Posts Tagged ‘carrots’

CSA Share for 2012 Week Ten

The pickup list sure is looooong this week.  Such variety!  And the peaches and apples are an extra-special treat.  In our share this week:

  • garlic
  • basil
  • tomatoes
  • green peppers
  • white onions
  • broccoli
  • greens (kale, swiss chard, or collards)
  • eggplant
  • cucumbers
  • carrots
  • potatoes
  • peaches
  • apples
  • hot peppers

Green peppers galore!  I’m glad to see them since I love simply dicing them up and freezing for use atop our winter pizzas.  To use them now, though, Rachael Ray’s Green Pepper and Tomato Salad sounds refreshing.

Those white onions look interesting, so I needed to find out more about them over at onions-usa.org.  Frankly, I use all types of onions interchangeably with no thought to each one’s nuances, so the info on each type’s best usage will be particularly helpful in my efforts to change my onion-usage ways.  Be sure also to click the History of Onions link and the Onion Health Research link at this website.


(Image courtesy of www.FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

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CSA Share for 2012 Week Eight

the beach of Tropea

Aren’t those Tropea onions beautiful?  See my post from last year for info on and ideas for these onions, and check out wikipedia for more images.   In our share this week:

  • lettuce
  • swiss chard
  • Tropea onions
  • cucumbers
  • beets
  • corn
  • garlic
  • basil
  • sweet corn

Farmer Anne mentioned in our newsletter that, despite all the recipes you can find online, she still likes looking through cookbooks; I certainly am with her on that one.  And I also agree with her that the Moosewood Restaurant cookbooks are fantastic.  Currently, Moosewood has published 12 cookbooks and have another one coming out soon.  I’m sure you can find some of them at your library, or you can buy them right from the Moosewood website.  One of my favorites is Moosewood Restaurant Cooking for Health, which has a fantastic Oatmeal Cookies recipe.

But until you track down some great cookbooks, these recipes featuring Tropea onions should hold you over:

Happy cooking, and happy eating!

CSA Share for 2011 Week Sixteen

This week’s pickup might have been the last one of the season, but it certainly wasn’t the least.  Those bags were HEAVY last night!   In our share this week:

  • kale
  • green peppers
  • leeks
  • celeriac
  • winter squash
  • carrots
  • garlic
  • onions
  • pick-your-own basil

The celeriac is back!  Our farmers have grown this in the past, and I took to it right away.  I’ve used it mostly in my standard veggie soup, but this time I’m absolutely going to try it in the Cream of Celeriac Soup recipe from this week’s newsletter.   An old article from the NPR archives, The Vegetable World’s Ugly Duckling, gives some fun info on this unusual veggie, plus some tasty-sounding recipes.  Leave it to our farmers to widen our veggie horizons!

I’ve got a lot of veggies in my fridge and freezer to get through, so keep checking back throughout the fall and winter for recipe ideas.  🙂

See you all at the farm party!

CSA Share for 2011 Week Fifteen

Only a little over a week until the fantabulous Bear Hill Farm Party!  I’m already dreaming of the incredible dishes that are always crowded onto the tables.  One of my favorite things is the ever-changing selections throughout the night; every time I re-visit the food tables, it’s a new adventure.  This party is definitely not to be missed.

In our share this week:

  • kale
  • collards
  • leeks
  • carrots
  • onions
  • garlic
  • pick your own basil
Here’s a recipe to try that uses our garlic and onions:  a quick Dal Makhani.  I always order this dish when my husband and I go to my favorite Indian restaurant.  Even though this quick dal recipe doesn’t hold a candle to my restaurant’s version, it’s tasty and healthy.  Ingredient variations I used were 2 Tbsp tomato paste instead of tomato pulp and whole milk instead of low-fat milk, plus I added some butter which made my version a not-so-lowfat dal.  Also, the recipe calls for ginger-garlic paste, which I made by simply mashing up some ginger pieces and a small garlic clove together.    Of course this dish would be the best served over rice, but all I had pre-made were rotini noodles.  Oh well.
Now I’m off to make mega-batches of pesto with all that basil!

CSA Share for 2011 Week Fourteen

It sounds like our farmers had quite a week last week, yet still the veggies keep coming.  Truly remarkable!  In our share this week:

  • kale
  • leeks
  • beets
  • peppers
  • tomatoes
  • carrots
  • onions
  • garlic

Lotsa leeks this week.  I don’t feel like making soup today due to the hot weather that’s still hanging around, so I plan on chopping up those leeks while they’re still nice and fresh, freezing them, and making Creamy Potato and Leek Soup as soon as it turns cooler outside (see also my previous post, interestingly done during the exact same pickup week from last year!).

If you still have those fingerling potatoes from last week, try roasting them a la this Rachael Ray recipe.  I tried it out last night, and it was quick, easy, and…”yumm-o.”

CSA Share for 2011 Week Twelve

Check out the new search feature over at the Bear Hill Farm CSA website!   I’ll be using this handy tool a lot in the future, when I want to quickly find recipes that I vaguely remember seeing printed in old newsletters.  LOVE it!

In our share this week:

  • kale
  • swiss chard
  • carrots
  • Tropea onions
  • summer squash
  • tomatoes
  • garlic

Whenever I have medical questions that I’m researching, and since I’m a native Minnesotan, I usually head over to the Mayo Clinic website.  They have hundreds of healthy recipes on the site, and so I thought I’d share some of the results of my recipe-surfing with you (one for each veggie in this week’s share):

Kale:  Braised Kale with Cherry Tomatoes

Swiss Chard:  Fettuccine with Swiss Chard and Mushrooms

Carrots:   Baby Minted Carrots

Tropea Onions:  Lentils with Wild Rice and Crispy Onions

Summer Squash:   Steamed Summer Squash with Warm Leek Vinaigrette

Tomatoes:   Lima Bean Ragout with Tomatoes and Thyme

Garlic:   Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Thyme and Garlic

Happy, healthy eating to you!

CSA Share for 2011 Week Eleven

Don’t you love pickup this time of year?  Those bags are heavy, with lots of variety inside.   In our share this week:

  • arugula
  • escarole
  • broccoli
  • cabbage
  • eggplant
  • leeks
  • carrots
  • tomatoes
  • green peppers

Today with that eggplant, I made baba ghanouj for the first time.  I followed this recipe over at littlebluehen.com, but cut it in half.  This version is a lot like hummus, and quite easy to prepare.  Having another eggplant recipe to choose from is always helpful.

I love cooking with leeks, and if it was cooler out I would make a leek and potato soup.  See my previous post for that recipe, and also a slaw recipe using our broccoli.  With the escarole, I think we’re going to make Farmer Mike’s Escarole, Beans, and Sausage recipe (see this week’s newsletter).  I’ve made variations of this, but this time we want to follow the recipe verbatim.

Also, I urge you to try Farmer Anne’s suggestion for using the arugula, of which I’ve been using a slightly-adapted version:  heat some olive oil, saute cherry tomatoes with a big handful of arugula, then add some feta, cooked penne pasta, and a little lemon juice.  I’ve been whipping up this little treat several times a week since reading about it in our newsletter from a few weeks ago (under the What’s New In Your Share This Week section).