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Sharing the Share: CSA Week #3

June 27, 2008

More great stuff! Here’s the rundown of what our share included this week:

  • more strawberries (!) I expected last week to be the last of them, so I was thrilled to find out that there were more for us this week.
  • rainbow chard!
  • spinach
  • Napa cabbage – I love this cabbage variety. I have a favorite salad using Napa cabbage and romaine that I keep meaning to share…this coming week will be a good excuse, because we also got
  • Romaine
  • more Asian braising greens
  • lots of turnips (yay!)
  • a few more garlic scapes
  • scallions

We’ve been busy lately, between tending the garden and other various summer things — so while I’ve still been cooking a lot, I feel like I can’t quite gather my thoughts enough to write anything extensive and coherent about any one particular topic. So, I’ll just give you a rundown of a few random ideas:

1. Got more strawberries than you know what to do with? How about making strawberry vinegar? I made some last week. I canned a few jars of it, and am planning to squirrel one away for the dead of winter. I kept some out in the fridge, and have been mixing it with equal parts extra-virgin olive oil, maybe a minced shallot, and coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper to make a delicious vinaigrette. It’s great over arugula with goat cheese, or maybe some spinach with toasted nuts.

2. Another use for garlic scape pesto: how about a twist on garlic bread? I spread some slabs of baguette with the garlic scape pesto I made last week, topped each with a little shredded parmesan and mozzarella, and popped them under the broiler for a few minutes. Mmm.

3. I think rainbow chard is one of the prettiest things I’ve ever seen. Rather than storing it in the fridge, I snipped the ends of the stalks to make clean cuts, then arranged them in a vase. To me, they’re just as beautiful as any flower bouquet, and it should keep them fresh for a few days until we eat them. Beautiful and tasty!

That’s all for now…TGIF!

7 Comments leave one →
  1. June 27, 2008 5:51 am

    Who needs flowers when you’ve got a bouquet like that! We should open up 1-800-Swiss-Chard together. Are you in?

  2. June 27, 2008 9:33 am

    I am looking forward to seeing what you do with all of those turnips! We don’t get rainbow chard until next week, but your photo made me excited. It’s the best looking vegetable around!

  3. June 27, 2008 9:39 am

    The rainbow chard is beautiful! I’m intrigued by the strawberry vinegar, especially because the double pint of strawberries I bought on wednesday are already starting to look a little mucky.

  4. June 27, 2008 10:36 am

    It’s fun to see what other people get with their CSA bounties. I had to search far and wide for garlic scapes here in KC. I love your recipes and photos. You go, girl!

  5. ttfn300 permalink
    June 27, 2008 6:14 pm

    and i was just wondering what to do with the last of my garlic scapes picked up at the farmers market last week! fantastic 🙂

  6. Amanda G. permalink
    June 28, 2008 11:38 pm

    The strawberry vinegar is lovely, and I can’t wait to see your napa cabbage salad recipe! I went to a spa a few years ago that served a garlic scape hummus, with chopped up scapes throughout – delicious.

  7. July 1, 2008 8:05 am

    I always look forward to the fabulous pics you take of the produce you get in your CSA share, so pretty! And the recipes, well, they get my mouth watering for sure! 🙂

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