by Marni Fogelson
Opening your CSA box and unpacking fresh fruits and veggies is one of life’s simplest pleasures. That is, until you realize you have no idea what some of the elements are and even less how to actually cook with them. Or perhaps some of the offerings are among your family’s faves, but you want to break free of tried and true recipes like fresh corn salsa and strawberry pie. We found refreshing (and some refreshingly unconventional) recipes to get you fired up about using up all the goodies in your CSA box, not just the ones that you are most familiar with. Don’t hide those beets, rutabagas, cabbage, and rhubarb away until they are limp and tasteless-try out some of these delicious, seasonal recipes while your produce is just picked. Many of the recipes combine summer staples (corn, tomatoes, squash) with some of the more unusual CSA finds, so you can gradually add the new flavors or embrace them on their own.