Friday, May 23, 2008

baby asian greens

Our CSA share began last week. That makes me so happy.

Anyone got any good recipes for baby asian greens? We have had 2 bags come in so far and we have had a frittata and a....frittata. Which were both really good, but I think we are ready for something new.

We also received some spring mix. Super tasty. Do you have a salad spinner? I didnt either, till we began to get all the greens. I would just do the normal rinsing of the leaves and then pat them dry in a clean towel. Not knowing at all what I had been missing out on this whole time. Crisp, crunchy leaves of goodness. First tho, before we got the spinner I decided to take matters into my own hands and make my own spinner. Because I am so cool like that. So, I washed all the greens and put them in a towel and pulled all the corners together and then....spun it around really fast like a windmill. Yeah, didnt even think about the fact that the water had to go somewhere whilst I was spinning the proceeded to fling water all over the kitchen walls, cabinets, and myself. G thought this was great fun. He wanted me to do it some more. Hey, at least I was able to keep the greens in the towel, right? They did end up really crispy tho. This is what led to the purchase of the OXO salad spinner.

It is a really large bowl with a basket in it for the greens and then the lid portion has the device that causes the spinning action. The best part I think is that it has a push button spinner instead of a crank spinner like I have seen before. It also has a stopping device on the top so you can actually make it stop spinning instead of just waiting for it to slow down on its own. The bowl has a little rubber ring on the bottom to help it stay steady on the counter while you are using it. Since the bowl is clear you can actually watch the water being spun off the greens into the bowl. Pretty neat.

At any rate, if you can help me out of my frittata rut...let me know a good recipe.


sugarcreekstuff said...

My Stepmom asked me what I had wanted for Christmas(2 years ago), and i said a salad spinner. It was one of those purchases I just couldn't do, I was using the wet towel method also, but out on the deck (to avoid the wet kitchen). I love it, it is one of my fav kitchen tools. To snip greens from the garden right into the basket rinse and spin makes me so happy.
I dont have any good greens recipes for you other than salads, beet greens are awesome, but they have frequent and tasty recipes at
I hope this helps.

Meg said...

No recipe advice, but you had me totally laughing out loud at your homemade salad spinner. I am *still* laughing just thinking about it--it's like something out of an I Love Lucy episode.

Anyway, congrats on the new salad spinner ;)

Farmgirl_dk: said...

I love, love, LOVE my OXO salad spinner...I've had salad spinners for years, but this one is my fave so far. And my boys love to wash lettuce now, too, because it's just so fun to play with! :-)

frugalmom said...

sugarcreekstuff: It was like that for me, too. I hate spending money on all the kitchen gadgets. I think I am doing just fine on my own....and then I try one. So, even tho this time I had my own version, I felt it would be best for all involved if I splurged and got the salad spinner.

meg: I did feel just like I love Lucy...just didnt think that one thru all the way!

Danni: See, so you know what I mean about loving this kitchen tool. Love it!

Christy said...

I want a salad spinner but haven't gotten one yet. I guess that one will have to happen soon.

Henny Penny said...

That is so funny I read it outloud to my husband. Do you mean baby bok choy or somehting like that? I do chicken breasts and rice and bok choy.

Twinville said...

I've often thought of getting a salad spinner, but feel guilty spending the money on something that people used to do just fine by hand, for years.

But your glowing review is making me want to splurge a little now. hehe