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Fall CSA Week 10

This is the last Fall CSA box! Here's everything I got. Items are listed below, starting at the top and moving left to right. Fall CSA Week 10

  1. Lacinato kale
  2. Arugula
  3. Napa cabbage
  4. Cauliflower
  5. Sweet potatoes
  6. Baby sweet potatoes
  7. Decorative corn
  8. Dried hot peppers
  9. Globe radishes

The peppers and large sweet potatoes went away to be eaten another time. We snacked on the radishes and the decorative corn got a place propped up in our kitchen.

The first meal is (you guessed it) eggs! You know I love me some eggs and we couldn't NOT have them in the final week. I used the kale for a yummy salad and roasted the baby sweet potatoes.

Fried Eggs with Kale Salad and Roasted Baby Sweet Potatoes

This meal is what happens when I don't plan well. We were supposed to have homemade pizza, but then I realized that we didn't have any cheese. So what did I do instead? Homemade breadsticks. That plus an arugula salad and marinara sauce for dipping was dinner. My hubby thought it was awesome.

Breadsticks and Arugula Salad

For this last one, I broke down a chicken into parts and marinated it in a combination of tamari, garlic, ginger, honey, and water, and baked it in the oven. I cooked down the marinade to kill any nasties and used that as the sauce for the cabbage. Roasted baby sweet potatoes (from a previous CSA box) completed the meal.

Ginger Soy Chicken with Nappa Cabbage and Roasted Baby Sweet Potatoes

And that's it for the 2014 CSA season! I hope these posts gave you a little peek at what dinner looks like at my house and some ideas for your seasonal produce. Here's to all of those yummy veggies!

Fall CSA Week 9

Here's everything I got in my box! All items are listed below, starting at the top and moving left to right. Fall CSA Week 9

  1. Sweet potatoes
  2. Savoy cabbage
  3. Salad mix
  4. Turnips
  5. Watermelon radishes
  6. Baby sweet potatoes
  7. Cauliflower
  8. Parsley

The sweet potatoes went into storage (we've got quite the pile at this point) and we pickled the cauliflower. It might sound weird but pickled cauliflower is one of my favorite things. : D

We ate the salad mix with some chopped apple and pulled pork I made in the slow cooker. It was delicious and made for a super easy dinner because the slow cooker did all of the work for me.

Pulled Pork and Salad

We also had one of our favs: egg biscuits. For the vegetable I sauteed the turnip greens.

Egg Biscuits and Turnip Greens

The turnips and watermelon radishes went into the roasted vegetable mix for Thanksgiving dinner. We all agreed that the food this year was the best we've ever done. It just seems to keep getting better each time.

Thanksgiving Dinner

I used the leftover turkey bones to make some broth which made the perfect base for cabbage soup. In addition to the giant head of savoy cabbage, I threw in a few potatoes and some leftover chicken we had in the fridge.

Cabbage Soup


Fall CSA Week 10

Fall CSA Week 8

Here's everything I got in my box! Items are listed below, starting at the top and moving left to right. Fall CSA Week 8

  1. Mixed field greens
  2. Arugula
  3. Spring raab
  4. Sunshine winter squash
  5. Sweet potatoes
  6. Cabbage
  7. Italian Corno di Torro sweet peppers
  8. Jalapenos

The jalapenos went into homemade hot sauce and the sunshine winter squash went into storage for another day.

The cabbage went into some homemade sauerkraut. I made a whole video on that, if you're interested.

I roasted some of the sweet potatoes and served the arugula as salad with some scrambled eggs. Simple and delicious.

Scrambled Eggs with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Arugula Salad

For pizza night I used a sweet pepper as the pizza topping and had the mixed field greens as salad with a tahini dressing.

Pizza and Salad with Tahini Dressing

This one can be added to the evidence that I'm seriously bad at taking pictures of soup. This is a peanut sweet potato soup I made that was quite tasty. The only CSA item in this one was (you guessed it) the sweet potatoes.

Spicy Sweet Potato Peanut Soup

Eggs on the menu again! This time fried, with roasted sweet potatoes and sauteed spring raab.

Fried Eggs with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Sauteed Greens

I promise we didn't actually have pizza twice in one week (although I wouldn't mind it if we did). This was a straggler meal that I used to eat up the rest of those peppers about a week later. I lightly cooked them so they didn't loose all of their crunch.

Pizza with Sauteed Peppers


Fall CSA Week 9

Fall CSA Week 6

I have to say, this week, we had some seriously delicious meals. Here's everything I got in my box! All items are listed below, starting at the the top and moving left to right.

Fall CSA Week 6

  1. Salad mix
  2. Assorted cooking greens
  3. Yellow roc d'or beans
  4. Red and green bell peppers
  5. Fingerling potatoes
  6. Garlic chives
  7. French breakfast radishes
  8. Baby sweet potatoes
  9. Sweet potatoes

The radishes were eaten on their own for a snacky snack.

I roasted the fingerling potatoes and tossed them with the garlic chives. Along with that we had grass-fed burgers and the salad mix.

Grassfed Burger, Salad, and Roasted Potatoes with Garlic Chives

All of the bell peppers went into a frittata and then I sauteed the bagged greens as our side. This was a great quick meal.

Bell Pepper Frittata and Sauteed Greens

I roasted the beans because that's delicious and made a honey-mustard roasted chicken with some sweet potato fries. This was so so yummy, even if it does look a little boring color-wise.

Honey Mustard Roasted Chicken with Sweet Potato Fries and Roasted Roc d'Or Beans

The remaining sweet potatoes and baby sweet potatoes all went into storage for the future. We've got quite the sweet potato pile accumulating.

Fall CSA Week 5

Here's everything I got in my box! All items are listen below, starting at the top and moving left to right. Fall CSA Week 5

  1. Magenta head lettuce
  2. Mustard greens
  3. Swiss chard
  4. Sweet potatoes
  5. Roc d'or beans
  6. Italian parsley
  7. Sweet peppers
  8. Globe radishes
  9. Assorted eggplant

The radishes and green pepper were eaten as snacks.

I roasted the roc d'or beans one day for lunch which, I have to say, is quickly becoming my favorite way to cook them. So good!

Roasted Yellow Roc d'Or Beans

I roasted a lot of the sweet potatoes and we had them with fried eggs and a kale salad. I made a garlic-lemon tahini dressing for the salad and it was delish!

Fried Egg with Kale Salad and Roasted Sweet Potatoes

This dinner was actually plan C. The end result tasted good, but it looked mediocre at best. I roasted the eggplant and we had some leftover sweet potatoes from the night before. All of that went as as planned, but I was originally going to serve the eggplant and sweet potatoes with eggs. Then, I realized we were out of eggs, so I went with plan B: sausage. The only problem was, when I went to pull the sausage out to thaw it, I realized we didn't have any of that either. So, that brought me to plan C: ground pork. I added some Chinese five spice powder to the pork and made patties out of it. They actually ended up tasting really good, but the overall presentation wasn't my best work.

Ground Pork Patty, Roasted Eggplant, and Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Pizza night was the same thing it's been for a few weeks now (red pepper pizza) and I'm ok with that because it's delicious! These particular peppers tasted awesome! I'm not sure of the variety, but I'm a fan. The head of lettuce got chopped up for salad.

Red Pepper Pizza with Salad

We had egg biscuits this week, which is one of our favorite dinners. I sauteed the mustard greens as a topping and side dish. They were good, but I tried an experiment that didn't turn out so great. I was feeling a little lazy and decided to try cooking the mustard green leaves whole instead of stripping each one off it's stem and then chopping all the stems up. That was a mistake. It was just hard to chew the whole leaves, so I won't be taking that shortcut again.

Fried Egg Biscuits with Sauteed Mustard Greens

And we finish things off with my favorite meal from the week! Some grated sweet potato, chickpeas, spices, and a few other things all got mixed together to make patties. We ate those with the bagged Swiss chard and topped it with a spicy peanut dressing.

Sweet Potato Chickpea Burgers with Salad and Spicy Peanut Dressing

Fall CSA Week 4

Here's the Week 4 box! Everything is listed below, starting at the top and moving from left to right. Fall CSA Week 4

  1. Sweet potatoes
  2. Magenta lettuce
  3. Salad mix
  4. Assorted eggplant
  5. Fingerling potatoes
  6. Italian parsley
  7. Fresh back eyed peas
  8. Okra
  9. Jalapeno peppers (in the rubber band)
  10. Sweet banana peppers

I'm sad to say, we did have some CSA casualties with this box. The okra and the parsley both ended up in the compost heap. It was just bad planning on my part. I hate when perfectly good food goes to waste, but it still happens sometimes.

The magenta lettuce, black eyed peas, and banana peppers all came together to make some yummy burrito bowls.

Burrito Bowls

I roasted the eggplant and fingerling potatoes and served them with fried eggs. This meal wasn't great color-wise, but it tasted good. :D

Fried Eggs with Roasted Eggplants and Fingerling Potatoes

We had eggs another night, this time scrambled, and enjoyed them with the salad mix (topped with a tahini dressing) and roasted sweet potatoes. This was my favorite meal of the week!

Scrambled Eggs, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, and Salad with Lemon-Garlic Tahini Dressing



Fall CSA Week 5

Fall CSA Week 3

Here's everything from Week 3! Items are listed below, starting at the top and moving left to right. Fall CSA Week 3


  1. Head lettuce
  2. Salad mix
  3. Sweet potatoes
  4. Broccoli
  5. Yellow Roc d'or beans
  6. Mixed tomates
  7. French breakfast radishes
  8. Assorted eggplant
  9. Assorted sweet peppers

I snacked on the tomatoes and radishes and added the sweet potatoes to our pile.

The head lettuce made a great salad with our weekly pizza and the salad mix stood in it's place with the leftovers. The red pepper went on our pizza.

Red Pepper Pizza with Salad

I tried something different with the beans this week! I roasted them, along with some potatoes and served them with scrambled eggs. Roasting the beans made them a little crispier, which was nice.

Scrambled Eggs, Roasted Potatoes, and Roasted Yellow Roc d'Or Beans

Everything else ended up in this meal: honey mustard chicken and roasted vegetables. Basically, I roasted the chicken like I usually do, but brushed on a mixture of honey and Dijon mustard near the end. The broccoli, eggplant, and peppers all went in, along with some potatoes and Brussels sprouts I had picked up at the farmers' market.

Honey Mustard Roasted Chicken and Roasted Vegetables

Do you have a favorite roasted chicken recipe? Share in the comments below!

Fall CSA Week 4

Fall CSA Week 2

Week 2 includes some summer items and our first winter squash! Here's everything we got in our box! All items are listed below, starting at the top and moving left to right.

Fall CSA Week 2

  1. Salad mix
  2. Delicata squash
  3. Roc d'or beans
  4. Assorted eggplant
  5. Broccoli
  6. Sweet potatoes
  7. Heirloom German lunchbox tomatoes
  8. Basil
  9. Assorted hot peppers
  10. Assorted Sweet peppers

I ate the tomatoes all by myself. I basically grabbed one whenever I walked by their box on the counter. :D

The delicata squash were roasted with some oil and a sprinkle of salt. Easy and delicious. I just made them kind of randomly to eat, not as part of any of our dinners.

Roasted Delicata Squash

The round eggplants stood in place of noodles in this eggplant lasagna-esque dish I made. It was actually supposed to be eggplant Parmesan rollatini, but I decided to try something different at the last minute and it turned out pretty good. We loaded up with salad to help balance everything out.

Eggplant Lasagna with Salad

This is one of the best dinners I've made in a while. I cut up a whole chicken and marinated it in a mixture of soy sauce, water, ginger, and garlic. That baked in the oven while I sauteed the broccoli, half of the beans, some of the sweet peppers, and an onion. I also cooked down the chicken marinade to reduce it and kill any raw chicken nasties and then poured that over the veggies. So. freaking. good!

Soy Marinated Chicken and Stir Fried Vegetables

This is a repeat offender, so I'll be quick. I made our favorite veggie stew (again) and topped it with a fried egg (again). It's just so tasty! The dark purple eggplants, remaining beans, a couple sweet peppers, and the basil all went in.

Summer Vegetable Stew with Fried Egg

To finish things off, we had our weekly pizza. The only thing from the CSA for this meal was the salad.

Red Pepper Pizza and Salad

I'm holding back the sweet potatoes since they'll keep pretty well over the winter and the hot peppers are going into some homemade hot sauce. I've never made hot sauce before, so we'll see how that experiment goes. :)

And that wraps up week 2. I have to say, I'm starting to struggle with the eggplant situation. I won't definitely won't be sad to see them go.

What yummy food have been cooking lately? Let me know in the comments below?

Fall CSA Week 3

Fall CSA Week 1

Fall is in the air and the CSA posts are back! Now that our Fall CSA has started up, I'll be sharing everything we get and what I do with it each week. Thanks for all of the positive feedback I got on the Summer CSA series and requests to continue it in the fall. I truly appreciate it! Here's this week's box! All items are listed below, starting at the top and moving left to right.

Fall CSA Week 1

  1. Magenta head lettuce
  2. Assorted eggplant
  3. Assorted zucchini
  4. Tomatoes
  5. Yellow french filet beans
  6. Okra
  7. Dried black eyed peas
  8. Poblano peppers
  9. Banana peppers

I decided to keep the black eyed peas for later since they can store well for a while.

Black Eyes Peas

The lettuce made a great salad for pizza night. I dressed the salad with some homemade ranch, but didn't get a picture before my hubby started pouring ranch on the pizza. Haha! Hey, we've got to get back into the routine of these dinner pics.

Pizza with Salad

I decided to take advantage of the last of the summer veggies by making one of our favorite recipes, a vegetable stew from the Local Flavors cookbook by Deborah Madison. Topped with a fried egg, it was perfection. The peppers, zucchini, half of the french filet beans, and a few tomatoes all went into this dinner.

Summer Vegetable Stew with Fried Egg

Now on to the eggplant. It's not a favorite around here, but we've just got to work with it. This is actually one of the better recipes I've found for eggplant. It's an Eggplant Chickpea Stew from Local Flavors by Deborah Madison (it's a good cookbook!). The rest of the tomatoes went into this one as well.

Eggplant Chickpea Stew

And we'll finish this week off with a little dinner fail. Somehow I hadn't used the okra and the rest of the french filet beans. So, I sauteed them together and baked some sweet potatoes and that was dinner. It's not the most exciting (or balanced) meal we've ever had, but not every dinner is going to be great and that's ok.

Baked Sweet Potatoes with Sauteed Yellow French Filet Beans and Okra

Summer CSA Week 13

It's hard to believe, but this is the last week of our Summer CSA. This post is a little late because we just hadn't eaten everything up yet. :D As this series comes to an end, I'd love some feedback from you. Our Fall CSA will be starting soon, so if you liked this series and would want to see a fall version, let me know!

Now on to the food!

Here's everything we got in our last box. Items are below, starting at the top and moving left to right.

Summer CSA Week 13

  1. Potatoes
  2. Arugula
  3. Green beans
  4. Okra
  5. Assorted eggplant
  6. Oriental cucumber
  7. Assorted peppers
  8. Red slicing tomatoes
  9. Sun Gold tomatoes
  10. Red cherry tomatoes

We ate all of the tomatoes for snacks (as usual).

The arugula served as a great salad for pizza night. I topped it with some tomatoes from our garden and a quick vinaigrette.

Pizza with Arugula Salad

The potatoes and green beans were sides for a roasted spatchcocked chicken. I'm in love with this method of cooking a whole chicken! It cooks faster and gets nice and crispy all over. If you want more info, I raved about it in my August Favorites.

I roasted the potatoes with the chicken and then sauteed the green beans.

Spatchcock Chicken with Roasted Potatoes


Spatchcock Chicken with Roasted Potatoes and Sauteed Green Beans

I'm trying to get some good BLTs in before all of the tomatoes are gone. Instead of lettuce, we used some basil from the garden and served it with the okra. I tried sauteing the okra this time and it was ok. I definitely need to play around with it a little bit. The cucumber went into a big batch of refrigerator pickles, which we also ate with this meal. I have no idea if the particular pickle here is actually the one from our CSA, but you get the idea.

BLT with Okra and Pickle

The peppers and the eggplant got to take a trip to the beach with us and I threw them in with a bunch of other veggies to make my favorite easy dinner: roasted chicken and vegetables. I spatchcocked this chicken too, because, ya know, it's awesome.

Spatchcock Chicken with Roasted Vegetables

And that wraps everything up for the Summer CSA. Summer flew by for me, and I'm sad to see it go, but I'm also excited for all of the fun autumnal things ahead of us.

What are your thoughts on the CSA series? Would you like me to continue it in with our Fall CSA? Let me know in the comments below!

Summer CSA Week 12

It's hard to believe, but summer is coming to close and there is only one more summer CSA post after this one! Here's everything I got in my box. All items are listed below, starting at the top and moving left to right.

Summer CSA Week 12


  1. Zucchini
  2. Assorted eggplant
  3. Patty pan squash
  4. Okra
  5. Assorted peppers
  6. Poblano peppers
  7. Arugula
  8. Green beans
  9. German lunchbox tomatoes
  10. Red slicing tomatoes
  11. Onions

I ended up freezing the German lunchbox tomatoes to use this winter in a soup or stew. I laid them out in a single layer on a sheet pan in the freezer and, once they were frozen, put them in a mason jar for storage.

The arugula made a great salad to go with this tomato and sweet pepper pizza.

Tomato Basil Pizza with Arugula Salad

One night we had gumbo. It was good, but still needs some perfecting. My plan was to use all of those peppers in this dish, but, when I tried a piece of poblano, it was super spicy! According to my research (aka the Poblano Wikipedia page), sometimes poblanos can end up being spicy for whatever reason, even though they are usually a mild pepper. That meant that this gumbo ended up having a lot less in the way of veggies than I had planned. I used the okra, though you can't see it in the picture, plus some onion and a couple bell peppers I had.

Sausage Gumbo

I sauteed the green beans and served them with fried egg biscuits. So good!

Egg Biscuits with Sauteed Green Beans

A lot of the veggies went into this meal. I have to say, this isn't the most visually appealing thing I've ever made. I got the recipe for these Eggplant Lasagna Boats from the Half Baked Harvest blog and her pictures are much prettier. But hey, these posts aren't styled, they're I-just-made-this-for-dinner-and-took-a-quick-picture-before-I-ate-it, so yeah. The zucchini, patty pan squash, large tomatoes, and eggplant all went into this dish and I have to say it was a winner. The only note I would make is that eating this as your entire meal was a little too heavy with all of the cheese, sausage, and oil. Even though this has a lot of veggies in it, I would recommend eating  it as part of your meal with lots of other veggies to go along with it.

Eggplant Lasagna Boats

What do you think I should do with all of those peppers? Share in the comments below!

Summer CSA Week 13

Summer CSA Week 11

This week, my box had all of the ingredients for fresh salsa! Oh and I almost lost my lips to some seriously hot peppers. Here's everything I got in my box. Items are listed below, starting at the top and moving left to right.Summer CSA Week 11

  1. Chinese cabbage
  2. Elephant garlic
  3. Leeks
  4. Assorted eggplant
  5. Zucchini
  6. Assorted sweet and hot peppers
  7. Onions
  8. Red slicing tomatoes
  9. Sun Gold cherry tomatoes
  10. Assorted tomatoes

You guys know the drill. I ate almost all of the tomatoes fresh. :D

One night, we had black bean tacos. I used some of the tomatoes, onion, and hot peppers in the salsa.

Black Bean Tacos

Lots of the veggies found their way into this stir fry. I combined the leeks, sweet peppers, a hot pepper, garlic, and cabbage with some leftover chicken and served it all over quinoa. This dinner was about 30 minutes later than planned due to a hot pepper emergency. I took a small bite from one of the peppers to see how hot they were and practically lit myself on fire. I've seriously never experienced anything like it, and I love spicy stuff. My lips were in agony! It took a lot of scrubbing, but I eventually got to a point where I could stand the pain without running my face under cold water or holding an ice pack on my lips.

Summer Vegetable Chicken Stir Fry

This next little experiment wasn't the worst thing ever, but definitely not a winner. I sliced and cooked the zucchini and eggplant and then rolled them up with some goat cheese. I think they probably needed more goat cheese, but even then I don't think they would be great. It's all just part of trying new things in the kitchen. Sometimes things don't work out, but it's not the end of the world. The fried eggs and bread were good. :D

Zucchini and Eggplant Rolls Ups with Fried Eggs

Does fear of failure ever stop you from trying something new in the kitchen? Share in the comments below!


Summer CSA Week 10

This week, the CSA box had lots of tomatoes (hallelujah!). We also got something new: carrots! The flavor of fresh carrots is incredible, plus you get the greens. Those frilly tops are totally edible and I'm not a fan of wasting food, so I make sure to work them in when I get them. Here's everything I got in my box. Items are listed below, starting at the top and moving left to right.

Summer CSA Haul Week 10


  1. Carrots
  2. Basil
  3. Leeks
  4. Green beans
  5. Assorted eggplant
  6. Assorted zucchini
  7. Yellow squash
  8. Assorted tomatoes
  9. Green bell peppers

I made a yummy summer veggie soup one night, using homemade chicken broth. The leeks, zucchini, yellow squash, a couple tomatoes, about half of the carrots, and all of the carrot greens went into the pot for a quick dinner. We ate it with some bread I picked up at the farmers' market.

Summer Vegetable Soup

Next up is one of my favorite summer recipes (we had this in Week 5 too). It's basically a huge pot of vegetables stewed in their own juices and finished with a basil puree. The recipe comes from Deborah Madison's Local Flavors cookbook. The green peppers, remaining carrots, and about half of the green beans were used in this, along with some other non-CSA veggies. Some of the basil was used for the basil puree (surprising, I know :D) and I topped our bowls with fried eggs.

Summer Vegetable Pot with Fried Egg

We had those eggplant and tomato stacks I tried last week again this week. The hubby isn't a huge eggplant fan, so he also had some leftovers to round off his meal.

Eggplant and Tomato Stacks

For pizza night, I actually switched things up from the tomato version I've been doing practically all summer long. Instead, I used a sweet pepper we got out of the garden that night and a little red onion. I topped the pizza with fresh basil and sauteed the rest of the green beans for our vegetable.

Red Onion and Sweet Pepper Pizza with Sauteed Green Beans

Did you know that carrot tops are edible? Share your answer in the comments below!

Summer CSA Week 11

Summer CSA Week 9

This week we got our first green pepper! We're definitely pepper fans over here so it was nice to get that little gem mixed in with all of our other goodies. Here's everything we got in this week's box. Items are listed below, starting at the top and moving left to right.

Summer CSA Week 9

  1. Savory cabbage
  2. Red potatoes
  3. Heirloom zucchini
  4. Assorted eggplant
  5. Green bell pepper
  6. Yellow tomatoes
  7. Sun Gold cherry tomatoes
  8. Red cherry tomatoes
  9. Green beans
  10. Red Tomatoes

As always, most of the tomatoes were eaten as snacks. What can I say? I love tomatoes!


About half of one of the long, skinny eggplant and some of the yellow tomatoes made their way onto this week's pizza. The green beans were served as our vegetable and it was all quite delicious.

Eggplant, Tomato, and Basil Pizza with Sauteed Green Beans


This night was super simple: fried eggs with sauteed zucchini.

Fried Eggs and Sauteed Zucchini


The remaining eggplant and some tomatoes were used in a new recipe. Basically, you slice the eggplant and tomato, make a quick pesto, and then layer it all with feta cheese. Then, the stacks get baked in the oven. It's delicious and now qualifies as one of my favorite ways to use eggplant!

Eggplant Tomato Stacks


I made falafel for the first time this summer (it was a weekly staple last year) and served it with a tomato, cucumber, and red onion salad. The only CSA item in this meal were the tomatoes, but it still counts. :D

Falafel With Tomato, Cucumber, and Red Onion Salad


Ok, I'm not gonna lie, this last one isn't the most visually stunning meal, but it definitely tasted good! I roasted the potatoes, made a cole slaw from the cabbage, and served them with pulled pork. Yum!

Pulled Pork with Cole Slaw and Roasted Potatoes

As excited as I was about that pepper, I still haven't used it. We might just eat it raw or toss it in with a meal this week.

Summer CSA Week 10

Summer CSA Week 7

This week got a fun surprise in our box; a sunflower! It's added a cheerful touch to our kitchen. :D On the food front, it's all pretty standard summer fare. Here's everything I got in my box. Items are listed below, starting at the top and moving left to right.

Summer CSA Week 7


  1. Sunflower
  2. Savory cabbage
  3. Spring onions
  4. Kale
  5. Yellow squash
  6. Zucchini
  7. Oriental eggplant
  8. Heirloom tomato mix
  9. Sun Gold tomatoes
  10. Red slicing tomatoes
  11. Basil

All of the cherry tomatoes and most of slicing tomatoes were eaten up as snacks.

The zucchini, eggplant, and some of the spring onions were cooked together in a dutch oven as a stew and served over quinoa.

Vegetable Stew Over Quinoa


The cabbage, kale, and remaining spring onions were cooked with some chickpeas and chicken stock in a dutch oven. We had some buttered garlic toast on the side. This one was delicious, but not super filling.

Cabbage, Kale, and Chickpea Skillet


I roasted the yellow squash with some potatoes and red onion. That, plus fried eggs, made for a simple and easy dinner.

Fried Eggs and Roasted Vegetables


For pizza night, I used sliced tomato and fresh bail as the topping. We had sauteed green beans on the side.

Tomato and Basil Pizza with Sauteed Green Beans


I made the basil into pesto (again) and pored it over a mixture of chickpeas, tomatoes, and cucumber.

Pesto Chickpea Salad


Which of these dinners would you like the most? Share in the comments below!

Summer CSA Week 6

I'm happy to report that the tomatoes are multiplying! We also got a couple new treats this week. Here's what we got in our box. Everything is listed starting at the top and moving left to right.

Summer CSA Week 5

  1. Swiss chard
  2. Basil
  3. Chinese cabbage
  4. Red tomatoes
  5. Sun Gold and German Lunchbox tomato mix
  6. Bicolor corn
  7. Heirloom zucchini
  8. Spring onions
  9. Yellow squash

Tomatoes don't last long around here. :D  Most of them ended up as snacks.

I used the Chinese cabbage and some of the spring onions to make fried rice.

Fried Rice

The Swiss chard and remaining spring onions were sauteed with some garlic and finished with apple cider vinegar. I served them with scrambled eggs. Fried would have been better texture wise, but scrambling was easier. On this night, easy won.

Swiss Chard and Scrambled Eggs

I used the basil to make pesto and combined that with some chickpeas, a couple of the tomatoes, and some cucumbers from our garden.

Chickpea Pesto Salad

Some of the yellow squash found it's way into a frittata. The rest got cooked in butter with the zucchini and an onion. I boiled the corn and it all came together for a quick dinner. I have to admit, it wasn't my best meal planning as far as color goes, but it's what we had and it was delicious.

Frittata with Summer Squash and Corn

What have you been cooking lately? Share in the comments below!

Summer CSA Week 7

Summer CSA Week 5

Hooray for the first tomato from the CSA! Tomatoes are my favorite veggie and I can't get enough of them after going so many months without. When the tomatoes finally start coming in, it's a mini celebration at my house. This week was full of some of my favorite recipes. The pictures can never compare to tasting, but I hope that seeing how I use these veggies each week shows you that veggies don't have to be boring.

Here's everything I got in my box. All items are listen below, starting at the top and moving left to right.

Summer CSA Week 5


  1. Romaine lettuce
  2. Spring onions
  3. Broccoli
  4. Cabbage
  5. Lacinato/Dinosaur kale
  6. Tomato
  7. Roc d'Or bean
  8. Cucumbers
  9. Kohlrabi
  10. Yellow squash


We ate the cucumber fresh as snacks.

The cabbage became a big pot of cabbage soup, with some potatoes and white beans.

Cabbage Soup


Here's an old favorite from college. I roasted up a bunch of veggies, cooked some brown rice, and threw it together with hot sauce. It's simple, and it's a great way to get a lot of vegetables in! The yellow squash, broccoli, and kohlrabi all ended up in this batch.

Roasted Vegetables

The kale made a great salad (as usual) and was the side for pizza night. The tomato got sliced up and made a delicious pizza topping.

Pizza and Kale Salad

Lettuce = buffalo chicken salad for us, so that's exactly what we had! Another simple dinner, but so so yummy!

Buffalo Chicken Salad

To finish everything off, the spring onions and beans made their way into on of my favorite recipes. It's a summer veggie stew from Deborah Madison's Local Flavors cookbook. The flavor is incredible and it can easily be adjusted based on what you have on hand.

Summer Vegetable Stew

I threw an egg on top to round things out.

Summer Vegetable Stew


And that's it for week 5!

Do you love tomatoes as much as I do or does another veggie have your heart? Share in the comments below!

Summer CSA Week 6

Summer CSA Week 4

Well, things are starting to shift in our CSA box. The abundance of greens is over and now we're working with a little more variety. We got our first cucumbers this week along with a few other new additions. Here's the picture of everything laid out. It's all listed below starting at the top and moving left to right. Summer CSA Haul Week 4

  1. Broccoli
  2. Head of lettuce
  3. Salad mix
  4. Yellow squash
  5. Fresh elephant garlic
  6. Green and purple basil
  7. Assorted cucumbers
  8. Globe radishes
  9. Spring onions

The radishes and cucumbers served as snacks, so no pics of those.

We were able to use up a good chunk of the lettuce with an entree salad. This Buffalo Chicken Salad is become a new favorite around here. Look for a full recipe in the future. :D

Buffalo Chicken Salad

One night we had a zucchini frittata with a side salad. Simple, easy, and delicious!

Zucchini Frittata with Salad

Pizza night also benefited from our abundance of lettuce. Plus, who doesn't like a little homemade ranch on their pizza? The pizza itself looks slightly burnt in this picture, but I promise it was totally edible in real life.

Pizza with Salad

I prepared the broccoli using my favorite method: roasting. It was crispy and delicious and went perfectly with some scrambled eggs.

Roasted Broccoli and Scrambled Eggs

We had pork chops one night this week and I roasted up the yellow squash, onion bulbs, and some zucchini as the side. Once the pork chops were done cooking, I quickly sauteed the green onion tops in the remaining fat and threw in some tamari (kind of like soy sauce) to deglaze the pan. This was the perfect topping for our pork chops!

Pork Chop and Roasted Summer Squash

The basil is going into tonight's pizza.

As far as the garlic goes, I haven't used it yet. I was playing around with the idea of trying to dry it for long term storage, but I'm not sure that will work without the stems intact. I'll probably just end up using it in recipes. We definitely use our fair share of garlic!

 Are you as excited as me that the summer veggies are starting to come in? Share in the comments below!

Summer CSA Week 5

Summer CSA Week 3

Happy Friday! It's CSA time and Week 3 continued with the greens explosion we saw last week. A lot of my food prep time was spent washing and rewashing those gritty leaves. A good reminder that our food, ya know, grows in the dirt. :) We got our first yellow squash in this box, which made me super excited because it's one of my favs! Unfortunately, the hubs wasn't too thrilled. He says I should be glad he's not a fan because it means more for me.

I also got to play with some more kohlrabi, and it is definitely becoming a new favorite! It's tastes kind of like a mix between potato and broccoli with a little sweetness thrown in.

Here's everything we got. Items are listed starting at the top and moving left to right. Summer CSA Week 3

  1. Perpetual spinach
  2. Head of lettuce
  3. Chinese cabbage
  4. Snow peas
  5. Radishes
  6. Yellow squash
  7. Russian red kale
  8. Kohlrabi
  9. Spring onions

The snow peas we ate plain and the radishes were dipped in hummus or homemade ranch. Hooray for veggie snacks!

I used the Chinese cabbage and half of the green onions in some  fried rice.

Fried Rice

The perpetual spinach, kohlrabi leaves, and radish leaves got sauteed with the rest of the spring onions and served alongside some eggs.

Sauteed Greens and Scrambled Eggs

The head of lettuce and all of the chickens in our freezer inspired me to make a buffalo chicken salad. So so good!

Buffalo Chicken Salad

I was able to squeeze the rest of the veggies into this meal. The yellow squash and kohlrabi bulbs were roasted with some zucchini I had picked up at the farmers' market, the rest of the spring onions were added to a quinoa and black bean salad, and the red Russian kale was served as salad. A note about the kale: this particular variety was the easiest to strip from the stems of any kale I've tried.

Kale Salad, Roasted Squash, Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

And that wraps up everything for Week 3!

Are you a squash lover or a hater? Let me know in the comments below!

Summer CSA Haul Week 4