Well hello there! Did you miss me? Did you think I fell off the face of the earth? My apologies for leaving you all hanging last week but this moving thing has been kicking my butt! So grateful to be settling in to our new home but it hasn’t been easy. The biggest challenge we had to face was looking for a refrigerator. Who knew it could be so difficult? And living without one for a week…now, that was rough! We had to eat out for every meal, which is something we are not used too. My poor husband has never been happier to eat a home cooked meal. I guess the saying is true, you don’t know what you got till it’s gone…
I have yet to find a CSA (although I haven’t been looking too hard since we were without a refrigerator). But now that the kitchen is up and running it is only a matter of time before a produce box will be delivered to my doorstep. In the meantime, I thought I would reflect on some of my past boxes and share some of the recipes that never made the blog.
But before we get to that, let’s check out some of the link ups from the last party. I was most excited to
drool over see Views From Here’s Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Cranberry Almond Pesto. How awesome does that sound? I am also loving all of The 100 Mile Kitchen’s homemade soups right now. And finally, what’s a WITB link party without a Farm Fresh Feasts pizza? It’s only been a week and you ladies already have me jonesing for my fruits and veggies again. Thanks for linking up and sharing your CSA goodies with the rest of the party.
Now it’s time to take a quick jaunt down memory lane and admire some produce stars from the past.
Kale Salad: Ok, so I have been telling you guys about this salad for a while now and I have yet to post the recipe. But a few weekends ago I made it again and it was so super duper stellar it is back on my radar. So consider this an IOU. I can’t wait to share the recipe with you. And please, continue to bug me if I forget to post it soon. It is the perfect summer BBQ dish :)
Grapefruit Ricotta Cookies: Is this post still considered a recipe roundup if 2 out of the 5 recipes aren’t actually recipes at all? My apologies again for being such a slacker but at least in this case I have a picture. I just can’t share it with you yet because I need to write the post. But it is top of the order on my list of things to do (blog related at least) and I am hoping to get it done this weekend. Trust me, it’s worth the wait!
Pork Tenderloin with Strawberry Chardonnay Sauce: So what do you do when you have strawberries coming out of your ears? Well, you can make a Fresh Strawberry Yogurt Cake or you can whip up a delicious and nutritious dinner for your whole family (or in my case, you can do both!). This amazing recipe came from the new Yummy Mummy Kitchen cookbook that my dear friend Sasha picked up for me. It is loaded with creative and healthy ways to use your favorite farm fresh produce. It’s the first thing I turn to for inspiration nowadays.
Chicken with Creamy Spinach and Shallots: As much as I love to cook, I LOVE when my mom cooks for me. And lucky for me when she was in town for my brother’s wedding she totally spoiled me with a ton of fresh and delicious home cooked meals. But this one was by far my favorite. Served with a side of rice pilaf this dish is affordable, easy to make and oh so scrumptious. Can’t wait to recreate it again soon.
Pumpkin Mac and Cheese: So I recently broke my own rules and indulged myself in a batch of homemade Pumpkin Mac and Cheese. And I have absolutely no regrets. The sage made me do it. And between the aroma of fresh pumpkin and the intense food coma I was in afterwards, I could have sworn it was Thanksgiving all over again. Note to self: Make this for Thanksgiving from this year forward. It is an amazing addition to a traditional feast.
Your turn: What are some of your favorite CSA recipes? Feel free to link up some of the CSA inspired meals that you are the most proud of. Looking forward to drooling over your dishes :)
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