Simply Fresh Recipe Blog by Julie Wern

Julie Wern is a psychotherapist turned stay-at-home-mom turned health coach, cooking instructor, and food blogger. She is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and the author of Holcomb Farm CSA’s Simply Fresh blog as well as a food and lifestyle blog, The Wholesome Gourmande. It is Julie’s passion to help individuals find their unique path to health without sacrificing joy and pleasure in food.

Simply Fresh–Week 17–Butternut Squash

By Julie Wern | October 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

Featured Item—Butternut Squash Butternut squash is probably the most beloved of winter squash, likely because it is the most familiar, having been stocked in supermarkets for decades. Frankly, what’s not to like.  It’s flesh is mild and it’s flavor is irresistibly nutty.  Did you know that squash is technically a fruit?  Yet is is prepared …

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Simply Fresh–Week 15–Lemongrass and Vegetable Broth

By Julie Wern | September 19, 2018 | 2 Comments

  Featured Item–Lemongrass Lemongrass is, not surprisingly, an exotic lemony flavored stalky grass often used in Southeast Asian cooking, particularly in Thai dishes.  Lemongrass leaves and the oils made from it are also used medicinally in teas, essential oils, etc.  WebMD reports of lemongrass: “Lemongrass might help prevent the growth of some bacteria and yeast. …

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Simply Fresh–Week 14–Delicata Squash (and Bonus Spaghetti Squash Recipe)

By Julie Wern | September 12, 2018 | 1 Comment

Hey Folks, I’ll be at the CSA barn this Saturday at 12:30 pm conducting a cooking demonstration. Come on by and learn some delicious ways to use spaghetti squash, delicata squash, arugula, potatoes, eggplant, husk cherries and raspberries. Hope to see you there. Featured Item– Delicata Squash Delicata squash is the perfect transition vegetable from …

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Simply Fresh–Week 13–Fall's Opening Act–Spaghetti Squash

By Julie Wern | September 5, 2018 | 4 Comments

Featured Item–Spaghetti Squash I’ve been slow to come around to spaghetti squash. To be honest, I haven’t hesitated because it doesn’t taste good. I’ve dragged my feet because it is touted to be like spaghetti and, well, I guess I always preferred real spaghetti to the somewhat mushy strands that are meant to be it’s …

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Simply Fresh–Week 12–Edamame and More

By Julie Wern | August 29, 2018 | 2 Comments

Featured Item—Fresh Soybeans (Edamame) When I was young I lived in Japan and experienced a number of great culinary adventures.  My favorite experience, by far, was tasting edamame, the fresh boiled soybean dish flaked with pure sea salt—divine.  I loved the surprising “pop” of the bean as I squeezed it out of its shell and …

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Simply Fresh–Week 11–Melons

By Julie Wern | August 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

Featured Item–Melons We are so lucky to have melons grown at the farm, and this year they are abundant.  Once you get tired of cutting them up and eating them as is, you may be looking for alternate ways to utilize them in your meals.  Also, occasionally you may get one that isn’t the sweetest, …

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Simply Fresh–Week 10–Tomatillos

By Julie Wern | August 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

Featured item—Tomatillos My love affair with tomatillos is fairly new, as the tomatillo and I were formally introduced only about 10 years ago. Before that, my amour was salsa verde, the tart, green, vibrant sauce you could find only in Mexican restaurants served as either a salsa or a sauce. I was a huge fan …

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Simply Fresh–Week 9–Cherry Tomatoes, Eggplant, and Green Peppers

By Julie Wern | August 8, 2018 | 2 Comments

  Perhaps my favorite item each year at the farm is the candy-like cherry tomatoes we get to pick on our own.  I thought I would highlight them this week, as well as offer a few recipes containing eggplant and green peppers, as they are still plentiful and likely to be in each day’s distribution …

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Simply Fresh–Week 8–Eggplant, Potatoes, Swiss Chard

By Julie Wern | August 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

I love mid summer at the farm.  This week I will focus mainly on one of my all time mid-summer favorites, Eggplant, but will also include recipes for potatoes and Swiss Chard (and even Shishito peppers) Featured Item—Eggplant Eggplant is one of those vegetables that take a bit of effort to get behind, but once …

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Simply Fresh–Week 7–Stuffed Vegetables!

By Julie Wern | July 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

The word from farmer Joe this week is that the distribution is going to be a bit of a mish mash with items likely to be different each distribution day.  So rather than focus on specific vegetables this week, I thought I would focus on a technique–Stuffed Vegetables. So many of the items we are …

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