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CSA Box #5 - My Hovercraft is Full of Eels!

Not my hovercraft. I don't have a hovercraft, where would I put it. My refrigerator! It's my refrigerator and it's not full of eels it's full of that other stuff, green things. Leafy vegetables! Every time I open the door they come slithering out and I have to stuff them back in.

This week I got:
3 Cucumbers
1 Zucchini 1 yellow Squash
1 head spotted Lettuce
1 bunch rainbow Chard
1 bunch curly Kale
2 bags assorted Greens (field greens, arugula, baby red Russian kale, and tatsoi).
1 bulb uncured Garlic
1 bunch Scallions
1 bunch Garlic Scapes
1 bunch Basil

Left over from previous boxes:
1 Cucumber
5 Muu Radishes - A traditional Korean daikon.
1 Napa Cabbage
1 bunch Curly Kale
2 bunch Scallions
1 Bunch Basil
2 bags of Baby Greens
1 bag Spicy mix greens
1 bag Field greens
1 bag Baby Arugula

I really need to eat salad at every meal.

Anyone have recipe suggestion for fresh Basil? Scallions? and Garlic Scapes?

I'm exhausted and want to go back to bed.

Edit: I made a big bunch or Hummus with the fresh garlic and the garlic scapes. I ate one of cucumbers and I gave a bag of the field greens to the downstairs neighbors.

I may make a batch of Pesto with basil. I didn't know you could substitute almost any nut for the pine nuts. I have plenty of walnuts and a bag of slivered almonds. I can have Tri-color Rotini with Basil & Walnut Pesto

So I'm thinking of making a batch of Kale Balls (2 bunches of curly Kale), and some Cold Sesame Peanut Butter Noodles (with scallions and cucumbers).

Then I just have to do something with the Napa Cabbage. I might make stuffed cabbage leaves.

Edit 2: I had fettuccine with pesto for breakfast. So that took care of the Basil. I froze some of the pesto for later, too. Yesterday I had rainbow Chard for breakfast. I also ate all the radishes. And I gave away some of the greens.

I plan on making the Kale Balls and freezing them.
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garlic scapes go into just about anything

I've used them in stir-fries and they were delicious! If you get any green beans they go very well with fresh basil. We had that at Jean Jacques in NYC. Half cooked green beans, half fresh basil, toss with a little olive oil.

Have you checked Epicurious.com? My phone app has a recipe for Basil Tabbouleh that uses basil, scallions, mint, cucumber & tomato.

Re: garlic scapes go into just about anything

I haven't tried googling recipes yet. I was too tired.

Basil Tabbouleh sounds interesting. All I need to get is tomato, mint, and parsley.

I'm a bit worried about the garlic scapes, last time I tried them they were a bit woody. Sara, the CSA coordinator, suggested using them in pesto. I don't have any pine nuts but I think pureeing them in the food processor is a good idea. I was thinking of adding them to my kale balls, or some hummus. I'm soaking chickpeas for hummus right now.

Re: garlic scapes go into just about anything

Hummus is a good idea. They aren't as strong as regular garlic and they'll add some nice color.
Peel and seed a cucumber or two, and cook it with tomato and onion and whatever else into a fried rice Thai-style.
That's an interesting idea. I don't usually cook cucumbers.

I was thinking of doing a cold sesame peanut butter noodle dish with scallions and cucumber
That sounds yummy, too.

Garlic scapes and sausage, veggie or real, in a lightly spicy soy sauce-based sauce is lovely.
Oo! Oo! I got another one!

Potatoes, onions & kale. Cook the potatoes & onions, chopped, on med-low heat for 5-10 minutes, then add kale, cook until desired done-ness. Season w/salt & pepper. This is from the Indian woman @ work. (^_^)