Yesterday, we picked up our first box in several weeks. But now, it is Spring and some of the spring produce is starting to come up. We didn’t get a huge variety, but we got a lot.
5 lbs of asparagus. Some of these shoots were the size of a broomstick, and others were obviously the skinny minnies of the field. But they all looked great. I found a recipe for a breakfast pizza that I will use the skinnies on and chop the larger ones into a spring risotto. Yummm.
Swiss Chard – We received two big bunches, which made my husband very happy. He loves swiss chard, but always seemed to be gone when it came around last year. He would hear my stories of sneaking greens into dishes so the kids would eat it, and he would pout. Yesterday, he steamed one whole bunch, stems and leaves, to serve with pork chops and rice.
Broccoli – We got both Green Magic broccoli, which successfully overwintered but does not have a tight head like my farmer felt a good head of broccoli should have. We also received sprouting broccoli, which he says is very similar to broccolini, except this has purple on the top of its head. I like the look of the purple sprouted broccoli, but he says the color goes away when it is cooked. Darn it!
Lentils – dried lentils. I have a pea & lentil cookbook, and the varieties of legumes do mix and match pretty easily. My daughter was shocked I would have a cookbook solely dedicated to peas and lentils. 🙂
Dried Sage – I have discovered that I can crumble the dried herbs on parchment paper, then pour them into my spice jars when I get tired of the dried spices piling up in the corner of the kitchen counter.
It feels good to get back into the swing of using my CSA veggies again. 🙂