homemade | Summer Kohlrabi

 Yesterday Luke and I went to a mid-week market at Atherton Mill, just outside of uptown Charlotte. I love this market. We bought locally roasted coffee, homemade black bean salsa and garlic pickles, local squash, garlic, and kohlrabi. I had never tasted or cooked kohlrabi before, and the farmer admitted he hadn't either! However, his wife had sent him with a stack of recipes (printed from Cooks.com, mine is slightly adapted) which he helpfully gave to me, wishing me well. Earlier today I prepared the kohlrabi for us to eat with our dinner.

I had absolutely no idea how to prep it, so I took some photos of the process in case you'd like to try it yourself. Simply peel with a vegetable peeler or a knife (I used my favorite paring knife), cut in half, and slice thin. Some sites recommended I slice the kohlrabi like matchsticks. I'd like to experiment slicing it differently for future recipes.

Looks a little like green apples, tastes a bit like broccoli. Such an interesting veggie! The recipe instructed me to saute it with butter and add flour and milk to create a sauce. We ate it as a side dish alongside spaghetti with homemade pesto sauce and a simple salad of romaine, tomatoes, blueberries and our favorite Brianna's poppyseed dressing.

I thought it was pretty tasty, but I definitely overcooked it during sauteing. And it was heavy. I would love to try out a stir-fry type recipe for kohlrabi with olive oil instead of butter and some additional vegetables, herbs and spices. But since I wanted to share the new Nightingale Handmade recipe card, and to commemorate my very first cooking experience with kohlrabi, I've shared this particular recipe below (click to enlarge). Enjoy! 


Monday Morning Delivery

This morning I awoke to a wonderful treat. Very early this morning, while we were still fast asleep, the milkman came and delivered fresh milk and eggs to our house. I don't know how much more old-timey delight and whimsy could be packed into that sentence. Just typing it out made me want to squeal a little bit. Really, how fun is that? I have to thank Charlotte Fresh (via this article) for letting me in on this little info nugget that has already made my life exponentially better after just one delivery. Last night I was so excited to put out the metal milk cooler (which, to my knowledge, was left out for the milkman by my mother-in-law's family in Maryland when she was growing up) and this morning the first thing I did was run outside to gather the goods.


This morning, this is what I peeked out the front door and found...


Luke and I immediately ate some cheerios and banana with the fresh milk, which came from the Homestead Creamery in VA. It was delicious. Later on in the day, I drank a glass of the milk, and I haven't done that in over two years. The delivery service is provided by Lakeview Farms right down the road in Fort Mill, SC. My order came to $12.33, which included a quart of milk, a dozen brown eggs, a flat delivery rate of $3.00 and a $2.00 deposit for the glass milk bottle (I'll get it back when I return the bottle).


And with that, my week began quite well.