CSA Challenge: Winning and losing

CSA talley:

  • 1 head Romaine lettuce (DONE!)image
  • 3/4 Cantaloupe (1/2 eaten, 1/4 in a salad)
  • 2 Peaches (1 eaten, 1 in a tart… DONE!)
  • 2 Oranges (DONE!)
  • 3 Heirloom tomatoes (DONE!)
  • 1 pkg Blueberries (1/2 in a tart, 1/2 eaten… DONE!)
  • Green Onions
  • 2/3 Broccoli
  • 1/3 potatoes

The challenge with “the challenge” is sometimes the things I experiment with are good, but not great. Those aren’t blog worthy, but in the interest of full diclosure on the CSA challenge here are my wins and losses:

  • imageZucchini & Cheddar Scone: I used some of the green onions, my veggie roll Zucchini, and Cheddar to make a tasty but dense scone. Honorable mention.
  • Philly Stuffed Pepper:  I used a bell pepper, and some roast beef and mozzarella to make a Philly cheesesteak stuffed green pepper. Big Loser.
  • Fried Smashed Potatoes: To accompany the philly stuffed pepper, I made fried smashed potatoes, which were pretty tasty. #winning
  • Honey Miso Salmon: One of my favorite ways to make salmon, I slather it in a miso glaze and bake it.  Unfair advantage winner.
  • Grilled Romaine Salad: This was good, but it was basically a grilled wedge of romain, topped with flash roasted tomatoes and heirloom tomatoes, and my miso dressing. Unfair assist.

What’s left? A bell pepper, a small head of broccoli, some potatoes, and some green onions. What shall I make?  Here are the winners worth sharing.

Fried Smashed PotatoesIMG_2696

  • Baby potatoes (as many as you would like to serve, 4-5 per person)
  • Seasoned salt (I use Grizzly Joe’s Chipotle Salt)
  • Rosemary, diced

Boil the potatoes for about 5-7 minutes to soften slightly, but do not cook through. You should be able to pierce them with a knife and apply some pressure. Cooking time will vary based on the size of the spud. Drain the potatoes into a colander, and then gently smash each one with the side of a knife.

Fry in hot oil for another 5-7 minutes, until crispy, or longer if you want them darker. Remove from oil and sprinkle with seasoning salt and rosemary immediately.

Serve with ketchup or BBQ sauce.

Honey Miso Salmonimage

  • 2 salmon filets
  • 1 Tbsp miso
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 lime or lemon, juiced
  • Seasame seeds, optional

Put the salmon on a lined baking sheet and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Combine miso, honey  and citrus in a small bowl and mix until combined.  Spread the miso glaze over the salmon, and sprinkle with sesame seeds, if desired.  Bake salmon for 15-20 minutes until done.




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