Wednesday, August 11, 2010

More recipes!

Hey members and friends!

This week, the cucumber vines are exploding with fruit!  There are 3-6 cucumbers in each box, depending on the size. We had two days of rain and all of a sudden, the tomatoes have changed from green to delicious shades of red, orange and yellow, so everyone has received 1/2 kilo of cherry and pear tomatoes and 3 bigger ones of varying varieties.  Try making Greek and Israeli salads or the following, posted by a member:

Cucumber Melon Mint Salad

Ingredients (for 4) :
- 2 cucumbers
- 2 small cantaloups or 1 honeydew*
-10 coarsely chopped mint leaves
- ground pepper
- salt

Peel cucumbers, remove seeds and cut in cubes of about 1 cm. Repeat with melons. Put in a salad bowl, salt and pepper lightly, add mint leaves and toss gently.  Refrigerate for an hour and serve.

*my preference; makes a lovely pale green mild tasting salad.

If you haven't used up your cabbage yet, try this coleslaw recipe, posted by a CSA member:

The following coleslaw recipe has made my kids love cabbage. I prepare the non-mayonnaise version and only add the mayo in a small portion in another bowl just before serving. That way, everyone gets to choose, creamy or not, and I can keep the vinegar one for more than a day.

Coleslaw with vinegar or optional mayonnaise dressing

•4 to 5 cups shredded cabbage, about 1 medium head
•1 medium green pepper, thinly sliced
•3 carrots, coarsely shredded
•2 tablespoons grated sweet onion
•1/4 cup sugar
•1/2 teaspoon salt
•1/4 cup vinegar
•2 tablespoons vegetable oil
•mayonnaise, if desired

In a large bowl, toss cabbage, green pepper, carrots, and onion. Cover and chill thoroughly. In a small bowl, combine sugar, salt, vinegar, and oil. Pour over vegetables and toss before serving. If creamier coleslaw is desired, stir in some mayonnaise, a little at a time, until creamy.
Makes about 5 to 6 cups of coleslaw.

You can leave out all vegetables except cabbage, of course, and still get a great coleslaw. As an alternative, I sometimes serve the other vegetables as garnish and then picky eaters still get to enjoy the slaw.

Thanks for the ideas!  Keep your posts coming!

And more tomatoes!
These orange cherries are called 'Sun Sugar' and they are THE BEST tomatoes I've ever eaten!

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