Sisters Hill Farm 2018 CSA: Week 8

Sisters Hill Farm 2018 CSA: Week 8

Today was the first pickup we've had in the thunderstorm. Thank goodness for a storage shed nearby that we could use as a pickup location! Here's what we received this week: Fennel - The licorice taste of fennel is great in a salad. I like to thinly shave it and toss with some lettuce, parsley, bell pepper, radishes, lemon juice, and olive oil. You can also braise it with stock and white wine, but I prefer it fresh. Cabbage - Homemade sauerkraut. Basil and tomatoes - Caprese sounds pretty good…

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Sisters Hill Farm 2018 CSA: Week 7

Sisters Hill Farm 2018 CSA: Week 7

This week is a quintessential summer vegetable share. Eggplant and yellow squash are finally here and tomatoes are a bit early this year! What we received in this week's share: Lettuce, carrots, cucumber, scallions, tomato - Lunch salads! Cabbage - I'll combine this with last week's cabbage and start some homemade sauerkraut. Squash, Japanese eggplant, basil, and garlic scapes - I added this to a pasta dish tonight with chicken sausage and the spinach from last week. I let the flavors shine with olive oil and fresh grated pecorino instead…

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Sisters Hill Farm 2018 CSA: Week 4

Sisters Hill Farm 2018 CSA: Week 4

What we received in our share this week: Spinach, lettuce, scallions, and cucumber - Lunch salads! You'll probably read that all summer long. Bibb lettuce - We didn't chop this for salads. We're keeping it whole and using the leaves for taco wrappers. Basil - I used this tonight in round two of the Vietnamese pork and cold rice noodles dish. I made enough for two meals and needed another set of fresh herbs to chop up and throw in there. Bok Choi - I'm going to stir fry it…

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Pesto Revisited

Pesto Revisited

I posted last year about making pesto in the food processor. I'm writing now to say that I've changed my ways. I use a large mortar and pestle instead and make it by hand. I really enjoy slowing down for a few minutes and methodically grinding the ingredients together while I take in their fragrance. I feel like I appreciate the final product more. My preference for ritual aside, pesto made by hand covers pasta much better and has a better blending of flavors. See Dan Gritzer's post on Serious…

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Simple Pesto

Simple Pesto

September 30, 2016 Note: I've revisited my pesto-making style. I no longer make it this way. Check out how I make it now. There are so many variations of pesto these days that it is almost a catch-all title for green sauces. I'm not against that, but it is hard to know what to expect when someone says pesto. I prefer the simplicity of the classic version, both in taste and ease of preparation. Classic pesto is made with fresh basil, garlic, pinenuts, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil all ground…

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