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Eggplant Bacon

September 16th, 2009

I was trying to figure out what to do with the eggplant I got in one of my recent CSA BOXES, and I remembered this recipe from EVERYDAY RAW. It looks a LOT like bacon.

sliced eggplant
Starts with chopping up some eggplant…

…marinate in a chipotle-like dressing.

Then, you just set it out to dry. I have to say that the biggest obstacle with these is the expectation that they will taste like bacon. Because they really don’t. When I first tried them, I was kind of put off by that. But then I came back to them later without that expectation, and I loved them.

Got to live in the now, I guess. Maybe I should just call them spicy eggplant sticks. That might go over better.



August 24th, 2009

I kind of eluded to this in YESTERDAY’S post, but I love my CSA!

We’re in peak season now, and I am up to my ears in great produce. I have another box coming on thursday.

sunflower oilOne of my boxes came with this fancy sunflower oil. I made a salad dressing out of it, but that’s about as experimental as I’ve gotten with it.  The boxes have made me more experimental in general, I think.  Now instead of making a grocery list from the recipes I want to make, I figure out what recipes will go best with the groceries I get in my box.  I end up trying a lot of things I wouldn’t have.  And my groceries are SO MUCH CHEAPER.  I love it.

random salad
A random salad I made with the sunflower oil.

This was a mexican burrito wrap I made with the contents of one box. More experiments on the way. Stay tuned…


Thai Cucumber Salad

August 23rd, 2009

thai cuc
This salad (from EVERYDAY RAW) merged perfectly with the contents of my CSA box. I love it when that happens. Each year gets better and better. I have more knowledge and experience to draw on, and it’s a lot easier to flow with the abundance that comes my way. This year, we have GARDEN produce and our CSA membership. I’ve hardly had to buy any groceries. I’m LOVING this.

with dressing
My boyfriend’s chief complaint was that I used iceberg lettuce instead of bibb. But baby, that’s what was in our box! I thought it was really good anyway. But the bibb could really blow someone’s socks off.