- Two pounds of sweet potatoes (any color)
- 2/3 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
- 1 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
- 1 1/2 cups flour (more for dusting)
- Wash the potatoes well. Puncture a few times with a fork. Wrap in a damp paper towel, and microwave until soft, about 7 minutes. Or, bake in the oven for about an out the flesh into a mixing bowl. Discard the skin. Mix the ricotta, parmesan, nutmeg and salt until well combined and almost completely smooth. Add the flour 1/2 cup at a time, kneading very gently after each addition (don’t over knead it or it will become tough).
- When the dough becomes easier to handle, transfer it to a clean floured work surface. Shape into a loaf, about 9×5 inches. Cut a slice off of dough off as if you were slicing a loaf of bread. Roll and stretch the slice on a floured surface until it forms a long, skinny rope-like shape. Cut the rope into 1-inch segments and transfer the gnocchi to a bowl.
- Bring a large pot of water to boil, add the gnocchi, and boil until the gnocchi rise to the top of the water. Drain and toss gently with a little olive oil to prevent sticking. At this point you can top with any sauce that you might enjoy: tomato sauce, chopped greens sautéed in olive oil and garlic, brown butter with lemon zest and fresh sage.
Everyone wants safe food. Consumers want to have faith that the foods they consume won’t make them ill, and farmers want to provide a product that is as free of risk as possible. One of Chesapeake Harvest’s primary missions, as we cultivate economic opportunities for farmers, is to support our region’s specialty crop producers in their food safety goals. For farmers, this is a complex task that, depending on customer demands, can require a written food safety plan, annual and pre-harvest risk assessments, frequent water testing, training workers in health and hygiene policies, wildlife monitoring, frequent equipment cleaning, intensive record keeping, the capacity to implement the plan and pass an annual audit, and many more details.
While our focus is on the farmer, the assurance of food safety is best viewed as a shared role. Federal and state agencies provide the framework to promote the delivery of safe food. Food producers and distributors must continue to maintain high food safety standards. And, consumers can become educated about food safety risks and adopt practices to avoid risksin the home and in their food choices. Chesapeake Harvest enhances these efforts with multi-level education, training, and resources to support both buyers and suppliers.
November Produce Picks
You may see carrots as a backdrop vegetable, something you can’t live without but that rarely make center stage on your table. Allow us to shine a spotlight on fall carrots! One taste and you’ll be ready to give them a starring role in your fall menus. The secret is in the sweetness. When temperatures drop, certain plants begin converting natural starches to sugars to help prevent them from freezing. Lucky for us, because all that survival instinct means that carrots and other cold-hardy vegetables actually get sweeter and the mercury drops. Although, contrary to folklore, they won’t give you the ability to see in the dark, carrots do contain copious quantities of carotenoidswhich guard against vision loss, cancer, stroke, and other diseases. Use them raw, roasted, souped or stewed. Or try juicing them into a nifty sangria!
While we’re on the subject of gotta-have-em vegetables, now is a great time to get your hands on the last of the sweet onions. Not intended for long term storage, these sweet show stoppers will become increasingly difficult to find as winter moves forward. It’s worth a little extra effort to snag some before they’re gone. Unlike their smaller, firmer cousins, sweet onions are less likely to burn your eyes due to reduced quantities of certain sulfur compounds. This also makes them sweeter, and friendlier on the tongue if eaten raw. They’re also perfect grilled, roasted, or fried. Here’s an idea for a seasonal frittata that will be perfect for you this holiday season.