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What’s in the Box? Recipe Roundup #14

What's in the Box?

After over 2 months of vacation, Harper and I are finally back to reality.  It feels nice to unpack our bags, hang up our clothes and put our toiletries back in the medicine cabinet.  But lots has happened since we first left for Ireland back in June.  While we were gone, Freddie got another new job.  Which means yet another move for us (which, if you’re still keeping track is 12 moves in 8 years…with 3 of those moves happening in the last 8 months).  As much as we had hoped they would, things just didn’t work out for us in San Louis Obispo.  But as they say, when one door closes, another one opens, and Freddie’s new opportunity is even better than his last.  So while Harper and I were visiting friends and family all over the globe, Freddie was busy packing up our new home up north and moving us south to good ol’ Orange County.

Luckily, I am no stranger to this area.  I have aunts, uncles and cousins who live in Orange County and so I guess you can say I have grown up coming to visit here.  It’s just so much bigger than what we have become accustomed to after living in Santa Barbara for the past 3 years.  But there is nothing better than being close to family, so we are very grateful for that.

And of course, I couldn’t approve of the move until I found a CSA.  And my new one sounds awesome!  I just didn’t submit my subscription in time to get a box this week, so next Tuesday I will be picking up a box and can’t wait to share it with you all.

But in the meantime, let’s check out the links from last week.  I am loving the rooty, tooty, fresh and fruity flavors that are coming our way…Pizza with Raspberries, Pasta with Peaches, and Quinoa with Cranberries (and pineapple mint!).  Get’s me more excited than it should.  But, as we all know, I have a weakness for fruit.  Which is why I have decided to share my favorite summer fruit recipes this week.


Raspberry Chicken

Raspberry Chicken with Homemade Rice Pilaf - In Her Chucks

Fresh Strawberry Yogurt Cake

Fresh Strawberry Yogurt Cake - In Her Chucks

Lime Pistachio Squares

Lime Squares with Pistacio Graham-Cracker Crust - In Her Chucks

Lemon Iced Tea

Lemon Iced Tea - In Her Chucks

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

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What’s in the Box? #46

Every week I get a bit too excited about my produce box.  But this week my excitement is inflated to the umpteenth power.  Why?  Well, they say a picture is worth a thousand words…

My amazing husband hooked it up big time for my 30th birthday and surprised me with a new juicer.  The man knows the way to my heart…through produce :)

This juicer has taken my fruit and veg consumption to a whole new level.  No need to worry about cooking up all my produce anymore (although I still plan on incorporating them in my daily meals).  Any and all leftovers can now be thrown into the juicer and made into a delicious and vitamin packed beverage any time of the day.  Yay!  I am officially in veggie heaven.

Speaking of veggie heaven, last week we had a total of 34 link ups!  That’s a whole lot of CSA goodness.  And from the looks of the links, autumn weather is rolling in.  There was a great variety of soups and stews this week.  Everything from good old Chicken Soup and Chicken Chili to Sagey Butternut Squash Soup and Roasted Garlic Beet Soup.  And who can forget that Eggplant and Lamb Stew?  Nothing like some delicious comfort food to warm your soul and please your tummy :)  Thank you to everyone who participated.  I appreciate your enthusiasm about this party and your ongoing support.  Hooray for veggies!

Now let’s take a look at my veggies…

The first item to catch my eye was that butternut squash.  Oh, how I love butternut squash.  Sure I like to fancy it up and make it the star of the show, but simply roasting it with some cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and salt and pepper is enough to make my taste buds sing.  Mmmmm.

You know what else makes my taste buds sing?  Cilantro.  Is there any flavor more bright and refreshing?  Unless of course you are part of the small group of people who find the taste and smell of cilantro reminiscent of soap and thus find this lovely herb to be repulsive.  According to Wikipedia, the reason for this strong aversion to cilantro is “likely genetic, with some people having no response to the aromatic chemical that most find pleasant, while simultaneously being sensitive to certain [offensive fragrances]”.  Interesting right?  Well, either way, the possibilities for this cilantro are endless.  Green rice anyone?

Speaking of bright and refreshing, that pretty much sums up my feelings for this grapefruit.  I love eating my grapefruit for breakfast in the morning with a tablespoon of ground flaxseeds sprinkled on top.  Talk about a breakfast of champions :)  As for the rest of the fruit…it already has a nice sized dent in it.  We have been snacking on the plums and apples all day.  I am hoping to get some sort of apple dessert made this weekend.  After all, what is fall without a warm apple treat topped with some vanilla ice cream *drool*.

Being that we were gone for most of the week, I wasn’t able to use up all of my spinach from last week’s haul.  Part of me wants to throw it in the juicer (which would be amazing!) but the other part of me wants to add it to this bunch, sauté it with some onion/garlic/shallot or all of the above and call it a day.  It makes such a lovely side dish.

Cauliflower makes for a pretty great side dish too.  Especially when you steam it using the new rice cooker that your brother and sister-in-law gave you, and then throw it into the new ricer your Uncle Joe got for you and top it with a slab of butter and a dusting of salt and pepper for some seasoning.  Why eat potatoes when you can enjoy faux-tatoes?  (ps: loving all my new birthday gifts…)

And then of course there is the mother of all sides…the side salad.  Guess whose mother makes the best salads around?  Yep, my mom!  Who also happens to be in town for a few weeks.  So in an effort to eat every last leaf of this lovely head of lettuce, I am going to have to ask my mom to whip up one of her magical side salads.

Finally, it’s all about those bright red tomatoes and peppers.  I have yet to make a batch of homemade tomato sauce this season and these tomatoes would be perfect for it.  I am also interested in trying some sort of roasted pepper sauce.  Tossing both with my new favorite obsession, quinoa pasta, topped with freshly grated parmesan.  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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What’s in the Box? #45

By now it’s quite obvious that I have an intense love affair for all things fruits and veg.  But as of late, I have become specifically obsessed with “baby” produce.  Need a visual?

Exhibit A:

So I was running into Albertson’s the other day to pick up some pie crust and this adorable little pineapple catches my eye.  I have never seen anything like it before.  It was so tiny!  I couldn’t help but snap a pic.  And then of course I had to reunite it with its momma for a family portrait.  I remain curious about what it might have tasted like since I couldn’t bring myself to eat such a sweet innocent pineapple.

Then today as I am unpacking my CSA box I come across another sweet little piece of produce…

Exhibit B:

I mean, who needs baby carrots when you got the real thing?  (ps: in case you didn’t know marketed “baby carrots” are not baby carrots at all…they are merely grown up carrots that are cut and peeled so they are more convenient for snacking…fun fact of the day!).

Now it’s time to get on to the party…

Last week we had a total of 47 link ups!  It was filled with hits, misses and baby goats.  I am blown away by the creativity this week.  So many amazing dishes it’s hard to know here to start.  How about a Fennel and Pear Sandwich?  or a some Cantaloupe Sorbet?  And who doesn’t love a big, juicy burger pimped out with some CSA veggies (and homemade buns)?  If only this link party had taste-o-vision…

Thank you to everyone who participated.  There were some beautiful hauls and tasty treats.  I appreciate you going out of your way to share your goodies.

Guess that means it’s time for me to share my goodies…(cue angels singing)

I have had some gorgeous boxes before but for some reason these colors are just jumping out at me.  And I can’t believe I got fresh strawberries!  What a treat :)  Harper and I devoured half of them before they even made it to the fridge (the evidence is all over her t-shirt…thank God for stain remover!).

Another family favorite is the broccoli.  When I opened the box, the first thing Harper did was grab the “gocki”.  She has a thing for the green trees.  Check her out…

I think I will go ahead and steam these up and toss them with some butter and salt and pepper.  Hits the spot every time :)

I am so happy to see two bunches of spinach!  My CSA spinach is the best spinach I have ever had.  I will settle for store-bought spinach in a pinch, but it never satisfies like this spinach.  Whenever I get fresh spinach I always love to whip up a batch of Harper’s favorite dinner…these Turkey Ricotta Meatballs.  They are the perfect meal for growing toddlers and hungry adults.

Speaking of hungry, just typing that word got me up and rummaging around in the kitchen.  Lucky for me one of those green apples and a slice of Old Amsterdam cheese is hitting the spot right about now.  I am sure the other apples will have the same fate.  Along with those juicy and delicious pixie tangerines.

Whenever I see zucchini and carrots together, I can’t help but dream of turkey burgers.  Or cupcakes (here and here).  But considering my clean eating habits, I will stick with the burgers.  Wrap it up in perfectly crisp romaine lettuce and dinner is served!

Is it strange that sage makes me think of butter?  Ever since I tried this Butternut Squash Ravioli recipe (which has been featured on not one, but two different blogs recently…yay me!), a fresh bunch of sage makes me want to drown everything in fancy herbed butter.  Mmmmmm…

And finally, some cute little tomatoes.  I have the perfect recipe in mind.  Here’s to hoping I can snap some pics and get it up on the blog before my busy birthday weekend :)

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? #41


It’s hard to believe that today is the last Wednesday of August.  This summer went by way too fast.  But like they say, time flies when you are having fun.  And there definitely hasn’t been a shortage of fun around here :)

Speaking of fun, is there anything more fun than a produce party?  Organic and local veggies galore.  Just can’t get enough of these seasonal fruits and veggies.  Last week we had 42 link ups!  Reminds me of candles on a cake.  Forty-one to celebrate this week’s party and one to grow on :)  And it seems like everyone is still up to their ears in tomatoes!  Tomato soup, tomato salad, tomato pasta, tomato rice and of course tomato bruschetta.  Nice to know that we have a wide variety of recipes to choose from.  Keep your delicious dishes coming.  This party wouldn’t be the same without you :)

And let’s be honest, there wouldn’t be a party without this veggie swag.  So let’s get to the goodies…

I know you can’t see what’s inside, but rumor has it that my watermelon is yellow.  I have yet to slice it open to verify but I think I can take my CSA’s word for it.  I have been drooling over many of my party goers yellow watermelons all summer.  So I am over the moon that I get to enjoy one of my own :)

I was also a bit too excited to see those sugar snap peas.  They are such a sweet little veggie.  Makes me want to indulge in a plate of Pork Chops with Sugar Snap Peas in a Mint Julep Glaze.  Not totally clean, but not terrible either.  Mmmm….I am drooling already!

Another dish I am eager to make is my Halibut with Oranges.  It’s super easy and actually, totally clean!    It has been a while since I have made it and it is one of Harper’s favorite meals.  So looks like those oranges will be swimming in my skillet in no time.

I have already used up a bunch of carrots and some of that lettuce and the tomatoes and apples are next to go.  Lots of clean meals to be made for our last week of clean eating.  One of the first things I am sure Freddie will enjoy are those fragrant onions.  He has been in the mood for a big breakfast and is already planning his victory meal Monday morning.  Sausage, eggs with onions and who knows what else might make an appearance.  The boy LOVES breakfast.  In fact, if left to his own devices, he would eat it for every meal.  Yet another reason why having a wife comes in handy ;)

As for me, I am going to do my best to stay on track.  Which means I am going to be enjoying that celery for snack, after snack, after snack.  With peanut or almond butter of course :)  Because I need some excitement in my life!

And finally, it’s nice to see some kale.  So many wonderful ideas come to my head when I think of kale.  Soup, saladchips.  You know you have been part of your CSA too long when you crave the goodness of kale.

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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