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The Bishop's Orchards CSA Blog is designed to update the shareholders and participants in the program with news from the farm, pictures and videos of what is happening. This is a discussion board for people to ask Bishop's CSA questions and bring ideas and comments to the table! Want to know what to do with an item that you received in your basket last week? Ask us, we're here to help. Bishop's Orchards, providing you with the freshest farm products in Guilford since 1871.

Saturday, 30 August 2014 09:18
peach breadHellooo:  We have all been enjoying our peaches from our share.  I am not sure about you but all of mine never seem to find their way to a recipe.  They are grabbed from the counter and eaten.  I did feel as if I should post a recipe for you all so here it is:

3 c. all-purpose flour
1 T. baking powder
1 T. cinnamon (Have I said how much I love Penzeys cinnamon?!)
1 tsp. salt
3 large eggs
1-1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. cooking oil (I use canola)
1 T. vanilla
2 c. peeled and chopped fresh peaches
1 c. chopped salted pecans (I used Trader Joe's "Toasted and Salted Pecan Halves".)


Preheat oven to 325°.

Lightly spray the insides of two 8″ x 4″ loaf pans. Set aside.

In large mixing bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. In a medium mixing bowl, beat eggs. Stir in sugar, oil, and vanilla.

Add egg mixture to dry ingredients, stirring until just moistened, taking care to not overmix. Fold in the peaches and nuts. Spoon batter into the prepared pans. Bake for about 60 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center of each loaf comes out clean. Cool in the pans on wire racks for 10 minutes.

Loosen edges and remove loaves from pans. Cool completely on wire racks. Wrap and store overnight for easier slicing.

*Adapted from Midwest Living magazine – originally from Sue Landon, owner of The Homeridge Bed and Breakfast near Jerseyville, IL

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 20:54
Hello, Lesley here. I tried this recipe tonight with our perfectly ripe red and yellow tomatoes- yummy and well worth the effort, especially for a weekend treat. I used a coarser grind of cornmeal, as that was on hand, which produced a crunchy crust. I will try it again with the fine grind. Do follow the recommendations for chilling the crust-it warms quickly while rolling it out. The juicy sweetness of the tomatoes contrasted nicely with the tangy cheddar. Enjoy with a salad.





For the crust

• 125 grams all-purpose flour (about 1 cup), more for rolling out dough
• 75 grams fine cornmeal (about 1/2 cup)
• ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
• 10 tablespoons cold unsalted butter (1 stick plus 2 tablespoons), cut into small cubes
• 35 grams grated extra-sharp Cheddar (about 1/2 cup)

For the filling

• 1 ½ pounds different-colored tomatoes, sliced 1/4-inch thick (or halved if cherry or grape tomatoes)
• 1 teaspoon kosher sea salt, plus a pinch
• 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
• 1 tablespoon honey
• ½ bunch fresh thyme sprigs, plus 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 3 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
• 65 grams extra-sharp Cheddar, grated (about 1 cup)
• Black pepper, to taste
• 1 large egg
• Flaky sea salt, like Maldon


1. Make the crust: In a food processor, briefly pulse together flour, cornmeal and salt. Add butter and cheese and pulse until mixture forms chickpea-size pieces (3 to 5 one-second pulses). Add ice water 1 tablespoon at a time, up to 6 tablespoons, pulsing occasionally until mixture is just moist enough to hold together. Form dough into a ball, wrap with plastic and flatten into a disk. Refrigerate at least 2 hours.

2. Meanwhile, line a rimmed baking sheet with a double layer of paper towels. Spread out tomato slices in a single layer. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt and let sit for at least 1 hour and up to 3 hours.

3. In a skillet over medium heat, combine vinegar, honey and thyme sprigs and bring to a simmer; let simmer 2 minutes, then transfer to a bowl. Wipe out skillet, then add olive oil and garlic. Cook garlic for 2 to 3 minutes, or until garlic is golden and caramelized. Remove garlic and finely chop. Reserve garlic oil.

4. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Lightly flour a work surface and rolling pin. Gently roll out dough to a 1/4-inch thickness, dusting with flour if dough is sticking. Transfer dough to baking sheet and return to fridge for another 20 minutes.

5. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Pat tomatoes dry with paper towels. Brush tomatoes with honey mixture (reserve the thyme sprigs). Leaving a 3-inch border, distribute cheese, garlic and half the chopped thyme leaves on center of crust. Add black pepper to taste, then layer tomatoes in an overlapping pattern, maintaining the 3-inch border. Drizzle garlic oil over tomatoes, sprinkle with remaining thyme leaves and lay the reserved whole thyme sprigs on top. Gently fold crust up around tomatoes, making a 2-inch border.

6. In a small bowl, whisk egg and 1 teaspoon water. Using a pastry brush, brush egg wash over crust and sprinkle top of crostata with flaky salt. Bake for about 35 minutes, until pastry is deeply golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Monday, 25 August 2014 10:55
Full Share
Peaches 8
Tomatoes 2.5 lb
Corn 9
Egg Plant 2
Grape Tomato 1 pt
Suntan Bell Peppers 2

Two Thirds Share

Peaches 4
Tomatoes 1.5 lb
Corn 6
Egg Plant 1
Grape Tomato 1 pt
Suntan Bell Peppers 1
Thursday, 21 August 2014 07:47

Justines melon

I don't know about you, but at the moment, I am feeling a bit sad that summer is coming to an end. Personally, I could use a Caribbean beach vacation; unfortunately, that isn't happening. With that in mind, I thought that I would whip up something tropically inspired, using that delicious sensation melon from this week's CSA basket. (By the way, I made this last week using the cantaloupe, and it was just as delicious). This salad is truly like an umbrella drink in a bowl—literally (yes, it contains alcohol. Don't worry though; I only tasted it before adding the rum. My parents loved the rum version, however!). Of course, you could omit the alcohol, or use about 2 teaspoons of "imitation rum" extract in its place. Either way, I hope that this creamy, not-too-sweet, but still refreshing dish will help you beat the summer heat and transport you somewhere far, far away...

And as always, enjoy!  Justine


1 melon, cubed, balled, etc.
1/2 cup fresh mint, chopped
2/3 cup coconut, toasted (do this by quickly heating coconut in skillet over medium/high heat, until it just starts to turn golden brown)

For the dressing:
1 can coconut milk (I used A Taste of Thai brand)
1/4 cup honey
1 tablespoon coconut flavored rum or regular rum (optional, see substitution in paragraph above)
1 tablespoon cardamom (also optional; this just happens to be one of my very favorite spices)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Put first three ingredients into large bowl.

2. Combine dressing ingredients in separate bowl.

3. Pour dressing over melon and combine all ingredients.

4. Enjoy!

Thursday, 21 August 2014 07:34

lesleys lunch

My quick lunch consisted of a thickly sliced heirloom tomato topped with Silver Queen corn sauteed with jalapeno pepper, then drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and finished with shaved sheep's milk cheese (Bianco Sardo). In each bite I had sweet, sour, salty, juicy, crunchy with a touch of heat.  Delicious and easy!


Tuesday, 19 August 2014 17:54
smoked onion corn salsaIngredients:

6 cups chopped peaches
3 large tomatoes
11/2 cups chopped red onion
4 medium jalapeños seeded and chopped
1/2 cup white vinegar
2 tablespoons liquid honey
3 garlic cloves chopped
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


Blanch peaches, peel pit and chop

Blanch tomatoes, peel remove seeds and cut in chunks

In large stainless or enamel pot combine peaches, tomatoes, onion, jalapeño, vinegar,

Honey, garlic, cumin and cayenne.

Bring to a boil and cook about 5 minutes stirring frequently, if not thick enough cook a bit longer.

Adjust seasonings to taste.

Let cool and jar for use within a week or two, or follow traditional canning procedure and boil 10 minutes to seal in jars for the winter.

(We smoke our onion using a small box smoker from William Sonoma , available at the outlet in Westbrook, on our grill and a large whit onion from Bishops instead of the red onion...YUM!)

Adapted from food.com

Hope and Erin

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 17:47

corn pieUp to your eyeballs with corn and tomatoes ? Us too! Here's a yummy solution, takes a little time but sooo worth it!


1 round refrigerated pie dough (half of a 14-ounce package)
2 beefsteak tomatoes (about 12 ounces)
Kosher salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 ears of corn, kernels cut off (1 to 1 1/2 cups)
1 cup heavy cream
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
6 scallions, chopped
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese (about 4 ounces)
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon paprika
Pinch of cayenne pepper


Position racks in the middle and upper third of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Line a 9-inch pie plate with the dough, crimping the edge with your fingers. Poke the bottom of the crust all over with a fork. Line with foil and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake on the middle rack until golden around the edge, about 20 minutes. Remove the foil and weights; continue baking until golden all over, about 10 more minutes.

Meanwhile, core the tomatoes and cut into 1/2-inch wedges; toss with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Spread the tomatoes in a single layer on paper towels to drain until ready to use.

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the corn and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 5 minutes. Transfer 1/2 cup of the corn to a large bowl.

Add the heavy cream to the saucepan with the remaining corn and bring to a simmer. Carefully transfer the mixture to a blenderand puree until smooth; transfer to the bowl with the corn. Whisk in the eggs, half each of the scallions and cheese, and a few grinds of black pepper; pour into the crust. Bake on the middle rack until thecustard is just set, 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and increase the temperature to 400 degrees F.

Mix the remaining scallions and cheese, the panko, thyme,paprika, cayenne and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and black pepper in a bowl. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of the mixture on top of the pie. Pat the tomato wedges with paper towels to absorb the excess moisture, then coat with the remaining panko mixture and arrange on top of the tart. Sprinkle any remaining panko on top; dot with the remaining 1 tablespoon butter. Return to the oven on the upper rack and bake until the top is golden, about 15 minutes. Let cool 30 minutes before slicing.

*Courtesy food network magazine

And it rocks!

Hope and Erin

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 09:47


Hellooo, this is a wee bit later than normal.  I am still trying to catch up after being away for a week.  Although I was in class I did thoroughly enjoy being in a/c for the week and my fingernails were fabulously clean.  Not sure how long that will last however now I am back.  Here is what you can expect in your tubs today.

Full Share

Blueberries, 1 pt.
Green Beans, 1.5 lbs.
Peaches, 4
Tomatoes, 2.5 lbs.
Garlic, 0.5 lbs.
Melon, 1
Celery, 1

Two Thirds Share

Blueberries, 1 pt.
Green Beans, 1.5 lbs.
Tomatoes, 1 lb.
Garlic, 0.3 lbs.
Melon, 1
Celery, 1
Thursday, 14 August 2014 08:02
roasted GarlicGarlic is delicious, extremely healthy, and one of the most versatile savory ingredients out there. One of my personal favorite ways to prepare garlic, however, is also one of the easiest. After the garlic is roasted, simply put it in a small bowl and mash it slightly with a fork or spoon to make a jewel of a topping that can be spread on warm bread or meats, tossed into vegetables, stirred into sauces or dips, and more. For example, tonight I ate mine with roasted chicken, Brussels sprouts, and homemade pita chips. And the garlic was equally delicious on everything! By the way, if you are worried that having plain garlic will overpower other flavors in your dishes, don't worry; when the garlic roasts, it becomes much less spicy and much more sweet and mellow in its flavor. Creamy, smooth, and savory...mmmmm. Enjoy!  Justine


As many garlic cloves as you would like, (I used my entire CSA share!), peeled but left whole
Note: The best way to peel garlic is to hit each clove using the side of a large chopping knife, but be careful not to cut or hurt your hands!
Olive or vegetable oil, or cooking spray


1. Heat oven to 400 degrees

2. Set peeled garlic cloves on a sheet of aluminum foil.

3. Drizzle with oil or spray generously with cooking spray, and sprinkle with salt

4. Fold foil into neat little package, stick in the oven, and roast for at least 45 minutes to an hour, or even up to 1 ½ hours if you have the time or would like garlic a bit more golden brown.

5. Enjoy!

Friday, 08 August 2014 19:20
classic zucchini cookbookSo sorry to Laura, Brad and our blog followers, but we were on vacation in Cape Cod which although we did bring a lot of share goodies(scones and granola and yogurt for breakfast from our specialty) and a guest appearance by the earlier posted zucchini squash lasagna, it also involved a lot of seafood cooking and eating.contents

But I wanted to share a great book I found at an off beat bookstore on Cape.

With the abundance of squash this year this book is great! It's not just for zucchini,as you can see by the table of contents and with our share going into the fall it will still be useful!

Our tip to you Buy It!

It's been around since 1977, revised in 1995 and 2002,so it's very popular!

Until next time...


We're baack!!!

Note from the editor:  Your were very much missed! By the way, Amazon sells the book in Kindle edition and paperback.  The Classic Zucchini Cookbook at Amazon