Cooking with Mandy: Kiwi berries

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If you’ve never heard of kiwi berries, you are in for a real treat! Kiwis the size of berries. What’s not to love? This week in our CSA share, we received a small container of these adorable baby kiwis and we fell in love. While they look almost cartoonish, these delicate snack-size kiwis are not some by-product of a “Honey-I-Shrunk-the-Kids” …

Cooking with Mandy: Watermelon Agua Fresca

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This summer has seen its fair share of melons! And it’s no surprise that all the rain we experienced all season long produced some delicious, juicy, sweet watermelons! For the past several weeks, we have received watermelon in our CSA share, and while we do love watermelon, sometimes just eating it plain can get, well plain and boring. So why …

Cooking with Mandy: Baba Ghanoush

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Eggplant is delicious roasted, sautéed, or stir-fried, but it’s stupendous when mashed up in a garlicy Mediterranean dip called baba ghanoush. Silky, creamy, and luxurious, this dip is a common mezze dish, or small plate, on many a table in various Mediterranean countries. Typically served with warm pita bread for dipping, baba ghanoush is a crowd-pleaser sure to wow your …

Cooking with Mandy: Gazpacho

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Ahh, gazpacho – fresh, vine-ripened tomatoes straight from the farm to your bowl. Cool refreshing, and overflowing with healthy veggies, this chilled tomato soup is sure to keep those summer vibes coming. When the temperature outside is blistering hot, eating a bowl of piping hot soup sounds like cruel and unusual punishment. We usually start meals with crisp, cold salads, …

Cooking with Mandy: Carrot Top Hummus

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Carrot tops – not exactly the most versatile ingredient in the kitchen. There’s only so much you can do with these bushy greens growing ever so weed-ily from your root veggie, but when these greens are the size of a small tree, pulverizing them down into a pesto or hummus is a great way to use them up. You can …

Cooking with Mandy: Homemade pickles

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This week, things are getting pickley! We are pickling the fresh cucumbers that came in our CSA share. If you ever have an abundance of vegetables and you just can’t seem to eat them quick enough, pickling is a great option! Pickling is a preservation method that’s been used for ages. The salt and vinegar thwart off spoilage, but also …

Cooking with Mandy: Fennel and Roasted Beet Salad

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Freshly roasted sweet beets and crisp, refreshing fennel are a match made in heaven. Sprinkle with a touch of salt and pepper, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, and you’ve got perfected perfection. In this week’s CSA, we received fresh beets, fennel, and red butterhead lettuce, among other veggies, like green beans and golden squash. Since the temperature here in …

Cooking with Mandy: Kale Smoothies!

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If you’re one of those people who has a hard time eating greens on a plate at mealtime, toss them into a smoothie and drink them instead! Pairing veggies with fruit in a cool, blended drink is an excellent way to ensure you’re getting a healthy serving of vitamins, minerals, and immunity-boosting antioxidants for the day. You may not be …

Cooking with Mandy: Fava Beans

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Guilty by association, fava beans have a sinister connotation made famous by the character Hannibal Lecter. While they would pair quite nicely with a bottle of Chianti, fava beans are a versatile legume to add to your weekly ingredient repertoire. They’re hearty enough for a main course, but yet also tender and delicate enough to embellish a side dish or …

Cooking with Mandy: Garlic Scapes

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Garlic scapes are in this week’s CSA share, and we are getting saucy with them! Those strange green bean-looking tentacles in your CSA share are not of another world; they are garlic scapes! The flower-budding stalks that grow out of the top of a garlic bulb, these lanky greens taste just like garlic and are a flavorful addition to any …

Cooking with Mandy: a healthy take on the Swiss Roll

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Veggie-stuffed veggies?! Can it get any better than that? Swiss rolls are on the menu today, and no, we’re not talking the dessert that comes in a box. When you think of Swiss rolls, you might be transported back to your childhood, picturing a box of the Little Debbie’s confections – those mini chocolate cake rolls, filled with crème, and …

Cooking with Mandy: What to do with all these odd-looking veggies?!

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We hope you get as excited as we do when we open our CSA share every week! Receiving that box full of vegetables is one of the most exciting parts of our week! We love seeing what recipes we can create from all the goodies in the box! Some are interesting and unusual, while others are more familiar. Maybe you’ve …

Cooking with Mandy: Spiralized Zucchini Salad with Lemon-Herb Tahini

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No vegetable says warm weather better than zucchini. When in season, this crisp, sweet, tender vegetable can be used in so many ways! Whether raw or cooked, zucchini is a healthy addition to round out any meal with some greens. Zucchini is a squash, but a squash unlike those categorized as winter squashes, such as pumpkin, butternut, and kabocha. This …

Cooking with Mandy: homemade vegetable cream cheese

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When I was growing up, my dad often retold me and my brother the story of how he and my mom met, sharing minute details about the time of year, the weather, different smells, things like that. My dad is an amazing storyteller, so animated and so full of life that I almost always remember every detail of his stories, …

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Cooking with Mandy: Balsamic-Rhubarb Flatbread

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While it might look like red celery, you would be in for an unpleasant surprise if you dipped this ruby stalk into a dish of hummus, expecting celery’s characteristic crisp, refreshing sweetness. Rhubarb is contrastingly extremely tart; the kind of tart that dries out your mouth. This vegetable is actually unlike celery in more ways than just its taste. Related …