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Jun 30, 2008 06:38 AM

CSA Help: I got ___ in my CSA box and need recipes!

Figured I would start a thread for us folks that belong to CSAs and may have gotten something in our boxes that we do not normally cook/eat. Or just for new ideas for the same old veggies :)

This week I received some spinach, snow peas and sugar snap peas, lots of lettuce and herbs. I have no idea what to do with the snow peas or sugar snap peas. I will be braising the spinach with garlic "chips".

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  1. I LOVE to snack on raw sugar snap peas . But, if you're looking for more of a recipe, this may suit you.

    1 tablespoon minced shallot
    1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
    1 tablespoon sour cream or crème fraîche
    1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    Salt and freshly ground pepper
    1/2 pound sugar snap peas
    1/2 pound snow peas, halved crosswise
    One 10-ounce box frozen baby peas (about 2 cups)

    Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Fill a large bowl with ice water. In another large bowl, whisk the shallot, vinegar and sour cream together. Whisk in the olive oil until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper.
    Add the sugar snap peas to the boiling water and blanch for 20 seconds. Add the snow peas and cook for 20 seconds. Add the frozen baby peas and cook for 20 seconds longer, until the sugar snaps and snow peas are crisp-tender and the baby peas are heated through. Drain and immediately transfer the colander to the ice water to stop the cooking. Drain again and pat the peas dry. Add the peas to the dressing, season with salt and pepper and toss to coat.

    1. sugar snap peas and buttermilk dressing dressing

      1. steam the snow peas and add to a shrimp/buckwheat noodle cold salad.
        2 T soy
        1/3 c rice wine
        dash cayenne
        2 T honey
        1/4 t. dry mustard
        2 T sesame seed
        1 T sesame oil
        whisk together and serve over cold cooked soba noodles, bits of cooked ham, cooked shrimp, minced green onion, sliced cukes and bean sprouts

        1. I agree with others here that snow peas are delightful raw...they are also delightful raw dipped in hummus! We often use them in our stir-fries, too! Lucky you!

            1. re: lgss

              Snow peas and sugar snap peas are also good cold dressed with orange juice, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, and some sesame seeds. Cook for a minute and shock as described above, then make the dressing to your taste.