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csa friday #13

November 2, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Will I ever get bored with the CSA? Doubtful. Boxes of beautiful produce area always welcome in my home.

This weeks devliery did not dissapoint. Surprised?

Here’s what the fridge looked like after:

And the countertop:

The yellowy tomato looking things are persimmons. My first one!

The Details:


  • Portugese Kale – This is large and leafy. I don’t think I’ve had it before. Apparently the stalks are edible too if you peel them.
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet Potatoes – I haven’t used my sweet potatoes from the last pick-up. I think I feel a pot of soup coming on.
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Red Onion
  • Red Russian Garlic
  • Carrots 
  • Broccoli
  • Beauty Heart Radish
  • Sugar Dumpling Squash
  • Romanesco – more dinosaur looking cauliflower!
  • Salad Mix


  • Thomcord Grapes – a cross between a Thompson Green Grape and the Concord Grape
  • Valencia Oranges – I hope these stop the cold I feel coming on!
  • Fuji Apples
  • Emerald Beaut Plums
  • Persimmons – I have never had one of these. So curious. It looks like an orange tomato.
  • Kiwi – How do you eat a kiwi? Brette eats the whole thing – skin and all – claiming it’s too much work to peel such a small fruit. I tend to peel and slice.
  • Haas Avocados – I will never get sick of a big avocado supply.
  • Warren Pears 
What produce is showing up in your home this week?

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csa friday #12

October 19, 2012 · 1 Comment

I will never get sick of picking up our CSA box. Never.

The season has definitely changed over to fall. There are a lot more root vegetables this time around. Please hear me – I’m not complaining. I’m loving the change to heartier soups, stews and things you can roast. Fall is by far my favorite time of year.

Most intriguing vegetable in this box? This guy.

Broccoli Romanesco. I’ve seen it at the market before, but have never actually tried it. Apparently it is similar to a cauliflower. Have any of you tried it? Thoughts?


The full veggie box included: 

  • Red Sweetheart Cabbage
  • Salad Mix
  • Red and yellow onions
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Honeynut Butternut Squash – I cannot wait to try this!
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Broccoli Romanesco
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Purple Viking Potatoes
  • Green Curly Kale
  • Celeriac

The best part of the Fruit Share?

Pomegranates! I love this fruit. To me it is totally worth a few minutes to harvest all the juicy seeds (see my tutorial here). I haven’t decided what I’ll do with them quite yet, but I can’t wait to break one open.

The full Fruit Share included: 

  • Pippin Apples
  • Asian Pears
  • Biodynamic Limes
  • Pomegranates
  • Biodynamic Thompson Grapes
  • Brown Turkey Figs
  • Braeburn Apples

What foods are you enjoying this fall?

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csa friday #11

October 5, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Man do I love CSA days. My fridge goes from empty to overflowing with produce in a snap. I then have the basis for multiple plant based meals. How awesome is that?

Here’s what was in this week’s box:


  • Potatoes
  • Garlic
  • Yellow Onions
  • Cheddar Cauliflower – I think it’s just called that due to it’s color.
  • Carrots – A carrot soup is in my future.
  • Celery
  • Broccoli
  • Iceberg Lettuce – I cannot remember the last time I had iceberg in my fridge. I’m thinking of using it as a taco topping. Or an old school salad?
  • Baby Bok Choi
  • Radishes
  • Delicata Squash – my all time favorite squash! Did you know you don’t have to peel it? Here’s one of my favorite recipes.


  • Hass Avocados – Keep em’ coming!
  • Warren Pears – I’ve never seen a pear like this. The skin is a yellowy brown green. I can’t wait to try it.
  • Red Globe Grapes
  • Gala Apples
  • Granny Smith Apples – I love granny smiths chopped up in salad that also includes red cabbage and walnuts. One of my favorite combinations.
  • Pluots – the pluots just keep coming!
  • Valencia Oranges – the size of my head.

What produce is in your fridge this week?

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dressed up kale salad

October 1, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Due to an abundance of kale in our garden and a big crop of avocados in our last CSA pick-up, we’ve been enjoying a lot of massaged kale around here. If you have not tried this method for kale, you really need to. It’s simple and delicious – my favorite combo. I’ve described massage kale before when I wrote about vegetarian BLT’s.  Massaging olive oil or avocado into chopped kale makes the most delightful raw salad. Since kale is a sturdy green, the leftovers will keep until the next day without getting soggy.

Massaged kale is perfect on it’s own as a side dish as well. This past week, I dressed it up a bit to incorporate more of my CSA box. I loved this version so much, I made it again two days later. It’s full of veggies and fruit, good-for-you fats, and just plan tastiness. We paired it with steamed edamame. It would also go great along side anything off the grill or with some really good sourdough. It is my new favorite salad.

Dressed up Kale Salad

Serves 4 (may vary depending on other items served)

  • 1 bunch of kale, stemmed and chopped (about 8 loose cups)
  • 1 ripe avocado, diced and separated into two piles
  • 2 tsp olive oil (or more if you’re into it)
  • salt
  • juice of a lemon or a lime
  • 1 mango, chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, toasted in a dry pan
  • 3 Tablespoons hemp seeds or sunflower seeds


Start with the kale. Place in a large bowl. Add half of the avocado, olive oil, juice of a lemon or lime and a good sprinkling of salt. Wash your hands. Then dig in and massage the avocado, oil and citrus into the kale. You can be tough on the kale. It is a very sturdy green so get in there and use some elbow grease. You want the kale to be coated in the goodness mixture. It will also wilt down a bit. Taste for seasoning and add more salt if needed.

Add the remainder of the avocado, mango, red bell pepper, coconut flakes and seeds. Toss lightly. Serve.


What’s your favorite salad? Do you have fellow lovers of kale reading this?


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csa friday #10

September 21, 2012 · 5 Comments

As I mentioned on Monday, we have a lot going on in our house. I promise, I will disclose details shortly. It is mainly good stuff happening but I have still felt extremely overwhelmed all week. So, all though I was very excited to pick up our CSA, it also overwhelmed me. There is just so much produce! How am going to use it all? What am I going to do with a head of cauliflower the size of my head? When will I find time to cook? Ahhh!!!

I then reminded myself to take a chill pill and rejoice in the fact that my fridge is now happily filled with delicious produce which will be perfect nourishment during this busy time. Yes, that’s a much better spin.

In my rush to pick up the share and drop it at my house before heading out the door again, I did not snap a photo. You will have to let your imagination paint the picture of what showed up in our box of goodies.

Veggie Share:

  • Gold Beets – for the love of beets!  These are ginormous!
  • Leeks
  • Potatoes – I’m sensing a potato leek soup in the mix
  • Yellow Onions
  • Garlic
  • Japanese Rose Daikon Radish
  • Spigariello – This is a totally new green to me that I can’t wait to try. Apparently it tastes like broccoli.
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Mini Romaine Lettuce – so cute!
  • Poblano Peppers
  • Mini sweet peppers
  • Pimento Peppers
  • Cauliflower – seriously, it’s really big.
  • Tomatoes – last of the season from the CSA.
  • Edamame
  • Saute Mix – a blend of greens

 Fruit Share:

  • Black Mission Figs
  • Green Grapes
  • Bartlett Pears
  • Honeycrsip Apples – my favorite!
  • Keitt Mangos – I’m super pumped about these!
  • Blueberries – these might go straight to the freezer.
  • Hass Avocados – we have a bumper kale crop, so I’m envisioning some massaged kale.
Here’s what I need help with: The beets, radish, and figs. What would you do with them? I need some ideas.
Hope you are all enjoying the fall!


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