Garden celery - uses for?
I put a few celery plants into my garden late this summer, and did nothing in particular to constrain their growth. Instead of a pillar of palid stalks, I got a bush with lots of dark green leaves on dark green stalks. It was undamaged by a few frosty nights, but with a winter storm coming in (mid-December in the mid-Atlantic), I decided that harvest could not wait. So, what to do with a bunch of leafy celery?
I stripped the leaves off of the stalks, and made pesto (adding walnuts, parmesan cheese, fresh flat-leaf parsley, garlic, salt, and olive oil). I think it tastes good smeared on crackers, along side the soup described below. (My wife, who has a more sensitive palate than mine, said that the taste was too "sharp" for her.)
The stalks, stripped of their leaves, were chopped and sauteed with a chopped onion in olive oil. When tender, I added some water and a diced potato. When THAT was tender, I tried to mash it all into a cream-style soup, but it still turned out chunky. Added milk, salt, pepper, simmered for a few more minutes, and then served it. I liked it, but my wife found that celery is something that people can be allergic to, along with cantaloupes (which are a problem for her), so I didn't need to share it.