Wallace Shawn Member Diary – Week of June 23rd

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We are Maria, Quentin, and Hawkins (the cat). This is the first summer we’ve signed up for a CSA and we couldn’t love it more! The two of us pick up full berry and vegetable shares (orchard share to come!!).

This week we got four quarts of strawberries, four stalks garlic, two stalks of red onion, three stalks of white onion, a cute plastic bag of flor de calabaza, one bunch mizuna and one of Swiss chard, two pounds of snap peas (one from Greig Farm and one from Miromex) and a pound of mixed salad greens. We ran through most of it this week save for some leftover onions and garlic. And we’ve been able to lug everything back to our home in Ridgewood in three canvas tote bags.

Though we’ve planning to make strawberry preserves the way Maria’s grandmother likes to, this time we ate through all 4 quarts by Wednesday afternoon! Last week, we somehow managed to restrain ourselves enough to save a quart for a batch of strawberry biscuits… but not this time around.

scrambled eggs

For breakfast, we often make scrambled eggs served on tortillas with some scraps of green veggies. This week we used cilantro and sugar snap peas. Both of us bring lunch to work during weekdays and we’ve been happily throwing the mixed salad greens on our turkey sandwiches for extra crunch. Yum! Continue reading

Corn Soup – 2 ways!

MimoMex Corn. Aug 2013

Winter Share Sweet Corn!

Winter Share Sweet Corn!

Corn is one of my favorite “vegetables”. I count down the days till the fresh corn arrives in our CSA. And then do the happy dance when they arrive in the Winter Share. Not much beats a sweet corn soup in the dark days of Winter. Cleaning out the inbox I found a Member Diary which somehow never got posted. Whoops! Plus, gearing up for our first distribution of frozen delights from Winter Sun, I was cruising through pics of meals we rocked last year. We loooooooove corn soup! Corn Soup_Step 3 (1)

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Nabemono – Japanese Hot Pot with Mizuna Greens & Carrots by Nicole of Tiny Kitchen BK

pic by Nicole Tanska

Our fave blogger Nicole sent us this post when we were still rocking that barely cold Fall weather. Now that the temp has dropped, you should really rock out her recipe. Link to the full post filled with fab photos — at Tiny Kitchen BK, followed by a post on how to eat the noodles

Although it isn’t all THAT cold in NYC, it’s chilly enough to break out the dotanabe (hot pot cooking vessel) and make a delicious soup. I couldn’t believe my luck to get mizuna greens from the CSA!

To make this soup, you’ll need:

  • 1/2 Medium Carrot, sliced in fourths
  • 1/2 Block Packaged Tofu (whatever consistency you like. For this hot pot, I like firm or medium) cut into squares
  • 250g Thinly Sliced Beef (you can get it at the butcher if you call ahead if there aren’t any Asian groceries around)
  • Enoki and/or shimeji mushroom, bottom cut off and separated
  • 1/2 cup sake
  • Kombu (Dried Kelp) to flavor
  • 1 Bunch Mizuna Greens

Directions:

In a skillet, dutch oven, nabe pot or any wide and deep cooking vessel, place the kombu sheet inside then pour 1.5 – 2 cups water and 1/2 cup sake. Turn on the heat to medium high. Place the carrot and tofu in the skillet in sections, then add the mushrooms in its own section.

When the carrots have softened and the broth is at a light boil, add the mixing greens along the side of the skillet. Lay the strips on meat on top and let it cook until done. Remove from heat and serve with cooked udon noodles (and raw egg if you’re lucky enough to have access to pasture raised farm fresh eggs).

Sugar Ladies Member Diary for the Week of Oct 14th

Full Fridge pic by Beth ArnoldThe shared: Pears, Butternut squash, Acorn squash, Carrots, Parsnips, Parsley, and Greens Galore (Kale, lettuce, arugula, and other green things I don’t know the proper name for).

The sharers: We are three sweet female roommates (i.e., sugar ladies).

granola crisp pic by Beth ArnoldThere are two approaches to cooking.  The first is scientific, i.e., following a recipe. The other is improvisational, i.e., “winging it.” This week, we did a little of both. Continue reading

Palambino Member Diary for Week of Oct 7th

pic by alyssa palambinoThis is our fourth year with the Southside CSA; each week we pick up vegetables, eggs, a chicken, orchard fruit and berries, plus an armload of maple syrup when we can get it. It’s an ideal system for us – I don’t have to plan ahead or visit Whole Foods, and we’re getting a truly superior product. We used the delivery service from the Cargo Bike Collective for the first time this week, and it really tipped the experience into luxurious territory. If there were CSA Olympics, I think we’d have a gold medal winner on our hands with the Southside CSA.

pic by alyssa palambino

Because eating in a restaurant with two small kids can be nightmarish, we prepare a simple-but-delicious dinner every night at home (pizza night is the exception, of course). These are some of the dishes we’ve made in the last week with our CSA haul: Continue reading

Lu’s Tomato Soup by Nicole

pic by Nicole Tanska

NIcole shares another gem of a recipe with us! Lu’s Tomato Soup at Tiny Kitchen BK 

(PS – Great idea for those of us in the oh-so-ahhhhhhhmazing Northwind Farm Meat Share!!)

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Polish Blueberry Soup

pic by Nicole Tanska

Looking for a new way to enjoy your blueberry harvest…

Check out this great recipe shared by member Nicole Tanska. Check out her blog — Tiny Kitchen BK – for more yummy recipes and GORGEOUS pics!!

Blueberry Soup

serves 4

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups berries
  • 1 liter water
  • pinch cornstarch
  • tablespoon cream
  • 2 cups cooked egg noodles

1.) add water, sugar and berries. bring to a simmer. don’t let it boil or the berries explode

2.) mix cornstarch w/ 1/2 cup water on the side. add the mixture to the pot.

3.) after about 3-4 minutes, turn off heat and ladle into bowls with noodles . top with cream.

LEGS Member Diary for Week #6

pic by georgie greville

This is our 5th year with the delicious and lovely Southside CSA- we are a 2 person (soon to be 3) operation and get the Full Monty Deluxe. Now that I am pregnant, I am more grateful than ever to have access to amazing quality eggs, fruit and produce from a such a reliable source. This week we got a dozen huge, healthy eggs and a big handful of fresh asparagus- we are in to asparagus and have had no problem eating it for weeks- they are so great in scrambled eggs, frittatas, salads and soups.

pic by georgie greville

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Jan Winter Share Member Diary by Molly

© 2012 Molly Beauchemin

On a flight to Paris sometime in the early 2000’s, I was once fed a tiny wedge of innocuously labeled Brie on top of a sugar cookie. The combo was delivered unceremoniously by an airline Stewardess who, despite being lovely and charming in an exquisitely French way, did nothing to refine the two three-inch pieces of “food”, which were wrapped in plastic like an astronaut’s meal. And yet to this day this airline-brand snack is one of the greatest things that I have ever eaten. All of this is to say that the story of my Brooklyn CSA experience begins long before I bought a share. Walk with me for a moment.  Continue reading

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