The tomatoes are here! Starting with very sweet ripe cherry tomatoes in red, purple, and gold, I’m looking forward to all the tomatoes to come. There can never be too many for me. Week 8’s box also includes cucumbers, new potatoes, mixed herbs, Swiss chard, carrots, garlic, jalapeño peppers, and […]
CSA week 7: abundance!
I love pickup days at City Commons CSA. I walk to the cooler shed, open the door, and find a stack of many boxes. What exactly will be in the one I choose? This week, my share (also called my treasure box) contains Swiss chard, purple onions, Kirby cucumbers, a bundle of […]
CSA week 6: the first tomatoes!
I wait for them all year: the first tomatoes of summer. I’m likely to take a big bite of one right there next to where it came off the vine. Warm from the summer sun, the juices drip down my chin, and their exquisite flavor sings in my mouth. This […]
Spiced Pickled Beets
I was never much of a ‘pickled beets’ fan. What was the point? Dill cucumbers were way, way better. And then we had a sudden surplus of fresh beets. I had to do something with them, and it was too hot for borchst. Turning to my library of cookbooks (why […]
Two weekends of abundance!
Every summer I preserve the season’s bounty. I’ve just finished a huge weekend of canning, following last weekend’s canning session, and my cupboards are full. The last weekend of August found us with cucumbers and beets in abundance, and the peaches at the farmers market were just too good to pass up. So […]
Japanese cucumber salad: sunomono
This is the original post, published July 2011. A more recent post has been indexed. This one’s the easiest cucumber salad I know, partly because if you have the right seasoned vinegar, that’s all you need: sliced cukes and vinegar. Sure, you can make it look fancy with a sprinkling […]