CSA Shares #10 and #11, Tomatoes and Celebrations

It has been a whirlwind of activity here, and this post is really overdue. On to the food:


Share #10, l to r: Kale, cherry tomatoes, bell pepper, baby carrots, parsley, lettuce, tomatoes, chile peppers.


Share #11, l to r: Tomatoes, cucumbers, salad mix, chile peppers, carrots, watermelon, green beans, kale, cherry tomatoes, more tomatoes.

So, tomatoes. I made some tomato soup (recipe here), and some salsa (recipe here, scroll down to the bottom). Then I made this…




The tri-colored cherry tomatoes were haunting my dreams, tossed with fresh pasta, after a quick sauté in olive oil, just long enough to burst them. The recipe for fresh pasta from America’s Test Kitchen makes up so easily, that this was ready to eat with very little effort. I added some shrimp from the freezer (not in my dreams, but they really belonged there), and a handful of minced parsley at the end.

We also celebrated two milestones. First was our “Not-Back-To-School” celebration, as this is the first year The Boy has not begun the school year in a classroom. The difference in the whole family’s mental health is dramatic and fabulous. This year also marks The Boy’s 13th birthday, now officially a teenager. The Adventure Continues. Of course, we ate celebratory dinners; fried chicken was requested for the NBTS dinner. The birthday dinner featured a menu completely designed by The Boy, to be carried out by your faithful blogger/home cook/mom:

Broiled Salmon with Butter, Dill & Caper Sauce

Orzo with Chive Butter

Steamed Broccoli Spears

Steamed Corn-On-The-Cob

Three-Layer Red Velvet Cake with Buttercream Icing, featuring a Creeper face from Minecraft

We were too busy enjoying this marvelous dinner to photograph it, but here’s the cake:


A splendid time was had by all.

Last but not least, we celebrated the release of my friend Lorrie Thomson’s first novel:


So, go to your local bookstore, and pick up Equilibrium, by Lorrie Thomson. On shelves now!!! :)

I will be picking up the next share tomorrow. It is my fondest hope that I will share it with you in a timely manner, say less than two weeks (!) from now. Until then, enjoy summer’s end and all the bounty it brings. See you soon on the Road.

  1. Have a wonderful new school year, and with a dinner like that, you’re off to a great start! Also, your food photography is fantastic! It really completes the blog. Great job, now I’m hungry…



    1. Thanks for the encouragement!



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