Another delicious and fun Flavors of the Valley last month! And a special thanks to Hartford Area Career & Technical Center, Edgewater Farm, and Piecemeal Pies for supplying the samples at the Vital Communities tables. Want to make them yourself? Here's the scoop.
Curried Carrot Soup
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 pounds carrots, chopped
- 2 onions, peeled and chopped
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons grated ginger
- 1 tablespoons curry powder
- 1 cup coconut milk
- salt and pepper to taste
Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Saute onion until tender and translucent. Stir in the curry powder. Add the chopped carrots, and stir until the carrots are coated. Add ginger. Pour in the vegetable broth, and simmer until the carrots are soft, about 20 minutes.
Thanks to Emily Malnati at Edgewater for making these sweet treats for Flavors of the Valley
Inspired by the original recipe by Gretchen Taylor in the Plainfield cookbook. Revised by The Things We Cook. Reworked by Kathleen Maslan from Edgewater Farm.
1. Preheat oven to 350’F.
2. Mix together:
· 4.5 c. flour
· 1.75 c. sugar
· 1/2 tsp. salt
· 2 eggs
· 1 egg yolk
· 1 tsp. vanilla
· 2-1/2 c. butter, chunked
3. Press 4 cups in bottom of ½ sheet pan.
4. Bake 8 minutes at 350’F.
5. Let cool a bit, spread 3 c. fruit (preferably berry filling!) over the bottom6. Mix together topping:
· 2c. flour
· 2c. oats
· 1.5 c. brown sugar
· 1 c. butter, cubed, cold
7. Sprinkle on topping. Perfect stage to freeze at. Otherwise…
8. Bake at 350’ F for about 45 minutes, or until top is golden with filling bubbling on side.
Piecemeal Pies Chocolate Beet Brownies
Thanks to Justin Barrett for creating this recipe just for Vital Communities.
- Grease a 9″x13″ pan and dust with cocoa powder.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Boil beets in unsalted water until tender.
- Peel the cooked beets by rubbing off their skins. Place in the bowl of a food processor and puree until smooth.
- Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Add the chocolate, coffee, and salt. Stir to melt.
- Stir in 1 cup of the beet puree.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk the eggs, sugar, and vanilla on medium high speed until thick and pale. When the whisk is lifted, the mixture should slowly fall in thick ribbons.
- With a spatula, gently fold the chocolate mixture into the eggs, followed by the flour. Do not over mix.
- Pour batter into the prepared pan, and bake for 35-45 minutes, just until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Let cool completely before cutting.