csa contents: august 25th, 2015

This week we have: Corn (4 Ears) Watermelon Beans Grape Tomatoes(Pint) Pickle Making Kit Kirby Cucumbers(4) Peaches(8) Beets Colored Bell Pepper I’m also experimenting with how to master cooking the perfect pork chop this week! Advertisements

breezy summer evenings call for simple meals on the grill

Evenings like tonight make me appreciate our little 5 x 10 foot outdoor “oasis”.  We’ve got a little balcony over looking a courtyard and the city below that has just enough space for our herb garden, a bistro table and chairs and an electric grill. Though I do miss having that authentic charred taste you…

herbed potato salad

Nothing saying an American Classic meal like steak and potatoes.  Steak was on sale this week and in an effort to keep the grocery bill down a bit more, I decided to stay away from mashed potatoes or a potato salad side that I would need to purchase dairy or additional ingredients and tried to…

csa contents: august 18th

Happy Tuesday all. A bit more of the same jersey fresh produce this week but I’ll looking forward to saving the nectarines and possibly plums to make a tart for my nephew’s first birthday party on Saturday and perhaps use the plethora of fresh and freshly frozen blueberries for some scones for Sunday morning! Looks…

purple beans + red potatoes

This past week, I was in a pinch to find a side dish to have along with Turkey Burgers.  I was looking for something light and clean but was at a bit of a loss without having standard salad greens which would typically be my go to. Using the red potatoes and purple beans (which are just…

zucchini: a delectable vessel

For dinner tonight, I utilized zucchini in a way that lots of low carb enthusiasts are familiar with.  Zucchini as a boat/vessel is extremely versatile and will satisfy even the hungriest bellies that are accustomed to reaching pasta or rice. I adapted a recipe from skinny taste with ingredients I had in my pantry to create our lean tex-mex…

csa contents: august 11th, 2015

We opened up our box this evening to find: Cantaloupe Nectarines (3) Peaches (3) Plums (pint) Blueberries (pint) Purple Beans Kirby Cucumbers (4) Potatoes (8) Zucchini (4) Red Onion 8 Ball Squash This weeks produce calls for a fruit salad!  We enjoy eating fruit with plain greek yogurt most mornings so I’ll spend tonight prepping the fruit…

an italian classic with eggplant

For tonight’s dinner, I used three ingredients from the CSA – two of them were fresh produce from our bushel this week.  Upon learning that we were receiving Italian eggplant, my mind immediately went to an Italian classic – Eggplant Parmesan.  I knew I could use the Jersey Fresh canned crushed tomatoes that the CSA…

grilling salad your fixings

For dinner tonight, I made shrimp tacos using a recipe from Stony Hill Farms (I substituted chipotle powder for chili powder and it was a hit) but the real star of the show had to be the salad I made as a side dish.  I tweaked a recipe from Stony Hill to include 3 items from…

csa contents: august 4th, 2015

Tuesdays have become my favorite day of the week.  For one thing, it’s not Monday but also our half-bushel of jersey fresh fruits and vegetables arrive at our door! We received an eclectic haul of produce this week in our half bushel.  The below are the key ingredients to my menu for the week.  A little…

why local is better + strawberries & rhubarb

Local produce is better for many reasons.  It’s not sprayed with preservatives to make them last longer.  This produce designed for flavor and nutrient content rather than to keep longer on the shelf or in your pantry. You are supporting the local economy.  You are helping to preserve our farmland.  And lastly, you know the farmer that is…