“Food is such a tangible way to connect,” says Jennifer Lloyd-Karr. “When Haidee is in the kitchen and talking about beets or fennel from the farm, and people are experiencing that freshness, they’re always like, ‘WOW!’”
The Seven Seasons of Stowel Lake Farm: Stories and Recipes that Nourish Community (Page Two Books, 2018) is a beautiful depiction of the strength and commitment of these four unique women—to their families, to the farm, and to each other. From harvest dinners and Thursday work parties to caring for animals and working in the fields, each experience offers a meaningful celebration of people working and living together on the land.
“Explore life on the farm while learning some of the tips, tricks, secrets, and recipes acquired from years of work. Seven Seasons shares emotional lessons from community living and prioritizing family, including the importance of sharing gratitude, walks, and the celebration of life together.”
Heat oven to 400 F (200 C). Cut carrots in half lengthwise, or leave whole if very small. In large bowl, toss carrots in 2 Tbsp (30 mL) olive oil and pinch of salt. Spread carrots onto parchment-lined baking tray, and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until they begin to turn golden brown.
Finely chop feathery tops of carrots, discarding tougher stems. Place carrot tops, 1/2 cup (125 mL) olive oil, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and 1 tsp (5 mL) salt in bowl of food processor. Process until thoroughly blended but some texture remains. Add additional olive oil to achieve a pesto-like consistency. Salt and pepper to taste.
When carrots are done roasting, transfer to a serving platter and spoon pesto overtop. Serve
warm or at room temperature.
If breakfast oatmeal is your jam, you’ll happily spoon up this oat-infused hearty chili. It comes together quickly enough to add to your weeknight dinner routine, but soaking the steel-cut oats ahead of time is key to having them cook more efficiently. Toppings run the gamut of avocado, sour cream, broken tortilla chips, cilantro, or grated cheddar. Hot stuff Chili powders can range greatly in their heat levels. So, it’s important to know the type you’re working with to gauge how much of a fiery kick it will add to a dish.
This vibrant soup is a soul-soothing hug in a bowl. Blue and purple fruits and vegetables contain powerful antioxidants called anthocyanins that promote health and proper brain function. Apple swap Try swapping out the apples in this recipe for pears. Just like the apples, the subtle sweetness of pears helps balance out the earthiness of the cabbage.
Deep green fruits and vegetables are high on the list of health-promoting foods. Green foods have been shown to contain high amounts of antioxidants and nutrients that promote good cardiovascular health and can inhibit certain carcinogens. Serve this frittata alongside a leafy green salad for an unbeatable green culinary experience. Versatile leftovers Any leftover frittata makes a wonderful filling for a sandwich along with other thinly sliced vegetables you have on hand and a smear of hummus.
This creamy dip will be your go-to for dunking vegetables or for spooning over roast chicken or root vegetables as a sauce. Compounds found in fennel have been shown to stimulate the production of T-cells in our body, which, in turn, may help improve our immune response to infections. If white is right If you would like to stay on the white theme, try serving this dip with an array of white vegetables such as endive leaves, jicama sticks, daikon rounds, steamed nugget potatoes, and cauliflower florets.