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What’s in the Box? #78

What's in the Box?

My apologies for the tardiness of this post but Harper and I have been busy this week soaking up all that Santa Barbara has to offer before we head home.  We are blessed to be able to visit such a beautiful place, but the best part of Santa Barbara is our wonderful friends.  Here is a peek at what we have been up to this week:

Play dates at the park…

Play dates at the park

Pool time fun…

Swimming in the pool

Picking produce with friends…

Picking

Stopping to smell the flowers…

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Boat rides in the harbor…

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and taking in beautiful sunsets…

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We are definitely going to miss this place, but are looking forward to being back home with Daddy :)

Now, without further ado, lets get “produce wasted!” (my own little spin on a popular movie line…name it!)

Our party last week was rockin! 19 link ups?!  The most we have had in a while.  Makes a veggie-obsessed, mommy blogger like me very happy :)  And you know what else makes me very happy?  Zucchini.  Especially when it’s hidden inside a chocolate waffle (Thanks Kirsten for taking my love of zucchini to the next level) or shredded into a savory loaf of bread.  It truly is the essence of summer.

And like the groundhog in February, a zucchini in my box this week means that summer will be around for at least a few more weeks (Full Disclosure:  I’m no meteorologist, it’s only a theory.  Just go with it.)

Not only did I get a pair of zucchinis, check out what else came in my box…

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A rainbow of delicious colors.  And I’m loving nature’s candy again.  A bunch of red, crunchy grapes.  They make my world go round.  And no, I didn’t share.

But I was willing to share some of my other goodies.  I sliced up the apples for a picnic at the park.  Steamed the broccoli for my little veggie lover as a side to her lunch (she practically ate the whole head herself).  And the basil along with a few leaves of kale got thrown into the food processor for a batch of pesto.  Delish!

The oranges have inspired me to make a batch of muffins which will help to balance out the bowls of salad I will be eating thanks to the size of that head of lettuce.

I like my spaghetti squash simply roasted and tossed with some butter and parmesan cheese.  Although the fresh tomatoes would be a great addition to the squash in the form of homemade sauce.  In fact, I’m hungry just thinking about it.

Cheers to a fabulous weekend!  I hope it’s filled with as much fun and food as you can handle :)

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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What’s in the Box? #76

What's in the Box?

After 2 months without a box…we are back in business!  As much as I have enjoyed our summer travels, I have missed the routine and excitement of a local, organic and totally scrumptious box of fruits and veggies.  Even though Harper and I are still in Santa Barbara house sitting, I went ahead and subscribed to a box for the next few weeks.  I couldn’t come back to our old stomping grounds and not indulge in the goodness that is Plow to Porch.

I was a member of Plow to Porch for nearly 3 years.  It was my first CSA experience and the inspiration for this weekly post.  I am so grateful for the quality or service they provided me and I miss their bountiful hauls.

But before I reveal what I got in my box this week, I must brag about last week’s party.  First of all, we had a total of 16 link ups!  The most we have had in a while :)  And it looks like the trend is all about peaches.  Pam from Simplify and Satisfy got 4 juicy and delicious peaches in her haul (which in my house would be gobbled up within minutes).  Kirsten from Farm Fresh Feasts is busy harvesting her own peaches from her backyard (lucky duck) and is busy making Peaches and Cream Muffins (to die for!).  Finally, The Novice Gardener is extra fancy this week with Peach Rosette Frangipane Tartlets (almost too pretty to eat).  Thanks to everyone for linking up and sharing your goodies.  I love looking through your recipes each week and learning how to prepare my favorite fruits and veggies in new and creative ways :)

Now, for the moment I have been waiting for…

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My very own bambino box :)  Since Harper are in Santa Barbara alone while Daddy is busy working, I opted for a smaller box.  It’s a lot less produce then I am used to, but with one less mouth to feed, I wanted to make sure nothing went to waste.

I was most excited for the peach.  Yes, only one peach, but it’s large and is looking mighty delicious right about now.  It still has to ripen up a bit, but as soon as it does, I will be devouring it all on it own.

I am also happy to see a lemon.  I have been hooked on lemon water lately.  With the warm weather, I find a glass of iced lemon water to be so refreshing.

The head of lettuce made a killer salad tonight to go alongside a big pot of Spaghetti Bolognese.  I added some chopped tomatoes, and cucumbers along with some carrots and celery and tossed it all with a blend of half ranch, half italian dressing.  So delicious!

I enjoyed a few of the tangerines as I made dinner tonight.  It was the perfect little nosh :)

Apples dipped in almond butter are a favorite snack around here.  Harper and I have plans to go to the zoo tomorrow afternoon and they will be great to eat on the go.

Onions are always handy to have around because pretty much every dish I cook starts out with sautéed onions.  They add so much flavor to a meal, especially red onions.

I am not sure about the specifics of the peppers, but my CSA’s website suggested roasting them and then melting some Manchego cheese on top.  I’m sold!  Sounds absolutely delicious.

And finally, the corn.  Being that this is my first batch of fresh corn of the season, I have a million recipes I am drying to try (including this one).  But I think I might just have to boil it, slap some butter on it and call it a day :)

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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What’s in the Box? Recipe Roundup #13

What's in the Box?

Our last week in Branson was a blast!  We made sure to hit up all the local attractions before we headed out west.  Branson is known for their live shows and we were lucky enough to check out a few of them including The Price is Right LIVE.

The Price is Right LIVE

Harper could care less about winning a new car, she was all about the pretty model’s sparkly dresses :)

Branson also has a fun theme park called Silver Dollar City.  They have everything from rides, to live entertainment to crafty souvenirs.  It’s a great place to run around and enjoy yourself for the day (even when it’s 102 degrees!).

SDC

Finally, no trip to Branson would be complete without a ride on the ducks.  And I’m not talking about the ones that go “quack”.  I’m talking about the amphibious vehicles that were made famous during WWII.  This is Harper’s second time this summer riding a duck.  First as a viking during our trip to Ireland…Viking Duck

and now as a duckling herself…Ride the Ducks

Being a tourist is fun!

And of course we spent lots and lots of time with family.  Including, Harper’s new BFF, her Great Uncle John…

Holding hands with Uncle John

Harper and I are sure going to miss Branson, but are looking forward to another visit real soon :)

But enough about me, let’s talk veggies.

Last week we had a total of 13 link ups.  And to be frank, it’s summer produce at it’s best.  One of my favorite summer veggies is sweet corn.  And when you throw fresh kernels into a fresh batch of batter and deep fry it, the result is pure bliss.  (Speaking of deep frying, did you check out these crispy fried shallots?  The Angels are definitely singing for this one…).  Or you could toss it with some zucchini, leeks and a handful cheese and you got yourself an awesome summer pizza.  Oh, the possibilities :)  A big thanks to everyone who participated.  I just can’t get enough or your CSA goodness.

And because I am feeling extra sweet today (and in need of a sugar fix), here are some of my favorite CSA inspired desserts (in alphabetical order…).  Enjoy!

Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp - In Her Chucks

Beet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Beet Cake - In Her Chucks

Carrot Cookies

Carrot Cookies - In Her Chucks

Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars - In Her Chucks

Sweet Zucchini Cupcakes

Sweet Zucchini Cupcakes - In Her Chucks

Your turn: What are some of your favorite ways to incorporate your CSA fruits and veggies into simple and sinful desserts?  Looking forward to drooling over your ideas.  

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What’s in the Box? Recipe Roundup #11

What's in the Box? After 3 weeks of traveling, Harper and I have made it to our last stop of our “tour de familia”.  Our journey started in Ireland, then took us to Georgia, and now we have the pleasure of hanging in Missouri with my aunt, uncle and cousins before we head back to California.  Harper has been the absolute best traveler and an awesome helper!  Her favorite part of packing up and moving to a new location is definitely the perks of a luggage cart ride or two :)

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So for a few more weeks I will be without a box.  But I am having a blast sharing some of my favorite recipes from the past (and hoping to post some new ones soon too).

This week, my recipe roundup was inspired by YOU!  With all the delicious recipes that were shared last week, there were 3 that immediately jumped out at me and they were all breakfast favorites of mine.  So for this week’s recipe roundup, I will be sharing how I like to incorporate my CSA into the most important meal of the day.  But before I do, let’s drool over Kirsten’s Sweet Corn and Blueberry Waffles, Have Dessert First’s Red, White and Blue Crepes, and The Novice Gardner’s collection of fresh egg recipes.  *Drool*  Ok, now wipe your chins and get ready for some more breakfast recipes that are sure to knock your socks off…

Strawberry Scones

Strawberry Scones - In Her Chucks

Being on the Emerald Isle for a few weeks, I learned how much the Irish love their tea and scones.  And no disrespect to “the motherland” (as my mother calls it) but these homemade scones blow any authentic Irish scone out of the water.  They are moist, sweet and incredibly flavorful.  And SO easy to make!

Leek and Goat Cheese Quiche

Leek and Goat Cheese Quiche - In Her Chucks

If you are more of a savory person during the morning hours, then this quiche is sure to be your new favorite breakfast of champions.  I love the idea of cooking it up over the weekend and enjoying it throughout the week.  Pair it with a salad and you now have yourself lunch or dinner too :)

Apple Pie Muffins

apple muffins

I have always preferred to eat a big breakfast in the morning.  My mom, not so much.  Give her a scone or a muffin and a cup of coffee and she is a happy camper.  In fact, I would go so far as to refer to her as the “Muffin Queen”.  Growing up she used to buy muffins by the dozen from our favorite local bakery and freeze them so that they would last her a while.  And although these muffins might not be as healthy as the ones she used to enjoy, they are definitely tastier.

Your turn: What are your favorite ways to incorporate your CSA fruits and veggies into fun and filling breakfast ideas?  Looking forward to drooling over your dishes.  

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What’s in the Box? #67

What's in the Box? We are busy getting ready for Easter around here, which includes dying batches of hardboiled eggs.  This year, I thought it would be fun to include Harper and her buddy Robin in this process.  However, our egg dying quickly turned into a color mixing experiment.

Dying Easter Eggs

Thank God I had the wisdom to set everything up outside.  I can’t imagine what my kitchen table would look like!  But that’s what hanging with toddlers is all about.  Lots of laughing, lots of learning and lots of messes.

In addition to hardboiled eggs, a proper spread will be in order for Sunday’s brunch as well.  So let’s take a look at last week’s party for some inspiration, shall we?

Last week we had 10 link ups.  And let’s hope none of you are currently on the Paleo diet because last week it was all about the carbs.  There was a nice variety of fresh pizza ideas including Asparagus with Prosciutto, Broccoli and Cheddar, and Mushroom with Caramelized Onions and Gorgonzola.  Yum!  But the fun didn’t stop there.  Lettuce Never Squash Our Love linked up a Pasta with Spinach and Butternut Squash.  Divine!  Yeah, it was a good week :)  Thank you to everyone who participated.  Your delicious and nutritious dishes never cease to amaze me.

Moving on to my farm fresh goodies for this week…

What's in the Box? #67

As I mentioned yesterday, in my sleepy slurred speech, I got my box on Tuesday this week.  They had to do a bit of rearranging with the routes which bumped my delivery up a day.  Yeah me!  Only time will tell if I will be able to change my blogging routine up a day earlier.  Stay tuned for that.

Upon opening my box, I immediately began to devour each and every item with my eyes.  For starters, the fennel, garlic, onion and orange were thrown into some Braised Pork with Orange and Fennel for dinner yesterday.  I had pretty much everything I needed except for the meat which made my trip to the grocery store quick and easy (and cheap too!).

After the success of the strawberry cake I bragged about last week (recipe coming soon…promise), I might have to go for round two.  We have plans to go to a few Easter gatherings this weekend and it is sure to be a real crowd pleaser.

I never got around to making any of my carrot sweets (these or these) last week because I was too busy stuffing my face with How I Ate My Box’s Chicken, Carrot and Leek Stew.  When I tell you this is the most amazing dish I have had in a long time…I am in no way exaggerating.  My whole family gobbled it up.  And then went back for seconds.  So you can be sure I will be making this again this week.  The hubby (who continued to ask me why I had never made this for him before) will be VERY pleased :)  And it will be even better served with a green salad on the side jazzed up with some of those lovely apples.

For the sage I am thinking about making my dad’s famous chicken.  I am pretty sure I owe you a recipe on this one I just never seem to be able to snap a pic before everyone digs in.  It’s just soooooo good :)  I will do my best to get it done this time around.

And finally for the arugula, I am thinking about some Grilled Steak Soft Tacos.  It has been a while since I have made this and after reminding myself of how good it looks simply from the picture, I can’t wait until dinner tomorrow night :)

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What’s in the Box? #64

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Today was a big day!  Today, Harper and I dropped off all the paperwork for her preschool.  Which means her first day will be Friday.  I can’t believe my little girl is going to start school already!  Where did the time go?

I actually hadn’t planned on Harper starting school until the fall.  When looking into preschool options after Harper was born, I learned about some co-op preschools in town and loved the concept of being able to work at the school one day a week.  However, those programs start when they are 2 years, 9 months.  Which, to be honest, sounded perfect to me.  But Harper had other plans.

Ever since her first experience with daycare at church, Harper asks if she can go to “church tomorrow” everyday.  Through a mommy friend of mine, I learned that the church offers a preschool as well.  So we went ahead and looked into it and were very happy with the program.  After two weeks of working on the large packet of paperwork, we finally turned it in today.  Which means, it’s official.  My baby is going to school.

So in the spirit of celebrating this important milestone, let’s get wild and crazy with another weekly produce party :)

Last week we had 6 link ups!  And from the looks of it, everyone is ready for St.Patty’s day.  Greens all around.  There was Green Eggs No Ham, Kale Pesto, and a delicious Broccoli and Cheese Pizza.  My Irish roots have me doing a little jig over these delightful dishes.  Thanks ladies for sharing your festive eats :)

Now let’s take a look at what I will be working with this week…

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After 2 years of participating in my CSA, it is rare that I receive a veggie that I have never tried before.  So this box will go down in history for my introduction to Romanesco broccoli.  Thanks to this party, I have seen other folks get it in their box before, but I have never had the pleasure of trying it for myself.  I can’t wait to start looking up recipes.

I am also excited to see another 2 lbs worth of red garnet sweet potatoes.  I was immediately inspired to whip up another batch of this Sweet Potato Turkey Shepherd’s Pie.  We have company coming over for dinner on Friday and this will be the perfect meal :)  I plan on serving it with a side salad using that gorgeous head of red leaf lettuce.

Apparently I am on a comfort food kick because those turnips make me want to spend my weekend cooking up this Beer-Braised Beef with Onion, Carrot, and Turnips dish.  It is DIVINE!  I would love to make this for my company except for it takes hours to cook, and on a Friday night after a day of music classes and toddler fun, I just don’t have the time.  So I like to save these recipes for the weekend, when I can start preparing it early enough that dinner can be served at a decent hour.

Speaking of the weekend, I love to juice on the weekends.  And those grapefruits, apples and beautiful bunch of kale would make a killer combo.  I might even have a few carrots left over from last week to throw into the mix too :)

I have been on a Greek yogurt kick lately (maybe because they were on sale at Ralphs and I bought a boatload).  And I love the addition of fresh berries sliced on top.  It is a delicious daytime snack or after dinner treat.

Finally, I will be making this Apricot Pork Chops recipe and serving the sugar snap peas on the side.  I like to give them a quick boil and then toss them in butter, lemon zest and garlic.  Yum!

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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