Check it out! It’s tomato season! And since I’d rather cook with tomatoes than eat them raw (unless we’re talking about a nice slice on a meaty burger), I was pretty excited to get “regular” tomatoes, rather than cherry tomatoes, in our CSA box this week.
So, what else was, there, aside from the tomatoes and sprigs of basil? Four ears of sweet corn, half a pound of green beans, two summer squash, two green peppers, two more cucumbers, and the world’s tiniest cantaloupe. (Corny joke of the day: Why did the melons have a big wedding? Because they were CANT-ELOPE! Get it?! Hahaha… OK. I’m done now.)
The green beans are gone already, along with two ears of the corn and one of the peppers. I plan on cutting the corn off the other two ears and combining it with some lime juice, onion, black beans, tomato, basil and cooked chicken, and serving it for lunch in a wrap tomorrow. Sounds nice and refreshing to me. I really could use some new ideas for the cucumbers though. As much as I like them as refrigerator pickles, a little variety would be good. And I’m wondering if the summer squash would be an acceptable substitute for zucchini in fritters. Any thoughts on that?
And thanks to my wonderful friend, Janelle, I now have enough tomatoes to get some canned! She was nice enough to give me a giant grocery bag full, along with some jalapenos and green peppers. Sounds like a good thing for tomorrow’s to-do list.
Be sure to check out the “What’s in the Box” link party over at InHerChucks! Lots of great veggies and ideas.