Dutch Beets in Our CSA Box – What are Those?

Dutch beets with greens2My wife posted a picture last week with the caption: ‘Living with Peter means you walk into your kitchen and think what is that and how the hell do you eat it? Dutch beets apparently. Not some weird radish/carrot/potato hybrid thing like I thought.’ Ha! Working with new vegetables like Dutch beets is just one of the many reasons I really like our decision to get a custom CSA this year from Montalbano Farms in order to supplement our backyard plantings. I’d never seen this variety before so I eagerly added them to our weekly box! (more…)

Elevated Elote: Sweet Summer Corn Salad

elotes summer corn saladFor me, August means sweet corn. Back home where I grew up, in the Mid-Hudson Valley of New York, this is the part of summer when sweet corn is coming into peak harvest and ‘fresh corn’ stands sprout up on rural roads like…well…corn stalks. I love to eat corn on the cob but variety is the spice of life so this week I’m taking elote, the grilled Mexican corn treat, and turning it into an even more savory summer corn salad. (more…)

Caponatina – Another Summer Garden Dish

Caponatina

After I took this photo I ate the entire bowl.

I can always tell if a recipe in the Wall Street Journal weekend edition is decent to look at and maybe try because Cheryl will usually make a yea or nay comment like, “hey look at this” or “there’s nothing good this week.” A couple of weeks ago there was a featured a recipe on caponata, Cheryl saw it, and a not-so-subtle request for the Sicilian antipasta dish was made. (more…)

Zucchini Tomato Basil Tart

Zucchini Tomato Basil TartMy tomatoes are ripening, my basil plant is a bush, and zucchini are abundant. I think this zucchini tomato basil tart really captures the vegetables we’re starting to see come to markets now. It’s also a perfect summertime dish as a light accompaniment to any grilled meal or part of a lunchtime salad. (more…)

Minty Peach Cobbler

Peach cobbler2Summer means peaches and peaches mean sweet summer desserts. Pies, ice cream, raw, there’s only a short time you can get your fill, so you need to take advantage. I tend to lean towards a good peach pie in the summer, but there just weren’t enough for a pie in the basket from our local Saturday farmer’s market so I opted to make something which didn’t require a pie sized amount of them: peach cobbler. (more…)

Horseradish Greens Pistou – More CSA Fun

Horseradish Greens pistou

Horseradish Greens Pistou

I was talking to my mom about the horseradish greens (after last week’s post) when a really good idea popped into my head: use them in a pistou-like sauce. Prime rib and horseradish sauce are a classic pairing so I thought horseradish greens, which taste like horseradish, would go well with a nicely grilled steak in the form of an herb sauce. Over the weekend I had a great opportunity to turn the idea into a horseradish greens pistou and see how it turned out. (more…)

Grilled Kohlrabi Fava Beans and Horseradish Greens ‘En Papier d’Aluminium’

Grilled Kohlrabi with fava beans and horseradish greensA few posts back I wrote about how we’ve been receiving a CSA box each week from Montalbano Farms and warned you I’d be getting creative with it. In that post there was a photo of some weekly goodies which held a couple of items I’d never used before: kohlrabi and horseradish greens (even prompted a call from my mom asking how I use the horseradish greens). First, I needed to know what the heck kohlrabi was and how to use it and the horseradish greens. Yup, sometimes I just order things blindly. (more…)