Swap-Box Hero: Celeriac Edition

“SELL-err-ee-ack.” Not quite. “SELLer-rack.” Nope, again. “Sell-ryack.” Closer. CSAers, if you bail and say, “celery root,” that’s cool. But, judging by our end-of-day swap-box  contents, way too many of you also bail on the veggie itself. Maybe you’re lacking celeriac confidence. Maybe I can help. First:  pronunciation. Suh-LAIR-ee-ack. Think Billy Joel’s Movin’ Out—”in the fall you…

Forage Potage

(faw-razh paw-tahzh) A thick soup, stew, or porridge in which found or scavenged items are boiled together until they form a thick mush. Yes, this one was a real hodge-podge. Ramps, the spring-heralding, wild allium that gave Chicago its name, picked up at the season’s first Headhouse Farmers’ Market Sunday. Stinging nettles—another truly foraged plant—that came…

Kale and Hearty

It’s easy to take potatoes for granted. But fresh, local spuds are a marvel, with a nutty flavor and creamy texture that can’t be matched out of the mesh sacks shipped halfway across the country. In fact, next to eggs (okay, and maybe sweet, late-season carrots), they’re my favorite CSA staple, and when my stash is…

Here comes the sunchoke

Our inaugural Winter Season CSA box arrived this week, and more than a couple Pennsauken picker-uppers were perplexed by the small bag of sunchokes in the shares. Also called Jerusalem Artichokes, not because they came from Jerusalem (they’re native to North America), but through a linguistic bastardization of the Italian for sunflower, girasole (“jeer-ah-SO-lay”), these…

Leek week

And leak week. It seemed like a good investment seven years ago, when we were spec’ing the renovations. But when that fancy, ultra-high-efficiency water heater recently began “evacuating” all over the floor every few hours, its return curve changed slope dramatically. So while Plumber #4 and I wait for parts to arrive from Italy (really?),…

Haiku Carrot Soup

Simple. Really. I mean, 5-7-5 simple. Infused with ginger and thyme, this is a subtly spicy-sweet soup that’s downright velvety—even without dairy—and perfect for a fall lunch or light supper. Start to finish, it’ll take you about 40 minutes, and most of that’s idle time while the carrots are roasting and the stock is simmering. Though…

Squashapalooza Day III: Curried squash and carrot soup

Squash remaining:  6. Days remaining:  5. One of our Pennsauken picker-uppers mentioned Monday that her go-to zucchini user-upper was a curried zuke soup. Mmmm. And Hmmm. So this morning, after Greg the Plumber restored my kitchen to working order, I started chopping and sautéing. In about 45 minutes, I had a tasty jarred lunch for…

10-Minute, Lemony Broccoli Soup

Though I’m still in the honeymoon phase with my month-old Vitamix, part of me still needs convincing that it’s not going to end up as this decade’s NordicTrack. This soup I whipped up to take for lunch tomorrow should save the mega-blender from coat-rack status for quite some time. 10-minute, lemony broccoli soup 1 small…