CSA Week 1: A little late edition

By Amanda Marcotte
Saturday, June 25, 2011 12:23 EDT
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CSA Week #1CSA Week #1

Broccoli rabe


Bok choy



Snow peas

Strawberries (two quarts!)


Sorry this is a little late.  Netroots screwed with my schedule.  But here it is: week one of the CSA!

Buttermilk cakeButtermilk cake

I used this recipe, but with strawberries instead of raspberries.  Since I don’t have an electric mixer, I experimented with my minichopper to whip the butter and sugar. This proved successful. (Non-pro tip!)   Took it to a party.

Strawberry buttermilk cake

Dinner #1

First I made black beans, polenta, and veggies.  The idea was to use up as many veggies as possible because we were leaving town on Wednesday for Netroots Nation. So I made polenta in the oven, which I prefer to the stovetop method.  Then, using this recipe as a base, I cooked up the broccoli rabe, green onions, bok choy, and snow peas with the black beans.

Greens and snap peasI used some of the strawberries (we had a TON) in a very basic strawberry salad with a balsamic vinaigrette.  Usually, you would make it with arugula or spinach, but I had red leaf lettuce, so I used that instead. 

Served dessert with more strawberries.  I just made some vanilla pudding from the box and served that with strawberries.

Greens, polenta, and strawberry salad

Dinner #2

To use up the last of the vegetables, I made this warm radish and asparagus salad, but added a cup of warm barley for good measure. Made this kidney bean spread recipe.  Used it as a spread to make sandwiches (with a mind towards using up my bread before it went stale). 

Made a cold salad with the leftover lettuce and some tomato.  Dessert was what was left of the pudding and strawberries.   

Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist born and bred in Texas, but now living in the writer reserve of Brooklyn. She focuses on feminism, national politics, and pop culture, with the order shifting depending on her mood and the state of the nation.
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