I think this was the most exciting box yet - certainly the most colorful. We got a whole bag of tomatoes and also corn that didn't make it into the picture. Tomatoes, kale, zucchini, cucumbers, red cabbage, cauliflower, eggplant, beans, cantaloupe, various peppers, garlic, onion, tomatillos, cilantro, and dill.
We cooked our first meal out of the box on Sunday evening.
If you don't think you like cauliflower, you should try roasting it in the oven with turmeric, olive oil, and garlic. It is so delicious. The beans I cooked just like I normally do green beans (bring to a boil for just a few minutes, then throw them in a pan with some olive oil and garlic at medium heat for around 10-15 minutes or until kind of crispy.) Basically, can't go wrong with olive oil and garlic. Victor grilled the steak.
On Monday, I decided to go totally outside the box and try a ratatouille. I consulted with one of my coworkers, and she gave me this recipe.
My dish was a little small, so I decided to add another layer of tomato sauce and a few more veggies on the top. I also decided to add a bit of parmesan cheese. It turned out very well!!
My next cooking adventure was to do something with the tomatillos, which I had never used before. Driftless Organics thoughtfully provides an information sheet about the produce, as well as recipes, with each box. There was a recipe for salsa verde using only ingredients from the box, so I decided to give that a try with my tomatillos, jalapeños, garlic, and onion.
It was super easy! Just roast, and blend/process! Don't forget to take the papery outer layer off the tomatillos before roasting them! However, don't peel the garlic until afterwards.
Once I had the salsa ready, I started the crockpot for some slow cooker salsa verde chicken tacos.
Now that we knew how easy it was to make salsa, we wanted to try another kind, and use some of our huge bag of tomatoes in the process. So I found a recipe for roasted tomato salsa from the same website, and made that the next day, to go along with our tacos. Delicious! We're never buying salsa again (in the summer, at least.)
On Saturday, it was kind of gray and rainy outside, so we decided to (watch the Olympic Triathlon and eat donuts, obviously) be productive around the house and then make spaghetti sauce with the rest of the tomatoes.
I pretty much did the same thing for the base of the sauce that I did to make the salsa - just broiled tomatoes, garlic, and peppers for around 10 minutes until they started to blacken, then gave it a whirl in the blender. Victor then finished the sauce with hamburger meat, various herbs, onion, and a bit of sugar.
We've also grilled corn, had cantaloupe for breakfast, and cherry tomatoes and cucumbers for snacks with hummus.
I'm really enjoying the CSA so far; it's forced me to think outside the box when it comes to dinners, and I've discovered how easy it is to make salsas and sauces from scratch.