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What’s in the Box? #54

boxquestionintrowhiteI love the holidays.  For me it’s all about traditions, good food, and time spent with family.  This year we started a new tradition that we are excited to continue for many Christmases to come.  Last weekend, we took a train ride to a tree farm and cut down our own tree.  It was an awesome experience.  We had a blast!  And Harper really has a special eye for selecting the perfect Christmas tree.

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So now that our tree is up and decorated, the lights are hung and twinkling, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here…and I like it!

You know what else I like?  Produce parties…can I get a woot woot?

Last week we had 10 link ups!  Things are starting to pick up around here and some new folks are joining the party.  Please welcome Lisa and Naima who are just receiving their first winter boxes of the season.  I am looking forward to seeing what goodies come their way.

As for me…

What's in the Box? #54
I had lots of delicious goodies that came my way this week.  I am most excited about the pears.  I have never seen this variety before but I am loving the color.  Very fall like.  I will definitely be eating these as my daily snack along with the mandarins.  Fruit, glorious fruit :)

I am intrigued by the purple top turnips.  These are a new item for me.  I actually thought they were rutabaga (which is another item I have never received before).  If I can treat them the same as any other turnips than I am golden.  Lacey of Making Myself Useful suggested a potato leek soup using the turnips as well.  Sounds like a plan to me :)  Soup and salad is such a great combo for a nice lunch or light dinner.  And that large head of lettuce will make enough salad to last me a while.  Spruce it up with some grated carrots, dried fruit and some nuts and dinner is served!

Another dinner this week will be Chile Rellenos.  I have never made them before, but luckily my friend Lauren over at Gourmet Veggie Mama hooked me up with a killer recipe.  Stuffed with spinach, cheese and dipped in beer?  Looks like someone’s going to have a fun weekend!!

Those little green things?  Those are pineapple guavas.  And they are delicious!  Little sweet gems, so soft and delicate.  They have a taste that is hard to describe.  I like to eat them as is or throw them into a smoothie.  Although I seem to be finding some new recipes online so if time allows I might have to get creative in the kitchen.

And last but not least, the broccoli.  My good ole standby.  Throw it in the steamer and serve it with just about everything.  That is, if Harper doesn’t devour it first.

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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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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What’s in the Box? #53

Hello, Friends :)  It has been too long.  I have been meaning to write but I was a bit preoccupied by these beautiful views…

Needless to say, our Thanksgiving in Texas was wonderful.  And being outside, exploring my sister’s horse ranch with Harper as my guide, was magical.  So much to be grateful for.

And while I was out in the wilderness, there was a raging party going on.  Last week we had a small but mighty 4 link ups!  With the holiday many folks didn’t receive a box so our party was much smaller than usual.  However, the recipes and goodies that were shared were more than enough to go around.  Sharlea from Fresh Veggies in the Desert whipped up an amazing Onion, Bacon, Butternut Tart with Cranberry Salsa with her CSA goodies.  And Megan from Clean Eats, Fast Feets, made some beautiful Moroccan Stuffed Acorn Squash.  Kirsten from Farm Fresh Feasts shared come budget friendly tips on how to reduce, reuse and recycle your food.  And finally Annie of AnnieRie Unplugged shared her ever bountiful Thanksgiving haul.  Thanks Ladies for your participation and for keeping the party alive.  I appreciate your loyalty and support :)

After one week without a box, you can imagine how happy I was to receive this week’s delivery.  I couldn’t wait to crack it open to see what goodies were hidden inside…

This week it’s all about the squash!  Butternut, delicata…all I can think about is cutting them up, tossing them with nutmeg, cinnamon, olive oil and a dash of salt and roasting them until they are deliciously tender.  A true autumn treat.

Another roasted favorite are carrots.  While I was away, I popped some carrots in the oven for dinner one night and they were a huge hit.  So simple, but so darn good!

I am giddy about those apples.  For one, it reminds me that I need to share my that apple crisp recipe (I haven’t forgotten…).  And secondly, Fuji apples are my favorite.  In fact, as I write this post I am snacking on one with a few slices of Gruyère cheese. A perfect pairing.  And when I am done with this I plan to peel one of those juicy mandarins.  A satisfying late night snack.

I love shallots.  They have such a mild flavor but they can easily transform a dish.  I used a bunch of shallots to make my Thanksgiving green beans.  Slice them thinly, saute them with lots of butter, season slightly.  Once they begin to soften, throw in the raw green beans, add some chicken broth to the pan (just enough to soak the veggies) cover the pan and steam for 5-10 minutes until green beans are tender.  Works every time!  In fact, I use this technique with a lot of my veggies.  I will probably saute my swiss chard with the shallots this week.  Might even throw in some of that garlic for an extra kick.

It’s been a while since I got some kiwi.  I usually slice it up and add it to smoothies or throw it into a fruit salad but I would really like to cook or bake with it this time.  Stay tuned to see what I come up with :)

I’m excited to get my fiesta on.  That bunch of cilantro is super fresh and fragrant.  I am thinking about making a batch of Green Rice to go along with a new taco recipe I have been dying to share with you.  Hopefully with my busy schedule, I can get my act together and get some food pics taken (if I can catch the daylight…)

And for the little head of lettuce.  A salad of course.  I might even jazz it up with some apple chunks and grated carrots if I am feeling wild one evening.

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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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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What’s in the Box? #47

With all of the excitement that has been going on lately, I keep forgetting to mention an important milestone for In Her Chucks and the What’s in the Box link party.  So rather than share childhood memories or funny stories, I am going to cut right to the chase.  A few months back, a loyal reader and awesome blogger, Christa of Christa to the Max, created a What’s in the Box? button for me.  I had been trying to create one on my own for quite a while but was frustrated by my lack of knowledge of html coding.  So, thank you Christa for coming to my rescue and helping to make What’s in the Box? more official :)  For those of you who are interested in grabbing the What’s in the Box? button, scroll down to the bottom of the homepage and pick it up.  And thanks in advance for promoting this fun and exciting party!

Now on to the fruits and veggies.  Last week we had 33 link ups!  And with Halloween right around the corner, it’s clearly all about the pumpkin.  Starting with how to cook a pumpkin, then how to turn your pumpkin into pancakes or doughnuts, and finally, what to do with those seeds.  Makes me want to go on the pumpkin diet.  Yum!  Thanks to everyone else who linked up.  Looks like everyone is eating well these days :)

Let’s take a look at what I will be eating this week…

Hello, chard!  It’s been a while since you have graced by box, and strangely enough, a veggie I once despised, is welcomed back with open arms.  And I got two huge bunches too!  I want to try something new with these this week.  During one of our first link parties, someone shared a recipe for a swiss chard smoothie and I have been intrigued ever since.  I am finally going to take the plunge and give it a try.  Can’t wait :)

I got pretty giddy to see those gorgeous cherry tomatoes because I owe you a killer recipe and this time I am not making excuses.  It’s going up on the blog tomorrow.  I promise!

I enjoyed one of those apples with a few slices of cheddar cheese for an after dinner snack which is keeping me satisfied as I sit here and tap away at my computer.  Not quite sure what kind they are but they are sweet and crisp and oh so delicious.  The grapes are going to make for a great snack as well.  Only wished I had gotten them sooner because my mom was asking for some the other night for a salad she had in mind.  Maybe I can get the recipe and pass it on.  It would be nice to jazz up that lovely head of lettuce and turn it into something special.

Speaking of special, whenever I get fresh avocados in my box I feel special.  And if I want to make my husband feel special, I whip him up a fresh batch of my famous guacamole.  Quite honestly it has been a while since we have enjoyed a mini-fiesta around here.  Which means some fajitas with that GIGANTIC onion and a few of the leftover peppers from last week might even be in order.  And of course, no fiesta would be complete without margaritas…in cupcake form :)

After reading this post, I will most definitely be roasting my carrots and beets this week.  I love how roasting brings out the sweetness in the veggies and the texture is just perfect.  Makes a great side dish to any meal.

And finally, the oranges.  I am thinking about making some fresh squeezed orange juice.  Which might even take place in the morning.  I am planning on enjoying some sweet potato pancakes with a side of bacon.  And fresh squeezed orange juice sounds like the perfect beverage to compliment that meal.

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!

PS:  Don’t forget to double your dose of fresh fruits and veggies by visiting this week’s Fresh Foods Link Up from Gastronomical Sovereignty


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