It’s hard to believe that 2012 has come and gone. It was a wonderful year filled with birthday parties, special memories and of course lots of fruit and veggies. The What’s in the Box? Link Party was born in 2012 and has been rocking ever since. I am so grateful to all the participants that have shared their delicious goodies with the rest of us. It’s been a blast to swap recipes with you and drool over your fresh produce.
Speaking of drooling, I am totally salivating over last week’s party. With so many people’s CSA seasons ending, we only had 4 participants, so the party was small, but boy was it mighty. Everything from mashed root veggies, to cranberry nut bread, to homemade pizza with spinach crust and a killer party dip. Thank you ladies for making our new year bright :)
Now on to my favorite boxes of 2012. To be honest, it was hard to pick a top 5 because they are all pretty awesome. But after spending hours looking through the pics and checking to see what came of the produce, I was finally able to narrow it down. So without further ado, here are the What’s in the Box? Top 5 of 2012…
So many of my favorite fruits and veggies in one place, including the star of the show…blueberries! But really, this week it was all about Mashed Red Potatoes. They are the best you will ever have. And when you serve them with a side of steamed broccoli tossed with lemon juice and a small portion of protein, you have yourself the perfect meal.
Summer is my favorite time of year. I love all the delicious fruits that come my way. Nectarines, plums, berries. They just make me happy. I usually eat them for a snack, but after weeks and weeks of plums and pluots, I had to throw together a few Pluot Crumbles. It is a great dish to whip up for a summer barbecue and is sure to impress your family and friends.
I don’t think I have ever seen such a beautiful head of lettuce. It was so gorgeous it made me want to throw it in a vase and display it on my table as a centerpiece. However, after a few days of marveling its beauty I caved and made a huge Strawberry Salad. One of my favorite afternoon treats by far. Throw in some grilled chicken and you are good to go!
One word…apricots!! I can’t get enough of them. I think I might be able to live on apricots alone. Well, apricots and some Braised Pork with Fennel and Pork. I am so grateful that getting a delivery of fennel helped me to think outside the box. I would have never purchased fennel at the store but after some creative experimentation, I found one of my favorite recipes of all time. Try it…I promise you will become a fennel lover too :)
One of the highlights of receiving fresh produce every week, is that I get to share my love for fruits and veggies with my family. It makes me happy when Harper dives right into the broccoli without any begging, coercing or bribing. I also love that I can whip up a healthy and yummy meal in no time. This Chicken with Tomato Herb Pan Sauce is so easy to make and delicious to eat you will want it on your table at least once a week. That is, as long as you have some fresh cherry tomatoes sitting around.
So those are my Top 5 boxes of 2012. Can’t wait to see what 2013 has in store for me. I am counting down the days until my first box arrives. T minus 6 folks…
Your turn: What are some of your favorite boxes of 2012? Feel free to add the links to the deliveries you loved the most. Let’s take a walk down CSA memory lane shall we?
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