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The Box Meal Plan

Every market day, we seek out recipes to make it easy for you to use all the items in the box. We recommend looking through previous posts if you don't like this week's recipes.
Posted 6/16/2012 11:45am by Bill Pastellak.

 

 Watermelon, Lime and Mint Granita

-Granita is pretty much chunky, homemade italian ice, but it is delicious and easy to make in your home freezer. This recipe calls for watermelon, lime, and mint, all of which are available locally this time of year.

Pickled Cucumbers & Onions
 
-With cucumbers being so abundant this time of year, there is no reason not to always have a jar of homemade pickles in your fridge. This quick recipe for pickles doesn't require canning and will last up to two weeks (covered) in your fridge.


Oven Dried Tomatoes

-Delicious heirloom tomatoes are a wonderful treat during the summertime, but unfortunately their shelf life is considerably shorter than the run of the mill, commercial varieties. To make them last a little longer, dry them out in an oven with some olive oil and herbs.

 Chilled Carrot and Summer Squash Soup

-Carrots aren't a typical summer produce item here in Louisiana, but we got some bunches coming in anyway. This recipe mixes carrots and with readily available summer squash to make a quick and easy flavorful soup.

Posted 6/12/2012 8:20am by Bill Pastellak.

 

Imam Bayeldi (Stuffed Eggplant)

-This vegetarian dish is packed with flavor and makes great use of just about all the summer produce their is.

Plum Cardamom Cake
 
-Cardamom is one of my favorite spices to bake with and happens to go perfect with plums. This simple cake recipe has limited ingredients, so make sure to use good local butter and free range eggs since their flavor will be more pronounced.


Blueberry Cinnamon Jam

-I can't get enough of the blueberry & cinnamon combo, so this week I'm doing it up in a jam. I've heard lotsa folks have been blueberry picking these past couple weeks, so this recipe is perfect for those with an abundance of frozen blueberries.

Zucchini and Summer Squash Chips

-Zucchini & summer squash have a delicate, sweet flavor, but unfortunately they are about 95% water and when eaten raw pretty much taste like nothing. This recipe gets rid of all that excess moisture and complements the squash with some flavorful herbs & cheese.

Posted 6/9/2012 11:54am by Bill Pastellak.

 

 Blueberry Basil Cooler

-Blueberry & basil are a wonderful combination and both are abundantly available this time of year. Throw some local key limes & honey in the mix and you have yourself a refreshing summer spritzer.

Tomato Jam

-This recipe switches it up little bit, taking the traditionally savory tomato and turning it into a sweet, spreadable jam.


Peach Tarragon Pesto Pizza

-The pizza lover that I am, I could not help but include this recipe in the meal plan. The recipe will take a while, but so what when you have something that sounds as good as this. I recommend picking up fresh pizza dough at Whole Foods to save time, though the homemade stuff comes out great and is easy to make.

Zucchini and Summer Squash Chips

-Zucchini & summer squash have a delicate, sweet flavor, but unfortunately they are about 95% water and when eaten raw pretty much taste like nothing. This recipe gets rid of all that excess moisture and complements the squash with some flavorful herbs & cheese.

Posted 6/5/2012 6:41pm by Bill Pastellak.

 

-Heirloom Tomato, Pepper, and Cucumber Salad 

-Simple summer salad featuring heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, and green bell peppers. Perfect for these steamy summer days.

Classic Caponata

-The eggplant dish is full of summer flavors and goes great as an appetizer on toast points or crackers.


Peach Tarragon Pesto Pizza

-The pizza lover that I am, I could not help but include this recipe in the meal plan. The recipe will take a while, but so what when you have something that sounds as good as this. I recommend picking up fresh pizza dough at Whole Foods to save time, though the homemade stuff comes out great and is easy to make.

Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls

-What's better than fresh hot cinnamon rolls? Fresh, hot cinnamon rolls with BLUEBERRIES!! Believe it or not, cinnamon & blueberries complement one another perfectly and take this tasty breakfast pastry to the next level.

Posted 6/2/2012 5:29pm by Bill Pastellak.

 

Cantaloupe with Tarragon 

-Don't be afraid to add a few savory flavors to your favorite summer fruits. This simple cantaloupe salad uses tarragon and freshly cracked pepper & salt to change the flavor profile of the cantaloupe altogether.

Classic Caponata

-The eggplant dish is full of summer flavors and goes great as an appetizer on toast points or crackers.


 Cucumber Mojito

-The Eat Local Challenge is upon us and for those still looking to enjoy some local libations, here is a recipe that is sure to please. Make sure to use Old New Orleans Rum to keep it all local!

Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls

-What's better than fresh hot cinnamon rolls? Fresh, hot cinnamon rolls with BLUEBERRIES!! Believe it or not, cinnamon & blueberries complement one another perfectly and take this tasty breakfast pastry to the next level.

Posted 5/28/2012 12:26pm by Bill Pastellak.

 


Stone Fruit Preserves

-The shelf life of a good peach, plum, or nectarine is incredibly short. They go from just right to a pile of mush in no time flat. This recipe makes sure your stone fruits don't go to waste by giving you great refrigerator preserves that are great on toast, pancakes, or dolloped on some yogurt.

Peach Blueberry Cobbler

-Forget healthy dishes, this is what peaches & blueberries are made for. Toss on a scoop of high quality vanilla ice cream (better yet, go get a pint of gelato from La Divina Gelateria) and this is heaven.


Ratatouille

-Ratatouille is a classic french dish which really amounts to nothing more than a roasted vegetable dish. Substitute green peppers for the red peppers called for in this recipe.

Roasted Cherry Tomato Pasta Salad

-The cherry tomatoes in the box are already sweet as sugar, so roasting them takes them to the next level. Add in some salty kalamata olives and a squeeze of lemon dish and you got yourself a dish.

Posted 5/21/2012 8:30am by Bill Pastellak.

 

 Blueberry Cornbread

-Blueberry season is now upon us and with it, full pints of blueberry in the box. Blueberry, corn, & honey are a wonderful trio, so it only makes sense to whip em up into a delicious baked good.

Cucumber, Tomato and Feta Salad

-Simple, seasonal, and tasty, this recipe would make a great pairing with lamb burgers from our free-range ground lamb from Two Run Farms.


 Strawberry Vinaigrette

-Store bought dressing pales in comparison to what you can make at home and it costs a fraction of the price. To make this recipe even better, add a healthy dose of quality fresh cracked pepper to the dressing. Strawberries & black pepper are a surprisingly wonderful combo.

 Cucumber Water

-To call this a recipe would be a bit of a stretch, but it doesn't change the fact that it is quite possibly the most refreshing drink ever. The recipe says 2-3 slices, but feel free to use much more if you like the cucumber flavor. With a half a cucumber, you can refill 4-5 times before the flavor starts to dissipate.

Posted 5/15/2012 1:50pm by Bill Pastellak.


Blueberry Peach Salsa

-Blueberry & peaches are a great combo for a variety of dessert dishes, but they also work well for savory dishes. Use this salsa for chips or as a topping for grilled chicken. If you don't have Aleppo pepper, mix equal parts paprika & cayenne as a substitute.

Strawberry Syrup

-Strawberries are almost done for the year, so this recipe ensures you will have some strawberry flavor for at least a little while longer. The corn syrup (not high fructose) called for in this recipe is the Karo syrup found at all grocery stores. Use this for your kid's strawberry milk or as a topping for pancakes.


 Pickled Eggs & Onions

-Strong flavors abound in this recipe, but pickled eggs and onions are a wonderful delicacy for those that can handle it. Like all recipes we post, these pickles don't require canning.

 Cucumber Water

-To call this a recipe would be a bit of a stretch, but it doesn't change the fact that it is quite possibly the most refreshing drink ever. The recipe says 2-3 slices, but feel free to use much more if you like the cucumber flavor. With a half a cucumber, you can refill 4-5 times before the flavor starts to dissipate.

Posted 5/13/2012 11:33am by Bill Pastellak.

 

Blueberry Peach Salsa

-Blueberry & peaches are a great combo for a variety of dessert dishes, but they also work well for savory dishes. Use this salsa for chips or as a topping for grilled chicken. If you don't have Aleppo pepper, mix equal parts paprika & cayenne as a substitute.

Strawberry Syrup

-Strawberries are almost done for the year, so this recipe ensures you will have some strawberry flavor for at least a little while longer. The corn syrup (not high fructose) called for in this recipe is the Karo syrup found at all grocery stores. Use this for your kid's strawberry milk or as a topping for pancakes.


Leek Salad

-I'll take leeks any day over the other alliums (garlic, onions, shallots). Their flavor is well-rounded and doesn't overpower dishes like garlic or onion. This Mediterranean salad is perfect fit for the summer produce in the box.

 Roasted Beet Ice Cream

-You'll need an ice cream maker for this one, but I guarantee its worth it. This recipe comes from Jenni's Splendid Ice Creams which is quite possibly the best home ice cream book ever. There's a number of expensive ice cream makers out there, but I've found this old-fashioned rock salt one to make ice cream as good as anything in stores without costing an arm and a leg.

Posted 5/8/2012 1:45pm by Bill Pastellak.

 

Fried Green Tomatoes

-My fried green tomatoes always come out rock hard and tasteless, but the author of this recipe has seemed to have that taken care off. I like to make a po-boy out these guys topped with goat cheese and remoulade sauce.

 Glazed Carrots

-This simple recipe that almost everyone has probably made is fancied up by the addition of five spice powder. Make sure to half this recipe with the amount of carrots in the box.


Blueberry-Chevre Scones

-Blueberry + Chevre + Baked Goods = Yum! Add a teaspoon of lemon zest to the dough for a slight lemon flavor that compliments the blueberries.


Summer Squash Soup with Basil

-This soup recipe takes the mild flavored summer squash and livens it up with quality vegetable stock and fresh basil.

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