When the doorbell rang at 8:30 yesterday morning, I assumed it was the movers arriving for the final day of unpacking fun. But I was wrong – it was Karen from my CSA, Big Head Farm. The farm and CSA are run by TWO people, so Karen and I had exchanged several emails to get me set-up with my CSA delivery.
As Lily demanded Karen’s attention by way of ear rubs, I was getting to know a bit more about Karen, the CSA, and how she does it all. I was overwhelmed with gratitude that for such a fair cost, I am having organic, local food delivered to my home by the grower herself. Um, cool.
Karen was so kind in taking the few minutes to talk to me about her farming with a truck full of CSA deliveries on a hot summer morning…it meant a lot to me. I could quickly sense that the farm is BUSY and she shared that they just hired two helpers. She invited Lily and I out to the farm to check it out and without a doubt, we will! She said I can bring my camera, too.
When I mentioned joining a CSA in a recent post, some of you noticed — I wasted no time! The second I knew our closing date, I was researching. I’ve waited a long time to belong to a CSA! When we lived in Tulsa, we were living in the Bible belt of America…now, we’re living in the agricultural belt of America. Can you guess which I’m a bit more excited about?
My first week’s delivery contained radishes. They were beautiful! Is there a veggie more beautiful than the beet or the radish? But, I
am not wasn’t a huge fan of radishes, at least not a huge sack full. Probably because I didn’t know what to do with them.
My dad grew radishes when I was growing up and I remember they got so overgrown and had prickley leaves and vines. My friends and I would cut them up and serve them with our “tea” when we were playing the little girl make believe games that we did. Since playing pretend “tea time” with Mr. Prevention wasn’t likely to fly, and I wanted something a bit more jazzed up than radishes + salt, so I started Googling.
This recipe for Creamy Radish Dip popped up right away…and with rave reviews. I had all of the very basic ingredients on hand and got to chopping. This dip was ready in about 5 minutes and is best if served immediately (some of the water separates from the yogurt after sitting). I was amazed at how perfectly these flavors blended and how well the cool, tangy yogurt cooled down the heat fro the radishes.
Mr. Prevention said he didn’t love the dip, but he liked it. I, however, LOVED it. In fact, I emailed Karen right away to tell her how good the recipe was so that she could share it in her weekly email to the other CSA recipients. Radishes can be a bit tricky to get creative with, but I can’t wait to make this again. I think it would be great in wraps and on sandwiches, too!
Creamy Radish Dip slightly adapted from Taste of Home
1 cup radishes, diced
1/2 cup 2% plain Greek yogurt
4 green onions, sliced
1/2 tsp salt
In a small bowl, combine the radishes, sour cream, onions and salt. Serve on crackers.
Yield: 1 1/2 cups (6 servings; 1/4 cup each)
Nutrition Information (per 1/4 cup): 18 calories; 0.3 g. fat; 0 mg. cholesterol; 205 mg. sodium; 2.2 g. carbohydrate; 0.7 g. fiber; 1.8 g. protein
Result: So good! Even if you are ALL of this dip…you’re looking at under 110 calories. And well-spent, healthy calories at that. Even if you don’t LOVE radishes, I’ll bet you enjoy this I served with with some pita chips, but anything super crunchy is perfect! Enjoy!
Happy 4th of July!
My parents and brother are due in in just a bit! I would say we are 90% unpacked and all that’s left is the little stuff, hanging pictures, etc. My kitchen is finally “workable” and I even cooked dinner last night! I also made brownies and prepped a lot for the parental visit. Kristen is coming in later tonight…it’s going to be fun! First up, breakfast and the beach!
Stay safe…and cool,