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Dinner: Squash

To make use of the abundant fresh squashes we got in our CSA box this week, I made a simple roasted vegetable dish served on top of savory steel cut oats.  The squash were cut into bite-sized pieces, tossed in olive oil and salt.  I also added a couple of chopped tomatoes and thinly sliced shallots before popping it all into the oven at 375F for about 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.  For the last ten minutes, I turned the broiler on high to give the veggies some char.

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Served ontop of steel cut oatmeal with a pinch of salt and a salty duck egg, the vegetables were simple, fresh, and delicious.

First Bounty from the South Central CSA

South Central CSA BountyI picked up my very first box of CSA goodies from Atwater Farmer’s Market this morning. I had ordered a box from South Central Farmer’s Coop CSA early this week and scheduled to pick it up on Sunday so that we could have fresh veggies to cook with during the coming week. What really drew me to this CSA was that I didn’t need to subscribe for a certain number of weeks so there was no commitment for following weeks. All I did was go on the site, sign myself up for the week, choose a payment option ($15) and a pick-up spot. They seem to have one at almost every farmer’s market throughout the week all over LA, which is convenient.

This week’s box was very heavy because there was half a watermelon, a cantelope and a honedew in it. I love melons!  There’s already a portion of the watermelon chilling in the fridge in the form of  a watermelon aguafresca.

South Central CSA Bounty

Since my home-grown tomatoes aren’t ripe yet, I was happy to see tomatoes in the CSA box.  There were a couple of tiny baby ones smaller than okra!

South Central CSA Bounty

We also had a handful of beets, which we’re gonna use for a beet salad tonight for dinner.

I put a handful of leafy greens (kale? chard?) in the fridge with the okra and carrots as well as the rest of the watermelon, but here’s a picture of our bounty from this week’s box:

South Central CSA Bounty

I’m hoping that getting veggies from the CSA every couple of weeks means we cook a lot of different types of dishes instead of the same stuff over and over again.