Wednesday, June 30, 2010

CSA share, aka "Is that a cucumber in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?"

Whoa, nelly! Check out our CSA share this week:

june 30, 2010 share

From top left, clockwise:
  • lettuce
  • broccoli
  • peas (snow or sugar snap, not sure yet)
  • spinach
  • basil
  • cucumbers
  • yellow summer squash
  • zucchini
  • turnips (in middle)
  • CHERRIES 
The cherries are sweet and firm, the best kind.  Nothing worse than tart or mushy cherries.  I forsee a pie in our future, assuming we don't eat them all first.

And holy cucumbers, Batman!  We got seven, varying in size from "standard Kosher dill" to "five dollar footlong."  The girth on this bad boy would make Jenna Jameson blush. Maybe.

fat cucumber

Our CSA does an awesome job of providing recipes to go with each share, so I'm eager to try the Chilled Cucumber-Mint Soup. I may also make a salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, basil, and fresh mozzarella. Why not, right? I will also do all of this tomorrow, since I'll be out of town Friday-Monday. Wish me luck!

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, Cr√®me 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.