So much for that craving for hearty fall food! The sun reappeared this week, and with it came an urgeto enjoy the last bits of summer. I was looking into my crisper drawer this morning wondering where last weeks harvest had run off to. I haven’t made much in the way of “recipes” this week, albeit my one amazingly cheesy Chard recipe. So, what in the world did I do with the rest of it??
I wish I could say I was adventurous this week, but I’ve gone back to basics and I learned a few things in the process:
1. Kohlrabi is FANTASTIC peeled and diced up into a salad. If you’ve never tried kohlrabi, it resembles broccoli stalks not only in appearance but also in taste.
2. Beets are great in a chocolate cake! Remember my Secret Chocolate Cake recipe?? I substituted beets for the zucchini and I think I prefer this cake over the one with zucchini. So moist and delicious!
3. Peppers can be frozen WHOLE. Who knew?? (well, you probably did, but I didn’t!) I always de-seeded, chopped and stored them in my freezer, but now I can save all of those steps. I used a frozen whole pepper in my Power Chicken this week, and I really think it helps preserve the crispness of the pepper vs. chopping/freezing does.
4. Celery leaves need not be thrown away! I asked Anja (the farmer) if she had any suggestions for what to do with those lovely celery greens. I threw most away last week, and I felt awful doing it! She suggested that I dry them on newspaper and then store them in Ziplocs in the freezer. She said they make a great addition to soups during the winter. Genius!
5. Sorrel is great with fish. And in pesto. And in quiches. Yup, I took that small bunch from last weeks pickup and incorporated it into three different dishes. I’m still getting used to the flavor and I think I prefer it mostly with fish. It has a sharp taste…something that I can’t really describe, and that’s why I think it pairs so well with fish.
So, while it may not seem like I’m doing much with my harvest each week, I can assure you that I am!! We’ve been so busy enjoying the weather that the kitchen has taken a back seat, but that doesn’t mean I don’t use up all of the veggies. In fact, there have only been 2 weeks where I haven’t used up what I’ve received. That’s an accomplishment for 2 1/2 people!
Tomorrow is pickup day again. It looks like I’ll be spending some time in the fields doing my U-pick. I haven’t had much time the last few weeks to do it, but I’m looking at 2 quarts of beans, and a few quarts of cherry and roma tomatoes. I’m taking advantage of it this week! Maybe I’ll even take some pictures from the field to share with all of you.
Thanks for sticking with me in the dog days of summer! I promise to have a few healthy recipes to share in the coming week