Category Archives: CSA

potato and onion frittata

potato and onion frittata

Serve this for supper with a salad (or some crusty bread if you’re feeling the need for more carbs…no judging here).  Delicious, also, for brunch as an alternative to the usual home fries.

Possible add-ins?  Spinach, shredded cooked chicken, asparagus, cooked ground chorizo or chopped bacon, mushrooms.  Be your creative self.

potato and onion frittata

1 1/2 pounds potatoes, yukon gold or red skin (skins on), sliced to 1/4 inch thickness

one large yellow onion, chopped

3 Tbsp olive oil, divided

2 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp smoked paprika

pinch cayenne pepper

2 Tbsp fresh thyme

3 large eggs

8 egg whites or one cup 100% natural egg whites

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

in a large bowl, toss potatoes and onions with 2 Tbsp olive oil and 1 tsp salt.  Spread on two large rimmed baking sheets.  Roast in oven until tender and brown, tossing and flipping halfway through cooking, about 40-45 minutes.  Remove from oven.

whisk eggs and egg whites in a large bowl.  Add 1 tsp salt, cayenne pepper, black pepper, thyme, and smoked paprika.  Fold in potato and onion mixture.

Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in 10-inch cast iron skillet or oven safe skillet on stovetop.  Remove from heat and pour in potato mixture.  Spread evenly in skillet.

Place skillet in oven and bake until egg is firm and puffy, about 8-10 minutes.  Remove from oven.  Cut into wedges to serve.

potato and onion

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sauteed kale with walnuts and farro

What have I learned by working on a farm this year?

Sure…I can eyeball two pounds of zucchini and have developed an affinity for eating sweet corn straight off the cob (no cooking required!), but I have also grown to like kale.

Notice how I said like-definitely not love-for it’s a relationship still in the discovery phase.

A favorite way to enjoy the bounty each week has been to chop, then saute or roast everything in a pan with some olive oil, sea salt and garlic.  Sometimes I will add other seasonings in toward the end…perhaps a little fish sauce and miso. Other times Herbs de Provence and toasted pine nuts.  Sometimes a bit of leftover chicken or fish will be added to the mixture.

Each week’s layer of flavors varies depending on the offering.  One week it might be eggplant, various squash, onions, and green peppers.  The next week it could be zucchini, tomatoes, kale, and mushrooms.  The vegetable mix is then eaten over cooked brown rice, pasta or other grain.

If you have a favorite kale dish, I’d love for you to share it.  After all, one can only eat so many kale chips!

sauteed kale with walnuts and farro

1/2 bunch of kale, stems removed and leaves torn

1 cup cooked farro or other grain, such as rice

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 clove garlic, minced

1/3 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

zest of one lemon

1/3 cup freshly grated or shaved Parmesan cheese

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet.  Add the sea salt and the kale.  Cook until kale starts to wilt, about 3-4 minutes.  Add garlic, walnuts, lemon juice and zest.  Toss the combine and continue to heat about another minute.  Remove from heat.  Serve over cooked farro and top with Parmesan Cheese.

whole wheat gnocchi with summer squash and herbs

I will begin by answering the question  on your minds:  No, the gnocchi is not homemade.  While the east coast endures yet another heat wave, my goal lately has been to turn on the stove or oven as little as possible.  Trader Joe’s sells a tasty whole wheat gnocchi.

My hope is that through simple recipes like this, everyone can feel more confident in creating flavorful dishes with just a few fresh ingredients (the squash was from this week’s CSA share).

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grilled Maryland Rockfish with peach habanero salsa

This recipe is dedicated to a good friend of mine.  Her husband underwent an emergency triple bypass a few months back and their family has been attempting to modify their diet.  This means that she has been trying new, health-conscious recipes (yay!).

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strawberry and yogurt biscuits

This year I decided to work for my weekly CSA share.  This means that instead of paying for my weekly share and then picking it up a at a designated drop-off location, I work for 5 hours each week at the farm and take my share home with me that same day.  My husband chuckled when I told him about my decision to do this.

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beans! beans! they’re good for your heart…

We’re back from our second (that’s right, I said second) vacation this summer.

The first, our trip to the Pacific northwest, was an adult-only trip.

The second, kids included, was a trip down south to the land of our honeymoon, Kiawah island, South Carolina.  I admit that I was a little hesitant returning  with kids in tow,  but I guess the fact that I retained limited, specific memories of the first trip (thanks, old age!) probably worked in my favor.  The beach was every bit as beautiful as I remembered…the city of Charleston just as charming.  There was just a lot little more whining this time than I remembered.

I’ve been toying with the idea of creating another section of the blog containing photos and description of our travels; however that is going to require prolonged, undivided attention/creativity that I simply won’t have until school starts the next week. Until I get that going,  here is a little teaser…a photo of my husband in the Redwood National Forest.

Back to the recipe…

I apologize (sort of) for the crude post title.  Can I blame it on prolonged face time with my 11-year-old son during the past week of vacation?  Although he starts middle school next week, he still giggles at a flatulence reference in the way that boys do.

I hope you’ll give this recipe a try.  I don’t know about you, but I often go to barbecues in the summer and am overwhelmed by the creamy, mayonnaise-laden side dishes.  This is a filling, but light, alternative.

bean and romaine salad with honey balsamic dressing

8 ounces each:  cooked chickpeas, pinto beans, black beans (fresh or canned, drained and rinsed)

1 small head of romaine lettuce, shredded

1/3 cup sliced, toasted almonds

garnish with 10 springs fresh thyme

dressing

2 tsp olive oil

1 1/2 Tbsp honey

2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice

1/4 tsp sea salt

grilled stuffed peppers

Have you been grilling much this summer?

Even though we purchased a brand new gas grill this year, I have to admit that I have not. Sure, the usual stuff makes it on there during a cookout-burgers, a beautiful piece of salmon, the occasional hotdog; but even that happens more infrequent since I’ve joined the farm co-op.  I’m only just starting to venture into the world of grilling things other than meat.  This recipe combines the best of both worlds.  Beautiful green peppers, charred slightly tender and flavorful from the grill with a meat stuffing.

Both my sausage and my beef were from my local farmer.

grilled stuffed peppers

1/2 pound breakfast sausage, ground or links with casing removed

1/2 pound ground beef

1 cup cooked brown rice

2 eggs, beaten

1/2 cup minced fresh parsley leaves

1/2 cup minced onion

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

3 green peppers

Combine the sausage, ground beef, rice, eggs, onion, parsley and spices together in a bowl.  Cut the peppers in half through the stem and remove seeds and membranes.  Fill each pepper with meat mixture.  Mound the meat no more than 1/2 inch over the top edge of each pepper.

If you own a gas grill, turn burner(s) on medium only on one side of the grill.  If you use charcoal, build a fire off to one side.  Cook pepper side down on the cooler side of the grill until the pepper is charred and soft, about 15 minutes.  Turn the stuffed peppers over and cook on the hotter side of the grill for about 5-10 minutes until browned and cooked through.