Monday, July 25, 2011

Beginning of Summer's Bounty

Last week I spent time with my daughter in upstate New York and we enjoyed the produce she received from her CSA even though there was lots of lettuce and small portions of other vegetables this early in the season. Thursday afternoon she went to pick up her vegetables and returned with the produce in the photo above. This early in the season, the box contained red leaf lettuce, bibb lettuce, red cabbage, onions, carrots, beets, summer squash and a cucumber.

Every week she and her husband enjoy trying new recipes using the produce of the week. They rely on Melissa's Everyday Cooking with Organic Produce by Cathy Thomas (Wiley, 2010). This cookbook list fruits and vegetable alphabetically with detailed descriptions, suggestions for using and cooking and recipes. It also has beautiful photos.

Cathy Thomas has a great newsletter. Go to for info.

This week we chose Tunisian Carrots. The tender Sweet carrots were cooked with an onion and tossed with a vinaigrette made of olive oil, orange juice, ground cumin, red pepper flakes, honey and finished with chopped fresh cilantro (also in the box!).

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