Thursday, September 15, 2011

cooking up the CSA share

We joined a CSA this year - bags of fresh vegetables, that are grown literally one mile down the road, have made my family very happy. Most of the time I simply roast, steam or saute them. Some days I break out a small kitchen appliance and put William up on a chair next to the counter to "help" me.  Exciting things happen in the pink kitchen - basil houses are constructed, my keyboard gets covered in a spray of flour (the space bar will never be same) and spoons are licked clean. Little Henry periodically squats down and peers into the oven to see what's going on in there and later screams at me because he can't reach the goodies on the cooling racks.

I probably made about 6 batches of this. Ate it with pork chops, gifted and froze.

Ina's Pesto
Simply Recipes Pesto
I lost count of how many batches of pesto were made. Really need to try them side by side to compare.  Note to self - buy half as much cheese as you think you need or read the recipe before you go shopping. Ate with pasta, used in the Pasta, Pesto and Peas salad, gifted and froze.

Simply Recipes Basic Tomato Sauce - very sweet, double recipe next time
Ruhlman's Tomato Sauce - I liked the ease of this but not the seeds

Carrot, Zucchini, Squash Ribbons
I grated everything instead of making the ribbons - it's a quick side.

Pasta, pesto and peas
Made it on Labor Day, great pasta salad for a large group

Smitten Kitchen's Zucchini Bread 
Just plain, straight, delicious bread!
Simply Recipes Zucchini Muffins
I liked this recipe because it used melted butter.
Zucchini Carrot Bread
Great because it used a lot of veggies
Sweet Potato and Zucchini Bread
I subbed carrots but want to try it with the sweet potatoes

baba ghanoush.
Ok, but i don't really like eggplant to begin with

Friday, September 09, 2011

Labor Day 2011

We got back from vacation, WFR started pre-school and the fall semester started. Busy week!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

raspberry season's been quite some time since I've written anything here and I've missed it. In the last 2 years lots of things have gone on in our lives and I'm not going try to do a recap or anything. Let's just say that we moved into a new house and are now a family of 4. WFR is getting ready for pre-school to start in a few weeks and Henry is perfecting the art of running.

That all being said, it's raspberry season and I'm going to start trying some new recipes and posting again. The boys and I are going to a family reunion this afternoon and I made these raspberry breakfast bars to take. I liked this recipe because it calls for a whole pound of berries but they turned out soggy. I have a few ideas why this happened (my errors) and will have to try them again.