Virtual CSA Box: Broccoli

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Ah, broccoli. Neither obscure nor particularly difficult, broccoli presents a different sort of challenge to those of us who are finding yet another bunch in our CSA box this week.

Broccoli is the default of the vegetable world, a righteous substitute for more exciting foods like French fries or battered onion rings. It keeps for a long time when refrigerated, and it cooks up reliably when steamed in a little water and oil. In short, it is plain, dependable, and boring.

So the challenge is to go beyond the restaurant standard broccoli, to take a few risks and spice it up a little.

We love the look of this Broccoli Soup with Chive-Cayenne Oil; it's easy, healthy, and probably blows the tired old broccoli-cheese soup out of the water. This Broccoli with Hot Bacon Dressing twists up a classic and looks good as well. Ginger Garlic Broccoli is one of our favorite ways to cook the green veggie - all those flavors work really well together.

Soy sauce is one of broccoli's best friends; if we do steam it we always splash on some soy sauce and a little hot sauce. Try this Broccoli with Five Spices too.

Do you like to do anything special or different with broccoli?

(Image credit: Whole Foods Market)

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.