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What’s in the Box? Recipe Roundup #9

What's in the Box?

It has been a week since Harper and I stepped foot on Irish soil and life here is truly “grand” (as they say).  I could go on and on about everything we have seen and experienced, but for now, I will let Instagram do all the talking…

First stop?  A proper pub on the mountaintop complete with Irish dancing and finished off with an Irish coffee :)

Pub Antics

How do you recover from a crazy night out the with locals?  Well, an Irish Breakfast of course…

Irish Breakfast

After filling my tummy with goodness it was time to brush up on my Irish history and explore some ancient ruins…

Irish History

Harper was so inspired by digging down deep into her Irish roots, she decided to pick up the tin whistle…

Harper and her whistle

We have also visited the local zoo, done some cooking and of course lots of relaxing.  Life in the motherland (as my mom calls it) is gorgeous :)

And you know what else is gorgeous?  Last week’s links…all 12 of them.  What I love most about each week’s link ups is how much I learn from you guys.  And this week is no different.  Agrigirl taught us that corn silk has many health benefits…who knew?  And The Novice Gardener introduced me to Lemon Balm in addition to giving me loads of ways to use it.  Now I want to grow it all over my garden.  And finally, Have Dessert First is back at the party with a killer recipe for Grilled Shrimp and Polenta.  Thanks to everyone who linked up and shared their delicious dishes.  I appreciate your support and loyalty :)

As for me, there is no box this week.  So I thought I would share some of my favorite CSA BBQ recipes with you all.  With the 4th of July right around the corner, I couldn’t help but ensure that we all have at least one inspired CSA dish at our cookouts.

So without further ado, CSA produce does BBQ…

While you wait for the grill to heat up and prepare to cook your meat, why not grab for a healthy and delicious dip that utilizes only the freshest of ingredients…Seven Layer Bean Dip with Fresh Tortilla Chips

Seven-Layer Bean Dip with Fresh Tortillas Chips - In Her Chucks

As much as I am a meat girl, no BBQ is complete without a bunch of side dishes.  This is the best way to load up on CSA fruits and veggies.  Some of my favorites are Roasted Beets with Gorgonzola and Walnuts

Roasted Beets with Gorgonzola and Walnuts

and Summer Pasta Salad

Summer Pasta Salad - In Her Chucks

For the mains, why not try something different this year and throw some lamb on the grill…Cumin, Honey, and Mint-Marinated Lamb Chops

Cumin, Honey, and Mint-Marinated Lamb Chops

And finally, we all know that no meal is complete without dessert…Pluot Crumble

Pluot Crumble - In Her Chucks

Your turn: What are your favorite ways to incorporate your CSA fruits and veggies into your BBQ and cookouts?  Looking forward to drooling over your dishes.  

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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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Cumin, Honey, and Mint-Marinated Lamb Chops

The weather this weekend was perfect for grilling.  With company coming over for an early dinner, I felt the urge to try something new.  I completely stepped out of my comfort zone and tried cooking lamb for the first time.  Big risk, big reward.  This meal was a huge hit!

Although this was my first attempt at cooking lamb, I am actually a big fan of this delicious meat.  I remember my mom cooking lamb chops as a kid.  I love ordering lamb shanks at my favorite greek restaurant.  But my husband has always been hesitant about trying lamb.  However, a few months back, after being served lamb at a friend’s house for dinner, he quickly became a fan.

This dish is great because it is super quick and easy.  The hardest part is making sure you have enough time to marinate the meat.  So planning ahead is key.  But the good news is that the marinade does all the hard work, leaving the meat sweet, tender and delicious.


1/4 cup chopped mint, plus more for garnish

1 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon dry mustard

2 teaspoons honey

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

8 lamb loin chops

Cooking spray


Combine first 7 ingredients in a small bowl, stirring well.  Place lamb in a single layer in a shallow dish; rub spice mixture evenly over both sides of lamb.  Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours.

Prepare grill.

Place lamb on a grill rack coated with cooking spray.  Grill 4 minutes in each side or until desired degree of doneness.  Garnish with fresh mint.  Serve immediately.

Recipe slightly adapted from Cooking Light via MyRecipes.com

I served the lamb with a side of couscous and grilled veggies.  It was the perfect way to round out the meal.  I chose to garnish the lamb with some freshly chopped mint to help bring out the flavors of the marinade.  Plus, you can never have enough mint in my book.

As we move into the warmer months, I have a feeling we will be doing a lot more grilling.  And after the success of this lamb dish, I think we will be adding this new protein into our rotation.

Your turn:  Are you a lamb fan?  What are some of your favorite ways to prepare it?  Looking forward to some delicious recipes :)


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