Posts Tagged ‘summer squash’

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 Seven

I really loved the variety in our share this week, and we even got some delicious fruit!  In our share this week:

  • arugula
  • kale/swiss chard
  • mizuna
  • lettuce
  • green beans
  • cucumbers
  • zucchini/summer squash
  • cabbage
  • peaches
  • apples

How right Farmer Anne is when she says in our newsletter that some members are excited to see the arugula back this week.  I admit I was not a fan at all when I joined our CSA 15 years ago, but now it’s one of my favorites.  The turning point for me was when she wrote in a 2011 newsletter to cook some arugula and cherry tomatoes in olive oil, add hot penne pasta, cheese (I use feta), and lemon juice (see photo above).  I’ve been in love with arugula ever since.  Thanks, Anne!

I’m extra-psyched about the arugula this year because not long ago, I discovered my favorite pizza while eating out one night:  Prosciutto and Fig Pizza with Arugula.  I’ve found an online recipe here, but there are lots of variations out there, so take a look and give it a try.  (You could also make it simpler by adapting it to my Tortilla Pizza recipe.)

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 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 2013 Week Two

Grain and Greens Salad Wrap

It has just been so hot and humid around here that I really don’t want to turn on my oven at all or stand over my stove too long.  With this week’s pickup, we don’t have to and we can eat well without heating up our kitchens.  In our share this week:

  • spinach
  • lettuce
  • Winterbor kale
  • summer squash and zucchini
  • garlic scapes

Go to one of my old posts and try a  Grains and Greens Salad Wrap (pictured above) as it’s a good recipe for this hot weather.  And don’t forget to pick your own strawberries someplace this week or weekend since strawberry season will come to an end before you know it!

Another tortilla idea is to make garlic scape pesto, spread it on a wrap, add a little feta and some chopped dates or figs, then bake for just a bit (about 5 minutes at 400 degrees).  Roll it up and you’ve got a healthy portable snack.  I hope you took a lot of those garlic scapes; if you can’t get to them (even though they last a long time), just dice them up, put them in a freezer bag, and use a little at a time all winter long.  And, a note on the pesto: traditional pesto recipes call for pine nuts, but I always use walnuts instead which are cheaper and easier to find.

CSA Share for 2013 Week One

happy fruit faceOh happy day indeed!  What a beautiful day for the first pickup of the season.  The farm looks great and I love seeing the steadfast, serene veggie fields once again, but this year there’s even more life in the air due to all the new pigs, sheep, and cows.  What fun!

Our farmers say it has been a tough growing season so far, but they are masters at rolling with the weather and making it all work out.  In our share this week:

  • giant bunch of kale
  • garlic scapes
  • summer squash and zucchini

This Kale Salad recipe is similar to the one Farmer Anne talked about in this week’s newsletter.  I made it today, but first steamed the whole bunch of kale to mellow it a bit, then mixed in everything else.  Make a big bunch and have it for the next few days.  You could also wrap it up in a wrap, put it atop pizza, or have it over brown rice.   For an Asian twist, try this Soy-Sesame Kale recipe.  Sites such as allrecipesepicurious, or tastespotting are great to explore for more ideas.

For a quick, tasty dish that won’t heat up the kitchen too much, bake the summer squash as I described in a post from a few years ago.  The garlic scapes can be used just like garlic cloves, and do try making the garlic pesto Anne mentioned this week.  Also, explore this blog’s past posts from similar months of previous years for more ideas.

BE SURE to check out our farm’s redesigned website and new Facebook page!  Farmer Mike’s Facebook updates make me feel even more connected to the food I and my family eats, and helps me to remember and appreciate the planning, work, and experience that goes into growing our veggies.  Thank you to our farmers and their helpers!

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CSA Share for 2012 Week Five

I was thinking yesterday that it sure seems easy for me to wander up our farm’s path and load up my veggie bags, but I do try and remember that our farmers combine their experience, expertise, good judgement, and a lot of hard work to produce our absolutely outstanding produce.  THANK YOU, guys!!  In our share this week:

  • lettuce
  • swiss chard
  • mizuna
  • red cabbage
  • summer squash/zucchini
  • cucumbers
  • golden beets
  • broccoli

Since there were extras of summer squash, it’s time to share with you my favorite way to enjoy zucchini:  Zucchini Brownies.  I posted over a year ago on these, in which I link to an old farm newsletter from 2007.   Also in the post is a link linking to another post which links to an old newsletter containing a member’s recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Muffins (it takes some clicking around, but it’ll be worth it!).  🙂

If you don’t feel you can get to your cabbage right away, try freezing it using these tips and see what you think.  Speaking of freezing things, I posted last year on freezing cucumbers and when I took them out months later, they were DELICIOUS.  And, if you have tons of garlic scapes still in your veggie drawer like I do, just mince them up, throw ’em in a bag, and freeze.

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