Sidebar – My CSA Experiment

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. You, a member of the community, pay the farm a fixed dollar amount at the beginning of the season. Then, each week you pick up a basket of the ripe & ready … whatever is in season is on the table! I decided to give it a try and have dubbed this the Summer of Vegetables.

Recipe
Simple Summer Saute

by tmartin on August 16, 2011

We’re squabbling over who gets the golden cherry tomatoes. “Better than candy,” says my 13 year old popping a handful into her mouth, bliss in her eyes. “Warm from the sun,” I say, popping handful into my mouth, savoring the sweetness. “One for you. One for me. One for you. One for me.” She counts […]

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August 16 – Mixed bag

by tmartin on August 16, 2011

Peak of summer with lettuce, cucumber, squash, beets (& greens!), new onions, and rainbow-hued carrots. Then, I add in cubanelle peppers and plum tomatoes and yellow cherry tomatoes from my own garden. It is August.

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Recipe
Good to Grill

by tmartin on July 22, 2011

I learned a lesson today: watch your grill. Simple preparations with fresh food can’t be beat. And what says summer better than veggies on the grill? Burgers and steaks get all the press when it comes to grilling time – but I’ll take a perfect grilled beet quarter or a sweet grilled cauliflower slab or […]

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July 20 – New Potatoes

by tmartin on July 20, 2011

This week featured tiny roots from the ground. Two colors of tiny new potatoes. Delicate and dainty skinny sweet baby carrots. Plus two toned squash that can’t decide if they want to be a zucchini or a yellow summer cousin. And more cabbage, too.

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Recipe
Pondering Cole Slaw

by tmartin on July 18, 2011

I used to think there was some magic recipe for cole slaw. I remember following pages torn from a foodie magazine, while carefully measuring all manner of fanciness. There was one with mustard oil. One with celery seeds. One with yellow raisins and currents. One with homemade mayonnaise – I made a mess with that […]

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July 13 – Cabbages of Many Colors

by tmartin on July 14, 2011

Cabbages red, dilly dilly, cabbages green … When you are king dilly dilly, I shall be queen… Well, ok, that’s not quite how the Olde English tune goes, but it does nicely highlight the mutli-hued cabbages, yellow chard, and red carrots in this week’s colorful collection. Oh, and there was lovely, lovely cauliflower too.

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Recipe
Paean to the pea

by tmartin on July 10, 2011

Somehow my daughter has reached the ripe old age of 13 and never shelled a pea. How can that be? She loves the little green critters. As she toddled through the terrible 2s, terrifying 3s and frightening 4s, frozen peas and red peppers saved my sanity more than once. When every other food received the […]

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July 6 – Peas!

by tmartin on July 6, 2011

July 6 brought peas in the shell. And romaine lettuce. And red cabbage. And more of those spring onions, still going strong into the summer. Plus more tender little sweet carrots. The heat threatens to send everything bolting and reminds us that the best planning still can’t control the wild card of weather. That’s the […]

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Recipe
Caesar Salad Roll Ups

by tmartin on July 2, 2011

Giant romaine lettuce heads! They pretty much scream out Caesar Salad. Caesar Salad appeared on the scene in the early 20th century – 1924, or maybe 1925, or maybe 1927. In Mexico. Or San Diego. Or maybe even in 1903 in Chicago. Urban myth’s a beautiful thing. On a busy July 4th 1924 Caesar Cardini […]

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June 28 – Romaine Lettuce and Red Carrots

by tmartin on July 1, 2011

Romaine lettuce arrived! Yeah! We love romaine lettuce. And the addition of these really cool red carrots only made things better. The bin also contained some broccoli and a half a head of cabbage too. Sadly, no collard greens or kale, but maybe again the fall…

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