Thursday, August 28, 2014

Green Tomatoes?!

Gardeners don't waste any of their crop if they can help it. Is it any wonder that Southerners learned how to fry up green tomatoes into delicious-ness? Why waste something that tastes great? By this point in the summer, we've gorged on the red and yellow ones, and now that cooler weather is (perhaps) on the horizon, we're willing to sacrifice some green ones before they ripen.

So, you have some green tomatoes from your garden or a CSA box (like mine from the Colvins!) or even from a local produce stand because you were curious. What can you do with them besides fry them? Glad you asked!

Try one of these recipes--two are for condiments and two are for baked goods. All freeze just fine (bonus!).

Green Tomato Ketchup (tastes almost like BBQ sauce)

Green Tomato Relish (tastes similar to salsa)

Green Tomato Bread (kind of like zucchini bread)

Green Tomato Cake (like an apple spice cake)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Everyday Okra

Now, we Southerners love us some okra. But my Yankee husband can't stand it. I'll eat it pickled, fried, in gumbo, in stir fries...but my favorite is this simple sautéed version. My boys like it this way, too, and when we're busy--this is the way I make it. We've been getting the perfect amount from the Colvins the past few weeks: just enough for me to indulge and to throw a pod or two to the boys.

Everyday Okra

olive oil

Heat a skillet with a "pour" of olive oil in it over medium to medium high heat. In the meantime, slice the stems off the okra--if you slice right through that little black line that divides the pod from the stem, you can avoid some of the sliminess that folks find offensive. The seeds will remain covered and the pod will hold together better.

Throw in your okra and a touch of salt. Saute until pods are soft and some sides are dark brown/blackened.

This will take 10 minutes or so. Serve immediately!

CSA Pick-up (8/27/14)

Our last CSA pick-up from the Colvins for the month of August. Wow. Time is flying by. So quickly, in fact, that I woke up this morning realizing that I didn't even post a recipe this past week! Eek!

Not to worry, I have several waiting in the wings, and we got the same vegetables this week--so you can still use them!

Here's what we got today:

  • 2 butternut squash
  • 1 bag small russet potatoes
  • 1 bag white onions (hidden under the okra)
  • 1 bag okra
  • 2 summer squash
  • 1 big green sweet pepper + several smaller hot peppers
  • 1 box green tomatoes
  • 1 bag arugula (yippee!!)

I've got recipes for okra, the baby russets, and green tomatoes coming, so stay tuned!