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August 2016 CSA Wrap-Up

What a beautiful month we had this August! I hope you enjoyed the warm summer days and the cool nights as much as we did. We soaked in every bit August, one of our favorite months! ☀️ We did a bit of traveling this month, so we didn’t have too many new recipes in the works.

I am sad to report that our own garden, at our new house, was an epic failure. Unfortunately, there has been a water ban in the town throughout most of the summer which didn’t help, but we planted in a rather shady part of the yard, and it showed. We hardly got any of our own crops this year which was a utter disappointment to all of us since we are so used to an abundance of tomatoes and zucchini, just to name a few. Here’s to hoping for a better growing season next year! We will try again for sure!

Week 8

green leaf lettuce, swiss chard, zucchini, summer squash, corn, radish, tomato, cherry tomatoes, green pepper, new potatoes, watermelon

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Week 9

green leaf lettuce, swiss chard, corn, tomato, cherry tomatoes, green pepper, jalepeño pepper, new potatoes, cantaloupe, onion, basil

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Week 10

heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cantaloupe, zucchini, Italian eggplant, potatoes, green peppers, green leaf lettuce, garlic, hot peppers, sage

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Week 11

corn, green beans, plum tomatoes, slicing tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, orange, red and yellow peppers, green peppers, potatoes, red onions, kale, poblano peppers, jalapeño peppers

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Week 12

corn, tomatoes, swiss chard, summer squash, green leaf lettuce, green beans, delicata squash, eggplant, red and yellow peppers, walla walla onions, celery, hot peppers, potatoes

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Recipes this month:

  • We made many turkey burgers with zucchini, which is basically my zucchini popper recipe, just make them into burgers instead so we can grill them!
  • Tuna Salad with basil and celery
  • More salads and smoothies made with kale and swiss chard of course, just like in July.

What delicious recipes did you cook up this month with your veggies? Keep up the good work!

Until next time,

💚 Jenny

August 2015 CSA Wrap-Up

We are very sad to say goodbye to August. It was a beautiful month. We had lots of fun, outdoor time with the kiddos, lots of relaxing and enjoying the beautiful weather, our garden was abundantly flourishing so many veggies, and our CSA was awesome as usual.

Here’s a recap of the month:

Week 9: pickle cucumber, Tuscan kale, zucchini squash, wax beans, romano beans, eggplant, basil, wild blueberries

Recipes: smoothies, salads, blueberry muffins

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Week 10: peaches, cucumbers, radish, zucchini, wax beans, Tuscan kale, red leaf lettuce, baby arugula, green pepper + fish share: tuna (excuse the photography this week – it was pouring and we were on our way out of town!) csa week 10-3

Week 11: chinese eggplant, green beans, zucchini, tomatoes, Tuscan kale, basil, baby spinach, red leaf lettuce, gold beets

Recipes: tomato + cucumber salads, green smoothies, chicken & zucchini poppers

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Week 12: tomatoes, corn, green pepper, zucchini, green leaf lettuce, summer squash, muskmelon, pickle cucumber, beets, wax beans + fish share: cod

Recipes: tomato + cucumber salads, beet + daikon salad, grilled cod with green leaf lettuce salad + tomatoes csa week 12-2

August is a big month for tomatoes and zucchini in our own garden. The tomatoes grew so tall this year and yielded a huge amount of tomatoes. Just this month we have made and canned three batches of salsa – that’s 30 pounds of tomatoes in salsa! We also made one batch of sauce with another 10 pounds of tomatoes. We grow primarily Roma tomatoes and they are perfect for both of these recipes. Zucchini has been quite plentiful as well. We have made zucchini poppers (chicken + zucchini meatballs, recipe coming I promise) every week this month. We have also made zucchini noodles or zoodles, and we have given a lot away to our friends!

one day of tomatoes abundance

What do you make with tomatoes this time of year?

Until next time…

xoxo

Jenny

July 2015 CSA Wrap-Up

Hi everyone! Another awesome month of our CSA. Who can deny the awesome-ness of getting fresh, local veggies, fruit and fish every week in your house? No one! This month we enjoyed a lot of beets, scallions, onions, corn, zucchini and lettuces.

Week 5: beets, red leaf lettuce, Tuscan kale, wax beans, baby arugula, salad onions, blueberries

Recipes: many, many salads & smoothies

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Week 6: swiss chard (in love), Boston lettuce (my new favorite), cucumber, zucchini squash, daikon, beets, red onions, corn, NJ tomato

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Fish: swordfish

Recipes: Daikon + beet salad – this was surprisingly delicious and so easy. I am not a beet person, unfortunately. I have tried my best to make them in a variety of ways but I just don’t love them. I made beet chips last summer and those were delicious, but just okay. I will keep trying though.

I think this salad might be a winner. I peeled and cut the beets and daikon in julienne strips, added a homemade mustard vinaigrette and chilled. I will have to post the recipe separately. It was very good!

Week 7: Athena melon, romano beans, red leaf lettuce, zucchini squash, basil, NJ tomatoes, scallions, corn, carrots, cucumber

Recipes: grilled zucchini, zucchini fritters, basil + tomato stacks, smoothies and salads

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Week 8: eggplant, scallions, green beans, basil, summer squash, zucchini, baby arugula, garlic, red leaf lettuce

Fish: sole

Recipes: Grilled shrimp over spaghetti squash and red leaf lettuce salad, smoothies with carrot greens and swiss chard

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Our own garden is producing some pretty amazing results this month as well. I mean, look at it, it’s so beautiful! I posted a couple weeks ago for all of our local friends to come on buy and pick up some goodies. Every friend I visit these days gets some goodies from the garden. Lucky!

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We picked almost 30 zucchini over the course of 2 weeks!

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Our basil was absolutely stunning as well. I started giving lots away and also picking it for us to use. But really, who can use that much basil in one month? I decided to try a new method of preserving the basil this year. I picked a whole bunch of the leaves, divided them up between my large ice cube trays, filled with water and froze. The idea is that when I need to use it throughout the year, I’ll just grab a cube, leave it out to thaw, dry off and chop as usual. We shall see how this method works. I have frozen basil in past summers flat in a Ziploc bag, equally as easy.

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What kinds of local produce are you enjoying this summer?

Until next time!

xoxo

Jenny

June 2015 CSA Wrap-Up

Hi friends and happy summer! We are finally on summer vacation after a very long school year. Our last day was Friday, June 26th! Brendan and I celebrated after his last baseball game on Saturday with our first trip to Dairy Joy. Brendan was glad to get a chocolate soft serve with chocolate sprinkles and whipped cream. I, of course, still on my Whole60, had cherries. 😉

Another CSA season from Wilson Farm is upon us, and per usual, we are super excited for our weekly pick-ups. Who can blame us? Fresh veggies + supporting our local farm every week = total awesome-ness. We are also participating in the fish share again this year and get freshly caught fish every other week. So far this month, we have had lots of lettuce, beets, and radishes, and we can’t forget the amazing local strawberries too. Every meal we include some form of beautiful greens, such as spinach, swiss chard, escarole and kale, sometimes sautéed in a little coconut oil, sometimes raw, both ways equally delicious.

Week 1: baby spinach, red leaf lettuce, radish, zucchini, golden zucchini, beets, rhubarb, swiss chard heart, blueberries

  • Recipes: sautéed swiss chard, steamed & grilled zucchini, lots of salads

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Week 2: english peas, escarole, red leaf lettuce, radish, kohlrabi, summer squash, garlic scapes, baby kale, baby spinach, baby arugula

  • Fish Share: haddock

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Week 3: escarole, radish, summer squash, kale, garlic scapes, baby spinach, beets, strawberries

  • Recipes: garlic scape pesto, grilled squash, green smoothies with kale, lots of salads

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Week 4: beets, maine tomatoes, Tuscan kale, cucumber, baby spinach, strawberries, zucchini, red leaf lettuce

Fish Share: Salmon

Recipes: grilled zucchini, sautéed Tuscan kale, tomato & basil salad, grilled salmon over sautéed swiss chard, green smoothies with kale & spinach, lots of salads

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What do you love most about in-season, fresh and local veggies?

Until next time!

xoxo
Jenny

Summer Eggplant Ratatouille

Summer Eggplant Ratatouille

I usually don’t buy eggplant because I never know what to make with it! That’s why I love my CSA so much… it makes me try new recipes with new and interesting ingredients.  I searched for “summer eggplant recipes” and came up with a bunch that looked delicious.  I was going to make grilled eggplant and tomatoes on the grill.  I also love the idea of an eggplant stack with tomato, mozzarella and basil, but I don’t eat dairy…  So I settled on a ratatouille.  Super simple to make and only took about 20 minutes to cook.

Summer Eggplant Ratatouille (adapted from this recipe)
Serves 8

Ingredients

3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 eggplant, cut into large cubes
1 large orange bell pepper, chopped
1 cup bok choy, or any greens (we have so many greens from my CSA right now!)
2 tomatoes, chopped
1/4 cup dry red wine
1/4 cup vegetable stock
1 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
Shaved or shredded Parmigiano Reggiano cheese (optional)

  1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; cook  until onion is lightly browned.
  2. Add eggplant and bell pepper; cook about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir in greens, tomatoes, wine, vegetable stock and salt. Cover and reduce heat; simmer until tomatoes just begin to break up, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.
  4. Stir in basil and black pepper. Top with Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, if using.

Read more: http://relish.com/recipes/fresh-summer-ratatouille/

Summer and Iced Coffee Go Together

Despite my multiple attempts to rid coffee from my life, there’s just something about summer and iced coffee that go together.  I successfully stopped drinking coffee when I did my 5-day detox in June of 2011.  After the detox I added decaf coffee back into my life.  In Januray of  2012 when I did the 10-day detox, I got rid of it completely and didn’t go back after the 10 days. (Check out my About page for detox info) I felt great without it, but when the warm weather rolled around, I have to admit, I definitely missed my iced coffee.  I had a few decaf iced coffees here and there last summer, but tried like crazy to stick to herbal tea.  I always keep a pitcher of brewed Tazo Iced Passion Tea in the refrigerator. My inspiration behind this was a Shaken Passion Tea Lemonade from Starbucks – YUM!  Iced Passion Tea by itself is really just as delicious and satisfying,.

Then comes baby #2… After the birth of my second baby, I still continued drinking herbal tea (I have some Teavana faves), despite my lack of sleep.  I had a few cups of decaf here and there, with a little almond milk, but tried my hardest to stick with just tea.  I just feel better without coffee in my system even though it’s decaf.  Decaf is so processed that I’m really better off without it.

Then the hot weather came, paried with utter exhaustion from waking up with a  3-month old baby at 3:00am, and I broke down and got myself a decaf Iced Coffee from Starbucks.  YUM! I hadn’t had one in so long!  It was delicious.

coffee9I remembered a few summers ago I made Perfect Iced Coffee using the cold brew method and thought, well, maybe I’ll make a little to have every so often.  I also found this recipe too.  I ground some decaf Trader Joe’s coffee beans in my Vitamix dry grains container, followed the recipe, waited 12 hours, strained my concoction with cheesecloth and… gross. It was gross.  Very, very disappointed…  Oh well, maybe it’s a sign.  “Jenny, stop drinking coffee and go back to your herbal tea you silly girl!”