roasted sweet turnips with thyme

“Japanese ‘salad’ turnips are the most sought after vegetables at my farmers’ market,” writes Deborah Madison in Vegetable Literacy. “This is an entirely different creature than the one imagined by those turnips doubters of my past. These little roots are so crisp and sweet that you can eat them raw with pleasure, simply sprinkled with…

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black garlic burger plated

As a kid, I didn’t know you could buy hamburger patties. I thought all burgers were made like my mom’s: by hand mixing ground beef, oats, eggs, chopped onion, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Later in life, after I started paying attention to such things as the grilling of burgers at social events, I realized…

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fresh summer salsa ingredients

This week in our CSA we had the perfect trio for making fresh salsa: tomatoes, red onions, and cilantro. I grabbed some of our hardneck table garlic, picked a few sprigs of parsley from our PYO herb area, shucked an ear of sweet corn, and toasted a teaspoon of cumin seeds. Aside: I could’ve used…

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Yesterday afternoon, Dan presented me with a delightful gift: a bulb from our first round of this season’s black garlic.  I got right to work: Cream cheese on the counter to soften? Check. Black garlic removed from each individual clove? Check.  Salt shaker handy? Check. While waiting for the cream cheese to come to room…

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fried okra plated

I was a little taken aback the first time I met okra in its raw form. What was this strange looking spear? A green bean on steroids?  Back then, I looked it up in my trusty Simply in Season cookbook, and I found recipes for okra curry, okra saute, and fried okra. Guess which one…

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simple sauteed Swiss chard

One of Dan’s all-time favorite sides is a simple sauté of Swiss chard with garlic and salt. I brightened his version with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. You could also try adding chopped fresh herbs or a different fat to change the flavor. So many possible variations for this nutrient-packed green! Scroll down for…

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eggplant crostini with goat cheese and mint

Our standard eggplant-based summer meals are the same year after year: Eggplant Parmesan and Ratatouille. But alas, as the eggplant continues to come in throughout the summer, I don’t always have the time to make these dishes. So I started to explore other ideas for eggplant, like this one for eggplant crostini.  The variations for…

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mojito in ball jar on the farm

My first mojito experience was fourteen years ago, the summer Dan and I spent 6 weeks backpacking around Europe.  We were in Sevilla, Spain, hanging out with friends of friends, still recovering from an incredible (and somewhat painful) eleven days hiking a portion of the Camino de Santiago across northern Spain. What I remember most…

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grilled patty pan pizzas

I tried something new for our Friday night pizza tradition last night: grilled patty pan pizzas.  After Dan presented me with these strange little orbs as an item in next week’s CSA share, I knew I had to do some research. If I’d never seen one of these before, wouldn’t the same be true for…

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