Week 3: May 21, 2014

In this week’s box:

10 pounds asparagus

2 quarts strawberries

1 bunch dill

1 bunch cilantro

2 heads purple kohlrabi with green tops

2 heads red leaf lettuce

2 bunches spring onions

4 pounds pick-your-own strawberries from Braehead Farm, to be picked at any time during strawberry season, which will last another 2 to 3 weeks

*Braehead Farm is located in the city of Fredericksburg. In addition to its pick-your-own berries, it offers a play area for kids, party rental space and other activities. When you visit the farm, check in at the market and identify yourself as a Snead’s CSA member. You will be given a special bucket sized to hold 4 pounds of strawberries. Buckets will be weighed, and you will be responsible for paying for any overages.

Emily’s notes:

Pickling is a popular treatment for kohlrabi. To take advantage of the fresh dill in this week’s box, try this recipe.

Don’t throw away the greens atop your kohlrabi. It’s like getting two vegetables in one. I have used kohlrabi greens interchangeably with other hearty cooking greens. This week, I recommend subbing them into a soup I made during the first week of the CSA using asparagus and Swiss chard.

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Asparagus, kohlrabi and quinoa soup

1 tablespoon butter

3 green onions, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

greens from two kohlrabi bulbs, coarsely chopped

1 pound asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces

1/4 cup dry quinoa

4 cups water or stock

1/2 teaspon salt

pinch cayenne pepper

1/4 cup white wine

Heat butter over medium-high heat, and cook garlic and onion until tender. Add spices and quinoa and stir. Add broth. After 15 minutes, add kohlrabi greens. After 3 more minutes, add asparagus and wine. Cook 3 minutes, then puree. Do this in batches in a regular blender or in the pot with an immersion blender. Leftovers can be frozen, or just make a batch to freeze for an easy meal later!

 

 

 

 

Week 7: June 12, 2013

In this week’s box:

1/2 dozen eggs

2 pints sugar snap peas

2 quarts strawberries

1 bulb fennel

2 bunches Swiss chard

2 bunches of spring onions

1 bunch of dill

1 bunch of basil

3 pounds of string beans

1.5 pounds of red potatoes

1.5 pounds of white potatoes

1/2 pint of raspberries

1 head of Chinese cabbage

Emily’s notes:

Have you ever cooked fish in parchment, or en papillote, as the French say? This week’s box contains a lot of ingredients that would be well-suited to this easy and healthful cooking method.

Here is an easy step-by-step tutorial with pictures from Cooking Light on how to prep and fold the parchment packets, and below is a rough recipe for how to make the most of this week’s box in such a dish.

Fish and vegetables en papillote

4 salmon fillets (or other fish of choice)

Any combination of the following, depending on your preference:

3/4 pounds green beans, rinsed and trimmed

1/2 pound small red potatoes, sliced about 1/8 inch thick

1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced

10 fresh basil leaves and/or 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

one lemon, sliced

4 teaspoons capers, rinsed and drained

salt and pepper to taste

4 teaspoons olive oil

drizzle of white wine (optional)

To ensure your vegetables cook all the way, you might want to blanch them first (fennel and potatoes 2 minutes, green beans one minute) in boiling water, then shock them in ice water to stop the cooking. While they’re in their ice bath, arrange each fish fillet on one of your prepared parchment “heart” halves and sprinkle with salt and pepper. (If using potatoes, you might want to put the potatoes down first as a bed.)

Next, layer fennel, green beans, then capers, herbs and a lemon slice or two for each packet. Drizzle each package with olive oil and white wine, if using, before sealing.

Place packets on a sheet pan and bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes. Serve immediately. Maybe saute some Swiss chard with a chopped spring onion to eat as a side dish.

When I see potatoes and dill, I immediately think of this potato salad recipe from the Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten. I’ve made it too many times to count, it’s always a winner. Even though I think red onions add a great heat to this salad, you could definitely use the spring onions in this week’s box instead.

Speaking of Ina, she also wrote this recipe for Potato-Fennel gratin that would also be good with this week’s box. I am confident you could get away with using just one fennel bulb here, and the spring onions you’re getting this week instead of a yellow onion, as the recipe calls for (I usually use my spring onions in the same manner I would use mature onions, so it’s one less thing I have to buy during CSA season.).

If you’re looking for a new way to use Swiss chard, give this recipe for Swiss Chard Spanakopita a go. I did something similar with beet greens last year. It worked well as a freeze-ahead meal, also.

With Chinese cabbage, a recipe that has always been a hit in our house is this one for a salad that includes ramen noodles and a cider vinegar dressing. This is excellent for pot lucks.

It’s a real treat to have strawberries and raspberries in the same box. Celebrate by buying some premium vanilla ice cream and spooning on the fruit!