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Simply Cooking CSA

             
Summer boxes from my CSA Riverdog Farm     

What does CSA stand for?  Community Supported Agriculture.
What is a CSA box? Farm fresh local produce delivered direct to you or a pick-up location.
How can you find a CSA in your area? Search http://www.localharvest.org/ 
What does my CSA mean to me?  Inspiration for planning meals. The visual bounty in the box prompts ideas, which for me is easier and faster than perusing produce aisles or farmers markets.

Well ok, if you don’t think about recipes as much as I do, the ideas may not always spring forth. I can usually count on an email from my friends Trudy or Val who get the same weekly box. “What are doing with your [beets, chard, kale, squash, turnips, etc] this week?”, they ask.

So periodically I’ll be posting recipes made with my box produce – and what my friends cook too!  And if you don’t get a weekly box, I hope this inspires you to try a new fruit or vegetable from your produce department or farmers market. Let me know!

Thai-style Carrot-Beet Soup

 I’ve not written a formal recipe.  Just follow the pictures and adjust to what you have on hand.  You may not have purple carrots like from my box — so use regular carrots! My box had chioggia beets which have pretty pink and white rings but the same sweet flavor as their red and gold cousins. Any kind of beets will do, or make the soup with carrots only.

 

1 bunch each orange and purple carrots (8-10 medium);
4 chioggia beets, peeled;
1-1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger;
1 red jalapeno pepper 

 

 
  SAUTE vegetables with 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large saucepan.

 

 

  

 

ADD water to cover vegetables and  1/2 teaspoon salt.

COVER pan and simmer 20-30 minutes until vegetables are very tender. 

PUREE with a handheld blender or whirl in a food processor until smooth, adding additional water if very thick.

  
ADD:
1 can (15 oz.) light coconut milk (I like Trader Joe’s)
Juice of 1/2 lime
 3/4 cup frozen corn kernels or kernels from 2 ears of corn, raw
STIR over medium heat until warmed through.
SERVE with chopped fresh cilantro and lime for squeezing.

Kitchen Tip:
Remember, beet greens are edible!  Saute in olive oil and garlic and serve as a side dish; toss finely shredded greens with pasta; or chop fine and stir into soups. 
See my Butternut, Beets and Greens Pasta for another idea. Substitute summer squash for the butternut this time of year.

      

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2 Comments

  1. Valerie Sheaff
    Posted August 10, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    This looks beautiful! The color is wonderful. Looks delicious AND healthy! That is what the CSAs are all about! Thanks, Rosemary!

    • Rosie's Kitchen
      Posted August 10, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

      I agree Val, a CSA does encourage healthy eating. I remember when you started the CSA you were surprised how much more vegetables your family consumed!

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