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Gardening

CSA Box #11

This week I got:
5 assorted Tomatoes
3 Bell Peppers (2 yellow, 1 green)
1 bunch Basil (I wish they send me something other than Basil and Scallions)
1 bag Green Beans
6 small Cucumbers
a lot of Beets (Purples, golden, and chiogga) W/o greens
1 bag of assorted Baby Greens
2 bulbs Garlic

Well at least there were no carrots this time. I think I will start turning orange if I eat any more carrots.

Tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, and garlic are always welcome.

If I pick up a tin of chunk pineapple I can make Sweet and Sour Chicken with the yellow bell peppers. And with some ground beef and beans I can make Chili with the green bell pepper.

If I pick up some more eggs I can make pickled eggs with fresh beets. I also cooked some chickpeas so I could make the Beet and Chickpea Salad from the Good and Cheap cookbook.

I'll just have to put the fresh basil in everything until I use it all up. Luckily I bought some bread so I can have some more tomato sandwiches. Or just make some more tomato salad with fresh basil. I could make some mini pizzas with fresh basil.

I forgot to mention that last week, when The Beast was here, we bought a dozen ears of fresh sweet corn, for $3.50 from a roadside stand. It was fantastic! I ate one ear raw. Then I ate one ear partially cooked (to see if they were ready). Then I ate a cooked one. I cooked all 12 ears at once because corn has to be cooked as soon after it is picked as possible or you are better off buying it frozen. Even left over, cold, and a couple of days old this corn still tasted delicious, without any butter or anything. I made corn fritters last night with the last of it. They were not as good as just the plain corn.
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Puree the basil in olive oil, then freeze it in ice cube trays. Transfer the cubes to a ziploc bag. Keeps for six months.
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