This week we included tomatillos again. They’re the delicious cousin of tomatoes, and they have a tart citrusy flavor. They are used in salsa verde, which we included as a recipe this week on the blog. We included another simple dip on the blog this week- baba ganoush, which is a blend of roasted eggplant, lemon, garlic, and tahini. There are a lot of tasty fruits of summer in the bag this week. We also included heirloom tomatoes, which have the best texture and flavor of all the tomatoes we grow, but they are highly perishable, to be sure to give them room to breathe on your countertop and eat them quickly. Enjoy the share and have a wonderful week!

Salsa Verde

Remove all tomatillos from husks. Pan roast over medium high heat in 1 tbsp cooking oil until bottoms are browned, then flip tomatillos and brown the other side. They should be very tender and ready to pop. Pour tomatillos into a blender with 2 cloves garlic, 1/2 cup cilantro, 1 medium onion (quartered), 2 tbsp lime juice, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1 jalapeno pepper, deseeded. Blend until smooth and serve with chips or atop enchiladas. 


Jambalaya with Sausage

Dice 2-3 bell peppers and 1 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed. Dice 1 bunch of celery greens, about 1 cup. Mince 2 cloves of garlic. Dice 1 yellow onion. Dice 1 cup of tomatoes, about 3 cocktail size. Remove flower stems from 1/2 lb of green beans, and cut into 1 inch pieces. Remove 1 lb of andouille sausage  (we used our kielbasa) from casing and cut into 1 inch sections. 

In a large Dutch oven or deep skillet heat 2 tbsp cooking oil over medium high heat. Saute all peppers, celery, and onions for 5-7 minutes, then add garlic, green beans, sausage, 1 tsp salt, and cook another 5-7 minutes. Add 2 tbsp Italian seasoning (one option is about 1 tbsp dried parsley, 1 tsp thyme, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp paprika). Add 1 cup of rice and cook for 2-5 minutes to let rice toast slightly. Add 3 cups water, diced tomatoes, and 2 tbsp tomato paste (or 1/4 cup tomato sauce). Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, until liquid has been reduced and rice and sausage is cooked through, about 15 minutes. 


Chicken with Sorrel

Cut 1 onion into 1/4th inch dice. Cut 2-3lb of chicken, either two hind quarters with skin or one whole small chicken, into sections small enough to fit in pan. Roughly chop 1 bunch of sorrel into 1 inch ribbons

Heat 2 tbsp cooking oil over medium high heat. Add chicken quarters skin side down and cook until skin begins to brown. Then sprinkle with salt and pepper and turn over. Sprinkle the opposite side with salt and pepper. Lower heat to prevent burning and remove when chicken is completely browned all over, about 10-15 minutes. 

Add chopped onion to pan and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes until they soften. Add 1/2 cup water and cook for a minute until it reduces slightly. Return chicken to pan and turn heat to medium low and cook covered for about 10 minutes. Uncover, add sorrel, stir, and cover again. Cook another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until chicken is cooked through and sorrel is dissolved into onions and liquid. Serve hot over rice or crusty bread. 


Bacon, Basil, Tomato Sandwich

Skin (optional) and dice 3 beets. Chop green beans into 2 inch sections. Toss diced beets and beans together with 2 tbsp olive oil and 1 tsp salt. Spread vegetables evenly in a shallow pan and roast at 400F for 30 minutes. 

To prepare tangy dressing combine 1 tbsp red wine vinegar, 3 tbsp olive oil, 2 tsp dijon mustard, 1/2 tsp salt, and a pinch of black pepper. 

Toss beets, beans, 2 tbsp chopped parsley, and dressing all together and serve warm or room temperature. 


Baba Ganoush

Pierce eggplant with a fork in a few places along the skin to allow steam to escape when cooking. Cover eggplant with a thin layer of olive oil and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Broil in the oven, turning frequently, until eggplant is charred on all sides. Allow to cool, then skin eggplant, drain off liquid, and combine in a blender with 2 tbsp tahini, 2 tbsp cilantro, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 clove garlic, 1/4 tsp cumin, 1 tsp olive oil, and 2 tbsp lemon juice. Blend until smooth and serve over crusty bread or pita chips. 


The first table shows the ingredients that come in the share. The table after that shows the ingredients you would need to make the recipes.

Salsa Verde Jambalaya with Sausage Chicken with Sorrel Bacon, Basil, Tomato Sandwich Baba Ganoush
Celery 1 bunch
Heirloom tomatoes 1 cup diced (about 3 cocktail size) 1 large heirloom
Green beans 1/2 lb
Bell peppers 3 bell peppers
Jalapeno peppers 1 pepper 1 pepper
Eggplant 1 eggplant
Tomatillos 1/2 lb
Basil 1 bunch
Cilantro 1/2 cup 2 tbsp
Sorrel 1 bunch
Onion 1 onion
Salsa Verde Jambalaya with Sausage Chicken with Sorrel Bacon, Basil, Tomato Sandwich Baba Ganoush
cooking oil 1 tbsp 2 tbsp
chicken, 1-2 hind quarters or 1 small whole bird 1-2 hind quarters or 1 small whole bird
lime juice 2 tbsp
garlic 2 cloves 1 clove 1 clove
onion 1 medium
andouille (or kielbasa) sausage 1 lb
Italian seasoning 2 tbsp
white (or brown) rice 1 cup
tomato paste 2 tbsp
bread, white or wheat 2 slices
bacon 2-3 slices
mayonnaise less than 1 tbsp
olive oil 1 tsp
tahini 2 tbsp
lemon juice 2 tbsp
cumin 1/4 tsp