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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? #33

Happy 4th of July!  Hope you all had a fun and safe holiday.  We just got back from watching the fireworks.  What a sight!  It’s amazing what they can do nowadays.  So many beautiful colors and shapes.  I love the ones that sparkle.  It reminds me of fairy dust.  Harper was really into the fireworks too!  She kept saying “whoa”, and “pretty”.  She was slightly startled by the loud noises but for the most part was pointing and clapping.

I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our nation’s birthday than with our weekly CSA link party.  Last week we had 51 participants, which seems to be appropriate for the holiday since our flag has 50 stars…and then one for good luck :)  I am blown away by all of the creative ways to use zucchini!  We had Stuffed Zucchini, Spaghetti with Zucchini Ribbons, Avocado Zucchini Bread and more!  Such a versatile veggie…I mean, fruit!  Keep the recipes coming :)  This party gets more and more fun every week!  Thank you for continuing to link up and share all of your wonderful ideas.

And now onto my holiday in a box :)

Everything you need for a backyard bbq…minus the meat :)  Let’s start with the corn, a household favorite.  Fresh, summer sweet corn is the best.  We love throwing it on the grill…crunchy and delicious.  We have plans to cook them up tomorrow as a side dish for our Turkey Burgers (a special request from Freddie).  Those eight-ball zucchini squashes will work great in the recipe.  And for what is left over, as you can see from up above, I have more than enough recipes to choose from  :)  I’m thinking about serving the burgers “protein style”.  Wrapping them up in that crispy romaine lettuce will work perfectly!

The peaches might cause a problem this week.  Freddie is begging me to make a peach cobbler but I can’t bear to part with them.  They are my most favorite afternoon snack.  So juicy and sweet.  I’ll look around and see if any recipe tickles my fancy…otherwise, the cobbler might have to wait.

I’m excited about that orange honeydew melon.  It’s a cross between a Cantaloupe and a honeydew.  Talk about refreshing!  I love chopping up my melon and storing it in the fridge for a quick snack.  Although, I have been known to eat the entire thing in one snacking session.  With melon this delicious, it’s hard not to.  Cucumbers also make for a great summer snack.  I love to dip them in hummus or a batch of my spinach dip.

Don’t mean to be on turkey overload, but when I saw the spinach, all I could think about were these meatballs.  They are super delicious, filling and are great served with a side of quinoa.  I love how they are a practically no fuss recipe.  And I can use those lovely purple onions and fresh garlic too.

Now it’s the time you have all been waiting for.  The announcement for the giveaway winner.  Drum roll please…Congratulations to Sarah from Running at Disney.  I will be in touch with you for more information soon so Conscious Box can get your goodies sent to you right away.   Thank you to the rest of the participants.  You are all awesome and I wish everyone could be a winner.  Hope to offer more giveaways in the near future, so stay tuned!

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!

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