Ten years ago I didn’t know what kale was. And for sure had never eaten it. Having fresh vegetables delivered weekly has opened up a whole new chapter in my food life. If you can you should subscribe to a CSA in your area for more reasons than just eating fresh vegetables that are good for you. I have been on the receiving end of these great deliveries for four years and I can tell you that I have prepared foods that would have never entered my kitchen. It has been a wonderful experience. I love the fact that I am supporting the local farmers in our area, but I am amazed at how much I have learned about produce and how to prepare it. I am proud to be a part of farm to table. Please participate if you can. You will be rewarded in more ways than you ever imagined. Now to the recipe. Continue reading
This is an easy Gumbo. You can put it together in less than 30 minutes and let it simmer for 3o minutes. It is better the next day. The flavors have time to develop and the zucchini can thicken the gumbo. That’s right! The squash is a substitute for okra which is usually used in most gumbos. It is hard to find fresh okra in the winter so the zucchini is perfect. For me this soup ranks right up there with this and also with this. It has been a favorite for years while the other two are new kids on the block.
Pair this with cooked rice and crunchy buttered toast and you will satisfy any hunger.
Participating in a CSA for the last three years has been a great experience for me. I have always made visits to the local farmer’s market during the summer to enjoy the wonderful heirloom tomatoes or some fresh butter peas. I have also frozen my share of fresh corn and white acre peas to savor in the winter. But traveling to the farmer’s market now entails an hour or more depending on traffic just to get there. Continue reading