February 1, 2011

Out to dinner in Fort Lauderdale with a dear friend. I’ve known J for going on 15 years. We’ve been through a lot of crap in that time, and I’m happy to count him amongst my closest friends.

What To Do With A Box Of Vegetables: CSA Box #2

2011 Box 2

7 fair trade bananas
6 oz. blueberries
8 oz. local Florida strawberries
3 heads broccoli
5 Roma tomatoes
2 red bell peppers
1 red onion
1 bunch rapini
i mango
2 zucchini
5 oz. bagged baby arugula
1 eggplant

How I Used My Share

Red bell peppers in Hold the Sauce Stuffed Sweet Peppers
Eggplant, red onion and rapini in Eggplant Ragu
Arugula in Grown-up Tuna Noodles
Broccoli in Sicilian Broccoli Rice
Tomatoes Oven-Roasted Tomato Jam
Zucchini in Umami Noodles
Leftover vegetables from last week in Halibut & Vegetables in Papillote
Most of the fruit I ate out of hand

I have the mango left over.

My Favorite Recipe From This Box

Umami Noodles

Put a large pot of generously salted water on to boil.

While your water is working, dice 2 small zucchini and 1 oz. dried porcini mushrooms.

Sautee zucchini in 1 Tbsp. olive oil over medium-high heat until soft, approximately 3-4 minutes.

Add 1 more Tbsp. olive oil, 1/2 Tbsp. unsalted butter and porcini mushrooms. Sautee until zucchini is falling apart and porcini reconstitute, approximately 5 minutes.

Toss with 1/3 package cooked “No Yolk” wide egg noodles, 1/2 Tbsp. unsalted butter and 2 Tbsp. soy sauce.

Enjoy. Serves 1 as a hearty dinner, 2 as a light dinner.

1 Year Ago

4 Comice pears
6 oz. blueberries
5 local Florida Honey tangerines
1 local Florida Honey orange
6 fair trade bananas
4 leeks
6 turnips
1 parsnip
3 carrots
1 bunch celery
1 huge bunch dill
4 local Roma tomatoes
2 portobello mushrooms
1 head romaine lettuce
1 head cauliflower
3 sweet potatoes
1 bunch green chard

What I made: Mashed Cauliflower with Dill, Warm Winter Vegetable Salad with Bacon, Stir-Fried Celery in Meat Sauce, Ribollita, Feta & Walnut Salad.

2011 CSA Box 1

January 27, 2011

Most days, this is what I see when I glance up from working. Of course there are no birds in this shot–figures. They’re surprisingly hard to capture while wheeling and dancing in the air.

The hawks surfing in warm up drafts pushed off the hot asphalt are even harder to catch. The great flocks of white sea birds with their picture-perfect arched wings even harder still.

Generally they all just end up looking like dust. Or blurs. Some day. Some day I will catch one of the flocks of birds that wraps their flight path around my corner of the building. But not today. Today I have blue skies with a light scud of clouds.

January 26, 2011

The lobby of my building. Taken with the Hipstamatic app: Lucifer VI lens, Kodot XGrizzled film. I contemplated taking a picture of the Sicilian-ish style simmered tomato, onion & caper sauce with broccoli and rice I wolfed down for dinner, but the end of the day was too damn stressful with last-minute copy deadlines. So, a quick-snapped shot of the building after getting dog food at Target before the boys starve to death will just have to suffice.