Barley Salad with Eggplant, Tomato, and Zucchini

This recipe, originally inspired by a recipe of one of my favorite blogs, Smitten Kitchen, is an amped-up version of the grain salad posted in the most recent CSA newsletter. The recipe requires a fair amount of chopping work up front, but your hard work will pay off in the end. scallions, eggplant, tomato, zucchini

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Kitchen Sink Panzanella

As the saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention. This panzanella was made in an effort to use up some veggies in danger of being forgotten in the depths of my frigidaire.

As the saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention. This panzanella was made in an effort to use up some veggies in danger of being forgotten in the depths of my frigidaire. Panzanella, aka bread salad, is a great way to make a quick but delicious dinner while clearing out the fridge. The players: a big hunk of bread going stale; a couple lovely tomatoes; a corner of a tub of homemade basil pesto not large enough to cover a serving of pasta; and some celery that was not going bad, but was persistently in my crisper, taunting me that I would never be able to use it all up. I didn’t really follow a recipe, but my method is laid out below, and I’ve included rough proportions below which you can tweak to your likings and unique frigidaire situation.

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New Recipes in This Week’s Recipe Roundup

There are a whole lot of great places to find recipes here, just as there are a great many ways to prepare our amazing CSA produce.

Did you realize there are three places to find great tasting recipes on the Central Brooklyn CSA blog?

  1. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday our blog turns into a “Weekend Cooking Blog” as our Food Education Team posts tested recipes (and tasty-looking photos) on the home page.
  2. Every Wednesday we post a Recipe Roundup (which you can access by clicking the “Recipe” tab on the top of this page), which is an aggregation of scrumptious ideas from cooks we trust, using the vegetables we expect to get in that respective week’s share.
  3. Every day our community members post and comment on new recipes of their own in our CSA Forum/ Recipe section (which can alwaysbe  found by clicking the “CSA Forum” tab on this page).

There are a whole lot of great places to find recipes here, just as there are a great many ways to prepare our amazing CSA produce.

Eat well.

Fresh Herb Quesadillas

Pair these quesadillas with a simple salad of greens dressed with oil and vinegar for a light dinner.

(Note: Check out more recipe ideas on our new weekly feature, Recipe Roundup, which will be posted in the Recipe section every Wednesday.)

These delicious quesadillas are a simple and fast way to use herbs. The quesadillas pictured are filled with a mixture of chopped epazote, mint, and oregano, but feel free to play around and use whatever herbs you have in the fridge! Pair them with a simple salad of greens dressed with oil and vinegar for a light dinner.Mmm herby

Fresh Herb Quesadillas

The proportions for the herbs, onions, and cheese are approximate. Feel free to adjust according to your own preferences.

On a whim I decided to compress the tortillas while cooking by putting a small sauce pan on top along with a can of tomatoes, as you see in the photo. The weight helped them to cook fast and evenly. Eventually I realized the can was not needed because the sauce pan alone was heavy enough. This is reflected in the directions below.

(makes 4 quesadillas)

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Pink Beans in Sauce with Epazote

I take this bean thing seriously, so it was a personal challenge to incorporate epazote into my quest to make the best ever bowl of beans.

Recipe by John-Thomas Crockett

I love beans. Black, pinto, kidney, red, pink, garbanzo, it doesn’t matter: beans are my thing. For the past couple of years I have been in charge of the food at my brother’s Super Bowl Bash ( a fact I am quite proud of), and last year I was actually commissioned to make a couple of pots of beans. Think about that for a moment. More than chicken wings, tacos, ribs, or pizza, folks thought beans, my beans, would take the party to higher heights. With humility, I make a mean bean. It is, in fact, a family thing. After decades of bean dominance, my mother is the undisputed Queen of Beans. After years of studying her techniques and stealing glances at her seasoning selections, I think I am ready to challenge for the title “Bean King.”

I take this bean thing seriously, so when we got epazote in our CSA share and I learned it was often used as a bean seasoning, I took it as a personal challenge to incorporate the herb in my next  iteration of legume goodness.

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Zucchini Soup with Beaten Eggs

This is a vegetarian variation of stracciatella highlights the soft flavor and texture of zucchini and is enriched by the addition of eggs, butter, and a bit of cheese.

Courtesy of Emily Nickerson

Adapted from the Cucina di Magro cookbook by G. Franco Romagnoli

This is a vegetarian variation of stracciatella, an Italian soup traditionally made by stirring beaten eggs into a meat-based broth. This version highlights the soft flavor and texture of zucchini and is enriched by the addition of eggs, butter, and a bit of cheese. Bonus: From start to finish this soup took about 30 minutes to prepare, a perfect option on a night when you’re craving a hot meal and don’t have much time or energy to cook.

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Kale and Potato Recipe

Member Lorin sent over a great recipe to use for your kale!

Recipe:
(adapted from The Country Cooking of Ireland by Colman Andrews)

serves 8

5 or 6 russet potatoes
2 tbsp butter, plus additional pats for serving
3 cups chopped kale (leaves only)
1 1/3 cups whole milk
4 green onions, chopped
salt and pepper

Put the potatoes in a large pan and cover about halfway with water.
Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for about 40 minutes,
or until potatoes are tender. Pour out the water but keep the potatoes
in the pan and let stand, covered, for about 5 minutes.

Melt the butter in a wide skillet and add the kale. Cook until wilted,
about 5 minutes.

Bring the milk and green onions to a simmer in a saucepan and add a
few pinches of salt and pepper. Stir in the kale, turn off the heat,
and keep covered.

Peel the potatoes and put them in a large bowl. Add the milk and kale,
and mash until nearly smooth, seasoning with additional salt and
pepper to taste.

Divide among bowls and top each serving with a pat of butter.

(I used two cups of milk and skipped adding butter to each serving,
and I chopped up two scapes and simmered them with the milk and green
onions.)