This Weeks Box 8/24/2013

Here is the list
asian pears
persian cucumbers
bunch of basil
handfull of baby beets
green onions
summer squash
bell peppers
Asian pear originates from China, Japan and Korea but is now also cultivated outside Asia. The Asian pear (or Nashi pear) is sometimes called ‘Apple pear’, but it is not a cross between apples and pears, as this name suggests. It’s a pear that rather looks like an apple.

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Biting into an pear is an all-sensory experience: the crunch of the super-crisp flesh and the shock of honeyed floral sweetness that follows makes for as memorable a moment as one could hope for from a fruit. Best eaten raw, paired beautifully with a chunk of double-cream Gouda; a salty blue would also make a happy partner.

Plum Wine Poached Asian Pear With Vanilla Ice Cream 

Asian pear, Caramelized Onion and Blue Cheese (or Goat Cheese) Flatbread

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 Naan (Indian flat bread, available at most grocery stores)
1 cored, thinly sliced Asian pear
1 cup Caramelized Onions (see recipe)
1/2 cup Maytag blue cheese, crumbled (can substitute goat cheese)
¼ C. candied pecans (available at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods)
1 C. arugula
pinch of black pepper

For carmelized onion:
Thinly slice 1 onion and sauté in a large nonstick pan on medium high heat with 1 tablespoon of olive oil for 4 minutes.  Add a pinch of kosher salt and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.  Remove from heat and let onions cool.
Instructions: Preheat oven to 450°. Brush olive oil on the flatbreads and cover with the sliced Asian pears and caramelized onion. Sprinkle with the cheese, then the pecans. Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes until cheese is melted. Remove from oven, add a large handful of arugula leaves, slice into small pizza slices and serve immediately.

The Most Basic Basil Pesto Recipe

 Baby Beety Tart Tatin From River Cottage Veg

If you want to keep it simple, here is a sure fire way to cook your baby beets and still end up with a stellar dish.

Wash em real well
Toss em in a skillet along with the white bulbs from the green onions
Coconut is a great oil for this but any cooking oil will do
After they have saute’d long enough, add some lime juice and a few teaspoons of honey, stir and cut the heat.  Serve over brown rice. These beets come out so colorful this way. And they end up tasting like candy!

Chili’s Copycat Salsa Recipe

Summer Squash Burritos from “It Aint Meat Babe”

summer squash burritos

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