spring produce guide: what to eat right now (end of may)

A weekly spring produce guide to what’s in season right now based on the contents of our CSA share, with CSA and farmer’s market recipes and inspiration.

spring produce guide: what to eat right now (end of may) // brooklyn supperOn Wednesdays, we head out to Bellair Farm for our CSA pickup. The girls and I head south on a winding two lane road with sweeping views of the verdant rolling terrain right along the Southwest Mountains (which are technically a mountain range, even if the range is mostly comprised of very large hills). By the time we turn off the main road the radio has started to fade out. We switch it off, roll down the windows, and search for wildlife as we wind our way out to the farm; spotted this week: a giant wild turkey. [Read more…]

roasted radishes and salad turnips with pesto

roasted radishes and turnips with pesto // brooklyn supperAll weekend, I ignored work. My normal work anyway. Instead of the usual internet this and that, I went with Brian and the girls to a Friday night cookout, then a Saturday dinner with friends. I enjoyed a leisurely ramble at the park. In between, we cleaned. Cabinets, books, toys – we sorted and organized it all. By Tuesday, our house was fresh and orderly. Even the office is clean. I have houseplants and a very tiny tree growing in the backyard.

Then, back on Earth, I realized the fridge escaped our organizational zeal. Inside were all the makings of an intense CSA food wasting freakout, mostly in the form of radishes. [Read more…]

spring produce guide: what to eat right now (late may)

A weekly spring produce guide to what’s in season right now based on the contents of our CSA share, with CSA and farmer’s market recipes and inspiration.
spring produce guide: what to eat right now (late may) // brooklyn supperspring produce guide: what to eat right now (late may) // brooklyn supper

As interest in local food has taken off in recent years, so have CSAs. But even really dedicated local eaters can be surprised, and possibly dismayed, by what actually shows up in their shares.  [Read more…]

spring produce guide: what to eat right now (mid-may)

The first post in a new series – a guide to spring produce and what’s in season right now based on the contents of our weekly CSA share. We hope to provide ideas for what to do with that unfamiliar vegetable from your own CSA and inspiration before you head to the farmer’s market.

spring produce guide - mid-may // brooklyn supperOur CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) started up this week! On Saturday, we traveled out to the farm for new member orientation and then again on Wednesday to pick up our first full share. We’re members of the Bellair Farm CSA and each week we get to pick our own selection of vegetables (enough to fill one brown grocery bag). As a food writer with strange and specific produce needs from week to week, I’m really excited about the freeform nature of the Bellair shares. They offer pick-your-own fields for members, as well as incredible eggs and farm-raised meats. As part of this new series, we’ll be sharing our weekly CSA haul and featuring seasonal recipe ideas to help you cook your way through the bounty. [Read more…]

grass-fed burgers with quick-pickled shallots and chive blossoms

grass-fed burgers with quick-pickled shallots and chive blossoms // brooklyn supperquick-pickled shallots and chive blossoms // brooklyn supperIn my mental rundown of the year, I always overlook May. It’s green and lush, the leaves have completely unfurled, the garden is shooting up, and storms pass through each evening, giving way to rainbows just before sunset or providing flickering light shows at bedtime. It’s a month filled with firsts, as we slowly remember how to wear sandals, shorts, and sunscreen. Less pleasantly, we pluck the first ticks from our heads and scratch the first mosquito bites.  [Read more…]

buttermilk apple cake + apple picking

buttermilk apple cake + apple picking // brooklyn supperbuttermilk apple cake + apple picking // brooklyn supperOur family of four relies heavily on a delicate balance of personalities. Brian, whether by nature or force of will, is stoic and patient almost all of the time. I strive for the same, but most days just holding it together feels like an accomplishment. If there’s one thing you don’t have a lot of as a parent of two, it’s space, both personal and mental, and I need a lot of it. I thought, now that our littlest one is in school five days a week, I’d have plenty of time to recharge and conquer the world, but it seems the more space I have, the more I need. Making up for lost time, no doubt. We had thought our girls each took after one of us –– the oldest being sensitive and prone to the same types of high highs and low lows that her mother experiences. Until recently, our youngest seemed to have inherited her father’s quiet introspection and mellow exterior. I say until recently because just a couple weeks after she turned three, something changed. All of a sudden, there were tantrums, as well the intense desires and a stubbornness that you might expect from any other toddler turned preschooler. We just really didn’t think it would happen to us. [Read more…]