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What’s in the Box? #53

Hello, Friends :)  It has been too long.  I have been meaning to write but I was a bit preoccupied by these beautiful views…

Needless to say, our Thanksgiving in Texas was wonderful.  And being outside, exploring my sister’s horse ranch with Harper as my guide, was magical.  So much to be grateful for.

And while I was out in the wilderness, there was a raging party going on.  Last week we had a small but mighty 4 link ups!  With the holiday many folks didn’t receive a box so our party was much smaller than usual.  However, the recipes and goodies that were shared were more than enough to go around.  Sharlea from Fresh Veggies in the Desert whipped up an amazing Onion, Bacon, Butternut Tart with Cranberry Salsa with her CSA goodies.  And Megan from Clean Eats, Fast Feets, made some beautiful Moroccan Stuffed Acorn Squash.  Kirsten from Farm Fresh Feasts shared come budget friendly tips on how to reduce, reuse and recycle your food.  And finally Annie of AnnieRie Unplugged shared her ever bountiful Thanksgiving haul.  Thanks Ladies for your participation and for keeping the party alive.  I appreciate your loyalty and support :)

After one week without a box, you can imagine how happy I was to receive this week’s delivery.  I couldn’t wait to crack it open to see what goodies were hidden inside…

This week it’s all about the squash!  Butternut, delicata…all I can think about is cutting them up, tossing them with nutmeg, cinnamon, olive oil and a dash of salt and roasting them until they are deliciously tender.  A true autumn treat.

Another roasted favorite are carrots.  While I was away, I popped some carrots in the oven for dinner one night and they were a huge hit.  So simple, but so darn good!

I am giddy about those apples.  For one, it reminds me that I need to share my that apple crisp recipe (I haven’t forgotten…).  And secondly, Fuji apples are my favorite.  In fact, as I write this post I am snacking on one with a few slices of Gruyère cheese. A perfect pairing.  And when I am done with this I plan to peel one of those juicy mandarins.  A satisfying late night snack.

I love shallots.  They have such a mild flavor but they can easily transform a dish.  I used a bunch of shallots to make my Thanksgiving green beans.  Slice them thinly, saute them with lots of butter, season slightly.  Once they begin to soften, throw in the raw green beans, add some chicken broth to the pan (just enough to soak the veggies) cover the pan and steam for 5-10 minutes until green beans are tender.  Works every time!  In fact, I use this technique with a lot of my veggies.  I will probably saute my swiss chard with the shallots this week.  Might even throw in some of that garlic for an extra kick.

It’s been a while since I got some kiwi.  I usually slice it up and add it to smoothies or throw it into a fruit salad but I would really like to cook or bake with it this time.  Stay tuned to see what I come up with :)

I’m excited to get my fiesta on.  That bunch of cilantro is super fresh and fragrant.  I am thinking about making a batch of Green Rice to go along with a new taco recipe I have been dying to share with you.  Hopefully with my busy schedule, I can get my act together and get some food pics taken (if I can catch the daylight…)

And for the little head of lettuce.  A salad of course.  I might even jazz it up with some apple chunks and grated carrots if I am feeling wild one evening.

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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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? Recipe Roundup #2

There was no box delivered this week.  We had initially planned on being out-of-town but after Harper got sick, we stayed home to make sure she healed before her big birthday bash this weekend.  Since all changes to your box schedule have to be in the Friday before, it was too late for us to reinstate our delivery.  So I decided to go ahead with my initial plan of doing a Recipe Roundup.

With all the things I like to share with you on my blog, I can’t possibly post all of my recipes.  So a Recipe Roundup is a great way for me to pass along some of my favorite dishes for you to enjoy.

What’s in the Box? #8

Braised Chicken with Kale and Beans:  After whipping up a batch of Sausage White Bean Kale Soup, I still had some kale leftover.  I had recently subscribed to this blog and became overwhelmed with all the healthy and delicious recipes that I found.  I used to be afraid of cooking chicken on the bone.  There was something about it that made me squirm.  But ever since I successfully baked bone in, skin on chicken breasts for my Chicken Chili, I realized chicken should never be cooked any other way.  The chicken in this dish was moist and tender and full of flavor.  A dose of healthy comfort food at its best!

What’s in the Box? #9

Miso-glazed Kabocha Squash:  As of a year ago I had only ever had kabocha squash at restaurants.  And it was usually in my order of vegetable tempura.  So I was at a loss of how to prepare it.  But luckily I came across this delicious recipe on one of my favorite sites MyRecipes.com.  The preparation is simple and easy and the result is melt in your mouth good.  It is a great side dish to an Asian inspired meal.

What’s in the Box? #10

Lemon Chicken Breast:  This recipe is by far my most favorite chicken dish of the moment.  I have made it a handful of times in the last few months but never seem to get a chance to take a picture before it gets gobbled up.  You want to talk about tender, juicy, moist chicken with out of this world flavor?  Look no further than this dish.  It is a must make NOW kind of meal.  I promise you, you will fall in love.

What’s in the Box? #11

White Bean and Kale Stuffed Delicata Squash:  For all my vegetarian friends and followers out there, this one is for you.  This While Bean and Kale Stuffed Delicata Squash is a one stop shop for wholesome goodness.  I added a bit of pancetta to the mix since Freddie and I are not vegetarians.  It was my little way of enticing Freddie to eat it.  But what I learned later was that he was a bigger fan of it than I thought he would be.  Cleaned his plate!  (But then again, he usually does when I cook for him!)

What’s in the Box? #12

Lemony Chicken Milanese with Arugula Salad:  I was looking forward to posting this on my blog because this dish reminds me of my brother.  Back before I got married, and my brother and I were roommates, I would beg him to make me his version of this dish all the time.  He was a master when it came to cooking chicken.  And his dressings were pretty amazing too.  I gave it my best effort, but to be honest, mine didn’t turn out as good as his.  Don’t get me wrong, it was still delicious, it just wasn’t the same.  I’m hoping to put in a request for him to make me his version the next time he comes to visit…if he doesn’t mind :)

What’s in the Box? #13

Parmesan-Crusted Chicken with Leeks and Apples:  This dish was on my things to post this week but with Harper getting sick, I never got around to taking pictures.  But don’t worry, Freddie and I gobbled up every bit of it and we can both say with confidence, this is a must try.  The combination of the leeks and the apples offer a mild sweetness which is a perfect complement to the saltiness of the parmesan-crusted chicken.  Served with wild rice to soak up the sauce and a side of steamed broccoli, it is a well-balanced meal for a family dinner.

For someone who is used to cooking fresh, homemade dinners nightly, it has been strange to be out of the kitchen this week.  But sometime’s it’s nice to take a break and enjoy some take-out for a change.  I am looking forward to preparing some of my favorite party food this weekend and sharing that with you as we approach Harper’s Birthday.

Any favorite recipes you want to share with me?  I would love to hear about what dishes you like to make with the fruits and veggies pictured above.   

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What’s in the Box? #11

Is anyone else amazed that this is the last Wednesday of January!?!  Where did the month go?  Time is flying by way too fast!  Kind of sounds like my day today.  We were so busy with our daily activities that before I knew it, it was 5:30 and I still hadn’t opened up my box!  So it was a mad dash to grab a quick pic before the sun was completely gone.

The picture may not do it justice, but this was a different kind of box.  I like it when they switch things up on us.  Especially during this time of year.  There isn’t much variety that is available during winter so when we do get some new items, it is always fun.

If you hadn’t already guessed, blueberries were my top pick this week.  I can’t get enough of berries.  They are a staple in my household.  And these little guys are perfect in every way.  I like my blueberries a bit firm.  That way when you bite into them they burst in your mouth.  A nice surprise when you throw them into oatmeal, yogurt, or just enjoy them plain.  Harper takes after her momma and loves blueberries as well.  This carton may not make it through the night!

Since we started our garden, I look at broccoli completely differently.  I never knew the effort it took to grow broccoli or where those large stalks came from.  I have always loved broccoli before but now I have a whole new appreciation for it.  Being one of my favorite green vegetables, I can’t wait to begin harvesting our own.  But in the mean time, I will enjoy my weekly dose from my box.

I was excited to get my first delivery of delicata squash.  I have never tried it before but just read a new recipe for Oven-Fried Delicata Rings the other day.  They looked divine.  So it was perfect timing!  Guess I know what I am having for dinner tomorrow night :)

After the yumminess that was Sausage White Bean Kale Soup, I will most definitely be using the kale and onion to whip up another batch.  It was the hardiest soup I have ever had.  And super easy to make.  Plus, Harper couldn’t get enough of it.  I can taste it already!  And of course, as I always do, I will be serving a delicious salad on the side with my favorite lettuce, red butter lettuce.  I will most likely shred some of those colorful carrots on top as well.  They make everything look so much more fancy!

Just when I thought I had found the perfect recipe for Grapefruit Cake, I came across another one that I have been dying to try.  So I was super stoked to get fresh picked grapefruits to help me out with this venture.  This will be number one on my list for things to do tomorrow.  And trust me, it is taking everything in me to not run to the store right now.  Can we say eager?  So in an attempt to divert my attention, I am going to sit here and enjoy a few mandarins, my favorite snack, and wind down before it is time to hit the sack.

You know it is going to be a good week when you can’t get cake off your mind :)  Just another reason why I love Wednesdays!

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