Tuesday, May 12, 2009

More Greens from the CSA

I ordered extra strawberries from our CSA this week along with mushrooms and some NM peanut butter from Valencia peanuts grown in Eastern NM. Those oranges are Florida Valencias which are in season this month and are apparently are considered the Cadillac of all the oranges.



And here are all the greens. When you add in the greens we have growing in our cold frame it looks like every meal this week will revolve around greens. We received spinach, salad mix, arugula, red leaf lettuce, turnip greens, and bok choy.



Here are the books I turn to use up my CSA produce; although most are not vegetarian they still have lots of recipes I can use.



Greens Glorious Greens by Johnna Albi and Catherine Walthers - I like this book because it is divided by type of green and it even includes a section on wild greens. There is a tahini dandelion concoction I may try this week.

The Greens Book by Susan Belsinger and Carolyn Dille (1995, Interweave Press) - I found this at the Page One Too used bookstore in Albuquerque but am not sure if it was ever even in print. My Library Thing search engine can't even find this book listed. It is divided by type of dish rather than green and has really beautiful photos.

Sam Okamato's Incredible Vegetables - I bought this online at a book closeout web site and I greatly enjoy it. As far as I can tell this book is vegan. He includes a section on whole grains and has many interesting recipes, most with a macrobiotic or Asian bent.

The Good Housekeeping Step-by-Step Vegetable Cookbook - This photo-heavy book is divided up by specific vegetable and includes a salad know-how chapter, a pasta chapter and a section on grains and beans. Nutritional info is included for each recipe.

From Asparagus to Zucchini: A Guide to Cooking Farm-Fresh Seasonal Produce, 3rd Ed., Madison Area Community Supported Agriculture Coalition. This book is so helpful even our CSA sells it to members. It is divided into sections for each vegetable and has contributions from many market gardeners so the recipes run the range from quite simple (kohlrabi sprinkled with lime and chili powder to more time-consuming ones. I just realized this book has four pages of cookbook recommendations at the end so I need to check those out.

Rolling Prairie Cookbook: Over 130 recipes celebrating fresh produce, Nancy O'Connor. This book is vegetarian - many of the recipes use cheese. It is also divided up into sections by vegetable and includes helpful storage and preparation information. She does include nutritional analyses for each recipe.

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