Tuesday, July 23, 2013

CSA Week 7-8

This week is actually Week 8. I skipped the Week 7. So this is a super bonus post- 2 CSA recaps in one! Contain yourselves.

Week 7:
Purple Viking potatoes
Patty Pan squash
Onion
Bell Pepper
Tomatoes
Cherry/Grape tomatoes
Baby Carrots
Peaches (very ripe, eat soon)

Week 8:
Beets
Patty pan squash
Eggplant
Melon (softball sized thing in the back)
Banana peppers
Grape or cherry tomatoes
Tomatoes, medium size
red onion


Week 8- those "medium tomatoes" are the size of your fist.

Purple Viking potatoes
Quartered, roasted, enjoyed the morning of our wedding reception/party.

Patty Pan squash
Squash and onion were roughly diced and sauteed with olive oil, then I added about 3 cups of kidney beans and 4ish tbsp of pesto (made from carrot greens, garlic, and basil from a previous CSA delivery!). Served over some Near East quinoa/rice blend. This was delicious and hearty.

Onion
Used in farro recipe, see tomatoes.

Bell Pepper
I had intended to make chili last week but time just got away from me. These ended up in my standard lunch loadout.

Tomatoes
On the 7th week, Nick and I discovered farro. And it was good. I saw this recipe pop up on my reader (side note: read that blog. Beautiful photography, good writing, and all of her recipes have been winners. Love), and the appeal of a one-pan dish was instant. The recipe was basically written for me- one dish, uses up tomatoes, and I happened to have farro purchased in February when I ramped up for my elimination diet. Farro is a lower-gluten grain, and it's exotic sounding, so I grabbed a couple cups from the bulk bins. And then I promptly forgot about it. I rediscovered it in the pantry recently and have been half-assedly trying to find a recipe for it. Then this one popped up. SO GOOD. Farro is chewy and hearty. Nick said it's like al dente pasta without the undercooked middle (he likes his pasta very well done. And yes, we know farro is a grain). It is definitely an interesting flavor. This recipe was easy- add some salt, basil, and parmesan on top and it's pretty perfect. We had enough for 2 lunch leftovers, and we just bought more farro to make it again. 

Cherry/Grape tomatoes
Eaten whole, by me, in minutes.

Baby Carrots
Standard lunch eats. Btw, a baby carrot for a farmer is just a small carrot. None of this peeled, washed, rinsed, bleached nonsense that you get in the store. 

Peaches (very ripe, eat soon)
They were very ripe, so we ate them soon. I think we each had 3 peaches the first day we had them home.

Beets
Roasted and enjoyed by me, with sauteed onion. They were small and sparse again this week, so there wasn't enough to make something more ambitious.

Patty pan squash
Diced, sauteed, and... something. I don't have any good ideas. These little guys are still mocking me from the veggie drawer.

Eggplant
The eggplant and one of the squash were sliced, salted, and sauteed by Nick. Then he sauteed garlic and red onion, and made a delicious sauce of olives (substituted for capers), balsamic, and lemon juice. It was a really nice side dish for some veggie burgers.

Melon
This looks sort of like a canteloupe, but was on the small side, and it did not smell like a cantaloupe. I cut it open and it had very runny insides and was light green- definitely not a cantaloupe! A little searching led me to think it's actually a galia melon. It is very... melony. I wouldn't be sad if we didn't get anymore of these, because I'm not a huge melon fan, but it was nice to have traditional fruit in our delivery. 

Banana peppers
4 huge banana peppers. Ugh. I like them, but in my mind they are a sandwich topper and not much more. I asked Google, as always, and got many recipes for stuffed banana peppers. All of them were stuff with loads of cheese, which would be yummy but hard on my stomach. Then I came upon this recipe. Nick and I love Indian food, and this recipe looked great.

We made it last night, and it made the house smell like curry. We added a can of chickpeas because we didn't quite have enough potatoes, and it also upped the protein content. It was delicious over a bed of rice. Nick and I both noticed that it wasn't very spicy- these banana peppers were on the mild side- but definitely an unusual dish.

Grape or cherry tomatoes
Being eaten raw as we speak... 

Tomatoes, medium size
I don't discriminate. I eat tomatoes of all sizes raw.

Red onion
Eaten on salads and also sauteed with the eggplant/squash mixture. Yum.


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