Archive for May, 2008

Radish overload

The only way I’ve ever had radishes is diced up into a salad. But when you have a big ol’ bag of radishes, that would require a lot of salads, and honestly, I’m not THAT into salads. So I found this recipe to eat radishes on their own, as a side dish. I used the food processor to shred them, so it came together super-fast. Oh, and it tasted good, too!

Radish and Chive Salad, adapted from Bon Appetit

1/2 cup finely shredded radishes
1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
3/4 teaspoon oriental sesame oil

Toss all ingredients in medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Ta-da!

May 30, 2008 at 12:33 pm Leave a comment

From farm to table

Epicurious.com has a neat page here with all sorts of information on eating in-season, including an interactive map on what’s growing each month in each state, a farming blog and lots of recipes to use up bumper crops. I can’t wait to try the tomato, goat cheese and onion tart!

May 29, 2008 at 11:10 am Leave a comment

Arugula, Beet and Goat-Cheese Salad

I marked this recipe when I still thought beets were a possible candidate for the bunch of purplish vegetables we’d gotten from the CSA. Although they weren’t beets at all, I still gave this a try to use our arugula. Plus, we had almost all the other ingredients on hand. I thought the combo of the sweetish beets, peppery arugula and creamy goat cheese worked well, but my husband couldn’t get over the beets. The cookbook we got the recipe from is one of our favorites for quick meals that don’t require a lot of ingredients. It’s a compilation of recipes from the Everyday Food magazine from Martha Stewart, and recipes are organized seasonally. (This recipe came from Fall, but generally we stick to the correct season.)

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May 29, 2008 at 10:58 am 1 comment

Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

Whenever I see a bowl of beautiful fruit, my first instinct is to turn it into a dessert. So with our big supply of strawberries, I opted for a strawberry-rhubarb pie, as I’d been wanting to try rhubarb, as well, and it’s about out of season.

Now my crust-making skills are still beginner, as evidenced in the final product, but that didn’t hurt the taste any. I did feel like the filling was a bit too liquidy, but part of that might have been due to its baking being interrupted halfway through, driving across town, and then putting it back in the oven to finish up. Regardless, it was a wonderful way to showcase fresh fruit.

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May 28, 2008 at 2:04 pm Leave a comment

What is that?

CSA box

I’ve been anxiously awaiting the spring. Since late last summer we’ve talked about taking part in a CSA (community supported agriculture) program to make it easier to eat healthier, locally, in-season and organic. Saturday, my husband brought home our first box from our CSA share, and I was looking forward to seeing what sort of meals I could devise. There were strawberries, broccoli, arugula, vidalia onions and a whole bunch of bulbous vegetables. While my husband grew up in the country, I’ve never even been on a farm, and we were both a little stumped. Turnips? Beets? Radishes? After some quick research on Google images, I was convinced the white ones were turnips. But then I finally tasted one. Definitely radishes. Who knew they came in white also?

So begins the adventure of trying to base most of our meals around a weekly box of produce, and, in the process, expanding our culinary skills and experiences while eating more local, organic meals. This week’s box likely will be the smallest of the bunch, as the growing season is just getting started.

May 28, 2008 at 2:29 am 1 comment


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-Sesame chicken
-Black bean burgers with sweet potato fries
-Salad with hot bacon dressing and corn on the cob
-Tomato and bacon frittata