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CSA Update: 8/14/12

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Well hello there! I got back from Taiwan last Monday, and was greeted on Wednesday with a fresh box of goodies from Eatwell Farm, which included:

strawberries
basil
heirloom cherry tomatoes
Roma tomatoes
heirloom tomatoes
Middle Eastern cucumbers
mixed lettuce
melon
Italian flat leaf parsley
zucchini
chard
gypsy peppers
potatoes

I looked at the list and immediately thought: SALAD!!! As great as the food was in Taiwan, I just didn’t get enough fresh, raw veggies. (Fruit was another story… we ate so much fresh fruit every day. It was awesome.) I basically threw the following into the salad spinner and called it a day: heirloom cherry tomatoes, mixed lettuce, cucumbers, 1 pepper, and a couple of boiled eggs. It was delicious and nutritious — just what I needed to help me with my post-vacation detox.

This salad looks small because of the giant utensils, but trust me when I say it was a HUGE salad.

That same night (Wednesday), we went over to check out our friends’ sweet new digs around the corner. When we got back, TC said he was hungry, but not for salad. Not wanting to cook (it was almost 11), I scrounged around and found a Trader Joe’s veggie pizza in the freezer. We put some zucchini, fresh basil, and heirloom tomatoes on it and popped it in the oven. It was magical! I’m already a big fan of TJ’s pizza, but this was a whole new ballgame. Highly recommended.

Gourmet frozen pizza anyone? I don’t know why, but I took this picture BEFORE we baked the pizza. Trust me that it looked better AFTER.

I ended up using the rest of the peppers, Roma tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and zucchini to make a quick pasta sauce, but it was just so-so. Not photo worthy either. Despite that, we had a pretty successful CSA week. We still have potatoes and the chard to deal with… not sure what we’ll do with those yet. Any suggestions?

 

p.s. Can’t get enough of CSA goodies? Check out this week’s link party over at In Her Chucks!

Author: Jen

Howdy! I'm a 30-something recovering former academic living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I like to eat, run, and blog, but not usually at the same time.

5 thoughts on “CSA Update: 8/14/12

  1. Welcome back! The salad and pizza look divine :) What a great way to celebrate your homecoming.

    Thanks for linking up :)

  2. Welcome back! I’m looking forward to more updates (and a bit of drooling).

    I like chard either in omelettes or risotto.

    For the potatoes, I’d try a simple gratin if you never have: layer sliced potatoes, onions, and some hard grated cheese like gruyere, seasoning with salt and pepper as you go in a greased baking dish. Then heat up some cream (about 1/2 cup per pound of potatoes) with garlic and whatever herbs you want for flavoring, and pout it over the top of the casserole. Bake for about an hour until the potatoes and cheese on top crisp.

  3. I think I need a post-vacation detox. Great idea.

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