Serving Suggestions: 9/19/17

Welcome back readers!  Sadly, tomato season has passed us by but hopefully you’re excited for all the great produce in today’s share.

A few weeks back, Shana shared a recipe for a ratatouille.  Bob was inspired and used a recipe he had just seen on an episode of America’s Test Kitchen for their Walkaway Ratatouille:

I was given a Le Creuset as a gift a few months ago and have been trying to find every excuse to use it.  I found this recipe as the perfect way to keep using it during the Summer.  The portions received in today’s CSA pickup are perfect – two eggplants, two squash, a few peppers and plenty of onion.  If you have a big enough pot, don’t by shy and make a double or 1.5 batch – the pot will be super full when you put it in the oven but it’ll cook down.  I have served it a number of ways from fresh, leftover and even frozen: mixed with leftover rice, served over pasta as a chunky sauce or served plain with bread and an over-easy egg.  No matter how you serve it, it’s great.  I have made it with both fresh tomatoes and canned and honestly I would rather use the canned and save any good late tomatoes for another use.  The original recipe is behind the America’s Test Kitchen paywall but a free version is available here.

Do you have hot pepper plants in your backyard or on your porch?  Or maybe you load up on the hot peppers from the extras box and aren’t sure what to do with them all?  Bob has been finding himself in the same spot throughout the Summer:

The answer to my pepper overabundance is obviously hot sauce!  I have so many random bottles in the fridge and thought why not just make my own?  Here’s a simple and ingredient-light recipe from The Pioneer Woman.

Shana’s daughter had a special request this week:

My daughter requested that we get the purple cabbage this week so I had to oblige!  So I tossed it with the arugula, red peppers and salad turnips and made a quick salad as a side to my BLT.  Bacon courtesy of Wrong Direction, lettuce from this weeks romaine share and tomatoes form my garden. It was delicious and easy!

Below are a few awesome recipes from one of my favorite food blogs that incorporate many of the CSA ingredients (jalapeños, cabbage, red peppers, onions, cilantro). Enjoy!

Serving Suggestions is a recurring article that will be posted weekly during the CSA season featuring photos, tips and recipes.  Content is provided by Jessica, Shana and Bob.  If you would like to submit your own photos or recipes, please email Bob at  To read through previous Serving Suggestions articles, click here for an archive.  You can also use the handy search feature at the top of the right hand menu bar to search for the name of a particular ingredient you need help using.


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