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What’s in the Box? #29

My motto of the week…Ask and you shall receive!

Remember last week when I was raving about how much I love summer fruit?  Well, wouldn’t you know it, today I opened up my box to 2 out of the 4 fruits that I have been praying for (praying?…does that sound desperate?).  This is a definite high of my week :)

But before I get too gushy about the beauty that is my CSA box, I wanted to take a moment to give a shout out to all of my link party participants.  Last week we hit a record high of 34 links!  Each entry was just as good as the next.  We are on CSA fire people!  This party is full of some healthy and creative veggie lovers.  And I am grateful for each and every one of you.  I never knew there were so many delicious ways to prepare fresh produce.  You all continue to push the envelope on CSA goodness, and each week gets yummier.  Thank you for your participation!

Now, before I explode, it’s my turn to brag…

Apricots folks!  And pluots too.  Please excuse me while I do a little happy dance :)  And then proceed to stuff my face with their juicy goodness.  No fancy recipes needed…just a slight chill from the fridge and I’m good to go.  Although, I might have to whip up a favorite pluot dessert of mine.  As long as it doesn’t exhaust too much of my stash.  I tend to get greedy when it comes to my fruit.

I am also excited about the chard.  There have been so many delicious recipes linked up to the party over the past few weeks, I am again overwhelmed with the choices.  Swiss Chard Smoothies, Swiss Chard with Pasta,  Creamed Chard…and the list goes on and on.  In cases like this, I like to turn to Freddie for his input.  He’s a good decision maker :)

Speaking of Freddie, he was stoked about the onions..and their size!  He’s already grilling up burgers to pair with them (his favorite topping).  I am sure he will add a few leaves of lettuce as well.  Red butter lettuce goes great on burgers…yum!

Loving the other staples this week…carrots, celery, parsley.  I am having a girlfriend over Friday night and we are planning to make dinner together.  Ingredients like these will be a perfect foundation for a fresh and healthy meal.

And what about the lovely head of red cabbage?  The hubby has been begging for me to make this gratin for him.  Nothing like butter, cheese and heavy cream to jazz up a purple ball of leaves.

Last but not least, the citrus.  Meyer lemons and mandarins.  Such a lovely treat.  I am thinking about another batch of freshly squeezed citrus juice (I still have my grapefruits from last week, too!).  Because there is no better pairing with my morning breakfast.  Simply refreshing…

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 hearing your responses :)

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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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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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