Monday, July 02, 2012


We used two more goodies from Jaymie's CSA basket tonight: sugar snap peas and more of the beloved garlic scapes! Props to my roomie Cyd for making this one--the simplest of recipes, but so incredibly delicious. Be sure to check out the web site of the community garden in Wisconsin. They have a recipe for a soba noodle and sugar snap salad that I want to try, too, as soon as I can acquire more sugar snaps.

Snap Peas with Garlic Scapes
(Source: Spring Hill Community Farm, Prairie Hill, WI)

1 tablespoon butter
3 garlic scapes cut in 1'' pieces
4 cups snap peas, left whole, with strings and tips removed
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
2-3 tablespoons vegetable broth or water

Heat butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the scapes and sauté 2-3 minutes. Add the peas, sprinkle with salt, and stir to coat with butter. Add liquid to the pan, cover, and cook for 3 or 4 minutes more or until peas are barely tender-crisp and still bright green. Serve immediately. Serves 4.

Follow up (7/21/12): I scored the last of the local sugar snaps at my favorite farm stand (Northern Orchards in Peru, NY), so I got to try one more of the simple, but simply luscious recipes from Spring Hill Community Farm--their Sugar Snap Pea Salad with Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette. However, I made one critical change, swapping out fresh basil for mint. So YUMMY!

Sugar Snap Pea Salad with Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette
Spring Hill Community Farm, Prairie Hill, WI)

1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon minced shallot
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon sugar

Whisk all above ingredients together.

1 lb. sugar snap peas, trimmed
1/3 cup chopped pistachios

Cook sugar snap peas in boiling water two minutes, or until bright green. Drain. Toss peas with three tablespoons lemon-basil vinaigrette. Stir in pistachios. Serve. (Or chill first, then serve, if you prefer.)

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