In Your Share (Feb 2nd edition)

IMG_1441The Purple Sprouting Broccoli season has started! We’re not sure why this variety is named Rudolph, since it consistently forms its lovely little purple broccoli heads at the beginning of February. No matter the name, these are super tasty treats!

Lots of tips for all the veggies in the share at our exclusive CSA recipe site Cook With What You Have. Check your email for the password to access the site and enjoy your 24/7 access to recipe inspiration!

This week your share may include…

  • Purple Sprouting Broccoli: Use the heads, stem and leaves together or separately – they’re all good steamed or sautéed.
  • Brussel Sprouts: Try them roasted or in my old standby recipe, Brussel Sprouts with Pesto & Gnocchi.
  • Cabbage: There’s nothing better than cabbages kissed by the cold! These savoy varieties have a beautiful purple blush.
  • Carrots: What could be better : )
  • Collards: If you are in need of inspiration, check out the 13 fabulous collard recipes at Cook With What You Have!
  • Leeks: The white stalks are tender, yet also hold up to long cooking or braising.  The darker green ends make great soup stock.
  • Shallots: I use these to add a little kick to salad dressings or caramelized they go with almost everything! From Pok Pok – try these Crispy Fried Shallots.
  • Spinach: What a treat to have salad this time of year!
  • Winter Squash – Spaghetti: When roasted, the flesh of this squash peels out of the skin in strings like spaghetti – hence the name. It’s great with tomato sauce or a splash of olive oil, parmesan and salt.

Coming soon…  we’ll start including some of our dried crops in the share – heirloom beans, popcorn and hot peppers!