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CSA Saturday: Week 16 & Funny Stories

Well, we’re sadly getting near the end of my CSA.  Only 4 weeks left 🙁  Didn’t this just start?!

Funny story about picking up today’s basket.  I wish I didn’t leave my phone in the car because pictures would’ve made a much better post.  As I was putting all my farm goodness into my bags, a couple came up and said…”um, there’s a dead baby possum over there.”  Que???  Over where??  I should probably preface this by saying that the farm where I pick up my basket has a GORGEOUS farm stand and said possum was apparently right in the middle of this.

Gorgeous right?!  Well apparently this little possum was just playing possum (like in my favorite commercial) and once prodded a bit started to move.  The farm owner literally swept him into a box where another girl took him out to the back of the farm.  It was quite funny to watch and in reality baby possum are super cute!  Well, until they show their teeth.

Anyway, let’s look at this week’s basket…

Beets, Cucumber, Apples, Lettuce, Carrots, Plums, Scallions, Tomatoes, Nectarines & Corn

Awesome basket this week!  One of my favorite salads is a green lettuce, shredded carrot and chopped scallion salad with a lemon vinaigrette.  This is so happening this weekend.  Corn and tomatoes…shocker, they will be sides to some grilled chicken.  Even though I always make this meal, the simplicity of it always makes me happy and reminds me of summer.  The fruit will just get snacked on, so that leaves the beets.  I’m getting bored with plain old roasted beets.  Any good recipes out there for something different??

 

CSA Saturday: Week 12

I just got home from the Healthy Living Summit and I feel completely rejuvenated, inspired and overall excited about all of the amazing things I learned this weekend.  I have so many new ideas that I can’t wait to put into place!  I will be posting recaps all week so stay tuned for that.

It was so fun to come home from a conference about healthy food and wellness to my weekly CSA basket!  I’m more energized than ever to make this wonderful produce into a healthy meal for Barry and I.  (BTW…thanks B for picking up the basket!)

Yellow Squash, Beet Greens, Tomatoes, Eggplant, Carrots & Corn

This week’s basket is the best of what the summer has to offer…pure, healthy, deliciousness!  Today we learned a wonderful Tomato Basil Soup recipe from Wild Harvest that had roasted tomatoes, caramelized onions and fresh basil…that is definitely what is going to happen with these tomatoes.  Thank you Kim & Genie for all of your insight!

Since I have so much frozen corn from Corn Fest 2012, this will purely be eaten off the cob most likely next to a nice beet green salad with shredded carrots and goat cheese.  The eggplant…I’m not sure.  I’d like to do something creative with this.  Any ideas for the eggplant?  And then once again there is the dreaded squash that I can’t eat, but I will find a good home for it 🙂

Loving the basket this week and I can’t wait to dive in!  What would you do with this basket?

CSA Saturday: Week 10 and Corn Fest 2012!

I can’t believe that we are halfway through my 20 week CSA share!  I feel like I just started getting all of the farms goodies and I’m already dreading the end!  But let’s not dwell on the brevity of this…look at the sausage and peppers I made from last week’s basket!

Farm Fresh Frying Peppers & Onions

I sliced up the peppers and onions, along with some pre-cooked organic chicken sausage.  I really love the Bilinski’s Organic Mild Italian Chicken Sausage.  The seasoning is just like regular Italian pork sausage, but it has 85% less fat.  Bonus!

Bilinski’s Mild Italian Chicken Sausage

I first sautéed the peppers and onions until soft, and then added the sliced chicken sausage.  They are already pre-cooked, so you just need to heat them through.  I added a small 8 oz can of tomato sauce towards the end with a little chicken stock to pull everything together, and served it with some crusty bread.  It was DELICIOUS!!  Super fast and easy…I highly recommend this dish for everyone!

Sausage, Peppers & Onions Cooking

Final Product…YUM!

This week I received what I thought was a smaller than usual basket, but I still received six items.  I guess when you’re used to receiving giant greens for weeks at a time, these single items look small.

Carrots, Arugula, Corn, Garlic, Cherry Tomatoes & Broccoli

The cherry tomatoes are already being snacked on, but eventually I think they will probably end up in a tomato salad with feta along side the sungold tomatoes from my garden.  That’s making my mouth water just thinking of it!  The broccoli and carrots will get roasted and be a side dish for some fabulous grilled chicken this week.  The arugula will be perfectly paired with roasted beets and goat cheese.  And well, the corn will just be eaten off the cob with some butter.

Speaking of corn…  Corn Fest 2012 has officially begun here in the RAD household!  Yesterday I bought 4 dozen (48) ears of corn from the farm that they had especially for CSA members.  When I originally placed the order online, I didn’t fully comprehend how big or how heavy 48 ears of corn were.  Um…it’s A LOT!!  It was so heavy that I had to transfer half of the corn to another bag to get it in the house!

Corn Out to Wazzoo!

Got Corn?

Last night I started with half of the corn.  Shucked it, boiled it for 2 minutes, shocked it in cold water, then laid it out to dry.

Cooked Corn Cooling 🙂

Once the corn was cool and dry, I cut all of the kernels off of the cobs.  The best way I’ve found to do this is to get a shallow bowl along with a small bowl or ramekin, and invert that over a non-slip pad in the larger bowl.  This gives you a nice even surface to cut the corn off and a nice receptacle to catch the corn.  Cutting corn off of the cob is a messy job, but it will be all worth it in the end!

Corn Cutting Set up…

It’s a messy job, but someone’s got to do it!

So that’s a lot of work.  23 ears of corn and it all fits into just ONE (?!?) gallon ziplock bag.  I’ve already stored them and the kernals are in the freezer…ready to make me some Corn Chowder in the winter months.

Farm Fresh Corn Ready to Be Frozen!

I still have a lot of work ahead of me for the 2nd half of the corn (1 giant burlap bag!), but it will so be worth it to have that taste of summer in the dead of winter.  Corn Fest 2012 = Major Success!  (so far)

What would you do with 48 ears of corn?!

 

 

CSA Saturday: Week 8

Well it has been a great week of meals from the farm!  I really dove into last week’s basket and got a little creative.

Last week I mentioned that I was going to try some peanutty noodles with the bok choy I had.  I wasn’t in a noodle mood, so I found this recipe for stir fry with peanut sauce over rice and it was really good!  I used chicken, bok choy, red bell pepper, onions and carrots in the stir fry and added some red chili flakes to the sauce for heat.  I also added some lime juice for a little tang because peanut sauces can be a little heavy, then served everything over short grain brown rice.  It was really good, but only if you’re a peanut fan.  Barry didn’t even go near it…more for me!  Sadly, I was so hungry that I forgot to take a picture.

Next up, a Quinoa, Corn and Mint Salad!  I found this recipe on Pinterest (follow my boards!) this week and had to make it.  It was so good that I literally did a happy food dance when I tasted it!  The salad has a lemon vinaigrette that is so fresh and summery, and is the perfect complement to the corn and herbs.  I used chives instead of scallions because that was what is in my garden, but I’m glad I did because the onion flavor was much milder.  I served this with spice rubbed grilled chicken and some sliced avocado…YUM!  Try this recipe..NOW!

Quinoa, Corn & Mind Salad

Salad with Spice Rubbed Grilled Chicken

And the last dish I’ll share is a succotash of fava beans, corn and carrots from my garden.  This was very tedious to make since there was a lot of veggie prep, but it was totally worth it.  I mixed in some chopped thyme and oregano from my garden as well to brighten it up a bit.  It was a great side for some BBQ chicken.

Fava Bean, Corn & Carrot Succotash with BBQ Grilled Chicken

Let’s move on to this week’s basket, shall we?  Once again, I received MORE than five items!  Granted half of the items I can’t eat, but I got more corn, some beautiful beets, carrots and broccoli rabe…woohoo!

Yellow Squash, Corn, Broccoli Rabe, Pickling Cucumbers, Beets, White Carrots & Zucchini

I haven’t made pizza in a while, so maybe a chicken sausage and broccoli rabe pizza for dinner tonight.  The corn looks much better this week (last week’s was a bit small), so I’ll probably just eat it right off the cob…sweet and delicious.  And for the beets and carrots, roasted as usual…my favorite preparation.

I picked up some tomatoes from the farm, the first of the season!  They’re small, but I’ll take them.  I also grabbed more of the local mozz which will go well on my pizza and just plain with the tomaters.  Oh man do I love summer!

What would you make with this basket?

 

 

CSA Saturday: Week 7

I must have hit the CSA jackpot this week!  Single shares are only supposed to have five items per week but I got 8.  Plus, it was a fruit week, so I received 2 pints of blueberries!

Green Leaf Lettuce, Pickling Cucumbers, Pattypan Squash, Fava Beans, Bok Choy, Beet Greens, Corn, Carrots & Blueberries

Once again, the cucumbers and squash are wasted on me, but I will find them a good home.  I found an interesting recipe for the bok choy that I think I might try, Hot-and-Sour Peanutty Noodles with Bok Choy.  I love noodles with peanut sauce, so hopefully this is a winner.

The fava beans were a bonus this week.  As I was putting all of my items in my bag, a woman who works at the farm asked if I would like some fava beans…don’t mind if I do!  Since I received corn this week, I was thinking of combining that with the fava beans to make a succotash.  YUM!  I only received one ear of corn with my single share, so I picked up 5 more before leaving. 🙂

I still have a few white carrots left from last week, so I will probably roast those up with the carrots from this week.  I’m interested to taste them side by side to see the difference.  Then there are the beet greens…I have so many beet greens!  I still have all of the greens saved from the beets I received in the past two weeks.  I think I’m just going to throw them in my smoothies.

And last but certainly not least, the blueberries.  They are plump and oh so sweet.  We ate half a pint as soon as I got home with the basket.  They are just so good to snack on.  I wanted to make blueberry pancakes this morning, but we don’t have some ingredients.  Oh well, more snacks for me!

Speaking of blueberries, the blueberries in my yard have begun to rippen and we picked our first bowl this week.  They were a little tart, but still very tasty.  Some of my sun gold tomatoes were also ready for picking.  These are by far my favorite tomato…they are so sweet and delicious!  I simply added them to a tomato mozzarella salad.

Blueberries and Sun Gold Tomatoes from MY Garden!

This week has been full of fantastic meals from my CSA baskets.  If you missed it, check out the Fish Tacos I made this week.  The CSA is such a great way to eat healthy foods and also support your local farms..I hope you will seek out a program in your area.