What We're Reading This Week

 

Super Bowl food can be delicious and filling for veggie lovers, too. [Bon Appétit]

 

Presidential candidate Ted Cruz brings French fries into the debate. [MUNCHIES]

 

A simple purée is the “building block” of a marvelous dish. [Saveur

 

Revisiting our roots: foods that delighted Americans a century ago. [Washington Post

 

NASA has invented a “plant pillow” to grow lettuce in space. [Modern Farmer] ... Read more >

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Eye Candy: Spot Prawns with Artichoke Ravioli and Mint–Butter Lettuce Sauce

 

A top finalist at the Bocuse d’Or, Chris Mills takes his inspiration from many places: his global travels, his childhood on West Coast farms, and even the iconic American burger stand. At his recent Beard House dinner, guests experienced the best of this seasoned chef’s worlds with creative dishes like crispy Korean food truck cauliflower and octopus a la plancha finished with the very inventive (and a Beard House first!) octopus bacon. A real standout of the evening was Mills’ tender artichoke ravioli topped with sweet Tofino spot prawns and a velvety mint–butter lettuce sauce. One bite of this heavenly dish had us thinking beyond the salad bowl and into the wonderful world of warm, wilted lettuces. 

 

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What We're Reading: June 12, 2014

Ice Coffee

 

Just in time for summer, a round up of the nation's most innovative iced coffees. [NYT

 

Start-up firm Coffee Blocks suggests swapping egg yolks for milk in your morning brew. [LAT

 

New FDA research says expecting moms should eat more fish for healthier babies. [NPR

 

Introducing Space Lettuce: NASA begins vegetable production aboard the International Space Station. [NPR

 

A Harvard study links breast cancer to... Read more >

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Market Haul: June 20

 

The growing season has begun, which means that CSA members throughout the country are getting shares packed with early crops, like lettuce, radishes, and baby spinach. If you're like many of us, you might feel somewhat ambivalent about the bounty of Boston, romaine, and red-leaf heads making their way into your box this month. On the one hand, it's such a treat to have fresh-from-the-farm salad greens on hand to toss with olive oil and lemon juice at a moment's notice. On the other hand...lettuce is so annoying to wash. The only way to make sure none of it goes to waste? Surrender to the lettuce: make peace with the fact that you'll need to dedicate half an hour each week to your salad spinner. With leaves washed, dried, and bagged in the fridge, salads become the effortless summer meals they were meant to be.

 

The Haul: Baby spinach, Toscano kale, garlic scapes, red leaf lettuce, cilantro, red beets, Japanese salad turnips, strawberries.

 

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Market Haul: August 15

market haul

Today’s market haul includes sweet-as-candy Sungold tomatoes, beautiful Nicola potatoes, Swiss chard, and green peppers, that scourge of CSA boxes everywhere. (Beg to differ? Tell us why. Michael Ruhlman is with me on this one.)

The Haul: Nicola potatoes, Sungold cherry tomatoes, long green peppers, green bell peppers, Swiss chard, parsley, Asian eggplant, lettuce, nectarines, yellow peaches, donut peaches, and white peaches

The Menu Ideas:
Babbo’s Pasta with Sungold Tomatoes [NYM]
A summertime staple in our house, this oh-so-simple pasta is even more delicious with cubes of fresh mozzarella thrown in.

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