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What’s in the Box? #69

What's in the Box?

This coming weekend is very big deal for my family…my little brother is getting married.  I mean, he’s not actually little anymore.  In fact, he is a big, brave, soldier, brother, but no matter how tall or strong he gets, he will always be younger (age is really all I have on him anymore…).

And what is even more exciting about this weekend, is that I get to welcome to my family, another sister, Koko.  I couldn’t be more proud of Quincy’s choice of bride.  Beautiful, intelligent and just plain fun.  I have known Koko since we were younger and I have always been a fan (which to be honest, isn’t an easy feat with me.  I tend to be VERY overprotective of my bro, but Koko won me over immediately).  So having them make their union “official” is really just the icing on the cake.

Speaking of cake, did you check out the links from last week?  How I Ate My Box linked up a beautiful Flourless Beet Cake…sounds heavenly doesn’t it?!  Oh, and Farm Fresh Feasts made a killer CSA Grilled Cheese complete with pickled turnips, radishes and carrots.  And finally, if you are looking for some salad inspiration, Clean Eats, Fast Feets hooked us up with a roundup of some of her most beautiful lettuce creations.  Thanks to everyone who linked up.  I always appreciate you sharing your delicious veggie goodness with the rest of the party.

And really, what is a party without a box full of fresh fruits and veggies…

What's in the Box? #69 - In Her Chucks

You know you have been brainwashed by a member of your CSA for too long when you start getting excited about beets.  At the beginning of my CSA journey, I used to loathe beets.  But the truth is, I just didn’t know what to do with them.  Now, with a pretty extensive beet recipe repertoire, I can’t get enough of them.  The last few times I have gotten a bunch of fresh beets in my box, I have made this amazing Roasted Beets with Gorgonzola and Walnuts salad.  I was watching the Barefoot Contessa on TV the other day (the silver lining to having a sick baby…lots of down time), and she was whipping up a Balsamic Roasted Beet Salad that had me drooling.  But on the other hand, that Flourless Beet Cake has me intrigued as well.  Since when is there not enough beets to curb my cravings?  Official produce nerd :)

And then of course you have the asparagus, which is already gone.  We devoured it alongside homemade turkey meatloaf and mashed potatoes for dinner Tuesday night.  Comfort food at it’s finest.  And for dessert?  Fresh fruit.  Strawberries, kiwi and tangerines.  Sliced.  That’s it.  There really is nothing sweeter.

For the gorgeous head of lettuce I am going to draw from some of Meghan’s delicious ideas.  And to add to the fun, I am sure some of those carrots will end up in my salad somehow too.

It has been a while since I have roasted cauliflower.  It really is my favorite way to prepare it.  So simple but totally irresistible.

And finally, spring onions.  Nothing fancy I’m sure.  But Freddie will love me if I sneak them into his eggs.  Such a good wife am I :)

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? #63


Well, the busiest and shortest month of the year is officially over.  We enjoyed a trip to Disney World, I survived 4 days as a “single parent”, we celebrated our 4 year wedding anniversary and our little munchkin turned 2.  Boy am I tired.  But I am also grateful that we have so much fun and exciting stuff happening in our lives.  And it doesn’t look like March is going go be a slow-moving month either.  Lots of wonderful things on the horizon including Freddie’s 31st Birthday, the launch of my CD and wedding prep for my brother.  Life is grand.

But no matter how busy it get’s around here, I always love taking a break to gawk at the fruits and veggies that are rolling through this link party.  And last week was the biggest party we have had in a while.  10 link ups!  Makes a girl like me very happy :)  And the recipes were rockin…Cheese Pizza on Butternut Squash Crust,  Roasted Carrot, Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad,  Ginger Lime Brussels SproutsChocolate Beet Muffins…are you salivating yet?  Thanks ladies for linking up and sharing your goodies with the rest of the party.  Sharing is caring :)

And now on to this week’s haul…

What's in the Box? #63 - In Her Chucks

Fresh strawberries.  They never get old.  Especially when they are plump, juicy and ready to eat in February.  Don’t mind me while I devour these while in the midst of typing this post.  I apparently lack self-control and manners.

Moving on the rest of the box, I am feeling totally inspired.  I love it when my veggies talk to me.  And today the cabbage is telling me it wants to mingle with the carrots and the onions to create a Hearty Italian Stew.  Which will be the perfect meal for my good friend who just had a baby.  Comforting and nutritious.  And for the side, I am thinking about a Roasted Beet and Gorgonzola and Walnuts.  It not only looks good, it tastes good too.

I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the broccoli.  I had some leftover broccoli sitting in the fridge and when combined with this lovely bunch I was able to whip up some Chicken Divan which was a HUGE hit with the toddler and the hubby.   I am sure the leftovers will even be more delicious for lunch tomorrow.

While I was cooking dinner tonight I went through a few of the mandarins.  And I may or may not have eaten a few more for dessert.  Scrumptious!

Excited to see the lettuce and apples today because my mom was just telling me about a salad she made this week that resembled a Waldorf Salad but with added lentils.  Can’t wait to get the recipe.

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? #58


So, my mom has this theory.  She believes that people tend to be most active during the time of day that they were born.  For example, if you were born in the morning, than you are a “morning person”.  If you were born in the evening, then you are most likely a night owl.  Since having my own daughter, I would have to agree with this.  Harper’s best time of day is in the morning (she was born at 10:54 am).  I was born at 10:45 pm and have always been most productive during the late hours of the night.  That is, until recently.  You see, I am totally losing my mojo!  When I first started this blog, I would write until 2 or 3 am in the morning.  Never once seemed to bother me.  Now, I can’t get past 10:30!  What kind of wimp am I turning into?

But what does this have to do with farm, fresh produce?  Well, last night, as I was uploading the pictures of my box onto the computer, I went into our room to put Harper to sleep.  Before I knew it, it was daylight and I was still in my jeans and no blog post was written.  But I must say, going to sleep at 8:30 made me feel like a total rock star when it was time to wake up this morning.  I was so refreshed and rested.  So, that’s what a proper night of sleep feels like :)  But, again, my apologies for my tardiness.  Might have to rethink my late night posts if my early bed time continues…

Moving on to bigger and better things…last week we had 8 link ups.  And I know I might be biased, but this link party has the best participants out there.  Loyal, sweet and darn good cooks!  This week they cooked up Butternut Squash Waffles, Broccoli and Caramelized Onion Pizza, Greens with Bacon and Onions, Blueberry and Banana Smoothie, Radish Chips and Grilled Swiss Cheese and Sweet Pepper Relish on Beet Bread.  Talk about good eats.  So much delicious goodness, I don’t even know where to start!  Thanks ladies for keeping this party going.  I appreciate you sharing your yummy treats week after week.

Now let’s take a look at what arrived on my doorstep yesterday…

What's in the Box? #58 - In Her Chucks

Loving me some acorn squash!  It has been a while since this gorgeous and colorful ovoid shaped veggie graced my box and I can’t wait to get busy with it.  There are so many delicious recipes that have been shared at our weekly parties, but I think I am going to go with a simple roast and sprinkle it with some cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar and butter.  Sounds sinful :)

I am also excited about those beets.  I recently got a mandolin slicer and am dying to make some beet chips.  If all goes well, beets will no longer be safe in my household.  Ever.

Thank God for sweet and juicy mandarins.  They are my favorite snack.  I keep them in the fruit bowl in the kitchen and am known to grab a few while I am racing around the house, chasing after Harper.  Apparently, I munched on too many last week, because when Freddie went to the fruit bowl to grab a few for himself they were all gone.  Ooops!  Freddie made sure to grab a nice size stash to bring to the office this morning.  Wanted to make sure he had his fair share :)

Apples are another delicious treat!  I was happy to replenish my stock as last week’s apples went pretty quickly.  We sliced up some today with some of the carrots and enjoyed dipping them in almond butter.  Yummers!

After the success of our last round of homemade OJ, these oranges will definitely be thrown into the juicer.  It’s the perfect activity for a weekend morning while you have bacon in the oven and pancakes on the stove.

And speaking of bacon, I will definitely be sautéing that swiss chard with some bacon and those onion I got thanks to some inspiration from CSA Mom.

Finally, I have a new lease on life when it comes to salads.  This past weekend my mom and I celebrated a close friend’s 40th birthday.  And not only did they have yummy tacos and killer margaritas, but the salad was out of this world.  The secret ingredient?  Brianna’s Blush Wine Vinaigrette.  It will change your life.  Promise.

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? #57


So…it’s Friday and I am just getting around to writing this.  My sincere apologies.  But I have an awesome excuse…and it has nothing to do with the dog eating my homework.  Although, believe it or not that really did happen to me before.  The reason why I am late with my weekly What’s in the Box post is because I have been busy recording my first CD!  For the last few days, I have been strumming my guitar, banging on drums and singing along to my favorite kids tunes.  I am so excited I can hardly stand it.  It’s been a joy and an honor to share my love of music with mamas and babies over the years in my music classes, but now families everywhere can rock out to the songs at home!  Details to come…

But in the meantime, let’s refocus ourselves on what we came here to do…celebrate our fruits and veggies.

Last week we had 7 wonderful links.  Some of my favorites included Parmesan Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Butternut Squash HashSalmon Salad with Roasted Beets, Goat Cheese and Pomegranates and a batch of Pumpkin Oat Muffins.  I mean…*drool*!  Thanks ladies for sharing your delicious goodies with the rest of the group.  I appreciate your participation and generosity :)

Now it’s time for me to reveal my first box of 2013…

In Her Chucks - What's in the Box? #57

Ta-dah!  Not a bad way to start off the New Year right?  And the first thing that caught my eye was the sweet potato.  Holy moly that sweet potato is huge!  Although, I bet I could eat it up all by myself…in one sitting.  I kind of have a major “thing” for sweet potatoes.  And thanks to Meghan, I have an awesome recipe to follow :)

Another recipe I am excited to follow is the one for my Sausage, White Bean and Kale Soup.  With temperatures in the 50s, it’s the perfect dish to whip up on a cold winter night.  Both the garlic and onion will come in handy for this dish as well.  Nothing like fresh onion and garlic to flavor your food and help fight illness.  And believe me, after being knocked out by a nasty stomach virus this week, I am doing my best to boost my immune system any way I can.  The mandarins will be a great dose of vitamin C, as will the kiwis, apples and broccoli.  Forget about CVS, I got CSA baby!

And then there are those silky, smooth avocados.  Pure heaven, I tell ya.  Guacamole anyone?  Oh, and do you want to know what I am most excited about?  We have an avocado tree at our new house…score!  So whether or not I get blessed with avocados in my CSA, I will be enjoying them on pretty much everything from here on out.  Happy New Year indeed.

Last but not least, we have rabbit food.  No offense to my carrots and lettuce, I am just feeling uninspired this week.  I need a break from salads and I have had my fair share of carrots lately.  But, as I always do, I will put them to good use and appreciate my fresh produce while I can.

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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What’s in the Box? #31

It’s no secret how much I love my Wednesdays.  But this Wednesday was even more special than the rest.  My brother and his fiancé came to visit before heading back to Fairbanks, AK where he is currently stationed with the United States Army.  It was so nice to spend some time together and get the chance to chat and catch up.  Harper loves her “Uncle” and “Koko” and was sad to see them go.  And as always, so was I.  My little brother is growing up and I am so proud of all his accomplishments.  Can’t wait to see him again soon.

So speaking of growing up?  Can you believe we had 58 link ups last week?  Wowza!  That’s a whole lot of CSA goodness :)  I hope you had the chance to check out each and every one.  We had everything from cocktails, to smoothies, to lasagna and soup.  Your posts continue to inspire me.  I am overwhelmed by all of the innovative ways to use my produce.  And each choice is yummier than the next.  Thank you for your continued participation :)  Keep up the good work!

Alright…time to spill the beans :)

But, before I go any further, I have to report, that 1/3 of this box is already gone.  Not only did my brother come to visit, he cooked a healthy and delicious meal that left my tummy happy.  His signature dish is chicken.  Simply grilled chicken has never tasted better.  We paired it with roasted carrots (which is my new favorite indulgence…they are the sweetest, yummiest little gems I have ever tasted) and a side of farro with kale (a Koko Likes original recipe).  My brother washed and prepared the lettuce for a side salad to round out the meal.  Fresh and delicious!

Now what about the rest of the box?  I am super stoked about the nectarines.  They are on top of my list for the best summer fruits.  No need to get fancy with them.  Eating them cold and crisp from the fridge is good enough for me.  And the apricots will have a similar fate.  With all of these fresh summer fruits, I would be happy eating fruit all day :)

I was also excited about the fennel.  It has been a while since we received fennel in our box and seeing everyone else’s fennel bulbs has got me jonesing for another round of my Braised Pork with Orange and Fennel dish.  It is a huge hit in our house.  Too bad I just juiced those oranges from last week.  They would have been the perfect companion.  Luckily my community garden has an orange tree, so looks like Harper and I will be taking a visit to collect some goods.  Oh, and while we are on the topic of juicing, I plan on adding these pixies to my freshly squeezed juice that is sitting in a pitcher in the fridge.  I am running a bit low on my stash and these tangerines will be just what I need to enjoy one last glass.

I have been dying to make these meatballs for dinner this week.  The red onions will work great in this recipe.  That is if Freddie doesn’t get to them first.  It’s always a fight for the onions in the house.  He usually wins but maybe if I bribe him with meatballs, he will let me use them just this once.

I must find an amazing recipe for the basil.  It is so beautiful it deserves to be the star.  It is currently sitting on my counter in a glass of water but before tomorrow ends, it will be made into a delicious tummy pleasing meal.  Let’s hope the recipe calls for celery too, because to be honest, I got nothing.

Your turn:  What are some of your favorite ways to use the fruits and veggies shown?  Any special recipes, tips or tricks you’d like to share?  Looking forward to hearing your responses :)

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What’s in the Box? #29

My motto of the week…Ask and you shall receive!

Remember last week when I was raving about how much I love summer fruit?  Well, wouldn’t you know it, today I opened up my box to 2 out of the 4 fruits that I have been praying for (praying?…does that sound desperate?).  This is a definite high of my week :)

But before I get too gushy about the beauty that is my CSA box, I wanted to take a moment to give a shout out to all of my link party participants.  Last week we hit a record high of 34 links!  Each entry was just as good as the next.  We are on CSA fire people!  This party is full of some healthy and creative veggie lovers.  And I am grateful for each and every one of you.  I never knew there were so many delicious ways to prepare fresh produce.  You all continue to push the envelope on CSA goodness, and each week gets yummier.  Thank you for your participation!

Now, before I explode, it’s my turn to brag…

Apricots folks!  And pluots too.  Please excuse me while I do a little happy dance :)  And then proceed to stuff my face with their juicy goodness.  No fancy recipes needed…just a slight chill from the fridge and I’m good to go.  Although, I might have to whip up a favorite pluot dessert of mine.  As long as it doesn’t exhaust too much of my stash.  I tend to get greedy when it comes to my fruit.

I am also excited about the chard.  There have been so many delicious recipes linked up to the party over the past few weeks, I am again overwhelmed with the choices.  Swiss Chard Smoothies, Swiss Chard with Pasta,  Creamed Chard…and the list goes on and on.  In cases like this, I like to turn to Freddie for his input.  He’s a good decision maker :)

Speaking of Freddie, he was stoked about the onions..and their size!  He’s already grilling up burgers to pair with them (his favorite topping).  I am sure he will add a few leaves of lettuce as well.  Red butter lettuce goes great on burgers…yum!

Loving the other staples this week…carrots, celery, parsley.  I am having a girlfriend over Friday night and we are planning to make dinner together.  Ingredients like these will be a perfect foundation for a fresh and healthy meal.

And what about the lovely head of red cabbage?  The hubby has been begging for me to make this gratin for him.  Nothing like butter, cheese and heavy cream to jazz up a purple ball of leaves.

Last but not least, the citrus.  Meyer lemons and mandarins.  Such a lovely treat.  I am thinking about another batch of freshly squeezed citrus juice (I still have my grapefruits from last week, too!).  Because there is no better pairing with my morning breakfast.  Simply refreshing…

Your turn:  What are some of your favorite ways to use the fruits and veggies shown?  Any special recipes, tips or tricks you’d like to share?  Looking forward to hearing your responses :)

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What’s in the Box? #25

Another Wednesday, another delivery box, another excuse for a CSA link party!  But then again, do we ever need an excuse to celebrate the goodness of fresh, local, produce?  I think not :)

Would you believe me if I told you we nearly doubled our participation last week from the week before?  We had 20 entries!  Yahoo!  Now that’s what I call a link party :)  I am sincerely grateful to everyone who linked up.  I truly enjoy drooling over each and every fruit and veggie you receive.  As well as the lovely ways you choose to prepare them.  I have found some great recipes that I can’t wait to try.  My hope is that both readers and bloggers are finding this venture just as helpful.

As much as I love the idea of a CSA, it can be a challenge at times.  For one, how can you possibly eat all of this gorgeous food before it goes bad?  And two, what in the heck is kohlrabi (insert any new and unusual veggie/fruit)?  My goal in starting this link party was to create a space where we can all get together and swap ideas.  Because as the saying goes, 2 heads (or 20) are better than one :)  Unless of course it’s lettuce and then…well, you might have to resort to eating salad for a while!

For those of you linking up for the first time, here are a few “party rules”.  Don’t worry, they are all fun :)

And now on to my box…

Can you smell the rosemary from here?  Before I could get my box open the aroma of rosemary hit me straight in the face.  Now that’s freshly picked!  To be honest, it took me a while to warm up to rosemary, but now I do my best to use it in everything.  It livens up veggies and transforms starches.  And a little goes a long way!  I think I might have to revisit my Chicken with Bell Peppers recipe.  It only calls for a small amount of rosemary but it will be a good place to start.  Would you be surprised if I served it with a side of steamed broccoli and a green salad?  Just a few of my simple staples that always seem to tickle my fancy :)

Speaking of staples, I love when I get things like garlic and onion in my box.  Almost every recipe I use calls for one or both, so getting them in my box means one less thing I have to pick up at the market.  Plus, the quality and taste are always superior to anything I can find in the stores.  So it’s a double score!

I am always grateful to get a bunch of red russian kale.  It is by far my favorite variety.  And it goes perfectly in my Sausage White Bean Kale Soup.  It’s totally not soup weather right now, but I’m going to go against the grain and make it anyways.  It is one of Harper’s favorites and well, I can’t seem to get enough of it either.

It’s been a while since I have gotten a head of red cabbage in my box.  The color is so beautiful and vibrant!  After watching red cabbage grow in our community garden, I have a whole new respect for this veggie.  So I want to make sure I do it justice, and not just throw it into a coleslaw or on top of tacos (although that works too).  I found this recipe last year and it ended up being a big hit.  Might have to try it again this time around.

So I have been feeling a bit naughty lately and instead of eating my carrots with a side of hummus this week, I think they need to find their way into some sort of baked good.   My mom just happens to make the most amazing carrot cake cupcakes ever and since she will be in town this weekend for Mother’s Day, we might just have to bake a batch (or two) to enjoy.  Looking forward to sharing the recipe soon :)

You know what I want for Mother’s Day?  How about some Waffles with Strawberry Basil Sauce with homemade orange/tangerine juice and a side of bacon…in bed!  Is that too much to ask?  Sounds better than a fancy restaurant brunch any day!  Fingers crossed…

Your turn:  Any new ideas or favorite recipes you want to share?  What would you do with this box of produce?  Looking forward to hearing what you have in mind :)

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