Friday, June 11, 2010

It's CSA Time!!!

Can you believe the Harmony Valley Farm CSA season has already been underway long enough to be on Box #3? This City Girl can't! Life is crazy around here these days so I haven't had much time for posting. Suffice it to say using up the box has been MUCH easier than last year now that I have some experience under my belt!

So here's a quick summary of my faves so far this year:
  • Frittata - you can use up just about anything in these and they are such a breeze to make! Best of all? The 5 year old even likes 'em! I started out with a Harmony Valley Farm recipe for Nettle Frittata (Yes, nettles! And they were GOOD!) and have expanded my horizons from there. Seriously, almost anything goes good in a Frittata - I have tried seasoned ground chicken sausage, potatoes, greens, and even sauteed radishes! And of course throw in some onions and garlicky stuff to your liking.
  • Sunchoke Dip - By far one of my fave standby's from last year! Tastes like hummus, and oh so good with some sliced radish chips. This coming from a gal who swore she didn't like radishes, nuh-uh, never, no-how, no-way! Mmmmm.... radish chips great for dipping!
  • Kale Pie - Though it calls for kale, I made this to use up my Yukina Savoy. And boy was it delish! A little bland for my taste at first, but top with some spreadable cheese and you're good to go! I think next time I'll actually make it as a savory breakfast dish for the week. Wait, next time? What am I talking about? We just got more Yukina Savoy in our box this week! I think I know what I'm doing with it already...!
  • Minty Pea-Vine Pops - Even though someone accused me of trying to be the mom who "hides" vegetables in food to get her kids to eat them, I still love these things. I made them last year, and just had to do it again when we got such a nice large bunch of pea vines again this year. Instead of using peas like the recipe calls for, I steamed the pea vines until tender, then pureed with the cream cheese. And hey, I'm not hiding them! I was perfectly clear when I told my son there were pea vines in there! And he still loves 'em! As did the rest of us!
  • Ryan's Anything Green Curry - Shared by a fellow Harmony Valley Farm CSA-er this recipe rocks my world! It's going to be one of my tried & true standby's this season, I can tell already! We used up some spinach and other greens this way and once again it was one of those dishes the WHOLE family loved. Can't beat that!


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

City Girl CSA Recipes Online!

Oh my goodness! Sick babies, teething babies, full time work and desperate attempts to get my gardens going have left almost no time for posting these days! Despite that, this City Girl has had time for one very essential thing: keeping a list of recipes useful for my CSA shares. And the best thing about that? I've made it public!

A few months ago, I discovered the best thing since sliced bread: Evernote. With this handy dandy little program (available for download, online, or iPhone - I use all three!) you can clip notes on various subjects, link them between the web and your various devices AND share them with the world if you so choose! The biggest plus for City Girl about all this? I get to access my saved CSA recipes on my iPod right when I need them in the kitchen! Without the hassle (or waste!) of printed sheets of paper scattered throughout my recipe cupboard. Can you tell I'm psyched?

So, in case it's useful to you all, I've made them fully accessible to the world via Evernote:
Please note, I do NOT have all of my recipes from last year uploaded here yet, so there are still many that you will only find posted on this blog. But I'm workin' on it! And will continue to add useful stuff as this year's CSA continues! Take a peek and leave me a comment to let me know what you think, especially if you give any of 'em a try! I have tried several, but not all of the recipes posted in my collection.