Sweet Potato Ravioli

sweet potato ravioli
sweet potato ravioli
Fun to eat ravioli!

For the last several weeks, our CSA share has included six sweet potatoes. Now, we love sweet potatoes, and they keep well but not indefinitely, so we’ve been trying to think of a dish that would could use up a bunch all in one whack. In fact, we thought that no matter what we made, we’d just roast up all the sweet potatoes that we have on hand (about a dozen), knowing that we’d have no problem eating sweet potatoes that are already cooked — can you say sweet potato quesidillas?

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Insalata Caprese

insalata caprese
insalata caprese
With a bit of bread on the side it’s a light meal.

As promised on Wednesday, here is our version of Insalata Caprese (literally, salad of Capri). It’s quite simple, requiring only a few ingredients that come together in just a few minutes. But don’t let that fool you; with the mozzarella in the salad, this can easily make for a light meal, especially with a bit of bread to go along. If you want, you can even put it all together right on the bread, making for a delicious sandwich.

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Eggplant Caviar

eggplant caviar
eggplant caviar
Crostini with eggplant caviar.

As you’ve seen in our weekly CSA produce posts, we’ve been getting eggplant quite regularly. Most times, we make up a big batch of ratatouille which uses a lot of eggplant all at once. It also happens to use up some of that summer squash, thereby doing double duty. And, it’s delicious making it one of our favorite ways to eat both vegetables.

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Cheddar Snails

Cheddar snails
Cheddar snails
Cheddar snails are crazy good!

No, not cheesy gastropods. That would be more like the smog monster from Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster. That’s a cheesy gastropod.

For Cheddar Snails, think of something like cinnamon rolls, only made with cheese instead of the cinnamon and sugar. And, yes, you can have them for breakfast or lunch or dinner or even snacks. You can have these snails pretty much anytime you want. Sound good? Let’s scratch some up!

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What Beautiful Tomatoes!

indigo rose tomatoes
Indigo Rose tomatoes are beautiful, aren’t they?

Oh my! Aren’t these tomatoes beautiful? We were just amazed when we picked up this week’s produce and came to the flat filled with these little beauties. Apparently a fairly new variety of tomato, the Indigo Rose tomato is small, between 1-2 inches, slightly tart, and, as you can see, looks unlike the tomatoes you find in the store.

We knew immediately we had to do something special with these tomatoes, something that shows off their color and flavor, so we used a few for one of our favorite salads: Insalata Caprese. It’s one of the best summer salads; basically just tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella, with perhaps a touch of oil and balsamic vinegar. What could be better for highlighting these little jewels? If you’ve never made Insalata Caprase, check back on Saturday when we’ll show you how we make it.

weekly CSA produce share
We also received the first corn of the season. We’re thinking creamed corn will make a perfect lunch.

So, our weekly share consisted of:

  • Indigo Rose tomatoes (1 basket)
  • Mixed tomatoes (1 basket)
  • Baby Red Cimarron onions (1 basket)
  • Melon (1)
  • Corn (3 ears)
  • Sweet potatoes (6)
  • Eggplant (3)
  • Summer squash (4)

Margherita Pizza

slice of margherita pizza
slice of margherita pizza
Yay! It’s pizza night!

Ah, pizza; who doesn’t love pizza? We know we do and could happily eat it once (or twice) a week. Our particular standard for pizza is the humble Margherita pizza. It seems humble because of the limited number of toppings: fresh tomato, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, and (not always for us) extra virgin olive oil. Simple, right? If you’ve never had one, you might even think it’s a boring pizza, because it isn’t loaded down with a huge list of toppings.

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The Joys of Summer

weekly CSA share
The joys of summer include fresh, ripe, and flavorful tomatoes.

Yes, this is a late posting. And, yes, we haven’t posted for a while — we had family to attend to. Normally, we try to get postings together so we can keep you busy while we’re away, but this time we just couldn’t get them together in time.

So, for this week, well, last week, really, we picked up:

  • Sun Jewel melon (1)
  • I’itoi onions (1 bunch)
  • Sweet potatoes (6)
  • Eggplant (8)
  • Summer squash (5)
  • Tomatoes (1 basket)
  • Tomatoes (1 basket)
  • Glendale Gold Little Sweetie onions (1 basket, traded for a basket of tomatoes)

No, we didn’t make a mistake on the tomatoes; this week, the farm sent down a double share of tomatoes. Combined with the traded onions, we had three baskets full of tomatoes, because you can never have too many tomatoes.