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What’s in the Box? Recipe Roundup #11

What's in the Box? After 3 weeks of traveling, Harper and I have made it to our last stop of our “tour de familia”.  Our journey started in Ireland, then took us to Georgia, and now we have the pleasure of hanging in Missouri with my aunt, uncle and cousins before we head back to California.  Harper has been the absolute best traveler and an awesome helper!  Her favorite part of packing up and moving to a new location is definitely the perks of a luggage cart ride or two :)

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So for a few more weeks I will be without a box.  But I am having a blast sharing some of my favorite recipes from the past (and hoping to post some new ones soon too).

This week, my recipe roundup was inspired by YOU!  With all the delicious recipes that were shared last week, there were 3 that immediately jumped out at me and they were all breakfast favorites of mine.  So for this week’s recipe roundup, I will be sharing how I like to incorporate my CSA into the most important meal of the day.  But before I do, let’s drool over Kirsten’s Sweet Corn and Blueberry Waffles, Have Dessert First’s Red, White and Blue Crepes, and The Novice Gardner’s collection of fresh egg recipes.  *Drool*  Ok, now wipe your chins and get ready for some more breakfast recipes that are sure to knock your socks off…

Strawberry Scones

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Being on the Emerald Isle for a few weeks, I learned how much the Irish love their tea and scones.  And no disrespect to “the motherland” (as my mother calls it) but these homemade scones blow any authentic Irish scone out of the water.  They are moist, sweet and incredibly flavorful.  And SO easy to make!

Leek and Goat Cheese Quiche

Leek and Goat Cheese Quiche - In Her Chucks

If you are more of a savory person during the morning hours, then this quiche is sure to be your new favorite breakfast of champions.  I love the idea of cooking it up over the weekend and enjoying it throughout the week.  Pair it with a salad and you now have yourself lunch or dinner too :)

Apple Pie Muffins

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I have always preferred to eat a big breakfast in the morning.  My mom, not so much.  Give her a scone or a muffin and a cup of coffee and she is a happy camper.  In fact, I would go so far as to refer to her as the “Muffin Queen”.  Growing up she used to buy muffins by the dozen from our favorite local bakery and freeze them so that they would last her a while.  And although these muffins might not be as healthy as the ones she used to enjoy, they are definitely tastier.

Your turn: What are your favorite ways to incorporate your CSA fruits and veggies into fun and filling breakfast ideas?  Looking forward to drooling over your dishes.  

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What’s in the Box? #74

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One of the things I loved most about gardening, was that seeing all the time and effort that went into planting, watering and growing my own food, helped me to appreciate my harvest so much more.  It’s no secret that I have a deep affection for my CSA box, but after last week’s visit to my CSA farm, I appreciate it so much more!    

For one, the property was just breathtaking…

 

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Rows and rows of luscious fresh greens, just waiting to be picked and devoured.  

 

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I was so grateful to be given a personal tour by the director of the CSA program.  We walked through the entire journey of the veggies from the ground, to the cooler, to the delivery truck.   

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And it all happens in one day.  Now that’s fresh!  

Harper and I had such a blast on our tour.  Looking forward to heading out for another visit soon :)

Now let’s take a look at what type of freshness the party goers have been whipping up.  Last week there were 8 link ups.  And my oh my are there some yummy dishes to brag about.  As much as I love my produce, I also love me some bacon.  Thanks to Jess from Hesitantly Healthy, I can enjoy some Easy Baked Brussels Sprouts, Red Potato and Bacon from the comfort of my computer screen…drool!  And Tammy from Agrigirl shared a beautiful and colorful Yellow Squash Gazpacho.  Finally, I am loving the simple and clean flavors of Brian’s Avocado Toast from Lettuce Never Squash our Love.  Thanks to everyone for linking up and sharing their delicious goodies.  You continue to spoil me :)

You know who else keeps spoiling me?  My freakin awesome CSA!  Check out this week’s haul…

What's in the Box? #74- In Her Chucks

Raspberries AND blackberries…SCORE!  And let me tell you…they are perfectly juicy and sweet.  Simply irresistible.  But I am working my self-control like never before because I have some delicious savory dishes planned for these little gems.  Hoping to get the chance to share them with you :)

Next up are the zucchini.  A HUGE favorite of mine.  Mostly because I can’t get enough of these Turkey Burgers with Homemade Zucchini Fries.  And getting another bunch of crunchy carrots worked out well too, since the burgers aren’t complete without them.  I topped the patties with white cheddar cheese and half of an avocado.  Oh, and some of that crispy green lettuce.  Dinner tonight was heaven.

There is no produce more beautiful to me than golden beets.  They are vibrant, bright and when the dirt and residue are washed away, they almost resemble a glistening gem.  My recipe of choice for golden beets is my Roasted Beets with Walnuts and Gorgonzola because they make the dish sparkle, but this week, my husband has requested beet fritters.  So fritters it is.  And with the fritters I will be serving a perfectly grilled rib eye steak and some of those enormous artichokes, which will also be grilled.

And finally, the leeks.  I am torn with the leeks because I have so many delicious recipes to choose from.  So I guess we will have to see where my taste buds take me this week.  

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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What’s in the Box? #71

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If there was an award for moving, we would win hands down.  Since Freddie and I have been together (8 years now), we have moved at least once a year (sometimes more).  So I thought I would break down our travels and various moving adventures to show you how much we apparently love to be on the go.

  • When we first met, I had just moved into my own apartment, while he had just moved back in with his dad.  Although soon the tables turned and I decided to move home with my mom (1) and he moved into his own apartment (2).
  • After living with my mom for a while, I decided to go back to school in Arizona (3).
  • Once I graduated, I moved out of student housing and into a house with a roommate (4) and 5 dogs (2 of which were mine).
  • After a year of roughing it in the desert and surviving a long distance relationship, I moved back to LA to live with my brother and be closer to Freddie (5).
  • Six months later Freddie and I got married and moved into our first apartment together in Playa Del Rey (6).
  • A year later, Freddie was offered a great new job up north so we made our way to the central coast (7).
  • We didn’t have time to find a place right away so we moved in with my dad for a few months until we could get an apartment of our own.  Luckily it didn’t take long for us to land our own place (8).  But after having Harper we realized we needed more space.  So we moved into a brand new complex that had loads of young families with kids (9).
  • As Harper grew and became more mobile she loved to play outside.  So we started looking for a house with a yard.  It took a few months to find the right one, but when we did it was perfect! (10).

Last week, Freddie was offered another new position an hour and a half north from where we currently live.  Which means, another move (11).  This might be a record as we have only been in our current house for a few months.  As much as we hate to leave our lovely friends, it is a wonderful opportunity for his career, and as his wife, I am 1000% behind him.

Just in case you needed a recap, that is 11 moves in 8 years.  One would think we were in the military but actually, my brother is the one in the army (who is also in the midst of a move).

So I said all of that to say, I will be looking for a new CSA.  The movers come next Tuesday so I probably won’t have a box lined up by next week, but I will be sharing another recipe roundup with you instead.  The town that we are moving to is famous for their farmers market.  So I might be sharing my farmers market finds with you until I get my new CSA squared away.  But no need to worry, WITB will continue regardless.  The show must go on :)

Before I share my last CSA box with you, I wanted to highlight some of the 10 delicious links from last week.  Starting with My Yummy Local Life’s delivery of Napolitos, otherwise known as prickly pear pads.  Being a member of my CSA for 3 years now, I thought I have seen it all.  But I have never seen or heard of prickly pear pads.  I am officially intrigued and on the hunt for my own bunch of napolitos.  Until I find some though, I will be stuffing my face with Fresh Farm Feasts Double Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies…yum!  And finally, thanks to Salted Plates, I now know what Paneer is (it’s apparently the week of learning!).  Thank you to everyone who participated in this week’s party.  I love lusting over your tasty treats.

And let’s be honest, who isn’t lusting over these tasty treats…

What's in the Box? #71 - In Her Chucks

Not a bad way to say goodbye to 3 glorious years of fresh farm produce.  And for the most part, I was seeing double.  Two bunches of kale, 2 leeks, 2 heads of broccoli, 2 pints of strawberries and 2 heads of lettuce.  So spoiled.

So what am I going to do with all of this delicious goodness?  Well, being that we are headed out in less than a week and will no doubt be overwhelmed with packing, cleaning and saying goodbye to our friends, most of this might make its way to the juicer.  The carrots, spinach, oranges, kale and lettuce will make for a nutrient packed meal or snack.  Plus, it’s been a while since we got the juicer going and we might as well give it one last run before we box it up for the move.

The strawberries will be perfect for the oatmeal I have been enjoying for breakfast.  And the rest will be thrown into this “water recipe” with some sprigs of the fresh thyme and a few slices of the kiwi.  Doesn’t that sounds refreshing?

We all know who will be enjoying those two heads of broccoli on her own (*cough* Harper *cough*).  In fact, as soon as I opened up the box she walked over, pointed to the green trees and said, “What’s that?”.  Now, of course she knows exactly what it is, but that is her little code word for “I want that”.  Let me give you an example.  Not only does she love broccoli, she LOVES butter.  When we go out to dinner and she spies the butter on the table, she will usually ask to sit on whoever’s lap is closest to the butter.  Once she is in perfect position, she will point to the butter and ask, “What’s that?”, as if she didn’t just weasel her way over to the butter to pretend to not know what it is.  My response is usually, “I don’t know, what is that Harper?” to which she responds, “That’s butter mama.  Harper loves butter!”.  And I love Harper :)

For the leeks I am thinking soup.  Asparagus soup to be exact.  I recently overbought asparagus and thought the leftover spears would be perfect for a creamy soup.

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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What’s in the Box? #62

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Today is a very special day because it is my precious little love’s 2nd birthday.  And boy did we have fun!  I know I say it often, but time really does fly.  It feels like yesterday that we were celebrating her 1st birthday.  While I was working on her monthly post last night, I was in awe of how much she has grown.  It is such a joy to watch her become her own little person.  She is pretty darn cute :)  Here she is blowing out her candles on her hot pink ice cream cake…(ps: she only wanted to eat the “sparkles”…aka sprinkles).

Harper is 2!

Happy Birthday baby girl!  Mommy and daddy love you to pieces…

So now that Harper has us all in the mood to party, let’s celebrate our fruits and veggies :)

Last week we only had a total of 6 link ups but these ladies clearly came to party!!!  I mean Roasted Beet, Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Pizza, Pineapple Kale Juice, and Split Pea Soup?  I wish I could reach through the computer screen and sample a taste of each.  They all look and sound spectacular :)  Thanks for sharing ladies.  I am officially craving each of these dishes for my next three meals.

Speaking of meals, what the heck am I going to be doing with all this loveliness this week?

In Her Chucks- What's in the Box? #62

Well, let’s start with the chard.  I have been hoping and praying for some chard.  I recently came along another chard soup recipe, and after the success of my last soup experiment, I am feeling confident about trying something new and of course, looking forward to sharing with you :) (ps: speaking of soup, look for the Tomato Basil Bisque recipe soon…I’m shooting for the weekend).  And we all know soup goes perfectly with salad, so that head of lettuce will be delicious topped with some sliced avocado and homemade dressing.

I am thrilled about the strawberries again!  And I love the pairing of strawberries with kiwi.  Kind of brings me back to my first taste of Snapple when I was in elementary school.  Our student government put in a vending machine, but we weren’t allowed to have sodas so it would dispense Snapples instead.  Kiwi Strawberry was my favorite flavor.  Now I take a sip of it and almost keel over from diabetes.  Too sweet.  But I can’t get enough of the real thing.  Yummy, fresh and organic fruit simply makes me happy :)

Another fruit I am excited about are the mandarins.  I just can’t decide if I am going to eat them or juice them.  Guess it depends on if they make through the weekend or not.

So after all the delicious fish recipes I made during the Fresh Start Challenge, I am on a mission to cook fish more often.  Here is an amazing recipe I plan on making to help me use up that cilantro.  Served on a bed of my favorite potatoes with a side of broccoli and that is one scrumptious meal!

And finally some lovely leeks.  It’s been a while since I have whipped up this quiche so I think I will have to revisit the recipe.  I love that it can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner, making it easy to meal plan for the week :)

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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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…

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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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What’s in the Box? #34

No matter how busy my life gets, Wednesdays always seem to get me focused and back on track.  Blame it on the fruits and veggies, but when hump day rolls around the fog seems to clear and things start to fall into place.  Having a CSA box to look forward to keeps me motivated to cook and always makes for some exciting menus.  And with all of the delicious recipes and ideas that have come through this link party, our family meals have been elevated to a whole new level :)

Our party continues to grow and I couldn’t be more grateful.  Last week we had a total of 56 link ups!  I appreciate all my loyal party goers and welcome those who are linking up for the first time.  When it comes to recipes and ideas on how to use your produce, we got you covered.  From breakfast, to lunch, to happy hour and beyond, there is no limit to how your CSA can feed you :)  So thanks everyone for keeping the inspiration flowing and making our tummies happy!

On to this week’s goodies…

Call me crazy, but I might be just a little too excited about this head of lettuce.  I usually pass over it and rarely give my lettuce the time of day.  But this head of lettuce is too pretty to ignore.  I wish I knew what kind it was because I plan on seeking this variety out in the future (maybe even growing a few heads in my garden).  It makes me want to have a fancy dinner party and invite all of my close friends over to enjoy a crisp salad dressed with a homemade vinaigrette.  Chilled salad forks included :)

And although I have been known to throw some grated carrots into my salads as well, I am still on my roasted carrot kick.  I also love my cauliflower roasted.  But then again, it seems as though I love ALL my veggies roasted :)

I was surprised at how fragrant my leeks were this week.  It was the first aroma that hit me when I opened up my box.  I was expecting onions with how strong the smell was, but I was excited to find leeks instead because I have had a taste for another homemade quiche.

With the holy trinity of summer fruit, I might be inspired to create something beautiful.  I plan on keeping it simple because enjoying the fruit “as is” happens to be my favorite part of summer.  The strawberries and nectarines will definitely be making an appearance in this week’s Sweets for a Saturday.  Which, by the way I was featured in last week…yay Gooey Cookies ‘n Cream Bars!  I will have to search through some of my plum recipes to see what pops out at me this week.  And while I am on the subject, here is the plum recipe I promised you last time.  I was hoping to post it on the blog, but was unable to snap a pic before dinner was demolished.  I always have good intentions, but it can be hard to juggle blog life with real life…real life always wins :)

Those little cucumbers are absolutely adorable.  After reading through some of your posts, it looks like most of you are pickling these kind of cucumbers.  I have never embarked on a pickling journey, but you all have inspired me.  I am not the biggest pickle fan myself, but I have friends who would appreciate some homemade pickles.  And what about relish…could I make relish?

And finally, dino kale.  At the start of my CSA journey, I would have cringed at the sight of kale.  But now I jump for joy.  After nearly two years into my CSA love affair I have collected some pretty awesome recipes.  Not to mention all the delicious ideas you all have shared with us.  Now, I can’t seem to think of a reason not to love kale!

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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What’s in the Box? #19

Happy Thursday everyone!  My apologies for being tardy with this post, but we took an unexpected trip to the Emergency Room last night with Harper for yet another round of croup.  After spending 2 hours in the waiting room before being seen and another 3 hours of procedures, we were pretty worn out by the time we got home.  But the good news is Harper is feeling better and on the mend.

And the truth is, nothing does the body better than fresh fruits and veggies.  So I am continually grateful for my box full of yummy vitamins and nutrients.

I don’t normally get over the moon excited about lettuce.  As much as I love my homemade salads by the side, the truth is, they can get old…fast!  So I was glad to find this blog post on different ways to enjoy lettuce because now I look at this bunch of romaine completely differently.  Can’t wait to test out some of these delicious ideas.

One thing I never seem to get tired of is steamed broccoli.  I stepped out of my comfort zone last time and tried it roasted thought it turned out great.  But I plan on going back to my old staple this week.  And the lemon will come in handy because tossing the steamed broccoli with a little butter and lemon juice always gives it that extra something.

I love getting fresh garlic in my box.  It always seems so much more fragrant and tasty than the garlic you buy at the stores.  Plus, I have recently become obsessed with my new garlic keeper.  So it’s fun to have something to fill it with.  But a few cloves will definitely come in handy for Harper’s new favorite dinner.  I have never seen her scarf down anything so fast!  The recipe calls for potatoes,leeks, thyme and celery.  So looks like we only have the meat to pick up at the market and we are all set for dinner tonight :)

In the meantime I am going to munch on those pixie tangerines.  So sweet and delicious.  I just have one minor complaint.  They are a little tough to peel.  After being spoiled by all the satsuma mandarins we were getting, I have become used to the rinds practically falling off.  But these puppies take work!  Although, I have to say, the prize is worth the effort.

Another snack I am looking forward to are my strawberries.  I found a recipe for dried strawberries and so I have them in the oven as we speak.  Fingers crossed that they turn out well.

My last indulgence will be those Mexican guavas.  They are yummy eaten raw, but I like to throw them in a blender with some frozen fruit and enjoy them in a smoothie.  What a treat!

And now could I forget about those crunchy sugar snap peas.  Probably one of my most favorite veggies.  And for some reason I seem to love to serve them with pork.  I was never a big pork fan until I met Freddie but pork is one of his favorite proteins, so I make an effort to make it for him on a regular basis.  I hope to get around to sharing a great recipe with you all this week.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!  It’s almost here…

Here’s to healthy babies and healthy mommies (and daddies too…) :)

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What’s in the Box? #16

It’s the first Wednesday in March and for some reason I feel like singing…”If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands *clap, clap*.  If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands *clap, clap*.  If you’re happy and you know it then your face will surely show it. If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands *clap, clap*”!.

Ok, don’t know where that came from, but obviously I am happy :)  And I am sure my box has something to do with it…

So many beautiful fruits and vegetables, it’s hard to know where to begin.  But I guess I will start with the beets.  Holy moly the beets! Is that not the biggest beet you have ever seen in your life!  And it is pink.  Not red like your average beet but hot freaking pink!  This moment calls for more than just your normal beet fritter.  I feel like these beets need something a little more special.  I just don’t know what yet.  I am still in awe of the size of that thing!

Boy do I love spinach.  So delicate, so sweet.  I normally enjoy sautéing it with some shallots or onions, but I think I am going to try something new this time.  Since I seem to be on a soup kick lately, I think I am going to give this recipe a try.  Plus it calls for leeks and garlic, so it is a perfect recipe for this weeks box.  As always, I like to serve my soup with a side salad.  And this romaine lettuce is large and in charge!  I might get a few sittings out of it.  And because I love to have a little color in my salads, I will be adding some shredded carrots and possibly some avocados.  Yum!

I am loving these plump, delicious strawberries.  Harper and I have been enjoying them for breakfast.  And you know what else Harper is also into now?  Citrus.  I have always offered her some of mine, but she was never interested until recently.  And these mandarins are perfect because they are just her size.  They are a great snack on the go.  Just toss a few on your purse and you are all set!

And then there are some Brussels sprouts.  Or should I say, were.  They were the first to go.  I roasted those babies up so quick they didn’t know what hit them.  I could have eaten just those for dinner.  I only went back for seconds, thirds and possibly fourths.  Love those things!

After all that, guess who’s still singing…me :)  Wanna join me?  If you’re happy and you know it…your turn!

PS:  My apologies in advance for having that song stuck in your head for the rest of the day…but hey…I bet it put a smile on your face :D

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What’s in the Box? #14

My box is back…Yay!  Under normal circumstances, going a week without a box is usually hard for me.  But with everything that has been happening lately, between Harper’s croup, her party and 1st birthday, I was relieved not to have food in the house that I felt obligated to cook.  Besides the food that I made for the party, there wasn’t much time for me to cook anything else.  But after peeking inside this week’s box, I can’t wait to get back in the kitchen.

I have to start out by calling out that gorgeous bunch of purple kale.  It’s electric!  I love how vibrant it is.  And I love that I have such an amazing collection of kale recipes to choose from.  Considering that I have been nursing some unwanted congestion, a pot of Sausage White Bean Kale Soup might do me good.  Of course I would have to serve a delicious green salad on the side, using that spectacular looking red butter lettuce.  And who knows?  It might possibly end up being my Strawberry Salad because it has been a while since I have indulged myself and well those plump strawberries look too good to pass up.

I just love when leeks are in season.  They have such a mild taste but add such amazing flavor to any dish.  My first choice would be to prepare my favorite Parmesan-Crusted Chicken with Leeks and Apples, but there are so many other recipes I have been dying to try.  Chances are one of the recipes will call for some fresh parsley, of which I have plenty.  I will probably find myself whipping up a batch of my famous mashed red-potatoes and steamed broccoli on the side.  Comfort food at it’s best!

I am most excited about the raddichio.  I have never cooked with it at home, but enjoy it when I am out in salads or as an appetizer.  Looking around at different recipes on the internet, I came across one for a Grilled Raddichio Salad.  Yum!  It looks amazing.  I have never tried grilled raddichio before but after reading a bit more, it seems that the grilling helps to mellow out the bitter and spicy taste.  I can’t wait to try it!

My best friends at the moment are the tangerines and the mandarins.  I am enjoying them as we speak, hoping they help me to get rid of whatever bug is trying to invade.

I am hoping I feel better by tomorrow because I have a lot of cooking to do.  And my belly is already doing the happy dance.  Here’s to great week of fresh, delicious meals!

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