Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Spinach recipes

Hello Elmira,
It’s been a good week on the farm. My father and uncle and I planted cabbage, collard greens, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and bok choy. We also planted broom corn, and something new this year – soybeans - now known in the 21st century as edamame. We’ll get to that later.

But for now, in honor of the first vegetable of our season - SPINACH - I give you 2 spinach recipes – spinach salad and creamed spinach. Happy eating!

Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Feta, Pecans, and Raspberry Vinaigrette

6 cups spinach
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/3 cup sliced pecans
Several sliced mushrooms
Raspberry Vinaigrette (recipe follows)
1/2 pint fresh strawberries (or 1 cup dried cherries)

In a large serving bowl, toss spinach with feta cheese and almonds. Dress with raspberry vinaigrette, as desired. Divide salad among 4 salad plates; garnish with fresh raspberries; serve immediately. Refrigerate any remaining dressing.

Raspberry Vinaigrette
1/4 cup raspberry vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon or Creole mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon raw or brown sugar
3/4 cup olive oil

In a small plastic container with a tight-fitting lid, combine the vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt, pepper and sugar; shake well. Pour in olive oil and shake until well blended.

Creamed Spinach

1 pound chopped spinach
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon minced onion
1/3 to 1/2 cup half & half (fat-free is fine)
freshly grated nutmeg to taste
salt and pepper to taste

In a saucepan, combine spinach, butter, water, and onion. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, cover, and simmer for a few minutes. Remove cover and continue to simmer. Drain off excess water. Add cream, nutmeg, and salt and pepper.
Taste and adjust seasonings. Continue simmering for a few more minutes to reduce the cream slightly. Serves 4.

Diane Janowski
Janowski Gardens - Open Daily

Our first vegetable is.....SPINACH!

Hello Elmira,

Our farm stand is open! Right now we have tender early spinach – nice and green. Perfect for salads or, my favorite, spinach sandwiches.

After a warm winter and a cold start to spring it looks like spring really is here. Only one month until the first Elmira Wisner Market – JUNE 7. Janowski Gardens will be there – in our usual space in Wisner Park along Church Street opposite Langdon Plaza.

I’ll tell you more of what we’ll be having there on opening day when we get closer to the date.

Please visit our website where you’ll find a map and weekly vegetable updates.

PS I published a new book this spring called “ The Great Inter-State Fair, Elmira, NY 1890” it’s about an annual fair that Elmira hosted in the Dunn Field area. If you want more information about it, or to see its cover visit

If you would like a copy they will be available at Janowski Gardens and the Wisner Market for $20 (includes tax). I have a shipment coming in about 10 days. If you would like one - let me know and I’ll put you on my list.

Looking forward to seeing you this season. Thanks very much.
Diane Janowski
Janowski Gardens
“We Grow What We Sell”