Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Relucant Domestic: 1, Broccoli Raab: 0 (cheese & bacon: infinity)

We joined a local CSA, which started up a few weeks ago. So far, we've gotten some yummy vegetables! It's a lot of food for just the two of us, but we make it work. We usually eat salads for dinner, so thanks to our shares, we haven't had to buy leafy greens or other salad veggies.

We work the other vegetables into our weekly lunch routine, which goes like this:
1. Cook a boat load of meat (usually chicken breasts).
2. Cook whatever veggies are on hand (blanch and freeze what we're not going to use).
3. Season appropriately.
4. Bring lunch-sized portions for lunch during the week.

Since we're not going out for lunch, we're saving a lot of money! Unfortunately, it can get boring after a while.

This week, we switched it up. We got broccoli raab and Swiss chard in our share, and I'm honestly not a big fan of either. What to do? The only recipe on allrecipes.com that uses both is Pasta with Greens and Sir Laurier. Pasta, pancetta and cheese? Yes, please!

When you decide to cook something at 9PM on a Friday, your grocery options are limited. The local supermarket had neither pancetta nor the mysterious Sir Laurier d’Arthabaska (which, by the way, WHAT?). I was so hopeful about the cheese, being only 4 hours from Quebec. Anyway, we improvised. We got bacon, and after consulting the internets, Crème de Brie.

We doubled the recipe, and threw in some fennel (also from the CSA). It came out great! It's not swimming in cheese, but it's enough to mask the broccoli raab's bitterness. The bacon helps, too :) So not the healthiest recipe, definitely too much to eat every day for a week, but a well-deserved splurge! Sorry no pics, I'll try to do better next time.

The CSA fruit share starts up next week, and I can't wait! I have a hard time eating fruit from the supermarket, and we've been out of town so much we've been missing the farmers markets. If the strawberries we got our first week were any indication, I think I'm in for a fruitful (har har) summer.

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