Monday, June 22, 2009
Look at all this fabulous produce from our CSA! And that's not showing the lettuce, a huge bunch of green beans, half a dozen artichokes, another bowl of plums, and several pounds of zucchini (from the CSA and our garden). My fridge runneth over!
And check out all the garlic I pulled up this week!!! Forty heads!! (If you don't like to cook or garden, you might not find this quite as thrilling as I do.)
Obviously, my challenge is to make the most of it all. Last week I made another batch of strawberry jam, baked a peach/blueberry cobbler, four loaves of zucchini bread, used up all the heels in the freezer for bread pudding, and made two double batches of zucchini fritters.
YUM-O. My mouth is still watering, but my pants are not thanking me. I made myself squeeze into my bathing suit Saturday night, so I could join the kids in the pool at my friend's going-away BBQ -- and avoid further gluttony.
I've been pouring through some delicious cookbooks I picked up at the library last week, looking for some fresh inspiration.
I'd love to try Jamie's Gennaro Grande Cappella Rossa Calzone -- which seems to be a fancy name for ratatouille pizza pockets -- and his Savory Zucchini Bread (since I really don't need any more sugar at the moment).
I might try making Sarah Raven's recipe for French apricot jam, since we seem to have plenty, and more are ripening on my parents' tree. It calls for vanilla bean, which sounds lovely.
She also has a recipe for risotto with zucchini and flowers -- fun! And on the lighter side... zucchini and lemon salad.
I was starting to wonder why I planted so much summer squash until I found these recipes!
Also on the menu:
Panini w/grilled onions and zucchini (of course) and roasted red peppers
Fried tilapia w/ sauteed green beans and roasted Yukon gold potatoes
Baked salmon and pan-baked artichokes w/almonds, bread crumbs and herbs (Happy Days with the Naked Chef, p. 219)
Pasta salad w/baked chicken and lots o' veggies
Apricot oatmeal squares
Next week, I'm expecting to have some of our own green beans... and ripe tomatoes! We found our very first red one the other day....
Unfortunately, as cute as it looks, the bottom was rotted out. I don't see that problem on any of the others though, so hopefully it was a fluke.