butter 3-5 Cloves of Chopped Garlic 1 Lemon sliced into 1/4 inch discs Salt to taste Pepper to taste ingredients Preparation: Prepare your fiddleheads by rinsing off the brown casing.  They do not require any cutting or slicing.  Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat.  Once heated, add the garlic and sautée for two minutes, stirring regularly.  Add the ferns and cover for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add half the lemon wheels, salt, and pepper.  Stir occasionally for another 3-5 minutes or until they turn into a slightly dull shade of green.  Serve immediately and top with remaining lemon wheels as garnish.  ENJOY! fry pan I served mine with roasted sweet mama squash and pork tenderloin, washed down with a delicious and local Mountain Ale by The Shed brewery. dinner plate

Until next time,

Corrie Austin

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Farm Cart at Shelburne Farms2

 

Farm Cart Squash Soup

 At a recent lunch meeting with Shelburne Farms President Alec Webb and Director Megan Camp, the Farm Cart, the outdoor lunch purveyor in the courtyard of the Farm Barn at Shelburne Farms, served a delicious squash soup. It seemed the perfect recipe to offer as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches. Here it is, and thank you, James McCarthy, special events chef at the inn, for letting me share the recipe with my readers!

  

Farm Cart Squash Soup
6-8 servings  

2 ½ cups squash puree
4 cups squash stock
2 medium sweet onions, quartered
2 bay leaves
2 red chilies
2 cups apple cider
¼ cup grated ginger (save the peels)
2/3 cup maple syrup (grade B or dark amber)
1 ½ teaspoon allspice
1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 ¼ cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Salt

For the Squash Puree
Use a combination of buttercup squash, butternut squash and/or sweet pie pumpkins for a delicious flavor, but if you have only one type of squash the recipe will still work just as well. Cut the squash in half lengthwise, remove the seeds, and roast in a 375-degree oven until tender and slightly brown –about 40 to 50 minutes depending on the size of the squash. Separate the flesh from the skins and set aside skins for use in the stock.

For the Stock
Pour 6 cups of water into a large pan with a cover. Add the squash skins, ginger peels, and 1 of the onions, 2 bay leaves, and 2 whole red chilies in a large stockpot and bring to a boil. Cover and let simmer gently for 30 minutes. Strain and discard skins. If the liquid is less than 4 cups when finished simmering, add water to make up the difference.

The Soup
In a large pot combine the squash puree, stock, apple cider, and the final onion. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the ginger. Blend the soup by either using a hand blender or by batches in a countertop blender until smooth. Mix together the maple syrup, heavy cream, allspice, cinnamon and vinegar in a separate bowl and add to the soup. Mix thoroughly. Add salt to taste (as much as ¼ cup). Garnish with sage or a little hazelnut oil.

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A Delicious & Health-Conscious Version of the Great American Classic

With thanks to Tom Zetterstrom

 Zetterburger patties

Here is the recipe for "The Zetterburger," Tom Zetterstrom's version of the classic hamburger with an addition that makes it one of the healthiest meals of the summer.    

Bronwyn 

Serves 4 people 

Ingredients:
1 lb. ground grass-fed beef
1 medium-sized sweet onion, finely chopped
1 cup densely packed and finely-chopped arugula
1 egg
Garden lettuce
2 whole-wheat buns 

In a large bowl mix the ground beef, the onion and the arugula. When everything is mixed well, in a separate bowl whip the egg and add to the ground meat mixture, mixing thoroughly.

Divide the ground meat mixture into four parts and form into burgers. On an outdoor grill, quickly sear both sides over high heat then cook over medium-low heat until the inside of the burger is pink and juicy and the outside firm and well-broiled, but not overcooked. Grass-fed beef is at its best when cooked rare to medium rare.

Serve on a whole-wheat half bun with organic ketchup and top of dark green lettuce—either Romaine or other garden lettuce. 

Grey Line

As my friend and creative home cook, Tom Zetterstrom, says,“It’s a balanced meal.” For more on Tom Zetterstrom, his “runaway arugula”, and how his classic hamburger got its twist, read The Making of the “Zetterburger”: A True Tale of Creativity in the Kitchen.

Please also enjoy this slideshow of how to make a Zetterburger, as photographed by Tom Zetterstrom:

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Lindsay Harris making mozzarella

This recipe comes with my thanks to Lindsay Harris of Family Cow Farmstand for her wonderful introduction to making mozzarella. Lindsay and her husband, Evan Reiss, run the largest raw milk farm in Vermont. They have eight Guernsey cows, which Lindsay says are bred to process vitamin A better than any other breed.

My good friend, Lisa Farrell, and I spent a lazy Sunday afternoon making mozzarella cheese in my kitchen, using raw milk from Family Cow Farmstand, after having attended a workshop led by Lindsay. We felt confident that we could master the technique. To our surprise, it was even easier than it looked! Read Lisa's Spoon Fed Story here.

Here’s the recipe we used, compliments of Lindsay Harris.

—Bronwyn

Grey Line

Mozzarella is a fresh cheese. This means it has not been worked on by bacteria (cultured). It is fresh milk made slightly acidic, then worked on by enzymes (rennet). The enzymes change the shape of the protein, causing solids (curd) to separate out from most of the liquid (whey).

FRESH HOMEMADE MOZZARELLA

The finished mozzarella square

Ingredients
1 gallon of milk (best if it is raw milk)
Citric acid crystals (1½ tsp per gallon of milk)
1 cup of cool water
Rennet (1/8 tsp. for 1 gallon of milk depending on strength of rennet. Use less rennet if using pasteurized milk)
Salt (2-3 tbs per gallon of milk)

Equipment
Thermometer (must reach 120 to 130 degrees F)
Rubber gloves
Bowl with ice water 

To Make the Cheese
Rinse a large pot with cool water and dry it. Pour cold milk into the pot.

Dissolve citric acid crystals in ½ cup cool water, then stir this solution gently and thoroughly into cold milk. Slowly heat the milk to 90 degrees while stirring frequently.

Dissolve the rennet in ½ cup cool water. Take the milk off the heat and very gently but thoroughly stir in the rennet. Stir only once. Let milk sit undisturbed for 10 minutes or until you get a mass of curds that breaks cleanly. You may have to put a little heat to it if the curds aren’t setting up right.

Mix salt into bowl of ice water to make an icy brine (to cool the finished cheese). 

Use a long knife to cut the curds into 1 inch by 1 inch columns. Very gently stir the curds as you heat up the pot. The curds will become gooey and stretchy and stick together when the whey reaches 120 -130 degrees. Be sure to stir gently from the bottom up. 

Using rubber gloves to pull the mass of curds out of the whey, stretch and work them for 5-10 seconds—not too much or they’ll be rubbery. Whey will pour off as you work them. Immediately submerge the cheese in the icy brine to cool for 15 minutes or so to cool (the saltier the brine, the firmer the skin of the cheese).

Enjoy the cheese immediately and/or store moist (but not submerged) in the fridge in an airtight container.

Note: You can contact Lindsay Harris or Evan Reiss at www.familycowfarmstand.com. Family Cow Farmstand, 2386 Shelburne Falls Road, Hinesburg, VT 05461, 802-482-4440. Citric acid and rennet are available at www.cheesemaking.com 

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In the Kitchen with Bronwyn welcomes Corrie Austin, new to both Vermont and to the excitement and challenge of the Vermont food world. She’s jumped in with both feet, a transplant from another great food region, Portland, Oregon. And, it is no surprise to this writer that she trained as an architect before falling in love and following her Vermont-born husband to our green mountains.

palm close up Fiddleheads are one of the first symbols of Spring for Vermonters.  I recently enjoyed my first experience with them, and oh my, what a treat!  With a lightning fast harvest, these little gems can disappear before you know it.  Get them while you can!  Both beautiful and delicious, they are an excellent addition to any meal.  With a nutty and mellow flavor, fiddleheads are reminiscent of asparagus. However, their interior is more firm than asparagus, and they don't come with that other, rather awkward, side effect of asparagus we all know about… bowl o greens I bought my fiddleheads at Lantman's in Hinesburg for $7.99/lb.  The cost alone is enough to inspire you to do your own wild fern foraging.  If you decide to go on your own, take an experienced guide for your first couple of ventures, as there is a poisonous lookalike you don’t want to eat. Close up They are naturally covered with a brown, papery coating.  This brown material is the cocoon from which the ferns emerge like little butterflies.  It is easy rinsed off with water.  I filled a bowl with water and gently rubbed the fiddleheads between my hands to break them free.  I decided to go simple with butter, garlic, and lemon; a preparation that celebrates the flavor while also being very difficult to NOT enjoy. greens Ingredients: 3/4 lb Fiddleheads 1 1/2 Tbsp Butter 3-5 Cloves of Chopped Garlic 1 Lemon sliced into 1/4 inch discs Salt to taste Pepper to taste ingredients Preparation: Prepare your fiddleheads by rinsing off the brown casing.  They do not require any cutting or slicing.  Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat.  Once heated, add the garlic and sautée for two minutes, stirring regularly.  Add the ferns and cover for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add half the lemon wheels, salt, and pepper.  Stir occasionally for another 3-5 minutes or until they turn into a slightly dull shade of green.  Serve immediately and top with remaining lemon wheels as garnish.  ENJOY! fry pan I served mine with roasted sweet mama squash and pork tenderloin, washed down with a delicious and local Mountain Ale by The Shed brewery. dinner plate

Until next time,

Corrie Austin

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  1. Kellie Kutkey says:

    I want to harvest them next spring. . . You make them look AMAZING

  2. For a new Vermonter you’re definitely taking to the local cuisine in and engaging way. I love the recipe and the photos are terrific! Can’t wait to see what your next food adventure will be….Thanks, Corrie!

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A Recipe for the Holidays from Shelburne Farms

Farm Cart at Shelburne Farms2

 

Farm Cart Squash Soup

 At a recent lunch meeting with Shelburne Farms President Alec Webb and Director Megan Camp, the Farm Cart, the outdoor lunch purveyor in the courtyard of the Farm Barn at Shelburne Farms, served a delicious squash soup. It seemed the perfect recipe to offer as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches. Here it is, and thank you, James McCarthy, special events chef at the inn, for letting me share the recipe with my readers!

  

Farm Cart Squash Soup
6-8 servings  

2 ½ cups squash puree
4 cups squash stock
2 medium sweet onions, quartered
2 bay leaves
2 red chilies
2 cups apple cider
¼ cup grated ginger (save the peels)
2/3 cup maple syrup (grade B or dark amber)
1 ½ teaspoon allspice
1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 ¼ cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Salt

For the Squash Puree
Use a combination of buttercup squash, butternut squash and/or sweet pie pumpkins for a delicious flavor, but if you have only one type of squash the recipe will still work just as well. Cut the squash in half lengthwise, remove the seeds, and roast in a 375-degree oven until tender and slightly brown –about 40 to 50 minutes depending on the size of the squash. Separate the flesh from the skins and set aside skins for use in the stock.

For the Stock
Pour 6 cups of water into a large pan with a cover. Add the squash skins, ginger peels, and 1 of the onions, 2 bay leaves, and 2 whole red chilies in a large stockpot and bring to a boil. Cover and let simmer gently for 30 minutes. Strain and discard skins. If the liquid is less than 4 cups when finished simmering, add water to make up the difference.

The Soup
In a large pot combine the squash puree, stock, apple cider, and the final onion. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the ginger. Blend the soup by either using a hand blender or by batches in a countertop blender until smooth. Mix together the maple syrup, heavy cream, allspice, cinnamon and vinegar in a separate bowl and add to the soup. Mix thoroughly. Add salt to taste (as much as ¼ cup). Garnish with sage or a little hazelnut oil.

Posted: 11-21-2013

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Corrie Austin is new to Vermont and new to the excitement and challenge of the Vermont food world. She’s jumped in with both feet, a transplant from another great food region, Portland, Oregon. The crew

After a disappointing experience with food-truck momos, some peers at work decided we should make our own!  For those of you wondering "what the heck is a momo," watch this video. Reminiscent of Japanese Gyoza, the Momo is the dumpling of Tibet, Nepal, and Northern India. Before this experience, many in our group did not know what a momo was, let alone how to make one.  However, with the guidance of our Nepalese-native colleague, we made batch after batch of (mostly) beautiful and delicious momos.  We made plenty to bring to the office the next morning and show off our mad momo-making skills.  Enjoying the way the word feels in your mouth, we tossed around phrases like: "How many momos have you eaten?" and "Let's make more momos" and "More momos, please!" [caption id="attachment_4450" align="aligncenter" width="520"]Our patient teacher, Anup Our patient teacher, Anup[/caption]

How to Make Momos:

Momos: 1 1/2 lb Ground pork (or chicken or turkey) A generous handful of freshly chopped cilantro 1 Finely chopped yellow onion 3-4 Garlic cloves 1 Finely chopped scallion Salt & pepper to taste Round wonton wrappers Momo Sauce: 2 1/2 C. fresh cilantro 1 Tbsp lemon juice 1 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper 8 Trimmed scallions Salt & pepper to taste Method: Please note: you will need a steamer basket.  We were lucky enough to have a steaming tower, allowing us to steam momos in large batches.  If you have a single steam basket, the method is the same, but you will be momo-making in much smaller batches.  Fill the base of your steamer or pot with water and set on the stove to boil.  Each batch steams for 20 minutes, so be sure to have plenty of water in your pot. Steamer Tower Add all the momo ingredients except the wrappers into a large bowl and mix well.  I find hand-mixing is the best method, or use your kitchen-aide mixer to be sure you get all the ingredients fully integrated.  Fill a bowl with water and keep it within reach of your workspace.  Separate the wrappers and lay them out on a sheet pan, tinfoil, or wax paper.  Once you get wrapping, you will be glad to not use your sticky fingers to pull a fresh wonton wrapper off the stack.  Place a wrapper in the palm of your hand and add a spoonful of momo filling to the center of your wrapper.  Be careful not to add too much filling, as you will have a difficult time wrapping your momo. [video width="1080" height="1080" mp4="http://inthekitchenwithbronwyn.com/wp-content/uploads/Momo-Wrapping.mp4"][/video] Wet your fingers and rub them around the outside 1/2 inch of your wrapper.  Start by pinching the edge of the wrapper together.  The water should help your wrapper stick; add more water if necessary.  Keeping one edge of the wrapper flat, gently scallop the other edge of the wrapper by folding it on top of itself in 1/4"-1/2" folds.  Continue scalloping the edge until you have a completely sealed dumpling.  Rub the basket of your steamer with oil, and arrange your momos in a single layer.  Place on the stove to steam for 20 minutes. [video width="1080" height="1080" mp4="http://inthekitchenwithbronwyn.com/wp-content/uploads/Presentation1.mp4"][/video] While your momos are steaming, place all the sauce ingredients in a blender or food processor, adding salt and pepper to taste.  If you are feeling creative, add a tomato or two! Serve momos fresh out of the steamer and top with momo sauce.  Makes 24-30 momos. Mmm-MOMOS!

Until next time,

Corrie Austin

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In the Kitchen with Bronwyn welcomes Corrie Austin, new to both Vermont and to the excitement and challenge of the Vermont food world. She’s jumped in with both feet, a transplant from another great food region, Portland, Oregon. And, it is no surprise to this writer that she trained as an architect before falling in love and following her Vermont-born husband to our green mountains.

palm close up Fiddleheads are one of the first symbols of Spring for Vermonters.  I recently enjoyed my first experience with them, and oh my, what a treat!  With a lightning fast harvest, these little gems can disappear before you know it.  Get them while you can!  Both beautiful and delicious, they are an excellent addition to any meal.  With a nutty and mellow flavor, fiddleheads are reminiscent of asparagus. However, their interior is more firm than asparagus, and they don't come with that other, rather awkward, side effect of asparagus we all know about… bowl o greens I bought my fiddleheads at Lantman's in Hinesburg for $7.99/lb.  The cost alone is enough to inspire you to do your own wild fern foraging.  If you decide to go on your own, take an experienced guide for your first couple of ventures, as there is a poisonous lookalike you don’t want to eat. Close up They are naturally covered with a brown, papery coating.  This brown material is the cocoon from which the ferns emerge like little butterflies.  It is easy rinsed off with water.  I filled a bowl with water and gently rubbed the fiddleheads between my hands to break them free.  I decided to go simple with butter, garlic, and lemon; a preparation that celebrates the flavor while also being very difficult to NOT enjoy. greens Ingredients: 3/4 lb Fiddleheads 1 1/2 Tbsp Butter 3-5 Cloves of Chopped Garlic 1 Lemon sliced into 1/4 inch discs Salt to taste Pepper to taste ingredients Preparation: Prepare your fiddleheads by rinsing off the brown casing.  They do not require any cutting or slicing.  Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat.  Once heated, add the garlic and sautée for two minutes, stirring regularly.  Add the ferns and cover for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add half the lemon wheels, salt, and pepper.  Stir occasionally for another 3-5 minutes or until they turn into a slightly dull shade of green.  Serve immediately and top with remaining lemon wheels as garnish.  ENJOY! fry pan I served mine with roasted sweet mama squash and pork tenderloin, washed down with a delicious and local Mountain Ale by The Shed brewery. dinner plate

Until next time,

Corrie Austin

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Farm Cart Squash Soup

 At a recent lunch meeting with Shelburne Farms President Alec Webb and Director Megan Camp, the Farm Cart, the outdoor lunch purveyor in the courtyard of the Farm Barn at Shelburne Farms, served a delicious squash soup. It seemed the perfect recipe to offer as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches. Here it is, and thank you, James McCarthy, special events chef at the inn, for letting me share the recipe with my readers!

  

Farm Cart Squash Soup
6-8 servings  

2 ½ cups squash puree
4 cups squash stock
2 medium sweet onions, quartered
2 bay leaves
2 red chilies
2 cups apple cider
¼ cup grated ginger (save the peels)
2/3 cup maple syrup (grade B or dark amber)
1 ½ teaspoon allspice
1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 ¼ cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Salt

For the Squash Puree
Use a combination of buttercup squash, butternut squash and/or sweet pie pumpkins for a delicious flavor, but if you have only one type of squash the recipe will still work just as well. Cut the squash in half lengthwise, remove the seeds, and roast in a 375-degree oven until tender and slightly brown –about 40 to 50 minutes depending on the size of the squash. Separate the flesh from the skins and set aside skins for use in the stock.

For the Stock
Pour 6 cups of water into a large pan with a cover. Add the squash skins, ginger peels, and 1 of the onions, 2 bay leaves, and 2 whole red chilies in a large stockpot and bring to a boil. Cover and let simmer gently for 30 minutes. Strain and discard skins. If the liquid is less than 4 cups when finished simmering, add water to make up the difference.

The Soup
In a large pot combine the squash puree, stock, apple cider, and the final onion. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the ginger. Blend the soup by either using a hand blender or by batches in a countertop blender until smooth. Mix together the maple syrup, heavy cream, allspice, cinnamon and vinegar in a separate bowl and add to the soup. Mix thoroughly. Add salt to taste (as much as ¼ cup). Garnish with sage or a little hazelnut oil.

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A Delicious & Health-Conscious Version of the Great American Classic

With thanks to Tom Zetterstrom

 Zetterburger patties

Here is the recipe for "The Zetterburger," Tom Zetterstrom's version of the classic hamburger with an addition that makes it one of the healthiest meals of the summer.    

Bronwyn 

Serves 4 people 

Ingredients:
1 lb. ground grass-fed beef
1 medium-sized sweet onion, finely chopped
1 cup densely packed and finely-chopped arugula
1 egg
Garden lettuce
2 whole-wheat buns 

In a large bowl mix the ground beef, the onion and the arugula. When everything is mixed well, in a separate bowl whip the egg and add to the ground meat mixture, mixing thoroughly.

Divide the ground meat mixture into four parts and form into burgers. On an outdoor grill, quickly sear both sides over high heat then cook over medium-low heat until the inside of the burger is pink and juicy and the outside firm and well-broiled, but not overcooked. Grass-fed beef is at its best when cooked rare to medium rare.

Serve on a whole-wheat half bun with organic ketchup and top of dark green lettuce—either Romaine or other garden lettuce. 

Grey Line

As my friend and creative home cook, Tom Zetterstrom, says,“It’s a balanced meal.” For more on Tom Zetterstrom, his “runaway arugula”, and how his classic hamburger got its twist, read The Making of the “Zetterburger”: A True Tale of Creativity in the Kitchen.

Please also enjoy this slideshow of how to make a Zetterburger, as photographed by Tom Zetterstrom:

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Lindsay Harris making mozzarella

This recipe comes with my thanks to Lindsay Harris of Family Cow Farmstand for her wonderful introduction to making mozzarella. Lindsay and her husband, Evan Reiss, run the largest raw milk farm in Vermont. They have eight Guernsey cows, which Lindsay says are bred to process vitamin A better than any other breed.

My good friend, Lisa Farrell, and I spent a lazy Sunday afternoon making mozzarella cheese in my kitchen, using raw milk from Family Cow Farmstand, after having attended a workshop led by Lindsay. We felt confident that we could master the technique. To our surprise, it was even easier than it looked! Read Lisa's Spoon Fed Story here.

Here’s the recipe we used, compliments of Lindsay Harris.

—Bronwyn

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Mozzarella is a fresh cheese. This means it has not been worked on by bacteria (cultured). It is fresh milk made slightly acidic, then worked on by enzymes (rennet). The enzymes change the shape of the protein, causing solids (curd) to separate out from most of the liquid (whey).

FRESH HOMEMADE MOZZARELLA

The finished mozzarella square

Ingredients
1 gallon of milk (best if it is raw milk)
Citric acid crystals (1½ tsp per gallon of milk)
1 cup of cool water
Rennet (1/8 tsp. for 1 gallon of milk depending on strength of rennet. Use less rennet if using pasteurized milk)
Salt (2-3 tbs per gallon of milk)

Equipment
Thermometer (must reach 120 to 130 degrees F)
Rubber gloves
Bowl with ice water 

To Make the Cheese
Rinse a large pot with cool water and dry it. Pour cold milk into the pot.

Dissolve citric acid crystals in ½ cup cool water, then stir this solution gently and thoroughly into cold milk. Slowly heat the milk to 90 degrees while stirring frequently.

Dissolve the rennet in ½ cup cool water. Take the milk off the heat and very gently but thoroughly stir in the rennet. Stir only once. Let milk sit undisturbed for 10 minutes or until you get a mass of curds that breaks cleanly. You may have to put a little heat to it if the curds aren’t setting up right.

Mix salt into bowl of ice water to make an icy brine (to cool the finished cheese). 

Use a long knife to cut the curds into 1 inch by 1 inch columns. Very gently stir the curds as you heat up the pot. The curds will become gooey and stretchy and stick together when the whey reaches 120 -130 degrees. Be sure to stir gently from the bottom up. 

Using rubber gloves to pull the mass of curds out of the whey, stretch and work them for 5-10 seconds—not too much or they’ll be rubbery. Whey will pour off as you work them. Immediately submerge the cheese in the icy brine to cool for 15 minutes or so to cool (the saltier the brine, the firmer the skin of the cheese).

Enjoy the cheese immediately and/or store moist (but not submerged) in the fridge in an airtight container.

Note: You can contact Lindsay Harris or Evan Reiss at www.familycowfarmstand.com. Family Cow Farmstand, 2386 Shelburne Falls Road, Hinesburg, VT 05461, 802-482-4440. Citric acid and rennet are available at www.cheesemaking.com 

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Farm Cart Squash Soup

 At a recent lunch meeting with Shelburne Farms President Alec Webb and Director Megan Camp, the Farm Cart, the outdoor lunch purveyor in the courtyard of the Farm Barn at Shelburne Farms, served a delicious squash soup. It seemed the perfect recipe to offer as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches. Here it is, and thank you, James McCarthy, special events chef at the inn, for letting me share the recipe with my readers!

  

Farm Cart Squash Soup
6-8 servings  

2 ½ cups squash puree
4 cups squash stock
2 medium sweet onions, quartered
2 bay leaves
2 red chilies
2 cups apple cider
¼ cup grated ginger (save the peels)
2/3 cup maple syrup (grade B or dark amber)
1 ½ teaspoon allspice
1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 ¼ cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Salt

For the Squash Puree
Use a combination of buttercup squash, butternut squash and/or sweet pie pumpkins for a delicious flavor, but if you have only one type of squash the recipe will still work just as well. Cut the squash in half lengthwise, remove the seeds, and roast in a 375-degree oven until tender and slightly brown –about 40 to 50 minutes depending on the size of the squash. Separate the flesh from the skins and set aside skins for use in the stock.

For the Stock
Pour 6 cups of water into a large pan with a cover. Add the squash skins, ginger peels, and 1 of the onions, 2 bay leaves, and 2 whole red chilies in a large stockpot and bring to a boil. Cover and let simmer gently for 30 minutes. Strain and discard skins. If the liquid is less than 4 cups when finished simmering, add water to make up the difference.

The Soup
In a large pot combine the squash puree, stock, apple cider, and the final onion. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the ginger. Blend the soup by either using a hand blender or by batches in a countertop blender until smooth. Mix together the maple syrup, heavy cream, allspice, cinnamon and vinegar in a separate bowl and add to the soup. Mix thoroughly. Add salt to taste (as much as ¼ cup). Garnish with sage or a little hazelnut oil.

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  1. Lovely post as always, Bronwyn! I always so enjoy reading your site – this may be a recipe I have to try. ( :

  2. My mouth is watering! Ginger and chili peppers will surely elevate this recipe from the ordinary! Best, Christine

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The “Zetterburger” Recipe

A Delicious & Health-Conscious Version of the Great American Classic

With thanks to Tom Zetterstrom

 Zetterburger patties

Here is the recipe for “The Zetterburger,” Tom Zetterstrom’s version of the classic hamburger with an addition that makes it one of the healthiest meals of the summer.    

Bronwyn 

Serves 4 people 

Ingredients:
1 lb. ground grass-fed beef
1 medium-sized sweet onion, finely chopped
1 cup densely packed and finely-chopped arugula
1 egg
Garden lettuce
2 whole-wheat buns 

In a large bowl mix the ground beef, the onion and the arugula. When everything is mixed well, in a separate bowl whip the egg and add to the ground meat mixture, mixing thoroughly.

Divide the ground meat mixture into four parts and form into burgers. On an outdoor grill, quickly sear both sides over high heat then cook over medium-low heat until the inside of the burger is pink and juicy and the outside firm and well-broiled, but not overcooked. Grass-fed beef is at its best when cooked rare to medium rare.

Serve on a whole-wheat half bun with organic ketchup and top of dark green lettuce—either Romaine or other garden lettuce. 

Grey Line

As my friend and creative home cook, Tom Zetterstrom, says,“It’s a balanced meal.” For more on Tom Zetterstrom, his “runaway arugula”, and how his classic hamburger got its twist, read The Making of the “Zetterburger”: A True Tale of Creativity in the Kitchen.

Please also enjoy this slideshow of how to make a Zetterburger, as photographed by Tom Zetterstrom:

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Corrie Austin is new to Vermont and new to the excitement and challenge of the Vermont food world. She’s jumped in with both feet, a transplant from another great food region, Portland, Oregon. The crew

After a disappointing experience with food-truck momos, some peers at work decided we should make our own!  For those of you wondering "what the heck is a momo," watch this video. Reminiscent of Japanese Gyoza, the Momo is the dumpling of Tibet, Nepal, and Northern India. Before this experience, many in our group did not know what a momo was, let alone how to make one.  However, with the guidance of our Nepalese-native colleague, we made batch after batch of (mostly) beautiful and delicious momos.  We made plenty to bring to the office the next morning and show off our mad momo-making skills.  Enjoying the way the word feels in your mouth, we tossed around phrases like: "How many momos have you eaten?" and "Let's make more momos" and "More momos, please!" [caption id="attachment_4450" align="aligncenter" width="520"]Our patient teacher, Anup Our patient teacher, Anup[/caption]

How to Make Momos:

Momos: 1 1/2 lb Ground pork (or chicken or turkey) A generous handful of freshly chopped cilantro 1 Finely chopped yellow onion 3-4 Garlic cloves 1 Finely chopped scallion Salt & pepper to taste Round wonton wrappers Momo Sauce: 2 1/2 C. fresh cilantro 1 Tbsp lemon juice 1 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper 8 Trimmed scallions Salt & pepper to taste Method: Please note: you will need a steamer basket.  We were lucky enough to have a steaming tower, allowing us to steam momos in large batches.  If you have a single steam basket, the method is the same, but you will be momo-making in much smaller batches.  Fill the base of your steamer or pot with water and set on the stove to boil.  Each batch steams for 20 minutes, so be sure to have plenty of water in your pot. Steamer Tower Add all the momo ingredients except the wrappers into a large bowl and mix well.  I find hand-mixing is the best method, or use your kitchen-aide mixer to be sure you get all the ingredients fully integrated.  Fill a bowl with water and keep it within reach of your workspace.  Separate the wrappers and lay them out on a sheet pan, tinfoil, or wax paper.  Once you get wrapping, you will be glad to not use your sticky fingers to pull a fresh wonton wrapper off the stack.  Place a wrapper in the palm of your hand and add a spoonful of momo filling to the center of your wrapper.  Be careful not to add too much filling, as you will have a difficult time wrapping your momo. [video width="1080" height="1080" mp4="http://inthekitchenwithbronwyn.com/wp-content/uploads/Momo-Wrapping.mp4"][/video] Wet your fingers and rub them around the outside 1/2 inch of your wrapper.  Start by pinching the edge of the wrapper together.  The water should help your wrapper stick; add more water if necessary.  Keeping one edge of the wrapper flat, gently scallop the other edge of the wrapper by folding it on top of itself in 1/4"-1/2" folds.  Continue scalloping the edge until you have a completely sealed dumpling.  Rub the basket of your steamer with oil, and arrange your momos in a single layer.  Place on the stove to steam for 20 minutes. [video width="1080" height="1080" mp4="http://inthekitchenwithbronwyn.com/wp-content/uploads/Presentation1.mp4"][/video] While your momos are steaming, place all the sauce ingredients in a blender or food processor, adding salt and pepper to taste.  If you are feeling creative, add a tomato or two! Serve momos fresh out of the steamer and top with momo sauce.  Makes 24-30 momos. Mmm-MOMOS!

Until next time,

Corrie Austin

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In the Kitchen with Bronwyn welcomes Corrie Austin, new to both Vermont and to the excitement and challenge of the Vermont food world. She’s jumped in with both feet, a transplant from another great food region, Portland, Oregon. And, it is no surprise to this writer that she trained as an architect before falling in love and following her Vermont-born husband to our green mountains.

palm close up Fiddleheads are one of the first symbols of Spring for Vermonters.  I recently enjoyed my first experience with them, and oh my, what a treat!  With a lightning fast harvest, these little gems can disappear before you know it.  Get them while you can!  Both beautiful and delicious, they are an excellent addition to any meal.  With a nutty and mellow flavor, fiddleheads are reminiscent of asparagus. However, their interior is more firm than asparagus, and they don't come with that other, rather awkward, side effect of asparagus we all know about… bowl o greens I bought my fiddleheads at Lantman's in Hinesburg for $7.99/lb.  The cost alone is enough to inspire you to do your own wild fern foraging.  If you decide to go on your own, take an experienced guide for your first couple of ventures, as there is a poisonous lookalike you don’t want to eat. Close up They are naturally covered with a brown, papery coating.  This brown material is the cocoon from which the ferns emerge like little butterflies.  It is easy rinsed off with water.  I filled a bowl with water and gently rubbed the fiddleheads between my hands to break them free.  I decided to go simple with butter, garlic, and lemon; a preparation that celebrates the flavor while also being very difficult to NOT enjoy. greens Ingredients: 3/4 lb Fiddleheads 1 1/2 Tbsp Butter 3-5 Cloves of Chopped Garlic 1 Lemon sliced into 1/4 inch discs Salt to taste Pepper to taste ingredients Preparation: Prepare your fiddleheads by rinsing off the brown casing.  They do not require any cutting or slicing.  Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat.  Once heated, add the garlic and sautée for two minutes, stirring regularly.  Add the ferns and cover for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add half the lemon wheels, salt, and pepper.  Stir occasionally for another 3-5 minutes or until they turn into a slightly dull shade of green.  Serve immediately and top with remaining lemon wheels as garnish.  ENJOY! fry pan I served mine with roasted sweet mama squash and pork tenderloin, washed down with a delicious and local Mountain Ale by The Shed brewery. dinner plate

Until next time,

Corrie Austin

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Farm Cart at Shelburne Farms2

 

Farm Cart Squash Soup

 At a recent lunch meeting with Shelburne Farms President Alec Webb and Director Megan Camp, the Farm Cart, the outdoor lunch purveyor in the courtyard of the Farm Barn at Shelburne Farms, served a delicious squash soup. It seemed the perfect recipe to offer as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches. Here it is, and thank you, James McCarthy, special events chef at the inn, for letting me share the recipe with my readers!

  

Farm Cart Squash Soup
6-8 servings  

2 ½ cups squash puree
4 cups squash stock
2 medium sweet onions, quartered
2 bay leaves
2 red chilies
2 cups apple cider
¼ cup grated ginger (save the peels)
2/3 cup maple syrup (grade B or dark amber)
1 ½ teaspoon allspice
1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 ¼ cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Salt

For the Squash Puree
Use a combination of buttercup squash, butternut squash and/or sweet pie pumpkins for a delicious flavor, but if you have only one type of squash the recipe will still work just as well. Cut the squash in half lengthwise, remove the seeds, and roast in a 375-degree oven until tender and slightly brown –about 40 to 50 minutes depending on the size of the squash. Separate the flesh from the skins and set aside skins for use in the stock.

For the Stock
Pour 6 cups of water into a large pan with a cover. Add the squash skins, ginger peels, and 1 of the onions, 2 bay leaves, and 2 whole red chilies in a large stockpot and bring to a boil. Cover and let simmer gently for 30 minutes. Strain and discard skins. If the liquid is less than 4 cups when finished simmering, add water to make up the difference.

The Soup
In a large pot combine the squash puree, stock, apple cider, and the final onion. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the ginger. Blend the soup by either using a hand blender or by batches in a countertop blender until smooth. Mix together the maple syrup, heavy cream, allspice, cinnamon and vinegar in a separate bowl and add to the soup. Mix thoroughly. Add salt to taste (as much as ¼ cup). Garnish with sage or a little hazelnut oil.

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A Delicious & Health-Conscious Version of the Great American Classic

With thanks to Tom Zetterstrom

 Zetterburger patties

Here is the recipe for "The Zetterburger," Tom Zetterstrom's version of the classic hamburger with an addition that makes it one of the healthiest meals of the summer.    

Bronwyn 

Serves 4 people 

Ingredients:
1 lb. ground grass-fed beef
1 medium-sized sweet onion, finely chopped
1 cup densely packed and finely-chopped arugula
1 egg
Garden lettuce
2 whole-wheat buns 

In a large bowl mix the ground beef, the onion and the arugula. When everything is mixed well, in a separate bowl whip the egg and add to the ground meat mixture, mixing thoroughly.

Divide the ground meat mixture into four parts and form into burgers. On an outdoor grill, quickly sear both sides over high heat then cook over medium-low heat until the inside of the burger is pink and juicy and the outside firm and well-broiled, but not overcooked. Grass-fed beef is at its best when cooked rare to medium rare.

Serve on a whole-wheat half bun with organic ketchup and top of dark green lettuce—either Romaine or other garden lettuce. 

Grey Line

As my friend and creative home cook, Tom Zetterstrom, says,“It’s a balanced meal.” For more on Tom Zetterstrom, his “runaway arugula”, and how his classic hamburger got its twist, read The Making of the “Zetterburger”: A True Tale of Creativity in the Kitchen.

Please also enjoy this slideshow of how to make a Zetterburger, as photographed by Tom Zetterstrom:

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Lindsay Harris making mozzarella

This recipe comes with my thanks to Lindsay Harris of Family Cow Farmstand for her wonderful introduction to making mozzarella. Lindsay and her husband, Evan Reiss, run the largest raw milk farm in Vermont. They have eight Guernsey cows, which Lindsay says are bred to process vitamin A better than any other breed.

My good friend, Lisa Farrell, and I spent a lazy Sunday afternoon making mozzarella cheese in my kitchen, using raw milk from Family Cow Farmstand, after having attended a workshop led by Lindsay. We felt confident that we could master the technique. To our surprise, it was even easier than it looked! Read Lisa's Spoon Fed Story here.

Here’s the recipe we used, compliments of Lindsay Harris.

—Bronwyn

Grey Line

Mozzarella is a fresh cheese. This means it has not been worked on by bacteria (cultured). It is fresh milk made slightly acidic, then worked on by enzymes (rennet). The enzymes change the shape of the protein, causing solids (curd) to separate out from most of the liquid (whey).

FRESH HOMEMADE MOZZARELLA

The finished mozzarella square

Ingredients
1 gallon of milk (best if it is raw milk)
Citric acid crystals (1½ tsp per gallon of milk)
1 cup of cool water
Rennet (1/8 tsp. for 1 gallon of milk depending on strength of rennet. Use less rennet if using pasteurized milk)
Salt (2-3 tbs per gallon of milk)

Equipment
Thermometer (must reach 120 to 130 degrees F)
Rubber gloves
Bowl with ice water 

To Make the Cheese
Rinse a large pot with cool water and dry it. Pour cold milk into the pot.

Dissolve citric acid crystals in ½ cup cool water, then stir this solution gently and thoroughly into cold milk. Slowly heat the milk to 90 degrees while stirring frequently.

Dissolve the rennet in ½ cup cool water. Take the milk off the heat and very gently but thoroughly stir in the rennet. Stir only once. Let milk sit undisturbed for 10 minutes or until you get a mass of curds that breaks cleanly. You may have to put a little heat to it if the curds aren’t setting up right.

Mix salt into bowl of ice water to make an icy brine (to cool the finished cheese). 

Use a long knife to cut the curds into 1 inch by 1 inch columns. Very gently stir the curds as you heat up the pot. The curds will become gooey and stretchy and stick together when the whey reaches 120 -130 degrees. Be sure to stir gently from the bottom up. 

Using rubber gloves to pull the mass of curds out of the whey, stretch and work them for 5-10 seconds—not too much or they’ll be rubbery. Whey will pour off as you work them. Immediately submerge the cheese in the icy brine to cool for 15 minutes or so to cool (the saltier the brine, the firmer the skin of the cheese).

Enjoy the cheese immediately and/or store moist (but not submerged) in the fridge in an airtight container.

Note: You can contact Lindsay Harris or Evan Reiss at www.familycowfarmstand.com. Family Cow Farmstand, 2386 Shelburne Falls Road, Hinesburg, VT 05461, 802-482-4440. Citric acid and rennet are available at www.cheesemaking.com 

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A Delicious & Health-Conscious Version of the Great American Classic

With thanks to Tom Zetterstrom

 Zetterburger patties

Here is the recipe for "The Zetterburger," Tom Zetterstrom's version of the classic hamburger with an addition that makes it one of the healthiest meals of the summer.    

Bronwyn 

Serves 4 people 

Ingredients:
1 lb. ground grass-fed beef
1 medium-sized sweet onion, finely chopped
1 cup densely packed and finely-chopped arugula
1 egg
Garden lettuce
2 whole-wheat buns 

In a large bowl mix the ground beef, the onion and the arugula. When everything is mixed well, in a separate bowl whip the egg and add to the ground meat mixture, mixing thoroughly.

Divide the ground meat mixture into four parts and form into burgers. On an outdoor grill, quickly sear both sides over high heat then cook over medium-low heat until the inside of the burger is pink and juicy and the outside firm and well-broiled, but not overcooked. Grass-fed beef is at its best when cooked rare to medium rare.

Serve on a whole-wheat half bun with organic ketchup and top of dark green lettuce—either Romaine or other garden lettuce. 

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As my friend and creative home cook, Tom Zetterstrom, says,“It’s a balanced meal.” For more on Tom Zetterstrom, his “runaway arugula”, and how his classic hamburger got its twist, read The Making of the “Zetterburger”: A True Tale of Creativity in the Kitchen.

Please also enjoy this slideshow of how to make a Zetterburger, as photographed by Tom Zetterstrom:

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  1. […] The Classic Hamburger with a TwistIn this case, the something was a recipe for “The Zetterburger”, Tom’s take on the American classic ground beef sandwich. His reasoning for the unique addition, arugula, to ground meat is that it reduces the amount of fat and carbohydrates of the traditional burger and is much tastier than parsley. I agree. See the recipe and a slideshow for making The Zetterburger. […]

  2. What a concept! I am going to try it without the egg to see if it holds together before it gets to my mouth!

  3. Christine, I should have added that it is also possible to make the hamburger without the egg -and, surprisingly, it’s not that crumbly! It’s truly delicious either way!

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Homemade Fresh Mozzarella Recipe

Lindsay Harris making mozzarella

This recipe comes with my thanks to Lindsay Harris of Family Cow Farmstand for her wonderful introduction to making mozzarella. Lindsay and her husband, Evan Reiss, run the largest raw milk farm in Vermont. They have eight Guernsey cows, which Lindsay says are bred to process vitamin A better than any other breed.

My good friend, Lisa Farrell, and I spent a lazy Sunday afternoon making mozzarella cheese in my kitchen, using raw milk from Family Cow Farmstand, after having attended a workshop led by Lindsay. We felt confident that we could master the technique. To our surprise, it was even easier than it looked! Read Lisa’s Spoon Fed Story here.

Here’s the recipe we used, compliments of Lindsay Harris.

—Bronwyn

Grey Line

Mozzarella is a fresh cheese. This means it has not been worked on by bacteria (cultured). It is fresh milk made slightly acidic, then worked on by enzymes (rennet). The enzymes change the shape of the protein, causing solids (curd) to separate out from most of the liquid (whey).

FRESH HOMEMADE MOZZARELLA

The finished mozzarella square

Ingredients
1 gallon of milk (best if it is raw milk)
Citric acid crystals (1½ tsp per gallon of milk)
1 cup of cool water
Rennet (1/8 tsp. for 1 gallon of milk depending on strength of rennet. Use less rennet if using pasteurized milk)
Salt (2-3 tbs per gallon of milk)

Equipment
Thermometer (must reach 120 to 130 degrees F)
Rubber gloves
Bowl with ice water 

To Make the Cheese
Rinse a large pot with cool water and dry it. Pour cold milk into the pot.

Dissolve citric acid crystals in ½ cup cool water, then stir this solution gently and thoroughly into cold milk. Slowly heat the milk to 90 degrees while stirring frequently.

Dissolve the rennet in ½ cup cool water. Take the milk off the heat and very gently but thoroughly stir in the rennet. Stir only once. Let milk sit undisturbed for 10 minutes or until you get a mass of curds that breaks cleanly. You may have to put a little heat to it if the curds aren’t setting up right.

Mix salt into bowl of ice water to make an icy brine (to cool the finished cheese). 

Use a long knife to cut the curds into 1 inch by 1 inch columns. Very gently stir the curds as you heat up the pot. The curds will become gooey and stretchy and stick together when the whey reaches 120 -130 degrees. Be sure to stir gently from the bottom up. 

Using rubber gloves to pull the mass of curds out of the whey, stretch and work them for 5-10 seconds—not too much or they’ll be rubbery. Whey will pour off as you work them. Immediately submerge the cheese in the icy brine to cool for 15 minutes or so to cool (the saltier the brine, the firmer the skin of the cheese).

Enjoy the cheese immediately and/or store moist (but not submerged) in the fridge in an airtight container.

Note: You can contact Lindsay Harris or Evan Reiss at www.familycowfarmstand.com. Family Cow Farmstand, 2386 Shelburne Falls Road, Hinesburg, VT 05461, 802-482-4440. Citric acid and rennet are available at www.cheesemaking.com 

Posted: 7-27-2013

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Corrie Austin is new to Vermont and new to the excitement and challenge of the Vermont food world. She’s jumped in with both feet, a transplant from another great food region, Portland, Oregon. The crew

After a disappointing experience with food-truck momos, some peers at work decided we should make our own!  For those of you wondering "what the heck is a momo," watch this video. Reminiscent of Japanese Gyoza, the Momo is the dumpling of Tibet, Nepal, and Northern India. Before this experience, many in our group did not know what a momo was, let alone how to make one.  However, with the guidance of our Nepalese-native colleague, we made batch after batch of (mostly) beautiful and delicious momos.  We made plenty to bring to the office the next morning and show off our mad momo-making skills.  Enjoying the way the word feels in your mouth, we tossed around phrases like: "How many momos have you eaten?" and "Let's make more momos" and "More momos, please!" [caption id="attachment_4450" align="aligncenter" width="520"]Our patient teacher, Anup Our patient teacher, Anup[/caption]

How to Make Momos:

Momos: 1 1/2 lb Ground pork (or chicken or turkey) A generous handful of freshly chopped cilantro 1 Finely chopped yellow onion 3-4 Garlic cloves 1 Finely chopped scallion Salt & pepper to taste Round wonton wrappers Momo Sauce: 2 1/2 C. fresh cilantro 1 Tbsp lemon juice 1 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper 8 Trimmed scallions Salt & pepper to taste Method: Please note: you will need a steamer basket.  We were lucky enough to have a steaming tower, allowing us to steam momos in large batches.  If you have a single steam basket, the method is the same, but you will be momo-making in much smaller batches.  Fill the base of your steamer or pot with water and set on the stove to boil.  Each batch steams for 20 minutes, so be sure to have plenty of water in your pot. Steamer Tower Add all the momo ingredients except the wrappers into a large bowl and mix well.  I find hand-mixing is the best method, or use your kitchen-aide mixer to be sure you get all the ingredients fully integrated.  Fill a bowl with water and keep it within reach of your workspace.  Separate the wrappers and lay them out on a sheet pan, tinfoil, or wax paper.  Once you get wrapping, you will be glad to not use your sticky fingers to pull a fresh wonton wrapper off the stack.  Place a wrapper in the palm of your hand and add a spoonful of momo filling to the center of your wrapper.  Be careful not to add too much filling, as you will have a difficult time wrapping your momo. [video width="1080" height="1080" mp4="http://inthekitchenwithbronwyn.com/wp-content/uploads/Momo-Wrapping.mp4"][/video] Wet your fingers and rub them around the outside 1/2 inch of your wrapper.  Start by pinching the edge of the wrapper together.  The water should help your wrapper stick; add more water if necessary.  Keeping one edge of the wrapper flat, gently scallop the other edge of the wrapper by folding it on top of itself in 1/4"-1/2" folds.  Continue scalloping the edge until you have a completely sealed dumpling.  Rub the basket of your steamer with oil, and arrange your momos in a single layer.  Place on the stove to steam for 20 minutes. [video width="1080" height="1080" mp4="http://inthekitchenwithbronwyn.com/wp-content/uploads/Presentation1.mp4"][/video] While your momos are steaming, place all the sauce ingredients in a blender or food processor, adding salt and pepper to taste.  If you are feeling creative, add a tomato or two! Serve momos fresh out of the steamer and top with momo sauce.  Makes 24-30 momos. Mmm-MOMOS!

Until next time,

Corrie Austin

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In the Kitchen with Bronwyn welcomes Corrie Austin, new to both Vermont and to the excitement and challenge of the Vermont food world. She’s jumped in with both feet, a transplant from another great food region, Portland, Oregon. And, it is no surprise to this writer that she trained as an architect before falling in love and following her Vermont-born husband to our green mountains.

palm close up Fiddleheads are one of the first symbols of Spring for Vermonters.  I recently enjoyed my first experience with them, and oh my, what a treat!  With a lightning fast harvest, these little gems can disappear before you know it.  Get them while you can!  Both beautiful and delicious, they are an excellent addition to any meal.  With a nutty and mellow flavor, fiddleheads are reminiscent of asparagus. However, their interior is more firm than asparagus, and they don't come with that other, rather awkward, side effect of asparagus we all know about… bowl o greens I bought my fiddleheads at Lantman's in Hinesburg for $7.99/lb.  The cost alone is enough to inspire you to do your own wild fern foraging.  If you decide to go on your own, take an experienced guide for your first couple of ventures, as there is a poisonous lookalike you don’t want to eat. Close up They are naturally covered with a brown, papery coating.  This brown material is the cocoon from which the ferns emerge like little butterflies.  It is easy rinsed off with water.  I filled a bowl with water and gently rubbed the fiddleheads between my hands to break them free.  I decided to go simple with butter, garlic, and lemon; a preparation that celebrates the flavor while also being very difficult to NOT enjoy. greens Ingredients: 3/4 lb Fiddleheads 1 1/2 Tbsp Butter 3-5 Cloves of Chopped Garlic 1 Lemon sliced into 1/4 inch discs Salt to taste Pepper to taste ingredients Preparation: Prepare your fiddleheads by rinsing off the brown casing.  They do not require any cutting or slicing.  Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat.  Once heated, add the garlic and sautée for two minutes, stirring regularly.  Add the ferns and cover for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add half the lemon wheels, salt, and pepper.  Stir occasionally for another 3-5 minutes or until they turn into a slightly dull shade of green.  Serve immediately and top with remaining lemon wheels as garnish.  ENJOY! fry pan I served mine with roasted sweet mama squash and pork tenderloin, washed down with a delicious and local Mountain Ale by The Shed brewery. dinner plate

Until next time,

Corrie Austin

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Farm Cart Squash Soup

 At a recent lunch meeting with Shelburne Farms President Alec Webb and Director Megan Camp, the Farm Cart, the outdoor lunch purveyor in the courtyard of the Farm Barn at Shelburne Farms, served a delicious squash soup. It seemed the perfect recipe to offer as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches. Here it is, and thank you, James McCarthy, special events chef at the inn, for letting me share the recipe with my readers!

  

Farm Cart Squash Soup
6-8 servings  

2 ½ cups squash puree
4 cups squash stock
2 medium sweet onions, quartered
2 bay leaves
2 red chilies
2 cups apple cider
¼ cup grated ginger (save the peels)
2/3 cup maple syrup (grade B or dark amber)
1 ½ teaspoon allspice
1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 ¼ cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Salt

For the Squash Puree
Use a combination of buttercup squash, butternut squash and/or sweet pie pumpkins for a delicious flavor, but if you have only one type of squash the recipe will still work just as well. Cut the squash in half lengthwise, remove the seeds, and roast in a 375-degree oven until tender and slightly brown –about 40 to 50 minutes depending on the size of the squash. Separate the flesh from the skins and set aside skins for use in the stock.

For the Stock
Pour 6 cups of water into a large pan with a cover. Add the squash skins, ginger peels, and 1 of the onions, 2 bay leaves, and 2 whole red chilies in a large stockpot and bring to a boil. Cover and let simmer gently for 30 minutes. Strain and discard skins. If the liquid is less than 4 cups when finished simmering, add water to make up the difference.

The Soup
In a large pot combine the squash puree, stock, apple cider, and the final onion. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the ginger. Blend the soup by either using a hand blender or by batches in a countertop blender until smooth. Mix together the maple syrup, heavy cream, allspice, cinnamon and vinegar in a separate bowl and add to the soup. Mix thoroughly. Add salt to taste (as much as ¼ cup). Garnish with sage or a little hazelnut oil.

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A Delicious & Health-Conscious Version of the Great American Classic

With thanks to Tom Zetterstrom

 Zetterburger patties

Here is the recipe for "The Zetterburger," Tom Zetterstrom's version of the classic hamburger with an addition that makes it one of the healthiest meals of the summer.    

Bronwyn 

Serves 4 people 

Ingredients:
1 lb. ground grass-fed beef
1 medium-sized sweet onion, finely chopped
1 cup densely packed and finely-chopped arugula
1 egg
Garden lettuce
2 whole-wheat buns 

In a large bowl mix the ground beef, the onion and the arugula. When everything is mixed well, in a separate bowl whip the egg and add to the ground meat mixture, mixing thoroughly.

Divide the ground meat mixture into four parts and form into burgers. On an outdoor grill, quickly sear both sides over high heat then cook over medium-low heat until the inside of the burger is pink and juicy and the outside firm and well-broiled, but not overcooked. Grass-fed beef is at its best when cooked rare to medium rare.

Serve on a whole-wheat half bun with organic ketchup and top of dark green lettuce—either Romaine or other garden lettuce. 

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As my friend and creative home cook, Tom Zetterstrom, says,“It’s a balanced meal.” For more on Tom Zetterstrom, his “runaway arugula”, and how his classic hamburger got its twist, read The Making of the “Zetterburger”: A True Tale of Creativity in the Kitchen.

Please also enjoy this slideshow of how to make a Zetterburger, as photographed by Tom Zetterstrom:

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Lindsay Harris making mozzarella

This recipe comes with my thanks to Lindsay Harris of Family Cow Farmstand for her wonderful introduction to making mozzarella. Lindsay and her husband, Evan Reiss, run the largest raw milk farm in Vermont. They have eight Guernsey cows, which Lindsay says are bred to process vitamin A better than any other breed.

My good friend, Lisa Farrell, and I spent a lazy Sunday afternoon making mozzarella cheese in my kitchen, using raw milk from Family Cow Farmstand, after having attended a workshop led by Lindsay. We felt confident that we could master the technique. To our surprise, it was even easier than it looked! Read Lisa's Spoon Fed Story here.

Here’s the recipe we used, compliments of Lindsay Harris.

—Bronwyn

Grey Line

Mozzarella is a fresh cheese. This means it has not been worked on by bacteria (cultured). It is fresh milk made slightly acidic, then worked on by enzymes (rennet). The enzymes change the shape of the protein, causing solids (curd) to separate out from most of the liquid (whey).

FRESH HOMEMADE MOZZARELLA

The finished mozzarella square

Ingredients
1 gallon of milk (best if it is raw milk)
Citric acid crystals (1½ tsp per gallon of milk)
1 cup of cool water
Rennet (1/8 tsp. for 1 gallon of milk depending on strength of rennet. Use less rennet if using pasteurized milk)
Salt (2-3 tbs per gallon of milk)

Equipment
Thermometer (must reach 120 to 130 degrees F)
Rubber gloves
Bowl with ice water 

To Make the Cheese
Rinse a large pot with cool water and dry it. Pour cold milk into the pot.

Dissolve citric acid crystals in ½ cup cool water, then stir this solution gently and thoroughly into cold milk. Slowly heat the milk to 90 degrees while stirring frequently.

Dissolve the rennet in ½ cup cool water. Take the milk off the heat and very gently but thoroughly stir in the rennet. Stir only once. Let milk sit undisturbed for 10 minutes or until you get a mass of curds that breaks cleanly. You may have to put a little heat to it if the curds aren’t setting up right.

Mix salt into bowl of ice water to make an icy brine (to cool the finished cheese). 

Use a long knife to cut the curds into 1 inch by 1 inch columns. Very gently stir the curds as you heat up the pot. The curds will become gooey and stretchy and stick together when the whey reaches 120 -130 degrees. Be sure to stir gently from the bottom up. 

Using rubber gloves to pull the mass of curds out of the whey, stretch and work them for 5-10 seconds—not too much or they’ll be rubbery. Whey will pour off as you work them. Immediately submerge the cheese in the icy brine to cool for 15 minutes or so to cool (the saltier the brine, the firmer the skin of the cheese).

Enjoy the cheese immediately and/or store moist (but not submerged) in the fridge in an airtight container.

Note: You can contact Lindsay Harris or Evan Reiss at www.familycowfarmstand.com. Family Cow Farmstand, 2386 Shelburne Falls Road, Hinesburg, VT 05461, 802-482-4440. Citric acid and rennet are available at www.cheesemaking.com 

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Lindsay Harris making mozzarella

This recipe comes with my thanks to Lindsay Harris of Family Cow Farmstand for her wonderful introduction to making mozzarella. Lindsay and her husband, Evan Reiss, run the largest raw milk farm in Vermont. They have eight Guernsey cows, which Lindsay says are bred to process vitamin A better than any other breed.

My good friend, Lisa Farrell, and I spent a lazy Sunday afternoon making mozzarella cheese in my kitchen, using raw milk from Family Cow Farmstand, after having attended a workshop led by Lindsay. We felt confident that we could master the technique. To our surprise, it was even easier than it looked! Read Lisa's Spoon Fed Story here.

Here’s the recipe we used, compliments of Lindsay Harris.

—Bronwyn

Grey Line

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FRESH HOMEMADE MOZZARELLA

The finished mozzarella square

Ingredients
1 gallon of milk (best if it is raw milk)
Citric acid crystals (1½ tsp per gallon of milk)
1 cup of cool water
Rennet (1/8 tsp. for 1 gallon of milk depending on strength of rennet. Use less rennet if using pasteurized milk)
Salt (2-3 tbs per gallon of milk)

Equipment
Thermometer (must reach 120 to 130 degrees F)
Rubber gloves
Bowl with ice water 

To Make the Cheese
Rinse a large pot with cool water and dry it. Pour cold milk into the pot.

Dissolve citric acid crystals in ½ cup cool water, then stir this solution gently and thoroughly into cold milk. Slowly heat the milk to 90 degrees while stirring frequently.

Dissolve the rennet in ½ cup cool water. Take the milk off the heat and very gently but thoroughly stir in the rennet. Stir only once. Let milk sit undisturbed for 10 minutes or until you get a mass of curds that breaks cleanly. You may have to put a little heat to it if the curds aren’t setting up right.

Mix salt into bowl of ice water to make an icy brine (to cool the finished cheese). 

Use a long knife to cut the curds into 1 inch by 1 inch columns. Very gently stir the curds as you heat up the pot. The curds will become gooey and stretchy and stick together when the whey reaches 120 -130 degrees. Be sure to stir gently from the bottom up. 

Using rubber gloves to pull the mass of curds out of the whey, stretch and work them for 5-10 seconds—not too much or they’ll be rubbery. Whey will pour off as you work them. Immediately submerge the cheese in the icy brine to cool for 15 minutes or so to cool (the saltier the brine, the firmer the skin of the cheese).

Enjoy the cheese immediately and/or store moist (but not submerged) in the fridge in an airtight container.

Note: You can contact Lindsay Harris or Evan Reiss at www.familycowfarmstand.com. Family Cow Farmstand, 2386 Shelburne Falls Road, Hinesburg, VT 05461, 802-482-4440. Citric acid and rennet are available at www.cheesemaking.com 

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His reasoning for the unique addition, arugula, to ground meat is that it reduces the amount of fat and carbohydrates of the traditional burger and is much tastier than parsley. I agree. See the recipe and a slideshow for making The Zetterburger. 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I am going to try it without the egg to see if it holds together before it gets to my mouth!" 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It's truly delicious either way!" 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2 responses to “Homemade Fresh Mozzarella Recipe”

  1. Have always wanted to try this! Now I will!

  2. Bronwyn says:

    Christine, me, too, and it was so easy! We should do it together one day….

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