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 :)