Another Wednesday is upon us. Only, until about 6:45 tonight I thought maybe it was still Tuesday. Why? Well, because I came and left the house a total of 4 times, and each time I returned I was met by an empty box (you leave your empty box from the week before and they swap it for the full box). I finally called my delivery company to see if they had forgotten us. But as soon I hung up the phone the delivery man came running up to the door with our box. He asked my husband if we had called to complain…I guess I got him in trouble…sorry delivery man, but I have a blog to write!
It seems that this is not my week for pictures. By the time my box finally arrived it was too dark to take a picture of my box outside so I was forced so snap a shot in my kitchen. Oh natural light how I miss thee…
I opened the box to find a letter from the delivery team apologizing for some last-minute substitutions. Due to the unusually cold weather, some of the local crops suffered and therefore there was a scramble to find produce to take its place. This is when eating local means being flexible.
I couldn’t help but notice the holiday theme (unintentional I am sure). The vibrant red and greens with a pop of white set off a slew of christmas songs in my head, starting with Jingle Bells (the holiday musical I took Harper to today may be to blame too…but either way…).
If I had to choose, strawberries would be my favorite fruit (but I try to be fair and not discriminate). I love them on my french toast, in my yogurt, blended in my smoothie. They never do me wrong. This week however, I will have to feature my strawberries in a new way. Paired with another fresh head of lettuce, my favorite salad recipe is calling my name. I am looking forward to sharing it with you.
Red bell peppers were a nice surprise. This was one of the last-minute substitutions. Fine by me! This cold weather has had me in the mood for some Chicken Chili, which I am sure Freddie would not be opposed to. It’s a heart warmer. And a delicious excuse for leftovers.
Funny that avocados showed up. I just came across a rival guacamole recipe by Becoming Madame today that I am dying to try. It claims to be the best guacamole ever. And to be honest, it looks pretty darn yummy. She even has a YouTube video that walks you through the steps…which had me salivating the entire time. So, the challenge is on :)
A year ago I would be lost with a bunch of beets. But now, I have so many ideas to choose from. This time around, I am excited to introduce you to a sweet option for beets. I will have to keep it under wraps until I reveal the recipe. But I promise you it will be worth it.
As a kid, I was always intrigued by the white broccoli…known to us today as Cauliflower. Keeping with the holiday theme, it still reminds me of snow-covered trees. Cauliflower can get a bad wrap of being bland, but I like to see it as a blank canvas, just waiting to be jazzed up with some vibrant flavors and spices. This Gratin of Cauliflower with Gruyère is a winner around our house. I like to serve it alongside a nicely roasted pork loin or a grilled rib eye steak. And, it calls for parsley, so my fresh bunch of curly parsley will come in very handy for this recipe.
Oh little mandarins…boy am I happy to have you back. I found myself getting a bit bored with them week after week, but then when they didn’t come in the box last week I realized how much I missed them. So much so that I am enjoying a few right now. I couldn’t wait to get to peelin’. Such a great little snack! And while we are on the citrus train, there is nothing like a fresh grapefruit. I love to eat them by themselves for breakfast, but then again, I have a variety of recipes from sweet to savory that might need a feature on the blog. So many ideas, so little time!
For a moment there I almost thought my Wednesday was going to pass by without a box. And this post would have had to be renamed “Where is the Box?”. But I am glad it finally arrived safe and sound. As the saying goes, better late than never, right?