The First Summer Squash and Shell Peas!

Cambria's CSA Box, Week Two

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Are you part of a CSA this season? I am, and for the next few months I'll be sharing my weekly CSA box with you — what I got, and how I plan to use it all up! Last week the season kicked off with greens, beets, and strawberries, and this week there's more of the same, but also shell peas and squash! Let's get to it:

In My Box This Week

Kale
Lettuce
Swiss Chard
Strawberries
Shell Peas
Summer Squash
Fennel
Beets

How I'm Going To Eat Through My CSA Box This Week

Kale: Last week I ended up drenching my kale in olive oil, salt, and pepper and grilling it on top of pizza. This week I'm going to stick with the grilled theme, and go for Emma's Grilled Kale Salad. Omg, yum.

Lettuce: I have a filet of wild Alaskan salmon in my freezer right now, and I plan to make these fantastic Smoky Salmon BLTs, which will make nice use of this lettuce.

Swiss Chard: Erin Gleeson's recipe for Tortilla Espanolas technically calls for rainbow chard. I got Swiss chard, so that will have to do. As Erin says, this is basically like a crustless quiche, and great for any meal of the day.

Strawberries: This Strawberry Basil Soda feels just right for the festive weekend ahead!

Shell Peas: Ah, fresh peas. One of summer's delights! I think I'm feeling Emily's Farro Salad with Peas and Leeks. This is a great summer grain salad — filling and satisfying, but with bright, fresh flavors.

Summer Squash: I received two itty-bitty squash this week. Oh, I'm not complaining — I know there will come a time later this season when I am overwhelmed with squash, so for now this is a nice introduction. Nealey's summer Gnocchi with Squash and Sweet Corn would make a great quick meal this week. (I didn't get corn in my CSA, but I've started to see it at the market!)

Fennel: Okay, truth be told I never got around to using my fennel bulb from last week's CSA box. However, perhaps it was all for the best because I'm really feeling Faith's Roasted Chicken Thighs with Fennel recipe for this week — and it calls for two fennel bulbs! Done and done. 

Beets: I have five words for you: Honey Ginger Balsamic Glazed Beets. Now if that doesn't sound amazing, I don't know what does. (And don't forget to save the beet greens!)

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What did you get in your CSA box this week, and what will you be making? Share your recipes — links encouraged!


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