More vegetables than sense

I was going to call this picture “More Vegetables Than Time”. . . but I decided it was really sense I was lacking more than time and motivation. :) I just cannot turn down fresh produce when it’s offered–do you know what I mean?

More CSA bounty, plus gifts from friends at work–cukes, zukes, summer squash, onions, a lone beet, broccoli, beans. . . beefsteak tomatoes on the windowsill, romas on the counter. A few delicious CSA potatoes. I am awash with beautiful vegetable bounty. But I don’t have time to do anything with it. My new job is absolutely wonderful–everything I had hoped, and more. The people are just fantastic. The schedule is flexible.  But, right now, when classes start tomorrow, things are just crazy here.  In spite of the fact that I only work 3/4 time and I had last Monday off, I’m still going to have in more than 80 hours for the two-week period. And this weekend is clean-up weekend at the lake–taking out the dock, the boat, the boatlift, and just generally getting the place sort of buttoned up for winter. So I won’t have any time for vegetable-preservation this weekend.

Again, please understand, I am absolutely not complaining.  I just love this place, and I love my new digs and my new duties. But it is overwhelming right now, especially since I’m just learning most of what I need to know how to do.

I don’t think there will be any canning in my near future.

But, there’s always the freezer–I have to figure out how to preserve cucumbers, other than making pickles, but for everything else there’s chopping and freezing. That I can do. :)

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4 Responses to More vegetables than sense

  1. Nancy Inada says:

    Make a wonderful soup with lots of those veggies and freeze it for a nice fall evening!!!

    • Avatar of Sandi Sandi says:

      Yes, that’s a wonderful idea! I could do that tomorrow night while I’m getting ready to go to the lake. Good thing SOMEONE around here has some sense. ;) xox

  2. Avatar of Kari Lucin Kari Lucin says:

    I’m sure you’ve mentioned this before, but do you have a cookbook of healthy food that actually tastes good? I’m trying to cook more for myself these days, and I’m cutting my going-out-to-eat habit. But I have no idea of what to do with any produce that isn’t a potato.

    Thanks!

    • Avatar of Sandi Sandi says:

      You know, I have a ton of cookbooks that feature using lots of fresh produce. I can’t say they are necessarily “low-fat” recipes or anything like that, but I feel like, typically, when a cookbook is based on using fresh local produce, the recipes are in general more healthy than, say, deep-fried potatoes. :) Know what I mean? My absolute favorites are “Local Flavors,” by Deborah Madison, “Farmstead Chef,” by Lisa Kivirist, and “From the Cook’s Garden,” by Ellen Ecker Ogden. I find myself going back to these books, particularly, again and again. If you pick one up and try some recipes, let me know what you think! :)

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