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Lots of salad

Here are some of the salads we’ve had.

leaf lettuce plus extras with CSA-herbed chicken breast

leaf lettuce and radishes with CSA-herbed chicken breast

Asian turnip, baby belle radishe, daikon radish, and green onions for salad topping

Asian turnip, baby belle radish, daikon radish, and green onion for salad topping

chef spinach salad with cheese and bacon

chef spinach salad with cheese and bacon

Happily, we’ve still got enough spinach and romaine to see us through this week. The baby belle radishes are gone, but I’ve still got some turnips and another daikon.

Eggs!

We’ve made brownies and scrambled eggs so far. The scrambled eggs were so good! These are a real CSA treat. Fresh eggs turned scrambled eggs into a gourmet meal. I hope to be able to have another scrambled egg and salad meal soon. You know that the eggs are great when you don’t want to make any more brownies because you’d rather have more scrambled eggs! (more…)

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Brrr…

It sure was cold picking up the produce this morning. Here’s what I brought home.

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  • Goat’s milk soap with Romance scent
  • Asian turnips
  • Radishes
  • Lavender-lemon verbena-rose geranium sachet
  • Apples (2 lbs)
  • Pecans (1 lb)
  • Sweet potatoes (2 lbs)
  • Leaf lettuce (8 oz)
  • Bordeaux spinach (6 oz)
  • Romaine lettuce (16 oz)
  • 1 dozen eggs
  • Chard (12 oz)
  • Chocolate-raspberry-pecan muffins

Meal planning

Tired of salad yet? Me, neither. The little radishes were great salad additions last fall. We didn’t know we liked radishes till then. The Asian turnips aren’t bad, either. They’re mild, and I just slice them up with the radishes for salad fixin’s. In terms of greens, we’ll start on the leaf lettuce first and then alternate with the spinach and the romaine. I’m not planning on mixing them because I like the distinct tastes.

I’m going to try to make apple rings with a couple of the apples again. And I’m definitely making candied pecans. They’ll be great for snacking and on top of sweet potatoes and spinach salads and ice cream.

I am very happy to have eggs again. We made French toast which used up half our eggs from the first delivery. I’m not eager to do that again. We’ll have scrambled eggs and lots of baked treats this time, I hope.

Here’s an interesting page with kale and chard recipes.  Our chard will wind up in something like these later in the week.

The soap and sachet both smell lovely. I tied the sachet to the lamp over my bed in the hopes of sweet dreams. Even my husband likes the smell.

I was very strong and did not eat a muffin while I was taking pictures. I can tell you they’re very moist, though. We plan on having a couple for dessert tonight.

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I tried making kale crisps again according to this recipe.

tear into pieces

Step 1: tear into pieces

drizzle with olive oil

Step 2: drizzle with olive oil

add salt and bake at 425 for 10-15 minutes

Step 3: add salt and bake at 425 for 10-15 minutes

They did not turn out well.

after only 7 minutes

after only 7 minutes

The only thing they had going for them was the salt. The rest tasted like burnt, kale-flavored tissue paper.

It’s possible that I’m using younger kale than the recipe calls for. That might explain the burnt results even after cooking only 7 minutes instead of the prescribed 10-15.

I love snack food and the idea of kale crisps. I was really hoping it would work this time.

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The pre-season subscription is 3 deliveries every other week from mid-January till March. Because it’s supposed to last two weeks, there’s more stuff. Instead of a bag, we picked up two boxes today! I am very, very happy to have some produce to play with again.

Here’s what was in our boxes.

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  • Green onions (14 oz)
  • Cane syrup (16 oz)
  • Green spinach (15 oz)
  • Bordeaux spinach (22 oz)
  • 5 grain bread (17 oz) – We had to eat a chunk first!
  • Collards (27 oz)
  • Red Russian kale (23 oz)
  • Daikon radishes (16 oz)
  • Apples (34 oz)
  • Sweet potatoes (12 oz)
  • Herbs

Oops – forgot the eggs! (more…)

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What a cool bag this week! It’s nice to be in a climate where the second week in December gives you such a nice array of produce to work with.

Standard items

  • 12-103 apples
  • Napa cabbage
  • lettuce
  • kale
  • 6 sweet potatoes
  • many carrots with tops
  • daikon radishes (These are in the picture below, but I think they belong here.)

Premium items

  • 12-10p6 good-sized eggs (Looks like the chickens are growing up!)
  • parsley
  • cherry tomatoes in December!
  • garlic
  • daikon radishes


Online store items I bought because I couldn’t resist

12-10pecans

  • 12-10giftpecans
  • peppermint goat’s milk soap
  • beeswax lip balm

This week’s plan

The eggs will be scrambled, eaten as French toast, used to make pound cake or to make chocolate chip cookies. Mmmm…. eggs. What can’t they do.

Don’t the carrots look great? They look completely different from store carrots, and they taste different, too. Who would have thought that carrots could be complex? I went looking for uses for carrot tops. The consensus is you can use them like parsley, but go easy because they are bitter.

The carrots, radishes, lettuce, and cherry tomatoes will all go into salads.

I’m thinking the carrots and radishes will also star in a stir-fry along with the garlic and Napa cabbage.

And I think we’ll make some sort of fresh tomato, parsley and garlic pasta dish. Plus loads of fresh parmesan. It will be like a summer’s day in December.

The kale looks great, too. Recently, I’ve been looking around for different ways to use greens, and I’ve learned enough about kale to know that this is the good stuff. I’ll toss some with pasta and use some in the kale and raisin recipe my mom’s been telling me about.

Sweet potatoes and apples will get the usual treatment. One apple is already gone. I’m still trying to work my way through my bag of ugly sweet potatoes. I may break down and make a soufflé or pie instead of just baking them individually.

I’m afraid the pecans were completely an impulse purchase. I have a sugared pecans recipe I might try. It’s kind of a mess to make, so I might not get to it till next week.

The peppermint soap smells so good. I consider it my first Christmas decoration. I’m going to look for a little Christmas dish and put it in our downstairs bathroom. The lip balm is actually for my hair. I hate the feeling of pretty much all hair products. Beeswax is the only thing I like. I just use a little because my hair is short, and now I have some in a handy to-go container.

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