Friday, December 19, 2014

What's in the box, 12/17/14 edition

This week's box:
Brussels sprouts, leeks, carrots, hakurei turnips, parsnips, red cabbage, watermelon radishes, radicchio, kale, and butternut squash.

There are no boxes for the next two weeks due to the holidays, which will hopefully allow me to catch up on the backlog of veggies that's growing in the fridge.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Pasta bar: beet gnocchi, still more kale pesto

A couple of photos of recent pasta dishes, both of which have neon-like colors.

First up are beet gnocchi, made by the husband from a recipe in the cookbook Balaboosta. I found the recipe online at Runner's World. I completely agree with the writer of the Runner's World article -- use far less salt than listed in the recipe or they will be very salty.

Next up is an old standby, kale pesto (for which I've posted a version with pistachios and lemon zest and a version with walnuts). This time, I made it more like a traditional pesto, using romano cheese and toasted almonds. (I've been using almonds in place of pine nuts lately.)
I had some cherry tomatoes on the counter, so I sliced them and mixed them into the pasta and pesto.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

What's in the box, 12/10/14 edition

This week's box contains kohlrabi that's larger than a cabbage. It's right there in the center of the photo:
Also in the box: butternut squash, purple top turnips (ah, yes, the familiar feeling of having those arrive more quickly than I can eat them), leeks, daikon radish, celeriac (here's a story from NPR about celeriac, if you don't know much about it, as well as some recipes from Epicurious), beets, kale, and escarole.

I think it's time to start making lots of soup. The weather is certainly right for it.

Links: carb coma

Many of the recipes I'm looking at these days include potatoes and pasta. As the days are getting shorter, colder, and much more gray, a girl's thoughts apparently turn to carb comas....

Food 52's sweet potato and parsnip latkes

Smitten Kitchen's twice baked potatoes with kale

Joy the Baker's mashed potato, cheddar and chive waffles. How have I never heard of doing this before? Brilliant.

Food52's orecchiette with roasted butternut squash and kale

I have the ingredients for all of these recipes from recent boxes. Now I just need to find some time (and motivation, here in the dark days approaching the winter solstice) to try them.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

What's in the box, 12/3/14 edition

While students often complain about the large amount of work at the end of the semester, they don't realize that the same thing happens to faculty. Sure, I don't have five classes worth of work to do, but I do have work to grade from classes full of students. Anyway, it's been a busy week, and I never put up the photo of last week's box. I haven't picked up today's box yet, so I've not yet been lapped, but it's pretty close.
In the box last week: carrots, kale, potatoes, cabbage, butternut squash, hakurei turnips, leeks, Brussels sprouts, a huge watermelon radish, and four small heads of lettuce.