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Because this week’s CSA photo was so pathetic, I thought I’d share some pics from a previous dish that we made with our CSA food. The only CSA item in this dish was the peaches. The blueberries were a supermarket special. The “mint” garnish is really basil from our garden. Next year I’m planting mint just to use as dessert garnish. The recipe is from The Art of Simple Food, by Alice Waters.

Peachy Blueberry Crisp
Peachy Blueberry Crisp - Ready for Eating!
Eating the Peachy Blueberry Crisp

I’m really not happy with this week’s picture. Boring, hazy, and generally uninteresting. Exposure and white balance are a little off, and I didn’t have the wherewithal to fix it in post. As an apology, a bonus week 9 post is forthcoming.

CSA Week 9

CSA Supplies Received:

“Donut” Peaches
Classic Freestone Peaches
Cabbage
Squash
Zucchini
Cucumber

We got the fun flat “donut” peaches in this week’s delivery. I was going to put them on the bottom of the fruit basket and see if I could convince Simon that they got “squished” by the other fruit, but he saw them before I could pull my practical joke.

CSA Week 8

CSA Supplies Received:

“Donut” Peaches
Classic Freestone Peaches
Cabbage
Squash
Zucchini
Cucumber

This week you’ll get a double dose of Adventures in Produce, as I just got around to downloading and processing the pic from the 7/16 delivery. I’ll do another post with today’s delivery. Try to contain your excitement.

CSA Week 7

CSA Supplies Received:

Sugar King White Peaches
Shiro Yellow Plums
Har Grande Apricots
Squash
Nasturtiums

Yeah, I got a bit behind in my produce adventures. Additionally, I don’t really have an shots of any of the actual DISHES we ate, so this is purely a catch-up post. Below are the haul from the last three weeks.

CSA Week 4

CSA Week 4

CSA Supplies Received:

broccoli
lettuce
parsley
snow peas
spring onions
collard greens

CSA Week 5

CSA Week 5

CSA Supplies Received:

broccoli
beets
green onions
peas

CSA Week 6

One difficulty in doing this CSA project are the ravenous beats (read: children) that live in my house. This week’s shipment contained more apricots, plums, and peaches than are shown here, but the little rascals got to them before I could get home from work and snap a picture.

CSA Week 6

CSA Supplies Received:

beets
cucumber
apricots
plums
peaches
yellow squash
basil

This week’s Adventures in Produce is brought to you by the letter “I”. “I” as in “Illness,” which is the reason this is nearly one week late (and also the reason the most recent Mary picture is MIA). The weekly Mary picture will get processed and posted later tonight.

Broccoli and Pesto PastaCSA Week 3 Supplies

CSA Supplies Received:

Broccoli
Lettuce
Spring Onions
Strawberries
Basil

Dish: Broccoli Penne with Pesto Sauce

Recipe as per Kate: “Ummm…there’s penne pasta, steamed veggies, vermouth, pesto, and a little parmesean cheese on top.” Okay, I guess that’ll have to do!

Pat’s Recipe Rating

3.5 stars. Very Good.

Notes

Kate used the Broccoli and basil from the CSA to create the previously described yummy pasta dish. OK, if I HAVE to be honest, the basil for the pesto was from basil we already had growing in our garden, but for the purposes of this project, it’s farm-grown basil!

CSA Week 2 Supplies - Dill and AsparagusCSA Week 2 Supplies - Swiss Chard
CSA Week 2 Supplies - Asparagus and StrawberreisCSA Week 2 Supplies - Spring Onions

CSA Supplies Received:

Swiss Chard (replaces Spinach lost due to wilting)
Spring Onions
Asparagus
Strawberries
Dill Plant

Cheese and Swiss Chard Pancakes

Dish: Cheese and Swiss Chard Pancakes

Using the swiss chard from the CSA, Kate adapted a “Cheese and Spinach Pancakes” recipe from The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook. It was yummy, but not fabulous. I do think spinach would have worked better in the dish than the Swiss Chard.

Pat’s Recipe Rating

3 stars. Good.

Asparagus Soup - CSA Week 1 DishCSA Week 1 Supplies

CSA Supplies Received:

Kale
Spring Onions
Asparagus
Strawberries

Dish: Asparagus Soup

Using the asparagus and the spring onions from this week’s haul, Kate put together the following dish.

Chef’s Note: This recipe comes from my grandmother. I’ve tried other recipes for this soup, but hers is the tastiest. However, like most things she makes, nothing is measured so it’s rather hard to try and write it down.

Olive Oil
1 small onion, diced (I used two of the spring onions, all of the white and some of the green)
1 large bunch of asparagus
Chicken broth (I probably used about 2 cups)
Small amount of light sour cream (I used about 4 oz.)
Salt, to taste
Fresh pepper, as garnish

  1. Coat a medium-sized saucepan with olive oil and heat it over medium heat. Add the onions and sauté until soft and translucent.
  2. Meanwhile, trim and peel the asparagus (rather than discard the woody end, which is a complete waste of food, I use a vegetable peeler to scrape of the outer layer) and place in a vegetable steamer on the stove top. Steam until it is quite tender, but still a nice, bright green.
  3. Add the onions and asparagus to your blender and add some chicken broth. Blend until smooth, adding chicken broth as needed until you reach the desired texture.
  4. Add the blended mixture back into your saucepan and cook on medium heat until heated through. Add the sour cream and stir until worked throughout. Season with salt as desired.
  5. Ladle into bowls and garnish with fresh black pepper. Very tasty with pita chips.

Pat’s Recipe Rating

3.5 stars. Very Good.

Notes

Ironically, I started this as a photography project, but since Kate needed to use the produce to start dinner before I got home from work, the supplies picture is by her.