Tuesday, August 4, 2009

What to Do With Your Share---Week 13

Pasta Estate
You've heard of pasta primavera (spring), now is your chance to try pasta estate (summer). In Missouri, the vegetables of summer may be a bit later than in the Mediterranean, so this fresh pasta dish has to wait. It is simple enough to make rather quickly on a busy night, faster in fact than driving to a restaurant and waiting to be served.

You can use many of the things in your share or in your fridge. It gets a thumbs up from Rebecca.

1 medium green or red pepper
1 medium onion
1 cup mushrooms (we were lucky enough to have a wild puffball mushroom)
2 medium Asian eggplant
1 large tomato
2 cloves of garlic
1 tbsp fresh summer savory leaves
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp sea salt
grated Parmesan cheese and basil for garnish

Chop the onion and pepper and saute in olive oil for 2 to 3 minutes over medium high heat.
Chop the eggplant and mushroom and add to the pan. Add summer savory and salt, stir and cook for 2 minutes.
Core and chop the tomato. Crush and chop the garlic. Add to the pan and cook for 2 minutes. Turn heat to medium low, cover, and cook for 5 to 10 minutes more, or until eggplant is tender.

Serve over pasta topped with grated cheese and basil.

Now is your chance to get some great paste tomatoes for making some high quality sauce, sun-dried tomatoes, or just for dinner. The paste tomatoes are at their peak, and may only be around for another couple weeks. There are also tomato seconds for sale. See the bulk list below for details.

We pick the tomatoes as they first blush on the vine, so we have them in various degrees of ripeness. Let us know what stage you want them at and we will try to accomodate you.

Bulk Order List (week of August 3)
Paste tomatoes (firsts) - $3.00/lb; $2.50/lb over 10 lbs
Tomato seconds (heirloom and hybrids) - $2.50/lb; $2.00/lb over 10 lbs
Kale - $3.00/bunch
Swiss chard - $3.00 per bunch
Carrots - $3.00 bunch
Carrot seconds $2.00/lb
Onions $3.00/quart
Oregano, basil, mint, dill flowers $2.oo/bunch
Dried herbs $2.00/tin (thyme, marjoram, dried hot peppers, lovage, lavendar flowers, coriander, oregano, rosemary)

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