Friday, June 22, 2012

CSA Week 9: Lettuce, Red Russian Kale, Vitamin Green, Yukina Savoy, Garlic Scapes, Scallions, Strawberries



The real winners of this week’s box were the strawberries and garlic scapes. We received almost three pounds of berries and baked them into a pie that was embarrassingly/awesomely demolished in two days (by two people). This was my first attempt at a lattice crust, and even a sloppy lattice looks pretty nice!


Garlic scapes + pine nuts + parmesan cheese + lemon juice + olive oil make a top-notch pesto. Just tossed with spaghetti the pesto makes an incredible dinner, but…


…spread on a pizza with sausage, mozzarella, and caramelized onions it is so good that you will make the exact same thing a week later. 


Saturday, June 16, 2012

CSA Week 8: Lettuce, Red Russian Kale, Rainbow Chard, Komatsuna, Scallions, Strawberries



I spent Week 8 in Minnesota at the cabin, so no picture of the greens (and reds).  

Monday, June 4, 2012

CSA Week 7: Kale (Red Russian and Lacinato), Vitamin Green, Spinach, Rainbow Chard, Lettuce, Dill, Arugula

These pictures convey the truth about what gets eaten at this apartment: greens and pie.

A leaf lineup.


Sugar snap peas make the best snack. If they weren’t $4 for the amount you see pictured, you’d see more pictured.


$5 coffee + slice of pie date at Hoosier Mama (strawberry and a sour cream Dutch apple).


Then for dinner (oops…on the same night), we had Hoosier Mama chicken pot pie. This was so good that I’ve looked at every dinner since and wished it would turn into pot pie. Look at that chicken dough cutout on the top!


Strawberry and lettuce salad with blueberry balsamic vinegar and vanilla olive oil (finally found something to do with those pantry misfits). 


Friday, June 1, 2012

CSA Week 6: Lettuce, Spicy Greens Mix, Red Rain, Red Russian Kale, Bok Choi, Rainbow Chard


My apartment has very few places where the lighting is nice, so on days when the weather is cloudy, there’s no chance of a good picture. So, I present to you: moody, shadowed greens. There was a tiny inchworm in the lettuce that crawled out of J’s salad. (Seriously impressive survival skills: the lettuce/worm was in the refrigerator for a few days, got sent through the salad spinner, and then was doused in vinaigrette. How did you do it, Inchy?)


Strawberries appeared at the market last Saturday. I love the baskets they come in, but can’t think of anything cute to do with them. Ideas? (Abby?)


We went to a dinner party at a house in the suburbs. I made chocolate chip cookies and a brown butter raspberry tart. There were five chickens running around the backyard! When the hostess came to the yard, they all started running toward her like tiny dogs. (I’m a little dog crazy lately, so if anything does anything that a dog might possibly do, I inevitably make the comparison.)



The day before Memorial Day, the beach near me was insanely packed. Here’s a view from a distance, altered slightly with the VSCO Cam photo app to obscure faces and make the scene look less like my worst nightmare.


After years of making one type of Tartine bread (country bread), I tried a new recipe with green olives, hazelnuts, lemon zest, and herbs de provence. The ingredients were expensive and the loaf was flatter than usual, so much so that the pieces look a lot like exaggerated biscotti.  It’s impossible to beat the basic bread recipe, but this loaf was still good (for some reason I typed “goat” instead of “good”…).



A doughnut with mocha glaze and cacao nibs from The Doughnut Vault.