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August 2011

Recipe: Caprese Salad/Tomato Carnage

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Here’s a Fun Fact (and it’s not even Friday!) – sometimes there’s a bit of a delay between when I take photos and when I actually take a close look at them.  Case in point: I made a Caprese salad a few weeks ago with some CSA tomatoes (aren’t they gorgeous?).  I wasn’t even going to take a photo since Caprese = easy peasy.   However, at the tweeted request of a Big Apple Nosh reader, I arranged a plate and took a few quick snaps.  When I pulled these photos from my camera just tonight, the above photo totally cracked me up.  I thought it would add ambiance to put a few tomatoes as a backdrop for the caprese, front and center.  What we are actually seeing here though, is tomato carnage.   The three tomatoes in the background are looking on in horror at their former vine-mate, sliced and diced and layered between dairy and herbs.  The smaller tomato on the right is trying to make a quick and surreptitious getaway.  Poor, poor tomatoes – soon met a similar fate the very next day.  As you can see, my personification of vegetables only goes so far.

Annnnyway, Caprese salad is a great option when you’ve got your bumper crop of late-summer tomatoes.  And it’s also one of the easiest and quickest dishes to make, ever.  You will need:

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Veggie Resolution #15: How to Prepare Fava Beans

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Happy Monday, everyone!  How was your weekend? Mine was spent preparing for Hurricane Irene; despite being surrounded by an evacuation zone, the hurricane itself was a bit anti-climactic – just heavy rain. I guess I shouldn’t complain, huh?  Well, it’s back to another week!  Today, I’d like to share with you one of my favorite CSA vegetables – the luscious fava bean.

My first experience with fava beans was in the form of a Chinese snack – fried, salted, oily and indulgent, this delectable treat was in the realm of potato chips and pork rinds; major deliciousness!  It wasn’t until years later that I first tasted my fresh fava bean, and the love was equally as fervent.  Preparing fresh favas requires a bit of work on your part, but the results are well worth it!

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Fun Fact Friday


Happy Friday! What are your plans for the weekend?  I’m hoping to watch The Help and hunker down for the hurricane.

Image via Driving and Dining

Today is National Cherry Popsicle Day!  Do you have cherry Popsicles in your freezer to celebrate?


“Popsicle” is actually a trademarked name, like “Walkman” or “Band-Aid.” The generic term is ice pop.  So I guess I should say today is National Cherry Ice Pop day 😉

Recipe: Blueberry Crumble

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If you follow me on twitter, you’ll know that I got 2 pints of fresh blueberries from my volunteer CSA shift last week when some unlucky soul forgot to pick them up.  I was so excited for these blue beauties – I didn’t sign up for a fruit share this seasons, so it was a sweet surprise.  And sweet they were – these were some of the most delectable blueberries I’ve had in a while.  Tweaking a apple crisp recipe from Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything, I threw together this easy but delicious blueberry crumble.  So delicious!

You will need:

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