Pretty Veggies to Beat the Heat

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Ok, so they don’t actually help me beat the heat. But at least they’re nice to look at this week! I traded my Romaine lettuce for more beets, because I’m all salad-ed out for the moment. This week’s supply has some exciting new contenders as well. Without further ado… Quite a selection this week. Onion, … Continue reading

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

More Grilling!

This time it was an all-vegetarian BBQ, which, I have to say, even though I love meat, it was nice to have a break! Two of my friends were hosting a pool party cook out yesterday and I brought a few things. One was an experiment from the breadmaker: I used the rapid bake setting to make a loaf of white bread spiced with Tuscan seasoning (garlic, rosemary, red pepper, lemon peel, etc.) in the morning before we left. I also brought a goat milk Gouda to go with the bread. I brought a bunch of Bing cherries and some veggies for the grill.

I decided to use up some of our squash and sliced up the zucchini and the three Kousa squashes (my husband ate the two pickling cucumbers whole…he loves cucs!).

Then, I put the slices in a Pyrex container and coated them with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, one teaspoon of dried mint, 2 teaspoons of chili powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. I covered them up and let them marinate for about 2 hours.

They were a big hit and were particularly delicious when eaten on the fresh bread with the goats’ milk Gouda!

Yum!

~CM

Hooray for Variety!

As you saw in my sneak preview, we got quite the variety today in our CSA share. It’s great to get farther into the summer and the growing season. When I went to pick up the share yesterday, the first thing I noticed was garlic scapes (!) in the swap box (!!!!) and I knew they would be mine! The only question was what I would give up to have them. I decided on Romaine lettuce since I have the hardest time taking down salad greens.

So, we got two bunches of scapes (!!) and a large bunch of fresh green onions.

That is one BIG fennel bulb and fronds!

Summer squash season has begun! We got zucchini, kousa squash, and pickling cucumbers.

We got another lovely bunch of beets!

That is some seriously rainbow rainbow chard!

Final tally: 2 bunches of garlic scapes, one giant fennel bulb w/ fronds, one bunch of rainbow chard, 4 beets w/ greens, one zucchini, 2 pickling cucumbers, 3 kousa squash, one bunch of fresh green onions, a bag of peas, and a partridge in a pear tree. (Okay, we didn’t get that last one…)

Looking forward to it cooling off a bit so I can do some more fun cooking!

~CM