Friday, June 11, 2010

Recent Dinners

As described in my last post, I got a couple's share from Horse & Buggy CSA last week with all kinds of goodies inside. I'm happy to say that I've been able to use every one of those goodies, save one: the peas. I'll admit, I'm not a big pea fan, but that wasn't why I didn't use them. I think it mainly came down to the fact that I have no idea how to cook them. Do you boil them? Blanch them? Split, roast, and mash them?

Granted, I could have done some research, but due to various other goings-on in my life, I've been kinda busy. Hopefully they'll keep until next week.

The rest of the ingredients got put to good use, however. I didn't remember to take pictures of everything (hunger trumps memory, apparently), but I did get a couple: my potatoes au gratin with fresh salad (thanks to my wife for telling me to stop eating and take a picture) and stuffed squash.

The stuffed squash turned out to be one of my favorite meals of the week, which makes me even more proud to say that I made it up on the spot. I stuffed the squash with parmesan cous cous that I cooked with preserved meyer lemons, chopped toasted pecans, sauteed scallions, and a little olive oil. I topped the stuffed squash with panko, fresh cracked pepper, and a little more olive oil, then roasted them at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes. They were served with a spicy tomato sauce and some homemade bread (not pictured).

I was also pretty happy with the cole slaw I made with the head of cabbage I received. My wife isn't a cole slaw fan, so I decided to jazz it up a bit with some cilantro, scallions, and sriracha sauce. I overheard her telling her best friend she really liked it, so I guess that's one more pat for my back.

Despite my good experience, I didn't order another couple's share this week, opting instead to choose my ingredients separately. Hopefully this way I can find a good way to incorporate those peas.


  1. could try to make mushy peas! People who hate peas seem to love mushy peas. I've never tried to make it at home, but I bet you two could handle it. :)

    I personally prefer to just boil my peas and eat them plain or with a tiny dash of salt. I love them soooo much!

  2. thanks, jeannine. as much as i want to enjoy the local bounty, i'm just having trouble getting excited about these peas. your enthusiasm helps though. maybe we should plan another get together with everybody...that way i could cook them and everyone else could enjoy them :-)

  3. check out this post for a couple good pea recipes:

    they're contained in a link near the bottom referenced by Jamie Oliver's posh beans on toast. enjoy! (it's a really good post!)