leafy greens

Purple and Orange Pizza

Purple and Orange Pizza

Mizuna is one of my favorite leafy greens and I doubt I would have ever tried it had it not come into my kitchen via CSA box! The stems are neither tough nor stringy so the long narrow leaves make for great additions to salads and sandwiches. It is more flavorful than lettuce, but doesn’t bite like watercress.

This month the CSA box contained a special surprise: purple mizuna! I decided that this called for an extra measure of creativity.

Kale — Love it or Hate it?

Kale — Love it or Hate it?

Kale seems to be rather polarizing. I love it, but so many see it as the quintessential nasty health food. Whenever someone says they hate kale I wonder to myself how they’ve tried it. Sure, nibbled raw straight from the stem it is tough and doesn’t have a particularly pleasant flavor, but that’s far from being the only way to eat it!

Great Greens!

Great Greens!

Towards the end of Summer and in the fresh start of Fall, I relish the rich greens we get in the CSA box. You can always make a salad or chop them up for a soup, an omelette, or to wilt in a melt or in some ground beef, but I took some time to look at the nutritional aspect of these great greens so I could maximize my family's gains. I learned a lot!

"Rescue the Perishing" Roast

"Rescue the Perishing" Roast

What to do when you have vegetables you don't know what to do with.

We don't buy eggplant in our home. With the CSA, though, we often end up with items that we would not have bought otherwise.

I don't care for the texture and eggplant's flavor is a negative as well, so over the years I have found a few tricks for making it more palatable. This is one of my favorites.