No matter how busy my life gets, Wednesdays always seem to get me focused and back on track. Blame it on the fruits and veggies, but when hump day rolls around the fog seems to clear and things start to fall into place. Having a CSA box to look forward to keeps me motivated to cook and always makes for some exciting menus. And with all of the delicious recipes and ideas that have come through this link party, our family meals have been elevated to a whole new level :)
Our party continues to grow and I couldn’t be more grateful. Last week we had a total of 56 link ups! I appreciate all my loyal party goers and welcome those who are linking up for the first time. When it comes to recipes and ideas on how to use your produce, we got you covered. From breakfast, to lunch, to happy hour and beyond, there is no limit to how your CSA can feed you :) So thanks everyone for keeping the inspiration flowing and making our tummies happy!
On to this week’s goodies…
Call me crazy, but I might be just a little too excited about this head of lettuce. I usually pass over it and rarely give my lettuce the time of day. But this head of lettuce is too pretty to ignore. I wish I knew what kind it was because I plan on seeking this variety out in the future (maybe even growing a few heads in my garden). It makes me want to have a fancy dinner party and invite all of my close friends over to enjoy a crisp salad dressed with a homemade vinaigrette. Chilled salad forks included :)
And although I have been known to throw some grated carrots into my salads as well, I am still on my roasted carrot kick. I also love my cauliflower roasted. But then again, it seems as though I love ALL my veggies roasted :)
I was surprised at how fragrant my leeks were this week. It was the first aroma that hit me when I opened up my box. I was expecting onions with how strong the smell was, but I was excited to find leeks instead because I have had a taste for another homemade quiche.
With the holy trinity of summer fruit, I might be inspired to create something beautiful. I plan on keeping it simple because enjoying the fruit “as is” happens to be my favorite part of summer. The strawberries and nectarines will definitely be making an appearance in this week’s Sweets for a Saturday. Which, by the way I was featured in last week…yay Gooey Cookies ‘n Cream Bars! I will have to search through some of my plum recipes to see what pops out at me this week. And while I am on the subject, here is the plum recipe I promised you last time. I was hoping to post it on the blog, but was unable to snap a pic before dinner was demolished. I always have good intentions, but it can be hard to juggle blog life with real life…real life always wins :)
Those little cucumbers are absolutely adorable. After reading through some of your posts, it looks like most of you are pickling these kind of cucumbers. I have never embarked on a pickling journey, but you all have inspired me. I am not the biggest pickle fan myself, but I have friends who would appreciate some homemade pickles. And what about relish…could I make relish?
And finally, dino kale. At the start of my CSA journey, I would have cringed at the sight of kale. But now I jump for joy. After nearly two years into my CSA love affair I have collected some pretty awesome recipes. Not to mention all the delicious ideas you all have shared with us. Now, I can’t seem to think of a reason not to love kale!
Your turn: What are some of your favorite ways to use the fruits and veggies shown? Any special recipe, tips or tricks you’d like to share? Looking forward to reading your responses :)
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