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post #41 of 68
Be sure to let us know what you do with all the kale!

I got my first basket from our first CSA on Monday - asparagus, strawberries, lettuce, and chard. I have found so many great ways to cook asparagus, including a new favorite, amazing pasta recipe! I'm going to try the chard in a chard and onion frittata thing.

We get our first basket from our second CSA today, so I'll let you know what we get and what we do!
post #42 of 68
subbing too. Our first box is meant to arrive next week. we went out to the farm last weekend for mothers day and it was great! They have lots of animals and low key games and toys and stuff (CSA members get in free).

Looking forward to sharing ideas on how to meal plan around csa box.
post #43 of 68
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post #44 of 68
Our first share came today! It is still really early here, but we got some lettuce and bok choy. For lunch I made salad with grilled chicken using the lettuce. For dinner I made a yummy stir fry with the bok choy.

I love the Asparagus to Zucchini book. My dh got me a William Sonoma Asian cookbook for my birthday that has some great recipes and sauces and I think it will come in handy this summer.
post #45 of 68
So, because I just love produce, I supplemented this week's box with a trip to the farmers' market. Crazy, I tell ya.

So far this week, we've had eggs and asparagus, chard as a side dish, sauteed kale as a side dish (man, I love this stuff...it's dinosaur kale, and it's goooood), cilantro in a black bean/corn salad, a pizza with radicchio on top, and tonight we'll have spinach for a side dish, and a big salad. Tomorrow, I'm attempting a new recipe, red beans with kale, topped with feta. It's been a yummy week!
post #46 of 68
From our second CSA's first basket we got - lettuce, spinach, arugula, mixed greens (tatsoi, mizuna, & chinese red mustard), spring onions, radishes, and asparagus. We made pasta with asparagus and arugula and some of the onions. And I made an amazing dish last night (she says modestly). I carmelized three onions, deglazed the pan with a skintch of white wine, popped in all my spinach and chard (from the other CSA) cooked it a few minutes. I mixed in 5 eggs (from the farm as well), some shredded gruyere cheese, and a splash of cream. Then I put it in the oven on 350 til almost set - about 20 minutes. Then I put some homemade breadcrumbs mixed with shredded parm and parsley on top and broiled it to brown the crumbs. It was so so yummy.
And I just discovered using fresh herbs in my salad dressings. Oh so good. I love this time of year. Another basket tomorrow. I still have lettuce to use up and onions.
post #47 of 68
So, we got our box yesterday

Collards
Kale (a huge amount again)
Basil
Chard
Lettuce
Spring garlic

Collards are easy (is there a way to mess up collards? I don't think so... ), and I've found 2 new recipes for the kale---one is soup with Italian sausage, the other is pan fried polenta with corn, kale, and goat cheese.
post #48 of 68
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Originally Posted by BetsyS View Post
So, we got our box yesterday

Collards
Kale (a huge amount again)
Basil
Chard
Lettuce
Spring garlic

Collards are easy (is there a way to mess up collards? I don't think so... ), and I've found 2 new recipes for the kale---one is soup with Italian sausage, the other is pan fried polenta with corn, kale, and goat cheese.
Can you post the recipe for the polenta? :
post #49 of 68
post #50 of 68
I am currently staring at two big wegmans bags of greens! Eek!
post #51 of 68
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Originally Posted by siobhang View Post
subbing too. Our first box is meant to arrive next week. we went out to the farm last weekend for mothers day and it was great! They have lots of animals and low key games and toys and stuff (CSA members get in free).

Looking forward to sharing ideas on how to meal plan around csa box.
You must be in my CSA! What do you plan to do with all the kale this week?
post #52 of 68
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Originally Posted by Scrubsjm View Post
You must be in my CSA! What do you plan to do with all the kale this week?
I have no clue!

I still have a drawer full of collard I have to figure out what to do with. ; )
post #53 of 68
Ack! More kale!! I'm thinking this week's portion is going in the freezer.

We also got
chard
zuchinni
cucumbers
snap peas
chicory
arugula
radishes
beets

Any ideas on the chicory?
post #54 of 68
This may turn me into an MDC outcast.....but what is chicory?
post #55 of 68
I hid our chard in homemade calzones. Worked pretty well!
post #56 of 68
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Originally Posted by Fiestabeth View Post
This may turn me into an MDC outcast.....but what is chicory?
NAK - it's related to endive and radicchio, and can be used to make "coffee"
post #57 of 68
We picked up this weeks box today, every Tuesday we get an email with what will be in the box, and every Thursday I go pick my box up and get twice as much as expected! So we got kale, cucumbers, asparagus, spring onions, beets with greens attached, strawberries and mint sprigs. The kale we'll eat with mashed potatoes and sausage it was a favorite way for my parents to get greens in me as a kid and the dish has kind of grown on me. The cucumbers dd1 and I will just eat plan daddy and dd2 don't like them. The asparagus I'm using in a frittata tonight along with some of the spring onions. The rest of the spring onions will be used in stir fry, I've got to get some sprouts going for that. The beets will have to be tossed in some potato dish to avoid the taste buds of Dad. Maybe we'll have pink mashed potatoes and kale. I'm using the beet greens in with the kale as well. I'll have to figure out just what to do with all the strawberries because we got 4 pints in the box and then picked 8 more for our u-pick share. So far I've made a strawberry pie which I started 2 days ago before realizing I didn't have enough cornstarch then by the time I got the cornstarch the girls had eaten 4 of my 6 cups of berries! So the pie is now made and I'll make a strawberry sauce to go with the waffles I'm making to go with the frittata we're having for dinner. The mint sprigs I'm ashamed to say went in the compost I have mint coming out my ears from my own herb garden so I didn't need the two anemic looking sprigs that came in my box. Anyone else want to share?
post #58 of 68
You could use the mint to make soap. Or paper.


Or Mojitos.
post #59 of 68
I'm having a little bit of a freak out. I still have a crisper full of greens and it's already pickup day again. This week has taught me how little we eat for greens. : Having a salad a couple days a week and greens for a side a few days a week obviously isn't going to cut it!
post #60 of 68
Well, we got our first box this week. Any ideas on Lovage or Tarragon?? I know I can dry them and save them, but I did this last year and never used them.
thanx!!
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