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What’s in the Box? #21

Look who’s finally legal!  “What’s in the Box?” is officially 21 :)  As well as single, and ready to mingle.  And why not celebrate this wonderful occasion by inviting you all to join in on the fun.  Who’s ready for a “What’s in the Box?” link party!

After starting my “What’s in the Box?” weekly post, I have found so many other bloggers out there who are just as passionate about their produce.  So why not band together and create a space where we can share our weekly produce boxes with each other?  That way we can easily share tips and tricks on how to use some of our rare and obscure fruit and veggie surprises as well as some of our favorite recipes.

New to link parties?  A “link party” is when bloggers “link up” to a host/hostess page to share their common posts.  Click the icon at the end of this post and follow the instructions to add your link.  This link party will begin on Thursdays and last throughout the week.  Feel free to link back to the link party as you share your weekly produce boxes.

I am looking forward to seeing what you all have to share.  It is sure to take my excitement for all things fruits and veggies to a whole new level.

Now on to my box…

Looks like I will have a lot of roasting in my future.  To be honest, I wasn’t always thrilled about cauliflower, but now I look forward to getting it every week.  Roasting cauliflower is my new favorite thing.  I just can’t get enough.  And well asparagus, it’s really the only way I like to cook it.  Roasting veggies give them such an awesome flavor.  It’s simple and easy and oh so yummy.  I can’t wait to get busy.

And with another load of navel oranges, I might just have to prepare another round of Halibut with Oranges.  I know I made it last time I received oranges, but it’s just so good.  Plus Harper is bonkers for fish right now.  And with the roasted asparagus, it will prove to be the perfect meal.

I love getting items like onions and garlic in my box because pretty much all recipes call for at least one or the other…or both.  It is just one less thing I have to pick up at the market, which makes life just a tad bit easier.  This yellow onion might just have a party with that bunch of spinach, or mustard greens.  I love to sauté things with onions.  And so does Freddie.  As long as I put onions in his food, he will pretty much eat anything.  Happy hubby, happy wife!

I am still enjoying snacking on those pixie tangerines.  And apparently so is Harper.  I went to open on the other day and felt like I couldn’t peel it fast enough.  You would think my child was starving.  She was so excited for her slices of sweet and refreshing goodness.  And I can’t blame her.  It hits the spot each and every time :)

One thing she does not like…avocados.  I think she get’s it from her dad.  Freddie is not an avocado fan.  But he LOVES my guacamole.  So as long as the avocados end up in guacamole form, and I make it, he will eat it.  Otherwise, no way.  So we eat our fair share of guacamole in this house.  Which works just fine for me!

And finally, strawberries and red leaf lettuce.  Bet you know where I am going with this one.  I think a Strawberry Salad is in order.  It has been a while since I have made it.  I always intend on eating it as a side, but after going back for seconds and thirds, it ends up being my entire meal…delish :)

So the “What’s in the Box” party is officially on…looking forward to having you!

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What’s in the Box? #17

Hooray for Wednesday everyone!  The day I get to stock up my fridge and drool over fresh, organic and local produce.  There is nothing better than celebrating the goodness of nutritious and delicious food.  Get’s me going every time :)

For weeks now I have wanted to share a very special recipe with you.  But for some reason or another I haven’t gotten around to making it.  After setting my eyes on those plump strawberries this week, I have no choice but to get busy.  So get ready for a delicious dessert coming your way.  My mouth is already watering…

Moving on to cooking ideas that are more nutritionally based (always wanted to start with dessert!)…did you check out all that green!  How fitting for St. Patrick’s Day :)  And I love all the various forms.  I am excited to see the spinach.  The spinach we got last week was mouth-watering.  Only problem was, we ate it too fast.  I have been getting a craving for spinach in the morning alongside my eggs (a breakfast idea I am revisiting from my GD days).  So I am looking forward to a new way to start my day.  And while we are talking about eggs, as I mentioned before, Freddie likes his eggs with onions.  Lots and lots of onions.  So this red onion will make a delicious addition to his morning routine.

And then there are those awesome artichokes.  I have been eating artichokes for as long as I can remember.  I used to love it when my mom put them out before dinner so we could snack on something healthy.  Of course than I would turn around and dip them in melted butter.  Mmmmm…butter!

Speaking of butter, I also like butter with my steamed broccoli.  Season it with salt and pepper, toss with butter and squeeze a dash of lemon juice.  Simple but oh so good.  And then there is the white broccoli, or what you might know as cauliflower.  I found a new way to prepare it and am eager to see how it turns out.  It is always fun to experiment with a new twist on a staple ingredient :)

Back to the green…do you know what these are?

They are called sapotes and they are a sweet and mild fruit.  I got a ton of them last year and enjoyed them in smoothies or just eating them plain.  These ones still need to ripen a bit but when they are ready I plan on eating them for dessert.

What is more Irish than potatoes?  Or shall I say spuds?  I was very glad to see these because I have a dinner recipe I plan on making tomorrow that calls for potatoes.  So now I don’t have to buy any at the store!  Love that :)  Oh, and I will of course be serving a green salad on the side…with this massive head of lettuce!

And finally, a few tangelos to satisfy my snacking.  I’ve already indulged myself in a few and they are juicy and sweet :)

So here’s to fresh, green produce and a Happy St. Patty’s!

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What’s in the Box? #13

It’s the second week of February, which means all of the month’s festivities are right around the corner.  Between our wedding anniversary and Harper’s birthday, we are going to be a busy family the next few weeks.  In fact, I had to cancel next week’s box because we will be out-of-town.  So look forward to another fun recipe roundup!  But in the meantime, I am going to savor every last drop of this week’s box, because after Sunday there won’t be any home cooked meals for a few days.

So before we go any further, what is it about Brussels sprouts getting a bad rap?  To be honest, I can’t remember eating them as a kid, but I do recall people always speaking of them negatively.  A few years ago I was invited over to a friend’s house for dinner and she had prepared Brussels sprouts.  I was a little hesitant to try them considering all the terrible reviews I had heard but after my first bite I was hooked.  They are wonderful!  And are now one of my favorite vegetables.  Thus, we planted a bunch in our garden :)  I have tried a few different recipes when it comes to Brussels, but to be honest, you can’t go wrong with simply roasted Brussels.  Check out this easy to follow recipe for some amazing roasted Brussels.

I also seem to be way too excited about the leeks.  And to think that about a year ago I would have no idea what to do with a leek.  But now I have a favorite recipe that I can’t wait to share with you.  It has been a while since I cooked it because I was going a bit overboard with it last season.  I wanted to make it every week!  And finally Freddie requested we try something new.  So I can’t wait to revisit it.  I plan on steaming up those lovely broccoli florets as well.  Always a nice complement to any meal.

There is nothing better than a fresh bunch of thyme.  It is so fragrant and sweet smelling.  No joke, I kind of just wanted to take a bite out of it.  I am not quite sure what I will use it for but no doubt it will find a happy home.

After the success of the Cheesy Cauliflower Pancakes that I made last time we got cauliflower, I think I might have to make another batch.  Harper was bonkers for them!  They were a great finger food for her and a yummy side dish for us.

Speaking of side dishes, we all know one or two of my meals this week will incorporate this huge head of lettuce.  It took up almost a quarter of the box!  Biggest head of lettuce I have ever seen.  And because I always like to add a lot of crunch to my salads, I plan on dicing up some of the celery and adding that in as well.  Whatever celery doesn’t end up in the salad will become a delicious snack along with those mandarins and tangerines.  That is, if there are any left.  Freddie already swiped 5 for his evening and morning smoothie!

Finally, if you can see them behind the lettuce, I also got 3 deliciously plump avocados.  Looks like I am going to have to bust out a batch of my Ultimate Guacamole.  So, who’s coming over for the fiesta?

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What’s in the Box? #10

As we sat down for dinner tonight, and enjoyed a family meal together, we were going over our days activities as well as planning for the rest of our week.  Freddie kept getting thrown off by the fact that it was Wednesday, because he was off Monday for the holiday.  So in his mind, it was only Tuesday (2nd day back at work).  But I of course had no trouble remembering it was Wednesday because it’s my produce box day and I look forward to it every week!

Ok, so apparently they decided to send me a forest this week.  Greenery everywhere!  Loving the chlorophyll :)

I guess we can start with that lovely and fragrant italian parsley on the upper left corner.  Parsley is a great  herb to always have on hand.  And not just for garnish.  Parsley helps to perk up dishes such as potatoes, grains and pastas.  It also helps to enhance and compliment the flavors of other spices.  So who knows where this will end up?  Most likely it will make an appearance in many, if not all my dinners this week.

Next, some lovely green leaf lettuce.  I am feeling a delicious fresh salad coming on that will compliment those bacon avocados.  Yeah, I said it…BACON avocados.  Never knew there ever was such a thing.  But put my two favorite foods together in one sentence and I am beaming from ear to ear!  Unfortunately they don’t really taste like bacon, but I’m happy either way.  Avocados are a delicious treat in any form!

I have been craving an amazing pork Bolognese recipe lately.  It was one of the first dishes I made after Freddie and I got married and I haven’t made it sense.  Mostly because it is a proper Bolognese sauce that takes hours to cook.  But I will carve out some time this week to make it because those carrots and celery will be perfect for the mirepoix, which is the flavor base for the sauce.

Another thing I have been craving lately are my mom’s lemon bars.  It has been ages since I have had some and for some reason they have been on my mind.  So I was excited to see those vibrant and pungent lemons.  I have never made the lemon bars on my own, so the pressure is on.

Loving the mandarins and kiwis for snacking.  Although, like I mentioned last week, Freddie has dibs on these.  He is still on his smoothie kick and today mentioned that he has concocted a new recipe that will include the mandarins.  So we will see how that all works out.  But I will do my best to snag a few before he notices :)

Looks like we will be enjoying a batch of beet fritters this week.  Or, I could make some cheesy cauliflower pancakes instead and save the beets for a batch of chocolate and beetroot brownies…yum!  Of course, I can’t let those gorgeous greens go to waste so I will cook up the beet greens using this recipe.  And then I can feel good knowing that I was able to achieve some balance.

Can’t wait to get cooking on some of my favorite dishes this week.  And of course, I always get just as much pleasure sharing them all with you.  Happy Hump Day!

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What’s in the Box? Recipe Roundup

I am going on my second week without a produce box.  Last week we were out-of-town so I missed my delivery.  This week they are closed for the holidays.  I feel lost without my fruits and veggies.  But I thought I would take this opportunity to share some of the delicious recipes I have made with my fresh produce that never made the blog.

What’s in the Box? #1

Creamy Baked Cabbage with Fresh Thyme:  I normally enjoy my cabbage raw in coleslaw, salad or as a garnish to my fish tacos.  But when I came across this recipe I was immediately intrigued.  The result is a creamy, tangy goodness that pairs well as a side to roasted pork or chicken.

What’s in the Box? #2

Spiced Pork Chops with Butternut Squash:  I usually like to roast my butternut squash with a bunch of different spices including nutmeg, cinnamon and salt.  This version of butternut squash combined with the pork chops is a home run meal.  I served it with a side of my famous green beans and my company was more than pleased.  They even went back for seconds.  That is when you know you have done well :)

What’s in the Box #3

Beer Braised Beef with Onion, Carrot and Turnips:  One of the best dishes I have ever made hands down!  The only problem was, there wasn’t nearly enough.  Freddie and I scarfed it down so quick we were yearning for more.  There is something about slow cooked meat that soothe my soul.  This is a perfect dish for cold weather.  And a wonderful way to use a bunch of turnips.

What’s in the Box? #4

Herb and Wine Baked Halibut:  With a fresh bulb of garlic I couldn’t resist this recipe.  It was easy to throw together and oh so tasty!  Freddie is usually not a fan of baked fish but he was begging for seconds.  It has that light, refreshing flavor I am always looking for in a fish dish.  A must try!

What’s in the Box #5

Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Herbs:  For a quick and simple way to excite your taste buds and give your tummy a smile, give this delicious spaghetti squash recipe a try.  I served mine alongside some pan roasted chicken and it was the perfect combination.  For more spaghetti squash recipe ideas, check out Martha Stewart’s Spaghetti Squash Recipe Guide.

What’s in the Box? #6

Roasted Cauliflower-Spinach Risotto:  This dish was definitely an experiment for me as I have never made risotto before.  It is quite an art.  But even though the texture didn’t turn out like it was supposed to, the flavors made up for it.  This dish is a great option to be served on the side (I served it with some roasted chicken) or it would be great by itself.  I will continue to make this and practice my risotto technique :)

What’s in the Box? #7

Mashed Sweet Potatoes:  I don’t normally follow recipes for my mashed potatoes, but for some reason I was drawn to this one.  Martha always does me right.  And I have to say, this recipe didn’t disappoint.  The sweet potatoes were creamy, smooth and delicious.  This might turn out to be a future Thanksgiving recipe.

After all that, I feeling like I might just run out and buy some of my favorite produce and remake these dishes for old times sake!

What are some of your favorite recipes that utilize some of the fruits and veggies found in the boxes pictured above?

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What’s in the Box? #6

Another Wednesday is upon us.  Only, until about 6:45 tonight I thought maybe it was still Tuesday.  Why?  Well, because I came and left the house a total of 4 times, and each time I returned I was met by an empty box (you leave your empty box from the week before and they swap it for the full box).  I finally called my delivery company to see if they had forgotten us.  But as soon I hung up the phone the delivery man came running up to the door with our box.  He asked my husband if we had called to complain…I guess I got him in trouble…sorry delivery man, but I have a blog to write!

It seems that this is not my week for pictures.  By the time my box finally arrived it was too dark to take a picture of my box outside so I was forced so snap a shot in my kitchen.  Oh natural light how I miss thee…

I opened the box to find a letter from the delivery team apologizing for some last-minute substitutions.  Due to the unusually cold weather, some of the local crops suffered and therefore there was a scramble to find produce to take its place.  This is when eating local means being flexible.

I couldn’t help but notice the holiday theme (unintentional I am sure).  The vibrant red and greens with a pop of white set off a slew of christmas songs in my head, starting with Jingle Bells (the holiday musical I took Harper to today may be to blame too…but either way…).

If I had to choose, strawberries would be my favorite fruit (but I try to be fair and not discriminate).  I love them on my french toast, in my yogurt, blended in my smoothie.  They never do me wrong.  This week however, I will have to feature my strawberries in a new way.  Paired with another fresh head of lettuce, my favorite salad recipe is calling my name.  I am looking forward to sharing it with you.

Red bell peppers were a nice surprise.  This was one of the last-minute substitutions.  Fine by me!  This cold weather has had me in the mood for some Chicken Chili, which I am sure Freddie would not be opposed to.  It’s a heart warmer.  And a delicious excuse for leftovers.

Funny that avocados showed up.  I just came across a rival guacamole recipe by Becoming Madame today that I am dying to try.  It claims to be the best guacamole ever.  And to be honest, it looks pretty darn yummy.  She even has a YouTube video that walks you through the steps…which had me salivating the entire time.  So, the challenge is on :)

A year ago I would be lost with a bunch of beets.  But now, I have so many ideas to choose from.  This time around, I am excited to introduce you to a sweet option for beets.  I will have to keep it under wraps until I reveal the recipe.  But I promise you it will be worth it.

As a kid, I was always intrigued by the white broccoli…known to us today as Cauliflower.  Keeping with the holiday theme, it still reminds me of snow-covered trees.  Cauliflower can get a bad wrap of being bland, but I like to see it as a blank canvas, just waiting to be jazzed up with some vibrant flavors and spices.  This Gratin of Cauliflower with Gruyère is a winner around our house.  I like to serve it alongside a nicely roasted pork loin or a grilled rib eye steak.  And, it calls for parsley, so my fresh bunch of curly parsley will come in very handy for this recipe.

Oh little mandarins…boy am I happy to have you back.  I found myself getting a bit bored with them week after week, but then when they didn’t come in the box last week I realized how much I missed them.  So much so that I am enjoying a few right now.  I couldn’t wait to get to peelin’.  Such a great little snack!  And while we are on the citrus train, there is nothing like a fresh grapefruit.  I love to eat them by themselves for breakfast, but then again, I have a variety of recipes from sweet to savory that might need a feature on the blog.  So many ideas, so little time!

For a moment there I almost thought my Wednesday was going to pass by without a box.  And this post would have had to be renamed “Where is the Box?”.  But I am glad it finally arrived safe and sound.  As the saying goes, better late than never, right?

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