Recipes

Just a quick post

I know that I promised you a guest post from the Hooligan about making ice cream it is not quite ready yet. If you know him feel free to send him a message telling him how much you are looking forward to it. In the mean time I thought I would let you know about a side dish we made this weekend that was very yummy. We had some beets that we picked up at the farmers market. Now roasted beets are delicious all by themselves. We added some blue cheese. Then we made some walnut brittle by melting butter adding sugar and walnuts then letting it cool on some parchment. We broke that up and and put it over the beets too. The Hooligan doesn’t like beets, but he ate these. So I think you might like them too.

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Why I love my CSA

You may have noticed that I have been doing a lot posts lately about my CSA. That is because I love it. So I thought I would share with you some of the reasons why.  If you don’t know what a CSA is, it’s basically a share that you buy in a local farm. You pay for  the share at the beginning of the growing season and you get a share of whatever they grow. We have a half share this year so we pick up every other week. I foresee this growing into a full share next year and here’s why.

1. Variety- The Hooligan and I kind of love to cook by experimentation and we like trying new things. A CSA is awesome for that because you never know what you are going to get. Sometimes you get vegetables that you have never tried before. It is great if you like trying new things.

2. Fresh Produce- Just tastes better than the stuff you buy in the store. Supermarket produce was sometime s grown a thousand miles away and picked before it was ripe. With a CSA you get the freshest possible produce.

3. Support Local Farms- I love that Connecticut still has farmland. I really, really want to keep it that way. That’s why local food is important to me. It good for the community and it’s for the environment too.

4. Get To See- Where my food comes from and get to know the people who grow it. That’s just really cool.

5. It’s Fun- If you get the chance to do it you should. I think you’d like it.

Stay tuned for a guest post from The Hooligan about making your own ice cream. I

Canning · CSA · Garden

So much to talk about

There has been so much going on here at the rabbit hole.  CSA, garden,  homemade ice cream, stitch and bitch, Dilly Beans and other fun summer things too.

Out first CSA has been so much fun.  The Hooligan and I both like to improvise when we are cooking.  So, a bag full of produce some of which we have never cooked before is a blast for us.  We have roasted  kohlrabi,  and sauteed greens of all kinds. One night I had golden raspberries and fresh cream for dinner.   We put roasted garlic scapes in mashed potatoes.  Lots of awesome food and it really is so much fun!  Our CSA farm’s website is here Eve’s Corner Garden if you are in New Haven County and are thinking about a CSA next year think of Eve’s.  We really like them.

Our garden has also been giving us plenty of produce. I am having better luck with my squash this year. Last year I had an issue with my squash plants that I later found out was powdery mildew. I saw a little this year too but seems to have beaten it.  I am still not getting as much squash as I would like too but doing much better than last year.

My tomato’s and peppers that both got off to a rough start are doing fantastic.  I have lots and lots of plum tomatoes coming in about a pound a day.  Also have grape and beefsteak tomatoes coming in. I am also getting peppers in now and I have the cutest little bell peppers too.

In other news the Hooligan has been making homemade ice cream and so far this year we have had chocolate with chocolate covered blueberries,  blueberry, Maple chocolate chip and chocolate raspberry.  They are so rich and delicious.  Maybe I can talk him into doing a guest entry about ice cream making.

I made Dilly Beans!! They look great and we are going to open our first jar tonight at Stitch and Bitch here is a picture:

Dilly Beans!!

I will let you know what everyone thinks of them.

We pickup another CSA this week and I will let you know what we get and what we do with it.  Leave me message and let me know what you are doing this summer.

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CSA Goodies

Last week we picked up our first mini CSA.   We got some basil,  lettuce,  garlic scapes, and sugar snap peas.

Basil went into fresh pasta sauce.  Had some tonight with meatballs.  It was pretty yum.

Garlic scapes went into mashed potatoes on top of  cottage pie for Ryan’s birthday dinner.  The leftover scapes went into stir fry more about that in a minute.

Lettuce was Monday’s lunch.

A lot of the sugar snap peas went into my mouth raw with mustard vinaigrette. The rest went into beef stir fry with the left over garlic scapes and assorted other vegetables.

We pick up our next CSA on Sunday. I’ll let you know what we get. Also there are tomatoes and tiny adorable fuzzy green beans in the garden too.  I see Dilly Beans in my future!

What did you cook this week?

CSA · Garden

Hand issue, CSA and garden happenings

It seems like it has been so very long since I have posted.  My hands are doing a lot better now that my Dr has started me on the new anti-inflammatory. So typing is much easier.

Lots of exciting things going on here.  We pickup our first mini CSA on Sunday June 24th.  We have been promised garlic scapes and snap peas.  I foresee a wonderful stir fry in our future .  I have never cooked garlic scapes before but I am very excited to try them!  I have been researching recipes online and have some ideas.  I hear they are wonderful in mashed potatoes!

The garden is coming along wonderfully we are starting to see blossoms on the green beans and squash.  I already have tomatoes!  Also our cherry tree has fruit  and our mullberry bush is overflowing with berries!

As for projects I just finished a “backup” sock monkey for my nephew who gets rather unhappy when “monk” has to be cleaned.  I am also working on a throw for my couch in a beautiful oatmeal yarn that is wonderful but gets boring sometimes.  So when I get bored of the same pattern,  I am also knitting up little hats for all the new babies that our friends are having.

Things are great here in the rabbit hole.  Leave me a message and let me now how your summer is going.

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Motivation

Hey how is your May going? I get so excited this time of year. My vegetable garden is planted and things are growing. It’s getting warmer and there are so many things I want to do. Day trips and bike rides. Ice cream to make and a beach cover up to knit. I am a little side lined this year though because I am having some trouble with my wrist. The Dr thinks it’s carpal tunnel syndrome. That means that my blogs may be a bit shorter because I am actually typing them on my phone. It hurts less this way. I am going to try to write more often though. So you should leave me a message and tell me what you can’t wait to do now that spring is here.

Garden

Tomatoe Fail

I am in the middle of my first garden fail of the year.   Way back in March I planted my pepper and tomato seeds. The plants sprouted just fine and everything was going the way it should.  Then there was Bijou.  Bijou is a 16 year old cat who came into my life when he was a 3 week old kitten and maybe gets away with more than he should.  He  decided that tomato seedlings that are sitting on a sunny windowsill made the perfect cat bed. so he curled up on them for a nap.  Needless to say he killed all of then.  I decided I would try again since I still have a few weeks before the danger of frost has past.  So far one has sprouted.  Looks like I am growing tomatoes from transplants this year.  Lesson learned?  Stick toothpicks in starter trays to make them uncomfortable.

What have you failed at recently? What did you learn from it?  Leave me comment and let me know

Recipes

Oops I Forgot

I was supposed to tell you about corned beef ravioli with mustard sauce. Recently the hooligan and I have been making our own pasta. One of the things we like to do is to make interesting ravioli. Now there are lots of simple pasta recipes online so I am going to concentrate on the filling and the sauce.
Our filling was corned beef chopped fine and potatoes that were mashed but still chunky. The sauce was simple too. Melted butter and deli style brown mustard with a splash of irish whiskey. They were a fantastic appetizer for the podcast crew.
I am sorry it took so long to tell you about this recipe. Next time spring! And craft projects.