What I Got – Week 7

Happy first week of fruit share! Unfortunately with the cold weather, the usual farms are not producing much yet, so our fruit this week came to us from Georgia!

Clockwise from left: Orange Carrots, Little Gem Romaine Lettuce, White Kohlrabi, Red Beets, Garlic Scapes, English Peas, Peaches, Blueberries, Green Zucchini

What I Made – Week 6

Let’s start with the most photogenic dish of the week, and also a surprisingly easy one! We used arctic char instead of the bass, and swapped the arugula for regular old lettuce.
This potatoes, fennel, and sausage skillet is an example of how I followed a recipe, but completely changed everything. I didn’t think my skillet was big enough to cook everything together, so I roasted the potatoes in the oven, adding the sliced fennel halfway through. I browned the sausage and onions in the pan, and cooked the onions in the sauce to make the glaze. Then I just topped the potatoes and fennel with the glazed onions and sausage. It was tasty, but heavy for a summer meal.
A pretty straightforward taco salad with last week’s shredded beef. We mixed a tablespoon or two of hot salsa and a tablespoon or so of spice blend into the beef to amp up the taco flavor.
I’ve made this recipe for salmon and napa cabbage many times, but didn’t follow the directions for the fish as closely this time. Do as the recipe says, not as I did if you want delicious crispy skin.
Another meal where I made some changes for the texture. I pan fried the tofu instead of marinating it, then just added oil to the marinade from the recipe to make a dressing. We left off the rice noodles this time, but I also like bean thread noodles on this.
Part salad, part grain bowl, the basic formula for this quinoa base with a lemon scallion vinaigrette and whatever cheese, dried fruit, and nuts you have (or not) is the recipe I always go to when I have a leafy green and no ideas for dinner.
Behold the collard breakfast sandwich! We followed the recipe instructions for the collards but managed to change just about everything else: an English muffin instead of a biscuit, peach bourbon jam instead of the aioli, country ham instead of pancetta, and a fried egg in place of the scrambled. But it tasted very good anyway.
Last but not least, rhubarb! lemon! cheesecake! I like to layer the curd throughout the cheesecake rather than just swirling it on top for maximum combination per bite. It’s also great with gluten free cookies for the crust.

What I’ve Planned – Week 6

If you though the basket couldn’t get more green and leafy after last week, you will be amazed at how much we got for Week 6! This may be the time to start stocking the freezer for later months, if it weren’t too hot to turn on the stove most days!

I still need to make plans for the kale, but I’ll either toss it in with the chicken sausage and potatoes or hope it holds up in the crisper until I get a better idea!

What I Made – Week 5

This chicken, kale and artichoke casserole was very easy to put together. I thought my skillet was too small for the last few steps where all the ingredients are combined, so I did it in a casserole dish in the oven instead and just cooked it 20-30 minutes. I would probably reduce the amount of liquid if I did it this way again.
Oh wow, another salad! This one with oranges, goat cheese, scallions, pistachios and some leftover red pepper dressing.
Finally I got both ingredients at the same time and made a strawberry rhubarb pie this year! It was a little more strawberries than rhubarb but you won’t hear me complaining.
These massive, meaty pork chops were the perfect accompaniment to this apple, kohlrabi and mint slaw. I will definitely make this again; it’s a great side dish that has so many flavors haters like me will barely notice the kohlrabi.
Unglamorous shredded beef tacos! I was too tired at the end of the week to make the salsa so we used leftovers from takeout (in the plastic containers) and topped with lots of lettuce and cilantro.

Not pictured was the sunchoke gnocchi and sautéed spinach we had (pictured here in Winter Week 15) and the many, many salads we made. We finally used up the last of the lettuce today so we only have a few red scallions rolling around the produce drawer. We’ve got to try to keep this pace up heading into the height of summer!

What I’ve Planned – Week 5

After a couple weeks of folks telling me our basket haul looked small, I think you’ll agree that we have an abundance this week, especially of leafy greens!

We’ll probably end up eating more salads than this, but I’m running low on ideas! Maybe taco salad with our leftovers or a deli drawer-clearing chef salad?

What I Made – Week 4

I finally got around to making these lemon rhubarb scones, baking one batch and freezing the dough from another. (I think they’re plenty sweet enough without the glaze.)
This was going to be a pizza salad but I used goat cheese, craisins and pistachios with olive oil and red wine vinegar instead. Pepperoni still needed up on this plate somehow 🤔
A close up shot of our mushroom and collard lasagna. I doctored the sauce with a little nutmeg and added some red pepper flakes to the greens.
We added chopped hakurei turnips and their greens to this red curry chicken, which also used spinach!
Breadcrumbs on this kale salad may seem unlikely, but they add an addictive savory crunch.
Stir fry is always a go to with bok choy. This one has chicken, red bell pepper, and lots of scallions too.

What I’ve Planned – Week 4

As if you couldn’t tell from this week’s basket photo, we’re cooking with greens, greens, and more greens! You’ll see a lot of salads, but I’m trying to find other ways to use them, too.

I feel I am in a bok choy rut. I love stir fry, but it feels repetitive even when I mix up the sauce flavors and ingredients. Send your suggestions!!!