Category Archives: CSA

Steak and Sautéed Baby Bok Choy

This was dinner last night – after looking at all the food at WSL I was STARVING by the time I got home!

Rib-eye steak + garlic-y baby bok choy with some lemon juice (CSA via Red Fire Farm)

I sear my steaks on cast iron and finish them in the oven.


Red Pepper Olive Oil

Hot peppers from Red Fire Farm + EVOO + sunshine = tasty and lasts forever.  Not to mention very pretty and makes an awesome gift.

Smoked Salmon Sandwiches

Ridiculously quick and easy to make.

This is how:

1. Toasted bread (I had Jewish Rye)

2. A dab of mayo

3. Some lettuce leaves (Red Fire Farm)

4. Tomato slice (Red Fire Farm – we got FOUR POUNDS on Friday!)

5. Pile on the salmon

6. Squeeze some lemon juice

7. Sprinkle on the capers


Adding a glass of OJ and a book made it only better:

So simple

“Simple” is just about the last thing I have to say about finishing my MBA program, but I DID IT!!! Whoo-hoo!

But, when it comes to tomatoes from Red Fire Farm, simple is best:

Delish dinner to top off a crazy night of paper-writing

Well, grilled chicken, really.
I marinate the chicken breasts in my awesome cilantro sauce (cilantro+garlic+ EVoo into the blender), then pound them thin and grill them on high.
French fries tonight are Red Fire Farm potatoes, skin and all, sliced into 1/4″ little logs and fried in canola oil until golden. The secret to crispy fries to drying them off both before AND after frying and never, ever, ever salting them before you cook and dry them.
In other news, a week from today I’ll have my MBA.

Sorry about the crap phone picture!

Be jealous, be very jealous

If you love seafood as much as I love seafood, that is.

Scallops and Freshwater Shrimp with Salad

Super-quick (and not expensive!) dinner. Freshwater shrimp ran me just under $5, and the scallops were about $5 as well. The veggies are from the Red Fire Farm CSA!

Freshwater shrimp has a more delicate taste than regular shrimp, so you have to be careful not to overcook it. I steamed mine for 45 seconds, then turned it over for another 45 seconds. Then I put it in the warm sauce, so it cooked for another maybe 10-15 seconds, then I chilled it with ice.

For the sauce:

Olive Oil + hot pepper + garlic + my cilantro-garlic sauce –>  Warm it all up and let sit while the shrimp cooks.

To cook scallops:

Dry them very well and sear quickly on each side. When the scallops are no longer glossy, they’re ready to go.

My salad was simple leaves of Romaine tossed with baby zucchini slices and an olive oil and lemon dressing.

The whole thing took me longer to eat than it took me to cook.  Just sayin’.

Spicy Corn Relish

What I did last night while procrastinating from writing a paper 🙂

Earthy roasted bell peppers and crazy-hot Scotch bonnets give this relish a recognizable kick, while cumin and paprika lend some Indian flavors resembling of classic chutneys.

This recipe was inspired by Food and Wine magazine.

You will need:

Corn (I used 6 ears of delish CSA goodness)

1 Sweet (Spanish) onion, thinly sliced

Scotch bonnet pepper – as many as you can handle. I had one.

Other hot peppers – I used red ones for color

2 Bell peppers

Apple cider vinegar



Grainy mustard




1. If you have a grill, roast the corn and the peppers together. This will give the relish a beautiful smoky taste.   I don’t have one, so I boiled the corn quickly and roasted the peppers in a non-stick frying pan. Chill the corn and the peppers to room temperature.

2. Chop up the peppers and cut the kernels off the corn.

3. Mix everything in a bowl, add the spices to taste.

4. The relish will keep in the fridge for up to 3 months.

Use on hot dogs, tacos, steak and rice!