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CSA report: Peas are easy, bok choy a challenge

By: Jennifer Gruden
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CSA report: Peas are easy, bok choy a challenge

By: Jennifer Gruden

Last week's CSA report is here, the introduction is here. This week we got: sugar snap peas, strawberries, baby bok choy, lettuce and garlic scapes.
Garlic scapes are these wild things that I had never ever seen before we did a CSA the first time and they are amazing in stir fries, salads,  and you can even make pesto with them (please note that is a reader recipe!) We eat pesto a lot because my kids do not love tomato sauce on their pasta. So although I haven't actually made the pesto yet, that's the plan for tonight after the kids are in bed. However, I also discovered my two year old will eat them raw. It gave his kisses quite the added aroma. The strawberries, well. I give you this really great Strawberry Blossom cupcake recipe but my kids still just eat them up.
The peas were also really simple, with one twist: We had to de-string every pod (I just snap the top off and peel) or else the kids dug their heels in. But then my kids ate them every way I served them: Raw, steamed and tossed with a bit of butter, blanched to make them a bit soft and then put into a stir-fry, into which I also put some of the baby bok choy. This Sesame Bok Choy made the menu, but for my kids it ended up being a "try a bite" side dish rather than a hit, which is fine. I feel like we kind of conquered Mt. Lettuce this week. It was amazingly sweet and yummy, which helped, but I also hit on the idea of trying a variation on these Fresh Rolls With Spicy Almond Dipping Sauce. I'd hoped to take a trip up to the farm and tell you all about it, but my kids came down with a stomach flu, an almost perfect 12 hours apart, over the holiday weekend. That was not a Pinterest moment! What have your kids eaten that surprised you? First photograph: istockphoto.com; second, my counter.
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