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Eating through our CSA: Week 12

We are now at CSA box #12 this week and we still have about two months left (8 weeks) worth of produce to collect. Now that we're getting to late summer, our box is full of more 'substantial' produce rather than just a bunch of herbs and greens. This week we got: potatoes, tomatoes (regular and gold cherry), okra, green onions, onions, shallots, raspberries (golden and red), a shimam, arugula, eggplant and jalapenos.
I always need some help with the arugula, because it's just so darn bitter. Let me know how you like it (and no I will not put it on pizza).
Here's what I plan to do with the rest:
  • The tomatoes and jalapenos, and some onions (including green) will find their fate becoming a lean mean and amazing salsa. My husband is the salsa king. Seriously!
  • The potatoes, shallots, and remaining onions (+ other store bought potatoes, needed more) will become a delicious side of creamy mashed potatoes for a dinner later in the week.
  • The raspberries will be gone naturally, by way of little fingers in the fridge, if they aren't gone already.
  • The Shimam, which is a Syrian fruit, is said to be best for its aromatic properties. I plan to leave it on the counter for a day to enjoy the smell, but then serve it for dessert one night to curious onlookers. It's a cute little squishy ball of a fruit with orange stripes!
  • The cherry tomatoes, remaining green onions, and a couple jalapenos will find their way into one of my very favorite things to eat EVER: cornbread salad!
  • Eggplant will probably either be pureed and frozen for later use a la Jessica Seinfeld, or it will be pulverized and put into some sort of a comfort food casserole... I'm thinking quinoa 'creamy' mac n cheese....
  • I'm trying fried okra, too!
That's the week to week challenge of finding out ways to use up your produce from a CSA box. I've found pinterest really helpful and of course my favorite recipe index, Tasty Kitchen.
What are you making in the kitchen this week?


Agn├Ęs said…
you have to mix the arugula with your usual salad, delicious with parmesan

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