It’s no secret how much I love my Wednesdays. But this Wednesday was even more special than the rest. My brother and his fiancé came to visit before heading back to Fairbanks, AK where he is currently stationed with the United States Army. It was so nice to spend some time together and get the chance to chat and catch up. Harper loves her “Uncle” and “Koko” and was sad to see them go. And as always, so was I. My little brother is growing up and I am so proud of all his accomplishments. Can’t wait to see him again soon.
So speaking of growing up? Can you believe we had 58 link ups last week? Wowza! That’s a whole lot of CSA goodness :) I hope you had the chance to check out each and every one. We had everything from cocktails, to smoothies, to lasagna and soup. Your posts continue to inspire me. I am overwhelmed by all of the innovative ways to use my produce. And each choice is yummier than the next. Thank you for your continued participation :) Keep up the good work!
Alright…time to spill the beans :)
But, before I go any further, I have to report, that 1/3 of this box is already gone. Not only did my brother come to visit, he cooked a healthy and delicious meal that left my tummy happy. His signature dish is chicken. Simply grilled chicken has never tasted better. We paired it with roasted carrots (which is my new favorite indulgence…they are the sweetest, yummiest little gems I have ever tasted) and a side of farro with kale (a Koko Likes original recipe). My brother washed and prepared the lettuce for a side salad to round out the meal. Fresh and delicious!
Now what about the rest of the box? I am super stoked about the nectarines. They are on top of my list for the best summer fruits. No need to get fancy with them. Eating them cold and crisp from the fridge is good enough for me. And the apricots will have a similar fate. With all of these fresh summer fruits, I would be happy eating fruit all day :)
I was also excited about the fennel. It has been a while since we received fennel in our box and seeing everyone else’s fennel bulbs has got me jonesing for another round of my Braised Pork with Orange and Fennel dish. It is a huge hit in our house. Too bad I just juiced those oranges from last week. They would have been the perfect companion. Luckily my community garden has an orange tree, so looks like Harper and I will be taking a visit to collect some goods. Oh, and while we are on the topic of juicing, I plan on adding these pixies to my freshly squeezed juice that is sitting in a pitcher in the fridge. I am running a bit low on my stash and these tangerines will be just what I need to enjoy one last glass.
I have been dying to make these meatballs for dinner this week. The red onions will work great in this recipe. That is if Freddie doesn’t get to them first. It’s always a fight for the onions in the house. He usually wins but maybe if I bribe him with meatballs, he will let me use them just this once.
I must find an amazing recipe for the basil. It is so beautiful it deserves to be the star. It is currently sitting on my counter in a glass of water but before tomorrow ends, it will be made into a delicious tummy pleasing meal. Let’s hope the recipe calls for celery too, because to be honest, I got nothing.
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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