Seasonal Eats Recipe

Seasonal Eats Recipe Round-Up: 7/03/12

This week I learned many things about people.

First, the popularity — and downright obsession — of kale chips. I cannot count the number of folks at our CSA, farmers markets and stands that rave about their adoration of kale chips. They gather as many bunches as their arms can hold, and proceed to swear it’s the only way they’ll eat kale. Don’t get me wrong, kale chips are delicious, and they have their time and place (like when your kale is wilted and yellow at the edges); however, roasting a lovely green — or any vegetable for that matter — to death just isn’t how I roll. (I blame too much reading about the benefits of eating organic produce raw.) Myself aside though, it is pretty awesome to see a demand for a green. So whether you enjoy kale in smoothies, as chips or tossed in salads raw, keep the demand’a’comin!

Second, not everyone loves eggplant. How is that possible? Never before had I met anyone who had a strong feeling, good or bad, about these bulbous purple fellas. Yet, just a few days ago, I learned that here on the farm I work with several folks that really dislike the dark purple, Italian eggplant. Then, during CSA pick-up, I learned that several of our CSA members share this distaste. Interestingly, the same folks on the farm that dislike the Italian eggplants do enjoy the long, thin Japanese eggplants. Apparently they’re less bitter? I have a hard time tasting the difference between the many different varieties of eggplant, but because my taste buds dig eggplant to begin with, so I’m not exactly objective.

Seasonal Eats Recipe

As you can guess, both kale and eggplant were in the CSA shares this week. Here’s the rundown of what our CSA was able to select:

  • Basil or Cilantro
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi or Radicchio
  • Tomatillos or Eggplant
  • Onions or Shallots
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • Summer Squash/Cucumbers
With these items, I suggested making the following recipes:
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Pickles:

  • Casey’s Overnight Cucumber Pickles
  • Quick Pickled Zucchini (not canned)
  • Zucchini Pickles (also refrigerator pickles)
  • Summer Squash Pickles
  • South Indian Pickled Eggplant

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Eggplant:

  • Crispy Eggplant “Bacon”
  • Chicken & Eggplant Parmesan Panini (uses basil & tomatoes)
  • Smoky Baba Ghanouj (fast)
  • Roasted Garlic, Eggplant, Summer Squash Tomatoes Creamy Soup
  • Japanese-Style Grilled Eggplant
  • Eggplant & Lentil Stew (uses onion, garlic; could substitute mint leaves for basil)
  • Cornmeal Crusted Eggplant Fries
  • Sesame Garlic Eggplant (can omit the xanthan gum, or use corn starch, arrowroot or agar agar flakes as a substitute)
  • Spicy Grilled Eggplant Risoni Bake (substitute celery & carrot for any vegetables on hand; for passata, you may use tomato paste or tomato puree; no oregano? Use basil instead!)
  • Eggplant w/ Chili, Sambal Terong
  • Grilled Eggplant Risotto (uses onion, shallot, garlic; can substitute basil for parsley)
  • Ricotta & Eggplant Tart w/ Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Radicchio

  • Linguine with Grilled Radicchio & Bacon (use tempeh bacon)
  • Radicchio Risotto
    • A classic recipe
    • One w/ Walnuts and Gorgonzola (uses garlic & shallots; can substitute basil for parsley)
  • Nostrana’s Radicchio Caesar Salad (veg Caesars are possible, just ask Heidi or Angela)
  • Grilled Radicchio

Tomatillos:

  • Mexican Tomatillo Quinoa (use shallots in place of onions, yum!)
  • Chicken Tomatillo & Chile Soup (can substitute summer squash for corn)
  • Roasted Tomatillo Salsa (uses garlic, cilantro & onion)

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Summer Squash Recipes: 

  • Pesto Zucchini “Spaghetti” (uses basil, as well as summer squash for noodles; substitute broccoli for whatever vegetables you have)
  • Balsamic Grilled Summer Vegetables Mozzarella & Basil Quinoa Salad (use eggplant, summer squash, tomatoesand onion!)
  • Pasta with Tomato, Eggplant & Zucchini
  • Squash Fries
  • Grilled Vegetable Pizza (substitute eggplant for bell peppers)
  • Zucchini-Crusted Pizza
  • Adult Mac n’ Cheese
  • Zucchini Tart
  • Zucchini Pancakes