Eating My CSA

Using the vegetables from my CSA share

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First Share – A Red Letter Day!

This is the day I wait for every spring. The day we receive our first CSA share! And I am happy to say, I am not disappointed in the least!

Here is a list of what we received today.

  • Mushrooms
  • Green leaf lettuce
  • Red romaine lettuce
  • Baby greens
  • Kale
  • Radishes
  • Onions
  • Rhubarb
  • Mint

Of course, we’ve already used a couple of things. We used half of the mushrooms in Cavatappi with Wild Mushrooms, It’s a recipe from The Classic Pasta Cookbook by Giuliana Hazan that’s one of our favorites. Before dinner we had a mint julep with farm fresh mint, and of course a big salad with radishes, onions and lettuce.

I’ll report on what we do with the rest of our share later in the week.

First Day of the Farmers Market

Today, aside from being Mother’s day, is the first day of the Greenbelt Farmer’s Market. Since our CSA doesn’t start until Thursday, May 19, I bought some greens and onions to get us by until then.

In addition, I was treated by my honey to a lovely Mother’s day brunch in Bethesda at my favorite eatery, the Mussel Bar. Wouldn’t you know,  there was a farmers market – the Central Bethesda Farmers Market – on Elm Street, just adjacent to the the Mussel Bar. We walked down the row of booths and found some good local cheese (Stonyman Gourmet Farmer) and some salami that was cured locally. The cheese will go good with my husband’s charcuterie efforts, so we are all set.

I am so looking forward to having a big salad tonight with greens that don’t taste like chemicals. And only 11 days until our share deliveries start. Always a red letter day!

A Spring Recipe to Get Me Started

This spring-like weather has got me hungry for lettuce and greens . . my system definitely needs some spring cleaning!

Today was the debut of a new cooking show called The Minimalist with Mark Bittman on the Cooking Channel. Bittman is the author of How to Cook Everything and How to Cook Everything Vegetarian. His show today focused on pasta, and one of his recipes included butter lettuce and peas. It also includes pancetta, which we have in abundance these days since my husband is practicing charcuterie (the process of curing meats). So, I am including the recipe in the Links section of this page.

I am looking forward to May when we will receive our first CSA share. I can’t wait!

The last of my CSA veggies

So I sadly finished the remainder of the salad that I had made with the veggies that Mary gave me in her absence this week… can I just say that three days in a row and still delicious!!! Beautiful and sweet lettuces, green onions, peas and pods, and some cucumber and peppers from Paul’s thrown in for good measure.  Tossed with a ginger/olive oil dressing made with the ginger sauce I picked up from the St. Matt’s farmer’s market on Saturday it was light and sweet and tart all at the same time… a symphony of tastes tingling the tongue.

I also finished the oh so yummy cooked dish… I confess to not knowing what the thicker, leafy vegetable clearly in the cabbage family but with a spicy bite if eaten raw – could that have been chard?  Anyway… sauteed the green onion, green garlic and thinly sliced carrots until the carrots were nearly tender in a fruity Greek olive oil and then added mushrooms (again from Pauls) and once cooked, the chard(?)… sauteed until tender and added some capers and fresh ground black pepper.  SO YUMMY!!! I could have eaten just that for days and been satisfied to say the very least.

Many thanks for the veggies… enjoyed as left overs tonight but best enjoyed with family on Saturday evening!

Retrospective – 6/6/2009

I didn’t use much of the veggies this week. I am currently in Colorado visiting my Mom and my sister, Nancy, so many of the veggies got sent to DC with Fritz. Here’s what I used.

  • sugar snap peas – I sent half of these to DC and ate the rest raw.
  • mushrooms – Same as the peas.
  • fennell – This went to DC.
  • scallions – Salads, salads, salads.
  • garlic scapes – haven’t used these yet
  • Lettuce – more boston bibb and another variety – more salads
  • bok choy – sent to DC

Also, in my absence, Laurie and Jessica will be posting about this week’s share. Look for those posts in the next couple of days. Thanks, Laurie and Dr. Jess!

Lettuce Eat Salad – The Salad Spinner

Don’t know if you’ve noticed, but even though Adam does a really good job washing the lettuce we get, there is still a little bit of dirt on every leaf. During these salad days, a salad spinner comes in very handy.

Oxo Good Grip Salad Spinner

Oxo Good Grip Salad Spinner

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