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CSA Week Two


This week was even more exciting than the last! I was a bit disappointed that I wasn’t able to go pick it up, but studying comes first! We got a repeat item, but I’m really excited to try some new things.

Week Two

  • Snap peas
  • Zucchini
  • Chard
  • Popcorn (!!)
  • Garlic scapes (!!!!)

I’m having trouble deciding what I want to do with it all.

  • Snap peas: personally, after two huge bags of snap peas last week andย another one this week, I’m getting a little tired of them. I must say that they make a handy snack, though! I’ve been loving them with some Sriracha hummus.
  • Zucchini: I think the zucchini will be perfect showcased in a simple pasta dish with some Greek yogurt and Parmesan. I considered making zucchini bread or muffins for a second, but then I remembered how miserable I was in the heat last week baking up all that food. I’m learning from my mistakes, folks!
  • Chard: I think a bacon and swiss chard pasta sounds pretty fantastic.
  • Popcorn: I have been dreaming about kettle corn all week. Ok, so I’m exaggerating a bit. I’ve been thinking about it since I went to the farmers’ market on Saturday and (stupidly) forgot to buy some. So, I think that this will transform into kettle corn. Nom.
  • Garlic scapes: This is a brand new ingredient to me! It took me a little bit of hunting to figure out what it was and now I can’t wait to give it a try! I think that this recipe for garlic scape pestoย will be the perfect thing.

Hmm, it looks like it will be a pasta-heavy week. Sorry, Mike! I’ll try to be a little more creative next time ๐Ÿ™‚


Author: Jenni

Dietitian by day and Midwest food blogger by night. Lover of whiskey, running, and all things food.

12 thoughts on “CSA Week Two

  1. We have garlic scapes growing in our garden and I love using them in salads, tossed with pasta, or even in stir fry.

  2. We’ve gotten garlic scapes the last three weeks and they’re great to use in anything where you would use garlic. We toss them in stir-fry and salads, but I really love to make tinfoil packets filled with veggies for the grill. We chop up scapes and throw them in with the veggies! Hope you find something fun to do with them!

  3. Fun! You can pickle garlic scapes. They are suppose to be wonderful pickles.

  4. i’ve never seen/heard of garlic scapes! have to investigate ๐Ÿ™‚ but i’ve had so much zucchini in the last few months i’m getting sick of it, but i found a good way to use it up is to sneak it into things like meatballs, meatloaf, or soups!

  5. Garlic scapes are new for me too! I’ll check out that pesto recipe!

  6. I simply just stir fry the scapes with thinly sliced pork or chicken. Really tasty. It only comes in early summer and each garlic plant only produces one scape, so it\โ€™s a delicacy.

  7. Lucky…garlic scapes! I have yet to receive them but it seems like a lot of folks are receiving them now. Looking forward to seeing what you do with them.

    Don’t remember if I share this with you already but this is my favorite recipe for sugar snap peas… Just made it this week.

    Also recently came across this recipe and now I am praying for another bag of sugar snap peas…

    Thanks for linking up ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I had a garlic scape adventure a few weeks back – pesto was my favorite – but sauteed with brown sugar was really good too.

  9. HI Jenni!

    We also received garlic scapes in our CSA this week and I made pesto with it. It’s really good, but I think I’d make a few changes. I didn’t have any pine nuts so I skipped using any nuts at all which made the recipe I used a little thin. Also, scapes are a lot stronger in taste than one would think so I think I might use a little bit of sugar just to cut it a bit. Otherwise, I loved the recipe I used. The one I used was and I had doubled it.

    I love your blog! Great job!

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