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Cooking local

OK, I just posted a list of recipes for my cookbook journey, but I now realize that I must change plans.

I signed up with a local farm's CSA (community supported agriculture) plan and got my first box. I will be cooking lots of veggies. Some I never cooked before.... or even heard of. Every week, I get a box filled with veggies, fruits, and other goodies. I can still try out recipes in my cookbooks, but will now pick recipes that help me cook with local produce. I might pick recipes on the weekend, when I see what's in the basket. Or any time I need to figure out how to use something.

I didn't need a recipe for tonight's salad. From this week's CSA box: lettuce, radishes, and strawberries.

Items that I've never cooked from this week's box: garlic scapes and beets. Please let me know if you have any suggestions. Also, rhubarb - but I plan to use that in strawberry rhubarb cobbler.

Other items in this week's box: garlic, asparagus, a jar of pickles, a jar of raspberry jam, and a raspberry cobbler.


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Jun. 24th, 2013 02:40 am (UTC)
If garlic scapes are the same as garlic sprouts/garlic shoots, they are good in stir-fries.

Beets (beetroot) are good roasted, or you could try Borscht(sp?) which is a Russian(?) soup.
Jun. 24th, 2013 02:57 pm (UTC)
Yes, I think that garlic scapes are garlic shoots. I will be happy to use them in stir-fries. :-)

Roast beets sounds interesting. Do you know the timing/temperature to use?
Jun. 24th, 2013 07:32 pm (UTC)
180 deg C is my default for roasting root vegetables - and for as long as they take to cook; I'm not very scientific with my cooking.

Once cooked ( i.e. soft), you can serve them as a side dish or use them in a salad. A simple one is just roasted beetroot, feta cheese & toasted pinenuts, but there are lots of variations on that theme (walnuts or other nuts instead), add some sort of green leaf (baby rocket or spinach), that sort of thing.
Jun. 25th, 2013 03:20 am (UTC)
Sounds easy.... About how long do they take to cook?
Jun. 25th, 2013 04:14 am (UTC)
Say 30-40 minutes depending on how small you cut them up.
Jun. 25th, 2013 05:17 pm (UTC)
Jun. 24th, 2013 02:21 pm (UTC)
that salad looks yummy! I love pickled beets. I know I saw an interesting recipe in the Food Network magazine for beets, but I can't recall now what the heck it was! LOL. You might search on the food network site. Here's one that caught my eye: Beet & Goat Cheese arugula salad http://www. [delete space here ] foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/beet-and-goat-cheese-arugula-salad-recipe/index.html
Jun. 24th, 2013 02:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks... I'll check how to prepare the beets for salad from that recipe. With all my lettuce, I'll be eating lots of salad.
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