A few weeks ago on public broadcasting, 177 Milk Street aired an episode on focaccia. What is focaccia? In Italy it’s considered a street food, a flat bread made with a dough similar to pizza. Focaccia can either be sweet or savory. The version Milk Street demonstrated was savory. The focaccia was topped with green Castelvetrano and grape tomatoes. The dough has a high ratio of water to flour, which makes the focaccia light and airy.
For the recipe you will need bread flour, yeast, granulated sugar, water, olive oil, grape tomatoes, Castelvetrano olives, dried oregano, kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. You will also need an extra-large bowl in which the dough will rise.
I am thoroughly enjoying sharing a CSA box with my daughter. Over the past few weeks (Week 9-14) I’ve had white corn, green and yellow squash, yellow and purple onions, pickles, green leaf lettuce, bell peppers, eggplant, garlic scapes, potatoes, plums and cucumbers.
I made another jar of pickles , green zucchini was incorporated into turkey meatballs (recipe to follow), potato salad and the last of the season garlic scapes made more salad dressing.
The heat and humidity the past week has been miserable, though not as bad as for the northwest. In my CSA box for week 8, was broccoli, green beans, lettuce, sweet onions, cabbage, raspberries, mint and peaches.
One of the first ingredients I used was the green beans. I found a wonderful salad on the website, Lidia’s Italy, for String Beans, Capers and Basil Salad. This tasty salad can be served warm or at room temperature. Although my husband was nibbling on it while it was sitting out, he said he would prefer to eat it cold; into the refrigerator it went.
A former teacher, shop-a-holic, empty-nester redefining quick, family approved dinners.