It is hot out.
If only putting an air conditioner in our window did any good hot.
Cities are a terrible place to be in the summer hot.
Buy tickets to a 2 PM movie the day before just so you can be guaranteed some tolerable temperatures hot.
Wish you could put a kiddie pool on your roof hot.
You get the idea.
Thankfully plenty of veggies this week that require minimal cooking or can be eaten raw.
And what's that nestled in with my veggies that's going to help me out this hot weekend? ...Phin & Phebes Ice Cream!* I'm kind of obsessed with this ice cream. Made in Brooklyn in small batches. Only available in certain parts of the Northeast. I got to chat with Phin who was there selling her ice cream. I pretty much gushed like a thirteen year old girl who had just met Taylor Swift. Yeah. I'm that cool.
I had only had the Ginger Cookie Snap before today--I love ginger and this ice cream is perfectly gingery and the cookies are amazing. The one in my picture was just already in my fridge. She also let me try a taste of all of their ice cream varieties. Their coffee ice cream actually tastes like coffee. The Vanilla Cinnamon is creamy and decadent. My favorite of the varieties I tried was the Coconut Key Lime. It's going to be amazing this when I'm sweating inside the brick oven that is my apartment.
In addition to the ice cream, I'm excited about a couple of things this week.
Fresh white onions. The onions you get at the grocery store have been dried. A fresh onion is a totally different flavor. They're crunchy and mild, but with a distinct onion flavor.
"So, three pints--but these are half pint containers. Does that mean I take 6?"
See why I might be skeptical?
This week we got:
1 bunch baby bok choy
Sugar snap peas
Summer squash: 1 zucchini, 1 yellow squash & 1 pattypan
Dill (it's ba-ack)
a very large head of lettuce
So, dill. The bane of my existence during CSA season is back. Last year I mentioned wrapping the roots of fresh herbs in a damp paper towel and covering in plastic wrap. My new preferred method is placing the herbs in a water-filled mason jar and covering them with a plastic bag.
Also don't forget about the Fresh Foods Blog Hop hosted by yours truly and Kristy of Gastronomical Sovereignty beginning this Wednesday (7/4/12). We're doing this to encourage fresh food production, consumption, activism and awareness. You'll be able to link up any CSA collections, farmer's market treasures, home grown/raised hauls, and/or any seasonal recipes or seasonal DIY projects or tutorials related to the above (posts like this one are strongly encouraged!). We really hope you'll join us!
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*I have not received any compensation from Phin & Phebes. In fact Phin will probably call Phebes later to talk about the weird obsessed fan at the CSA pick up.