Saturday, July 23, 2011

CSA adventures

The other day we got a portion of a friends CSA box. In it was a bunch of radishes, which we don't really eat that often. Or at all really, I've always found the ones from the supermarket to be rather bland and tasteless, but these radishes are really ... powerful, like mild parsnip with a STRONG peppercorn chaser.

We were at a loss for what to use them for, but then I saw a recipe for radish chips and decided to give it a go. But of course I had to fancy it up a bit; this is what I ended up with:

3 large radishes slice thin, but not paper thin.
1/2 tsp Cajun spice

radish chips 07-22-11before

Preheat the oven to 325
Toss the radishes with the spice until they are all evenly coated
Lay them all out on a baking sheet and bake for about 10-15 minutes, turn them over, turn off the heat and leave them in the oven for another 1/2 hr. easy!

radish chips 07-22-11 after
(this was after only 10 more minutes in the oven, they weren't really crisp enough, so I put them back, they were perfect after about 1/2 hr.)

the Llama Papa really liked them (he ate the whole bowl!), and said that they would be great on a salad, like croutons, but better. We have several more radishes, so I'm definitely doing this with the rest of them!

Oh, you want the Cajun spice recipe too? This is a general spice that we use for all sorts of things; it's especially good on popcorn:

1/4 c smoked paprika
1 T garlic powder
1 T onion powder
1 T salt
1 T thyme
1 T oregano
1 T pepper
1 t basil
1 t cumin
1/4 t cayenne

I use whole peppercorns and cumin, so I just throw everything into the spice grinder and whirred it all together.

Also in the box are a ton of salad greens, which means we needed salad dressing!

strawberry vin 07-22-11

Strawberry Vinaigrette
1 1/2 C frozen strawberries*
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp sugar**
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1/2 C oil
1/2 C water

Whir everything together in the blender until combined.

Serve on top of an awesome salad.

strawberry vin 07-22-11 salad

* this could be made with raspberries or any other berry too, but if using a smaller, more compact berry you only need one cup. The strawberries never really fit well in the measuring cup, so I add more to compensate.

** a more tart berry might need a touch more, a sweeter berry less.

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