Sunday, September 16, 2012


As I've mentioned before, I get organic vegetables delivered every 2 weeks.  I really enjoy it, and it's required me to learn more about cooking vegetables than I've done before.

Some are easy - patty pan squash, corn, beans, broccoli (which I still can't spell) - but others require more preparation.

Swiss chard, for example - it's not ... good. I mean, I guess some people must like it*, but I really don't get it.  Naturally, I get it every single time.

Here's what I do to make it edible.

  1. Melt a little butter in a frying pan - you don't need much.
  2. Press a clove of garlic into the pan.
  3. Add a bunch of fresh mushrooms - I usually get mushrooms delivered as well, so I just use whatever I have.
  4. Wash the swiss chard. Cut up the stems. When the mushrooms are about half cooked, add the diced stems to the pan.
  5. Cut up the leaves. When the mushrooms are mostly cooked, add the leaves. Cook until the leaves are wilted.
On the other hand, the recipe I tried yesterday for tomato sauce was awesome, not just edible.
  1. Preheat the oven to 300F.
  2. Take a baking dish - I used an 8x8 pan. Wash fresh tomatoes. Cut off any bits you don't want to end up in the sauce and put on the bottom of the baking dish.
  3. Bake for 3 hours.
  4. Add several cloves of garlic - I used 7 - and some onion - I used about 1/4 of a medium-sized onion, cut in chunks.
  5. Bake for another 1.5 hours.
  6. Blend.
  7. Add a little salt, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar - I added a tsp of salt and about a tablespoon each of the oil and vinegar. Blend again. The sauce is quite thick due to the skins and seeds.

* Hi, mom!


  1. Keep eating that chard and you'll start liking it. That's what happened with me and kale :-)

  2. I hate chard and kale. We get both, A LOT, in our CSA box in the winter months.My neighbor likes both so she gets them.