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?

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