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What’s in the Box? Recipe Roundup #14

What's in the Box?

This summer has been all about traveling.  Whether we were moving, or jet-setting across the Atlantic, it seems like we are always on the go.  And we still have a few more weeks to go until we are home.  But Harper and I are having a blast and enjoying each and every minute of it (minus missing Daddy…that part really sucks).

After coming home from Branson last week, we decided to hop up to Santa Barbara to visit some of our close friends.  Santa Barbara is a special place for us.  It is where we lived for the last 3 years before Freddie took his new job up north.  It is where we found out we were pregnant and where Harper was born.  And most importantly, it is where we have created lifelong friendships with some very special folks.  We are so grateful for the memories that we have in this beautiful town, and it feels good to be “home”, even for just a little while.

Here is a glimpse at what we have been up to in our favorite coastal city…

Greek Festival

For such a small town, Santa Barbara is famous for their summer festivals. This past weekend, we enjoyed the food, the fun and the music of the Greek Festival.

Cute Little Firefighters

The streets are officially safe with these two adorable firefighters on duty

Beach Fun

You can’t be staying a few blocks from the beach without taking a dip. Although Harper was clearly way more excited about the cold water than I was…

We are blessed to be able to visit such wonderful people in such a beautiful place.

But this post isn’t a paid advertisement for Santa Barbara (although it should be…), it’s about the goodness of veggies.  And although I still don’t have a box (but I got one coming next week), there’s more than enough produce at the party to go around.

Last week we had a total of 11 link ups.  And not only were there Fried Green Tomatoes and Buffalo Chicken Pizza, but there was homemade pie, and a collection of blueberry treats!  Man, are we spoiled :)  Thanks for sharing and linking up!  You continue to amaze me with your delicious and nutritious dishes.

As for me, I have been eating my weight in homegrown tomatoes, which is ironic considering I used to not be the biggest fan.  But after almost 3 years of CSA membership, and tons of great recipes linked to the party, I have collected enough scrumptious ideas to change my mind (although I still won’t snack on them for fun…have to draw the line somewhere…).

So in honor of my graduation to an “almost tomato lover”, here are my favorite recipes that utilize the abundance of CSA tomatoes this season…

Chicken with Tomato Herb Pan Sauce

Chicken with Tomato Herb Pan Sauce - In Her Chucks

Cherry Tomato Pesto

Cherry Tomato Pesto - In Her Chucks

Homemade Tomato Sauce

Homemade Tomato Sauce - In Her Chucks

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

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 and grabbing the official “What’s in the Box?” button at the bottom of my blog.  Thanks!

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Homemade Tomato Sauce

Remember all those tomatoes I was telling you about…well I think I have finally received my last batch.  And this time I am turning to an old favorite…

Growing up my family and the Wilson family were very close.  I met Price when I was in preschool.  It was love at first bite…she took a nice chomp on my arm the first day of preschool.  After that we were best friends.  We would have play dates regularly, and more often than not, we would share a meal together.  Lucky for me, Price’s mom Charters was an amazing cook.  Everything she made was fresh, healthy and delicious!  One of my favorite dishes was her Homemade Tomato Sauce.  It is light, refreshing and bursting with flavor.


4 medium tomatoes, peeled and chopped

1 onion, chopped

2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped

3 tablespoon tomato paste

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon butter

Salt and pepper to taste


Heat oil and butter in a medium sauce pan over medium high heat.  Add onions and garlic and sauté until soft, adding a pinch of salt and pepper to help bring out the flavors.  Stir in the tomato paste until combined.  Then add tomatoes and simmer for about 15 minutes, adding more salt and pepper to taste if desired.  When the tomatoes are done simmering, puree the sauce in a blender or food processor to create a smoother texture.  If you prefer a chunkier consistency, leave the sauce as it is.  Toss with your favorite cooked pasta and serve!

If you are looking for a more complex flavor profile, feel free to be creative and add your favorite fresh or dried herbs.  I happen to appreciate the simplicity of the sauce and find the marriage of the tomatoes, onions and garlic to be pleasing to my palate.

What I love most about homemade dishes, is that they tend to be surprisingly easy to make and cheaper than store bought alternatives.  By preparing your favorite foods at home you decide what ingredients to use so you don't have to worry about unnecessary additives or preservatives.  Knowing what you are putting in your body makes you feel good.  And when you can eat well with food that tastes great everyone wins :)
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