January CSA Goodies

This month, our CSA box was filled with traditional winter vegetables and fruits, some familiar favorites, others "Huh, who are you??" Still, new is good and I was quite excited to see what could be done with the knobbly celery root having never cooked with it before. Despite its ugly-duckling looks, it was transformed into a creamy, warming Celery Root Soup, perfect for chilly winter evenings.

The curly leaf, Scotch kale was paired with potatoes to make a golden, crusty Kale and Potato Gratin. Colorful rainbow chard, along with celery and some of the butternut squash were incorporated into a hearty Vegetable Minestrone along with some other vegetables I had on hand. The rest of the squash went into a Curry Butternut Squash Soup.

A simple but interesting Asian-fusion Roasted Brussel Sprouts recipe provided another tasty way to prepare cold-weather Brussel sprouts (Rosenkohl, 'rose cabbage' in German), And a big, pleasant surprise was Shaved Fennel, Celery and Pear Salad. I'm not a big fan of licorice, anise flavors, so I've always given fennel a pass, but this was a revelation!

Hope you'll be inspired to add something new to your kitchen repertoire and please share below any favorite recipes you might have for these oft-overlooked winter vegetables! Happy cooking and eating!

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