Inspired by all things Half Moon Bay! Our top crops are: Brussel Sprouts & Pumpkins. So, guess what we are including in our Thanksgiving menu? YUM! Super easy, too.
Ingredients: brussel sprouts, baby spinach, pumpkin seeds (ideally styrian), olive or pumpkin seed oil, bacon or pancetta (unless vegetarian or vegan). All preferably organic....
Wash and slice Brussel sprouts. Broil with olive oil until slightly carmelized. Set aside.
Cook bacon/pancetta (if using. If not, you can replace with a tad of goat cheese or some "meaty" mushrooms, like shiitake (high in protein and fiber, also cancer fighting!). If using shiitake, remove stem, roast or sautee with minimal oil/butter.
Just before serving, toss spinach and broiled brussel sprouts, add bacon/mushrooms,top with pumpkin seeds and dress, not drown, with a splash of pumpkin or olive seed oil with or without mild balsamic or vinegar.
is the Spanish term for Pumpkin seeds, which literally means ‘Little seeds of Squash’. Pumpkin seeds are snacked on like peanuts in Mexico and Spain and are also very healthy. I had my eye on making a pesto with pumpkin seeds for a very long time now – due to the fact that I have nut allergies. I had researched nut free pestos and realized that pumpkin seeds have the same amount of fat/flavor as nuts, but lower allergic potential. They are also high in Zinc and vitamin B, great for mens' prostate health.
2 cups parsley
1 cup basil
3 fat garlic cloves
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds, plus extra for garnish
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus extra for garnish
1 tsp red pepper flakes
2 tbsp lemon juice(freshly squeezed)
zest of the lemon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper, cracked fresh 1 lb, spaghetti
Dry roast the pumpkin seeds in a pan over medium heat until fragrant and slightly golden. Remove set aside to cool. Wash and dry the basil and the parsley. Place the herbs the pumpkin seeds, garlic cloves, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper and lemon juice, lemon zest in the jar of a blender. Pulse to breakdown and combine all the ingredients. With the motor running on low, slowly drizzle the olive oil and incorporate it into the pesto. Remove and set aside. This can stored in the refrigerator for about a week, or frozen in ice cube trays and stored for up to three months.
For some, handcrafted soap is fun, beneficial, and they don't need to justify its purchase. For others, our traditionally handcrafted soap of the quality produced may be a new discovery and their cost a barrier versus inexpensive detergent-based bars in the local store or the convenience of liquids, which have been marketed to us as improvements on the traditional bar. Here are a few things to consider if you have never thought about buying and using handcrafted soap:
We just purchased 3000 lbs of SugarPie pumpkins - certified organic - from Tunitas Creek Family Farm. Our main goal is pressing the seeds for the oil that we use in our soaps and skin care products but we also are always looking for uses for the pumpkin flesh we process. right now, much is going into the freezer for later use in pies, dog treats, cookies, etc. HOWEVER, I also want to share a delicious recipe for fries that can be eaten savory (spicy aoili) or sweet (cranberry relish or cinnamon-sugar sprinkled) from Oprah's O magazine
.I hear a lot of CSA baskets have pumpkins now, so here you go! (Perfect for sugar pies as they are quite firm)Pumpkin Fries
1/2 medium pumpkin, sugar or baking variety
1 cup corn starch
Canola oil, to fill pot 3 inches
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Spicy Aioli
1/2 cups mayonnaise
1/8 cup fresh lemon juice
3 large garlic cloves, minced
1 to 2 teaspoons chili powder, to taste
- Peel pumpkin and remove seeds and stringy flesh. Cut remainder into thick sticks.
- Toss pumpkin in corn starch; discard remaining starch that doesn't stick.
- Fill a large, heavy-bottomed pot with 3 inches of oil; heat over medium-high heat. To test the oil for readiness, put one fry in the oil. When it browns quickly, and the oil bubbles vigorously, about when the oil reaches 350 degrees, it is ready. Fry pumpkin until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes.
- Remove from oil with a slotted spoon; place on paper towels to absorb remaining grease. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- For the aioli,* mix all of the ingredients together until well mixed.
Here they are, the 2013 crop of pumpkins from Tunitas Creek Family Farm! This year, they've planted heirloom Cinderellas, Sugar Pies and decorative pumpkins for the Fall season and also heirloom Styrian pumpkins that we will be pressing for oil for both culinary use and in the Route One Pumpkins body care products. It's a very exciting time to see this vision becoming reality! We expect to have full USDA organic certification on the pumpkins and pumpkin seed oils and the oil I pressed from last year's Sugar Pie pumpkins showed absolute purity and a very nice omega profile. We will keep you posted as the pumpkins progress.
Sunflower Seeds vs Pumpkin Seeds
They may have similar calories per ounce—158 for pumpkin and 164 for sunflower—but pumpkin seeds pack 68 percent more tryptophan
, an amino acid that aids in the production of serotonin, a mood-regulating neurotransmitter. Pumpkin seeds also offer more than five times as much magnesium per cup; a recent study found that postgrad students whose diets regularly met or exceeded their RDA for magnesium (320 milligrams for women, or roughly half a cup of pumpkin seeds) were less likely to be depressed than students whose diets contained the least.
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Pumpkins as well as beans and squash are growing and thriving out at Tunitas Creek Family Farm
this year! And they have exciting news as well, after decades of using organic methods of farming their land, they have recently successfully undergone the process of being certified organic!
Look for them soon in local grocery stores and possibly farmers markets. We'll post more when we have specifics.
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Now available! Made with local beeswax & honey as well as pure and organic vegetable oils including olive, sunflower and coconut PLUS nourishing oils including meadowfoam and jojoba! Moroccan Blue chamomile essential oil adds soothing power and just a hint of scent.
Congratulations Tunitas Creek Family Farm on attaining organic certification!
Tunitas Creek Family Farm is the only organic pumpkin farm in Half Moon Bay and is the source for the pumpkin seed oil used in our handcrafted, natural soap as well as our skincare products. I visited them today and checked in on the pumpkins....all growing nicely! we will be able to start harvesting and pressing oil in late August/early September. This picture is of the styrians that will be offered as pepitas and as culinary oil in the future!
Considered medicinal for more than 3,000 years in different parts of the globe, pumpkin seeds have a remarkable array of health benefits, new studies show. Packed with magnesium, calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, and vitamin K, these tasty treats are rated as one of the world’s healthiest foods