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CSA Share for 2013 Week Sixteen

fall leaf on pond freedigitalphotosLast week was our last pickup of the season, but hopefully you froze or preserved some of our veggies from the summer so you don’t completely have to say “goodbye.”  In our share:

  • lettuce
  • tomatoes
  • onions
  • eggplant
  • peppers
  • winter squash
  • lots of pick your own

Soon the weather will turn cold and stay cold, so be sure to read my previous post which gives links to lots of butternut squash soup recipes.   We received a LOT of beautiful butternut squash, and it lasts a long time if it’s kept cool.  Another way I like to use this type of squash is in these Butternut Cookies which are super delicious; read my previous post for more on these cookies.  Stay warm!

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CSA Share for 2013 Week Fifteen

750px-TomatilloMany people aren’t familiar with tomatillos–what they look like when they’re ready to pick, how to best use them in recipes–so check out all things tomatillo over at Wikipedia.  In our share this week:

  • onions
  • garlic
  • tomatoes
  • green peppers
  • lettuce
  • eggplant
  • acorn squash
  • pick-your-own cherry tomatoes, hot peppers, and tomatillos

If you did happen to pick some of the tomatillos, check out the links below.  I’ve tried the Green Chile Enchiladas recipe, which was super, but haven’t tried the others.

Green Chile Enchiladas

Baked Shrimp with Tomatillos

Tomatillo Salsa Verde

CSA Share for 2013 Week Fourteen

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESI know it’s hot hot hot right now (at least here in the U.S. Northeast), but soon it will be cooler and you will feel like making soup, so check out the recipe below.  But first, in our share this week:

  • tomatoes
  • kale
  • lettuce
  • green beans
  • eggplant
  • green peppers
  • Tropea onions
  • potatoes
  • apples
  • lots of pick-your-own cherry tomatoes and hot peppers

I made this simple and inexpensive soup last week because I had a bunch of turnips to use up.  It’s tasty AND beautiful!

Turnip-Carrot-Onion Soup

  • 1 pound turnips, diced
  • 3/4 pound carrots, diced
  • 1-1/2 large onions, diced
  • olive oil
  • 6 to 7 cups water
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper
  • chives and parsley, chopped (optional)

Heat oil over medium heat.  Add vegetables and salt/pepper and saute for 5 minutes.  Add the water, bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 20 minutes or till veggies are soft.  Remove from heat and puree with stick blender (or in batches in a blender).  Stir in cheese.  Top with fresh chives or parsley.

CSA Share for 2013 Week Twelve

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES I tried a tasty new sweet pickle recipe today that has the pickles ready to eat in 24 hours (more below).  In our share this week:

  • tomatoes
  • string beans
  • garlic
  • eggplant
  • cucumbers
  • kale
  • mizuna
  • corn
  • turnips
  • peaches
  • apples

The pickle recipe I tried today can be found here.  It calls for tumeric which, according to the Mayo Clinic, is currently being studied to assess its benefits in the prevention and treatment of cancer.  It’s the tumeric that makes the pickling liquid yellowish.

I thought one cup of apple cider vinegar might be too strong, so I substituted with a half-cup apple cider vinegar and a half-cup white vinegar.  I like that they’re ready to eat the next day.

CSA Share for 2013 Week Eleven

1-ID-1007266Be sure to check out all the goodies in our farm’s freezer at pickup.  Our farmers work hard at taking care of those cows, including long hours in the hay fields, and in turn we get really good beef (and at reasonable prices).  In our share this week:

  • garlic
  • tomatoes
  • mizuna
  • kale
  • Tropea onions
  • cucumbers
  • cherry tomatoes

Love those Tropea onions!  I had never heard of them before joining the CSA.  They are incredible after they are cooked down for awhile…so, so sweet.  Read more about them in one of my previous posts.

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CSA Share for 2013 Week Ten

Looks like the farm party is going to be a little bit earlier this year than past years (end of September versus beginning of October).  This is good because my son keeps asking me when the farm party is going to be!  In our share this week:

  • lettuce
  • kale
  • mizuna
  • basil
  • green beans
  • beets
  • cucumbers
  • zucchini/summer squash
  • tomatoes
  • nectarines

Anna’s mention of pot stickers got me thinking of a fun pot sticker lunch that I make with my kids when we do have a little time to spare.  We form an assembly line where one person fills the wrappers, one seals them up, and the last person fries them in the pan.  We use either the round or square Nasoya wonton wrappers; I think there’s about 50 to a package, and my family will devour every single one in one sitting.  They are seriously good.

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Homemade Pot Stickers

These pot stickers are best made with an assembly line of three people:  one to fill the wraps, one to seal the wraps, and one to fry the pot stickers.  This recipe calls for Chinese cabbage, but you could add or replace with any other chopped veggie from our share.

  • one package of Nasoya wonton wrappers, either round or square
  • 1/3 pound extra-firm tofu (or cooked pork, etc)
  • 1-1/2 cup shredded/chopped Chinese cabbage (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tsp chopped garlic or garlic scapes
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • one small egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tsp tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • fresh chopped chives, optional
  • sesame seeds, optional

Mix the tofu, cabbage, carrots, garlic, egg, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, and ginger together in a bowl.  On a large cutting board, lay out the first batch of wraps.  Place 1 tsp of mixture into each wrap.  Dip finger in a bowl of water and rub one-half of the wrap, and then fold the other half over the mixture and seal by pressing the seams together.  Heat the canola oil over medium heat in a frying pan and add some of the pot stickers (as many as you can without them touching each other).  When the bottoms are browned, flip them over with a tongs and brown the other side.  Remove from pan, placing each pot sticker on a plate, and sprinkle with soy sauce, sesame seeds, and chives.  Add a little more oil to the frying pan and fry the next batch.

To stock up on pre-made pot stickers, you can prepare all the pot stickers but before frying, place on a cookie sheet, freeze, then place in a ziploc bag and return to freezer.  When you get the craving, just take a few out, fry them up, and enjoy!

CSA Share for 2013 Week Eight

4-IMG_5413I tried Anna’s pizza crust recipe in this week’s newsletter, and we loved it!  Such an easy and fun way to use pretty much any of our veggies.  In our share this week:

  • arugula
  • kale/collards
  • mizuna
  • lettuce
  • green beans
  • cucumbers
  • zucchini/summer squash
  • garlic
  • pepper
  • peaches
  • pick your own hot peppers and radishes

Anna’s pizza crust recipe is incredibly easy to make, as long as you have a BIG container because it does expand quite a bit.  I made one batch and it was enough for four pizzas which I made last night, plus some breadsticks which I made this morning.  It’s really just mixing all the ingredients in a bowl or container, putting it in the fridge, and taking out a chunk whenever you’re ready.  As Anna says, it will keep good in the fridge for at least a week.  Love that!

When I took out my portions, I added more flour to make the dough workable, then just placed them on my pans and pushed/rolled/pressed them out to fit the pan (I had to patch up some rips and thin spots).   I then spread a mixture of olive oil, crushed garlic, oregano, salt and pepper onto each crust, then topped some crusts with tomatoes/mozzerella slices/basil, and some with figs/feta/arugula (the basil and arugula was put on after they came out of the oven).  The crust is VERY light, tasty and flavorful, which I sometimes have trouble achieving with other recipes.  And, as I’ve said, it’s EASY EASY EASY!  You could also probably mix herbs and garlic right into the dough, which would make for very tasty breadsticks.

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