Author Archives: Elyse

About Elyse

We are a group of family and friends in Northeast Ohio, embarking on our first adventures in Community Supported Agriculture. We have purchased shares in Dean's Greenhouse in Westlake, Ohio; and at Birdsong Farm in Hiram, Ohio. This blog highlights the fresh produce we receive each week, new foods we try, the cooking discoveries we make along the way, and the resulting food comas we endure, all in the name of good food and the love of family and friends.

Black Bean and Corn Salsa

As promised, I made the black bean and corn salsa tonight.  Delicious!  Here is the recipe with my substitutions in parentheses, since I didn’t have exactly what the recipe called for.  I figure this is one of those dishes that will taste good no matter what you throw in.


Black Bean and Corn Salsa

2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can corn, drained and rinsed  (Four ears of corn, cooked and cut from the cob)
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped (I left this out because I hate it.  Kim, you will want to use my portion)
juice of 1 lime
1/4 cup red onion, chopped small
1/2 of a red pepper, chopped small  (I used a white pepper, a green pepper, and a purple pepper that I had leftover from a veggie tray)
1/2 of a yellow pepper, chopped small
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 tablespoon vegetable oil  (I used Persian Lime olive oil from The Olive Scene)
1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
salt and pepper to taste

1-3 small roma tomatoes, chopped
1 avocado, cubed  (I left this out, but never again)

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.  Serve with tortilla chips, on chicken, fish, steak, or even just plain!


Chris likes the extra heat so he added this:


Those are some big melons…..

Melons!  Big melons!  Beautiful melons!  Everywhere I look, melons!

Ok, people.  Minds out of the gutter, please.

My farmer had melons today.  Delicious melons.  Red watermelon, yellow watermelon, cantaloupe….  My favorites.

I decided to try the yellow first.  A small melon, easy to wash.  As I tipped the knife into the green, striped flesh, the melon made a satisfying cracking sound as it popped open like a friendly trap.  The melon’s voice was the combination of a snap, ripping paper, and the sound it makes when you bite into an apple.  An auditory and visual treat that tasted even better!

The rest of the box looks delicious, as well.  We’ve been getting similar items each week, but this week included green beans for the first time.  Also corn, tomatillos, cucumber, squash, apples, and peaches.  Looking forward to making some salsa verde with the tomatillos and perhaps a corn and black bean salsa!







Murray Hill Farm, Week 2


This week’s box included apples, garlic, yellow squash, zucchini, lettuce, and Swiss Chard.  I hate Swiss Chard and gave it to a lady who was chatting me up at the farm stand.  Then, I told Chuck that I gave away the chard and he gave me some collard greens instead!  Yay for knowing your farmer.  I purchased some garlic scapes, kohlrabi, and the small bottle of olive oil.  Chuck said his friend makes it in Italy, imports it, and it takes a month to travel by boat!!  Can’t wait to taste it.

Other highlights from the market:  the man playing recorder for entertainment, trying lavender jelly, trying rose geranium jelly (both of which taste like candles), and sticking our heads in the vegetable display.


New Year, New Look

Hello all.  I was thinking we needed a fresh new look to go with our second year of blogging.  What do you think?

Also, here’s a picture of last week’s box from Murray Hill Farm.  Kale, yellow squash, spinach, lettuce, onions, garlic scape.  I roasted the kale into kale chips and ate them out of the pan!  Getting ready for week number two!!

A Beautiful Relationship

What to do with all that leftover pumpkin pie filling? Alycia had that problem the other day as she was baking a pie: she had extra filling and no extra pie crust. I was making biscuits and had extra dough. When two bakers come together with ingredients, the world implodes and beautiful food babies are born.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you….

Pumpkin Pie Bites /or/ Pumpkin Pietes

Step 1: Extra pumpkin pie filling, no crust.
Step 2: Make some biscuit dough.
Step 3: Press some dough into a mini muffin pan.
Step 4: Pour extra filling into biscuit crust.
Step 5: Bake at 400 for 10 minutes or so.
Step 6: Don’t burn your tongue as you eat these little goodies straight from the oven. Perhaps with a little whipped cream.

You’re welcome.

Perfecting the Art of Procrastination

Well, you’d think I would have learned by now how NOT to procrastinate, but the legacy lives on! Instead of doing some major lesson planning, I decided to process the load of tomatoes from this week’s pick-up, as well as the few leftover tomatoes from last week! It’s amazing what sounds like a great time when you’re putting off some work. Today, it was peeling about six pounds of tomatoes for sauce and freezing.

Here’s the sauce, just beginning to cook. I also threw in a few random peppers and an onion.

Here are a few of the prettier tomatoes that I couldn’t bear to boil and peel. Those will be a side dish later, mwahahaha!!

Eye Candy

This post has nothing to do with food, except that now our front yard is a feast for the eyes!! Tom came today to build a flower bed. I would like to say that I was a big help, but today I was just the color commentary. That man is a machine! By the time I planted one thing, Tom had planted at least three. Anyway, the yard looks too amazing not to share. A big THANK YOU to Tom for all his hard work and wonderful company.

Before pics:


After pics:

A path for the mailman. And, let’s face it, for me when I go to Alycia’s house!

There used to be two huge, ugly shrubs and some strange flowering plant that always looked almost dead in this space. Now, there are lots of beautiful plants, with spots for more tall grass and flowers next year!

A beautiful butterfly who found a nice place to eat. I guess this post was about food after all!


Elyse: What do you want for dinner?
Chris: What veggies do we have?
E: Well, we have green beans, corn, lettuce, tomato, eggplant….
C: Lettuce and tomato? We should make BLTs!

And, that’s how an idea was born. We picked up some delicious bacon and whole grain bread from Heinen’s, cut up the red and yellow tomatoes from our latest Dean’s Greenhouse pick-up, cleaned and dried the lettuce from our box, and cooked the corn that came in our box as well.

As an extra touch, I buttered the bread and then toasted it before making our sandwiches. The sandwich, corn, and slaw from earlier today made a perfect summer dinner!

Luke the Cuke gives his Seal of Approval.

Kohlrabi and Cabbage Slaw

Is anyone else panicked when it’s time to pick up your new box of CSA produce and you realize you still have a lot of the previous week’s haul? Maybe it’s just me…

I had intended to make this recipe during the week, but jury duty and nightly rehearsals make it hard to do much of anything. Last week, we got cabbage for the first time and what the heck do you do with cabbage except make slaw? Ok, lots of things, but this seemed the easiest. It’s quite good! Now, if only I had some pulled pork from the smoker…

If you’d like a picture, please refer to the following post Kohlrabi slaw and Luke the Cuke meets a new friend

Kohlrabi and Cabbage Slaw

2 cups chopped cabbage
4 kohlrabi bulbs, peeled and grated
2 stalks celery, sliced thin
2 carrots, sliced thin
2 tablespoons minced fresh onion
1/3 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon celery seed
1/2 cup mayonnaise
4 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

1. Toss the cabbage, kohlrabi, celery, carrot, and onion together in a large bowl.
2. Whisk the sugar, salt, pepper, celery seed, mayonnaise, and vinegar together in a separate bowl until smooth; pour over the cabbage mixture and stir to coat evenly. Chill in refrigerator 1 hour before serving.