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Kitchenista – Joining a FarmShare

farmshareweek1The words “Manhattan” and “Farm” don’t go together in my mind. So when I heard that there was a FarmShare that offered deliver to The Big Apple, I was skeptical.

After some soul searching (more like gut-searching, as in examining my ever-expanding waistline), I decided that I was willing to give it a try. We went whole hog — which is just an expression, because there’s no bacon involved — and got vegetables, farm fresh eggs, and fruit.

My main concern was not getting the kids to eat this stuff. That was number 2. Number 1 was cooking it. As I’ve pointed out in the past, my cooking skills are somewhat limited. I don’t like recipes, and I tend to avoid making food that takes longer than 30 minutes to prepare. Total. I partcularly dislike chopping or other food “prep.” (Gordon Ramsey would be thrilled.)

BUT! I will get over these irrational notions in favor of the health of my family!

Anyway, here’s what came in the first week’s box, which just arrived today:

Green Leaf Lettuce
Radishes
Cucumber
Bok Choi
Microgreen mix
Garlic Scapes

Opening the box was a little disconcerting. The vegetables are all really BIG. Colorful, even. It’s nice, but intimidating. What do I do with it all? Once I looked up what I had received, I felt a little better. The lettuce, radishes, cucumber and “microgreen mix” (sounds like a bad 80′s dance track) I can put into a salad. I had never heard of Garlic Scapes before, but apparently they are geeky in some way, so maybe that means I’ll like them. The Bok Choi I can steam. So far, so good. Now I just need to find the time to actually do it.

Anyone have any good recipes that include Garlic Scapes? I could use your help. Seriously. Have pity on a chef-challenged dad. Please?

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