What’s in the Box? #79

What's in the Box?

We made it through our first week in the “OC” and are finally beginning to feel settled in our new place.  We have enjoyed trips to the park, dips in the pool and lovely walks in the neighborhood.  I wish I had photos to share of all our adventures but my iPhone screen went grey last week and this time, I don’t think she’s coming back.  So for now we will all just have to use our imagination until a) she gets fixed or b) someone surprises me with the new iPhone for my birthday ;)…I’m hoping for the latter.

In the meantime, let’s just stay focused on the veggies.

Last week we had a total of 8 link ups and apparently it’s all about the party food.  Pizza, salsa, and tacos, all inspired by fresh and seasonal CSA bounty.  Gotta love the difference a box full of fruit and veggies can make in your life :)  Thanks to everyone for linking up and sharing their goodies with the rest of the group.  Keep ‘em coming!

Now on to my first box from my new CSA…

What's in the Box? #79 - In Her Chucks

I am officially in grape heaven.  I am drowning in them…but that makes me SO happy :)  Harper and I snacked on a few on the way home from picking up our box and they tasted absolutely perfect!  I will be enjoying these for the rest of the week.

I also have more broccoli than I think my fridge can hold.  4 heads!  But with the way my family eats broccoli around here, that might last a few nights.

I am super excited to see an eggplant.  It has been a while since I have gotten one in my box and this is the first time I have ever received a white one.  There have been so many delicious eggplant recipes posted lately that I am dying to try but the hubs requested this meal, which I had completely forgotten about.  Looking forward to a delicious and clean dinner tomorrow night.

To celebrate the end of the work week, I have decided to make a taco salad for dinner Friday night.  So that lettuce, tomatoes and peppers will be perfect.

I got a ton of fresh herbs that I am excited to cook with this week.  Chives and a fragrant bundle of herbs de Provence will be the perfect complement to some delicious meals.

I am thrilled to have fresh plums and pluots in my box this week.  I am doing my best to stay away from sugar at the moment so no pluot crumbles this time around.  But besides snacking on them I am thinking about some savory dishes where I could put them to use.  Or of course, I could always make Kirsten’s muffins…yum!

Your turn: What are some of your favorite ways to incorporate your CSA fruits 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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6 thoughts on “What’s in the Box? #79

  1. Heather,
    I love it when one of the recipes I’m going to post happens to be a new item in your box! If you’ve got any fennel seeds, do try the Fennel Seed Focaccia with Grapes, Red Onion, and Goat Cheese. If you can save out a few from snacking, that is!

    I’m glad you’re settling in, and I hope that you are treated for your birthday–you deserve it!
    I’m all about the fruit today–in addition to that focaccia (yes, 3 fruit pizza or pizza-related creations in a row. Not sure which pizza is going up this week but I promise it will not be a fruit concoction. I’m going to attempt a 10 mile walk and contemplate my options . . .)

    Where was I?
    Waffles. Pears. My farmers gleaned unloved city pear trees and shared the bounty with us last fall. These pears were not perfect store or orchard pears, but I used the good bits and made pear butter using Farmgirl Fare’s recipe. Then I used that in waffles, you know, just because. The texture of the waffle was similar to a pear in a way, which was pretty neat.

    Finally, you can be a witness to the evolution of my photography skills, because the first two posts were photographed before I spent April taking that 30 Days to Better Food Photography Challenge at LearnFoodPhotography.com (not paid to say that, didn’t pay to do the challenge).
    This last recipe, Green Tomato Bacon Jam, has been in almost as many photo shoots as my kids.

    It’s a more patient subject. And a delicious condiment, especially mixed into ground meat for burgers.

    Thanks for hosting!

    • inherchucks says:

      that focaccia sounds awesome. i think i will have enough grapes to satisfy my snack craving and give the focaccia a try :)

      thanks for sharing and linking up! looking forward to picking up some more photo tips

  2. So glad you’re finally settling in and how wonderful that you get pluots in your box. Happen to be one of my favorites, except I get mine from Sam’s Club, probably from thousands of miles away. :-( Our local u-pick farms don’t have them. But, I won’t complain, soon it’ll be apple season and we’ll have our fill of fresh apples!

  3. Eva Sweeney says:

    Once you’re setted in we should meet for lunch. :)

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