Mmm… Food

1 more day
June 10, 2008, 5:45 pm
Filed under: Random Facts

I pick up the first share from the CSA tomorrow.  Got an e-mail today about what will be in it, which already has me surfing the web looking for recipes that call for “green garlic” 

 Green Garlic

 have you ever heard of such a thing??  Apparently it’s early shoots of garlic before it starts making the big bulbs.  Milder flavor and looks more like a green onion.  Should be interesting.  We are also supposed to get lettuce, spinach, radishes, asparagus, chives, mint, button mushrooms, and our extra this week is a Pear Butter.  mmm…  I’ve been looking for other blogs on experiences with CSA so if you have one or know of one, let me in on it. 🙂  thanx.  The front porch garden continues to get bigger.  we ate some of the lettuce this weekend and it was so fresh and crisp.  The cilantro seedlings are maybe an inch tall and the lime basil is getting ready to grow it’s second set of leaves, but the oregano still looks kind of pathetics.  Like if I breathed too hard, the plants would come flying out the dirt and blow away in the wind.  In my excitement to watch things that I actually planted come up and out the ground I am saddened that I must thin out the number of plants that have poked their heads up.  It must be done this week. 

While it’s not using food from the food share,  (Trader Joes makes sure the rest of the food we eat is good for the world) we did try a recipe last nite from a new cookbook I purchased in my excitement to have recipes for the  new foods and new flavors that will be coming into our house .  The recipe was “Asparagus Risotto with Truffle Oil” and it is from the cookbook “Simply Organic: A Cookbook for Sustainable, Seasonal, and Local Ingredients” by Jesse Ziff Cool.   The book is one of NPR’s “The 10 Best Cookbooks for Summer” and so many othe recipes look delicious.  The risotto was delicious and cooked the asparagus to perfection.  Too often asparagus gets limp and overdone, but by adding the asparagus just before the last 1/2 cup of chicken broth was added to the risotto, it came out just dandy.


6 days to our first pick up
June 6, 2008, 1:10 am
Filed under: Random Facts, Uncategorized

This summer will be my first in Adventures with CSA or Community Supported Agriculture.  In an effort to be better for the world my girlfriend and I will be participating in our first food share.  This was a new concept to me last summer when my Green Goddess Friend Lara first introduced me to the concept of CSA’s.  Community Supported Agriculture basically works like this.  A local farm (or collective of farms) grow the food, you buy a “share” of what grows and each week you get a plethora of fresh veggies and fruits, with options for eggs, cheese, milk and other goodies in the mix. You assume the risk of weather up front, hope for the best in the growing season and reap the benefit when you get hot humid days like today.  Our first pickup from Home Grown Wisconsin is next Wednesday and will continue weekly until Mid October.  Who knows what kind of goodness will arrive.  Our share will be split with my parents to aid in consumption and cost efficency of said goodness. In addition to what will arrive with the food share, I’ve started a mini-garden on our front porch.  My mother provided us some starter plants including 2 tomatoes, 6 assorted pepper plants and some lettuce.  The basil plant that survived in a small pot on the windowsill for two years at my girlfriends place now has a large pot of it’s own and has doubled in size already.  I also planted some seeds of cilantro, oregano and lime basil.  They just started to poke their heads up out of the dirt and whisper “i’m alive” not frankensteinien as they still look so tiny and fragile.  That’s a quartrer in the dirt so you can see how big they are.  Check it out!!!

The oregano is so freaking tiny yo!