Wednesday, August 26, 2009

August 25th baskets and farm notes

Stacked Tomatoes and Mozzarella with a Roasted Tomatillo Dressing
Roasted Tomatillo Dressing:
14 purple and green tomatillos, husked and rinsed
6 cloves garlic, unpeeled
1 red onion, cut into quarters
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil plus 1/4 cup olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons verjus
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves
For the salad:
1 heirloom tomatoes, sliced
4 heirloom cherry tomatoes, yellow, green and red
1/2 pound fresh mozzarella, sliced
1 pint crabmeat, picked over for shells
1/4 cup tomatillo dressing
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Place the tomatillos, garlic and onion on a baking sheet. Drizzle the vegetables with the 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Roast the vegetables in the oven until browned and softened, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the vegetables from the oven and place the tomatillos and onion in a food processor. Squeeze the garlic cloves out of their peels into the food processor. Add the verjus, vinegar, and parsley leaves. Pulse until the mixture is pureed, drizzling in the 1/4 cup olive oil to thin dressing. Season the dressing with salt and pepper to taste, and set aside.

To complete salad:
Arrange tomatoes, cheese and crabmeat, alternating to create a stack on serving plates. Drizzle the top with the dressing.

Thanks to Leslie for sending me the above recipe created by Emeril. She says it is a good one and even better of course because it uses heirloom tomatoes as well as the tomatillos.

Baskets were pretty heavy with the potatoes,tomatoes and heavier non-greens items in them.
Not much to say really in terms of the garden that hasn't been said before. The rain has been overwhelming and has clogged my soil badly, causing lots of losses. One of my friends who works on a computer all day said it is like beginning a project in March, working steady at it and then in August someone pushes the delete button, Well, that is what has happened here to many crops. Deleted.
It is clear to me that the CSA season will not last 20 weeks, the food isn't there, despite all the seed planted and replanted and work done. CSA people, stand by for more word on this.
The big event is this weekend, we are praying for sun on Saturday despite a forecast for rain. Tiff, a CSA member is getting married here. Flower gardens are actually looking really good. Strangely it seems for the most part that the flowers are happy this year! My sister Susanne has been spending her spare time getting everything cleaned up and it is awesome. Too bad more flowers aren't edible, we'd be laughing.
Oh to be less practical!

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