What’s in the Box? #29

My motto of the week…Ask and you shall receive!

Remember last week when I was raving about how much I love summer fruit?  Well, wouldn’t you know it, today I opened up my box to 2 out of the 4 fruits that I have been praying for (praying?…does that sound desperate?).  This is a definite high of my week :)

But before I get too gushy about the beauty that is my CSA box, I wanted to take a moment to give a shout out to all of my link party participants.  Last week we hit a record high of 34 links!  Each entry was just as good as the next.  We are on CSA fire people!  This party is full of some healthy and creative veggie lovers.  And I am grateful for each and every one of you.  I never knew there were so many delicious ways to prepare fresh produce.  You all continue to push the envelope on CSA goodness, and each week gets yummier.  Thank you for your participation!

Now, before I explode, it’s my turn to brag…

Apricots folks!  And pluots too.  Please excuse me while I do a little happy dance :)  And then proceed to stuff my face with their juicy goodness.  No fancy recipes needed…just a slight chill from the fridge and I’m good to go.  Although, I might have to whip up a favorite pluot dessert of mine.  As long as it doesn’t exhaust too much of my stash.  I tend to get greedy when it comes to my fruit.

I am also excited about the chard.  There have been so many delicious recipes linked up to the party over the past few weeks, I am again overwhelmed with the choices.  Swiss Chard Smoothies, Swiss Chard with Pasta,  Creamed Chard…and the list goes on and on.  In cases like this, I like to turn to Freddie for his input.  He’s a good decision maker :)

Speaking of Freddie, he was stoked about the onions..and their size!  He’s already grilling up burgers to pair with them (his favorite topping).  I am sure he will add a few leaves of lettuce as well.  Red butter lettuce goes great on burgers…yum!

Loving the other staples this week…carrots, celery, parsley.  I am having a girlfriend over Friday night and we are planning to make dinner together.  Ingredients like these will be a perfect foundation for a fresh and healthy meal.

And what about the lovely head of red cabbage?  The hubby has been begging for me to make this gratin for him.  Nothing like butter, cheese and heavy cream to jazz up a purple ball of leaves.

Last but not least, the citrus.  Meyer lemons and mandarins.  Such a lovely treat.  I am thinking about another batch of freshly squeezed citrus juice (I still have my grapefruits from last week, too!).  Because there is no better pairing with my morning breakfast.  Simply refreshing…

Your turn:  What are some of your favorite ways to use the fruits and veggies shown?  Any special recipes, tips or tricks you’d like to share?  Looking forward to hearing your responses :)

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40 thoughts on “What’s in the Box? #29

  1. food4five says:

    Your fruit looks delicious!

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  3. You are one lucky lady with all that fruit! I linked my lemon apricot scone recipe. It calls for dried apricots, but it would be even better with the real thing!

  4. meggo123 says:

    Looks good. I think we missed the citrus season here in Texas – that makes me sad. Well, I’m glad you get to enjoy some yummy fruits. Thanks for the follow!

  5. A Table in the Sun says:

    I eat chard practically every day. I put it in eggs, smoothies, italian dishes, soups, Indian, Chinese! It’s so versatile. Thanks for sharing your box. I get just as gushy about fresh produce as you.

  6. If you’ve never tried the animal. vegetable, miracle sweet potato quesadilla recipe, it had chard in is and is amazing! http://www.animalvegetablemiracle.com/recipes-winter-sweet-potato-quesadillas.htm :)

    Also YAY for fresh fruit- a true sign that winter is a thing of the past!

  7. […] always, this post is part of the What’s In the Box? link party hosted by In Her Chucks. Check out all the other posts here! Share […]

  8. Mason says:

    All linked up with this week’s goods. Your suggestion for stuffed swiss chard when I last got it even has me excited about getting it in the box again! Looking forward to see more of what you do with yours since I still have a budding relationship with the veggie.

    As always, your fruits look delicious. I bet those pluots would be tasty on the grill.

    • inherchucks says:

      Thanks Mason! Let me know how the stuffed swiss chard turns out…still trying to decide what to do with mine :)

      Pluots on the grill sound amazing! Thanks for the suggestion :)

  9. Wow — What a pretty box! I am so jealous about your fruit: I opted out of that option this year, but seeing your spoils makes me regret that decision already!

    Thanks for the link invite: I joined the party and look forward to the fresh festivities!


  10. Scott says:

    We made a huge pile of sauteed chard and beet greens last night (w/ garlic and garam masala) to have with lentils and carrots. Still planning on what to do with the rest of the box!

  11. Amanda C says:

    Added myself to the link up party – thanks for the invite!

  12. […] to add: I was invited to add myself to the link up party happening over here at in her chucks. If you enjoy looking at pictures of produce, I highly recommend you head over there and take a […]

  13. […] Innerchucks has a really nice blog and features others who link when they get a new box from the CSA. Thanks for the invitation. I am really jealous that there is citrus in the boxes I have seen on this blog. […]

  14. randipants says:

    Just linked up for the first time with this Summer’s first delivery. Love love love this link party. Just found it a few weeks ago and I’ve already gotten some great ideas.

  15. The fruit looks soooo good. Of course now that our CSAs are starting I am out of town–but at least I’ll come back to a well-stocked refrigerator!

  16. Mikan says:

    thanks for the link up invite. :)

  17. Just added a link. I run a weekly feature where readers ask for help with veggies from their CSA shares and I supply the recipes. Happy to have found this link up!

  18. Shalama Jackson says:

    I enjoy the connectivity through this blog.

    Several of my coworkers and I are always coming up with ideas on what to do with our vegetables each week. This weekend I spent a bunch of time in the kitchen making everything from zucchini bread, rhubarb crisp to my all time favorite Eggplant Parmesan. Here’s a sample of what I made from the box: http://shalamajackson.wordpress.com/2012/06/11/csa-delights-continue/

  19. heidi says:

    Apricots! That’s awesome.

  20. dkzody says:

    It’s June…why are we still getting chard? I am not fond of chard, kale, collard greens, but they keep coming. I like spinach, but the farm said the spinach was done for the year. If spinach is done, shouldn’t chard be also? No. Yesterday’s box had rainbow chard. Fortunately for me, my next door neighbor likes it. But even she is getting a little weary of all the winter veggies. When I rang her doorbell yesterday, she answered with, “more chard?”

    • inherchucks says:

      Many people seem to get tired of the everlasting leafy greens. It’s all about being creative with how you use them. Check out the link party for some great ideas on how to hide them in your favorite dishes :)

  21. Zest Blog says:

    What a variety you got! We are still in the early season and shared a light salad :)

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