CSA #10 – August 6, 2008

August 06, 2008 By: Megabeth Category: CSA Delivery

We are at the mid-point of our 2008 CSA deliveries. We received a head of the cabbage that was just in the ground last weekend.

Cabbage

The yellow squash and cucumbers this week were huge and the tomatoes are so good that they are already half eaten. We also received our first sweet corn of the season. Rounding out the delivery this week were some more peaches and a dill plant.

Warm Kale and Cucumber Salad

June 05, 2008 By: Megabeth Category: Salads

My first recipe using CSA ingredients comes from the CSA itself –Great County Farms. My notes below are in italics. I reduced the recipe so that I could use the rest of the kale in another recipe

Warm Kale and Cucumber Salad

Warm Kale and Cucumber Salad
Two bundles of Fresh Kale – I used four large stems
1 large Cucumber – I used about 1/2 of the cucumber
¼ cup Spring onions, chopped – I used 1 spring onion
¼ cup White wine – I did not reduce this amount
4 Tbsp. Butter – I used olive oil instead
Salt and pepper – to taste

Warm Kale and Cucumber Salad Preparation

De-stem kale and chop into bite-size pieces.

Warm Kale and Cucumber Salad Preparation

Dice cucumber about ¼-inch.

Warm Kale and Cucumber Salad Preparation

Heat sauté pan to medium heat. Melt butter (a tablespoon or so of olive oil) and add spring onions.
Warm Kale and Cucumber Salad Preparation Warm Kale and Cucumber Salad Preparation
Turn heat up, and add chopped kale.

Warm Kale and Cucumber Salad Preparation

Add wine, splash by splash, and toss until kale is wilted but not mushy.
Warm Kale and Cucumber Salad Preparation Warm Kale and Cucumber Salad Preparation
Add cold cucumber at end with salt and pepper, and plate. (The objective is not to cook the cucumber.)

Warm Kale and Cucumber Salad Preparation

Conclusion: This was the first time I have cooked with kale. It’s easy to clean and prepare. It cooks down much like spinach does but once cooked it has a tougher, chewier consistency.

Warm Kale and Cucumber Salad

The white wine shone through and was a great compliment to the kale and, surprisingly, the cucumber. I’d use a good white wine rather than a cooking wine because it does indeed contribute to the success of this dish.

My in-house taste tester agreed and felt that this would be a satisfying meal after a long bike ride.


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