Consistency is a blogger’s best friend; at least a good blogger anyway. This is coming from the experts, and while I agree, I’m going to throw caution to the wind yet again and mix things up. Instead of a traditional Week In Review post today, we’re going CSA in Review.
You want the real reason I’m doing another CSA post, on a day that once again doesn’t belong to a CSA recap? Other than the fact I’m crazy behind; the week I’m about to reveal is from July 18th. While working with my veggies is super exhilarating, and I get all jazz hands and jiggy with them, these are almost a month old, which means the excitement has worn off. Boo hiss.
I’d much rather share with you last night’s dinner, which called for some pretty pasta and peaches from my most recent CSA share. Yes, I put pasta and peaches together, and they rocked my world. They’d rock your world too if I actually revealed the final product.
If you want me to talk about that meal, I could wax lyrical for days, but talking about produce which is almost a month old now, well I’m struggling to find the words. The Hubby told me to skip some weeks and pretend we’re current, but my self-diagnosed OCD isn’t a fan and by isn’t a fan, I mean she reared her ugly little head and shrieked loud enough to scare the neighbors. So instead, we’re going to get caught up; we’re going to do it quickly and without a whole lot of fan fare.
Let’s get listing.
In no particular order – alright, alright, they’re really in the order they’re pictured below, except for the cabbage since I haven’t gotten around to using him yet. Cabbage lasts forever, so I’m not concerned. I read it on the internet, so it must be true.
- Pickling Cucumbers
- Beefsteak Tomato
- Green Beans
- Bunching Onions
- Summer Squash
The basil went into some aioli, which never quite made it the desired “creamy” consistency, so I made ice cubes with the mix and stuck them in the freezer, which is where they will stay until I can figure out what the heck to do with them. They could be waiting awhile.
The pickling cucumbers went into another and this time double batch of pickles (no, I still haven’t eaten the first batch). I actually cooked a brine for these bad boys, but both ultimately got attacked while cooling on the counter, by some deranged fruit flies. Down the drain they went; some of my bunching onions went with them too. It was a sad day indeed.
Since I’m not one to let a jar of pickles defeat me, I kept on and made an easy, breezy, beautiful Caprese Salad with my fat juicy Beefsteak Tomato. This time of year Caprese Salads are where it’s at. It doesn’t get easier or more flavorful than this. Go make one; after you finish this post. Obviously.
My green beans came on vacation with me, so I could share the wealth with my family. I steamed them and then tossed them with some lemon olive oil, toasted pistachios and Asiago cheese shavings. They were particularly pleasing and since they all got eaten, I’m sure my family would agree.
My favorite use of CSA produce came in the form of this Pesto Summer Squash and Zucchini Quiche. I’ve actually made it a couple of times now, partially so I can share the recipe with all of you and also because I keep getting squash and zucchini in my share. The recipe will be up just as soon as my little fingers can type it up. I’m aiming for this week; don’t hold me to it.
Last but certainly not least, we have dessert. This little beauty is perfect for summertime when blueberries are fresh and extra delicious. I’ve brought it to picnics, cookouts, summer soirées, and it’s always met with equal parts curiosity and delight. It requires no cooking, no baking, almost no work whatsoever, and it will be the star of the show. I call it Blueberries, Grapes and Brown Sugar Magic, which is what happens when brown sugar and sour cream collide; sort of like me and the Hubby…bam chicka wow wow.
I wish I could take credit for this one, but it’s an old family recipe. I fondly remember kicking back and enjoying a cool and refreshing bowl of this dessert every single summer, usually on multiple occasions. I’m just keeping the tradition alive today.
There you have it, Gang; my CSA in review.
Interested in participating in the Week In Review…good, you should be.
Here’s how it works:
- Your post should be about all the things you accomplished in the last seven days or so.
- Your post can be about food, social outings, workouts, home improvement projects, fun excursions, none of the above, or all of the above. The idea is to recognize all the things you accomplished in the past seven days. It’s an ode to yourself, a celebration of sorts, and a virtual pat on the back. Plus you get to write in list form, which rocks my socks. Although if you want to stick to prose go ahead; it’s your world.
- Add the Week in Review button to your post, link back to Clean Eats, Fast Feets and get your list on.
- Or you can be like me and make up own your rules. If you can justify it, I’ll accept it. How’s that for lenient
Does your family have a favorite summer dessert? If so, have you kept the tradition alive?