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06/27/13 CSA SHARE: What we got, what I will do with it, and miscellaneous comments

Here is what we got:
Fennel – 1 bun
Parsley – 1 bun
Red Romaine Lettuce – 1 hd
Green Boston Lettuce – 1 hd traded for kale
Toscano Kale – 1 bun
Baby Carrots – 1 bun
Garlic Scapes – 1 bun

I was kind of surprised because, when I went to trade two things from my box, I was told that there was a rule that each person could only trade one thing for one other thing. That was new to me – I’ve been a member of the CSA from the first year, and the rule has always been you put one thing in and you take one thing out, no limits. So…. I could not trade the lettuce *and* the romaine, and, once I had decided to trade the lettuce, I had to decide between taking the kale or the garlic scapes. I think that new plan is just plain mean, but I am not the people who are running the CSA, and they are they people who get to make the rules as they see fit. I do think that the rules should be published for all to know about, and I will post this thought on the CSA Facebook page (in case anybody watches that or cares what people think)
What will I do with all this?
I got about 4 fennel things (pieces? Fennel bulbs with stalks with some frilly leaf-like things), 1 little bunch of parsley, 1 hd of romaine, 2 bunches of kale, 1 bunch of carrots with greens, and 1 bunch of about 5 garlic scapes.
In addition, they let me take the carrot greens that some people had put into the compost pot.
I’m going to look into fermenting fennel – If I can’t find something interesting, then I’ll just chop it up and find a way to eat it with other vegetables (will let you know)
I will make dill garlic fermented carrots
The kale will go to kale chips – will describe the recipe once I decide
I will chop up the garlic scapes and use them as garlic for something.—maybe the fermented carrots (will let you know)
If I cannot bring myself to eat the romaine, I will dehydrate it along with the carrot greens and add it to my supergreen powder (I’ll let you know)
Things are tight here, right now. The CSA is about the only source of food I have, with my reduction in work hours. I am down about 20 lbs (down to 120 lbs @ 5’9”) living on what I get from the CSA, and what I can manage after my rent and utilities. So, I am svelte (and I do like the way clothes look on me), but wondering where I will go from here. (I’ll let you know more when I know more.)

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GARLIC SCAPE PESTO

GARLIC SCAPE PESTO
based on a recipe found at http://goldenearthworm.com

1 C garlic scapes (8 or 9 scapes), top flowery part removed, cut into ¼-inch slices
1/3 C walnuts
3/4 C extra virgin olive oil
1/4 – 1/2 C cashew/pine nut “parmesan” (see recipes below)
1/2 t salt
black pepper to taste

  • Remove flowery top part of garlic scapes and cut scapes into 1/4 in. slices.
  • In a food processor, combine and process scapes and walnuts until somewhat smooth.
  • Drizzle olive oil slowly into mix and process until well-combined.
  • Remove mixture  from food processor and place in a large mixing bowl. Add salt, pepper, and cashew/pine nut “parmesan” to taste.


Refrigerate in an airtight container for 5 – 7 days.

FOR “PARMESAN”

Here are two recipes.  I like the dehydrated version, which keeps well in the refrigerator, but the “instant” version is also nice.

CASHEW/PINE NUT PARMESAN (“instant”)
1/4 C pine nuts
1/4 C raw cashews, soaked for 1 hr., drained, and rinsed
1/2 sm. clove garlic
2 T lemon juice
1/2 t sea salt

  • Process all ingredients to fine meal in the food processor.


CASHEW/PINE NUT PARMESAN CRUMBLE (dehydrator)

3 C cashews, soaked for 1 hr., drained, and rinsed
1/4 C pine nuts
2 cloves garlic
3 T nutritional yeast
2 t sea salt (or to taste)

  • Combine cashews, pine nuts, and garlic in the food processor, and process fine.
  • Add remaining ingredients and combine thoroughly.
  • Spread mixture on Teflex-covered dehydrator trays.  Dehydrate until dry and crumbly (@ 12 hours) at 110 degrees.


Refrigerate in a tightly sealed glass jar.