July 6, 2011
This July world famous Spanish (Catalonian, actually) chef Ferran Adria is going to close El Bulli -- considered by some to be the best restaurant in the world. If he can do that, then I can stop blogging on Cook Out of the Box. Which is what I am going to do. After today.
Sometimes creative people just need to set off in a new direction. I can't help it. I'm a Gemini.
July 5, 2011
In this week's box: Mixed salad greens, basil, spinach, kale, garlic, potatoes, cucumbers, green beans, broccoli, summer squash
June 28, 2011
In this week's box: Mixed salad greens, red oakleaf lettuce, fresh basil, garlic scapes, kohlrabi, snow peas, broccoli, chioggia beets and beet greens.
June 24, 2011
Chard is a flavorful, mild and nutritious workhorse vegetable. It is a staple green in many kitchens. Available from spring to fall, it can be used in soups, stir fries, salads, side dishes and quiches, frittatas and omelets. It can be used in any recipe calling for spinach. The very young and tender leaves can be eaten raw in salads. But mostly chard needs to be cooked.
June 21, 2011
In this week's box: Romaine, mixed baby lettuce, sugar snap peas, broccoli or zucchini squash, Swiss chard, fresh herbs (dill, cilantro and possibly basil)
June 17, 2011
Minnesota may not have pineapples or oranges, but we have strawberries! For fruits grown in the U.S., strawberries are second only to apples in popularity. They are probably the most commonly planted fruit in home gardens. Traditional varieties bear fruit in late June or early July and for that reason have been called "June bearing" berries. New varieties that extended the season - but produced slightly smaller berries - were called "...
June 14, 2011
Happiness in a bo
June 12, 2011
Rhubarb is botanically a vegetable - not a fruit - and is a member of the buckwheat family. To many cooks and gardeners, rhubarb stands for all that is homegrown and homemade. It is welcome as one of the first fresh foods widely available after a long winter. It is especially user-friendly since with just a little care and feeding a plant can be productive for a few decades or more. It is often used in old fashioned pies, crisps, cobblers,...
June 7, 2011
In this week's box: Carrots, green garlic, asparagus, salad mix, red oak leaf lettuce, spinach, radishes, rhubarb
It is almost 9:00 p.m. as I write this. The outdoor temperature is hovering around 90 degrees and the first day of summer is still two weeks away. Lighter meals sound appealing.
June 5, 2011
Green or red. Tender or crisp. Mild or bitter. Leaf or head. Smooth or crinkly. Mix or match. Lettuce is so much more than iceberg. Don't get me wrong, iceberg has its place. It can sometimes save a sandwich. But iceberg all the time is boring. I am in favor of imagination and variety, when it comes to lettuce -- as well as a few other things I can think of.