CSA Week 7: Zucchini Edition

By Amanda Marcotte
Saturday, July 30, 2011 13:40 EDT
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CSA Week #7

Decided to post a picture of the sign telling us what we get at the CSA pick-up rather than just hand-type it.  So you have a better idea of amounts, as well. 

Cucumber cocktails

Like last year, I started to get overwhelmed with cucumbers, and there was a party on the horizon, so I made cucumber cocktails.  You start by juicing the cucumbers by peeling and  pureeing them and then straining them.  I put the dill in with the cucumbers in the mini-chopper, to give the cocktails a little extra something. You have to really push the puree into the strainer to get the most out of it.Pureeing cucumbers and dill

Some people say you should make this with vodka. Those people are wrong.  You mix 2 parts cucumber juice, one part gin, and a dash of sugar and lemon juice to taste. Sadly, these cucumbers didn’t make enough juice to really make a solid amount of cocktail to take to party, so I did a part tonic water/part cucumber mix to mix with the gin.  Usually you would ice this down and strain it in a shaker, but I just poured it in a plastic bottle and refrigerated it instead. Because of this, I actually put another ½ part tonic water in to make up for the watering down properties of the ice.Juicing cucumbers

Cocktails are totally vegan.

Dinner #1

Chopped up onion, zucchini, fennel and cooked it with some chickpeas, garlic and the purslane.  Added basil, and of course salt and pepper.  Served it with pita bread and yogurt. It was a super simple dinner, because I was feeling tired and not at all like cooking much. Chickpea and zucchini

Dessert was peaches and blackberries with whipped cream. 


Dinner #2

New cutting boardDig my new toy/tool?  It’s so awesome.  I bought one for a friend’s birthday and then had to get one for myself, it was so cool.  Anyway, I used this toy to use up some onions and zucchini, by cutting them up and sautéing them with a bit of wine, garlic, salt and pepper.  Then I added a can of diced tomatoes and then some basil from the garden.  Served over farro. Zucchini farro


Dinner #3

I still had a ton of zucchini, so to use it all up, I made a zucchini-centric dinner.  I grated all the zucchini I had, and put some of it in zucchini bread, and put the rest in a colander with salt for about half an hour. 

I used the rest to make fritters using this recipe, except I added cornstarch, tumeric, and chili powder and baked it at 350 for  40 minutes (30 on one side, 10 on the other) instead, because it’s easier than frying and better for you.  You serve these with yogurt.   I ate one for breakfast with an overeasy egg on top. 

I still had the Asian melon and some blueberries left, so obviously only one thing to do: fruit salad.  I chopped up the melon and mixed it with blueberries, a touch of honey, lemon juice, and yogurt.


Fruit salad, zucchini bread, zucchini fritters

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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