Break out the gag gifts, inflate a bunch of balloons and get the party favors ready, because What’s in the Box is Over the Hill! That means I have drooled over, gushed about and enjoyed around 400 varieties of fruits and veggies during the last 9 months. And each and every piece of produce has been divine! The fun part about this milestone is, that like a good bottle of wine, as we move forward on this journey together, it is only going to get better :) The more I receive fresh, local produce, the more I learn how to cook, enjoy and prepare it. And now that I have you all partying with me…well, I have more ideas than I know what to do with! So, WITB…40 is looking real good on you :)
Last week might have been a small turnout (compared to some of our recent parties) with 33 link ups, but each and every post was chock full of delicious CSA goodness. And tomatoes stole the show! Everything from Oven Roasted Tomatoes, Crepes a la Piperade, Vodka Sauce and Tomato Cobbler. Truth be told, I wasn’t always a fan of tomatoes, but I’m definitely warming up to them. And these recipes have me drooling over tomatoes now! Thanks to everyone who participated in the link party last week. I appreciate your continued support and creative ideas.
Now it’s time to check out the contents of my Over the Hill box…
Speaking of tomatoes…check out those yellow tomatoes. I was stumped when I first saw them. I have never encountered a tomato of that shape and the color made me think it was a pepper or other type of fruit. So I had to take a bite out of one to make sure it was indeed a tomato. Score! I was on my way to the store to pick up some tomatoes for the rest of my meal plans this week and was happy to get some freshly picked ones instead. Love when that happens :)
I was excited to see another bulb of elephant garlic again. Although I still haven’t made my way through the last bulb. Guess I will have to get on that or else I will have garlic coming out of my ears!
After a ton of pluots in my box this summer, I finally got my favorite variety…Flavor Granade Pluots. I love the color and I love the flavor. They make for such a yummy and refreshing snack, it’s hard to eat just one. If I wanted to be naughty, I would make this tart. Blows my crumble out of the water!
I am loving those little tiny grapes. I almost didn’t think they were real. They look like the plastic grapes you see used as decoration. Harper and I grabbed a handful and gave them a try. Crunchy and sweet! I will have to look for this Red Flame variety in the future.
And while we are on the subject of grapes…these grapefruits look mighty nice! There is nothing like a tart, juicy grapefruit to start your morning off right. I find that it rounds out my meals with eggs quite nicely. I will have to try my best to fit it into my meal plan this week.
As for the rest of the haul…The green beans and red bell peppers were cooked up tonight for lunches tomorrow. Stay tuned for a clean eating post with details. Expect to see the corn, carrots and Romaine lettuce in the next few days as well. Lots of delicious and fresh meals on the horizon.
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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