What’s in the Box? #54

boxquestionintrowhiteI love the holidays.  For me it’s all about traditions, good food, and time spent with family.  This year we started a new tradition that we are excited to continue for many Christmases to come.  Last weekend, we took a train ride to a tree farm and cut down our own tree.  It was an awesome experience.  We had a blast!  And Harper really has a special eye for selecting the perfect Christmas tree.

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So now that our tree is up and decorated, the lights are hung and twinkling, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here…and I like it!

You know what else I like?  Produce parties…can I get a woot woot?

Last week we had 10 link ups!  Things are starting to pick up around here and some new folks are joining the party.  Please welcome Lisa and Naima who are just receiving their first winter boxes of the season.  I am looking forward to seeing what goodies come their way.

As for me…

What's in the Box? #54
I had lots of delicious goodies that came my way this week.  I am most excited about the pears.  I have never seen this variety before but I am loving the color.  Very fall like.  I will definitely be eating these as my daily snack along with the mandarins.  Fruit, glorious fruit :)

I am intrigued by the purple top turnips.  These are a new item for me.  I actually thought they were rutabaga (which is another item I have never received before).  If I can treat them the same as any other turnips than I am golden.  Lacey of Making Myself Useful suggested a potato leek soup using the turnips as well.  Sounds like a plan to me :)  Soup and salad is such a great combo for a nice lunch or light dinner.  And that large head of lettuce will make enough salad to last me a while.  Spruce it up with some grated carrots, dried fruit and some nuts and dinner is served!

Another dinner this week will be Chile Rellenos.  I have never made them before, but luckily my friend Lauren over at Gourmet Veggie Mama hooked me up with a killer recipe.  Stuffed with spinach, cheese and dipped in beer?  Looks like someone’s going to have a fun weekend!!

Those little green things?  Those are pineapple guavas.  And they are delicious!  Little sweet gems, so soft and delicate.  They have a taste that is hard to describe.  I like to eat them as is or throw them into a smoothie.  Although I seem to be finding some new recipes online so if time allows I might have to get creative in the kitchen.

And last but not least, the broccoli.  My good ole standby.  Throw it in the steamer and serve it with just about everything.  That is, if Harper doesn’t devour it first.

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 :)

Linking up for the first time?  Click here for more info…and Welcome!

PS:  Don’t forget to tell your readers about the party by linking back to this post and grabbing the official “What’s in the Box?” button at the bottom of my blog.  Thanks!


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26 thoughts on “What’s in the Box? #54

  1. naimavanswol says:

    Yay! Thanks for linking me! That rules, so much! Your box looks amazing.

  2. Heather, if your pears sit in the bottom of your crisper for a few weeks like mine did, I recommend you make pear butter with them! I followed Farmgirl Fare’s instructions (but used lime juice–are those limes?) and honey. It’s easy, bakes in the oven for a couple of hours.

    As I’m in transition from weekly farm share crates to eating from my stash, I’ve been cleaning out my crisper drawers. The forgotten, ugly but still tasty pears went into pear butter. The bags of carrots and celery got chopped up in the food processor then bagged up to add to meatloaf or other dishes later in the winter.

    Next up is roasting the pile of squash that I’ve been collecting in cold storage. But not this week ;)

    I’m linking up an old (LOL, I started the blog in September! Old! Snort!) post, about stretching meat since all of these baggies are reminding me of it. And a new one, for another pizza.

    Thank you so much for hosting!

    • inherchucks says:

      Mmmmm…pear butter! Don’t know if I have the self control to let them sit in the crisper drawer…they are pretty much my favorite snack.

      Those lime looking things are pineapple guavas…and they are divine! I don’t eat the skin (not sure that it’s edible) but the meat is tender and delicate and delicious.

      Thanks for sharing some yummy recipes!

  3. Lauren says:

    Chiles rellenos! Those are some lovely poblanos (I think) you’ve got there. You have the makings of a lovely soup or stew with the carrots and leeks, too.

  4. laceyjbrown says:

    I see potatoes, leeks, and turnips = potato leek soup! Chop them up, rinse them off, throw it all in the slow cooker with some water/broth and let it ride. Yum!!

  5. […] over to In Her Chucks to link up. Not as many of us have fall and winter CSAs but there is still a ton of goodness being […]

  6. tsiporahblog says:

    Your box looks so amazing!! I really want to participate in a CSA in my area, but my parents have concerns that the box will be too big for us, and that we won’t use it all. I disagree… I hope we sign up for the next season because it looks like you are getting some great things!

  7. Liz says:

    So glad to know that some folks are still getting CSAs. I will just have to keep on counting…

  8. Tammy says:

    What are those green things in the box?

  9. Another week and another amazing box. I want to come over for your chili rellinos; they sound delicious. I can’t wait to see the picture.
    We finally after an entire summer of waiting got broccoli. Harper’s not the only one who loves it.

  10. […] Check out the CSA link-up over at In Her Chucks’ “What’s in the Box?”! […]

  11. Brigid says:

    Yummy pineapple guavas! I had a taste of one at the market a couple of weeks ago. The colors in that box are absolutely beautiful. I love chile rellenos, too.

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