October 20, 2010

Conversations, Future and Present

I strongly suspect that my foray into the world of organic vegetables, bought by share, is going to be the thing of stories to come. I can hear it now, 20 years down the road, sitting at the table at Thanksgiving, surrounded by my boys, their wives and their children.

Ringo: And remember that time that Mom decided we weren't eating enough variety of vegetables and that we were getting too much pesticides and that she'd join that communist vegetable group and buy organic shares of fruits and vegetables every two weeks?

T: Yeah, I remember that. She brought home some weird stuff.

Bones: Oh like the time you opened the refrigerator and said, 'Hey, Mom. What are those pointy things in the refrigerator?" and she said, "Artichokes."?

T: I'd never seen one before, then suddenly we had FOUR.

Ringo: And that HUGE squash. That made the best bread ever.

Bones: I know! You wanted every squash turned into bread after that...

T: But no. Mom had to try to fill them with something called Kale, thinking that if she mixed it with enough cheese we'd eat it. Yuck. I hated it.

Bones: It was the onion. OH and remember that chard! We hated chard! Mom turned it into bread...

Ringo: ... and Dad wasn't home, so Mom saved it for him with the turkey breast for when he came home, but T quietly threw it away after dinner so he didn't have to eat it?

T: He didn't deserve to have to eat that bread. He'd been on a trip. That was nasty.

And so that's what I envision as to how this will all be remembered.

Successes and Failures from this week:

Kale and Cheese Quiche: Two Thumbs up.

Yam chips: One thumb up (me), one thumb down (T), Ringo managed to slink away without eating one, thinking I'd not notice. Right. Husband and Bones, non-committal on the thumbs.

Squash stuffed with Kale: The boys' vote: Two thumbs down. My vote: Two thumbs WAY UP.

Seriously, what is their problem? I went on the 'net and looked for recipes and found this one by this chick Paula Dean who is evidently a famous TV chef. This conversation happened at work:

Em: How's it going with the kale?

Me: Quiche, GREAT. And I found this recipe for stuffed squash by some chick named Paula Dean.

Tif: OH! That should be GREAT!

Me: I know! Did you see a picture of her? She looks like she really loves to eat and that she LOVES southern cooking and she's famous and all... is she part of that Jimmy Dean clan?

Tif and Em: *blink*

Me: Besides, how can you go wrong with anything when you have to add sour cream and a cup of cheese?

Em: If there's butter involved, it'll be GREAT.

And it was. Except the boys hated it and so I'm eating it at lunch.

I still have four artichokes to cook and I'll do that next week when I get back. I'm going to a reunion with my best girlfriend from high school this weekend. I'm all stressed out about the fruits and vegetables, for fear they might go bad before I get back.

I need to step away from the edge...

It'll be interesting to see what Komrad Marie has for me in two weeks. I'm giving away any chard I get to coworkers. They've informed me... they don't want it.

Posted by Boudicca at October 20, 2010 07:57 PM
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You are not allowed to stress over veggies... really. LOL.

Paula Dean... I gain 20 pounds just reading her recipes. I can't make myself listen to her show because her accent is way too much for me. So I'm afraid I shall never know the delights of cheesy kale.

Posted by: Teresa at October 20, 2010 11:14 PM

Artichokes are easy. Boil or steam them, then peel off the very outside leaves and throw them away before the kids see them. Then as you get to the leaves with a little something to eat on them, dip them in either lemon butter or mayo. Then you work your way down to the heart which is ambrosia.

Or, boil or steam them, peel down to the heart and marinate them. But I only know how to buy marinated artichoke hearts and they're 'spensive. I love 'em but hardly ever can I afford them.

Posted by: Peter at October 21, 2010 12:05 AM

Oh, and give the Chard to the cow. Or to the 'gaters. I heard that they'll eat anything.

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Posted by: discount nike shoes at October 21, 2010 03:55 AM

The Food & Wine magazine's Thanksgiving issue has some terrific vegetable/vegetarian recipes. I made the mistake of reading the magazine late last night - and woke up starving!!

Two notes on the artichokes

1. They are wonderful steamed in a water bath with the garlic/shallot/dill combo I mentioned on the yam thread. Water halfway up the artichokes

2. The bottom part of each leaf is the part you want to eat after dipping it into whatever sauce you make (hollandaise is my preference butter/lemon juice combo)

3. When you get to the center of the artichoke - make sure to scrape off ALL the fuzzy feathery stuff from the heart. That stuff is the 'choke' part - it will literally make you choke.

Enjoy!!

Posted by: Nina at October 21, 2010 07:05 AM

Articokes are great in spinich dip!

Posted by: Quality Weenie at October 21, 2010 11:24 AM

Kale gets a bad rap, but it's mighty tasty. Don't even bother cooking it - steamed kale is boring.

Instead, strip the leaved from the stems and rip 'em into medium-size pieces. Then sprinkle with a teaspoon or so of kosher salt and just squish the leaves and salt together in your hands until the leaves wilt and get tender. Then, add one or two avocados, diced up, and the juice of one or two lemons. Squish all of that together, and when it's nice and well-mashed, sprinkle with a little cayenne pepper. This raw kale and avocado salad kicks major ass... and it's good for you, too!

Why should the commies and vegans have all the fun?

Posted by: Elisson at October 21, 2010 02:10 PM

*leaves*

Posted by: Elisson at October 21, 2010 02:10 PM

You have the vegetable nazi's down there too? I thought it was a New England thing. Huh. I have discovered the secret to getting my husband to eat just about anything... just add bacon. Except for sour cream... won't open the fridge door if there is sour cream in there... which come to think of it, that might help my cheesecake from getting eaten before I even have a taste and it would definitely help with his weight loss program... **leaving to go buy sour cream**

Posted by: Lemon Stand at October 21, 2010 03:53 PM

Ohh Paula Deen is a gift - hilarious, self deprecating and a seriously good Southern Cook BUT Teresa is spot on, you will gain 20 pounds just reading her recipes! Yumm - all good things in moderation I guess. Her biography "It Ain't All About The Cooking" is a seriously good read, highly recommended. (...and the Oprah episode where she smashes a bowl and sprays flour and cake mix across her, Oprah and half the audience is WELL worth a watch - tried to add the you tube link but your filter blocked it google "Paula Deen Oprah Mixer" ) - PS I'm a fan, can you guess! ;-)

All this talking about cooking has been fun... can't wait to see what you get next - maybe we should be sponsoring your stake in the co-op! :-) xx

Posted by: Shaz at October 21, 2010 09:17 PM

"that communist vegetable group" - that is too funny!

Posted by: Tina at October 21, 2010 10:44 PM

Shame I don't live closer. I would take the chard off your hands in a second - and almost any other of the veggies except for okra and eggplant. Don't like them but do like about anything else.

Posted by: dick at October 22, 2010 02:13 PM

If you had mentioned ANY of this, you could have left with a van full...did I fail to mention that I moved out to my farm and have been growing veggies for the past year???

I currently have plenty of Kale, Rape, Collards, Turnips, Chinese Cabbage, Radish....

Geez

PT

Posted by: P'cola Titan at October 25, 2010 11:58 PM