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CSA Update: 8/27/12

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Here’s what we got last week in our Eatwell Farm CSA box:

strawberries
basil
heirloom cherry tomatoes
early girl tomatoes
heirloom tomatoes
Middle Eastern cucumbers
melon
Italian flat leaf parsley
plums
mixed sweet peppers
yellow onions
fingerling potatoes (Russian Banana variety)

As you can see, we had tomatoes coming out of our ears. The cherry tomatoes were great by themselves or in a salad. For the heirlooms, I wanted to feature them… and what better way than in a BLT sandwich? These sandwiches were great, even though I did over-toast the first batch of sourdough bread.

A BLT to die for…

We used one of two early girl tomatoes in breakfast scramble, along with farm fresh eggs, onions, and peppers. Sorry, no photos — we ate it too quickly, as we were both famished after a long run.

When I saw the fingerling potatoes, I single-mindedly decided that they shall be roasted! We roasted chicken legs too, and had a side of caramelized onions and zucchini. Simple and delicious. Also, I realized that it’s very hard to over-roast a chicken leg. Typically, I put them in the oven for 30-35 minutes at 425F. Today I forgot about them until ~ 45 minutes — they were still amazingly tender and juicy. Pretty much fail proof.

roasted stuff

The other thing we had a lot of was zucchini and potatoes. My solution? Enter the terms “zucchini and potato” into the iPhone allrecipes app and voila! Zucchini and potato bake. It looked pretty good and had great reviews, so we decided to give it a whirl. Indeed, it was a success. I altered the recipe slightly, by adding a jalapeno and more garlic. We thought it would also be good with eggs, sausage, or bacon. Anyway, it was so good that I’m including the recipe here. Enjoy!

Zucchini and Potato Bake, adapted from allrecipes.com

Ingredients

  • 2 medium zucchini, quartered and cut into large pieces
  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1-3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • paprika to taste
  • salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • optional: 1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped

zucchini and potato bake

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. In a medium baking pan, toss together the zucchini, potatoes, red bell pepper, garlic, bread crumbs, and olive oil. Season with paprika, salt, and pepper.
  3. Bake 1 hour in the preheated oven, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender and lightly brown.

Get in my belly!

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

Author: Jen

Howdy! My name is Jen and I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I like to eat, run, and blog, but not usually at the same time.

7 thoughts on “CSA Update: 8/27/12

  1. Yummy! Thanks for linking up 🙂

  2. Looks like a really great way to use tons of produce. I must say, CSA’s stress me out…it’s too much of a challenge to use up everything at once! Looks like you’re doing well with it though.

    • Thanks! Yeah, it’s sorta stressful, but much easier in the summer than in the winter. It also helps that we get 1 box every other week. A weekly box would drive me nuts!

  3. That zucchini and potato bake looks amazing…I’m making it!!!

  4. The great thing about that bake is that you could purée the leftovers and make soup.

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