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CSA Saturday: Week 2

Well I am all greened up after last week!  I made some fantastic dishes and I actually still have basket items left over.  Here are some of my favorites…leave me a comment if you want any recipes.

First off, Old World Escarole and Beans.

Ingredients for White Beans & Escarole

I had little expectations for this dish, but wow was it yummy!  I cooked a few slices of bacon and then sautéed the escarole in the the rendered fat.  Probably not the healthiest option, but the bacon really added another layer of flavor that I haven’t had in this dish before.  I also added a small piece of rind from Parmgiano-Reggiano to the dish while it was simmering.  It added a nice salty, earthy taste on top of the smokey bacon…yum!

Simmering Away…

Ready to serve with crumbled bacon & parm on top!

I also made a fantastic pasta dish with Farfalle, Sausage, Broccoli Rabe, Escarole & Tomatoes.  I received a HUGE bunch of broccoli rabe and was excited to to make this dish, but when I cleaned it and took all of the outer leaves off there was only about a cup of veggies left.  Well that’s a disappointment.  I think I may have taken too many leaves off.  Does anyone know how to properly clean broccoli rabe?

Sad bowl of broccoli rabe on the left

Since I needed more green for the dish, I decided to clean some escarole and include that as well.  I browned the sausage then sautéed the greens in the fat.  Do you see a pork fat theme going through these dishes or what?  Added a can of diced tomatoes and let the sauce simmer away as the pasta cooked.  I also added a dollop of fresh ricotta cheese to the dish just before serving.  This added a nice creamy texture to the sauce.

I’ve also had numerous salads this week and added my spinach to my daily smoothies and also to scrambled eggs this morning.  I still haven’t used the kale I received, but this weekend I plan to make both soup and kale chips.  Now on to Week 2!

Strawberries, Radishes, Beet Greens, Broccoli, Asparagus, Green Leaf Lettuce & Red Leaf Lettuce

That’s right…MORE LETTUCE!  I have to admit, I’m getting a little sick of salads at this point.  The lettuce is delicious, but I think I need to get a little more creative with my salad creations.  I’m really excited about the beet greens.  I love adding them to fried rice, or maybe just in a basic stir fry with the broccoli.  Or I might try the Beet Green Chopped Salad that was included in my recipes from the farm this week.  It includes quinoa, sunflower seeds, avocado and a tahini dressing…YUM!

Since I’m not a big fan of raw radishes, I’m going to take a stab at roasting them.  Should be interesting.  The bunch of asparagus is small and not enough to roast for 2 peoples, so I’m thinking shrimp and asparagus risotto.  And then there are the strawberries that smell so deliciously good!  It makes me very sad to be allergic to them.  My brother-in-law is coming to visit today, so he will be taking a pint home and hopefully my coworkers will enjoy the rest.  I can’t wait to get cooking!

What would you make with this basket?

4 Responses to CSA Saturday: Week 2

  1. Greens and beans is my go-to dish. Yours looks fantastic.

  2. Looks like you were eating well last week! So many delicious recipes 🙂

    I know how you feel about being burnt out on salad. I came across this link once which helped me to think about my lettuce differently…http://eatdrinkbetter.com/2012/03/28/lettuce-recipes-not-salad/.

    I am not a true fan of radishes myself but there have been some awesome radish recipes flying around my link party. Come and link up and check out what others are doing with their radishes…http://inherchucks.com/2012/06/06/whats-in-the-box-29/.

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