Monday, August 31, 2009

Week 11 Maple Creek Farm CSA 2009 - August 26, 2009

Week 11 Maple Creek Farm CSA 2009 - August 26, 2009

Here is what we got this week and how I intend to use it:

Spinach - Will make this recipe from Whole Foods. It is fantastic and worthy of any high-end restaurant. You won't believe you made it yourself!
Lettuce - Had my parents over and made a salad to go with our pasta.
Tomatoes - Salad and ???
Pepper - Not quite sure, maybe a salad
Onions - Store for cooking
Green Onions - blanch and freeze with the ones from last week.
Squash - Dessert for when my parents come over.
Zucchini - Zucchini bread or soup.
Corn - Make as a side dish for dinner
Potatoes - Store for cooking.
Cabbage - We have a going away party and I will make & bring a coleslaw.

Week 10 Summary and Review

Here is what we got week 10 and how I have used it:

Lettuce - Made a salad
Tomatoes - Used them to make a tomato salad
Green Pepper - Still in the fridge
Onions - used for cooking, still have some left.
Squash - My BBQ broke, so I used my cast iron skillet to slice them and fry them in some olive oil. Then I cut them up and put in the broccoli pasta salad.
Corn on the Cob - Had it for dinner Wednesday & Friday nights.
Potatoes - Save for cooking use.
Green Beans - blached and froze them. Green Beans aren't my favorite, but they'll come in handy during winter when I can pull them out of the freezer.
Broccoli - Made a pasta salad out of it.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Week 10 Maple Creek Farm CSA

Week 10 Maple Creek Farm CSA 2009 - August 19, 2009

Here is what we got this week:


Lettuce - will make a salad
Tomatoes - Used them to make a tomato salad already
Green Pepper - haven't decided yet.
Onions - storing for cooking. They really look yummy!
Squash - probably BBQ them.
Corn on the Cob - Had it for dinner Wednesday & Friday nights.
Potatoes - Save for cooking use.
Green Beans - Having with some baked chicken tomorrow.
Broccoli - Will make a pasta salad out of it.

Kale Chips

Kale Chips

One thing I can't seem to get enough of at the farmer's market this year, is Kale. I've been trying it in this and that all summer. Last time I was at the Nature's Pace booth, the farmer gave me a recipe for Kale chips. They sounded pretty good so I gave them a whirl last weekend. My son and husband thought they were good, but didn't eat a lot. my daughter, mom, dad, and I thought they were excellent and ate them all in a manner of minutes.

Here is the recipe for Kale Chips:
1. Wash and dry the leaves removing thick stems, placing them on a cookie sheet.
2. Drizzle olive oil on top. Salt and pepper to your liking.
3. Rip the big leaves into small chip-size pieces.

Kale "Chips" before baking

4. Bake for 350F for 10-20 minutes. When leaves begin to brown at edges turn off the oven and leave the chips in there so the extra moisture drys. Take them out and enjoy!

Finished Kale Chips

UPDATE (9/29/09): I tried making these with mustard greens. If Kale worked, why not mustard greens I wondered? They were bad. The mustard greens were pretty bitter and had just a slightly off taste.

Week 9 Summary and Review

Here is how I used last week's share:

Onions - used for cooking (put some on the BBQ with our turkey burgers, they turned out nice)
Tomatoes - Cut them up for the salad.
Zucchini - Made Soup and we ate it all, I had been hoping to have some to freeze.
Cucumbers - made a salad and used through the week to make one of my FAVORITE sandwiches, Brie with sliced cucumbers.
Green Peppers - Made 2 tomato salads last week.
Basil - made a quick no pine nut (didn't have them) pesto.
Lettuce - Salad with the family
Radishes - despite some good suggestions from friends on facebook, I gave them to our babysitter who likes them.
Potatoes - Make the zucchini soup, have some left for cooking use in the future.
Green Beans - Have a few left, but used most of them when we had salmon.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Week 9 Maple Creek Farm Share

Week 9 Maple Creek Farm CSA 2009 - August 12, 2009

This week we got:

Onions - Will use for cooking
Tomatoes - I made a tomato salad out of the with sliced cucumbers (from the share, see below), sliced green peppers (from the share see below) with feta, vinegar, oil, some thinly sliced onion.
Zucchini - Will make some soup to freeze
Cucumbers - made the salad above, and will use through the week to make one of my FAVORITE sandwiches, Brie with sliced cucumbers.
Green Peppers - Used one in tomato salad, not sure how I will use the rest.
Basil - Waiting for inspiration, probably some brushetta or pesto.
Lettuce - Chopped washed, ready for a salad
Radishes - despite some good suggestions from friends on facebook, I gave them to our babysitter who likes them.
Potatoes - Will use to make the zucchini soup
Green Beans - These look great and I will serve with some salmon I have in the freezer.

Whew...I think that is it. Summer is in full produce swing!

Week 8 Summary and Review

Broccoli Pasta Salad

Last week we got:

Cabbage (2 white) - Use 1/2 to make a cabbage salad, still have 1 1/2 left.
Onions - Used them all up through weekly cooking
Squash - Yikes! I forgot to BBQ it.
Potatoes - Make a chicken roast and used most of them up that way. I still have a few.
Radishes - They are waiting to be used.
Broccoli - Made the pasta salad pictured above. Got the idea from a Whole Foods recipe, but that had feta in it, and I used mozzarela because it is a little more kid-friendly.
Cucumbers - Sliced it up into matchsticks and gave it to the kids for dinner.

As you can tell, I still have a lot left. I had a lazy cooking week, just didn't feel like doing it. Not sure why, but I guess we all have them.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Week 8 Maple Creek Farm CSA 2009 - August 5, 2009


This week we got:

Cabbage (2 white) - thanks to my friends on Facebook I have more ideas of what to do with cabbage than I have cabbage to use up! At first I was worried about having so much cabbage. Now I am happy :-)
Onions - Store for cooking use
Squash - BBQ it again (I can't seem to get enough of the stuff on the BBQ)
Potatoes - Store for cooking use
Radishes - Not sure. These things are spicy. Need to find some way to use them that cuts down on the spiciness.
Broccoli - Make a pasta salad with broccoli in it.
Cucumbers - Sliced it up into matchsticks and gave it to the kids with dinner last night.

Week 7 Summary & Review

Last week we got:

Lettuce - Made some Salads.
Red Onions - Cooked with them through the week
Summer Squash - BBQ them two times. Brought them once to a BBQ, and did them once at home.
Cucumbers - Brought to a family BBQ for salads.
Cabbages - 1/2 of the white one went in this recipe for Ribollita. Used the other 1/2 and 1/2 of the red for a salad (salt, pepper, chopped almonds, rice vinegar, juice of one lemon, and sesame oil)
Basil - Made a vinegarette to dress a salad of Arugula I got from the farmer's market and the rest in the Ribollita.
Beans - Yikes! Still in my fridge. Hope I didn't loose them. Need to blanch them and throw them in the freezer for use later on.

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