Sunday, June 08, 2008

What's cooking...

Since we joined the CSA, we've had to be creative about what we cook, because we don't really know what veggies we are going to have until we get them on Saturday afternoon. So I've decided to document what we're doing with them.

For a while there, we were drowning in spinach and chard, but we would have sauteed greens with many meals, and Tina even made a Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing that was really delicious. Then, most recently, the summer squashes came into season, so we've been trying to figure out what to do with zucchini, crookneck squash, and pattypan squash. Fresh in-season squash is really delicious just sauteed with some onion in a bit of olive oil (especially the pattypan).

This week we got some nice white potatoes and some okra from the farm. We've also got some Dream Dinners in our freezer for easy dinners, so I took the Steak with Garlic and Herb Butter Dream Dinner as an entree (grilled on the Egg, of course), and paired it with some roasted potatoes and fried okra.

The meal was a big hit with the whole family. Xander kept asking for more okra!

Roasted Potatoes:
2 lbs potatoes cut into 1" cubes (CSA)
3 whole cloves garlic (CSA)
1 T fresh oregano leaves (from our garden)
1 sprig fresh rosemary (from our garden)
1-2 T EVOO
salt and pepper to taste

I just tossed everything together and stuck it in the toaster oven at 400F for 30 minutes. It turned out delicious!

Fried Okra (and squash)
1 lb okra, cut into 1/2" slices (CSA)
1 small zucchini, cut into 1/2" slices (CSA)
1 small yellow squash, cut into 1/2" slices (CSA)
cornmeal (I used white cornmeal)
salt and pepper

Generously salt the okra and cover with cold water and refrigerate for at least one hour. I did the squashes in a separate bowl, but gave them the same treatment. Mix cornmeal with salt and pepper (be sure to have enough salt). Drain the veggies well, roll them in the cornmeal to coat, and fry them in 1/2" of oil until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.


At 10:54 AM, June 09, 2008, Blogger Suz said...

Ooooooooh I can't wait to try your recipes! Everything looks so yummy!

At 5:39 PM, June 09, 2008, OpenID stephanieallen said...

I hope you have a wonderful Dream Dinners experience. You will save so much money! We actually have children on our tasting panels; it is amazing to see what kids will really eat. We put kids in a box when we only feed them "white foods" I am glad you had a wonderful Dream Dinner experience and don’t for get to vote for your favorites to be on the August Menu. You can get even more ideas on my blog Take care.

At 1:25 AM, June 16, 2008, Blogger Shannon English said...

Hey Mon- That really does look delicious. We have used a CSA out here in Oregon for the past few years also and I sometimes have to look up what exactly I'm getting (once made a strawberry rhubarb pie with swiss chard- oops.) Anyhow- found your website while searching around. Beautiful family! Hope you remember me from DHS. I'm going to the reunion in Sept. I think! Would love to hear from you!

At 3:15 PM, August 17, 2008, Blogger Bheeshmar said...

Hey, Shannon! How have you been? Drop me a note sometime! [myrealfirstname]


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