It’s week nine already and we’re almost a third of the way through our CSA for this year (we signed up for 29 weeks). This week we got a bunch of heirloom tomatoes, a pattypan squash, yellow squash, cucumbers, radishes and blue (yes, blue) potatoes.
With the yellow squash and a bunch of the tomatoes I made a homemade pasta sauce. I also added some fresh basil, sweet peppers, more tomatoes, garlic, onion and more spices to the sauce and let cook for a while until all the veggies were very soft. Then, used my immersion blender to make the sauce smooth.
My roommate used some of the tomatoes and cukes in a salad too.
With the pattypan squash, I prepared it similar to eggplant parm (thanks to my roommate for the brilliant idea). I dipped it in an egg and milk mixture then coated the squash with breadcrumbs. The breadcrumbs were mixed with garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and basil. I baked the squash on a cookie pan sprayed with non-stick oil for 10 minutes on each side, then added some fresh mozzarella and put under the broiler for 5 minutes more. Lastly, I served the squash atop a pile of penne pasta, homemade sauce and Parmesan cheese. It was divine.
This week I had a lot of fun experimenting with the pasta sauce and making the healthy baked squash. Next week I’m hoping for no squash. I love the little guys, but I’m all squashed out.
We still have the blue potatoes in the fridge. Any ideas on what to do with those?
On Saturday night I was headed out to a belated Epic Halloween Party at my friend Ellen’s house. I picked up some wine to bring with me and wanted to bring an appetizer as well to share with everyone. I was running short on time and decided to make bruschetta because its gotta be one of my favorite quick and easy appetizers. Plus, who doesn’t love bruschetta?
There’s only a few ingredients you’ll need:
- Garlic clove
- Whole grain baguette
- Baby Roma tomatoes
- Olive oil
- S + P
- Parmigiano Reggiano (optional)
The first thing I did was cut up the Roma tomatoes and basil and combine it in a bowl with some olive oil, salt and pepper. Let it marinate for a while at room temperature (I let mine marinate maybe an hour or so, but even longer is better).
Then, I put a clove of garlic in the microwave with a little bit of olive oil and heated it up for about :45. I didn’t have time to roast the garlic (if you have time, you could roast it instead of microwaving). I cut the bread up into little slices and rubbed the garlic/olive oil onto each piece. Then, I lightly toasted in a 350 degree oven for about 5-8 minutes.
When the bread is finished toasted, top with the tomato mixture and then add a little Parmigiano Reggiano, if you like. If you have vegan friends, the bruschetta is still delicious without the cheese.
I took a pan full to the party and it was all gone by the time I left—I’d call that a success!
Do you have a quick and easy appetizer that you bring to parties? Share your ideas below!
I decided a few weeks ago that this year was going to be my year to start gardening. I have such fond memories of visiting my grandparents and helping them pick squash, berries, corn, potatoes, etc. (they were big-time gardeners and even did their own canning!).
So, I decided to do some container gardening to see if I have a green thumb before I commit to digging up the backyard. I went to Poor Boy’s Garden Center on Saturday with my friend Lauren and picked up some supplies and plants. I know very little about gardening, but managed to get some soil, terracotta pots (with holes in the bottom for drainage), plastic water catchers and some starter plants. I decided to get starter plants this year to start off with, instead of seeds—but, with any luck I’ll be doing seeds next year!
Here’s the plants I’m growing:
- “Magical Michael” Basil
- Pet Grass (for my kitty)
- “Julep” Mint
- “Patio” Tomatoes
Now, I just have to water and be patient! It’s going to be so rewarding to be able to cook with herbs and tomatoes that I’ve grown instead of having to buy them every week. I can’t wait!
Do you have any gardening advice for me? Please share below.