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Ahhh…summer

Our CSA box was totally different this week than past weeks, and I was so happy. Almost all of my favorite vegetables were included: red potatoes, corn on the cob, tomatoes, green beans, squash and onions. Since we’re going to be out of town starting Thursday, we figured out how to make meals with those vegetables and stuff on hand, meaning no need for the grocery store! With the big tomato salmonella scare, it’s nice to feel confident about where your food is coming from. I’ve talked to the farmers and know all the food they grow goes on their table, also.

I accidentally deleted the pictures, but we made a squash and tomato pizza last night, loosely based on this recipe. Very yummy.

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June 29, 2008 at 12:34 pm Leave a comment

Cleaning up

This week’s CSA box had two new vegetables: cabbage and squash (a yellow and green crookneck variety), as well as some usual suspects: onion, garlic, strawberries, beets (aye), broccoli, radishes and chard.

Our Saturday morning routine is to get all the veggies cleaned and dried (on clean rags on the table) before putting them away in bags in the refrigerator. (In an impulse buy a few months ago I picked up some of those As Seen on TV Green Bags, but I’m not sure they’re all that superior to other storage containers. ) So once everything’s washed, later in the week, it’s easier to pull stuff out to use.

June 15, 2008 at 3:48 pm Leave a comment

Budget grocery shopping

I was so pumped this week when we came up with a meal plan based around our CSA box and discovered we’d only need to buy 8 items at the grocery store. (I know, it doesn’t take much to get me excited.) So, in addition to the strawberries, chard, beets, broccoli, garlic and onions that we got from a local, organic farm, we bought bacon, red onions, peaches (from Georgia!), carrots, eggs, bread, raisins and oatmeal (the last two for a batch of granola). All together, it cost exactly $50.05, right on budget. Of course this morning my husband discovered we were out of rice milk, but that will just be a few dollars more.

We plan most of our grocery shopping around our weekly dinners (which you can see at the column on the right), since we almost always take leftovers for lunch. When we make a particularly big batch of something, it goes into the freezer in individual portions for later. Also in our freezer is homemade chicken broth, meat I pick up on sale (right now some chicken and fish), homemade rolls, bags of vegetables, shredded cheese, milk, tortillas and other odds and ends that are helpful when we need to throw something together.

Here’s some of this week’s box. The garlic looks kind of funky just out of the ground, huh?

June 8, 2008 at 3:54 pm 1 comment

What is that?

CSA box

I’ve been anxiously awaiting the spring. Since late last summer we’ve talked about taking part in a CSA (community supported agriculture) program to make it easier to eat healthier, locally, in-season and organic. Saturday, my husband brought home our first box from our CSA share, and I was looking forward to seeing what sort of meals I could devise. There were strawberries, broccoli, arugula, vidalia onions and a whole bunch of bulbous vegetables. While my husband grew up in the country, I’ve never even been on a farm, and we were both a little stumped. Turnips? Beets? Radishes? After some quick research on Google images, I was convinced the white ones were turnips. But then I finally tasted one. Definitely radishes. Who knew they came in white also?

So begins the adventure of trying to base most of our meals around a weekly box of produce, and, in the process, expanding our culinary skills and experiences while eating more local, organic meals. This week’s box likely will be the smallest of the bunch, as the growing season is just getting started.

May 28, 2008 at 2:29 am 1 comment


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Weekly menu

-Sesame chicken
-Black bean burgers with sweet potato fries
-Salad with hot bacon dressing and corn on the cob
-Tomato and bacon frittata