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Week 23 of the CSA with Cute Vegetables

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Yep, cute. Like this Japanese sweet potato.

Japanese sweet potato

Or, how about these adorable popcorn ears?

Lady Finger Popcorn

The list:
1 Head White Cauliflower
1 Bulb Fennel
1 Bunch Purple Carrots
1 Head Green Cabbage
1 Bunch Collards
1 Bunch Daikon Radishes
2 Delicata Squash
1 bunch Lady Finger Popcorn
1 Bag Japanese Sweet Potatoes
1 Head Green Romaine Lettuce
1 Bunch Cilantro

Sandy Spring CSA Week 23 2012

You will notice there is no cilantro there. And, yes, there is another cheese pumpkin. Last week I ended up making hummus as I didn’t have evaporated milk. Since there was a pumpkin in the swap box, I grabbed it and will finally make that pumpkin custard pie, now that I remembered to buy evaporated milk at Harris Teeter.

We have been eating out too many times, and the greens are piling up. I may finally have to start making smoothies. Tonight at least I stir fried some greens, the last of the bok choy and added some daikon. Chicken also. No pictures as it was pretty basic looking. Just stir fry greens, onions, garlic, ginger, water chestnuts and add shredded chicken. Sesame oil to finish. Good stuff.


Savoring That Killer Dill

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Yep, the monster stealth cucumbers. Two of the last. I tried an experiment with them, and it seems to have worked. The one from July and another from August, both started out in the crock, but I moved them into their own large container with a fresh batch of dill pickling spices.

monster dill pickle

This one, found in August, was hard and white, so it really crisped up in the pickling spices. The other one, pictured in my July post about the garden, had higher moisture and developed differently. Lots of taste but no real crunch.

sliced open dill pickle

The rest of the little pickles were taken out of the crock a while back, and put into jars sealed with a hot water bath. They are in the fridge, three of them, to use in the next few months. I keep them in the fridge because they seem to remain crisp that way.

I bought two crocks this summer in Ohio at Zanesville Pottery. One for sauerkraut and one for pickles.

my bluebird crock looks like this

They are put away waiting for my first cabbage in the CSA, which according to the email that just arrived, will be today. Talk about timing. I need to unpack and set up the kraut crock, which is a two gallon crock. There will be posts in the near future to see how I make this year’s kraut. I want to do a few batches so I can bring homemade kraut to Thanksgiving dinner.

making sauerkraut

Now, I need to find recipes for the delicata squash and the daikons coming today. The CSA post with pictures will be up later today. Off to pick it up soon.