Monday, June 6, 2011

CSA Share Ninja Rescue: leeks, arugula and radishes

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Welcome back to the CSA Share Ninja Rescue feature, where you tell me what items in your CSA share are making you scratch your head or lose your patience and I provide you with some help in the form of recipes or ideas.

To see how it works, check out the previous installments:

Commenters from last week have asked for recipe ideas for leeks, arugula and radishes.

If you haven't cooked with leeks very much, be warned: they are very, very dirty. But they are also easy to clean -- check out this great demo video from Gourmet.

Raw or cooked, arugula adds a great peppery tang.
  • Creole shrimp remoulade over arugula from Cooking Light: Quick to prepare, and the spicy arugula is the perfect foil to the creamy yet tangy remoulade
  • Try substituting arugula in any recipe that calls for spinach, especially if you like your food on the spicy side
  • Make a pizza: using whatever dough or bread shell you prefer, layer on roasted tomatoes, a couple of handfuls of arugula and some big dollops of ricotta cheese -- cover with some shredded parmesan and mozzarella and bake.

I hope your CSA includes different varieties of radishes than what we are used to seeing in the grocery store -- the flavors can be so different! Don't forget to save your radish tops, too, to use in salads and soups.
  • Radishes with butter and salt via Orangette: So very French -- solo, as an appetizer or aperitif, or layered on a baguette for a quick lunch
  • Radish and arugula salad (origin unknown, as I just have a uncredited printout in my recipe folder):
    1 bunch of radishes, tops trimmed, thinly sliced
    2 cups arugula
    olive oil
    2 oz. shaved / shredded parmesan cheese
    salt and pepper

    Toss radishes and arugula with olive oil. Add cheese and salt and pepper to taste. Eat.

So, whatcha gettin' in your box next week?

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