Not In Jersey: CSA Chronicles Week 4 CSA Chronicles Week 4 - Not In Jersey

Monday, July 1, 2013

CSA Chronicles Week 4

You may have noticed that this series took a bit of a hiatus over the past few weeks – well, that’s because we were away and therefore not receiving our weekly vegetables! Last week, our shares started up again. Here is what we received:

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Our farmer says: “Right in tune with the warm up, the summer squash and zucchini plants have started producing like mad.  The zucchini went a little too wild in fact - normally I pick it every other day, but I was a day late and now have quite a few vastly oversized zucchini in the cooler.”

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Our farmer says: “For those of you who haven't tried kale yet, remember that the leaves are tender but the stems are tough, so discard the stems.  With almost any veggie that is new to you, I recommend ‘the magic recipe’: coarse chop and sauté in a covered pan with a little olive oil and garlic and/or onions. Cook until the greens are wilted but still a nice bright green.  After you've take it off the heat a healthy squirt of fresh lemon and a dash of parmesan cheese on top will give you a tasty veggie dish.”

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Our farmer says: “I know you all are getting a lot of these, but they are so darn productive this year.”

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Our farmer says: “Despite the heat it keeps producing!”

What we cooked:

I cut up the carrots and ate them with Thousand Island Dressing for a quick snack.
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Dave made Zucchini Parmesan with the Zucchini and Yellow Squash. Even though Dave made this, Zucchini Parmesan is actually one dish I know how to make!

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Spray the bottom of a glass dish (you can’t see it, but it’s there!) and arrange the veggies like so.

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Cover with bread crumbs, sauce, and cheese.

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Bake.

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Eat with pasta!

Dave decided to cook the kale as our farmer recommended, using the scallions as well instead of onions. We have made kale chips in the past and I still want to put kale in a green smoothie, but for this week we sautéed it. I can’t say I loved it, but it sure looked nice!

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We also used scallions in our salad and Dave mixed it into the hamburgers he made last night!

We did not eat the broccoli yet, so that will be mentioned in next week’s post!


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5 comments:

Rachel said...

That looks good!! I keep hearing of kale being so healthy...but I'm not the biggest fan of it yet. I put it in my fried rice a couple weeks ago...but I still prefer cooking with spinach or bok choy, those are my leafy greens of choice!

Tamar SB said...

Yum!! I bought scallions and squash at the farmer's market last week and sautéed them together - so delicious! Enjoy the veggies!

AiringMyDirtyLaundry said...

That looks tasty!

Kera @ Nugget On A Budget said...

Yum! That squash and zucchini dish looks delicious! I'm always trying to figure out good dinners to make with the produce I buy at the Farmer's Market...this will be one of them! And those carrots look perfect.

Holly Higgins said...

I don't like kale chips, but I've been putting it all sorts of stuff, on pizza, in pasta, in salads and sandwiches. As long as I can't really taste it, it's not that bad :-)

Oh, and here's a really good smoothie recipe. 1 apple, l banana, 1 c chopped kale, 1/4 c orange juice and 6 ice cues. Yummy!