Small Bites (And A Face Lift)

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So, it has been hot with a capital H here in good ole Beantown. Way too hot. And my appetite is always fairly pathetic when I’m over-heated. Today, I’m going to share with you a series of small bites that I’ve made over the past week, none big enough to warrant a full post. I … Continue reading

Mid-Summer Variety

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I took a lot of photos of our haul this week since we had some new varieties and everything looked so lovely and fresh, so today will be mostly photos. I’m in the middle of a new and exciting experiment. The post of it will be up on Friday…my husband and I are taking a … Continue reading

Some Red With My Green!

This week, we are seeing a touch more color in our CSA share! That’s how you know that summer is getting into full swing here in the Northeast. I am going out of town for the holiday weekend tomorrow, but will be back with lots of catching up next week. Who knows, I might even post a bit from the road!

Today, when I picked up our share, I utilized a nifty feature of Farmer Dave’s CSA share that I hadn’t before: the swap box. Even though the shares come prepackaged, each week there is a box where you can swap things out of your share for something different. Since I still haven’t managed to use the Chinese cabbage or tatsoi (though I’m planning to tomorrow), I swapped out this week’s bok choy with an extra bag of spinach. I’m more used to cooking with spinach and it is so incredibly delicious at this time of year!

Here’s what our box looked like after the swap:

We got two bags of spinach, a head of Romaine lettuce, a bag of peas, and…

…radishes, more garlic scapes (!), and…

…a cippolini onion and rainbow chard.

I have some fun cooking in my future. I hope you have a wonderful long weekend!

~CM

This Week’s Haul

Since it is early in the growing season here in Boston, this week’s CSA share looks much like last week’s. When that is the case, rather than posting pictures of all the same things, I’ll post what’s new and focus instead on what different things I do with the produce that came.

This week, we got another beautiful green bounty (with a hint of pink from my favorite, beets). Included was a large head of Romaine lettuce, beets (as I said already), spinach, peas, and a few more things.

This is tatsoi. I’ve never cooked with it, but have eaten it before. It is in the Chinese cabbage family along with bok choy. What is your favorite tatsoi recipe? I’d love to see your suggestions in the comments.

This, I believe, is arugula. It tastes like it, at least, with that slight peppery bite. Yum! This will definitely be featured in a salad this week. We also got another head of lettuce, greenleaf lettuce, I think. Sometimes, with a CSA, it’s all about the educated guess!

Somehow, I feel like this is the cutest head of lettuce I’ve ever seen!

We also got……drumroll, please…..more garlic scapes! Hip hip hooray! (It is a miracle that these are still here for me to take a photo of. That is a true testament to my love for beets!)

I left them in the bag because, just before taking these pictures, I stabbed myself in the finger while cutting the greens off the beets for tonight’s dinner. Yeouch! Luckily, when my husband and I moved in together, we brought with us two adult supplies of BandAids, so I was able to wrangle my fingertip and get it all patched up. Long story short, scapes are too tricky to wrangle in and out of a baggie with a bleeding finger!

Speaking of tonight’s dinner, I’m in the middle of putting together a Turkish-inspired meal to brighten up this cold, rainy night. Check back tomorrow for pictures and recipes!

~CM