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What’s in the Box? #82

What's in the Box?

It’s officially Fall and I couldn’t be more excited.  Where as summer is my favorite time for fresh fruit, the colder months welcome the harvest of the most delicious veggies.  I love the abundance of leafy greens and sweet winter squash and do my best to celebrate their seasonal goodness by incorporating them into as many meals as I can (for the record, I’ve served butternut squash 4 different ways in the last week…that’s how happy I am that it’s fall!).

And my affection for autumn goes beyond the produce.  Now that I’m a mom, I actually look forward to Halloween again.  I love seeing Harper dressed up in her costume (which we purchased yesterday) and finding spooky activities for us to do as a family that give her the opportunity to wear it over and over again (got to get our money’s worth!)

Finally, I love fall because it’s my birthday on Sunday!  I can’t believe I am going to be 31 already.  Seems like just yesterday I was celebrating the big 3-0.  My how time flies :)

So in honor of fall, and in honor of my birthday this weekend, let’s party it up with some fruits and veggies!

Last week we had 8 link ups and it week was a great reminder of why I continue to host this link party.  For one, it’s nice to know I’m not the only person who gets overly excited about local and organic produce.  But more than that, your new and creative ideas on how to make use of it all never ceases to amaze me.  It’s no secret that I am a kale lover through and through.  And even with all the ways I have prepared it, I have never thought about putting it into fried rice.  Nothing short of genius Kirsten :)  Next, broccoli is a weekly staple in our house.  And although I often scramble it in my eggs, I love Sam’s idea of turning it into breakfast tacos.  Finally, I am sure we can all attest to the importance of onions in our lives, but did you ever know an onion could create such beautiful and delicious masterpieces?  Angie of The Novice Gardener has a gift of making ordinary things extraordinary.

Thanks to everyone for linking up and sharing their goodies.  Keep ’em coming :)

And now for my first haul of fall…

What's in the Box? #82

Before I go any further, I have to bring attention to my tomatoes.  Do you notice the sad face on the top tomato?  He’s bummed that his season has come to an end.  So I have decided to make the best out of my last crop of tomatoes, and whip up a Tomato and Corn Pie.  Yum!  And on the side, a lovely green salad, with grated carrots, nuts and dried fruit.

I picked up some boneless pork ribs on sale yesterday. I have never cooked with them before, but was able to find a recipe I am really excited about.  When I was planning out the meal, I thought a side of green beans would compliment the dish nicely and lucky me, I got some fresh ones in my box this week…score!

I roasted up the potatoes tonight for dinner and they were delish.  I tossed them with minced garlic and melted butter and baked them with some chicken for an hour and the result was scrumptious.

Speaking of scrumptious…nothing makes me happier than a huge bunch of kale.  I am officially in heaven.  And I plan on making Kirsten’s fried rice with it for lunch tomorrow.  I have no doubt it will be perfect :)

And for an afternoon snack?  I’m looking forward to having some of that melon with a bowl of cottage cheese.  The perfect balance of savory and sweet.

Finally, fresh oranges.  Is there anything better?  I’m hoping we can hold out on them until Sunday, so I can enjoy a glass or two of orange juice with my breakfast in bed.

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

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What’s in the Box? #78

What's in the Box?

My apologies for the tardiness of this post but Harper and I have been busy this week soaking up all that Santa Barbara has to offer before we head home.  We are blessed to be able to visit such a beautiful place, but the best part of Santa Barbara is our wonderful friends.  Here is a peek at what we have been up to this week:

Play dates at the park…

Play dates at the park

Pool time fun…

Swimming in the pool

Picking produce with friends…


Stopping to smell the flowers…


Boat rides in the harbor…

Lil Toot

and taking in beautiful sunsets…


We are definitely going to miss this place, but are looking forward to being back home with Daddy :)

Now, without further ado, lets get “produce wasted!” (my own little spin on a popular movie line…name it!)

Our party last week was rockin! 19 link ups?!  The most we have had in a while.  Makes a veggie-obsessed, mommy blogger like me very happy :)  And you know what else makes me very happy?  Zucchini.  Especially when it’s hidden inside a chocolate waffle (Thanks Kirsten for taking my love of zucchini to the next level) or shredded into a savory loaf of bread.  It truly is the essence of summer.

And like the groundhog in February, a zucchini in my box this week means that summer will be around for at least a few more weeks (Full Disclosure:  I’m no meteorologist, it’s only a theory.  Just go with it.)

Not only did I get a pair of zucchinis, check out what else came in my box…

What's in the Box? #78

A rainbow of delicious colors.  And I’m loving nature’s candy again.  A bunch of red, crunchy grapes.  They make my world go round.  And no, I didn’t share.

But I was willing to share some of my other goodies.  I sliced up the apples for a picnic at the park.  Steamed the broccoli for my little veggie lover as a side to her lunch (she practically ate the whole head herself).  And the basil along with a few leaves of kale got thrown into the food processor for a batch of pesto.  Delish!

The oranges have inspired me to make a batch of muffins which will help to balance out the bowls of salad I will be eating thanks to the size of that head of lettuce.

I like my spaghetti squash simply roasted and tossed with some butter and parmesan cheese.  Although the fresh tomatoes would be a great addition to the squash in the form of homemade sauce.  In fact, I’m hungry just thinking about it.

Cheers to a fabulous weekend!  I hope it’s filled with as much fun and food as you can handle :)

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? #71

What's in the Box?

If there was an award for moving, we would win hands down.  Since Freddie and I have been together (8 years now), we have moved at least once a year (sometimes more).  So I thought I would break down our travels and various moving adventures to show you how much we apparently love to be on the go.

  • When we first met, I had just moved into my own apartment, while he had just moved back in with his dad.  Although soon the tables turned and I decided to move home with my mom (1) and he moved into his own apartment (2).
  • After living with my mom for a while, I decided to go back to school in Arizona (3).
  • Once I graduated, I moved out of student housing and into a house with a roommate (4) and 5 dogs (2 of which were mine).
  • After a year of roughing it in the desert and surviving a long distance relationship, I moved back to LA to live with my brother and be closer to Freddie (5).
  • Six months later Freddie and I got married and moved into our first apartment together in Playa Del Rey (6).
  • A year later, Freddie was offered a great new job up north so we made our way to the central coast (7).
  • We didn’t have time to find a place right away so we moved in with my dad for a few months until we could get an apartment of our own.  Luckily it didn’t take long for us to land our own place (8).  But after having Harper we realized we needed more space.  So we moved into a brand new complex that had loads of young families with kids (9).
  • As Harper grew and became more mobile she loved to play outside.  So we started looking for a house with a yard.  It took a few months to find the right one, but when we did it was perfect! (10).

Last week, Freddie was offered another new position an hour and a half north from where we currently live.  Which means, another move (11).  This might be a record as we have only been in our current house for a few months.  As much as we hate to leave our lovely friends, it is a wonderful opportunity for his career, and as his wife, I am 1000% behind him.

Just in case you needed a recap, that is 11 moves in 8 years.  One would think we were in the military but actually, my brother is the one in the army (who is also in the midst of a move).

So I said all of that to say, I will be looking for a new CSA.  The movers come next Tuesday so I probably won’t have a box lined up by next week, but I will be sharing another recipe roundup with you instead.  The town that we are moving to is famous for their farmers market.  So I might be sharing my farmers market finds with you until I get my new CSA squared away.  But no need to worry, WITB will continue regardless.  The show must go on :)

Before I share my last CSA box with you, I wanted to highlight some of the 10 delicious links from last week.  Starting with My Yummy Local Life’s delivery of Napolitos, otherwise known as prickly pear pads.  Being a member of my CSA for 3 years now, I thought I have seen it all.  But I have never seen or heard of prickly pear pads.  I am officially intrigued and on the hunt for my own bunch of napolitos.  Until I find some though, I will be stuffing my face with Fresh Farm Feasts Double Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies…yum!  And finally, thanks to Salted Plates, I now know what Paneer is (it’s apparently the week of learning!).  Thank you to everyone who participated in this week’s party.  I love lusting over your tasty treats.

And let’s be honest, who isn’t lusting over these tasty treats…

What's in the Box? #71 - In Her Chucks

Not a bad way to say goodbye to 3 glorious years of fresh farm produce.  And for the most part, I was seeing double.  Two bunches of kale, 2 leeks, 2 heads of broccoli, 2 pints of strawberries and 2 heads of lettuce.  So spoiled.

So what am I going to do with all of this delicious goodness?  Well, being that we are headed out in less than a week and will no doubt be overwhelmed with packing, cleaning and saying goodbye to our friends, most of this might make its way to the juicer.  The carrots, spinach, oranges, kale and lettuce will make for a nutrient packed meal or snack.  Plus, it’s been a while since we got the juicer going and we might as well give it one last run before we box it up for the move.

The strawberries will be perfect for the oatmeal I have been enjoying for breakfast.  And the rest will be thrown into this “water recipe” with some sprigs of the fresh thyme and a few slices of the kiwi.  Doesn’t that sounds refreshing?

We all know who will be enjoying those two heads of broccoli on her own (*cough* Harper *cough*).  In fact, as soon as I opened up the box she walked over, pointed to the green trees and said, “What’s that?”.  Now, of course she knows exactly what it is, but that is her little code word for “I want that”.  Let me give you an example.  Not only does she love broccoli, she LOVES butter.  When we go out to dinner and she spies the butter on the table, she will usually ask to sit on whoever’s lap is closest to the butter.  Once she is in perfect position, she will point to the butter and ask, “What’s that?”, as if she didn’t just weasel her way over to the butter to pretend to not know what it is.  My response is usually, “I don’t know, what is that Harper?” to which she responds, “That’s butter mama.  Harper loves butter!”.  And I love Harper :)

For the leeks I am thinking soup.  Asparagus soup to be exact.  I recently overbought asparagus and thought the leftover spears would be perfect for a creamy soup.

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? #61


Four full days of being a “single mom” while Freddie was away on business and I am officially pooped.  Not only was I 100% responsible for my little nugget, but I was teaching 2 classes a day, preparing my Fresh Start meals, keeping the house clean and attempting to blog.  Phew!  I need a vacation.  Welcome home Da-da…can mommy take a nap?

But before I go and close my eyes, let’s take a quick look at last week’s party participants.  We had 5 delicious link ups and clearly these ladies aren’t messing around.  I mean Beet Pizza Crust, Broccoli Salad (with bacon…), and Flemish Beef Stew…we’re eating good in this neighborhood :)  Thank you for sharing your yummy goodies with the rest of the party.  Keep the good food coming!

Speaking of good food…can’t wait to get busy with this lovely produce.

What's in the Box? #61- In Her Chucks

Strawberries again?  Makes my Valentines Day that much more sweet.  I sliced a few up for last nights dessert and plan on incorporating them into as many meals as possible.  I LOVE strawberries :)

I also got 2 big bunches of beets!  Oh, the possibilities.  After seeing Kirsten’s Beet Pizza Crust, it makes me want to dabble in some “dirty” eating (as she so eloquently wrote in my comments…).  But let’s be real, beet pizza crust is a far better choice than plain pizza crust, right?  As far as nutritional value goes…(I’m doing my best to justify my future choices…).

Did you see what else I got two bunches of?  That’s right…kale!  Two bunches of the most beautiful Red Russian Kale you have ever seen.  I will most definitely put one of them to use with some of my meals this week and the other might just end up in soup that I plan to make for a friend.

And then of course there are those amazing sugar snap peas.  They are such a delicious treat.  Perfect timing for an upcoming date night with the hubs.  These Pork Chops andSugar Snap Peas with Mint Julep Glaze should hit the spot.

As far as my Fresh Start Challenge goes, the rest of the box will work great for my final few days of meals.  I have another fruit salad coming up where I plan on using the oranges and apples, a few salads that I can use this lettuce for and the carrots and garlic will come in handy for another batch of Tomato Basil Bisque (which means I might even get a chance to share the recipe!).

Hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day.  I will be celebrating my 4 year wedding anniversary with my two loves…cheers!

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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? #55


You know your day is going to be busy when by 9:30 AM you have already cooked breakfast for three, washed a load of dishes, put a cake in the oven, addressed Christmas cards and sliced veggies for a veggie platter.  Then it was time to shower, blow dry my hair, get Harper ready and head out the door to run errands around town before music class at noon.  Phew!  And that was just part one…the rest of the day included a trip to the police station (nothing major…just a fix it ticket), another music class, more food prep and kitchen clean up, a Hanukkah party, cooking club and as always, hanging with my favorite toddler.  I am tired just thinking about it all.

But nothing gets me rejuvenated like a box full of fruits and veggies and a party full of good food.

Last week we had 8 link ups.  And it was all about no-guilt comfort food.  Tacos, pizzacocktails, and chowder just to name a few.  Pretty sure I will be making each of these very soon.  Thanks to everyone who linked up and shared their goodies.  I love filling up my recipe files with delicious and healthy ideas :)

And let’s be honest, there is nothing more delicious and healthy then this lovely goodness right here…

What's in the Box? #55

She’s a beauty isn’t she?  And can you believe the size of the head of lettuce?  Took me forever to jam that thing in the crisper! Salads. For. Days…

Unfortunately it’s pretty much the only thing that is going to last around here.  The green beans were the first to go.  I whipped up a family dinner for a friend of mine (which included one of the oranges and some of the garlic) and made a batch of my famous green beans to go alongside.  They were a huge hit!

The green onions will be perfect for the spinach dip I will be making for a Christmas party this weekend.  I am also signed up to make a dessert.  Trying to decide if I should use the beets for a cake, the apples for a crisp or the pears for something special.  I love having such delicious options to choose from.

For the kale I am most definitely trying this recipe.  If this won’t warm you up and make your tummy happy I don’t know what will :)  Can’t wait to plant my face into a bowl of this ASAP!

I don’t know about you, but I love lemon water.  I go through phases of making it.  Mostly because I feel silly buying lemons at the store just to use them in water.  But if someone gives me some fresh lemons from their tree or I get some in my box I get inspired to make another batch.  So refreshing.  And it’s a great way to keep me sipping on H2O.

And finally, for the butternut squash, I will be enjoying it roasted.  Roasted and tossed with olive oil, nutmeg, salt and cinnamon.  Mmmmmm…I could eat JUST that for every 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 :)

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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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