Friday, June 29, 2012

This Week's Haul...

I don't have a photo of this weeks haul because Ava worked one of her volunteer shifts and brought everything home with her at the end of the night and put it away...
We got new potatoes, kale, a bunch of carrots, a bunch of spring onions, snap peas, a bunch of japanese turnips, a head of red lettuce, some red and yellow plums, some cherries, raw milk havarti cheese, cream top yogurt, and a bonus unsalted butter and half and half from "Milk, Not Jails" who provide milk products to our CSA from Ronnybrook Farms. (We don't normally get the MNJ items but there were leftovers and they sold them to Ava for cheap).
I don't have any new meals planned for these yummy veggies this week, we had a (faux) chicken (faux) caesar salad using the lettuce and I have a stir fry planned for the carrots, turnips, snap peas and onions. The kale will be served steamed along side a baked ziti I have planned for this week. That just leaves the potatoes which I'll use in some future endeavor. My 3yo has already demolished the plums and cherries ;-) The havarti is going into sandwiches and the yogurt is making a couple smoothies for my daughter (who is obsessed with smoothies).

We're going away next week so our CSA share is being donated to a local food bank, so I'll return to my regular programming the following week... Enjoy your 4th of July!!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Chioggia Beet Chips

The chioggia beets (pronounced kee-oh-gee-ya) look really cool when sliced and make a yummy treat when baked!

To make the chips I cut the greens off the beets, peeled them and then sliced them in thin slices using my mandolin. Then I blanched them in water by bringing the pot of water to a boil, adding the slices and turning off the heat and letting the beet slices sit in the hot water covered for 15 minutes. Then I poured them into a colander and let them sit for another 15 minutes. Then I lightly tossed them in some olive oil and salt and laid them on a baking sheet lined with foil in a single layer closely packed in. I baked them at 275 for about an hour, when you first take them out they won't be crisp yet, they crisp up as they cool. To cool them I laid them on baking racks with paper towels on the counter underneath to catch any stray oil. 

Monday, June 25, 2012

Black Forest Cake!


I made a simple cherry pie filling by hand pitting all our cherries, putting them in a medium saucepan and cooking them on low until their juices came out (about 10 minutes), then I added a cup of sugar and a 1/4 cup corn starch to help it thicken. Stirred that until it all mixed and let it cool. 
Then I made a dark chocolate cake in two 9" layers, put some filling between the layers and some on top, then sprinkled it with powdered sugar and viola! A cake to make your knees buckle ;-)

So Far This Week...

So... I took photos and accidentally deleted them from my camera before uploading them, oops!
This week has been a few repeats of previous weeks (arugula pesto, steamed kale, salad...). I also made escarole and white beans, my first time, and it turned out yummy and I'll be making my vegetarian stroganoff because my 3 year old has requested it.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Vegetable Soup!

I forgot to take a photo of my soup from last week...
I used the carrots, some kale (I had steamed the rest of it and served it with the mac and cheese), garlic scapes, the fresh peas (shelled), celery, red potatoes, black beans, canellini beans, a parmesan rind and a can of diced tomatoes with some vegetable broth I had saved from a previous recipe and enough water to cover the rest of the vegetables. Yum!

This weeks Haul!!

This week we got some chioggia beets, a head of lettuce, a bunch of arugula, a bunch of italian parsley,  a head of escarole, some garlic scapes, some sugar snap peas, a TON of cheeries, some garlic herb quark cheese and a quart of orange yogurt smoothie. 

Caerphilly Mac and Cheese!

This is my favorite cheese for making macaroni and cheese, yum!!

1 2/3 cups dry macaroni, cooked and drained.
2 tbsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 12oz can of fat free evaporated milk
1 cup water
2 tbsp butter
2 cups shredded sharp cheese.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a 2 quart casserole dish.
Combine the cornstarch, mustard and pepper in a medium saucepan and stir in the evaporated milk, water and butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture comes to a boil. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and stir in 1 1/2 cups of the cheese until melted. Add the cooked macaroni and mix well. Pour in into the casserole and top with the remaining cheese. Bake it for 20-25 minutes until the cheese is melted and lightly browned.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Swiss Chard and Red Potatoes!

                                        This is definitely one of my favorite summer meals!
 It's super simple, just wash and chop a bunch of swiss chard, cube 3 medium red potatoes, chop some garlic or garlic scapes (I used two garlic scapes this time) and saute it all in a little olive oil. When everything is getting close to tender add some fresh dill and cover until it all it's tender and the flavors meld. Yum!!!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

This Weeks Haul!

This week we received...
Some loose spinach, a bunch of kale, a bunch of swiss chard, a bunch of carrots, garlic scapes, a head of lettuce, some snap peas, strawberries, apples, greek yogurt and Caerphilly cheese! I have some delicious plans for these goodies!

Weekly Wrap Up...

There were a few things we received last week that weren't shown/talked about...
We got a pint of strawberries, they were gone too fast to photograph ;-)
2 Empire apples
A bunch of beets, my mom took them home with her because she loves beets.
A bunch of collard greens, we steamed them and served them with the vinaigrette I mentioned in my last post.
A bunch of rapini, that gets sauteed with garlic.
A bunch of snap peas, my 3yo and I shelled them and ate them raw as a snack.
A pint of cream top yogurt and a package of cheese curds.

From now on I will take a photograph of the haul when we get home with it.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Arugula Pesto Over Wheat Penne

We were away over the weekend for my dad's memorial service so while I made this Friday, I'm only getting around to posting it today. It was served with a big, simple, salad using lettuces we got from the CSA with my favorite vinaigrette.
Vinaigrette recipe:
olive oil
dijon mustard
balsamic vinegar

shake it/whisk it together and top your favorite greens or salad!

Arugula Pesto recipe:
1/4 cup walnuts
3 cloves of garlic
1 bunch of arugula (about 2 cups chopped)
1/2 cup olive oil 
1/3 cup parmesan cheese (I tend go heavier on the parm)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Stir Fry!

Welcome, hopefully this is the beginning of some amazing CSA inspired meal posts!

Tonight I made a stir fry with fresh shiitake mushrooms, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, baby bok choy and carrots served over red quinoa with a rosemary garlic sauce (the sauce was a pre-made sauce).

Here's everything all prepped in the pan.

And here is the final product plated up!

I almost never measure anything when cooking, I just go by my eye so I can't really tell you the amounts of anything, there's really no wrong way to make a stir fry!

Friday, June 1, 2012


This is just my first post... to get things started. I'm going to post photos of our CSA hauls each week along with photos and recipes of the meals I create. Hopefully it's interesting to someone other than me...