So. Many. Cucumbers.
(But Yay For Peaches and Tomatoes!)

Cambria's CSA Box, Week Eight

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If you've been following my CSA posts this year, you may be thinking: Hey! The last box you posted was from Week 5, and now it's Week 8! What gives? Well, my friends, I was out of town over two pickup days, so I gave my share away on those days. But a lot can change in two weeks, I now see: my share this week was the biggest one yet! Arugula, peppers, eggplant, peaches — and the cucumbers. I fear I may drown in cucumbers.

In My Box This Week

Cucumbers
Kale
Eggplant
Summer Squash
Green beans
Arugula
Tomatoes
Peaches
Apples
Zucchini
Bell pepper
Cherry bomb peppers
Red potatoes

How I'm Going To Eat and Cook My Way Through It


Cucumbers: I have a half dozen cucumbers I need to get through, which means I'm going to be cucumber-ing it up this week. This roundup is a good place to start, as are these cucumber noodle salads. If anything's leftover after that, it's cucumber juice, my friends.

Kale: I've had this Flavour Bomb Greens n' Noodles recipe from My New Roots bookmarked for awhile. It sounds so fresh and tasty. Can't wait to use my kale on it this week. (Did you get chard or spinach this week instead? That would also work instead of kale!)

Eggplant: A few weeks ago I made Baba Ghanoush with my eggplant. It was delicious and definitely worth making again, but I think I'll also make a batch of these Baked Zaatar Eggplant Fries. They make a great afternoon snack — no frying, lots of herbs, a little cheese.

Summer Squash: I love the look of these Summer Squash Tartines with Ricotta and Rosemary from Eats Well With Others. So summery and delicious — I want to eat one out on the porch with a tall glass of iced tea.

Green beans: Walnuts, miso, and ginger + green beans = AMAZING. Thank you to The New York Times for this tasty side dish.

Arugula: Have you ever had arugula on pizza? It's one of my favorite toppings. Anjali's Prosciutto and Arugula Pizza makes a quick weeknight meal, and will totally satisfy your pizza craving.

Tomatoes: I find it hard to put tomatoes in anything when they're so good enjoyed on their own, with a drizzle of olive oil, salt, pepper — and ok. Good mozzarella, too. But it also seems a shame to pass up the opportunity to make a batch of really, really good tomato sauce, like Faith's Roasted Tomato Sauce with Garlic.

Peaches: For a perfect light-but-decadent summer desser made with just-ripe peaches, Nealey's Brown Butter Peaches with Chantilly Cream is pretty spectacular.

Apples: I was surprised to get apples this early in the season, but I'm not complaining. I plan to just eat them straight. No recipe, no special treatment. Just grab one and go.

Zucchini: I have yet to make some Zucchini Bread this summer, so I may put my zucchini towards that. But you know what else sounds good? These Zucchini and Carrot Stuffed Fritters, especially if you're feeling in more of a savory mood.

Green Bell Pepper: Here's something I've never tried: Green-Pepper Butter. It's the next step up from herb butter. Sounds tasty, right? Find the recipe at Saveur.

Cherry bomb peppers: These little red peppers are best when they're stuffed, like these goat cheese versions from Fork Knife Spoon.

Red potatoes: What to do with potatoes? If all else fails, make a potato salad. In fact, make 10 of them.

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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!

(Image: Cambria Bold)


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