This week we have beautiful Thai basil and cilantro in the share. Might be a good time to make some Salad Rolls or Green Curry or Rice Noodle Salad. In addition, you will also find the makings for several variations on the salsa theme. Everyone has a favorite recipe for tomatoes, peppers & tomatillos – or try this Corn Salsa – yum!
You’ll find recipes for the herbs and salsa and everything else in your share, at Cook With What You Have. If you’re a CSA member, you will find your password in your most recent email. Enjoy 24/7 access to recipe inspiration!
This week your share may include…
- Carrots: Yay for summer carrots!!
- Eggplant: Many diverse culinary traditions have embraced the eggplant. It features prominently in Italian, middle eastern, Thai and Indian cuisine – just to name a few. I did not grow up eating much eggplant and only became a convert in my first years of farming. My go to “recipe” for the Japanese types is to cut them lengthwise, drizzle with oil and grill on the BBQ or roast in the oven. I also really like this simple salad – Eggplant in the Moorish Style. You’ll find over 20 recipes for eggplant from many different continents at Cook With What You Have.
- Peppers: Your choice of Anaheim and Poblano peppers in the share this week. Both are moderately hot and can be used raw or cooked. Traditionally they are often stuffed & roasted & make great chile rellenos!
- Herbs: Fresh herbs this week are Thai Basil & Cilantro. See above for some recipe ideas.
- Sweet Corn: Yum!
- Summer Squash: This recipe for Courgette Gratin from Lulu’s Provencal Table is one of my favorites. I’m also fond of adding diced & sautéed summer squash to bean chile, scrambled eggs and quesadillas.
- Tomatillos: This cousin to the tomato is a sprawling plant with distinctive yellow and black flowers that become husk covered fruit. Cultivated since pre-Colombian times, it is used in a variety of Mexican and central american dishes. Often they are roasted for salsa verde, but can be used raw as well.
- Tomatoes: Heirloom & slicing tomatoes are coming on strong! The HEAT this summer has caused them to have more green shoulder than usual. If you find some hard green tops on the tomato, just cut around it and eat the rest of the delicious fruit. Luckily, the plants have been very productive you’ll get plenty of tomatoes in your share! We’re always experimenting with new varieties, and in some ways it can be good to have these extreme weather events as it shows us which ones make the cut.
Coming Soon… More Tasty Sun Ripened Tomatoes!!