Garlic Scapes Recipes

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In my previous post, I mentioned that we got garlic scapes in our CSA share. My first thought was to add them to a salad, so I bit off a piece of one to try it, and it was VERY garlicky. I needed a new plan. After some googling, I found out that garlic scapes lose their strong flavor when you cook them and when you freeze them.

So I came up with a few super easy garlic scapes recipes:

1. Vegetable-Loaded Scrambled Eggs For Two

  • 2 garlic scapes, washed and chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • 4 asparagus stalks, washed and chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • 10 grape tomatoes, halved
  • 4 eggs (or 3 eggs and 2 egg whites), beaten
  • Olive oil for cooking
  • Salt & Pepper

Add olive oil to a pan; saute garlic scapes and asparagus until they turn a beautiful bright green color and are crisp-tender. Add the tomatoes, and saute another two minutes, until tomatoes start softening up.

Garlic Scapes Recipes

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CSA

CSA – Community Supported Agriculture

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This season, Aldo and I joined a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) at a local New Jersey farm – Alstede Farms. The way a CSA works is you pre-pay for a share of the farm’s harvest prior to the planting season, and then you receive your share of the produce weekly. Some farms have separate fruit and vegetable CSAs, but Alstede Farms includes both in their program. The price when we joined in February was $749 for a “half-share” portion, and the season this year runs from April 26 until Thanksgiving. That’s 31 weeks, so it works out to just over $24 per week. We talked about it, looked at our food budget, and decided that we definitely spend at least $24 on fresh produce every week. We like the idea of eating local and organic food, and we also like the idea of less trips to the grocery store. There is a local Woodbridge chapter of the Alstede Farms CSA, and every Tuesday we get to drive through gorgeous houses in Colonia to pick up our fresh fruits and veggies, instead of fighting for a parking spot at the busy Shoprite in Woodbridge.

CSA
Week 8 CSA Box Contents

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Salmon Steaks

Lunch At Mom’s – Salmon Steaks and Watercress Chickpea Salad

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Salmon Steaks
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I am going to cheat for my first real post. This recipe is from my mom, and it is just too good not to share. I went to visit my mom over the weekend, and she made this delicious, simple, healthy lunch. She served salmon steaks, a watercress salad, and toasted Russian rye bread. I love Russian breads – they are very dense, chewy, and flavorful – so different than most of the breads available in the bread aisle of Shoprite. This toasted bread doesn’t even need butter on it – it has so much flavor of its own. If you ever see this type of bread in your local Russian/Polish/International deli, you should try it! (more…)

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Seafood and Vegetable Paella

Welcome!

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Hello!

After months of Aldo telling me that I should start a food blog, I am finally taking the plunge! I love cooking and experimenting in the kitchen, and I love trying new ingredients. I also get really excited about making things from scratch. In this blog, I will post my recipes – from fresh takes on salads, to more complex dishes that are inspired by my Russian babushka and Aldo’s Dominican abuela 🙂

I hope that you come back to this blog  to check out the new things I’ll be cooking up, and I hope that you will leave comments, tips, suggestions, and share your favorite recipes.

– Kate

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