CSA Box 7

No picture again (I suck) but last week we had the following in our CSA box:

  • 6 ears of corn
  • 1 large-ish eggplant
  • 4 small-ish red tomatoes
  • bunch of kale
  • medium head of cabbage
  • 8 small white potatoes
  • 6 small red potatoes
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 2 peppers
  • bunch of radishes

I traded L my share of the eggplant for her pepper, which worked out nicely for each of us (since I don’t care for eggplant and she doesn’t eat green peppers).   Yay.

The corn was gone that very night, the tomatoes and cucumber went into a faux-Greek salad (that had no olives, hence the complete non-Greek-ness).  I made halushki with the cabbage, shredded the potatoes, and put the peppers into salad and stirfry.  I’ll confess, the kale is on the compost pile.  I left it go too long in the fridge and it got limp and scary looking.  The radishes are still hiding out in the crisper drawer.

Shredded

Tonight I discovered that my food processor has a shredding blade.  And that it is fun to operate.

OK, technically I *rediscovered* this fact, as I shredded zucchini last summer with the food processor, but had since forgotten all about it.

Tonight I made pasta and decided to put the lone zucchini that’s been lurking in the crisper into the pot.  And this is how I rediscovered the shredding gizmo: because the hand grater just did not look like something I felt like doing while it was 90 degrees F outside and 82 degrees F inside the kitchen and climbing (what with the boiling pasta pot going and all).  So I shredded the zucchini in about 0.03 seconds, give or take a nanosecond, with the food processor.  I don’t know how I forgot about this amazing little feature.  With a flick of the wrist I had practically a mountain of beautifully shredded zucchini.

But it’s hard to hide an entire mountain of shredded zucchini, even when you cover it with pasta sauce and mix in some ground pork, when you’re feeding people who are naturally suspicious of green foods.  So I just put a third of it in the pasta sauce.  And then I thought, what am I going to do with all this zucchini?  But nothing came to mind, so I put it in a clean cereal bowl and proceeded to clean out the food processor.

As I gingerly washed the shiny metal shredding blade, it occurred to me that our brief encounter had left me feeling strangely unfulfilled. I wanted to explore those symmetrical, glinty cutting blades further.  I suddenly yearned to cram hunks of raw produce into the plastic feed tube and watch that disc of dessication turn them into mushy matchsticks in split seconds.   Frantically, I rummaged through the fridge for something to shred.   But there was nothing.  Plums?  Bad idea.  Boiled eggs?  Even worse.  What did we have on hand that absolutely needed shredded?

And then I remembered the potatoes that came in our CSA box last week (which no one knows about, except me and L, since I haven’t blogged them yet… whoops).  And I remembered some other potatoes that were in the potato bin and probably getting ready to sprout.  And since I was remembering all of these potatoes and realizing that I have never shredded a potato with the food processor before, it seemed quite obvious what needed done.  And in practically the amount of time it takes you to say “potato pancake”, I had shredded about three pounds of potatoes.  So now I had a potato mountain, with some shredded zucchini foothills.

So then I found three onions and shredded them, along with half a brick of pepper jack cheese and some parmesan.  And then I took off the shredder blade and put in the regular old metal blade, and made some bread crumbs with it.  And I put all of this stuff into a casserole dish and baked it until it was a crunchy creamy gooey cheesy potatoey casserole of things entirely made with the food processor.

And now I’m feeling quite proud of myself for having (a) used up a bunch of food things lying around that might have otherwise gone to waste; (b) rediscovered the joys of small kitchen electrics inherited from one’s parents; (c) made something relatively healthy and tasty to boot; and (d) found something totally pointless to blog about after having blogged about practically nothing at all for so long.

Summer’s Flying

It’s the start of the main harvest season already.  Holy cow, where does the time go?? I just wrote about cherries and now it’s late July already.  I must have blinked.  Or napped.  Or something.

We’ve been getting our CSA boxes (and promptly NOT blogging them – gah!) each week.  I should take a moment to catch up on those before it’s time for Thanksgiving.

Unfortunately, I have lost some of my pictures.  Er, temporarily misplaced them, anyhow.

CSA Box 3- June 30

  • 10 cucumbers (4.75 #)
  • 3 yellow UFO squash (we later discovered they are sunburst squash), 1 # 4oz
  • 3 large yellow squash, 2# 4 oz
  • 2 cucumbers, 10 oz
  • 6 oz yellow beans
  • 6 oz green beans
  • bunch chard & other green, 8 oz
  • 8oz broccoli
  • 3 tomatoes, 1 # 12 oz

CSA Box 4 – July 7

CSA619

  • 2 large zucchinis
  • 3 yellow squash (1 large, 2 small)
  • 2 yellow squash of undetermined name
  • 5 beets
  • 5 radishes
  • green beans
  • 2 large cucumbers
  • 2 onions (1 large/ 1 medium)

CSA Box 5 – July 14

  • 2 heads garlic
  • 5 fat cucumbers
  • 4 narrow cucumbers
  • 2 white onions
  • 4 sunburst squash
  • 4 tomatoes
  • bunch of beets
  • large bunch of green beans

CSA Box 6 – July 21

CSA721

  • 1 small head cabbage
  • 6 ears corn
  • 1 white onion
  • 3 medium and one super-baby zucchini
  • 5 cucumbers
  • 2 large, 2 medium red tomatoes
  • 5 green apples
  • bunch radishes
  • bunch kale

You may notice that it’s not my kitchen counter in these photos.   My friend L, with whom we are splitting the box, is obviously much more on top of things.   Somehow we have all the pictures she took, and none of the ones I took.   Now that’s pretty embarassing.

CSA Box 2

This week’s CSA box contained quite a few surprises.

We received an email on Tuesday reminding us of our pickup the following day, and suggesting that we could expect the following:

Cabbage
Peas
Beans
Table onions
Lettuce
Oregano
Radishes
Carrots

What we ended up getting was

  • Cabbage
  • Peas
  • Beans
  • Table onions okay, we did get green onions, but they were insanely large
  • Lettuce
  • Oregano
  • Radishes
  • Carrots

But then we also got

  • 3 large tomatoes (almost 2 # total)
  • 3 medium fennel bulbs with fronds
  • a 2.5 # zucchini plus 1# 6oz yellow squash (3) and 1 # 6 oz zucchini (2)
  • 2 small heads of broccoli

Hence the surprises. We really shouldn’t complain.  But now you see the problem with this new CSA: it’s not that the product is faulty, lacking or otherwise bad.  It’s that no one has a freaking clue what’s going on. But they tell you things anyway.  And they say it in such a knowing tone that we believe them. And then they turn out to be wrong, which leads to confusion and frustration. But they haven’t disappointed, actually, so it’s even harder because we *want* to be mad but there’s not really anything to be mad about, other than general discombobulation. Argh.

I’m trying very hard not to be biased.  The food is darn good and that’s the whole point of the thing, right?

CSA week 2

For reference, last year’s box (6/25) included:

  • bag of noodles
  • 6 green onions
  • head lettuce
  • head cabbage
  • cauliflower
  • large zucchini
  • 18 eggs
  • pint of cherry tomatoes

Fresh CSA

The CSA season has just begun here.  It’s  a bit later than last year, but we are trying a different farm and a different program, so that’s that.

I’m trying very hard not to compare this program to the first one, but it’s hard.  We had such a good experience last year, and this year has started out in a very… shall we say disorganized manner.  But the season is young, and I will try to give them the benefit of the doubt.

Pickups are now on Wednesday instead of Thursday.  I sort of liked Thursday better.  It was closer to the weekend and made things easier, since I’m splitting my share with a friend who lives a half-hour away.  However, the new pickup is practically halfway between us, whereas last year’s location and time made it almost impossible for my friend to go out to get the boxes.  So the logistics are better (which was our motivation for trying something new).

Last year’s box, which was on 6/18 (and was Box 3) included:

  • 18 eggs
  • pint cherry tomatoes
  • head cabbage
  • head broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • 2 zucchini
  • head of lettuce
  • impatiens
  • collard greens

This year we received:

  • 3 large green onions
  • 2 yellow, 4 orange, and 2 yellow-orange carrots w/greens
  • 3 zucchini
  • small bunch red swiss chard
  • 2 kohlrabi
  • large handful of green and yellow wax beans
  • bunch collards
  • about a pint of edible-pod peas
  • 4 recipes

The price was about the same ($500 last year versus $480 this year) and I think the boxes are comparable.  Of course, I’ve only got one box to go on so far, so that’s not really a very accurate assessment.

As for my share this week, we put the carrots and onion into coleslaw and salad.  I steamed the peas and beans and put them into vegetable soup and stirfry.  I still have to do something with the zukes, chard and kohlrabi.

CSA Week 18

It looks like this is the third-to-last CSA box for the season. I’m sad because we’ll soon miss seeing our Amish friends each week, and we won’t be getting fresh produce regularly. But – most of all – I’m sad because this means pleasant weather is just about over. But for three more weeks at least, we’ll ignore the impending winter and enjoy all the beautiful colors and flavors that have been developing since spring.

CSA Box 18

This week’s box includes:

  • a loaf of freshly-baked bread (it was still warm in the bag when we got home)
  • a yellow onion
  • a pumpkin
  • four bell peppers: two red, two green
  • six large red potatoes
  • a jar of pickles
  • a quart of cherry tomatoes
  • a dozen ears of corn
  • one large and one small eggplant

We have *ahem* already eaten our half of the bread. DH and the girls polished it off and I was lucky to get half a slice. Our portion of the cherry tomatoes are about wiped out, too. They are sweet as candy and S5 is eating them as such.

CSA Weeks 16 and 17

Ooops, I did it again. Forgot to post the CSA box from last week.

Week 16 (9/17) included the following:

CSA Week 16

  • bunch of beets (1.5#)
  • 2 eggplants (aubergines) (1.5#)
  • a yellow onion (1#)
  • a red onion (8 oz)
  • 3 medium tomatoes (1.5#)
  • 5 small peppers (1#)
  • 4 red peppers (1.5#)
  • a dozen eggs
  • 6 oatmeal raisin cookies
  • a dozen ears of corn

This week’s box had quite a variety of items:

CSA Box 17

  • a dozen ears of corn
  • 4 large carrots (1#)
  • 5 frying peppers (1# 4oz)
  • a half-pint of pickle relish
  • 3 potatoes (1# 12oz)
  • 3 hot cherry peppers (8 oz)
  • 1 large red pepper (10 oz)
  • 1 yellow pepper (6 oz)
  • a large yellow onion (1#)
  • a red onion (12 oz)
  • a bag of lettuce
  • 4 cookies