Summer CSA – Week Nine
In this week’s CSA, we received a giant head of lettuce, a green bell pepper, a cucumber, four large tomatoes, seven gorgeous peaches, three hot peppers, one zucchini, a pint of grape tomatoes, and a watermelon. I’m very excited about the inclusion of two types of fruit, especially since I’m a watermelon fanatic. I also loved the hot peppers last week – they had a really great punch of heat to them.
Last week’s leftovers include the lettuce (oops!), the yellow squash, a tomato, the garlic, and the zucchini. I still had my sad little kohlrabi bulb, so I threw it in my stock bag, which made me feel a little badly. [Edit: Shortly after this post, I rescued my kohlrabi from the freezer and added it to the brine for a roasted chicken … talk about a governor’s reprieve!] The grilled corn on the cob with cilantro-garlic compound butter didn’t use any CSA ingredients, but it did use delicious local corn. The savory sweet corn and tomato French toast used CSA cherry tomatoes and a CSA tomato as well as CSA eggs, the freshness of which really elevated the dish. The delicious spicy gazpacho made use of both a tomato and a cucumber. The green been and pepper stir fry used a bounty of CSA ingredients, including all of the green beans, a green bell pepper, a hot pepper, a sweet onion, and a cucumber. My tomato and goat cheese baked eggs used up some cherry tomatoes and CSA eggs. I also made chickpeas with roasted vegetables that made use of CSA cherry tomatoes and a CSA pepper as well as a CSA egg, the recipe for which I will be posting soon. Finally, a cheesy corn and potato chowder I will be posting later today made use of CSA potatoes from awhile back. I ate up all of the blackberries with either ricotto cheese or plain Greek yogurt and honey for breakfast at work.
For this week, I plan to make a chicken salad that I can serve over oodles of the CSA lettuce, beef short ribs in a tomato and pepper sauce, and zucchini fritters, perhaps with another version of gazpacho. I’ll be eating the peaches as breakfasts and snacks.