Cooking With the CSA: Spaghetti Squash and Eggplants

Herbed Spaghetti Squash


  1 small spaghetti squash, about 2 1/4 pounds
  2 1/2 tablespoons butter
  2 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped mixed soft herbs, such as rosemary, thyme, oregano
  1/2 teaspoon salt
  1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Using a sharp knife, cut the squash in half lengthwise and place, cut side down, in a baking dish. Add enough water to come 1/2-inch up the sides of the baking dish and cover with aluminum foil. Bake for 45 minutes, until the squash is easily pierced with a paring knife. Turn squash over and cover with foil again and continue to cook another 15 minutes, until the squash is very tender. Remove from the oven, uncover, and allow to cool slightly. Using a spoon, remove the seeds and discard. Using a fork, gently pull the strands of squash away from the peel and place the squash strands into a mixing bowl.
Heat a skillet. Add the butter, spaghetti squash, herbs, salt and pepper and toss thoroughly but gently to heat and combine. Serve immediately or cover and keep warm until ready to serve.

Zucchini, Shelled Dragon Tongue Bean and Eggplant Stew


  1/4 cup olive oil
  2 medium onions julliened
  4 garlic cloves
  1 bunch scallions sliced
  1 pound shelled Dragon Tongue Beans
  3 medium diced zucchini
  3 medium eggplant diced medium
  2 large tomatoes diced medium
  2 large tomatoes grated on box grater
  1 canned crushed tomatoes with juice
  2 ounces extra virgin olive oil
  1/2 cup parsley chopped

In a medium-size heavy gauge pot, heat olive oil add onion, cook until soft 4-5 minutes. Add scallions and a pinch of salt. Add garlic, cook 3 more minutes. Add grated tomatoes, cook 4-5 minutes, add canned tomatoes crushed 3-4 minutes. Fold in shelled Dragon Tongue beans, cook 5-8 minutes until slightly tender, add zucchini, cook 3 minutes add, eggplant and season with salt and pepper. Cook until all vegetables are tender. Adjust seasoning, salt and pepper; fold in parsley and drizzle extra virgin olive oil

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