Thursday, July 1, 2010

csa day: time to get creative with squash

Finger Pickin' Farms CSA for the week of June 29, 2010.

Left to right, top to bottom.

1) Zucchini, golden zucchini, zephyr bicolor squash, purple carrots
2) Zinnias, sweet basil, green cucumbers, white cucumbers, pattypan squash
3) Beets, candy apple red onions

We got a lot of good food this week, but I'm most excited about these sweet onions. The color is such a brilliant ruby and they taste amazingly sweet. I'm trying to come up with ideas to use up some of the squash and zucchini we've amassed, and I can't decide what to do with all of those cucumbers. Maybe a salad or perhaps some pickles.

Weekly Menu:

*Veggie Burgers and oven fries

*Cold soba with dipping sauce

*Egg Fu Yung with Cabbage, Carrots, and Candy Apple Onions, Rice

*Pizza with Tomato, Basil, Garlic, Feta and Parmesan

*Beet Gnocchi (wish me luck!) from Apples for Jam, a cookbook that is on my Christmas wishlist already even though it's only July. I start my wishlists early.

*Pasta and Squash Casserole. I'm making this one up as I go. I'm picturing a layer of cooked pasta, topped with sauteed squash and zucchini, garlic, and tomatoes, bechamel or marinara sauce, a sprinkling of parmesan and bread crumbs. Baked until golden and bubbly.

Maybe the best pizza I've ever made

Blackberry Buttermilk Cake from Apples for Jam

I also made a breakfast cake this past weekend because I hosted a little breakfast party for my uncle who was in from out of town. I just love having breakfast parties these days! The food is easy--I usually do fresh fruit, eggs, a baked good, and maybe some bacon if K wants to cook it. Pour everyone a cup of coffee, put on some records, and start the day off right. 

I'm having a friend over for tea tomorrow before we go thrifting, so I get to bake a little something for that, too. I've been reading Anne of Green Gables for the first time and it makes me want to bake lots of cakes, have teas, and go play in the woods. Thanks to Amy for recommending it!

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What's on your plate this week? And what's on your mind?


  1. How beautiful and yummy looking!~You've inspired me to make a pizza. I don't usually make them in summer, but really NEEEED one! :)

  2. All of that looks and sounds so good!!! I'm thoroughly intrigued by the beet gnocchi. You'll have to report back on that one (and the casserole!) I've recently made a delicious cucumber berry mint salad that was incredibly delicious! It's up on my blog right now! And as far as my mind goes, I can't stop thinking about berries! I keep purchasing them at the farmer's market and picking them fresh from my grandma's, but I need to go out to a farm soon and pick, pick pick!

  3. tell us how the Beet Gnocchi turned out! It sounds so interesting.
    And no matter how old I get I will never stop making a wish list. and um, July is not too early. I say start Jan. 1st, haha

  4. You make it all look so good. That pizza is making me drool.


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