We’re getting better at using the green chilies we get in our CSA share each summer. At first, we’d almost always try to trade them for something else, taking them home only when the trading baskets had nothing of interest. At home, we’d sometimes cobble together something or another that would use the chilies, but often they’d end up in the freezer, with us hoping that we’d have some green chili revelation.
Mini Bialys, or, as we like to call them, Babialys, are a traditional Polish or Jewish bread product normally made with onions and poppy seeds. Well, maybe the mini part isn’t traditional, but making them smaller means you can eat more, so let’s do it. Now, you might never have had, or perhaps even heard of Bialys before, but don’t let that scare you. They’re similar to a bagel, but without a hole — just a depression filed with caramelized onions. And, they’re tasty! So, let’s scratch up a bunch of Babialys!
It seems as if every season has its standout growers: certain vegetables that just seem to go overboard, resulting in what seems to be an overabundance of something. This summer, the stars seemed to align on producing watermelon; this is at least our third huge one of the season. And, it’s possible that we might get more. We just have to wait and see.
If you’ve grown vegetables, you’ve probably seen it, too. For one reason or another, you get a bumper crop of one or two items, then, the next year, piff: nothing. It’s one of the vagaries of growing and it happens at farms, too. With the CSA, we’ve learned to take that all in stride, and do what we can to eat everything our farmer produces.
This week’s bounty:
- Watermelon (1)
- Golden Delicious apples (4)
- Gold onions (4)
- Anaheim peppers (3)
- Basil (1 bag)
- Swiss chard (1 bag)
- Sweet corn (2 ears)
We put our CSA share pickup on hold when we’re away on trips, which means that, when we get back, we sometimes have to go almost a week without fresh vegetables. We know we could pick up some at the store, but we generally don’t, as we find it somewhat unexciting and often it’s not super fresh (we do buy fruit, mainly because we don’t get a lot of fruit through the CSA). That means we have to be more creative when it comes to meals, making dishes from staples around the house.
Many Sundays we choose a simple, easy lunch. Often, rice and beans. It’s filling, nutritious, and one of our favorites. But, we also like to have a bit of some sort of bread product along side. Often, it’s our homemade bread, but, since we were on vacation, we didn’t bake this past week. So, what to do? And fast. Ideally, we want something that will be done from start to finish in the time it takes to cook brown rice (45 minutes, or so).
Who doesn’t like pretzels and beer? What about pretzels made with beer? We thought that would get your attention. Think about it: you can bring these pretzels on a road trip and enjoy the great taste of an India Pale Ale and pretzels, yet not worry one bit, because all the alcohol bakes out when you make them, so they’re perfectly fine to snack on anytime or anywhere. Naturally, if you’re at home, we suggest that you dip them in a bit of India Pale Ale Mustard, naturally.
It’s been weeks, perhaps months, since we made up some risotto here at Scratchin’ It central; all the employees were excited by the prospect of having Creamy Corn and Morel Risotto as part of dinner. Now, if you don’t have morel mushrooms, don’t fret, because this will be good with any mushrooms (or even without), so feel free to continue reading if you want a great meal.