Category Archives: Fresh

Yummy Yellow Salsa

cantaloupe, habanero pepper, sweet corn and sweet onion salsa

Yummy Yellow Salsa (photo by Alice Henneman)

Community Supported Agriculture box with an eggplant, sweet corn, sweet onion, habanero peppers and a cantaloupe.

My latest CSA box (photo by Alice Henneman)

I was running short on time when I received my most recent CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box from Pekarek’s Produce.

I decided to see if I could use almost all the produce in just one recipe as I was leaving town in a few days. I almost succeeded except for the eggplant and there was only so much of the habanero peppers and onion I could include in one salsa recipe.

It turned out a lovely yellow color. Here is how I made it ….

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Fresh Veggie Pasta Salad

CSA box from Pekarek Produce

This week’s CSA box from Pekarek Produce (photo by Alice Henneman)

Fresh produce tastes so good you don’t need to add a lot of spices and seasonings to give it flavor. I didn’t even use a recipe for our meal last night for a “Fresh Veggie Pasta Salad.” Here’s what I did and how it turned out ….

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An Easy Way to Freeze Raw Onions

Freezing raw onions in freezer bags without blanching them first.

Raw onions can be quickly frozen without blanching them first. (Photo by Alice Henneman)

I’m about to leave town for a few days but still have portions of  cut onions left in my refrigerator. If I don’t do something with them, I either need to toss them now or I’ll have to toss them when I get home.

I decided to freeze them. This method took me about 3 minutes  …

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Easy Skillet Cooked Cabbage

Skillet Cooked Cabbage Recipe

Easy Skillet Cooked Cabbage (Photo by Alice Henneman)

Skillet Cooked Cabbage is now one of my favorite go-to recipes for preparing cabbage. While eating a whole head of cabbage made into a slaw can seem daunting, the more compact nature of cooked cabbage makes for an easy meal for 4 people.

A whole cabbage head will keep in your refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. It can be among the last of the fresh produce from a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box, farmers market, garden or store that you prepare. This cabbage was left over from my CSA box from last week.

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Clean out the Fridge before Leaving Town Chopped Salad

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I’m leaving town for a few days and didn’t want any of the foods I’ve been receiving from my farmer, Pekerek’s Produce, to go to waste. I described in more detail how to make a chopped salad in an earlier post. Basically, you chop up some veggies into about the same size pieces, unless they’re already small like sweet corn kernels or peas; then toss with your favorite salad dressing. I decided to see if this might be the solution for using most of my remaining vegetables. My husband gave it a thumbs up … it was definitely a tasty solution!

Guess the number and kind of vegetables that went into my salad ….

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Corn, Tomato, Green Pepper Salsa

corn, tomato, green pepper salsa

Photo by Alice Henneman

Corn, eggplant, green beans, green pepper, cucumber Community Supported Agriculture boox

Photo by Alice Henneman

I just received another Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) box from my farmer, Pekarek’s Produce. I couldn’t wait to make this recipe I found on the U.S. Department of Agriculture “What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl” website for Fresh Corn Salsa. Read on to see why I liked it so much and a link to the recipe …

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Salad with Pan-Roasted Corn

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Photo by Alice Henneman

Pan-roasted sweet corn adds texture, color and taste to salads. Here is an easy way to make it …

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Cooking Local, Seasonal Foods – Week 4

Community Supported Agriculture Box with cabbage, zucchini, corn, cucumbers and kohnrabi

Week 4 CSA Box (Photo by Alice Henneman)

It’s been 4 weeks since I started receiving Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Boxes from my farmer Pekarek’s Produce.

Whether you have a farmer delivering a CSA box, are shopping at a farmers’ market, growing a garden or getting fresh, local produce at a grocery store … follow along as I share quick, simple (and good-tasting!) recipes you can make from ingredients you probably already have on hand.

Before I start posting some more recipes this week, I’d like to share a few tips on washing fresh produce for best taste and food safety.

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Pasta and Broccoli

Pasta and Broccoli recipe

Photo by Alice Henneman

When I make pasta, I like to add lots of veggies so at least 1/3 to 1/2 the pasta contains vegetables. This Pasta and Broccoli recipe is a quick and delicious way to add some green goodness to your pasta.

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Cabbage, Potatoes and Cheese Skillet Casserole

Cabbage, potatoes and cheese skillet casserole recipe

Photo by Alice Henneman

I was intrigued by this recipe I found on USDA’s “What’s cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl“. And, decided to try it with the local, seasonal foods I had on hand this week: Cabbage, potatoes and onions. The recipe said it made 5 servings; however, there were just two of us. We ended up eating every bit of it at one meal … there was something about the flavor that was tasty yet a comfort food type of feeling. Maybe it was the melted cheese and walnuts on top?

Try it and see what you think … the recipe follows.

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