Now it’s the height of summer, the contents of the CSA boxes seem to be getting better and better. Week 9 included-
Sweet corn, tomatillos, red slicer tomatoes, mixed heirloom tomatoes, sungold cherry tomatoes, parsley, hot peppers, basil, bok choy, and cucumbers.
If you checked out this week’s Meatless Monday feature you saw how I used the corn. Sometimes an overabudance of one thing can spark some creativity which is always a good thing. (Next Monday’s feature also utilizes two items from the CSA box).
The herbs I’ve been having a tough time keeping fresh until I need to use it. So none of it goes to waste I’ve been placing half of it in a cup of water and sitting on the countertop and using as needed. One thing I have discovered is it produces roots within a week or so. I haven’t tried this yet but I’m thinking about planting it either in the garden or a pot of soil to see if it takes root in either location.
The other half of the herbs I’ve been drying and now have a good supply for the fall and hopefully winter too.
One thing I really love about receiving these CSA boxes is I’m trying things new to be produce. These are items I’m not sure we’d eat so I don’t risk buying them. Last week one of those discoveries was the tomatillos. I’ve seen them in the produce department near the tomatoes but have never considered them as something I’d use in a meal. The weekly flyer we receive had a salsa recipe using them. I haven’t tried it yet but plan to in the next couple of days.
The hot peppers I’ll also be using for the salsa. I’m also thinking of drying some for chili that I’ll be making in the dead of winter.
The bok choy I stir fried with other vegetables, topped it with more soy sauce and some chopped peanuts and sesame seeds.
The cucumbers…for some reason I’m collecting lots of these so I’m going to make a cucumber dressing and also a soup.
Every week I learn something new not only about food and cooking but saving money too. I think low budget cooking is all about being flexiable…buying and cooking what’s on sale or in good supply. Getting a little creative so things don’t get boring. And maybe once in a while going outside your comfort zone and trying things that are currently on sale but not necessarily something you buy every week. I know I’ll be doing more of that from now on.