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Spinach Skills May 29, 2012

Filed under: Kelly — Uncharted @ 9:18 pm
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Hope you had a lovely Memorial Day!  I spent mine in St. Louis celebrating my good friend’s wedding.  It was a beautiful ceremony and really good to hang out with some of my college friends.  {Can’t believe we could have gone to college twice by now} Look at the awesome view from our hotel window: 

I was impressed!

I’m getting really excited because our CSA is starting next week.  I’ve already been thinking about all the new dishes I can make.  I’m not really sure what to expect, but I know there will probably be a lot of greens.  And besides salad I don’t make too many dishes with greens.  I need to get started learning!  The other day we were having a family dinner and I was in charge of pasta.  I wanted to make it fancy so I looked up a recipe and found one for a baked mostacholi with cheese and spinach.  Only problem was I never have cooked with spinach before.  I take that back.  Once I tried to make stuffed shells and the recipe called for frozen spinach.  I had such a hard time figuring out how to work with it I actually threw it out and finished the dish without it.

I really wanted to use spinach this time, but I did not want to use the frozen stuff.  So I bought a bag of fresh spinach and googled: ‘how to cook fresh spinach’.  {I love how whenever I google something it’s always there- it reassures me that I’m not the only one who needs help}  It turns out its super easy to do.  You just heat a pan on the stove and place a handful of leaves in there.  Immediately the leaves start wilting and then you can hear a sizzle.

Sizzling Spinach

When it wilted enough I dumped that batch into a strainer and then put a new handful into the pan.  I probably did that four times to use up the whole bag.  Once it is all wilted and in the strainer I used several paper towels to press the spinach down into the strainer and make sure all the extra moisture was out before I cut it up and used it in my dish.

Ta Da!- Fresh Spinach Mostacholi

Now I’m no longer scared of spinach! {that could sound really strange if you read it out of context}  Stay tuned to see what we get in the Produce box next week.  Maybe someone besides Google can give me pointers on how to use it all!

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One Response to “Spinach Skills”

  1. Tammy Says:

    oh, I’m hungry and shouldn’t be looking at that photo! Our spinach is gone already this season but arugula is in right now.


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