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Week #15, September 1/2, 2022

I am back to work part-time now and still catching up.  Thank you for all the well wishes!  Here more photos our son Ari took before returning to college. He has worked on the farm crew for years and knows all the ins and outs of the farm.  I like that he photographs different things than I do.

Plum tomatoes being washed in our brusher washer.  Plums are firm enough to wash this way.  Slicing tomatoes are too delicate, so we send those to you unwashed or lightly wiped.

Our crew spends many hours harvesting zucchini or yellow ‘Zephyr’ squash.  We sweep the field three days per week, diving into the spiny plants to find squash big enough to cut free.  Your squash this week comes from our second planting which is quite a bit smaller than the first field.  By this time of year, we know there will be many other vegetables to harvest, and will only want a few squash per CSA box, so we plant a smaller field.

So … have I ever showed you our cull pile?  Apparently Ari wants you to see it!  This is where we dump problematic produce, mostly flawed vegetables we find at washing.  Don’t worry – none of it is worth saving or donating to Second Harvest Food Bank.  The pile rots undisturbed at the edge of our fields.  Every few years, we’ll load it in a spreader and spread it on grasslands at the edge of the farm.  I’ll be blunt – it smells pretty bad.

Veggie List & Veggie Notes
Week #15, September 1/2, 2022
– Weekly shares
– EOW/ green

Sweet corn, 9 ears
Carrots, 2 lb
Slicing & plum tomatoes, 4 lb total
Cherry tomatoes, 1 pint
Red bell peppers, 2 (mixed #1, #2)
Colored frying peppers, 2 (mixed #1, #2)
Zucchini or yellow summer squash, 2 to 3 squash
Yellow onion
Jalapeno chile (HOT), 1
Basil, 1 husky branch

Next week’s box will probably contain sweet corn, carrots, tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, onions and more.

Sweet corn ‘Vision’ – This batch is especially tasty, perhaps because of steady recent rains.  Bug report:  There are a few bugs at the tips at low frequency.

Basil – Look at the beautiful basil!  We have begun harvesting our second planting.  We were able to protect these plants from Japanese beetles so this batch of basil is in good shape.  


Black Bean Tacos with Smoky Sweet Corn Sauce

These veggie tacos use sweet corn 2 ways (technically 3, if you serve them in corn tortillas)! I mix some whole kernels into the black bean and bell pepper filling and blend the rest into a creamy, sweet, and tangy sauce. Top them with quick-pickled jalapeños for a bright pop of flavor and a kick of heat. I like to char the corn and peppers in a hot skillet because I don’t have an outdoor grill, but if you do, feel free to use it. Grilling the veggies works just as well here.

Makes 12 tacos
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

For the quick-pickled jalapeños
1 jalapeño pepper, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Pinch sea salt
Pinch sugar

For the tacos
1 red bell pepper
4 ears sweet corn, husked
⅓ cup raw cashews*
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons avocado oil
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
⅛ teaspoon onion powder
1½ cups cooked black beans, drained and rinsed
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 garlic clove, grated
½ teaspoon ground cumin
12 tortillas, warmed
Fresh cilantro, for garnish (optional)
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

  1. Make the quick-pickled jalapeños: In a small lidded container or jar, place the jalapeño slices, lime juice, salt, and sugar. Shake to combine and chill until ready to use.
  2. Heat a large, dry cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, add the whole red bell pepper and as many ears of corn as you can fit. Cook, rotating the vegetables every few minutes, until the pepper is blackened and blistering on all sides and the corn is tender, bright yellow, and lightly charred all around. Repeat as necessary with the remaining ears of corn.
  3. Place the charred pepper in a large bowl and cover with a lid or dish towel. Set aside for 10 minutes to steam and soften, then use your hands to peel away the loose, charred skin. Slice the pepper in half and remove the stem, seeds, and membranes. Dice the pepper.
  4. Slice the kernels off the corncobs and transfer 1 cup to a high-speed blender with the cashews, 1 tablespoon of the lime juice, 1 tablespoon of the avocado oil, the rice vinegar, paprika, cayenne, garlic powder, onion powder, and a heaping ¼ teaspoon sea salt. Blend until smooth and creamy and season to taste.
  5. Place the remaining corn kernels in a large bowl. Add the diced red pepper, black beans, chili powder, grated garlic, cumin, the remaining 2 tablespoons lime juice, and the remaining 1 tablespoon avocado oil. Stir well to combine, then season with ½ teaspoon sea salt and several grinds of pepper and stir again. Season to taste.
  6. Assemble tacos in the tortillas with a dollop of the smoky sweet corn sauce, the corn and black bean mixture, the quick-pickled jalalepeños, and fresh cilantro, if using.


*If you do not have a high-speed blender, soak the cashews for at least 4 hours, or overnight, before making the sauce.


Sweet Corn Grits with Roasted Tomatoes and Fried Eggs

Enjoy this recipe for any meal of the day: breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even brunch. It’s another corn-2-ways dish, made with fresh sweet corn as well as stone-ground grits. I puree most of the fresh corn kernels, stirring them into the grits to make them sweeter and creamier. The remaining kernels I leave whole for texture. The exact cooking time will vary here depending on the grits you’re using. Be sure to use stone-ground grits, not quick-cooking or instant ones, and cook until they’re thick, creamy, and have just a slight bite. Top with a fried egg and roasted tomatoes for a delicious balance of sweet and savory flavors.

Serves 6
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes

2 pounds tomatoes (about 4 large)
4 cups water
½ teaspoon sea salt, plus more for sprinkling
5 ears sweet corn, husked
1 cup dry stone-ground grits (not instant)
½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1 garlic clove, grated
6 large eggs
Freshly ground black pepper

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cut the tomatoes into ½-inch wedges, then cut the wedges in half crosswise. Place the tomato chunks on the baking sheet, skin side down. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and roast until shriveled and lightly browned around the edges, about 40 minutes.
  3. Place 3½ cups of the water and the salt in a medium pot and bring to a boil. Slice the kernels off the corncobs. Set aside the kernels from 1 ear of corn and add the remaining corn to the boiling water. Cook for 3 minutes, or until tender and bright yellow, then use a slotted spoon to scoop the kernels out of the water and into a blender, leaving behind as much water as you can. (It’s ok if you leave behind a few corn kernels too.)
  4. Slowly pour the grits into the boiling water, stirring constantly. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer, stirring often, until the grits are thick and creamy, about 20 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, blend the boiled corn kernels into a smooth puree. When the grits are thick and creamy, stir the puree into the pot along with the remaining ½ cup water and the raw corn kernels. Cover and cook, stirring often, until the mixture thickens and the grits are tender, about 15 minutes.
  6. Turn off the heat and stir in the Parmesan, olive oil, and garlic. Cover and let stand for 10 minutes while you fry the eggs.
  7. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat and brush it with olive oil. Crack in the eggs, cover, and cook until the yolks are just set, 2 to 4 minutes. Work in batches if necessary.
  8. Portion the grits onto plates and top with the fried eggs and roasted tomatoes. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.

Sheet pan Italian sausage héros with honey mustard
Photo by The Modern Proper

Sheet Pan Italian Sausage Heros with Honey Mustard

From The Modern Proper
Fit for a Labor Day celebration or an easy weeknight meal, these hearty sandwiches are packed with roasted Italian sausages, sweet peppers and onions, and a creamy, 4-ingredient honey mustard sauce.
Tomato salad on a platter
Photo by Eva Kolenko

Tomato Salad

From Love & Lemons
This tomato salad is as simple as they come, designed to highlight peak-season summer tomatoes. If you don’t have parsley, feel free to skip it. Just toss the salad with lemon zest and grated garlic instead of the gremolata.
Cumin Braised Carrots and Chickpeas
Photo by Erin Alderson

Cumin Braised Carrots and Chickpeas

From Naturally Ella
This recipe is one of my favorite pantry meals. It’s so simple, calling for under 10 ingredients, but it’s still full of delicious sweet and earthy flavor. As written, the recipe serves 2, but you can easily scale it up to feed a larger group.
Mediterranean couscous salad recipe
Photo by Cookie+Kate

Mediterranean Couscous Salad with Raw Squash and Feta

From Cookie+Kate
This summery couscous salad would be great for picnics this weekend or lunches next week. If you don’t have a shallot on hand for the dressing, feel free to skip it, or replace it with half the amount of finely chopped yellow onion. You’ll find the rest of the fresh ingredients–zucchini, cherry tomatoes, and basil–in your box.
Two bowls of homemade tomato basil soup
Photo by Jeanine Donofrio and Phoebe Moore

Tomato Basil Soup

From Love & Lemons
This roasted tomato soup freezes perfectly, so if you want to preserve some of your summer tomatoes to enjoy later this fall, I highly recommend making and freezing a batch. Of course, it’s great hot off the stove too.
An overhead shot of barley risotto with roasted carrots in a black braiser-style pot.
Photo by The First Mess

Vegan Barley Risotto with Roasted Carrots

From The First Mess
This unconventional risotto calls for pearled barley instead of arborio rice, giving it a more complex texture and flavor. If you can’t find pearled barley, Laura says that pearled farro would work nicely too. Sub onion for the shallot, and top the creamy, savory risotto with roasted carrots from your box.

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Week #14, Photos from Ari

Beth’s surgery went very well.  She is recovering without trouble and glad that it is over.  She’ll be back to work full time next week.  In the meantime, our son Ari took farm photos to share this week.  He is home from college this summer, working on the farm crew, and knows our farm well.

Maggie grades and weighs slicing tomatoes.

Plum tomatoes, straight from the field

A blue sky day.

Muddy tractor

A row of carrot seedlings, before being weeded by hand.

And after weeding!  Our crew spends many, many hours weeding carrot fields.

Yellow garden spiders are abundant in the pepper and tomato fields this year, spinning their webs and protecting us from flies and pests.

The peppers have something to tell you.

Veggie List & Veggie Notes
Week #14, August 25/26, 2022
– Weekly shares
– EOW/ purple
– Sampler/ sun

Sweet corn, 9 or 10 ears
Slicing & plum tomatoes, ~4 lb
Cherry tomatoes, 1 pint
Red beets, 2 lb
Leeks, ~1.25 lb
Red peppers (bell &/or frying), 2 or 3
Zucchini or yellow summer squash, ~2 lb
Yellow onion
Jalapeno, 1
Basil, 1 husky sprig

Next week’s box will probably contain sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, carrots and other summer veggies.

Sweet corn – We are back to our favorite ‘Vision’ variety.  There is almost no bug damage this week.  Yeah!

Beets – Storage:  Cover and refrigerate.  Beet roots will store for months.  Wash well to remove leaf fragments.  For all the cooking methods below, wash and scrub the beets but do not peel.  The skins slip off easily once the beets are cooked and cooled.
Cooking beet roots on the stovetop:  Slice or quarter, cover with water in a pot, and simmer until tender.  This will take from 25 to 45 minutes depending on how large the beet pieces are.  Drain.
Roasting beets in oven:  Wash beets, but do not peel.  On a sheet of aluminum foil, put beets (halved or quartered if large), salt, pepper and a few sprinklings of water.  Seal the foil packet, and roast at 400 oF until tender, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.  Slip off skins once cool.
Microwave:  Slice beets in half and place in a large microwave-proof bowl.  Add ¾ inch water and cover with a plate.  Microwave on high until tender, about 9-20 minutes, depending on your microwave’s power.  Drain and slip off skins.
Uses:  Use cooked beets in cold salads, or dress simply with vinaigrette, onions, salt and pepper.  Beets are also good tossed with sour cream, minced onion, fresh herbs and walnuts.

Leeks (look like big scallions) – These alliums have a milder flavor than onions.  Nonetheless, they can be used in recipes that call for onions.  To wash, split the leek lengthwise, from the green tops about halfway to the base, leaving the base intact.  Rinse well under running water, separating the layers to flush.  If necessary, split the leek further if soil has penetrated more than halfway down the leek.  Shake dry.  Leeks are generally eaten cooked.  They can be sauteed, steamed or roasted.  Intact leeks will store 2 to 3 weeks if covered loosely and refrigerated.  The outer leaves will yellow.  Just peel off and discard those yellow leaves.  The inner layers will be fine.


tomato galette
Photo by debslunch

Tomato-Feta Galette with Parmesan Crust

Every summer has to have its edition of tomato pie. (see the newsletter for prior pies, e.g. tomato handpies from 2021, or Smitten Kitchen’s burst tomato galette, that has corn & summer squash in the filling) What makes this pie so appealing is that it avoids sogginess by keeping things simple: the filling is sliced tomatoes, feta, herbs, and shallots – that’s it!
Takes about 45 minutes to assemble and bake, plus 30 minutes to overnight to chill the crust.
Serves 6

1 1/2 cups flour
good pinch salt, unless you’re using salted butter
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 cup butter, either salted or un- (1 stick, 8 tablespoons)
1 tablespoon vegetable shortening or lard
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2-4 tablespoons cold water

4-5 ounces feta cheese (a heaping cup), crumbled
1 medium shallot, finely chopped – about 3 tablespoons
1-2 tablespoon soft fresh herbs, such as basil, parsley, or thyme; or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 pound of tomatoes, your choice of variety, sliced about 1/4-inch thick. If you include cherry tomatoes in your mix, cut them in half
freshly ground black pepper and kosher or coarse salt for sprinkling

  1. Make the crust: measure the flour, salt (if using), and sugar into the bowl of your stand mixer (my favorite method), your food processor, or a mixing bowl. Slice the butter and shortening over the top and combine with the flour mixture, using the paddle attachment of the mixer, by pulsing the processor, or using a pastry blender, 2 knives or your fingers, until you have a crumbly mixture with no butter lumps bigger than currants. Add the Parmesan. With the mixer or processor running, or while stirring with a fork, drizzle in the water by tablespoons, until the mixture just starts to come together in clumps. Stop before you have one big ball. Turn the crust out onto a floured surface and knead lightly to bring it together. Gather it into a ball, flatten into a disk, wrap (in plastic, wax paper, one of your reusable snack/sandwich bags), and chill for about 30 minutes, and up to 2 days.
  2. When you’re ready to bake, place a rack in the lower middle of your oven and heat to 400°. Line a baking sheet or pizza pan with parchment paper.
  3. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the crust to a rough 12-inch or larger round. It’s okay if the dough isn’t perfectly round. Flop the crust in half and transfer to your parchment-lined pan – some people like to roll the dough around the rolling pin, and unroll it onto the pan. Once you have the crust in the pan, spread the feta in an even layer leaving a 2-3 inch border – think a 9-inch circle in the middle of your pan. Scatter the chopped shallot over the cheese, and add half of the chopped herbs, some salt and pepper, and lay the tomatoes on top. If you’re using cherry tomatoes, try to put the halves cut side up.
  4. Gently fold the edges of the crust over the tomatoes, covering about 2 inches of the filling and pleating the crust as you go. Top with the rest of the herbs, and a little more salt.
  5. Bake until the crust is golden-brown and the tomatoes are soft, about 30-45 minutes – watch that the bottom does not get too dark, and move the baking tray to a higher position in the oven if you think that’s starting to happen. Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes more. Serve warm or at room temperature.

sloppy joes
Photo by debslunch

Beef & Sausage Sloppy Joes with Peppers

This quick dinner-as-a-sandwich can be prepared with any variety of peppers, sweet or hot. I tested it with one large red frying pepper and one medium poblano, but you can adjust based on your tastes, and desire for hotness.
Takes about 30 minutes
Serves 6-8

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup diced onions or leeks
1 to 1 1/2 cups chopped peppers, any variety
1 cup peeled, seeded, and diced tomatoes, preferably plum
1 tablespoon fresh garlic, minced or put through a press
1 pound ground beef
1/2 pound bulk Italian sausage, sweet or hot (I used sweet)
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 tablespoons tomato paste
8 ounces light or dark beer, or chicken broth
2 tablespoons – or more, to taste – ketchup
2 tablespoons – or more, to taste – Worcestershire sauce
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Hamburger buns, potato chips, and pickles for serving

  1. Heat the oil in a skillet or wide pot over medum heat and add the onions, peppers, tomatoes, and garlic, and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the meats and continue to cook, breaking the meat up with a spoon, until browned, 6-8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, and add the brown sugar, chili powder, and tomato paste. Cook for about a minute, and add the beer (or broth), ketchup, and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer until thickened and to cook off the alcohol in the beer, at least 8-10 minutes.
  3. Taste and adjust seasoning to see if it needs more ketchup or salt & pepper. Serve on buns with pickled zucchini and slices of Tipi watermelon for a perfect summer meal.

beet and chick pea dip
Photo by Jonathan Lovekin

Beetroot and Chickpea Dip

From Nigella Lawson
Nigella is hesitant to call this hummus, not wanting offend hummus purists, although it does include chickpeas and tahini, but says you can eat in the same way you’d enjoy hummus, spread thickly on bread or toast, or scooped up with pita or veggies as shown. And even a hummus purist would agree that the beets turn the chickpeas a lovely shade of pink.
bacon and corn frittersPhoto by Julie

Sweet Corn and Bacon Fritters

From the Healthy Epicurean
This recipe calls for three cups of cooked corn, so cut the kernels off 3-4 ears of corn. You can husk the corn and cut off the kernels while it’s raw – be sure to run the knife down the cob to get all the juice; OR cook the corn on the cob first, then cool and slice off the kernels for a less-splatter-y procedure. The added bacon sets these fritters apart!
tagliatelle corn cherry toms

Tagliatelle with Corn and Cherry Tomatoes

By Anne Burrell for Food Network
Here’s a quick pasta with cherry tomatoes, corn, and fresh basil, all featured in this week’s box.
roasted beet salad
Photo by Jenn Segal

Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese, Walnuts & Honey-Dijon Vinaigrette

From Once Upon a Chef
This recipe suggests buying pre-roasted beets, which you don’t have to do, given the fresh ones in the box! And Nigella’s recipe for Beetroot and Chickpea Dip provides roasting instructions.
leek bruschetta

Bruschetta with Leeks, Goat Cheese, and Bacon

By Ree Drummond for Pioneer Woman
I was a little hesitant to put another recipe in that also called for bacon and goat cheese, but these bruschetta look so good, and are a fine way to use this week’s leeks.
zucchini scramble
Photo by Taste of Home

Zucchini Scramble

From Taste of Home
Here’s an easy way to use the zucchini or summer squash in this weeks box – serve with sliced tomato as shown to make a pretty plate.

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Week #13, August 18/19, 2022

Summer of surgeries

Our family has had a series of health issues (broken ankle, hernia) and now it’s my turn.  I am scheduled for skin cancer removal tomorrow and Friday, followed by a few weeks recovery.  It’s a slow-growing tumor but is close to my eye, which complicates removal.  The recovery restrictions limit what I can do on the farm but our crew and Steve will take care of what needs to be done, as usual.  I might be slow to respond to emails but I will get to them all.  We are not used to this!  We are used to being hale and hardy!  Fortunately, Steve has recovered from hernia surgery and Sophie’s broken ankle is healing well.
Please, no special CSA requests this week or next week.  Thank you – if something is a little off, just cut us some slack.

Tomato Care

Ripe (top) and less ripe tomatoes (bottom).

We are heading into peak tomato season.  Ripe tomatoes are delicious but highly perishable so let’s talk about their care.

Ripeness:  Each delivery, we pack a mix of ripe and less-ripe tomatoes so you can stretch them through the week.  In the photo above, the top tomatoes are ready to eat.  The bottom tomatoes can ripen at room temperature for a few days.

Storage:  Tomatoes retain their best flavor and texture when stored at room temperature, no lower than 55 F.  I encourage you to spread your tomatoes on plates so you can watch them.  Eat first the ripest ones or any showing flaws.  
However, you should refrigerate your tomatoes if they are fully ripe and you don’t expect to eat them right away.  It is better to sacrifice a little flavor and texture than to let your tomatoes spoil.  Also, fully ripe tomatoes are less sensitive to chilling injury.

They might need washing:  We handle the ripe tomatoes as little as possible to avoid bruising.

(Left)  The yellow arrow shows small inconsequential flaws that will grow with time.  Eat now.
(Right) The purple arrows show leaf residue bits stuck to the tomato.  Wet the tomato and the residue will come right off.

Veggie List & Veggie Notes
Week #13, August 18/19, 2022
– Weekly shares
– EOW/ green

Sweet corn, 8 or 9 ears
Slicing & plum tomatoes, ~3 lb
Cherry tomatoes, 1 pint
Red peppers (bell or frying; mixed #1/#2 grades), 2
Cucumbers, 2 or 3
Zucchini or yellow squash, 1 or 2 pieces
White or yellow onion
Basil, 1 small sprig
By site: a small green leaf lettuce OR a green bell pepper.
By site: watermelon (red or yellow or orange) OR muskmelon

Next week’s box will probably contain corn, tomatoes, peppers, and more.

Sweet corn – Good news!  There are almost no bugs this week!  These beautiful ears are a variety called “Fantastic”.

Cucumbers – These might be the final cucumbers of the season.

White onions OR yellow onions (by site) – As we harvest, we continue to move from sweet onions to storage onions.  Pungency increases as well as the ability to fry or brown in hot oil.  Some sites get white onions which are intermediate between sweet and storage onions.  Some sites get a yellow onion named “Elyse” which is more pungent.

Melons – Our melons have been stricken with a serious disease problem. We’ve seen this before but always as a minor, late-season issue. Every melon has small, sunken surface blemishes. The melons are good to eat – they formed and ripened before the disease hit. However, eat your melon promptly (ie this weekend) because those spots will spread. They haven’t reached the melon cavity yet, but they will. If you have the room, it’s a good idea to refrigerate your melon this week.


Roasted Tomato and Sweet Corn Salad

Roasted tomato wedges add delicious savory flavor to this vibrant summer salad. Serve it with good bread for sopping up the rich juices that they’ll leave behind on your plate. I like to steam the corn for this salad, though if you want to save yourself a step, it’s just as good raw.

Serves 3 to 4
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes

1 pound tomatoes (about 2 large)
4 ears sweet corn, husked
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 garlic clove, grated
½ teaspoon sea salt, plus more for sprinkling
Freshly ground black pepper
4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, torn into bite-size pieces
1 cup fresh basil leaves, torn if large

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cut the tomatoes into ½-inch wedges, then cut the wedges in half crosswise. Place the tomato chunks on the baking sheet, skin side down. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and roast until shriveled and lightly browned around the edges, about 40 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the corn. Fill a large pot with 1 inch of water and bring to a simmer. Stand the corncobs in the pot, cover, and steam for 4 to 6 minutes, or until tender and bright yellow. Remove the corn from the pot, allow to cool slightly, and cut the kernels off the cobs.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, lemon zest, garlic, salt, and several grinds of pepper. Add the corn kernels and stir to coat. Add the mozzarella and roasted tomatoes and gently stir to combine. Fold in the basil, season to taste, and serve.


White Bean Burgers with Roasted Peppers and Feta Yogurt Sauce

If you’re someone who likes to get ahead on dinner, you’ll love this veggie burger recipe. The patties can chill in the fridge for up to 24 hours before you cook them, so you can easily prep them the morning or day before you plan to serve them and just cook them off when you’re ready to eat. Dress them up with a lemony feta yogurt sauce, quick-pickled onions, and fresh fixings like sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, or lettuce.

Serves 6
Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 40 minutes

1 red bell or frying pepper
1 medium onion
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
3 cups cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons whole milk Greek yogurt
3 garlic cloves, grated
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1½ teaspoons dried oregano
1½ teaspoons minced capers
½ teaspoon sea salt, plus more for the onions
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Freshly ground black pepper
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1 large egg
Avocado oil, for the pan
6 hamburger buns
Desired fixings

For the Feta Yogurt Sauce
½ cup whole milk Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
¼ teaspoon sea salt
Water, as needed, to thin

  1. Preheat the oven broiler and place the whole pepper on a baking sheet. Broil until the pepper is blackened and blistering all over, 15 to 20 minutes total, turning every 5 to 10 minutes to expose each side of the pepper to the heat. Remove from the oven and transfer the pepper to a large bowl. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and set aside to allow the pepper to steam and soften for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, prep the onion. Slice it in half and thinly slice one of the halves. Place the thinly sliced onion in a small container and toss with the lemon juice and a pinch of salt. Cover and chill until ready to serve. Grate the remaining onion half on the large holes of a box grater.
  3. When the pepper is cool enough to handle, peel off the blistered skin and remove and discard the stem, seeds, and membranes. Dice the soft roasted pepper flesh.
  4. In a large bowl, place the cannellini beans, grated onion, Greek yogurt, garlic, lemon zest, oregano, capers, salt, cayenne, and several grinds of pepper. Use a potato masher to mash until the mixture is thick and creamy with a few large bean pieces still intact. Fold in the diced pepper, panko, and egg.
  5. Form the mixture into 6 equal patties. It will be wet and sticky, but it should be firm enough to handle. If it feels too wet, place it in the fridge to chill for 10 minutes before forming the patties. Once formed, place the patties on a plate and chill, uncovered, for at least 30 minutes and up to 24 hours. Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Coat the bottom generously with oil. Add the patties and cook until charred on both sides, about 5 minutes per side. Work in batches as necessary. Transfer the charred patties to the prepared baking sheet and lightly brush the patties with olive oil. Bake for 15 minutes to help them firm up in the middle.
  7. While the burgers bake, make the feta yogurt. In a small bowl, stir together the yogurt, feta, olive oil, lemon juice, and salt. Add water, 1 teaspoon at a time, to reach a creamy, spreadable consistency.
  8. Assemble the burgers on the buns with the feta yogurt, lemony onions, and other desired fixings.

Panzanella salad
Photo by Eva Kolenko


From Love & Lemons
I never let summer pass by without making this Italian bread salad at least once. The cubes of crusty bread soak up the tomato juices and tangy vinaigrette, so each one is full of zingy summer flavor. We call for red onion in this recipe, but yellow onion would work just as well.
Cold Thai noodle salad topped with peanut dressing, crushed peanuts, ground pork, cucumbers, basil and mint
Photo by The Modern Proper

Cold Thai Noodle Salad

From The Modern Proper
Cold noodles are one of my favorite types of meals to enjoy on a hot day. These are dressed up with cooling cucumbers, fresh herbs, crispy pork, and a creamy peanut dressing. The recipe calls for both basil and mint, but it’ll taste great with just basil if you don’t have any mint on hand.
sheet pan cashew chicken
Photo by How Sweet Eats

Sheet Pan Cashew Chicken

From How Sweet Eats
In this 30-minute dinner, a sweet, gingery sauce coats tender roasted peppers, hearty chicken, and crunchy cashews. Pair it with rice for an easy weeknight meal.
Zucchini frittata on table with sliced peaches, tomatoes, and cup of coffee
Photo by Erin Alderson

Caramelized Zucchini Frittata

From Naturally Ella
A bubbly layer of cheddar cheese tops this fluffy zucchini and onion frittata. Make it for a simple dinner or a delicious weekend brunch.
Creamy shrimp pasta in a bowl.
Photo by Pinch of Yum

Creamy Shrimp Pasta with Corn and Tomatoes

From Pinch of Yum
We’ve been sharing a corn pasta a week recently (see this newsletter or this one), which I think just goes to show how well corn and pasta go together. I love how the crisp kernels play off the chewy, al dente noodles. This recipe features tomatoes as well, filling it with fresh summer flavor. It also calls for spinach, but it’s such a small amount that you can feel free to skip it.
Grilled Tomatoes
Photo by Eva Kolenko

Grilled Tomatoes

From Love & Lemons
Grilling is a great way to use the plum tomatoes that you’ll find in your box this week, as they hold their shape nicely over the hot grates. They’ll be charred and juicy when they come off the heat. Enjoy them a drizzle of olive oil, salt, and pepper, or dress them up more with Italian dressing, Parmesan, and a shower of fresh herbs.

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Week #12. Melons on the way

Watermelon harvest is everyone’s favorite job but you have to be able to catch and throw and not mind getting splashed.  We are deeply enjoying the beautiful summer days.  This is one of the best ways to spend them.

Photo by Maggie Schley

Steve picks the ripe melons and makes piles in the field.  Ari tosses melons to Mat, who washes them in the blue tank. It’s great to wash right at the edge of the field.  Melon harvest almost always coincides with warm weather, so no one cares if they get wet.

After washing, we toss again and place (gently!) in wooden bins. Back at the farmyard, we can move the full bins with a forklift and pallet jacks. That means we do not have to lift them again until we pack them in your CSA boxes.

Photo by Mat Salbego

Then we rest and eat cracked melons.

Garlic crop looks good.

The crop is in and drying nicely. The top photo shows garlic laid to dry in our barn loft.  The bottom two photos show garlic laid in the greenhouse on July 29 and July 30. You can see how quickly it’s drying.  I do not love having the garlic in the sun but we cannot fit it all in the loft, so we need to use the greenhouse too. Once it’s dry enough, we’ll move it into the barn.

Veggie List & Veggie Notes
Week #12, August 11/12, 2022
– Weekly shares
– EOW/ purple
– Sampler/ moon

Sweet corn, 8 ears
Green beans, ~1.5 lb
Cherry tomatoes, 1 quart
Slicing tomatoes, ~2.2 lb
Red peppers, 2, either red bell or red frying
Cucumbers, 3 or 4
White or yellow onion, 1 large
Basil, 1 small sprig
By site: red watermelon OR muskmelon

Next week’s box will probably contain sweet corn, melons, tomatoes, peppers, beans, cucumbers and more.

Sweet corn report – There are very few bugs this week.  It’s the next delicious batch of ‘Vision’ corn.

Cucumbers – This field is so productive!  Usually I wouldn’t send cucumber so many weeks in a row but this field is going to end quickly, so let’s enjoy them while we have them.

White onions – These are more pungent onions than the Walla Wallas that we’ve sent in recent weeks.  We consider them intermediate between Wallas and yellow storage onions in both pungency and ability to be fried.  In other words, these will fry better than Wallas but not as well as a yellow onion.


all the veg soup
Photo by debslunch

All-the-vegetables Vegetable Soup

We don’t think of summer time as soup season, but fresh summer produce is so tasty in soup. This quick and easy vegetable soup can be thrown together in 3O minutes in the morning and reheated for dinner without overly heating up your kitchen. And it can turn a sandwich into a real meal! I’ve used Tipi green beans, carrots, corn, and bell pepper in this batch, as well as my last pint of Tipi tomato juice, but feel free to sub in what you have – zucchini, summer squash, tomatoes.
Takes about 30 minutes
Serves 6

1 tablespoon butter
3/4 cup chopped onion
3 stalks of celery, well-rinsed and chopped, with some of the leaves if possible
3 smallish carrots, sliced into rounds (a generous cup)
1 bell pepper, chopped
kernels from two ears of corn
1 1/2 – 2 cups green beans, cut into 1 to 2-inch lengths
2 cups of tomato juice
2-3 cups chicken or vegetable broth, or a mix of broth and water
1 to 1 /2 cups cooked beans or small pasta like macaroni or small shells
salt and freshly ground pepper
one tablespoon of honey, or to taste

  1. Melt the butter in a large pot that holds about 4 quarts. Add the longer cooking vegetable first – onion, celery, carrots, and toss with the butter. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes until the onion starts to soften and turn translucent, then add the peppers, green beans and corn. Continue to cook for about 10 more minutes.
  2. Add the broth and tomato juice and water of necessary, and raise the heat to bring the soup to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes. (If you’re making this in the morning, you can go and change out of your pajamas into regular clothes while the soup simmers)
  3. Add the beans or pasta – I used small red beans from Rancho Gordo, but garbanzos would be good, too. Stir in the honey. Cook a few minutes to make sure everything is blended. Dip out a spoonful and let it cool slightly, and taste to see if it needs more salt, or anything else.
  4. You can eat the soup immediately or cool it, and refrigerate and reheat when you’re ready. Serve with crusty bread or grilled cheese sandwiches.

corn feta pasta
Photo by debslunch

Pasta with Oven-roasted Corn, Feta, and Jalapeño

This remarkably flavorful pasta only has a few main ingredients: pasta, corn, feta, and jalapeño. I tested the recipe with a large, very mild jalapeño – feel free to sub bell pepper or whatever you have. Sliced cherry tomatoes would also be delicious in this recipe. Serve with pan con tomate, Catalan tomato bread – see recipe below.

1 pound orecchiette – the orecchiette cradle the corn kernels, but bow ties or penne would also work
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 large jalapeño, or about 1/2 cup chopped bell or frying pepper, finely chopped
kernels from 4-5 ears of oven-roasted corn, 3-4 cups
Kosher salt
1-2 tablespoons basil pesto, purchased or homemade
8 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
Flaky salt and chopped fresh basil leaves, for serving (optional)

  1. Prepare the oven roasted corn: heat the oven to 400°, and place a rack in the top third. Pull the silk off the corn, and partially shuck it – leave at least one layer of husks on. Arrange the corn directly on the oven rack, or on a tray that will hold all the ears on one layer. Roast for 30 minutes, flipping after about 15, until the cobs have some color on the outside. Cool and peel the corn, and cut the kernels off the cobs. Save the cobs for stock if you like.
  2. Cook the orecchiette in a large pot of well-salted water; optionally, drop a corn cob in for extra corny-y flavor, until the pasta is just a little less cooked then you like it. Drain, saving a cup of the pasta water.
  3. Melt the butter in a wide deep skillet and cook the jalapeño or bell pepper in the butter till softened. Add the corn and 1/4 cup pasta water, and cook until slightly reduced, 2-3 minutes. Add the pasta, pesto, and feta, and another 1/4 cup pasta water, and toss until the pasta is well coated with the sauce. If it seems too dry, add more pasta water as necessary.
  4. Top with the flaky salt and basil, if using, and serve immediately with pan con tomate

roasted chicken thighs with cucumber yogurt
Photo by Johnny Miller for The New York Times

Roasted Chicken with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce

Takes about 40 minutes
Serves 4-6

This recipe is based on a recipe by Melissa Clark, in the New York Times. I’ve adjusted some of the ingredients to match what we’ve got in the box.

Two to two-and-a-half pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 garlic cloves, minced or put through a press
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh herbs such as basil or parsley, or 1 teaspoon dried oregano
A good-sized pinch of red pepper flakes
3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more as needed
One lemon, one half cut into thin wedges
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt or other thick yogurt (or sour cream)
1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded, and grated about 2/3-3/4 cups
Optional: 2 tablespoons chopped herbs, such as basil or parsley for sprinkling on top

  1. Heat oven to 425°. Combine the chicken, 3 of the garlic cloves, the 1 tablespoon basil or other chopped fresh herbs, or teaspoon of dried oregano, red pepper flakes, and lemon wedges. Season with salt and pepper. Pour in the olive oil and toss until well coated. The chicken can be refrigerated at this point for up to 12 hours before roasting.
  2. Line a sheet pan with parchment or foil, and spread the chicken mixture on it in a single layer. Drizzle with a little more oil and roast until the chicken is cooked through, 25-35 minutes. For a little more color on your chicken, run the pan under the broiler for 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. While the chicken is cooking, stir together the yogurt, grated cucumber, and remaining garlic clove in a small bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  4. When the chicken is done, arrange it on a serving platter and squeeze the half lemon over the top. Sprinkle on the chopped basil if using. Serve with the cucumber-yogurt sauce and an extra drizzle of olive oil.

pan con tomate
Photo by The Spruce

Catalan Tomato Bread

From The Spruce Eats, by Lisa & Tony Sierra
Pan con tomate or Catalan Tomato Bread, a tapa, flavors toasted bread with garlic and tomato. Toast the bread until it’s nice and crispy to avoid sogginess after the bread is rubbed with the tomato – but even soggy, it will still taste great!
cold corn soup
Photo by Nagi

Cold Corn Soup for Summer

From RecipeTinEats
Another soup this week – this one is cool, creamy, and full of fresh corn.
tomato basil rice
Photo by Bite On The Side

Tomato Basil Rice

From Bite On The Side
Serve this rice garnished with cherry tomatoes and chopped fresh basil as shown, or chunks of slicing tomato. You can omit the basil if we don’t get any in the box; you might want to add oregano or another dried herb, and call it tomato-herb rice!

And finally, two recipes for salads with green beans and corn, one creamy, and one with tomatoes.

corn and green bean salad
Photo by Taste of Home

Corn and Green Bean Salad

From Taste of Home
This recipe calls for reduced fat mayonnaise – I am not a fan! Feel free to use your favorite mayo.
Martha Corn Green Bean Tomato Salad
Photo by John Kernick

Corn, Green Bean, and Tomato Salad

From Martha Stewart
Martha calls for yellow tomatoes and heirloom tomatoes in this salad – a combination of our slicing and cherry tomatoes will work just great in this recipe.

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Week #11; Let’s talk peppers.

Our pepper season begins.  We have two or three peppers for each share this week.  Most people will get a mix of red bell and red frying peppers. (Some boxes will have all bells this week.)  Let’s review the differences.

Bell peppers are sweet, not spicy.  They are blocky and thick walled.  These are great for salads, stuffing, grilling, and roasting, where their thick walls are an advantage.  This week’s bell peppers are red or green, but we grow red, yellow, orange, purple and green bell peppers.  All are sweet.

Frying peppers are also sweet, not spicy.   They have a pointed tip and are thinner walled.  These peppers are great for frying.  They have lower moisture, which allows them to fry and brown in hot oil.  Frying peppers can also be stuffed or used for salads.  They are less useful for roasting, because of their thinner walls, and lower yield after roasting.  We grow red and green frying peppers. 

#2 Grade Red Peppers

I write about pepper grading every year.  Returning members can say “yeah, yeah” and skip ahead.  New members, please read.
Some of the red bell peppers we send in the CSA boxes will be our #2 grade.  We do this to avoid waste and to deliver good value to our CSA members.  The #2 grade peppers are excellent eating quality, but are not quite pretty enough to sell to our coop store customers.  As a result, we place a much lower value on these peppers.  This allows us to provide generous amounts of peppers over the course of the season.  We feel this is a good exchange, even if it means you occasionally open a pepper and find that it needs trimming.  Here are the reasons that peppers are downgraded from #1 grade to #2 grade:

  • They may have a minor blemish, or
  • They may have minor insect damage, or
  • They may be very ripe and beginning to wrinkle.  (These are especially sweet and delicious as they are fully ripe.  These cannot be sold to stores because their shelf life is short.  You will find that the texture is less crisp than a #1 grade pepper, but the flavor more than makes up for it.)
  • They might be partially red and partially green.
  • Others are just too small.
  • Eating quality is fine (or excellent) for all the #2 peppers. 

We throw away ALL peppers that we suspect have rot inside (although one may occasionally slip through in either #1 or #2 grade.).  Enjoy this week’s peppers.  As amounts increase, we’ll share favorite pepper recipes.

Zucchini News

The crew on the way to harvest zucchini.

After this week, you (and we) will get a vacation from zucchini.  Our next field will be ready to harvest in late August.  This is good timing from our perspective, as we have many great things for the CSA boxes this month.  Melons, corn, beans, peppers and tomatoes are all hitting their stride.

Veggie List & Veggie Notes
Week #11, August 4/5, 2022
– Weekly shares
– EOW/ green

Sweet corn, 7 or 8 ears
Carrots, 2 lb
Red peppers (frying or bell), 2 or 3
These will be a mix of #1 and #2 grades.
Cherry tomatoes, 1 quart
Slicing tomatoes, 1 or 2
Cucumbers, ~4
Zucchini &/or Zephyr squash, ~2 pieces
Walla Walla onion
Fresh garlic, 1 bulb
By site: a small muskmelon OR red watermelon

Next week’s box will probably contain sweet corn, tomatoes, red cabbage, melons, and more.

Sweet corn – This week’s batch has fewer bugs.  However, I still suggest that you cut off the tips before shucking.  Then you do not even see any bugs.  We expect to have seven deliveries of corn for you this year and I’ll post bug info here each week so you know what to expect.  The corn is delicious.  Just cut off the tips before shucking – you’ll be happier.

Carrots – This is a really nice batch of carrots, a variety called ‘Romance’.  Steve has experimented for years to find the best carrot varieties to plant each season.  Summer carrots can be disappointing, eg too bitter, but this ‘Romance’ variety does great.  Of course, we have to water and tend them for success, but they are worth the effort.

Red peppers – Storage: Refrigerate

Cucumbers – We just began harvesting our second cucumber field and the quality and abundance are great!  We have four cucumbers for you this week.  Enjoy the bounty – soon the field will calm down and production will slow.
Storage: Refrigerate in a warmer part of your fridge, or even leave at room temperature.

Cherry tomatoes (mixed orange and red) – Everyone gets a quart this week but they are not quite full.  We divvied up what we have!

Fresh garlic – We are sending German Extra Hardy garlic this time.  Storage:  I suggest that you refrigerate this bulb of garlic, so it remains easy to peel.  The garlic is fine if you leave it at room temperature but the cloves will become difficult to peel as the bulb dries.

Muskmelon (some sites) – Some are ripe and ready to eat.  Some appear greenish and need to ripen a day or two on your kitchen counter.  Keep at room temperature but refrigerate if not eaten within 2 days.

Red watermelon (some sites) – We have watermelons for just two sites.
Storage: Store at room temperature and refrigerate once cut.


Roasted Salmon with Marinated Cucumbers and Ginger Rice

Sweet and tangy marinated cucumbers add a cooling crunch to this gingery salmon and rice bowl. Serve it with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and drizzles of toasted sesame oil for a nutty finishing touch.

Serves 4
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes

1 large cucumber (about 10 ounces), peeled, seeded, and diced
¾ teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
1 cup jasmine rice, rinsed
1½ cups water
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 teaspoon cane sugar
4 (4-ounce) salmon filets
1 tablespoon tamari or soy sauce
2 teaspoons brown sugar
Sesame seeds, for garnish
Toasted sesame oil, for serving

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place the cucumbers in a medium bowl and toss with ½ teaspoon of the sea salt. Set aside while you start the rice.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the rice and stir to coat in the oil. Add the water and the remaining ¼ teaspoon sea salt and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer until the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow the rice to steam in the covered pot until you’re ready to serve.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the cucumbers. Add the rice vinegar and the sugar to the bowl with the cucumbers and toss until the sugar dissolves. Chill in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.
  5. Pat the salmon filets dry and place them on the prepared baking sheet, skin side down. In a small bowl, stir together the tamari and brown sugar until the sugar dissolves. Brush the mixture onto the salmon filets, then bake until the salmon is just opaque and flakes easily, about 12 minutes.
  6. Assemble plates with a scoop of the ginger rice, a salmon filet, and spoonfuls of the marinated cucumbers. Garnish with sesame seeds and serve with drizzles of toasted sesame oil.


Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread Pancakes

Warmly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg and packed with shredded zucchini, these moist and fluffy pancakes taste just like zucchini bread! Serve them with maple syrup for a delicious breakfast or brunch. Tip: If you have lots of squash to use up, you can increase the zucchini to 1½ cups. The pancakes are great both ways.

Makes about 10 pancakes
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

1 cup all-purpose flour
½ cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
Heaping 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Heaping ¼ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup almond milk, or any milk
¼ cup whole milk Greek yogurt
1 large egg
2 tablespoons neutral oil or melted butter, plus more for the pan
1 tablespoon maple syrup, plus more for serving
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup shredded zucchini
½ cup chocolate chips

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the all-purpose and whole wheat flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond milk, Greek yogurt, egg, oil, maple syrup, and vanilla. Stir in the zucchini. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  3. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat and brush lightly with oil. Use a ⅓-cup scoop to pour the batter into the skillet. Cook the pancakes until they’re puffed, cooked through, and golden brown on both sides, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Reduce the heat as needed if the outsides of the pancakes brown before they’re fully cooked in the middle. Serve with maple syrup.


Homemade corn fritters on a plate
Photo by The Modern Proper

Corn Fritters

From The Modern Proper
Crispy, buttery, savory, and sweet, these pan-fried fritters are a fun way to use sweet corn! This recipe calls for green onions, but you could easily sub in a couple tablespoons of minced Walla Walla onion.

Greek salad
Photo by Jeanine Donofrio and Jack Mathews

Greek Salad

From Love & Lemons
This simple salad is a refreshing summer side dish, and it’d be a perfect way to use the cucumbers, peppers, onion, and cherry tomatoes in your box this week. Feel free to skip the mint. Thanks to the fresh veggies and punchy dressing, the salad has plenty of flavor without it.

Sheet pan chicken pitas in bowls.
Photo by Pinch of Yum

Sheet Pan Chicken Pitas with Tzatziki

From Pinch of Yum
Here’s another great way to use the peppers and cucumbers in this week’s box! In this easy sheet pan dinner, you’ll roast thinly sliced peppers and spiced-up chicken breast and serve them in pitas with diced cucumber, onion, and creamy cucumber tzatziki.

Za’atar Roasted Carrots with Feta and Pumpkin Seeds on a serving plate topped with cilantro
Photo by The Modern Proper

Za’atar Roasted Carrots with Feta and Pumpkin Seeds

From The Modern Proper
Za’atar, a Middle Eastern spice blend, adds bright, earthy flavor to these simple roasted carrots. Dress them up with feta and toasted pumpkin seeds for tang and crunch.

Burst tomato pappardelle in a pan topped with fresh basil and being scooped with tongs.
Photo by Pinch of Yum

Burst Tomato Pappardelle with Zucchini, Sweet Corn, and Pan-Fried Chicken

From Pinch of Yum
Burst cherry tomatoes, lemon, and a touch of cream create a light, flavorful sauce for this summery veggie pasta. The chicken here is totally optional – for a vegetarian take on this recipe, feel free to skip it!

Carrot ginger dressing
Photo by Jeanine Donofrio and Phoebe Moore

Carrot Ginger Dressing

From Love & Lemons
Potentially my all-time favorite salad dressing! Made with roasted carrots, fresh ginger, and rice vinegar, it’s creamy, zingy, and super refreshing. Toss it with salads, drizzle it over a grain bowl, or use it as a dipping sauce for spring rolls, sushi, or grilled or roasted veggies.


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