Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Cooking Seasonally

(csa delivery)

My first CSA box arrived, and I could not be more excited! It's economical and convenient - I pay $30 for a week's worth of fruit and vegetables for Josh and me. And, it's delivered to my door. I opted for an every-other-week delivery, just since Josh and I are frequently at evening events and dinner.

I couldn't wait to make dinner with some of the fresh ingredients -- I literally raced home from a wine date to pick through my delivery. I put together a quick and delicious dinner and bolded all the CSA ingredients, below, so you can see how easy it was to incorporate them.

(lettuce and tomato salad with sauteed veggies, polenta, and cheese)

I plated a simple salad with hand-ripped green lettuce and sliced heirloom tomatoes. I dressed the salad with olive oil, aged balsamic, flaked salt, and pepper.

I sauteed up 1 zucchini squash, 1 rib of celery, and 1/2 cup of chopped green onion. I heated 3 thin slices polenta (from my premade Trader Joe's package) and placed it on top of the cooked veggies. I sprinkled some grated asiago cheese (about 1/4 cup) and we were good to go.

(strawberries with nutella and graham crackers)

Oh and let's not forget about dessert. I melted a 1/2 tablespoon of nutella in the microwave (30 seconds-ish), topped with 6 sliced strawberries, and sprinkled with a crushed graham cracker. Seriously delicious.

I'll be sure to keep posting about cooking seasonally through my CSA deliveries.

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