Posts Tagged ‘beets’

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!

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CSA Share for 2013 Week Six

What a pickup week it is…those were heavy bags!  In our share this week:

  • lettuce
  • mizuna
  • garlic
  • swiss chard
  • beets
  • summer squash
  • sweet corn
  • lots of extras

If you happened to grab some Chinese cabbage from the extras, this Inside-Out Dumplings recipe is fantastic.  It calls for bok choi, but I think substituting Chinese cabbage would work very well.

Every year it seems every gardener gets an abundance of zucchini and summer squash.  I just wash and dice them up, put them in the blender (I have a Magic Bullet type blender), add just enough water so the mixture will blend, and then pour 2-cup batches into ziploc baggies.  I then freeze these and take them out one at a time for making Zucchini Brownies (recipe from a 2007 farm newsletter).  I’ve been making these ever since I read that “vintage” newsletter, and they are GOOD.  Since it’s so easy to blend and freeze the zucchini and summer squash, it’s a great way to use them all up, and those baggies will last all winter long.

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CSA Share for 2013 Week Four

swiss chardI love those BIG bunches of greens!  So so healthy for you.  And isn’t that colorful chard gorgeous?  In our share this week:

  • swiss chard
  • beets
  • kale
  • cucumbers
  • basil

If you are wondering what to do with the giant bunches of greens we are getting, try what I’ve been doing for the past few weeks.  I take all my greens (kale, collards, beet greens), rinse them, then saute them all together in a large pot with olive oil till tender; this really reduces their volume.  I then let them cool a bit, add the other ingredients called for in this Kale Salad recipe, and put it all in a container in the fridge.  Then, over the coming week, it’s easy to add a bit of this mixture each day atop Tortilla Pizza, in any type of stir-fry, into burritos or sandwich wraps,  and over pasta.  The big advantage is that you wash, cook, and prepare it once and then you’re done, plus it frees up space in your veggie drawer.

If you know you won’t get to the cooked-down greens this week, just cook them down, let them cool, then throw them in a freezer bag.  They’ll be waiting for you in the fall or winter.

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CSA Share for 2013 Week Three

Beets this week! Some new members may not be familiar with preparing beets, but it’s worth the effort to learn; beets are tasty and good for you.   In our share this week:

  • beets
  • collards
  • kale
  • summer squash/zucchini
  • garlic scapes extras

Take a look at this New York Times blog post with the great title Beet Recipes Even A Beet Hater Can Love.  However, my favorite recipe is still My Sister’s Beet Salad.  For a nice introduction to collards, check out my post from last year.

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CSA Share for 2012 Week Seventeen

When our farmer mentioned squash pie in our newsletter this week, I knew I had to find a recipe and try it.  I’ve made pumpkin pie aplenty, but have never tried, nor even thought of, making squash pie.  Try it with me this week!

In our share this week:

  • kale
  • mizuna
  • onions
  • peppers
  • green beans
  • beets
  • acorn squash
  • buttercup squash

While searching for a delicious-sounding squash pie recipe, I came across the perfect one, Squash Pie, due to its recommendation to use buttercup squash which is in our share this week.  For my pie, I’ll probably use a combination of that recipe and a couple of others:  Winter Squash Pie and Acorn Squash Pie.

If you need ideas for your farm party dish, check out my Recipe Box page.  See you all at the party!

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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 Eleven

Now that we’re getting bagfuls and bagfuls of veggies, it might help some of you to read my post from last year which gives a quick tip on how to stay on top of it all.  In our share this week (another BIG week):

  • basil
  • greens (collards, kale)
  • beets
  •  broccoli
  • tomatoes
  • potatoes
  • peppers
  • Tropea onions
  • green beans
  • corn

Another tip to avoiding veggie waste this week is to hit first the veggies that won’t last long, or won’t stay fresh long, such as the green beans and corn.  Then over the next few days eat up or freeze your greens, broccoli, and bell peppers.  Then you can store the beets and potatoes for a much longer time.

For those of you who had a chance to grab some of the eggplant extras, give baba ghanouj a try (see my previous post).  I’m sure you still have some farm garlic leftover to use in this recipe.

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