Our summer CSA started last week. While some people complain that receiving a box of predetermined vegetables every week is too limiting, I’ve really grown to love working with ours. I’m really at my happiest with our magic box of tricks on the counter. Rich jokes that if I was a rapper, my name would be MC CSA.
So far this week, the arugula has been made into a garlicky pasta topped with golden raisins. The leaves have also made their way into a salad of roasted beets (also from the box) and stinky blue cheese. Last night, we had an outstanding miso soup featuring steamed mizuna (a Japanese lettuce) and carrots, both from the CSA. To the pot I added a few pantry goodies, dried shiitake mushrooms, some absolutely ancient seaweed, and fresh matchsticks of ginger. I filled the bottom of each bowl with a ladleful of barley (pressure cooker, ‘natch) and tied it altogether with another CSA goodie, spring onion.
Which brings me to the main event. This past weekend I made spring onion and cheddar biscuits. It was Rich’s birthday, and I promised him weeks in advance I wouldn’t plan a thing. It worked out for the best because our neighbors had a BBQ featuring hours-smoked ribs. For my husband, any birthday involving pork is a good one. Given the menu, these biscuits just seemed to make sense. (I also brought the mighty bean salad.)
I did a bit of digging around for a green onion and cheddar biscuit recipe, but couldn’t come up with something that pleased me. Or, as I lamented to Aleza, “Why is there bacon in every one of these biscuit recipes?!?” She comforted me with the knowledge that people are stupid when it comes to pig, and suggested I find a biscuit recipe, add the cheese to the dry ingredients, and then add the onion when I added the cream. Simple enough. I found the recipe in The Fannie Farmer Cookbook — about as American as you can get. It’s a James Beard recipe, which to me makes perfect sense: leave it to a Southern gourmand to have a perfect biscuit recipe.
Spring Onion and Cheddar Biscuits adapted from The Fannie Farmer Cookbook
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon baking powder
2 teaspoons sugar
1 cup cheddar, shredded
1 – 1 ½ cups heavy cream
½ cup chopped green onion
6 Tablespoons butter, melted
Preheat oven to 425F. Use an ungreased baking sheet.
Combine the flour, salt, baking powder, sugar and cheese in a mixing bowl. Stir the dry ingredients with a fork to blend and lighten. Slowly add 1 cup of the cream to the mixture, stirring constantly. Halfway through adding the cream, add the green onions. Stir constantly.
Gather the dough together; when it holds together and feels tender, it is ready to knead. But if it seems shaggy and pieces are dry and falling away, then slowly add enough additional cream to make the dough hold together. Place the dough on a lightly floured board and knead the dough for 1 minute.
Pat the dough into a square about ½ inch thick. Cut into twelve squares and dip each into the melted butter so all sides are coated. Place the biscuits 2 inches apart on the baking sheet. Bake for about 15 minutes or until they are lightly browned. Serve hot.
these look lovely. what can I use in place of cheddar. (One would think that after nine years of living in Israel I would have found a replacement for good cheddar, but no, I have not)
I think blue cheese and green onion would also be nice and would make it a bit more high-class. Definitely try out the recipe. Dead simple and takes less than a half hour from start to finish.
One of my coworkers has a CSA and she loves it! Every Wednesday she skips with glee on her way to pick it up. Glad you’re having so much fun with it. Happy Birthday Rich!
Love your rapper name! We’re going to be splitting our time between here and our cabin this summer, so I’m relying on the farmer’s markets rather than our CSA this season. I just picked up spring onions and green garlic last weekend – I’m thinking biscuits tonight! Yours look scrumptious!
those biscuits looks amazing! And the rest of your dishes sound super delish!
I host a weekly CSA link party and would love for you to be a part of it. Come and check it out and add your link. http://inherchucks.com/2012/06/20/whats-in-the-box-31/. Hope to see you there 🙂
Molly — the Fannie Farmer cookbook was the first one I ever used! Great recipe and pictures. I can’t wait to try this one (as I left my FF cookbook at my parents’ house years ago).