I was all set up to write about the Medjool date syrup I made and the various uses I’ve found for it, which was really going to be awesome. But then I picked up our CSA box last night and well, I can’t think about anything other than dill right now. SO MUCH DILL.
Well, it’s really not that much, but confession time here, I’ve never used dill. So this amount seems like quite a bit. I’m thinking about tzatziki, or maybe dill potato wedges. I wonder how it would pair with capers? What about caper-dill deviled eggs for the super bowl?
You see: baby spring mix and other baby lettuces, lacinato green kale, red potatoes, carrots, lemons, cilantro (which we immediately used to garnished our chili and spaghetti squash last night), dill, beets (baby I think), blood oranges, satsuma, and a few things I couldn’t identify. I think one of them is baby box choy, but I have no idea what that leek-dill hybrid looking thing is. I sent this picture to a few people to see if anyone could identify it for me. We also got a rock-hard avocado that I assume we’ll be able to eat around, say, August.
UPDATE: Oh my gosh. It’s fennel. Right? Fennel. I’ve never seen it with any green still attached. This should be fun.
Yes, and that’s my Tuesday morning. We decided to go with Be Wise Ranch, an organic farm in San Diego that has a pick-up on Monday nights at Whole Foods. It is organic, reasonably priced, and has a close pick-up time at the beginning of the week, which all factored into our (well, my) choice. When it comes to local farms, I’m not sure if I really neeeed it to be organic, but if they’re putting GMO zucchini in a summer box I want none of it.
We signed up for a “starter,” which is essentially an 8-week subscription with a box every other week. Four boxes total for $30 a box, plus a $20 enrollment fee. I feel good about it right now. I’ll let you know if I freak out by the amount of weird items and excess dill I get by box #3. My only disappointment is that everything comes packaged in plastic bags. Which makes me feel bad for a) the environment and b) the possibility of BPA and other plastic toxins. So there’s that. Otherwise, I’m excited to try a few new ingredients this week!