Thursday, January 14, 2010

CSA Delivery Update

Some of you have asked me to share how I have used the produce in my CSA delivery. Unfortunately, there aren’t any pictures of the “end products”…


  • Fruits (oranges, grapefruit, pears, & apples) – we ate these within a few days
  • Savoy cabbage – I made a salad; I simply chopped the cabbage and we ate it with a bit of Trader Joe’s Goddess dressing. Hubby and I both loved it. The teenager said it tasted a bit “weird.”
  • Butternut squash – I attempted to make fries, but they turned out a bit soggy. We still enjoyed them a lot though!
  • Lacinato kale – I ate it raw in a salad for lunch one day. I’m not sure my family would have liked it, but I loved it.
  • Green leaf lettuce and cilantro – Salad with lettuce, cucumbers and cilantro.
  • Garlic – Creamy Garlicky Leek Soup 
  • Leeks – Creamy Garlicky Leek Soup


One thing I’m learning is that the lettuce and herbs don’t stay fresh very long. I actually hardly ever buy fresh herbs; in the spring, summer, and fall, I use what I grow myself, and if I don’t grow it, I use dried herbs. I made the salad on Sunday, and both the lettuce and the cilantro looked less than fresh. They still tasted good though.

Question: What’s your favorite herb? I LOVE basil and always have a basil plant on my dining room table…

Be well,
Andrea

18 comments:

  1. Thyme, Rosemary, BASIL. these are the ones I grow. I also love parsley. I love em all!

    MMM

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  2. Oregano is my favorite herb. By far! I'm super jealous of your winter CSA.

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  3. I hear you on the fresh herbs! I'm the only one in my house who likes cilantro so I'll often just pull a few sprigs from a bundle. Unfortunately, I still get charged as if I'm buying the whole batch! That really bothers me but I figure buying only what I'll use is better than throwing most of it out! I do find the fresh stuff lasts a wee bit longer if you put it into a glass full of fresh water and set it in the fridge. Change the water everyday for best results...

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  4. This may sound odd, but I hate most herbs, anything little and green. Part is a texture issue and I can never swallow it, I swear I find pieces days later in my mouth despite chewing and swallowing my food, and brushing my teeth. The other part is some make my mouth itchy. I am allergic to mint and I think some other things I may be sensitive to also. I like things seasoned, but too much makes me pick it out of my food.

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  5. Basil!! Followed by Parsley and cilantro :)

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  6. I really enjoy rosemary! Especially the rosemary grilled potatoes or rosemary chicken I make!

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  7. My butternut fries always turn out soggy, too! I wonder what the secret is!

    Looks like you have a great CSA program. The one we did in England hardly gave us any variety--just potatoes, apples, and the occasional odd thing like a unique kind of cabbage. Your stuff looks much more useful!

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  8. I love fresh basil too. Maybe one day you could post about growing your own herbs? I've never had much luck and I especially don't know how to harvest a plant and have it keep producing new leaves. Just a thought.

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  9. i LOVE basil and also rosemary, thats the best on potatoes!!

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  10. Wow - you got so many great things in your CSA! Chives are my favorite, but I also love basil.

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  11. mmm, kale! I just made some kale chips for the first time, so exciting!
    Favorite herb has to be cilantro! I love it fresh, and even not fresh..haha. I also love rosemary.

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  12. i think i'll go with rosemary!...

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  13. Your CSA bounty is way nicer than mine ever was. We had a cool summer though - but for weeks I was paying $25 a week for one kohlrabi (which I could never turn into anything I liked), carrot bites (barely one bite per carrot!) and a pint of blueberries! :(

    CILANTRO! Hands down my favorite herb, even though a lot of people think it tastes like the bottom of a bird cage - I think its a love/hate.

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  14. "lettuce and herbs don’t stay fresh very long."--No THEY DONT! Especially not from CSA Boxes. Our CSA box in San Diego, there was a time of year that we'd get flooded with soft greens, not hearty like kale, chard, etc. Anyway, those you have like 2 days. Start makin' smoothies or even juice them or whatever b/c they will not keep. And herbs, even less time. The lack of pesticides is great...but somehow it always seems that totally local organic stuff goes bad sooo fast!

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  15. After the week we were basically snowed in and did without fresh and seeing the pictures of your deliveries, I decided it was time to sign up with our Farm Fresh delivery again. I already know what I will receive next Friday and I am planning meals around it.

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  16. I love basil, too. Your CSA has inspired me to look into one near me. I want to join in the summer, I'm planning to ask hubby for a 6 month membership for my birthday :)

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  17. I love Rosemary! I actually made kale chips for the first time the other day too :)

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  18. I agree- my favorite herb is basil for sure....2nd is cilantro.

    Have a great weekend, Andrea!

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