Southwest Butternut Dip

Southwest Butternut Dip

Here’s another great recipe using our favorite squash, the Butternut.  This flavorful recipe offers a delicious, rich dip with all the healthy benefits of the butternut squash, and none of the fat of traditional creamy dips.  It’s a great choice for a fall gathering.

Southwest Butternut Dip


1 Tbsp olive oil
3 medium tomatoes, diced
1 small onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ cup chopped cilantro
1 butternut squash
2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Sugar
1 tsp crushed red peppers
1 – 2 chopped jalapeno pepper (depending on how spicy you want it)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice


To roast the squash:

Preheat oven to 400F.
Remove the stem and split the squash in half from top to bottom. Scoop out the seeds.
Brush the squash with the olive oil, and dust with salt, pepper.
Lay the halves, flesh side down, on a parchment paper-lined half sheet pan. Roast for about 30 – 45 minutes, or until the flesh is soft and can be easily removed.
Remove the squash from the oven, and allow it to cool for about 15 – 30 minutes or until it’s cool enough to handle.
Using a large spoon, scrape the roasted flesh of the squash from the skin and put it in a large mixing bowl.
In a sauté pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
Add the tomato, garlic, and onions and sauté for about 3 minutes, or just until the onions start to turn translucent.
Stir in the squash, salt, sugar, spices, and jalapenos.
Cook for 5-7 minutes. Set aside to cool. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
Serve either hot or cold. Can be served with bread, crackers, or veggies.

Butternut Ginger Soup

Butternut Ginger Soup

With over 3000 lbs of butternut squash this season, we have been working to perfect our recipe for butternut squash soup.   This is the result!



2 Butternut squash
1 Tbsp vegetable or olive oil
1 tsp ginger powder, 1 tsp salt, pinch of cinnamon mixed together.

1 medium yellow onion – diced finely
4 cups water
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup real maple syrup
3 Tbsp ginger powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 Tbsp salt, or more to taste

Maple Cream – beat 1 cup heavy whipping cream with 1/8 cup maple syrup until it forms a loose whipped cream.


Preheat oven to 400.

Slice the squash lengthwise and remove the seeds with a spoon. Place the squash, face up, on a cookie sheet or baking dish. Brush the inside of the squash with vegetable oil, and sprinkle salt, cinnamon and ginger on the squash.

Bake for 45min – 1 hr, or until the squash is very soft.

Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 15 minutes or until you can handle the squash.
Meanwhile, in a large stockpot, saute the onion in vegetable oil, about 3 minutes.

Take the cooked squash, and with a spoon, scoop out the meat directly into the pot.

Add the water.

Using an immersion blender, (if you do not have one, you can transfer the squash mixture to regular blender), blend until completely smooth.

Add the cream, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and maple syrup and warm the soup over medium heat. Do not let it boil, but let it warm for about an hour to allow the flavors to blend.

Serve with a swirl of maple cream and hot crusty bread!

Harvest Tomato Jam

Harvest Tomato Jam

This delicious tomato jam was served at our Tomato Explosion Farm Dinner.  You can use it for delicious goodies, both sweet and savory.  It tastes like harvest in a jar!
3 lbs tomatoes (peeled or not peeled). I used cherry tomatoes
1.25 lbs sugar
1 tsp chili flakes
1/8 cup orange juice
1/8 cup lemon juice
¼ tsp salt
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan.
Bring to a boil.
Lower heat and simmer until all juices have reduced 80%
(jam will thicken when cools)
Put jam into mason jars.   You may can it in a canner for longer shelf life, or just use it or give it away as is to last a few weeks in the fridge.
Corn Tamale Pie

Corn Tamale Pie

This is one of my favorite recipes- my kids love it, I love it, and it’s super easy!  You can do all kinds of variations with it as well.


3/4 cup cornmeal
3/4 cup milk
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup oil
1 can chopped green chilies
1 can corn kernels, drained. or 2 ears fresh, kernels cut off.
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350.  Pour batter into a greased pyrex pie plate.  Bake for about 45 minutes or until edges just begin to brown.

I serve this with fresh salsa, sour cream, and grated cheese.


You could easily add grated zucchini, chopped spinach, or roasted red bell pepper for a more vegetable rich dish.
Add cooked, cubed chicken or a can of drained and rinsed black beans if you’d like to increase the protein.

I keep it simple with spices because I like the corn flavor to shine, but you could add a diced jalepeno to increase heat, or add 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, pinch of dried oregano, and a teaspoon chili power to add a Mexican flavor

Ginger Cucumber Salad

Ginger Cucumber Salad

2 large cucumbers, peeled and sliced thin

1/2 small red onion, sliced very thin

1/3 cup seasoned rice wine vinegar

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

1/3 cup apple juice

1 Tablespoon fresh grated ginger


Mix the vinegar, sugar, apple juice and ginger in a bowl.

Add the cucumbers and red onion, mix well.

Place in the fridge for at least one hour before serving.

Equine Prenatal Herbal Blend

Equine Prenatal Herbal Blend

Raspberry Leaf (Rubus ssp) – Raspberry leaf has been used during pregnancy for centuries and is known as one of nature’s strongest allies to nourish and strengthen the muscles of the pelvic region, and especially of the uterus.  It’s high in Vitamins C, E, A, and B, and is rich in minerals like calcium, iron, phosphorous and potassium.  Its been known to increase fertility and prevents miscarriage.  It can ease morning sickness and other digestive issues during pregnancy.  During foaling and post partum, it can ease labor by strengthen the uterine muscles, helps to increase milk production, and improves the process of expelling the afterbirth.

Nettle Leaf (Urtica dioca) – This rich, nourishing tonic is a valuable to whole body health. Highly rich in vitamins and minerals, the herb increases health to numerous areas of the body in a safe, gentle manner perfect for pregnancy.   Like raspberry, it helps to increase fertility.  Nettles will nourish both the mare and the foal, and strengthens the blood vessels which prevents hemorrhage after foaling.  Nettles also help increase milk production and the nutritive value of the milk.

Dandelion Leaf (Taraxacum officinale) – Dandelion is one of natures most useful weeds, and can be especially useful during pregnancy due to it’s ability to aid the body in eliminating toxins by supporting the liver and kidneys, and also as a mild diuretic that can help prevent edema, water retention, and hypertension.   Dandelion is considered one of the five most nutritious vegetables on earth and all parts of the plant are edible.

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) – One of my all time favorite plants, Lemon balm is a member of the mint family.  Lemon balm is a safe and gentle relaxing herb that can help alleviate anxiety and create a feeling of calm content.  It’s an excellent addition to a pregnancy blend because in addition to it’s calming properties, it’s also one of nature’s strongest antiviral herbs.

Blue will get a cup of this herb blend in the morning, and a cup at night.  I like to add it to a little bit of soaked beet pulp to add moisture to the herbs and make them more delicious, but she seems to love them dry just as much.

The final blend:

1 lb raspberry leaf

1 lb nettle leaf

1/4 lb dandelion leaf

1/4 lb lemon balm