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Fried chicken with milk gravy PDF E-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Friday, 22 July 2011 18:16

 

Having a CSA reminds me of the New England WW2 phrase, "Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.” In this case sometimes we will have too much of one thing, not enough of something else, no space to store it in, and - in some cases - we need to use the ingredient immediately. Plan thriftily, think scarcity, think abundance, and think immediacy.

We had a huge package of bone-in chicken breasts that had gone on sale, a bag of baby potatoes we needed to use before they sprouted, we had a carton of milk with a limited shelf life, and we had a bunch of swiss chard and kale that could start wilting soon.

Hello, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, milk gravy and sauteed greens.

 

 
Grilled summer squash salad PDF E-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Thursday, 21 July 2011 18:38

 

When we received a summer squash in our recent Maplewood Organics CSA basket, the first thing I thought of was pasta salad. I don't know why, I've never had summer squash in a pasta salad and I wasn't completely sure that it would work.

 

It works.

 

I grilled the squash until it was done, but not completely soft. It still had body and played really well with the orzo, cucumber, olives, cheese and spices. About the cheese; over the last couple of years I have started using sliced parmesan in pasta salads. Parmesan stays firm especially if the pasta salad is going to be at an outdoor party. Soft cheese can get a little...runny. It's not an appealing sight when you're at the end of the food line. And this salad begs to be brought to a party. It's pretty and just enough of a departure from the standard pasta salad that it will shine.

 

Someone will offer you a beer for the recipe. Trust me.

 

 

 
Kneaded kale salad PDF E-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Tuesday, 19 July 2011 21:29

We are in for a "dangerous" heatwave for the rest of the week. So, I decided to make this salad with the kale that we received from our Maplewood CSA on Thursday. The lemon tenderizes the kale until it's soft, but still has body.

I have a feeling that this salad is going to be our dinner for the next few days. But I don't mind, it's lemony and tart and should keep us going until the temperature drops back down to 88 on Saturday.

 

 

 
Now things are really getting interesting - third CSA of the season PDF E-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Friday, 15 July 2011 11:27

Oh, it's on. Yesterday we picked up our 3rd Maplewood Organics CSA of the season, and although we're not officially overwhelmed for space, we are going to be eating a lot of vegetables over the weekend. We received: green leaf lettuce, white radishes, new potatoes, red radishes, raspberries, swiss chard, a yellow squash and kale.

 
Carciofi Alla Giudia (Jewish-Style Fried Artichokes) PDF E-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 19:58

 


In 1555, Pope Paul IV decreed that all Roman Jews must live in a ghetto in Rome. His reasoning was as follows: "As it is completely absurd and improper in the utmost that the Jews, who through their own fault were condemned by God to eternal servitude..."


Not only did he condemn Jews to live in a ghetto, he also (in a bit of brutal foreshadowing) forced men to wear yellow hats and women to wear yellow shawls. Jewish men were also not to be called “Signor,” there was only one synagogue allowed in the ghetto, and residents could only earn a living by selling second hand clothes. There were only two gates in the ghetto, there was a curfew, and the gates were locked at night.


Food and water was scarce in the Jewish Ghetto, and frying in olive oil became a frequent method of food preparation.


And this dish, Carciofi Alla Giudia (Jewish-Style Fried Artichokes) was a mainstay for the people locked behind gates in the ghetto, because artichokes were plentiful.

 

 
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