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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