Friday, August 13, 2010

Summer Bounty

We have been really enjoying our produce box every week.  Most items we get around to eating, and some have mixed results.  Thankfully, the guinea pigs help us with the some things we don't care for.

Daniel Jr has discovered that sugar snap peas make for really good teethers:

We also had a nice dinner party with a friend from work.  I made more of the Caprese Tartlets and used fresh basil from my garden and locally grown tomatoes.  I also made my favorite Kielbasa with Brussels Sprouts and Cat made brownies for dessert:

The last couple of weeks we have gotten Swiss Chard in our box, and I decided to try it sauteed with olive oil and garlic.  While it looked pretty good,  it was far too bitter for our tastes.  If anyone has any other ideas for using it where it won't be quite so bitter, let me know.  Here is the chard in the skillet:
To round up my domestic attempts, I harvested all of the basil from my garden, combined it with the basil from the farm, and put it in a blender with a little olive oil.  Then I put it in a freezer bag.  Hopefully, as I need basil, I can break off pieces for cooking.  Today, I learned how to blanch and freeze broccoli and summer squash.  This way we won't waste to much and we will have yummy veggies in the future.  Don't get me wrong, I am still addicted to the mushroom and swiss burger from McDonald's, but all of the fresh produce is a lot of fun to learn about and eat.  If you have ever wanted to expand  your palate, signing up for a farm share is a great place to start!


  1. 1. Those sugar snap peas look awesome.
    2. Your son is adorable.

  2. We have tried swiss chard sauteed and it is far to bitter, but our favorite way to eat is steamed in a steam basket and then melt some butter over the top with salt and pepper, delicious and not bitter!