Fresh Fork Market Week 3: Meet Kohlrabi

Today was a busy day as I tackled a paint job in the kitchen I have wanted to complete for a while. But I made sure to work Fresh Fork Market Week 3my project around my Fresh Fork Market pick-up at 3 p.m. I was eager to pick up my bag for the week and introduce myself to a new friend – my little green Kohlrabi.   I think it is the strangest looking vegetable I have ever met.  This odd little ball-shaped veggie has a few leaf sprigs popping out of the top, giving the illusion of an unkempt hairstyle.  The funny little wrinkles in the outer leaves almost create a mesmerizing facial expression.  How can I possibly eat something so cute!  If I drew two eyes and a nose,  I would have something closely resembling the infamous “Wilson” volleyball, the faithful companion of Chuck Noland (played by Tom Hanks) in the movie “Cast Away”. (Can’t you see him looking at you in my picture?)  But alas,  I need to eat it, vitamins, fiber and all.  I am sure I will enjoy the taste and texture of whatever my kohlrabi turns into this week.

My kohlrabi was joined by a stunning bunch of green onions, some Swiss chard, two zucchini, gorgeous lettuce, collard greens, a quart of delicious red strawberries, and pork chops (not pictured).   In addition, I brought home some beef cubes for kabobs later this week,smoked kielbasa, a ham hock to use with my black beans (which I still need to cook up),  and 2 flats of strawberries for my once-a-year strawberry freezer frenzy (more on that later).

stir frySince my kitchen is in disarray due to my painting project and I am the only one home this evening, I needed dinner to be quick and easy.  First stop, the  Fresh Fork kielbasa.  Stir fry meals offer great flexibility with ingredients and flavors, so I opted to try a kielbasa stir fry tonight.  I sliced 1 smoked kielbasa into bite-size pieces and fried it in a skillet with a little oil.  Then I added a chopped green onion, half of a zucchini sliced thin, a finely chopped garlic scape from last week, and a little bit of carrot.  After stir frying  until the veggies were tender, I served this over a bed of basmati rice and added a salad of fresh lettuce greens topped with fresh strawberries,  finely chopped pecans and a drizzle of strawberry poppyseed dressing.   Dinner in 15 minutes – presto! Now if I could just get my painting project done as fast…

kiebasa rice dinner


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