Here's what I've been doing:
Sitting around staring at my Cold Brewed Coffee (seriously, I've had it sitting there for like five days, too tired to strain it and clean up!) and pondering the hottest summer on record.
I've also been trying to use up my CSA boxes without turning on my oven or using my stove top burners. Last CSA box I put up here was from 7/11/12, so here are the rest of them:
Look at those cabbages!
Here's the slaw:
CSA cabbage, basil, onion, organic carrot (non-CSA), and organic tofu with a simple dressing of sesame oil (2 T, I think) and 1 tsp of Hot Chili Oil, and salt to taste.
Basil from Week #9 (7/25):
Basil from Week #10 (8/1/12):
Basil/Pesto Cube Station Set-up:
Purple Basil Cubes! Want to make them? Here's how.
I also cheated again that week (Week #9, 7/25) with the Farmer's Market:
Peaches & Nects from the Farmer's Market. It's on my way from the CSA pick up!
CSA 2012 Week #10 (8/1/12). Tons of potatoes, more (yes more!) white onions, shallots the size of your head (pictured below), zucchs (3), eggplants (4), tomatoes (5), purple basil, one melon, a bouquet of organic flowers, and I think a garlic head I already put away.
Shallots the size of your head! I love shallots, but boy, this is a lot of shallots!
They were a little droopy but totally perked up with my magic flower water concoction (organic sugar and a tiny bit of bleach) after a few hours.
And, finally, this week's box:
CSA 2012, Week #11 (8/8/12): zucchs (5), slicing tomatoes (only 2, due to the super hot weather), small not quite pint of cherry tomatoes, peppers (2), potatoes (a lot), head-sized shallots (a lot!), eggplants (3), scallions (a huge bunch) and a head of garlic. And my cat. I've done next to nothing with this box since Wednesday, I am really tired and the heat has been relentless. I think I ate a green pepper and some of the cherry tomatoes.
I've also been making ice cream. This Peaches & Cream one was one of my favorites:
Peach Ice Cream (base from Hannah's book) with Farmer's Market NJ Peaches, Organic Coconut Milk, and Organic Vanilla Sandwich Cookies added (Country Choice Organic brand, they are vegan!), it was amazing.
That's about it, folks. I really need to filter that cold brewed coffee now.
What have you guys been making in this (fast becoming the) hottest summer on record?