2016 CSA – Week 12: Picked by Hand, Ripe off the Vine

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CSA Newsletter week 12


Picked by Hand, Ripe off the Vine

Harvest time is in full swing and it sure is lovely to see the bounty of delicious food all over
the farm, and beyond! With such a volume of produce all around us, it is easy to forget that
everything is harvested by hand, when it is ripe. That means that each ear of corn is touched to check for
maturity and a full ear before it is picked. Each watermelon is tapped for the telltale thud of
ripeness. Each pepper is evaluated for the perfect coloration. Each green bean is selected for crispness
and maturity. Wow, that is a lot of work and a lot of hands!

Many hands are the nature of our organic agriculture system. Careful, skilled hands work hard
to pick, plant, and grow the best produce for recipients such as you, every day. The quality of the
produce that results from all of our hard work is the ultimate reward.

Here’s to savoring each and every bite. Enjoy!

-Lily, CSA Coordinator

Table of Box Contents
☐  Lettuce ($2.00)
☐  1½ lbs Yellow Potatoes ($2.25)
☐  2 Pimento Peppers ($2.25) – A thick walled, deep red sweet pepper that is often found canned in the grocery store. Delicious as pimento cheese or in any recipe calling for red pepper.
☐  2 Italian Peppers ($1.25) – Grill or broil and use in soups, sandwiches, dips, or salad.
☐  1 Bunch Basil ($3.00) – Delicious with tomatoes, as pesto, or as basil butter. See recipe!
☐  1 Golden Crown Watermelon ($6.00)
☐  1 Dried Red Onion ($0.50)
☐  2 Dried Sweet Onions ($1.75) – Serve fresh in salads, on sandwiches, or caramelize and serve with sautéed veggies.
☐  Bunch Carrots ($3.50)
☐  1 Head Napa Cabbage ($3.00) – Make an Asian slaw, stir-fry, spring rolls, or try making homemade kimchi
☐ 3 Big Beef Tomatoes ($6.00)
☐ 4 Ears of Corn ($4.00) – Delicious raw, grilled, or steamed. Try with basil butter! (See recipe)

Box Market Value: $35.50

 

The Lee Brothers Pimento Cheese

I was introduced to Pimento Cheese while living in North Carolina during
college. It is delicious on just about anything but is traditionally served
between to pieces of bread. Like many southern classics, there are many
regional variations so feel free to modify the recipe to your liking!
Ingredients

  • 8 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • ¼ cup softened cream cheese (2 ounces), pulled into several pieces
  • ½ cup roasted pimento peppers finely diced
  • 3 tablespoons Duke’s,store-bought mayonnaise (or make your own)
  • ½ teaspoon dried red chileflakes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Preparation

  1. In a large mixing bowl, place the cheddar cheese in an even layer.
  2. Scatter the cream cheese, pimentos, mayonnaise and chile flakes over the cheddar cheese.
  3. Using a spatula, mix the pimento cheese until it is smooth and spreadable, about 1 1/2 minutes.
  4. Transfer the pimento cheese to a plastic container or bowl, cover tightly, and store in the refrigerator.
  5. Pimento cheese keeps in the refrigerator for 1 week.Read More: NYT Cooking

 

Basil Butter

Butter is delicious on just about everything and herbed butter is really delicious on just  about everything! Put this butter on grilled corn, toast, and just about anything else. This butter will keep for about a week or two.

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup basil, loosely packed
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt

Preparation

  1. Add the butter, basil, and salt to a food processer and blend.
  2. You may need to scrape down the sides once or twice.
  3. When the basil is finely chopped and the butter has a light green tint, it’s done.Read More: Food52

 

Napa Cabbage Salad with Sweet Tamari-Sesame Dressing

Napa Cabbage Salad Ingredients

  • 1 large head napa cabbage, washed and finelychopped
  • 4 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into matchsticks
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and cut into matchsticks
  • ½ to ¾ cup fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons sunflower seeds (optional)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons sesame seeds

Tamari-Sesame Dressing Ingredients

  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 3½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon tamari (soy sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup or honey

Preparation

  1. In a large serving bowl, combine the cabbage, scallions, carrots, red pepper, and cilantro.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the rice vinegar, olive oil, sesame oil, tamari, and maple syrup
    or honey until emulsified.
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad, thoroughly toss to coat, and sprinkle with the seeds.Read More: Blissful Basil

2016 CSA – Week 4: Cooking with Recipes

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CSA Newsletter – Week 4


Cooking with Recipes

I subscribe to cooking magazines and own several cookbooks and I love to read the recipes! However, when it comes to actually cooking, I almost never follow the recipe exactly. If I’m missing an ingredient, I’ll make a substitution or omit it all together. Or if there is something that I have in my fridge that I think would be a good addition to the dish, I’ll throw it in. To me, recipes are more of inspiration or reference rather than a formula. While this can be a risky approach when baking where ratios and ingredients can be critical, there is often a lot of room in for flexibility in recipes in cooking.

As a CSA member, your challenge each week is to utilize the contents of your box to make room for next week. There will be times when recipes you come across, even in the newsletter, call for ingredients that aren’t in your box. I encourage you to be flexible and adaptable. What recipe substitutions can you make to use your ingredients? Are there ingredients in your box that would be a great addition to a recipe that you found?

In the age of the internet, there are so many great digital resources for recipes and food preparation ideas. I have covered a few of my personal favorites in the recipe section.

Happy 4th of July and have a great week!

 

Table of Box Contents

Lettuce ($2.00)

1½ lbs Potatoes ($2.25) Store in dry, cool, darkness. Don’t scrub until you’re ready to eat them.

Napa Cabbage ($3.00)

great for stir fry, salad rolls, or coleslaw. See recipe!

Baby Red Onions ($2.50)

Chioggia Bunch Beets ($3.50) Remove greens and sauté or steam. Roast or steam beets. Great with balsamic vinegar and goat chèvre.

Cilantro ($2.00)

Jalapeno pepper ($0.50)

Broccoli ($1.75) Great fresh, sautéed, and in stir-fry

Fennel ($2.00) Use the bulb and fronds too. See recipe

3 cucumbers ($3.00) Eat fresh or add to salads

2-4 zucchini ($3.25) try zucchini pancakes! See recipe.

3 Tomatoes ($4.50)

Box Market Value: $30.25

 

Digital Resources All about Food and Cooking

 Food 52

A site that started with a simple mission: talk about food! This site is a forum for what to cook, how to cook, and recipes too!

NewYorkTimes Cooking

Find cooking techniques, searchable recipes, and gorgeous pictures!

Bon Appétit

A food magazine that follows trends, chefs, and what’s in season. Visit Bon Appétit for trending food news and recipes!

Epicurious

Search their large database of recipes by ingredient or dish. And peruse their articles for ingredient tips and expert advice.

 

Recipes:

Thai Coleslaw with Mint and Cilantro

This fresh take on coleslaw comes to your from Christopher Kimball at Milk Street Kitchen. I made this last week and it was light and delicious. Make a large batch and eat it all week!

Coconut milk offers the right balance of richness and fresh flavor for this Napa cabbage-based coleslaw. Many vegetables worked well, but the combination of sweet sugar snap peas and crispy radishes tested best.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce (add more to taste)
  • 1 medium serrano chili, seeded and minced
  • 5 tablespoons coconut milk (not light coconut milk)
  • 1 pound Napa cabbage (1 small head), thinly sliced crosswise (about 8 cups)
  • 6 radishes, trimmed, halved and thinly sliced
  • 4 ounces sugar snap peas, strings removed and thinly sliced
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped fresh mint
  • ½ cup roasted, salted cashews, coarsely chopped

Instructions

  1. In a liquid measuring cup, combine the lime juice, sugar, fish sauce and chili. Let sit for 10 minutes. Whisk in the coconut milk until combined.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cabbage, radishes, peas, cilantro and mint. Add the dressing and toss until evenly coated. Stir in the cashews and serve.

Read More: Milk Street Kitchen

 

Fennel Slaw with Mint Vinaigrette

The sugar helps bring out the natural sweetness of the fennel, don’t leave out!

Ingredients

  • 1 large fennel bulb (or 2 medium bulbs)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar (or honey)
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh mint
  • 2 teaspoons minced shallot or onion

Make the vinaigrette: Put the lemon juice, shallot, mustard, salt, sugar and mint in a blender (or use whisk) and pulse briefly to combine. With the motor running, drizzle in the olive oil until it is well combined.

Shave the fennel into thin slices: Very thinly slice the fennel into 1/8 inch slices starting from the bottom of the bulb (use a mandolin if you have one). Chop some of the fennel fronds as well to toss in with the salad.

Marinate fennel with vinaigrette: Toss with the fennel and marinate for at least an hour. Serve this salad either cold or at room temperature.

Read More: Simplyrecipes.com

 

Zucchini Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1/2 cup grated potato
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley

 Instructions

  1. Grate zucchini and potato. Let drain in colander for at least 30 minutes. Salt generously.
  2. In a bowl, beat egg, chopped parsley, and lemon zest. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Roll and squeeze zucchini/potato mixture in a towel to soak up moisture.
  4. Combine zucchini / potato mixture with egg mixture. Mix well.
  5. Heat skillet on medium high heat. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter or olive oil. Drop a spoonful of mixture in pan. Pat with spatula to flatten as much as possible — it’ll be crispier that way.
  6. Cook 2 at a time until golden brown on each side. Serve as soon as possible, with a dollop of sour cream or yogurt on top.

Read More: Food52