CSA bounty: Help a newbie out
Hey, folks. It's SarahKK, your friendly area food editor, commandeering the blog for a bit. We've been talking on and off about starting a recipe blog, but it hasn't yet come to pass. So for now, we are doing occasional guest posts here with recipes. So, hi!
I'm a newbie to the whole CSA (that's Community-Supported Agriculture) situation and looking for some suggestions. My house is signed up for one with an early-bird program (in which it trades with some farms up and down the East Coast for some out-of-area items and includes some from cold storage), and we picked up our first share last night.
My husband and son came home with: 1 head of garlic, 3 pounds of potatoes, 1 pound of spinach, 2 pounds of the biggest carrots I've ever seen (each carrot is a pound), 4 pounds of apples, 3 red grapefruit, 3 oranges, 1 butternut squash, 1 dozen eggs, 1 loaf of challah, and a bag of mushrooms.
I'm solo parenting this weekend (without my husband, who does most of the cooking), so it's up to me to figure out how to use this stuff.
I poked around for some recipes yesterday. Here are some of my ideas:
- -- Cheesy Butternut Squash and Quinoa Casserole (bonus: contains quinoa and apple sausage, both of which we have on hand)
- -- Whole Wheat Apple Muffins
- -- Spinach Soup with Rosemary Croutons
- -- Curried Carrot Soup
- -- My husband's family recipe for marinated mushrooms
(Yes, I ended up finding a lot of inspiration in this photo gallery of recipes from Eating Well.) But I am definitely open to suggestions. If you have recipes or preservation ideas, I am all ears. I'll report back next week on what I made, what worked, and what didn't.
For the record, we're signed up with Breezy Willow Farm in Howard. This Howard County Times story has details on a bunch of other CSAs in Howard, and we're compiling more information on area farms and programs now, as well. We'll get that posted soon.
(Photo by me)