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What’s in the Box? Recipe Roundup #9

What's in the Box?

It has been a week since Harper and I stepped foot on Irish soil and life here is truly “grand” (as they say).  I could go on and on about everything we have seen and experienced, but for now, I will let Instagram do all the talking…

First stop?  A proper pub on the mountaintop complete with Irish dancing and finished off with an Irish coffee :)

Pub Antics

How do you recover from a crazy night out the with locals?  Well, an Irish Breakfast of course…

Irish Breakfast

After filling my tummy with goodness it was time to brush up on my Irish history and explore some ancient ruins…

Irish History

Harper was so inspired by digging down deep into her Irish roots, she decided to pick up the tin whistle…

Harper and her whistle

We have also visited the local zoo, done some cooking and of course lots of relaxing.  Life in the motherland (as my mom calls it) is gorgeous :)

And you know what else is gorgeous?  Last week’s links…all 12 of them.  What I love most about each week’s link ups is how much I learn from you guys.  And this week is no different.  Agrigirl taught us that corn silk has many health benefits…who knew?  And The Novice Gardener introduced me to Lemon Balm in addition to giving me loads of ways to use it.  Now I want to grow it all over my garden.  And finally, Have Dessert First is back at the party with a killer recipe for Grilled Shrimp and Polenta.  Thanks to everyone who linked up and shared their delicious dishes.  I appreciate your support and loyalty :)

As for me, there is no box this week.  So I thought I would share some of my favorite CSA BBQ recipes with you all.  With the 4th of July right around the corner, I couldn’t help but ensure that we all have at least one inspired CSA dish at our cookouts.

So without further ado, CSA produce does BBQ…

While you wait for the grill to heat up and prepare to cook your meat, why not grab for a healthy and delicious dip that utilizes only the freshest of ingredients…Seven Layer Bean Dip with Fresh Tortilla Chips

Seven-Layer Bean Dip with Fresh Tortillas Chips - In Her Chucks

As much as I am a meat girl, no BBQ is complete without a bunch of side dishes.  This is the best way to load up on CSA fruits and veggies.  Some of my favorites are Roasted Beets with Gorgonzola and Walnuts

Roasted Beets with Gorgonzola and Walnuts

and Summer Pasta Salad

Summer Pasta Salad - In Her Chucks

For the mains, why not try something different this year and throw some lamb on the grill…Cumin, Honey, and Mint-Marinated Lamb Chops

Cumin, Honey, and Mint-Marinated Lamb Chops

And finally, we all know that no meal is complete without dessert…Pluot Crumble

Pluot Crumble - In Her Chucks

Your turn: What are your favorite ways to incorporate your CSA fruits and veggies into your BBQ and cookouts?  Looking forward to drooling over your dishes.  

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What’s in the Box? Recipe Roundup #8

What's in the Box?

Greetings from Ireland!  Harper and I just touched down this morning and are so grateful to be on the Emerald Isle.  After nearly 24 hours of traveling, we are officially exhausted!  Luckily, I have a rockstar of a toddler who was perfect every step of the way…

ireland trip

It’s going to be a pretty rockin party while we are here.  Harper and I have never been to visit since my mom moved to Ireland 7 years ago so she is pretty excited to be hosting us in her beautiful home.

Speaking of parties…we all know there ain’t no party like a produce party and this produce party don’t stop.  So let’s take a look at last week’s party.  For one there were 15 links…Woo Hoo!  And seriously, I need every single one in my belly immediately.  But I thought it would be fun to highlight some delicious summer dishes that are sure to take your family BBQs to a whole new level.  My favorite link this week comes from Meghan of Clean Eats, Fast Feets.  Are you a strawberry lover?  Than you are going to die over this berry filled post complete with Strawberry Pasta!  Next, what BBQ is complete without some kebobs?  Luckily Lauren from Gourmet Veggie Mama has got you covered.  And finally, I am sure we have all enjoyed a nice juicy grilled piece of steak before but have you ever tried bison?  Melissa from Lettuce Never Squash Our Love has me curious to add this lean meat to my next cookout menu.  Thanks to everyone who linked up!  You continue to make my week extra special with your delicious and nutritious meals :)

Now on to some of my favorite green dishes in honor of my Irish Leprechauns :)

For starters, with all the avocados I have been getting in my CSA this summer, guacamole is the perfect solution.  And my recipe just happens to be the best… The Ultimate Guacamole

The Ultimate Guacamole - In Her Chucks

Next, what’s more green than, well…Green Rice!

Green Rice - In Her Chucks

And of course, what in the world is a green foods recipe roundup without a beautiful green salad…one of my favs by far…Strawberry Salad

Strawberry Salad - In Her Chucks

Even though soup in the middle of summer sounds far from appetizing, this soup is magical, and totally worth a brow full of sweat.  Plus, it’s got amazing health benefits…Watercress Soup

Watercress Soup - In Her Chucks

And finally, a bunch of tasty meatballs, served on a bed of Boy Choy.  Sautéed greens at their finest…Turkey-Basmati Rice Meatballs with Bok Choy

Turkey-Basmati Meatballs with Bok Choy - In Her Chucks

Your turn:  What are some of your favorite green recipes?  Feel free to link up some of the CSA inspired meals that you are the most proud of.  Looking forward to drooling over your dishes :)

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What’s in the Box? Recipe Roundup #7

What's in the Box?

Harper and I have been having way too much fun this week.

Purple Park Fun

We are so happy to be visiting friends, teaching music classes and enjoying hanging out at our favorite parks, that important business like preparing blog posts have fallen by the wayside.

But sometimes it feels good to take a break.  And now, as I revise this post 5 days later I feel rejuvenated, revamped and ready to party.  So let’s jump right in, shall we?

Last week we had 9 link ups and nearly half of them make me feel like I am dining at an Asian fusion restaurant.  Kirsten from Farm Fresh Feasts served up a delicious batch of Chicken Adobo Summer Rolls, Christine from Thoughts from the End of the World shared some veggie packed Korean Pancakes and Casey and Annie are sure to create culinary masterpieces with their big bunches of Bok Choy.  Thanks to everyone who linked up.  Summer produce is in full swing and I can’t get enough of your creative dishes.

As for me, I am without a box this week as we are in the midst of some fun summer travels.  So I have created a recipe roundup of dinners and dishes that never made the blog.  They are sure to make your tummy smile!

June 6, 2013: What’s in the Box? #75

What's in the Box? #75

Spinach Couscous:  This is one of my favorite sides to serve during the summer.  It is easy to make and pairs great with grilled meats.  I always use traditional couscous, but this time switched it up with some Israeli couscous and the result was delicious!  I also stirred the goat cheese into the couscous when it was still warm which made it feel more like a pasta salad…but a really healthy one :)

May 30, 2013: What’s in the Box? #74

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

Simple Chicken and Vegetable Enchiladas:  I am a big fan of any recipe that is going to be packed full of veggies.  Not only does it make me feel good to sit down to a healthy meal, but it makes me feel like super mom when I feed them to my family.  Like my Turkey Burgers, these enchiladas are a great way to “hide” veggies into your families favorite comfort foods.  It also makes enough for leftovers the next day which means double the goodness and double the fun :)

May 23, 2013: What’s in the Box? #73

What's in the Box? #73- In Her Chucks

Pork and Cabbage Dumplings:  These little pockets of goodness are simply heavenly.  But they are truly a labor of love.  For starters, our market didn’t carry round dumpling wrappers, so instead I made wontons with the small square wrappers we were able to find.  As cute and delicious as they were, they were half the size, so it took forever…3 hours to be exact!  The good news is that it makes enough for a crowd or plenty to stash away in the freezer.  And if you have an extra pair of hands to help (Freddie was an awesome sous chef), it can make for a fun afternoon activity.

May 16, 2013: What’s in the Box? #72

What's in the Box? #72 - In Her Chucks


Curtis’ Mac and Cheese:  As much as I enjoy Kraft Mac and Cheese (no really…it’s one of my guiltiest pleasures), this recipe takes an old childhood favorite to a whole new level.  Bacon, shallots, Gruyere cheese…it’s the fanciest cheesy pasta you’ve ever met.  And the best part?  Fresh English peas, nestled in every bite :)

Your turn:  What are some of your favorite CSA recipes?  Feel free to link up some of the CSA inspired meals that you are the most proud of.  Looking forward to drooling over your dishes :)




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Roasted Beets with Gorgonzola and Walnuts


Nothing says summer like bright colors, backyard barbecues and farm fresh veggies.  And even though the official first day of summer is still a few weeks away, I couldn’t help but get a head start on the festivities.

Last week’s link party yielded some incredible beet recipes (check out all the links written in the comments).  There were so many wonderful ideas, it was hard to decide where to start.  Luckily, I have quite a bit of beets in my fridge, so I can enjoy a bunch of different beet dishes :)

This is a recipe I have been dying to try.  Our friends and neighbors made this dish during the holidays and I have been dreaming about it ever since.  Believe it or not, with all the beets I get in my CSA box, I have never taken a stab at roasting them.  But now that I have reaped the benefits, I plan on preparing my beets this way more often.  They are so sweet and delicious!


2 pounds of medium sized beets, greens removed and scrubbed

1/2 cup roughly chopped walnuts

1/2 cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese

4 tablespoons red wine vinegar


1.  Adjust oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 400 degrees.  Wrap the beets individually in foil and place them on a rimmed baking sheet.  Roast until a skewer can be inserted easily into a beet, 45 minutes to 1 hour.  If the beets are different sizes, remove the smaller ones from the oven as they become tender.

2.  While the beets are in the oven, toast walnuts in a dry skillet over medium heat until fragrant, about 5 minutes.

3.  Remove beets from the oven, open the foil packets, and allow to cool for 10 minutes.  Rub off the skins using paper towels.  Slice the beets 1/4 inch thick.

4.  Add beets to a large bowl and toss with vinegar, cheese and toasted nuts.  Serve hot, at room temperature, or chilled.

Recipe slightly adapted from The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook

The roasted beets, cheese and nuts are a great combination.  The bitterness of the walnuts and sharpness of the cheese is a nice balance to the sweetness of the beets.  As yummy as this dish was on its own, this trio would also work well atop a bed of fresh garden greens.

We served the beets alongside a spread of grilled chicken, marinated flank steak, grilled veggies and mashed potatoes.  It was a true feast!  But then again, isn’t that what summer cookouts are all about?

Your turn:  What are some of the dishes you are looking forward to making (and eating) this summer?  I look forward to reading your responses :)

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Cumin, Honey, and Mint-Marinated Lamb Chops

The weather this weekend was perfect for grilling.  With company coming over for an early dinner, I felt the urge to try something new.  I completely stepped out of my comfort zone and tried cooking lamb for the first time.  Big risk, big reward.  This meal was a huge hit!

Although this was my first attempt at cooking lamb, I am actually a big fan of this delicious meat.  I remember my mom cooking lamb chops as a kid.  I love ordering lamb shanks at my favorite greek restaurant.  But my husband has always been hesitant about trying lamb.  However, a few months back, after being served lamb at a friend’s house for dinner, he quickly became a fan.

This dish is great because it is super quick and easy.  The hardest part is making sure you have enough time to marinate the meat.  So planning ahead is key.  But the good news is that the marinade does all the hard work, leaving the meat sweet, tender and delicious.


1/4 cup chopped mint, plus more for garnish

1 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon dry mustard

2 teaspoons honey

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

8 lamb loin chops

Cooking spray


Combine first 7 ingredients in a small bowl, stirring well.  Place lamb in a single layer in a shallow dish; rub spice mixture evenly over both sides of lamb.  Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours.

Prepare grill.

Place lamb on a grill rack coated with cooking spray.  Grill 4 minutes in each side or until desired degree of doneness.  Garnish with fresh mint.  Serve immediately.

Recipe slightly adapted from Cooking Light via MyRecipes.com

I served the lamb with a side of couscous and grilled veggies.  It was the perfect way to round out the meal.  I chose to garnish the lamb with some freshly chopped mint to help bring out the flavors of the marinade.  Plus, you can never have enough mint in my book.

As we move into the warmer months, I have a feeling we will be doing a lot more grilling.  And after the success of this lamb dish, I think we will be adding this new protein into our rotation.

Your turn:  Are you a lamb fan?  What are some of your favorite ways to prepare it?  Looking forward to some delicious recipes :)


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