I went to bed before nine o’clock last night. I could barely keep my eyes open, even during my daily Face Time call with the Hubby. The extra sleep was lovely, and I feel almost completely recharged today.
I am also beyond excited Friday is here. The fact that it’s a Friday before a long weekend is just icing on the cake. Mmm, icing…..and since it’s a long weekend, I’m skipping the Week In Review come Monday. Have no fear my hordes of participants (or two or four) because I’m just pushing it back a day. Look to get reviewing on Tuesday.
Speaking of skipping, I scored my most recent CSA share last night, and while it’s not the same as the week I’m about to reveal, it makes me happy and skippy nonetheless, especially when you factor in I’m bypassing my typical farmers market jaunt today. As much as it pains me to do so, it has to be done. If you saw the amount of produce in my fridge and on my counter, you’d understand. Quite frankly, you might have yelled at me for going last week. See what happens when the Hubby isn’t here to keep me in check; I go veggie crazy.
Now that the topic of veggies is on the table, I think it’s time we talk CSA veggies. We are halfway through our season here in Ohio, and week ten netted us (in order of appearance, which trumps alpha today): a luscious watermelon, purple leaf lettuce, three bunching onions, four baby carrots, red-skinned potatoes, a green bell pepper, blackberries, a handful of big beefsteak tomatoes, and yes the inevitable and unstoppable green beans.
I am so damn tired of green beans. I think some freezer action might be in order….then again I have company coming on Sunday, so it might be a good time to pawn some off on them….er, I mean make a delightful dish involving green beans. Of course, I could always package them up for the Hubby; he still gets excited when he finds out we got green beans in the share. I’d say he’s weird, but the man loves his veggies, and that warms the cockles of my heart; a couple of other places too.
Enough dirty talk (really, can you blame me? I’m alone all week long), let’s get to the eats.
I like to mix my morning granola with some plain or honey flavored Greek yogurt and fruit, and the blackberries make a perfect addition.
If you’re observant enough to think those might also be my CSA potatoes on the plate, well then you get a gold star. I made another round of Parmesan Roasted Red Skinned Potatoes because they are extra delicious with more than a hint of nutritious. Honestly, I love to make big batches of these, so I can have them as a side dish several times in the same week. Instead of microwaving them, I stick the leftovers back in the oven for a couple of minutes at 300 degrees. This way they retain their flavor, and you still get the crispy texture you’ve come to know and love.
Another thing I’ve been making in big batches is Tomato Pesto. I’ve actually made this half a dozen times now this summer and frozen almost as much. This is a great way to easily use and get the most of your fresh summer tomatoes. It’s also ideal for those who don’t enjoy a traditional pesto. I know it’s shocking, but there are folks out there who don’t swoon for a big pile of green garlicky goodness. Not me; I swoon and then I face plant. Hard.
I’ve sent the Hubby back to school with jars of this stuff as well, so he can easily make great pasta dinners for himself. I’ve also used it on cheese pizzas, and it absolutely elevates this simple pie to drool worthy; not that pizza really needs much help.
The tomatoes that didn’t get turned into Pesto became a featured star, along with my CSA onions, in this pasta sauce. Also in the mix are a handful of hot banana peppers from last week’s CSA share. I ultimately froze this sauce, but I can say it will do wonders to warm even the dead come winter time. It is hot and spicy, and I love it.
The lettuce got eaten the same way it always gets eaten; in a lunch time salad. I keep half of it here at the house, and the rest I send with the Hubby to school. His new roommate told him he eats really well and “healthy,” which pleases me to no end. Obviously.
The green bell pepper got stuffed along with last week’s hot peppers. See him; up there in the far right corner. He’s just a little guy.
Since the carrots and the green beans, well the ones the Hubby hasn’t eaten, are still sitting in the fridge, that just about wraps it up for me. Except for the watermelon, which I deliberately saved for last. In an ode to my hero, Ina Garten, I made Watermelon Mojitos using our CSA melon plus fresh mint from my herb garden.
Be prepared to share these with friends, or be prepared to wake up with a hangover. Me, I shared. I’m nice like that. I’m also not a fan of hangovers. Imagine that.
On that note, I shall bid you adieu with warm wishes for a wonderful weekend.
Do you have Monday off too? Any exciting plans for the long weekend? Tell me all about them.