Houston recs?

I’m going to be going to Houston next week to visit and learn about some very cool early childhood education initiatives.  But since I’m going to be there for several days, I could use some recommendations on places to eat. Feast sounds pretty awesome, but I’m not sure if I can do that for a solitary business trip (but I”m open to being convinced!). I’m going to be staying near Rice University and the Texas Medical Center, and would particularly appreciate recommendations that are somewhere near there and relatively inexpensive. I will have a car at my disposal, so if there are cool things off the beaten path, I may be able to check them out.

CSA for 9/29

Here’s what I’m getting this week:

1 Head Green Romaine Lettuce

1 Bunch Dandelion Greens

2 Leeks

2 Delicata Squash

1 Green Acorn Squash

1 Bunch Red Beets

1 Bag Red Gold Potatoes (3lbs)

3 Onions

1 Bag Red and Yellow Delicious Apples

Thanks for the pea shoot links and leek recommendations last week. The pea shoots were terrific, but I still haven’t gotten around to using the leek (busy week!). Hopefully I can combine wt with those I’m getting today in one of the recipes folks recommended.

I think I’m good in terms of what to do with all these items, except possibly dandelion greens–I know how to make a good traditional dandelion greens salad, and it’s tasty, but I’m more than open to alternative suggestions here.

CSA Week of September 20

Here’s what I expect to be picking up from the CSA tonight:

  • 1 Bunch Kale
  • 2 Sweet Onions
  • 1 Bag Red Potatoes (3 lbs.)
  • 1 Bag Pea Shoots
  • 1 Bunch Young Orange Carrots
  • 1 Head Green Cabbage
  • 2 Leeks
  • 1 Bunch Curly Parsley
  • 2 Heirloom Tomatoes
  • 1 Head Red Romaine
  • 1 Bag Apples

Man, I am loving having these bags of apples around the last few weeks. I’m chopping them up and throwing them in salads, oatmeal, sandwiches, cereal, even with roasted squash and yams. They make great snacks at work, too (ALMOST cancelling out that bag of candy corn I bought the other day). And I even made a quick and dirty cobbler the other night.

I need some help though, with some of the other stuff I’m getting this week. Kale, I have mastered and now love. But I don’t really know what a pea shoot is, let alone what to do with it. And my search for stuff to do with leeks hasn’t yielded much beyond a whole variety of leek soups–which I’m sure are lovely, but I am so not a that kind of soup kind of girl. I kind of want to carmelize a leek, but don’t really know how, what flavors to use, or what to do with it next. HELP ME INTERNETS!

CSA Week of September 13

Shockingly, no dark leafy greens this week!

We got:

  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 4 jalapeno peppers
  • Butternut squash
  • Delicata squash
  • One bag of adorable tiny eggplant “fairytale” eggplant
  • One BIG bag of honey crisp apples
  • One bag (~2 lbs) sweet potatoes
  • One box of things that look like flowers that I have no idea what to do with and that shriveled up before I could use them or take a picture of them!

I want to make something that combines either sweet potatoes or squash with jalapenos–I think the spicy/sweet/earthy balance could be fun. Any suggestions?

CSA: Week of September 6

I’ve been a bit remiss about posting the contents of my CSA box for the last month or so, partly because I was out of town a good bit, and partly because it was pretty similar throughout July and August and, while delicious, not that interesting to read. I have, however, learned how to make a mean fried okra courtesy of the CSA.

Now we’re getting into fall, I’m going to start up again, in large part because I’m guessing that, as we get into the long season of squashes and dark leafy greens, I’m gonna need some more help keeping things fresh.

Here’s what I ended up with this week:

  • 3 ears of corn
  • 1 squash
  • 2 bunches kale
  • 3 candy onions
  • 1 bag tomatillos
  • 1 bag apples

Now, I didn’t think I was much of a fan of kale, but after this week, I think I’m a convert. I used one bunch to make kale chips, which were yummy and fun, and the other to make a super-easy kale and sweet potato dish of my own devising that I absolutely loved. I’ve got a number of good ideas for the squash.  And I’m thinking applesauce is definitely happening at some point this fall.

What I have absolutely no idea what to do with are the tomatillos. Apparently, I am supposed to use them to make salsa. This seems a little bit uninteresting to me, and also like more salsa than I’m likely to eat in a timely fashion. Any other suggestions out there?