Using What We’ve Got

The summer bounty is upon us, people.  Our CSA box has been a bit overwhelming lately, so we’ve been getting sort of…creative…with our cooking in an effort to use all of what we receive every week.  We pick up our box from the farmer’s market every Tuesday, so we pretty much eat normal food all the way through till Friday, but all meals from Saturday through Monday have basically become a series of vegetarian freak shows.  We bring it upon ourselves, though–our next door neighbors asked if we wanted their tomatoes (they don’t like them) and we agreed, then our neighbors down the street asked if we wanted a bag of squash (they have too many) and we said, “sure, why not!”, then on Saturday, we had nothing to do, so we proceeded to go to the big weekend farmers market and BUY MORE PRODUCE.  Seriously, my body is going to turn into one giant multivitamin if this continues. 

Anyway, here’s what we’ve been doing with it:
Peach Tart

A peach tart.  This is definitely a fall back item for when we have a surplus of fruit (apples, pears, stone fruit, etc).  We just use a sheet of puff pastry, slice up and arrangethe fruit on top, cover in pats of butter and sugar, bake and then give it a brush with some melty jam (I think David used apricot jam on this one).  It is impressive and shiny and tastes super good.  Be sure to put down some parchment paper or a silpat or something on your cookie sheet, though because this juices everywhere and will stick like crazy.

David also baked a buckwheat pound cake, which used no produce, but was delicious nonetheless.  He’s been in a bake-y mood lately, apparently.


This definitly doesn’t look as good as it tasted.  We used this recipe to layer potatoes, yellow squash and a mixture of cheese and scallions, then baked it for an hour or so.  I could have eaten the whole thing by myself, but abstained because we had guests.

Pickles!  Two weeks ago, I went to Raven’s house to watch So You Think You Can Dance without David, since he and Donnie had both been banned from watching with us due to lack of respect for The Fine Arts.  When I got home, David was down the street at our neighbor’s house surrounded by jars and jars of pickles.  And they came out pretty good!  Very exciting stuff. 

Last night, we made tomato soup from a recipe in the Splendid Table cookbook How to Eat Supper.  It was awesome–pictures tomorrow. 

So tonight will be the most desparate and incongruous meal of the week, but tomorrow, we will be flush with veggies once again…
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1 Response to “Using What We’ve Got”

  1. 1 Rosann August 3, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    So you and David are really Mr. and Mrs. Butter too!
    I should Dad that you are using the blue cake stand that he bought for you!

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