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What’s in the Box? #76

What's in the Box?

After 2 months without a box…we are back in business!  As much as I have enjoyed our summer travels, I have missed the routine and excitement of a local, organic and totally scrumptious box of fruits and veggies.  Even though Harper and I are still in Santa Barbara house sitting, I went ahead and subscribed to a box for the next few weeks.  I couldn’t come back to our old stomping grounds and not indulge in the goodness that is Plow to Porch.

I was a member of Plow to Porch for nearly 3 years.  It was my first CSA experience and the inspiration for this weekly post.  I am so grateful for the quality or service they provided me and I miss their bountiful hauls.

But before I reveal what I got in my box this week, I must brag about last week’s party.  First of all, we had a total of 16 link ups!  The most we have had in a while :)  And it looks like the trend is all about peaches.  Pam from Simplify and Satisfy got 4 juicy and delicious peaches in her haul (which in my house would be gobbled up within minutes).  Kirsten from Farm Fresh Feasts is busy harvesting her own peaches from her backyard (lucky duck) and is busy making Peaches and Cream Muffins (to die for!).  Finally, The Novice Gardener is extra fancy this week with Peach Rosette Frangipane Tartlets (almost too pretty to eat).  Thanks to everyone for linking up and sharing your goodies.  I love looking through your recipes each week and learning how to prepare my favorite fruits and veggies in new and creative ways :)

Now, for the moment I have been waiting for…

What's in the Box? #76

My very own bambino box :)  Since Harper are in Santa Barbara alone while Daddy is busy working, I opted for a smaller box.  It’s a lot less produce then I am used to, but with one less mouth to feed, I wanted to make sure nothing went to waste.

I was most excited for the peach.  Yes, only one peach, but it’s large and is looking mighty delicious right about now.  It still has to ripen up a bit, but as soon as it does, I will be devouring it all on it own.

I am also happy to see a lemon.  I have been hooked on lemon water lately.  With the warm weather, I find a glass of iced lemon water to be so refreshing.

The head of lettuce made a killer salad tonight to go alongside a big pot of Spaghetti Bolognese.  I added some chopped tomatoes, and cucumbers along with some carrots and celery and tossed it all with a blend of half ranch, half italian dressing.  So delicious!

I enjoyed a few of the tangerines as I made dinner tonight.  It was the perfect little nosh :)

Apples dipped in almond butter are a favorite snack around here.  Harper and I have plans to go to the zoo tomorrow afternoon and they will be great to eat on the go.

Onions are always handy to have around because pretty much every dish I cook starts out with sautéed onions.  They add so much flavor to a meal, especially red onions.

I am not sure about the specifics of the peppers, but my CSA’s website suggested roasting them and then melting some Manchego cheese on top.  I’m sold!  Sounds absolutely delicious.

And finally, the corn.  Being that this is my first batch of fresh corn of the season, I have a million recipes I am drying to try (including this one).  But I think I might just have to boil it, slap some butter on it and call it a day :)

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? #67

What's in the Box? We are busy getting ready for Easter around here, which includes dying batches of hardboiled eggs.  This year, I thought it would be fun to include Harper and her buddy Robin in this process.  However, our egg dying quickly turned into a color mixing experiment.

Dying Easter Eggs

Thank God I had the wisdom to set everything up outside.  I can’t imagine what my kitchen table would look like!  But that’s what hanging with toddlers is all about.  Lots of laughing, lots of learning and lots of messes.

In addition to hardboiled eggs, a proper spread will be in order for Sunday’s brunch as well.  So let’s take a look at last week’s party for some inspiration, shall we?

Last week we had 10 link ups.  And let’s hope none of you are currently on the Paleo diet because last week it was all about the carbs.  There was a nice variety of fresh pizza ideas including Asparagus with Prosciutto, Broccoli and Cheddar, and Mushroom with Caramelized Onions and Gorgonzola.  Yum!  But the fun didn’t stop there.  Lettuce Never Squash Our Love linked up a Pasta with Spinach and Butternut Squash.  Divine!  Yeah, it was a good week :)  Thank you to everyone who participated.  Your delicious and nutritious dishes never cease to amaze me.

Moving on to my farm fresh goodies for this week…

What's in the Box? #67

As I mentioned yesterday, in my sleepy slurred speech, I got my box on Tuesday this week.  They had to do a bit of rearranging with the routes which bumped my delivery up a day.  Yeah me!  Only time will tell if I will be able to change my blogging routine up a day earlier.  Stay tuned for that.

Upon opening my box, I immediately began to devour each and every item with my eyes.  For starters, the fennel, garlic, onion and orange were thrown into some Braised Pork with Orange and Fennel for dinner yesterday.  I had pretty much everything I needed except for the meat which made my trip to the grocery store quick and easy (and cheap too!).

After the success of the strawberry cake I bragged about last week (recipe coming soon…promise), I might have to go for round two.  We have plans to go to a few Easter gatherings this weekend and it is sure to be a real crowd pleaser.

I never got around to making any of my carrot sweets (these or these) last week because I was too busy stuffing my face with How I Ate My Box’s Chicken, Carrot and Leek Stew.  When I tell you this is the most amazing dish I have had in a long time…I am in no way exaggerating.  My whole family gobbled it up.  And then went back for seconds.  So you can be sure I will be making this again this week.  The hubby (who continued to ask me why I had never made this for him before) will be VERY pleased :)  And it will be even better served with a green salad on the side jazzed up with some of those lovely apples.

For the sage I am thinking about making my dad’s famous chicken.  I am pretty sure I owe you a recipe on this one I just never seem to be able to snap a pic before everyone digs in.  It’s just soooooo good :)  I will do my best to get it done this time around.

And finally for the arugula, I am thinking about some Grilled Steak Soft Tacos.  It has been a while since I have made this and after reminding myself of how good it looks simply from the picture, I can’t wait until dinner tomorrow night :)

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What’s in the Box? #56


It’s hard to believe that Christmas is less than a week away.  Luckily, I am pretty much done with my holiday to-do list.  Christmas cards have been sent, presents have been bought, house and tree decorated.  Only thing left to do is hang the stockings, wrap the presents and bake some cookies for Santa.  Oh, and celebrate the last WITB link party of the year!!

With the next few weeks of holidays, my CSA will not be delivering boxes.  Which means, for the next two Wednesdays I won’t have any fruits of veggies to boast about.  However, I will be putting together a few recipe roundups of this years favorite dishes.  So come on by and add a few links from your CSA successes.

In the meantime, let’s check out the 5 links from last week.  I love how much I learn from these ladies.  For example, ever heard of a yacon?  Sounds like a mix between a yam and bacon (mmm….bacon).  Well, Annie of AnnieRe Unplugged got some in her box last week and can tell you all about them.  Want to learn how to make your own Apple Cider Vinegar?  Annemarie of Real Food. Real Deals. can show you how to turn your kitchen scraps into a useful and delicious condiment.  Oh the things you pick up at this wild and crazy party :)

Thanks to everyone who linked up.  Keep your posts coming and feel free to invite a friend.  The more the merrier!

Now on to my box of goodies…

What's in the Box? #56 - In Her Chucks

Hello extremely large head of purple cabbage!!  Looks like I could feed an army with that thing.  My goodness!  It’s gorgeous…now to figure out what to do with all of that.  Even my best cabbage recipes will only use about half of that.  Guess it will be a very purple Christmas.

Purple accented with green of course!  I’m drooling over all the green in this box.  2 bunches of spinach, a bunch of broccoli, tons of kiwi, lettuce and parsley.  Major score :)  I tore into the parsley last night to add to my homemade stew (recipe coming soon).   I will be using the head of lettuce for a nice big salad to accompany the leftover stew for lunch.  I plan on steaming up the broccoli for my little angel.  Her favorite food and the best way to fight this cold.  I have some plans under wraps for the kiwi…hoping to have the time to execute it over the holiday.  And the spinach?  I am going to keep it simple and saute it with some of that lovely white onion.  The perfect side dish to any meal.  Another one of my favorite sides recently is roasted carrots.  They are so easy and so delicious.

Finally the mandarins and apples come in handy for healthy and quick snacks throughout the day.  Pair them with some cheese or nut butter and it turns my hungry tummy happy again.

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? #47

With all of the excitement that has been going on lately, I keep forgetting to mention an important milestone for In Her Chucks and the What’s in the Box link party.  So rather than share childhood memories or funny stories, I am going to cut right to the chase.  A few months back, a loyal reader and awesome blogger, Christa of Christa to the Max, created a What’s in the Box? button for me.  I had been trying to create one on my own for quite a while but was frustrated by my lack of knowledge of html coding.  So, thank you Christa for coming to my rescue and helping to make What’s in the Box? more official :)  For those of you who are interested in grabbing the What’s in the Box? button, scroll down to the bottom of the homepage and pick it up.  And thanks in advance for promoting this fun and exciting party!

Now on to the fruits and veggies.  Last week we had 33 link ups!  And with Halloween right around the corner, it’s clearly all about the pumpkin.  Starting with how to cook a pumpkin, then how to turn your pumpkin into pancakes or doughnuts, and finally, what to do with those seeds.  Makes me want to go on the pumpkin diet.  Yum!  Thanks to everyone else who linked up.  Looks like everyone is eating well these days :)

Let’s take a look at what I will be eating this week…

Hello, chard!  It’s been a while since you have graced by box, and strangely enough, a veggie I once despised, is welcomed back with open arms.  And I got two huge bunches too!  I want to try something new with these this week.  During one of our first link parties, someone shared a recipe for a swiss chard smoothie and I have been intrigued ever since.  I am finally going to take the plunge and give it a try.  Can’t wait :)

I got pretty giddy to see those gorgeous cherry tomatoes because I owe you a killer recipe and this time I am not making excuses.  It’s going up on the blog tomorrow.  I promise!

I enjoyed one of those apples with a few slices of cheddar cheese for an after dinner snack which is keeping me satisfied as I sit here and tap away at my computer.  Not quite sure what kind they are but they are sweet and crisp and oh so delicious.  The grapes are going to make for a great snack as well.  Only wished I had gotten them sooner because my mom was asking for some the other night for a salad she had in mind.  Maybe I can get the recipe and pass it on.  It would be nice to jazz up that lovely head of lettuce and turn it into something special.

Speaking of special, whenever I get fresh avocados in my box I feel special.  And if I want to make my husband feel special, I whip him up a fresh batch of my famous guacamole.  Quite honestly it has been a while since we have enjoyed a mini-fiesta around here.  Which means some fajitas with that GIGANTIC onion and a few of the leftover peppers from last week might even be in order.  And of course, no fiesta would be complete without margaritas…in cupcake form :)

After reading this post, I will most definitely be roasting my carrots and beets this week.  I love how roasting brings out the sweetness in the veggies and the texture is just perfect.  Makes a great side dish to any meal.

And finally, the oranges.  I am thinking about making some fresh squeezed orange juice.  Which might even take place in the morning.  I am planning on enjoying some sweet potato pancakes with a side of bacon.  And fresh squeezed orange juice sounds like the perfect beverage to compliment that meal.

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.  Thanks!

PS:  Don’t forget to double your dose of fresh fruits and veggies by visiting this week’s Fresh Foods Link Up from Gastronomical Sovereignty

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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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