We got pickling cucumbers again this week. (Would like salad cucumber, please!) I decided to try some refrigerator pickles to serve with hamburgers, and to eat as a snack. I used Serious Eats method for quick pickling, and it worked really well! I experimented by using Splenda instead of sugar; this did not seem to make a difference.
In many parts of the country, salsa is some mushy tomato stuff in a jar. In reality, the definition of salsa is a mixture of chopped vegetables (or fruits) that is used as a condiment. I decided to use some of the cucumbers from this week’s box to make a salsa to serve on grilled fish. While the fish was grilling, I was “sampling” the salsa with chips, and it tasted good for that, too! Feel free to adjust the proportions to your taste. Salsa is not an exact science!
I spent half of Sunday afternoon deciding what to do with the beets from our harvest box. I knew I wanted to bake with them, and had actually roasted them on Saturday. I saw a blog post about making bread in the crock pot that sounded interesting. But, I on call, and was afraid that I would get the bread started and then have to go out and make a patient visit. Cookies seemed to be a much safer choice. (Though, in the end, I didn’t end up getting called.) I found this recipe for pumpkin cookies from The Post Punk Kitchen and thought it would easily adapt. I got a big, unsolicited, “These are really good,” from my husband, and I hope you will like them, too.
I’ve been enjoying store bought flavored hummus on crackers lately. My friend (the one who introduced me to Los Poblanos) brought some home made hummus to a group meeting once. She told us it was easy to make. So, I decided to use some of the chile I had left over
from our last box to make Green Chile Hummus to serve as a snack to our niece and her husband. I found this basic recipe for hummus at About.com. I could not find tahini in our local grocery store, so I consulted several sites and figured out how to make my own. The green chile flavor was a nice compliment to the sesame flavor.
Last summer, we got huge eggplants in our box several weeks in a row. I always dreaded trying to find something to make with eggplant. When we got our first eggplant this year, I found this recipe for Eggplant Chips from What’s Gaby Cooking, and decided to try it. My first effort was not so successful, because I cut the eggplant too thickly. This time, I used the thinnest slicing blade on my food processor (2mm), and they were much better! The Cajun seasoning makes them taste great alone, or you can serve them with salsa.