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What’s in the Box? #74

What's in the Box?

 

One of the things I loved most about gardening, was that seeing all the time and effort that went into planting, watering and growing my own food, helped me to appreciate my harvest so much more.  It’s no secret that I have a deep affection for my CSA box, but after last week’s visit to my CSA farm, I appreciate it so much more!    

For one, the property was just breathtaking…

 

CSA Farm

Rows and rows of luscious fresh greens, just waiting to be picked and devoured.  

 

CSA Farming

 

I was so grateful to be given a personal tour by the director of the CSA program.  We walked through the entire journey of the veggies from the ground, to the cooler, to the delivery truck.   

CSA

 

And it all happens in one day.  Now that’s fresh!  

Harper and I had such a blast on our tour.  Looking forward to heading out for another visit soon :)

Now let’s take a look at what type of freshness the party goers have been whipping up.  Last week there were 8 link ups.  And my oh my are there some yummy dishes to brag about.  As much as I love my produce, I also love me some bacon.  Thanks to Jess from Hesitantly Healthy, I can enjoy some Easy Baked Brussels Sprouts, Red Potato and Bacon from the comfort of my computer screen…drool!  And Tammy from Agrigirl shared a beautiful and colorful Yellow Squash Gazpacho.  Finally, I am loving the simple and clean flavors of Brian’s Avocado Toast from Lettuce Never Squash our Love.  Thanks to everyone for linking up and sharing their delicious goodies.  You continue to spoil me :)

You know who else keeps spoiling me?  My freakin awesome CSA!  Check out this week’s haul…

What's in the Box? #74- In Her Chucks

Raspberries AND blackberries…SCORE!  And let me tell you…they are perfectly juicy and sweet.  Simply irresistible.  But I am working my self-control like never before because I have some delicious savory dishes planned for these little gems.  Hoping to get the chance to share them with you :)

Next up are the zucchini.  A HUGE favorite of mine.  Mostly because I can’t get enough of these Turkey Burgers with Homemade Zucchini Fries.  And getting another bunch of crunchy carrots worked out well too, since the burgers aren’t complete without them.  I topped the patties with white cheddar cheese and half of an avocado.  Oh, and some of that crispy green lettuce.  Dinner tonight was heaven.

There is no produce more beautiful to me than golden beets.  They are vibrant, bright and when the dirt and residue are washed away, they almost resemble a glistening gem.  My recipe of choice for golden beets is my Roasted Beets with Walnuts and Gorgonzola because they make the dish sparkle, but this week, my husband has requested beet fritters.  So fritters it is.  And with the fritters I will be serving a perfectly grilled rib eye steak and some of those enormous artichokes, which will also be grilled.

And finally, the leeks.  I am torn with the leeks because I have so many delicious recipes to choose from.  So I guess we will have to see where my taste buds take me this week.  

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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What’s in the Box? #70

What's in the Box? Love is definitely in the air.  As I mentioned last week, my brother got married this weekend and it was nothing short of incredible.

#kandqgetmarriedWhat a special day for our family.  I couldn’t be happier for Quincy and Koko and wish them a lifetime of happiness.

And apparently Harper decided to get started on her husband search ASAP because look who we found snuggled up in the bed during our play date Monday afternoon?

Harper and Robin

Too adorable.  Nothing makes me happier than seeing my little girl smile.  Although I have to admit, fresh fruits and veggies are definitely a close second :)  So let’s jump in to the party, shall we?

Last week we had 14 link ups.  And thanks to My Yummy Local Life and Views From Here, I am inspired to add my CSA goodies to my breakfast.  I mean, let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to enjoy a plate full of Carrot Cake Waffles and Egg White Puffs to start your day off on the right foot.  Makes me want to hurry to bed so I can enjoy a breakfast of champions in the morning :)  Thanks to everyone who linked up and shared their fruits and veggies with the rest of the group.

Now on to my fruits and veggies for the week…

What's in the Box? #70 - In Her Chucks

Mustard greens…hmmm.  I am sure I got these before, but I can’t for the life of me remember what I did with them.  Knowing me, I am sure I sautéed them and will probably do the same this time around.  Might even have to throw in some green onions and chives.

But I will have to make sure to save some green onions and chives for those potatoes.  Because there is nothing more delicious than a loaded baked potato.  I love to smother mine in butter, sour cream, cheese and bacon.  Sinful, but good.  And because a loaded baked potato doesn’t quite qualify for a meal on its own, I will add in a side salad topped with grapefruit and avocado, and maybe some shredded chicken for an extra dose of protein.  Uh…I’m totally hungry right about now.

So while I type this I will curb my hunger with a few of those tangerines.  Because they are oh so juicy and oh so sweet.  And while I am at it, why not grab a few of those strawberries too.  Heavenly.

And finally, the artichokes.  Those adorable little artichokes.  I remember making Lauren’s Grilled Artichokes last year and boy are they delicious!  In fact, they are so good, I will probably eat these all myself.  Because like I mentioned earlier, I am hungry and apparently stingy too (my husband can confirm that).

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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What’s in the Box? #23

Can someone tell me what happened to the month of April?  It’s going to be over in a few days and I swear I was just playing practical jokes on my husband for April Fools.  But you know what they say…time flies when you’re having fun!  And I have been having a blast with this new “What’s in the Box?” Link Party :)

So did you guys get to check out all the CSA goodness from last week’s party?  The variety is overwhelming.  There were quail eggs, burdock, corn meal, cucumbers, wheat berry sprouts, sweet potatoes, pumpkins and fennel.  I think we might have covered the spectrum.  Thank you to everyone who participated!

New to the link party?  Check out the guidelines here.

Now on to the produce…

Ta-dah!  Another killer box filled with nutrients, goodness and the biggest green cabbage I have EVER seen!  My gosh…I thought a Cabbage Patch Kid might be hiding inside that massive globe.  This could easily make a saladsoup and some tacos and I am sure there would still be cabbage to spare!

And then you have those tiny pixie tangerines.  The smaller, the better.  They are so delicious and sweet, I really can’t get enough of them.  Pair them with sliced strawberries and you have a power snack that would satisfy any sweet tooth :)  Of course I always throw in some carrots and hummus to add some balance.  And then I can get through my day without a grumbly tummy!

Cooking dinner is by far one of my most favorite things.  I love to get in the kitchen and go to town.  It’s therapeutic for me and helps me to relax and unwind.  I have really been in to fish lately and I don’t plan on kicking the habit any time soon.  I never seem to get sick of my Halibut with Oranges.  Last time I made it I realized (a little too late) that we were fresh out of green onions, so I substituted some leeks instead and was very happy with the results.  The leeks added a lovely sweetness to the dish.  So these leeks and oranges will be having another rendezvous this week.

I am looking forward to having over company for dinner this week and will be preparing the artichokes as appetizers.  They are delicious when boiled and dipped in butter or mayo.  The spinach will also be the perfect side dish to the meals I have planned.  Possibly a side salad as well with that lovely head of red butter lettuce.

So what am I most excited about this week?  The sage.  Sage is definitely one of my favorite herbs.  It can easily become the star of the show and I have to say I kind of love that.  I can’t wait to try out some new recipes.  Or I might even try to get a hold of one of my dad’s famous chicken dishes…mmmm…I can already taste it :)

Your turn:  What are some of your favorite ways to use the fruits and veggies shown?  Any special recipes, tips or tricks you’d like to share?  Looking forward to your responses :)


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What’s in the Box? #20

It’s the first Wednesday of April.  Does that mean it’s too late for an April Fools joke?  To be honest, I completely forget all about April Fools until late in the evening.  I tried to pull a joke on Freddie but apparently he couldn’t be fooled.  Oh well…guess I got to start planning my plots for next year :)

Moving on to my bountiful box…At first glance only one word comes to mind…YUM!

With Easter right around the corner I was excited to see some carrots.  Instead of putting out raw carrots for the Easter Bunny this year, I think I am going to prepare him a special treat.  Stay tuned for a yummy carrot dessert :)  And while I am in the mood to make sweets, I came across a new recipe for another beet baked good.  Can’t wait to try it out!

Speaking of trying things out…I attempted the dried strawberries last week, and they were a big disappointment.  Not bad, just not anything like the picture.  I didn’t hesitate to devour them because, after all, they are delicious strawberries.  But this week I will be keeping it simple and enjoying them on my oatmeal or in my yogurt.

I am still absolutely loving the pixie tangerines.  They are the juiciest things I have ever seen!  But I can never get the peel off without squirting juice all over my clothes.  I’ll do anything to get those little gems out of their skin.  Part of me wishes I had a citrus juicer so I could enjoy some fresh squeezed tangerine juice.  How good does that sound?!  I have a wood reamer that I use when I cook for quick juicing, but I think my little hands would get tired if I decided to use it to make an entire pitcher full!  Guess I know what I want for Christmas ;)  And really, I could totally justify it because I would be able to juice those grapefruits too!  And lemons, and oranges, and limes…I’d be a juicing maniac :)  But until Santa grants me my Christmas wish, I guess I’ll be throwing them in my purse and snacking on them while I’m on the go.  Because they truly are my favorite afternoon treat!

And now for dinner this week.  I have been eyeing this delicious soup recipe that I can’t wait to try.  Soup has been a popular meal lately because it’s an easy meal for Harper to enjoy.  So I like to make soup as often as I can.  The kale will be the perfect ingredient to add to the mix.  Served with a side of that gorgeous spring mix with a simple vinaigrette…mmmm.

Freddie already has dibs on the green onions.  The man loves his onions with his morning eggs.  Does wonders for the breath…trust me!

As for me, I will take the artichokes.  Not for breakfast, but for a wonderful appetizer before dinner.  Dipped in melted butter with a small squeeze of lemon and I am in heaven.  Now that I am drooling over my keyboard…

Wishing everyone a Happy Easter and wonderful Passover!

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