Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Colorful CSA Update

Posted By on Tue, May 4, 2010 at 5:13 PM

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I asked for your advice about what to do with my first CSA of the season, and I actually took some of it. This is rare!

Pictured above, starting clockwise at top: strawberry agua fresca; green salad with shaved radishes and leaves; steamed sweet potatoes; and spaghetti and sauce with the mushrooms and oregano.

The strawberry drink is easy and a good way to use up a lot of strawberries. I believe the recipe calls for 6 cups of strawberries. (I'll post the the recipe later if I get permission.) This would be great with rum.

The potatoes were probably the best of the dishes and were simply cubed and steamed in the microwave. I still have 6(!) potatoes and a handful of radishes left.

Pam Denney also gets a CSA, though hers is a full share. She made a mushroom and leek tart using Jose Gutierrez' recipe in the Memphis Farmers Market cookbook. She sauteed her kale and ate her radishes in salads and on top of buttered bread.

As for her sweet potatoes, she roasted a few of them, and with the rest made an improvised puree inspired by a dish from Napa Cafe.

For the puree, she baked the potatoes and then pureed them (though not too much!) in the food processor. She then added in a small amount of buttermilk, brown sugar, and butter.

For her strawberries, she plans to make jam ...

Stay tuned.

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