Aug 28, 2013

What's in Season? Week 13

Guess what we just picked up?
  • Sweet corn
  • Carrots
  • Garlic
  • Kale
  • Gala apples
  • Heirloom cherry tomatoes
  • Cantaloupe
  • Blackberries
  • Luna burgers
  • Grapes
  • Adzuki beans
And we've successfully made it through 3 days of classes!  Excuse me, but it's 8:45 and past my bedtime.   Time to pass out...hopefully the long weekend will allow me enough time to post a new recipe!

Aug 25, 2013

pickled hot peppers (without canning)

We were just about to run out of banana peppers when we got Hungarian hot peppers in our Fresh Fork bag this past week.  So, I searched for a quick and easy pickling recipe that didn't require all of the canning silliness.  After all, we weren't exactly stocking up for the winter; we got two hot peppers and needed to preserve them so we can enjoy them on pizzas for the next few months.  I emptied the banana pepper jar, cleaned it really well, and voila, hot pepper jar!

Aug 22, 2013

bread and lobster

This past weekend my hubs and I were able to negotiate a 4 (and a half) day weekend.  Perhaps most people would think "Let's spend a day at a local amusement park" or "Let's go camping for a night or two".  We're not most people.

Aug 21, 2013

What's in Season? Week 12

It's pizza week!  Tonight we're getting...
  • Pizza dough balls (as calzones or mini-calzon pizza rolls or garlic bread)
  • Mozzarella (for the calzones, claro)
  • Green bell peppers (pizza toppings or salad toppers)
  • Hungarian hot peppers (my favorite pizza topping...I may try to preserve some of them this week)
  • Tomatoes (I may try my hand at some homemade pizza sauce...)
  • Garlic (pizza topping, of course)
  • Sweet corn (one of my personal favorites)
  • Dill (olive oil bread)
  • Canary melon (I haven't had this before, but think it'll make a good breakfast side)
  • Purple filet beans (last time we got them, we just sauteed them with a little olive oil, garlic, and onions and they were amazing!)
We went on a little adventure this past week that distracted from posting a recipe last to come!

Aug 15, 2013

What's in Season? Week 11

Summer share is about halfway over after this week, week 11:
  • Candy onion (use some of the eggs too in this zucchini bake)
  • Curly kale (perhaps in a fresh salad with some fresh havarti)
  • Carrots (use some leftover cabbage too for these spring rolls)
  • Cherry tomatoes (for your kale salad, of course)
  • Havarti cheese (for the salad or to top your zucchini bake)
  • Eggs (for some pineapple upside down pancakes)
  • Red haven peaches (in fresh peach muffins)
  • Pinto beans (save these babies for the cold months ahead)
  • Personal-sized cantaloupe (cut it up ahead of time to to make a fast and healthy snack)

Aug 12, 2013

fresh dill bread

I don't really know what to type tonight; it's been one of those weeks.

Lack of cute little story aside, here's something that will make you smile.  You can make a breadsticky fresh herb bread.  I made dill bread out of last week's Fresh Fork dill.  It's a drier, denser bread than normal that is perfect when cut into strips to resemble breadsticks.  I included some fancy Tuscan herb olive oil for an extra punch of flavor.  Grab whatever fresh herbs you might have around, any favorite olive oil, and whip this together.  We used some leftover pieces the second day for "pizza dippers" with warm pizza sauce.  The rest we froze for later this week.

Aug 7, 2013

What's in Season? Week 10

Here comes week 10:
  • Tomatoes (We're getting ready to undertake a big batch of pasta sauce when our garden tomatoes come in)
  • Lettuce (for salads or tacos)
  • Leeks or candy onion (dill?? onion focaccia)
  • Blackberries or blueberries (If you still have peaches left, this would be delicious)
  • Green onions (as a salmon topper)
  • Yukon gold potatoes (hash browns)
  • Green or purple beans (probably for lunches this week, fresh and straight from the bag)
  • Ginger gold apples (in a vegan muffin)
  • Dill (This will surely be baked into some homemade bread)
  • Charloe cheese (This will make a decadent beer cheese dip combined with some other cheese)
  • Plums (There's no need to bake/cook with them.  They're perfect straight form the bag)
I'm hoping to find a good dill bread recipe to post later this week!  Stay tuned...

Aug 6, 2013

crunchy baked onion rings

Several weeks ago we went to our city's Rib Burnoff.  The annual event on the square includes live music, various booths to visit and LOTS of ribs.  As you know, hubs and I don't eat ribs.  So why would we go?  For the other food, of course!  You know the sugary lemonade and the greasy fried veggies.  We usually get fried broccoli and cauliflower or simply french fries, but this year my parents and husband got a blooming onion.  I've never really liked onion rings or really anything fried besides potatoes, so my expectations were obviously pretty low.  The blooming onion, though, got me hooked at first bite.  I ate way more blooming onion that afternoon than I would like to admit.