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What’s in the Box? #25

Another Wednesday, another delivery box, another excuse for a CSA link party!  But then again, do we ever need an excuse to celebrate the goodness of fresh, local, produce?  I think not :)

Would you believe me if I told you we nearly doubled our participation last week from the week before?  We had 20 entries!  Yahoo!  Now that’s what I call a link party :)  I am sincerely grateful to everyone who linked up.  I truly enjoy drooling over each and every fruit and veggie you receive.  As well as the lovely ways you choose to prepare them.  I have found some great recipes that I can’t wait to try.  My hope is that both readers and bloggers are finding this venture just as helpful.

As much as I love the idea of a CSA, it can be a challenge at times.  For one, how can you possibly eat all of this gorgeous food before it goes bad?  And two, what in the heck is kohlrabi (insert any new and unusual veggie/fruit)?  My goal in starting this link party was to create a space where we can all get together and swap ideas.  Because as the saying goes, 2 heads (or 20) are better than one :)  Unless of course it’s lettuce and then…well, you might have to resort to eating salad for a while!

For those of you linking up for the first time, here are a few “party rules”.  Don’t worry, they are all fun :)

And now on to my box…

Can you smell the rosemary from here?  Before I could get my box open the aroma of rosemary hit me straight in the face.  Now that’s freshly picked!  To be honest, it took me a while to warm up to rosemary, but now I do my best to use it in everything.  It livens up veggies and transforms starches.  And a little goes a long way!  I think I might have to revisit my Chicken with Bell Peppers recipe.  It only calls for a small amount of rosemary but it will be a good place to start.  Would you be surprised if I served it with a side of steamed broccoli and a green salad?  Just a few of my simple staples that always seem to tickle my fancy :)

Speaking of staples, I love when I get things like garlic and onion in my box.  Almost every recipe I use calls for one or both, so getting them in my box means one less thing I have to pick up at the market.  Plus, the quality and taste are always superior to anything I can find in the stores.  So it’s a double score!

I am always grateful to get a bunch of red russian kale.  It is by far my favorite variety.  And it goes perfectly in my Sausage White Bean Kale Soup.  It’s totally not soup weather right now, but I’m going to go against the grain and make it anyways.  It is one of Harper’s favorites and well, I can’t seem to get enough of it either.

It’s been a while since I have gotten a head of red cabbage in my box.  The color is so beautiful and vibrant!  After watching red cabbage grow in our community garden, I have a whole new respect for this veggie.  So I want to make sure I do it justice, and not just throw it into a coleslaw or on top of tacos (although that works too).  I found this recipe last year and it ended up being a big hit.  Might have to try it again this time around.

So I have been feeling a bit naughty lately and instead of eating my carrots with a side of hummus this week, I think they need to find their way into some sort of baked good.   My mom just happens to make the most amazing carrot cake cupcakes ever and since she will be in town this weekend for Mother’s Day, we might just have to bake a batch (or two) to enjoy.  Looking forward to sharing the recipe soon :)

You know what I want for Mother’s Day?  How about some Waffles with Strawberry Basil Sauce with homemade orange/tangerine juice and a side of bacon…in bed!  Is that too much to ask?  Sounds better than a fancy restaurant brunch any day!  Fingers crossed…

Your turn:  Any new ideas or favorite recipes you want to share?  What would you do with this box of produce?  Looking forward to hearing what you have in mind :)

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What’s in the Box? #23

Can someone tell me what happened to the month of April?  It’s going to be over in a few days and I swear I was just playing practical jokes on my husband for April Fools.  But you know what they say…time flies when you’re having fun!  And I have been having a blast with this new “What’s in the Box?” Link Party :)

So did you guys get to check out all the CSA goodness from last week’s party?  The variety is overwhelming.  There were quail eggs, burdock, corn meal, cucumbers, wheat berry sprouts, sweet potatoes, pumpkins and fennel.  I think we might have covered the spectrum.  Thank you to everyone who participated!

New to the link party?  Check out the guidelines here.

Now on to the produce…

Ta-dah!  Another killer box filled with nutrients, goodness and the biggest green cabbage I have EVER seen!  My gosh…I thought a Cabbage Patch Kid might be hiding inside that massive globe.  This could easily make a saladsoup and some tacos and I am sure there would still be cabbage to spare!

And then you have those tiny pixie tangerines.  The smaller, the better.  They are so delicious and sweet, I really can’t get enough of them.  Pair them with sliced strawberries and you have a power snack that would satisfy any sweet tooth :)  Of course I always throw in some carrots and hummus to add some balance.  And then I can get through my day without a grumbly tummy!

Cooking dinner is by far one of my most favorite things.  I love to get in the kitchen and go to town.  It’s therapeutic for me and helps me to relax and unwind.  I have really been in to fish lately and I don’t plan on kicking the habit any time soon.  I never seem to get sick of my Halibut with Oranges.  Last time I made it I realized (a little too late) that we were fresh out of green onions, so I substituted some leeks instead and was very happy with the results.  The leeks added a lovely sweetness to the dish.  So these leeks and oranges will be having another rendezvous this week.

I am looking forward to having over company for dinner this week and will be preparing the artichokes as appetizers.  They are delicious when boiled and dipped in butter or mayo.  The spinach will also be the perfect side dish to the meals I have planned.  Possibly a side salad as well with that lovely head of red butter lettuce.

So what am I most excited about this week?  The sage.  Sage is definitely one of my favorite herbs.  It can easily become the star of the show and I have to say I kind of love that.  I can’t wait to try out some new recipes.  Or I might even try to get a hold of one of my dad’s famous chicken dishes…mmmm…I can already taste it :)

Your turn:  What are some of your favorite ways to use the fruits and veggies shown?  Any special recipes, tips or tricks you’d like to share?  Looking forward to your responses :)

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