CSA Update: You Win Some, You Lose Some

After a four (or five?) week layoff, our CSA pickups resumed a couple of weeks ago!  The fall crops have come in fabulously, and we’re back to the overflowing baskets like we had in the spring before our puny summer ones.

Week 15
In weeks 14 and 15 we’ve had three different squashes, chard, bok choy, cucumbers, apples, potatoes, eggplant, peppers galore (sweet and hot), arugula, and shitake mushrooms.  I fucking love arugula.  They could have given me a big bag of just that shit and I’d have been happy.  Spiciest arugula ever.

I used most of it making more of the same, but there were a few interesting things happening in the kitchen.  Week 15 had a few small red apples, but in week 14 we got several green ones.  Yuck.  I just don’t care for green apples at all, but I knew I had read that they were the best in apple pie, so on a whim that Saturday I decided I would try to make an apple pie.

At least my intentions were good.
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I used this recipe, and it was a complete and total flop.  The crust was a major fail, but that was no surprise.  I’ve never made a crust that looked pretty.  But the filling was just… DRY.  I thought that when I was mixing it, but hell, what do I know, I’ve never made an apple pie before.  I thought maybe the apples release their juices as they cook or something.  As it turns out, they do not.  It tasted okay, but it was just a little tough to choke down.  I bought some vanilla Rice Dream to go with it, and that made it edible, but I tossed out over half of it.  The best thing I can say about this pie is it made the house smell good.

And speaking of making the house smell good… CHILI!

I used Morgan’s awesome recipe as a starting point.  I’ve made that several times but changed a few things to use what I had.  I used the patty pan squash instead of zucchini, added jalapenos and a purple sweet pepper, even threw in some of the shitake mushrooms, but omitted the avocado and fake meat.  WIN!  Lip-scorching, asshole-burning hot (I may have gotten a little carried away with the hot peppers), but still a win!

And I made this with the rest of the shitakes!  Dude.  It was AWESOME.

Oh, and FYI, that “cheese” sauce is awesome on a baked potato too.

Tell me about your last kitchen fail!

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