October 2017 Deliveries

One of my favorite Onion articles in the world features Mr. Autumn Man..."who sources speculate loves Thanksgiving, butternut squash soup, homecoming parades, 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,' apple-picking, and haunted hayrides, emerges reliably every year around this time in his traditional uniform, sometimes alternating his iconic sweater with a fleece vest or pullover." Sound familiar, anyone? 

I was channeling Mr. Autumn Man vibes hard this month - from the pumpkin pie breakfast smoothie to the Bedouin Tea-inspired roasted sweet potatoes with warming flavors like cinnamon, cardamom and sage. The last of my summer/fall CSA deliveries, this month packed some heat too. There was some variety of pepper nearly every week - ranging from tame red peppers to scorching scotch bonnets. This month inspired salads, soups, smoothies and (toasted) seeds. The veggies played a starring role in dishes from around the world - Pakistan, Thailand, India, Austria, Greece and California cuisine. October is the perfect time for getting lost in a slow, steady day of cooking and there's no better way to constantly be on the search for new inspiration and techniques than a surprise box of ingredients each week. 

As The Onion writes, "The Autumnal Ambassador is also believed to be an avid consumer of seasonal produce, his home and hearth redolent of roasting Indian corn, gourds, and other root vegetables." It appears me and Mr. Autumn man are not so different... sigh! 

october 2017 csa || planting my roots
pumpkin pie smoothie || planting my roots

pumpkin pie smoothie

celeriac soup with mustard croutons || planting my roots

celeriac soup with mustard croutons

austrian potato salad || planting my roots

austrian potato salad with seared pork, serious eats

toasted pumpkin seeds || planting my roots

curry pumpkin seeds

biryani || planting my roots

kachi yakhni biryani, saveur

lemon and oregano chicken || planting my roots

roasted chicken thighs with lemon and oregano, bon appetit

october 2017 csa deliveries || planting my roots
csa salad || planting my roots

roasted sweet potatoes, apricots, radishes and pickled onions

bedouin sweet potatoes || planting my roots

bedouin tea (fried sage, cinnamon, thyme and cardamom

salad with roasted red peppers, chicken || planting my roots

roasted red peppers and radishes, grilled chicken and kalamata olives

roasted red peppers || planting my roots

roasted red peppers

october 2017 deliveries || planting my roots
Crispy Thai Pork with Cucumber Salad || planting my roots

crispy thai pork with cucumber salad, bon appetit

chicken tikka masala || planting my roots

chicken tikka masala with cauliflower rice 

october 2017 csa || planting my roots
cheesy panko tahini cauliflower || planting my roots

June CSA Deliveries

If the picture below alone isn't enough, I don't know what will convince you of the beautiful bounty that was the entirety of the June CSA deliveries! From vibrant, fresh carrots to a surprise inclusion of juicy, sweet strawberries, June was filled with lovely, colorful veggies. Can you tell I was relying on Bon Appetit quite a bit? I blame their amazing podcast.

Crispy, cheesy, tahini-roasted cauliflower (recipe on Food52!) was an absolute highlight this month too. I guess it's not too shocking that anything dredged in cheese and tahini is going to be delicious, but this recipe is absolutely genius...will be using this technique on many vegetables to come. 

june csa deliveries || planting my roots
homemade toast with balsamic roasted strawberries and feta || planting my roots

homemade toasted bread with balsamic roasted strawberries and feta

salad with strawberries, fennel, fontina and toasted sunflower seeds || planting my roots

salad with strawberries, fennel, fontina and toasted sunflower seeds

roasted apricots, feta, leafy greens, avocado and pistachios || planting my roots

roasted apricots, feta, leafy greens, avocado and pistachios, nyt food

Carrot Green Chimichurri || planting my roots

carrot top chimichurri over roasted carrots and bison, love & lemons

may csa deliveries || planting my roots
beet and rye panzanella || planting my roots

beet and rye panzanella with orange and herbs, bon appetit

broccoli with peanuts and soy sauce || planting my roots

roasted and charred broccoli with peanuts, bon appetit

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penne with roasted cauliflower and crispy capers || planting my roots

roasted cauliflower with crispy capers, herbs and lemon

garden fresh nicoise salad || planting my roots

garden fresh nicoise salad with crispy skin salmon

crispy, cheesy roasted tahini cauliflower salad || planting my roots

crispy, cheesy, tahini-roasted cauliflower, food52

kohlrabi tahini salad || planting my roots

kohlrabi tahini salad, dishing up the dirt

May CSA Deliveries

A monthly recount of how I put to use the fresh veggies I have delivered (almost near) my doorstep, thanks to Lancaster Farm Fresh Co-Op! May brought veggies familiar (radishes, scallions, asparagus and leafy lettuce) and new (chinese broccoli, hakurei turnips)...and even forced me to reconsider some very strong opinions re: swiss chard. Spoiler alert: I'm now a fan.

Of the bunch below, I think my favorite had to be the turnip miso soup with gomasio (via Dishing Up The Dirt). Speaking of which, Dishing Up The Dirt is a gold mine for CSA recipe searching inspiration. Andrea Bemis is a vegetable queen.

may csa delivery || planting my roots
fontina polenta with poached eggs and red chili flakes & garlic swiss chard || planting my roots

fontina polenta with poached eggs and red chili flakes & garlic swiss chard

frittata with green onions, smoked gouda and slow roasted tomatoes || planting my roots

frittata with green onions, smoked gouda and slow roasted tomatoes

gai lan (chinese broccoli with garlic, ginger and soy sauce, via steamy kitchen) || planting my roots

gai lan (chinese broccoli with garlic, ginger and soy sauce, steamy kitchen)

veggie packed salad with peppery radishes and sumac || planting my roots

veggie packed salad with peppery radishes and sumac

may csa deliveries || planting my roots
turnip miso soup with gomasio (via dishing up the dirt) || planting my roots

turnip miso soup with gomasio (dishing up the dirt)

poached eggs with sautéed turnip greens || planting my roots

poached eggs with sautéed
turnip greens

crispy skin salmon with chive butter, roasted cauliflower, asparagus and radish || planting my roots

crispy skin salmon with chive butter, cauliflower, asparagus & radish

polenta, pesto, slow roasted tomato and burrata || planting my roots