Summer has officially arrived! ... ... ... OK, maybe there are like, 4 more days until it actually "officially" arrives, but we're close enough ... Anyway ... Yoni and I got half a farm share, but we are bestowed with great bounty a few times a month from our friendly neighborhood CSA. They are super nice and accommodating, but this week I got grumbly and wrote a letter that wasn't mean, but it wasn't as positive as I would have liked it to be. Fewer greens, I complained. More fruit! I insisted. Better cheese! I demanded. I fear I am always going to whine to them if this is their reaction. Farm share from heaven. It's like a produce rainbow. SO ... in gratitude and as penance, Imma start a little feature on the blog about how to use up all of the beautiful food that comes via your farm share or CSA.
Tonight ... Yoni and I ate most of the cherries. They were delicious and sweet (more than tart) and needed no embellishment. Berries are like that. Little jewels on the stem and in your mouth. But eat them fast or they'll ... errr ... change color?
BRAISED SAVOY CABBAGE GRATIN -- BUTTER or OLIVE OIL, SAVOY CABBAGE, VEGETABLE BROTH, SOFT CHEESE LIKE BRIE OR ST. MARCELLIN I had grand plans for a slaw -- I love slaw -- but Yoni really wanted to braise last night. Why in crazy heat, I don't know but it was actually delicious. He used this recipe from All About Braising by Molly Stevens. Yoni swears by her recipes and rightfully so. Every time he makes one, they are amazing.
MEDITERRANEAN MELON SALAD -- TOMATO, CRENSHAW MELON, CUCUMBER, FETA, KALMATA OLIVES, I sliced up one of the tomatoes, one of the cucumbers and a mellon I had left over. I tossed them with some feta cheese and kalmata olives. Somehow the similar textures of the mellon, tomato and cucumber allowed the flavors to really sing. I love to sing.
If there are veggies you're having a hard time figuring out (beet greens, radish greens, any greens) tell us and we'll try to figure something out for you. If you have any amazing ways to use your beautiful summer produce, let us know so we can pass it on!