Bhindi (okra) is a staple in Indian cuisine. This recipe for Bhindi Masala comes from Slate Magazine. If you were scarred by stewed okra as a child, you might be wary of overcooking your okra here. Don’t be. Counterintuitively, you want to cook it so long it’s just shy of burning. A long frying session will give the okra time to dry out as its liquid evaporates, and that dried out texture is what you want if you’re trying to avoid slime. Your okra’s not done until it looks wilted and deeply browned. (more…)
Melons can do more than dessert or smoothies! Although there is a bit of cutting involved, this savory melon salad makes for a refreshing change from the traditional sautéed side dishes we whip up every day. For added “savoriness,” add crumbled goat or feta cheese.
Try it; this recipe makes 6 cups. (more…)
This recipe is basically a Southern spin on pizza (just add mayo.) A flaky pie crust, a cheddar and mayonnaise blend, and juicy garden tomatoes. Found on thekitchn.com food blog, this is one of those recipes that just takes you aback the first time you have a bite. You just won’t believe how delicious (and easy) it is! (more…)
You can turn almost any of your extra CSA veggies into toppings on a homemade pizza. From the Cooking Close to Home cookbook, this simple, chunky, sauce yields about 3½ cups, enough for 3, 16-inch pizzas. It is also an excellent base for adding pasta sauce ingredients like ground meat, sausage, or other veggies later. You can also freeze it, in case you have more tomatoes than you know what to do with.
If you have fresh herbs, the conversion is one teaspoon dry equals one Tablespoon fresh (and fresh will taste so much better!).
This recipe was originally from Bon Appetit magazine, and found on epicurious.com. It is easy to assemble by layering the ingredients (although the directions sound complicated!). The recipe makes two pans so eat one tonight and freeze the other for another day. A mandolin makes short work of the preparations. (more…)