Today marks the last day of the season for the Dedham Farmers Market. Almost every week, I have arrived at the farmers market as the farmers were unpacking their seasonal varieties. I set up the tent for the Dedham Square Artist Guild to showcase and sell art by local artists, including myself.
In celebration of the changing season, not the end of the season, one must return to the kitchen to eat and serve anew.
My spoon rests come in handy when making soup. Here is a new recipe I cooked up yesterday using seasonal local veggies (plus sausage from my powisset pork share*)
Portuguese Potato and Kale Soup – serves 8
recipe from Eating Local, The Cookbook Inspired by American Farmers
3/4 lb kale, center rib removed
1/4 cup olive oil
1 onion, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 1/2 lbs potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt
2 quarts water
fresh ground pepper
1. Slice kale leaves into strips of ribbons – no more than 2 inches long.
2. Heat olive oil in a stock pot over moderate heat. Add onions and garlic – saute about 10 minutes until softened. Add potatoes, salt and water. Bring to a simmer, cover partially and cook until potatoes are tender…about 30 minutes.
3. With a wooden spoon, mash potatoes against the side of the pot to crush.
4. Stir in kale and black pepper. Simmer gently, uncovered until kale is tender (10-15 minutes).
*5. I recently purchased a pork share and at this time, I rolled my local sausage into golf ball sized meatballs, added them to a medium oiled pan and cooked them until just done.
6. Ladle soup into handmade pottery bowls, please. Add 2 sausage meatballs to the top of each soup and serve immediately.
The two bowls are wheel thrown and hand trimmed on the potters wheel. They hold 1 1/2 cups and are part of my dark blue prelude collection. They are dishwasher and microwave safe; however, hand washing allows for a more personal relationship between the user and art.
A quote from the cookbook about this soup: “If Portugal has a national soup, it is this one, known as caldo verde, a rustic and rib sticking meal in a bowl. … The name caldo verde – literally, “green brith” reflects the abundance of kale in the pot.”
Seeing new colors and textures, working with my hands, creating … food and pottery share so many of these things.
The Dedham Farmers Market may be closing for the season, but the Dedham Square Artist Guild is ramping up for the holiday selling season. Purchasing local art is a great way to support local artists and give a one of a kind gift to that special someone in your life this holiday season.