Saturday, July 01, 2006

Cherries and Zucchini

Our second CSA box from Be Wise Ranch came this week, with an even better selection than the first. It included zucchini, salad greens, celery, cucumbers, kale, baby red onions (like scallions), and best of all, a little bag of delicious Rainier cherries. Aren't they pretty?

For dinner that night I made an impromptu pasta loosely based on a recipe for Lemon Spaghetti from Giada di Laurentiis. I used less olive oil, and added tomatoes and zucchini - but the idea is the same because you allow the hot pasta to do the work for you instead of cooking a sauce. This also makes it perfect warm weather fare. I chose these ingredients because they were what I had on hand, but you could also use herbs, other wilty greens like arugula or spinach, or a different cheese.
Penne with Lemon, Zucchini and Tomatoes

8 oz penne pasta
5 or 6 scallions or ramps, very finely chopped
1 clove of garlic, smashed and finely chopped (garlic and onion should total about 1 tablespoon)
1-2 small to medium zucchini, grated on the large holes of a box grater (about 1 cup)
the zest of one lemon (about 1 tsp) finely chopped
a generous squeeze of lemon juice (about 1 Tbsp)
2 ripe roma tomatoes, cored and diced
1 tablespoon of good olive oil
salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
freshly grated Reggiano Parmesan

Boil the pasta in salted water until al dente.
Reserve a couple of tablespoons of the cooking water and drain the pasta. Add the garlic and onions, the zucchini, lemon juice, zest, tomatoes, olive oil anda tablespoon of the cooking water (or more if necessary) and toss to coat. Cover and allow to stand for five minutes or so. Season with salt and pepper, toss again, and serve in wide bowls sprinkled with lots of Reggiano Parmesan.
Serves two generously.


  1. Those cherries look fantastic. I just found a recipe/idea for using cherries with goat cheese as a topping for bruschetta. Now I'm craving it! Are you glad you're getting boxes from Be Wise? I looked into that because I think fresh produce is the BEST! Is it fairly convenient?

  2. Where is Be Wise Ranch? Is that a local service or nationwide? Those cherries look divine!

    Thanks for visiting my site and also for mentioning the doughnut muffins. I got the recipe from Orangette - I must try those sometime!


  3. Be Wise is local, but there's a link on my sidebar that helps you find a local CSA if you're interested.

    We're enjoying it, though it is a bit weird to have produce you wouldn't normally buy. We're going to stick with it through the summer at least to see how we like it overall. The delivery thing is pretty convenient and we are doing every other week, which makes it a bit easier.

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