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June 11, 2008

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I just choked on my coffee laughing at "windmill on crack". Now I can't get that visual out of my head!! LOL

Thank you for posting these tips. If I'm ever lucky enough to participate in a CSA these are all good things to know.

I also may have a new way to dry my lettuce off until I get a salad spinner. Free entertainment in the kitchen!

Changing my mindset was HUGE for me. I felt like I was going grocery shopping in my fridge each week as I would peruse what was in there. It was that change that made me feel in touch with the seasons and the land. I'd get all tingly when I thought about it!! :P

I'm glad you finally got this post up. I was afraid to even comment in the off chance I would possibly allude to something in part II.

Our CSA starts next week - yea!

That beet tip is bloody brilliant! Probably won't work with a gas grill though, huh. Dammit.

You should warn people about the pink pee.

When it comes to salad-whirling, much easier than using towels is to select the thinnest of your old pillowcases and declare it henceforth the official salad-spinning sack. You'll get a bigger circle with a pillowcase than with towels, generating more force for throwing off the water. I'm told the French have done this for ages. Really works, and great entertainment for the neighbors!

Barry Foy: Pillowcases? Genius! I'm returning my salad spinner.

Jess: Oh yeah, pink pee. Yet another CSA perk.

Andrea: Yay! What's the name of your CSA on the Cape?

Gillian: Now you've gotten me all tingly.

April: When it comes to dry lettuce, I mean business. I didn't just make that tangy vinaigrette so I could water it down with sopping-wet lettuce.

I'm glad I've never got around to buying that salad spinner. I'm dedicating a pillow case instead. The exercise will be good too.

Congratulations on becoming a salad spinner owner. I could not live without it! I even have a smaller one for herbs and a big one for greens.

Having spent much of my childhood eating wet iceberg lettuce as "salad," (and not enjoying it very much), I made sure that a salad spinner was one of the first things I bought to stock my kitchen.

I haven't found any CSAs that do single-person shares in my corner of Boston, but I tend to go overboard at the Haymarket, so I'm rapidly learning to use up produce before it becomes compost.

An immersion blender is next on my list of kitchen appliances.

Julia Child told me (and Jacques Pépin) to steam beats in a pressure cooker for half an hour. It works great.

Please -- which things do not make a good gazpacho? It's for the good of the world

First pick up for the year was yesterday. What a windfall--I was cleaning and cooking veggies from 8 - 10:30 last night. But it sure is worth it! Two things I do: Wash and destem or whatever all leafy things, drain in a colander and then lightly layer on kitchen towels. Top with another towel. You want them a little damp, so if you use your spinner go lightly. Roll them up snugly, and put them in a labelled gallon size bag, and compress all the air out--lettuce, arugula, etc. really stays fresh and is already clean for your dinner!

After you do a CSA for a couple of years, you get used to the rhythym of the season. I have a little notebook flagged with vegetable names. In each section I have written down my favorite recipes for that veggie, along with which cookbook to find it in and on what page. That way we can eat our veggies even when I'm too tired to be creative. And libraries are a great source for veggie cookbooks when your bookshelves are over-laden like my own!

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