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June 13, 2013 / amberwoodterracechiro

CSA Week 2: Recipes from the Bounty

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This week, I picked up my CSA bounty and knew that many of the same things from week one would be returning.  I needed to think ahead to what concoctions I would come up with this week.

I picked up:



braising greens




garlic scapes



I still had the cilantro in my fridge from last week (because the storage method works beautifully!) and I thought how amazing it would pair with the garlic scapes….so….

This turned out absolutely amazing.  I was able to freeze some of the leftover and I can’t wait for the winter month when I pull that puppy out and remember how delicious it was!

Cilantro & Garlic Scape Pesto:

1 bunch of cilantro, ends removed

2 garlic scapes

handful of chives (or garlic clove or more scapes)

2 handfuls of walnuts

1/4 cup olive oil (or more depending on how creamy you want it)

2 pinches of salt

pepper to taste

few good shakes of crushed red pepper flakes (these happened to be homemade from last year’s dried chili’s)


Put the cilantro, garlic scapes, chives, walnuts in the food processor and pulse until they are a coarse meal.  Put in the salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and run a stream of olive oil in while its processing until you get a chunky/creamy texture.  Serve on top of any meat, mushroom caps, eggs, etc.

Pesto is so versatile and easy to freeze.  It helps dress up any boring meat easily.  I chose to grilled up some grassfed flank steak and serve pesto on top.  I put it on top of the salad blend I got from the CSA.  Absolutely fabulous.  This is what I love about the CSA.  I didn’t know what a garlic scape was and I had definitely never cooked with them.  Forced me out of my comfort zone and now I know just how much I like them!  I hope we get more next week because I have thought up a million more way to use them!!!


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