Say it isn’t Cilantro

Cilantro is an annual, aromatic herb that is also known as coriander or Chinese parsley and experts believe that it is one of the oldest herbs in the world. Considered to have been around since biblical times, cilantro may have been referenced in ancient texts originating from China, Egypt, India and the Roman Empire.  The… Read More »

Alstede Fresh Cilantro Bowl

Prepare Arroz Verde: 1 c long grain rice, 1 T olive oil, 3/4 c cilantro, 1/4 c parsley 1/2 c fresh or frozen spinach leaves, 1 jalapeno pepper roughly chopped (seeded) 1 small onion cut into small chunks, 2 cloves garlic, 2 c vegetable broth , 1/2 t salt (optional). Preheat the oven to 350.… Read More »

Rice and Apple Salad

From your share: 1-2 apples, diced From your garden: cilantro From your kitchen: olive oil 2 T butter or olive oil 1 onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, chopped ¼ t cinnamon 2 1/4 c brown rice 2 scallions, sliced 3/4 c almonds, chopped 6 dry apricots, snipped into small pieces Heat some oil and the… Read More »

Jalapeno Pesto

2 jalapeno peppers, chopped 1 cup cilantro leaves 2 garlic cloves, chopped 2 tablespoons pine nuts 1/8 – 1/4 cup olive oil Salt and pepper to taste Cooking Directions: Combine the cilantro, jalapeno, garlic, pine nuts, salt, and pepper in a food processor, and process until coarsely chopped. Drizzle in olive oil until smooth.  … Read More »

Seco De Carne (cilantro beef stew)

This week I heard from Maria Bermudez.  This recipe is like the one her grandmother prepared. Serves: 4 1/2  cup vegetable oil 1 1/2  pounds boneless beef chuck roast, cut in 2×2 inch pieces 1 chopped red onion 2 chopped garlic cloves 1 tablespoon aji amarillo paste 3 cups cilantro leaves 2 cups spinach 2… Read More »

Chickpea Salad with Cilantro Dressing

2 cups chopped fresh cilantro 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1/2 teaspoon grated lime rind 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1/8 teaspoon salt 2 garlic cloves 2 pickled jalapeño pepper slices 1/4 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth 1/2 cup chopped seeded peeled cucumber 1/2 cup thinly sliced radishes 1/4 cup chopped celery 2 (15… Read More »

Pork Medallions with Magic Green Sauce

1 small jar capers 1 cup packed chopped fresh cilantro (1 bunch) 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided 1 tablespoon water 2 bunches green onions, divided 4 (4-ounce) boneless center-cut loin pork chops 3/8 teaspoon salt, divided 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 16 heirloom cherry tomatoes (red and yellow), halved Spoon 1 tablespoon caper… Read More »

Mexican Green Bean Salad

1 lb. fresh green beans, ends snapped off, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces 1/4 cup onion, finely chopped 2 T. freshly squeezed lime juice 1 T. olive oil 1/2 tsp. sea salt 2 tsp. fresh oregano finely chopped 3/4 cup packed, chopped cilantro 1/3 cup sliced pickled jalapeno or fresh or chili peppers 1/3… Read More »

Chicken and Avocado Mash Wraps

Many thanks to CSA member Kimberly DeMaria for this recipe that will make use of the lettuce in our shares as well as the cilantro in our herb gardens! 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast halves flattened to ½ inch thickness 2 Avocados halved, pitted, peeled and coarsely mashed ½ cup of fresh cilantro 2… Read More »

Roasted or Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Cilantro and Lime

3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into 1/8 to 1/4-inch rounds 1 tsp finely grated lime zest 2-4 Tbsp. oil (we used avocado oil) pinch ground cayenne pepper coarse salt (we used pink Himalayan) 1/4 cup chopped cilantro Freshly ground pepper Preheat oven to 400º. In a medium bowl combine the lime zest, oil,… Read More »


Version 1: 2 tablespoons Olive Oil 3 cups finely chopped onion 3 cups finely chopped red and green bell peppers (1 1/2 cups each) 4 garlic cloves, minced 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro 1 tablespoon tomato paste 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper Heat  oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add… Read More »

Cilantro-Avocado Potato Salad

2 pounds potatoes, peeled, small diced, and cooked in boiling salted water until tender, drained 1/3 cup finely minced red onions 1 tablespoon minced garlic Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2-3 firm-ripe avocados, peeled, pitted, and diced 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1 tablespoon minced jalapeno (1-ounce) package… Read More »