Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you all had a fun and fabulous holiday :) Ours was pretty low-key. In fact we stayed in our pajamas the entire day. Success!! After opening presents we enjoyed a few slices of The Best French Toast with a side of bacon and fresh squeezed orange juice. Then we snuggled up on the couch and watched Home Alone while a batch of Turkey Ricotta Meatballs baked in the oven. Family time, good food and relaxation…the perfect way to celebrate Christmas :)
Due to the holidays, I will not be receiving a box for the next two weeks. I am most definitely experiencing withdrawal symptoms but I am working through them one fruit at a time. However, this break in delivery gives me the chance to rant and rave over some delicious recipes that never made it on the blog.
But before we jump into that, let’s take a look at last week’s party. All 6 links were packed full of festive holiday treats…CSA style. There was acorn squash bathed in butter, brown sugar and walnuts, Cranberry Apple Pecan Chocolate Chip Bread, a two pound sweet potato and a partridge in a pear tree :) A big thanks to everyone who linked up and shared their goodies. Keep ’em coming.
Now it’s time to take a walk down memory lane. Check out some of my favorite recipes from the last few weeks of CSA deliveries…
Lemony Quinoa with Butternut Squash: I love a hearty side dish. And although I can eat butternut squash simply roasted any day, this recipe has me reconsidering my habits. There are so many delicious flavors bursting from this dish it’s pretty much a party in your mouth. You have the brightness of the lemon mixed with the sweetness of the butternut squash rounded out by the nuttiness of the pignolis. I could eat the entire pot my myself…no joke.
30 Minute Shepherds Pie: Yeah I went there…Rachel Ray all the way. And this dish delivers. I got the recipe from my neighbors who swear by it and it is the perfect solution for a delicious and nutritious weeknight meal. The potatoes, carrots and lettuce (for a side salad) came in handy. It was a winner for the husband and baby and even made enough for leftovers. Score!
Beef and Butternut Squash Stew: I don’t mean to be a tease here but I can’t help but share my excitement about the stew I made with that lovely butternut squash. With the busyness of the holidays I haven’t had time to sit down and write the post but the pictures have been taken and all that is left is to add a bit of commentary…stay tuned…your recipe will be here shortly :)
Red Cabbage Juice: So to be honest, I have used up everything from last week’s box except for that monster of a cabbage. I guess you can say it intimidates me a bit. I have had my share of cabbage dishes in the past and I really want to do something different. Enter, Red Cabbage Juice. Ever since Freddie bought me a juicer for my birthday, I have been having enjoying all types of combinations. But I have yet to juice cabbage. I am inspired by this recipe and am looking forward to giving it a whirl. I’ll let you know how it goes :)
Your turn: What are some of your favorite CSA recipes? Feel free to link up some of your CSA inspired meals from 2012 that you are the most proud of. Looking forward to drooling over your dishes :)
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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!