Jul 14

CSA Haul: Purplette Cippolini Onions, Blueberries + More

CSA Haul 7-7-11

As I post this, my husband is currently on his way to pick up our next CSA share -- but I figure better late than never!

We've received a healthy amount of greens every week and were told to expect even more in the coming weeks, which both excites me and scares me a little. I love a good salad, but that's about as far as my prior experience with greens has taken me. Cooked greens rarely adorn my plate unless they're part of a meal at an upscale restaurant, but I'm looking forward to the challenge they provide.

I sauteed the swiss chard and purplette cippolini onions (above) in a little marsala cooking wine and tossed in some parmesan cheese at the end for good measure. Oh my heavens was this ever good! We will definitely be making this again, and I promise to share the recipe when I do.

I haven't used any of this fino verde basil yet, but my mouth is watering just thinking about making a classic caprese salad with it!

We were blessed with two different kinds of fruit this week -- these ripe and juicy blackberries (above) and blueberries (below). As I mentioned last week, my kids adore blackberries and have been snacking on them as is.

But as for the blueberries... Late last night I got the urge to make blueberry muffins, and they turned out to be everything my craving desired -- sweet and buttery with just a hint of lemon and full of fresh blueberries.

I'm a little embarrassed to admit that a mere 14 hours later the two-dozen tasty treats I baked are long gone (of course I had some help!), and I didn't get a single photo. But I will be whipping up another batch to share with you!

Do you have any go-to recipes or tips for using up greens? I'm sure I'm going to need the inspiration in the coming weeks.

by Tara | 4 comments

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Georgia Pellegrini July 14, 2011 at 7:50 pm

If you get kale, you should try thinly slicing it raw and adding lemon juice and olive oil with some shaved almonds, salt and pepper. It’s a great healthy salad!

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Tara July 14, 2011 at 9:27 pm

We did get kale today, so I will definitely try this. Thank you!

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Jessica S. July 15, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Here is something we do with lettuce from the garden, don’t see why you couldn’t use another green. Sorry, it’s not healthy! Fry some bacon (I usually cook about a pound) in a large pan. Soften chopped onion in the grease. Next, add your greens and cook until wilted. Salt to taste. Crumble a few slices of cooked bacon and add to greens. Now enjoy!

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Tara July 15, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Yum — I’m not opposed to a little bacon. Sounds tasty!

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