Serving Suggestions: 7/17/18

Welcome to the newest installment of Serving Suggestions.  This week we have a suggestion from Bob about his go-to recipe when we get a CSA share like we did yesterday:

Yesterday was possibly my favorite CSA share ever.  I typically do a half share so there are weeks when I miss some of my favorites but this week was perfect.  Peppers, onions, eggplant, squash, herbs, oh my.  I had a flashback to last year when the CSA gave me all of the ingredients for one of my favorite recipes: America’s Test Kitchen’s Walkaway Ratatouille.  I knew I had to make it last night even though it feels more like a hearty Fall dish.  Luckily, I had no other plans for dinner so it was fun to meal plan on the fly.  Since we didn’t have any tomatoes yet, I stopped at the Caldwell Marketplace on the way home for some canned tomatoes, garlic and a loaf of french bread.  I still had some Wrong Direction farm salted butter in the fridge which was perfect on top of the crusty bread.  I went from a potential takeout dinner to a wonderfully local homemade dinner.  (To view my post from 2017 with a link to the recipe, click here.)

Bob has another suggestion for the beautiful carrots we received last night:

Fans of the aforementioned America’s Test Kitchen might also know about Milk Street, the next project from Christopher Kimball.  Coincidentally, yesterday’s free recipe from Milk Street was for a French Carrot Salad which would be a great way to enjoy these fresh carrots without cooking all the flavor out of them.  The recipe is only free for a limited time but essentially it’s a shredded carrot salad dressed with white balsamic, tarragon, parsley, shallot, cayenne and olive oil.  It’s simple enough to make as a weeknight side dish and since it’s not mayo-based it would hold fine for outdoor Summer dining as well.

That’s all for this week, check back again soon for more Serving Suggestions!

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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