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Ditmas Park CSA Week 6

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Big stuff in week 6 from the Ditmas Park CSA

It's the week of the callaloo bigger than a raccoon/medium sized dog. Callaloo bigger than a small child. Callaloo big enough to curl up in bed with, not like it's gonna keep you warm. This bunch of callaloo is so big I tell you it takes up the entire bottom shelf of my fridge hiding the tupperware containers in a forest of leaves. Not to mention a large head of cabbage, that's also pretty big.

Ditmas Park CSA Week 6

1 enormous head of callaloo
1 bunch of basil
1 head of cabbage
1 red onion
1 white onion
2 cucumbers
2 zucchinis
2 heas of garlic
1 yellow squash
1 bag of yellow wax beans
8 medium tomatoes
11 red sweet peppers
6 eggs

Thurston's Ginger Beer, Again

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No one will see it coming, but this is killer ginger beer

Summer has been a whirl wind of picnics, barbecues, road trips, and questionable luck. The combination is keeping me out of my kitchen. I am repeating an old summer time favorite recipe, Thurston's Ginger Beer. I am also demanding you make this recipe. It is easy. It is cheap. It was given to me on a boat by a Jamaican Guyanese friend, and I have never seen anything like it online. It have served it every which way with soda, rum, vodka, lime to all matter of thirsty chefs and mixologists. Everyone loves it. Its is authentic, and nothing in a bottle can come close to this ginger beer recipe. Thinking I'm bragging? Try it yourself.

Thurston's Ginger Beer

2 quarts water (1/2 cup reserved)
1 large ginger root peeled
(Thurston indicated that the piece be the size of a man's 4 fingers and palm)
1/2 cup rice
1 pinch salt
1/2 cup turbinado or raw sugar
1 quart seltzer water
ice
lemon/lime slices to garnish

Heat all but 1/2 cup o…

Ditmas Park CSA Week 4 + Prospect Farm Week 1

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13 varieties of vegetables, we are so spoiled
If I dropped my fridge down horizontally on the floor, removed the door I could literally bath in vegetables. I went on a trip for Independence day that turned into am mega road trip to the South extending well past Tuesday's pick-up. This week's Ditmas Park CSA haul was picked up by the crazy awesome Sarah Friedland. I didn't get my veggies until Thursday night after resolving to take a cab to pick it up. I barely caught the last light of the day to snap a quick photo before I inhaled most of the beets, greens, a salad made with kale, cukes, basil, green onion (previous week), and half a head of lettuce. I hadn't tasted a fresh vegetable on my trip, and it was time to bath my stomach in crisp cool vegetables.
Peek a little closer at those hard veggies
Ditmas Park CSA Week 4
2 heads of lettuce 1 bunch collards 1 bunch basil 6 beets with greens 1 green pepper 6 medium red potatoes 2 long red hot peppers 3 cucumbers 1 large zucchini 1 ye…