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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Marisa's CSA Week #2

This week was the same produce as last week, with the exception of a mystery bag. If you remember my friend Tressa and I are splitting the share, and neither of us knew what the mystery 'green leafy thing' was. Last week we got a handy dandy note telling us what was included, but this week, nothing. The mystery 'green' will just be thrown in wherever you would throw in green leafies, I guess.

Tressa used the recipe below last week to use up her Tatsoi, she said her kids just kept eating it and eating it, so apparently it is kid approved, and since it is fresh, green and healthy, it is mother approved as well. I will have to try it out on my kids because Tressa's kids are exceptional when it comes to eating healthy. Get this! Instead of an Easter Egg Hunt each Easter, her kids go on a canned fruit hunt, and they love it. My kids will put this recipe to the test and I will let you know how it is recived.

Browned Butter Pasta with Tatsoi
Serves 2

Your pasta of choice, preferably curved or with ridges
1/2 stick unsalted butter
Salt and pepper
Leaves of 2 to 3 bunches of tatsoi, rinsed
1/2 cup chopped sage
Freshly grated parmesan
Lemon wedges, optional

Cook pasta to al dente in salted water.

When pasta almost done done, melt butter in a skillet. Swirl the butter in the pan as it foams. (At this point, remove pasta from the heat and drain well in a colander.) When butter begins to brown, toss in pasta and mix to coat with butter. Salt and pepper to taste. Add tatsoi and sage and cook until slightly wilted, about 1 to 2 minutes. Plate and serve immediately with grated parmesan and lemon wedges on the side.


Holly Reed | Reed Photographic said...

Hey which CSA are you doing? I want to buy a half share next year and I've been looking into a few...just debating whether to do a CSA or really ramp up the gardening ... hmm.

Dale said...

We don't have a CSA close enough to us for us to join. But I sure wish I did. CSAs are so interesting and you can learn a lot, not to mention the great produce. Even if you ramp up the gardening, it is worth it to join the CSA.

marisa said...

I'm doing the East Farms CSA, their info is on localharvest.org. I really like it so far. My first weeks pick-up was mislabeled a half share instead of a full share, I called them to let them know and their customer service was amazing! They were willing to bend over backwards for me, in the end I figured out that it was just mislabeled and there was no mistake, but I was impressed with how they were so willing to fix the problem.

The other thing I really like about a CSA is that it is forcing me to try things I would never buy in the store like Tatsoi and Arugula, and find healthy recipes to use them in. Who knows, maybe I will include some of these items in my diet all year round.

m. & m. said...

Marisa - I love arugula. It's got a peppery flavor and Martha Stewart's got a recipe where you mix it with pasta and spicy turkey sausage that is to die for...

Chris K. said...

Greetings fellow Cane Creek CSA members! This is our second season (we joined late last summer) and we LOVE it! Glenda is a terrific person. Thanks for posting the pasta recipe, we'll definitely try it out.

You can put up tatsoi by simply blanching it, packing into portion-sized plastic bags and freezing. That way it's ready to add to stir fry, pasta, soups, whatever.

By the way, Cane Creek & Asparagus Company has a bunch of shares available, so if you're in the Asheville area and want to join a CSA, check out their website:

Anonymous said...

If you live in Massachussets, I will recommend you this CSA farm, I joined this summer and love it, a great selection, organic and local, what else can I ask for.