Thursday, November 17, 2011

Fall CSA: Week 2

This week I did not pick up much produce, mainly because I will not have time to use it before leaving for Thanksgiving week.  Instead, I let my friends keep most of the vegetables.  What I did get, however, looks delicious:
  • Sweet onions
  • Shallots (these stand out because I once read or heard Anthony Bourdain say that using shallots is what separates home cooks from professional chefs)
  • Tatsoi
  • Purple top turnips
  • French breakfast radishes

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Fall CSA: Week 1

The Empire Strikes Back!

And you thought I was done posting about my CSA.  Oh no.  I just started my Fall season CSA, again with the same cooperative (Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative), only this time I purchased a full share, splitting it with two other friends.  My haul from this week?  Pretty nice:
  • Leek
  • Red radishes
  • Micro tatsoi
  • Tatsoi
  • Broccoli
  • Hokkaido squash
  • Carrots
I am very excited to try the Hokkaido squash -- it looks like a mini green pumpkin.

    Thursday, November 3, 2011

    CSA: Week 25

    I have finally reached the end of my CSA journey.  Well, not quite, as I signed up for a 7- or 8-week "fall extension," but I am not counting that.

    What did I think?  Well, it was pretty neat not having to go shopping for produce each week.  I prepared vegetables I would have otherwise not used, like radishes and beets, and were introduced to a few new ones, like tatsoi.  The experience also reaffirmed that I find lettuce boring and I need to find a better way (or improve my technique) to cook eggplant.

    This was the haul for the last week:
    • Red meat radishes
    • Yellow onions
    • Arugula
    • Leek
    • Cilantro
    • Green cabbage swapped for French breakfast radishes
    • Red leaf lettuce swapped for cilantro
    • Applesauce
    • Red raspberry jam