Archive for September, 2012

CSA Share for 2012 Week Sixteen

It’s time to turn our attention to all that squash.  Luckily it stores well, plus it does look good on the counter!  If you chose one of the butternut squash, check out my previous post on a multitude of butternut squash soup recipes.  However, I’m sure you would get good results if you replaced the butternut squash with any of our varieties of squash in these recipes.

In our share this week:

  • garlic
  • kale
  • onions
  • potatoes
  • corn
  • peppers
  • green beans
  • beets
  • several types of winter squash (butternut, kabocha, sweet dumpling, spaghetti)

What to do with that kabocha squash??  If you’re in the mood for soup, make some Kabocha Squash Soup from Fresh Tastes over at pbs.org.  Also, if you can get your hands on a copy of the cookbook Love Soup by Anna Thomas, her Winter Squash, Yam, and Poblano Pepper recipe calls for kabocha squash and looks pretty tasty (I checked this cookbook out of my library a couple winters ago).

I wanted to share with you a recipe that I tried last week:  Lentil-Mushroom Burgers.  This recipe appears in Scott Jurek’s new book Eat & Run, and will use up some of our garlic, onions, and kale from our share this week.  These burgers were actually MUCH tastier than I thought they would be…a pleasant surprise.  It takes a bit of time to make up a batch, but results in a lot of leftovers that you can freeze for an easy “veggie” burger on a busy night.

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CSA Share for 2012 Week Fifteen

As our farmer said in this week’s newsletter, our farm party that’s coming up in a couple of weeks truly is no-stress.  Make whatever dish you are inspired to make, show up anytime, and eat as much as you can!  The variety and amount of food is truly amazing.  Over the years, our favorite activities have been pumpkin carving and the giant bonfire, but we have really been blown away each year by the food that our farmers generously supply and cook up, and the food-creativity shown by our members.  It’s a very good time indeed. 🙂

In our share this week:

  • garlic
  • kale
  • mizuna
  • potatoes
  • green peppers
  • kohlrabi
  • cauliflower
  • onions
  • leeks
  • winter squash
  • apples

The cooler weather this week might motivate you to try a potato and leek soup.  In a previous post from last year, I link to an easy recipe.  The recipe calls for heavy cream, but I find I like it better when I replace the cream with plain milk (either whole or low-fat).

For new members, you might be stumped as to how to use mizuna.  It’s great in a salad, of course, but you could also try it with some of this week’s potatoes and garlic in this recipe over at Nourishing Words.  I’ve never tried mizuna in anything but salads, but I’m definitely going to check out this recipe.

CSA Share for 2012 Week Fourteen

This week I created a new page for this blog titled Recipe Box.  Check it out here or via the link at the top for a list of previous posts containing full recipes using our farm veggies.

In our share this week:

  • kale
  • collards
  • arugula
  • green beans
  • green peppers
  • potatoes
  • onions
  • delicata squash
  • apples

Those delicata squash in our share this week are another sign of the cooler season that’s upon us, along with the red-tipped leaves I’ve been seeing lately.  I say “good riddance” to those sweltering summer days, and I’m sure this cooler weather makes working in the fields all day just a little easier on our farmers.  I love any type of winter squash (but HATED it as a kid…go figure), and last year I even tried a cookie recipe using winter squash.  I’ve found it for you over at The Golden Yolk blog.  A very interesting cookie recipe, indeed, since it calls for olive oil as well as squash.  It’s titled Butternut Cookies, but you can absolutely use any type of winter squash.

Don’t forget to save those squash seeds!  Just toss them in olive oil and salt, and bake at 400 degrees till crunchy.

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CSA Share for 2012 Week Thirteen

Our farm’s animals seem to be giving our farmers a good workout lately with their escape antics!  I’m glad our farmers go to the trouble to have them, though; when my kids were younger, they loved seeing all the farm animals up close and personal.

In our share this week:

  • basil
  • kale
  • onions
  • green beans
  • potatoes
  • green peppers

For those of you with young kids who are looking for simple “what to do” ideas (that don’t involve video games, that is!), check out this site that has printable farm animal activities, including lots of mazes as well as word searches, dot-to-dots, and word scrambles.  I also found these farm animal games, many of which use standard playing card decks.

After the kids work up an appetite playing all those games, try out this Boboli Pizza Crust clone recipe.  We tried it this weekend and it turned out great.  It’s the perfect crust to top with all our farm veggies (basil, onions, green peppers), and of course sliced fresh mozzarella.  We used no sauce at all; a fantastic oil and garlic concoction that my husband made was all the base it needed.  Try mixing in some shredded parmesan cheese right into the dough and see how that turns out.

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