Week 10: I Think it May Be My Favorite CSA Share Yet

Last week’s share seemed to get used as fast as it came in with the exception of one veggie…

That last item, the “sunchokes”, were used up yesterday in a delicious pot of what I would call a CSA stew. This is the kind of soup/stew that I am sure every CSA member has made. One where they get to a point where there were some veggies left over and they decided to throw everything in a big old pot and cook it up.

So, that is what I did. I threw some sunchokes in with some potatoes, onions, celery, rutabaga, lentils, chicken broth, and a bunch of other delicious treats, cooked it for the day and voila, a CSA stew! YUM!

The rest of the share from last week was a no-brainer. French breakfast radishes, wildcress, and arugula – I made salads, of course! Last week the cheese share was Birchrun Farm’s Blue Cheese and so that found its way onto my salads as well.

Lastly, there was broccoli rabe. It was my first experience with this vegetable and now it has made it to my list of favorites. I did exactly what I had written about last week and it was the inspiration for my homemade spaghetti sauce last week. I sliced every inch of it up and sauteed it with a bit of garlic and some olive oil, then served it over the spaghetti and sauce. I found it to be delicious, not bitter or stringy at all.

We had my parents over for dinner that night, so they had to try it as well! It was a 50/50 split as to who liked it. My mom, G, and I loved it while the others tolerated it using their best manners. 😉

When we got our email for this week describing what would be in our box, I actually jumped for joy. Every single thing in the box was phenomenal and there were some of my favorites in there too.

  • Broccoli Rabe
  • Spinach
  • Bok Choy
  • Leeks
  • German Butterball Potatoes
  • Buttercup Baby Brie from Cherry Grove Farm
  • Whole Wheat Bread courtesy of Eckerton

I am sticking with what I know and love as far as the broccoli rabe is concerned and doing some sauteeing with olive oil and garlic. A friend of mine just gave me a recipe for shredded chicken with lemon and broccoli rabe and it sounds delicious!

The spinach is already claimed by C who envisions herself making a spinach smoothie every day after school. I may snag some for salads though before she gets home. 😉

Ben is excited that Leek and Potato Soup is on the menu this week. I can’t wait to use those butterball potatoes in it!

Bok Choy…for those of you who have not added bok choy to your stir fry…do it and you will never go back. I am not a complete snob, but stir fry is not at all the same without it. Therefore, it is on the menu this week!

As for the Buttercup Baby Brie, I have big plans. I am going back to my college days and trying to reproduce a recipe that my friend made for me once at her place in Dover, NH. Stay tuned…


About Lauryn Blakesley

A woman out to explore, celebrate, and enjoy everything that my community and living locally has to offer. Blessed with three beautiful children and an incredible husband, our family embraces adventure while dreaming of what is to come. Lover of knitting, running (although mostly after little ones right now), the color orange, fun accessories, fall, tea, and a clean kitchen floor. I spend my days in awe of my family and trying to teach my three to treat others as they would want to be treated.

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  1. Yes, leek and potato soup is amazing!
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  2. I was so happy when I discovered Bok Choy (and yes, it was thanks to our CSA box!). Delicious!
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  3. Potato Leek soup time! We love Broccoli Rabe with big chunks of garlic.
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