CSA Adventures, Box 16

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In this week's box:
  • strawberries (2 baskets), 1 lb. 12 oz.
  • fennel, 15 oz.
  • asparagus, 11 oz.
  • baby artichokes, 12 oz.
  • sugar snap peas, 12 oz.
  • kale, 11 oz.
  • lettuce (2 heads), 12 oz.
Full Belly's strawberry season got off to a bang with this double portion. I just washed these and served them plain as dessert.

Normally I cut the stem out of kale, but this was so young I just made a chiffonade and threw it into a pot of soup that had otherwise finished cooking. Prepared that way, the kale took only a few minutes simmering to cook through.

The other ingredients in the soup were homemade pork broth, a trotter left over from Meatpaper's pig roast, fresh onions, rutabaga, kidney beans, and garbanzos. I'm still working through the rutabagas accumulated back in March, but as I noted then they keep for months in the refrigerator.

When I get around to the asparagus, I'm going to try a tip Harold McGee published in the New York Times yesterday. He snaps off the woody ends, then slices them millimeter-thick.


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