Tag: local food

CSA Share #13 – Emptying Boxes, Filling Boxes, Boxes of Boxes

It’s officially fall, according to the calendar, and the share definitely reflects that, with the spaghetti and butternut squashes, onions, and potatoes. Although the baby greens, bell peppers, and radishes seem to say summer, they really are signs of the end of the growing season, with its cooler nights and shorter days. I brought home ...

Ottolenghi: Eggplant with Buttermilk Sauce

This dish is featured on the cover of Plenty; my photos really don’t do it justice. It couldn’t be simpler to prepare, and it’s exactly as Ottolenghi describes it – rustically elegant. It looks special and exotic on the plate, but the flavors and textures are straight-up comfort food.

CSA Share #11: Stuff’s Getting Real

This week’s share is kind of confusing. It’s definitely summer’s last gasp, with a little bit of fall mixed in. There’s lettuce, which was a real surprise, and broccolini, representing early summer. Then there’s peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, basil and scallions, which are summer’s most glorious vegetables, except for maybe corn and zucchini. Finally, there’s cabbage, ...

Ottolenghi: Quinoa and Grilled Sourdough Salad

It’s funny that this salad’s name doesn’t include tomatoes, because their quality will make or break it, but it’s in the Tomatoes section of Plenty, so I guess that’s a hint.

CSA Share #10; Sooooo Much Cooking…Sooooo Much Dishwashing…Hey, Look, Dilly Bean Salad!

The share is leaning decidedly toward autumn this week. Contrary to popular belief, or conventional wisdom, or culturally passed on folklore, watermelon is not the quintessential summer fruit. It doesn’t even become available at farmstands and farmers’ markets in New England until late July/mid August. So for those of us in the northern US, watermelon ...

CSA Share #9 – True Blood is Red, The Doctor is Blue, Sookie Stackhouse, What Will We Do Without You?

Fall is starting to creep into the share, with the appearance of spaghetti squash. Those went straight down to the basement to save for later. They keep well down there, because it’s dry and cool but not cold, and they don’t sit in direct sunlight. The rest of the share is still quite summery, with ...

Mid-Summer Extra-veg-anza!

You may have noticed the CSA shares have been quite bountiful the last few weeks. Quite Bountiful. In addition to all those lovely vegetables, there have been blueberries and corn piled high in the refrigerator. I am wicked grateful for all the abundance in my life. I am also responsible for being, well, responsible with ...