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CSA week 2

We share a full share of a CSA membership with both sets of grandparents, so each week we get half of the box and one set of grandparents gets the other half. We’re almost to week 3, so I figured I’d write a smidge on how we’ve been doing so far. Week one we received “farmer’s choice”, which included multiple types of lettuce, chard, and spinach. Week two we picked radishes, arugula, garlic scapes x2, and red butter lettuce.

So far, we’ve sautéed both the chard and the spinach, grilled some of the scapes, and had multiple salads with the lettuce and radishes. Not only have we actually been eating the CSA veggies, I’ve been keeping up with proper veggie storage (so the lettuce isn’t getting wilted or mushy, for example).

I’m looking forward to the next 20 weeks of veggies, and hopefully being as on top of using them all as I’ve been so far. Maybe my children will even eat some of the veggies, too (though I’m not holding my breath on that one).

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Posted by on June 17, 2013 in food

 

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Sweet potatoes

Somehow I’d convinced myself that sweet potatoes were more complicated to cook than white potatoes. I guess since I’d only really had sweet potatoes as some sort of complicated sweet potato with marshmallow topping or mashed or pie or hash, I figured they had to be highly manipulated before being edible. Then we got somewhere between 10 and 20 small sweet potatoes from our CSA boxes, and they were piling up so I looked into sweet potato recipes.

I know that I’m probably the last to know, but apparently you can bake sweet potatoes the same way you bake white potatoes: scrubbed, poked and in the oven for a while. I did make myself an amazing hash with the smaller CSA sweet potatoes, carrot, apple, bacon and apple cider, but I just baked the larger ones, smushed out the inside and mixed it with some butter.

For some dinners, I do a really simple variation of meat chunk (pork chops, chicken pieces, whatever) and potatoes in the oven, salad, rolls and maybe another veg (green beans or maybe some root veg in with the meat chunk in the oven). Recently, I hadn’t really been into the white potato so I hadn’t been making one for myself, but now I’m making a white potato for Andrew and a sweet potato for myself.

I know it’s a simple thing, but it feels good to become more comfortable with a greater variety of ingredients. I’ve been eating way more sweet potatoes this past couple of months than usual. I’m also open to try any other sweet potato recipes, if you’d like to share.

 
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Posted by on December 26, 2012 in food

 

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Cleanliness, housekeeping, excess.

My parents (I almost said my mother, like it was only her responsibility even though both parents worked outside the home…but that’s a post for some other day when I’m feeling more political) were never great at home maintenance in terms of house cleaning. Cleaning was something to be done in binges before company came over (or for whatever other reason), but we never really got in to a weekly or even monthly cleaning routine. I did have some friends with weekly chores. One friend even had a weekly cleaning time that she would participate in with her whole family, everyone doing their part to keep the house clean. I somewhat kept my room as tidy as i wanted it to be, but never actually cleaned as in dusting or vacuuming.

This makes it sound like our house was a pit of dirt, which it wasnt. Somehow cleaning happened but it was never really on a regular basis and I wouldnt be able to begin to tell you who did what and when. Part of that, though, is due to my inability to remember much of my childhood. (Again, a post for another time and another mindset.) Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2012 in food

 

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