Today’s CSA Box – Week of June 18, 2018

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Recipe of the Week

Potato Squash Gratin

I assume that many of you have a few potatoes left over from previous weeks.  The following recipe is a great way to use your potatoes as well as many of the vegetables in this week’s box.  This Gratin is very easy to make and satisfying to eat.  You can lay the vegetables in your baking dish in a pretty pattern, or not — as you wish!

ingredients

Small onion, sliced and ready to sauté 

2 – 3 summer squash 

4 medium potatoes (about 1-pound)

Olive oil

3/4-cup cheese of your choice, to complement the Parmesan cheese (could be soft goat cheese, or some other flavorful cheese that you can grate)

1/3-cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Salt and pepper

1/4-cup whole milk

1/4-cup thinly sliced basil leaves

instructions

Preheat the oven to 400º.  Lightly grease a 1.5- or 2-quart baking dish with olive oil.


Sauté the onion in a skillet and set aside.  Slice the squash and potatoes into very thin slices (use a mandolin if you have one). Place the sliced vegetables in a large bowl and toss them with the olive oil.  Add the cooked onion.


Spread 1/3 of the squash and potatoes in the bottom of the baking dish, then season with salt, pepper and half of the cheese (the non-Parmesan).  Repeat with another 1/3 of the vegetables, the seasoning and cheese.  Finish with the last layer of vegetables, plus a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Pour the milk evenly over the entire dish and finish with the Parmesan cheese.  


Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 30 - 45 minutes. If your vegetables are sliced a little thicker, just cook for a little bit longer. Uncover and bake until the top browns, about 15 minutes more.  Sprinkle with the fresh basil before serving.

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This Week's CSA Box

Veggie Tips

Basil: Add it to the top of your stir fry or on your tacos!  Basil is used in our Recipe of the Week.


Cranberry Beans:  Remove them from the pods and you will have a small quantity of these very special fresh beans.  Fry some garlic in a deep skillet, add water, hot pepper and the shelled beans.  Bring to a boil, and after 5-minutes turn down the heat and simmer until the beans are tender but not mushy.  Delicious plain, with some rice.


Carrots

Cucumbers


Apricots: These are Blenheims, known as a particularly delicious variety.  Note that apricots ripen from the inside out, and your apricots may have a slight green tinge on the shoulder, yet still the full sweet apricot flavor.


Onions: It’s always easy to know what to do with onions, isn’t it!  We use onions in our Recipe of the Week.


Summer Squash: We had tacos last night with stir fried onions, summer squash, potatoes and basil.  We grated some cheese over the top and luckily had some lime to finish it off.  They were delicious.  Also see our Recipe of the Week.