Friday, July 20, 2012

CSA Take Two

Had to do another CSA post tonight, since its been a good week for veggies around here. Wednesday morning a couple of the boys helped harvest a whole mess of onions to peel and freeze for the rest of the winter in soups and stews. Today was our CSA pick-up day. We had so many green beans I  (Fred) blanched and froze a bunch to use for later. I also noticed a curious little bag of....not-so-sure-what -they-are's? with the veggies. So, I asked Christy. I only met Christy recently, but she is one of those people that just seems to know all there is to know about how to grow things, and I deeply admire that trait in any human being.  She told me they were ground cherries, and that if I dried and peeled off the thin papery layer I might be surprised by the flavor.

I am not sure what drew me into these little fruits so quickly, maybe they are just reminiscent of those paper lanterns you hang in your back yard for Summer night parties. Actually, come to think of it, that is exactly it. So I grabbed some kids and had them peel them while I made dinner, and Fred blanched green beans. Once they were finished I threw them into a pan with leftover pineapple chunks, and some oatmeal, brown sugar, and butter crumbled on top.

mini paper lanterns
kitchen helpers

It was yummy! The mild, slightly tart flavor went really well with the pineapple. (And what doesn't combine well with brown sugar and butter honestly?)The real test of course is that the kids are all eating it. Good stuff, especially on a rainy Friday afternoon!

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