Tag Archives: CSA

CSA Box: 07 November 2012

  • Enough kale to get me through the next Ice Age
  • Lettuce
  • Apples
  • Potatoes
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Garlic
  • Eggs

It seems everyone I know is fighting the flu, so the kale is being cooked into a large batch of soup to be frozen and/or delivered to all the gross people out there.

My most recent cookbook purchase introduced me to Golden Egg Curry.  Great googley-moogley this stuff is outstanding and that is exactly what will be happening with these eggs.

The potatoes will become soup with the garlic and the squash roasted.  I usually have Spaghetti Squash with brown butter and sage, but there is some pesto in the refrigerator in desperate need of use.

The apples are tart, so I see some baking in my future.  Ideas?

Want to see some more CSA goodness?
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Posted by on 8 November 2012 in CSA


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CSA Box: 31 October 2012

  • Tuscan Kale
  • Collards
  • Garlic
  • Fuji Apples
  • Winter Squash
  • Potatoes
  • The largest eggs I’ve ever seen in my life

I still have not mastered cooking collards and I think it’s because I’m a vegetarian (traditional collard recipes call for turkey or pork products).  If you have any advice as to what I should with them, please share.  Otherwise, I think they will be chopped fine and added to a soup or maybe lasagna with the kale.

That beautiful winter squash is going to be roasted whole and stuffed into ravioli with goat cheese, then served with Brown Butter and Sage sauce.

Want to see more CSA goodness?
Check out “What’s in the Box” from In Her Chucks.


Posted by on 1 November 2012 in CSA


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CSA Box: 17 October 2012

  • Flowers
  • Red Russian Kale
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Radishes
  • Calvander Cheese
  • Eggs
  • Apples
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Carolina Gold Rice
  • Shiitake Mushrooms
  • Thyme

I am so impressed with my CSA Box this week!  Even if it does include radishes (insert gagging noise).

You may have noticed a few surprise additions.  The cheese is a new offering from my CSA and comes from Chapel Hill Creamery.  I got a wedge of Calvander, which is similar to Asiago.  I’ve yet to taste it as I’m waiting to hear what type of rennet is used.

Carolina Gold Rice is an heirloom grain and came to the States via the slave trade.  It thrived in the Carolinas and Georgia, but nearly went extinct after the Civil War when Southern plantations lost their slave labor.  My rice comes from Anson Mills in Columbia, South Carolina.

The flowers are a lovely touch and as we approach colder weather, the farms are looking to cut back growth and prepare for winter.  Translation: fresh flowers are extremely cheap right now.

I plan on roasting the spaghetti squash and serving with thyme and brown butter sauce.  The mushrooms and rice are screaming risotto at me.  Soup season has officially begun (honestly, it doesn’t ever stop in my house) which is where you will find the sweet potatoes and kale.

Want to see more?  Check out “What’s in the Box?” from In Her Chucks.


Posted by on 18 October 2012 in CSA, Photographs


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Knowing Our Farms

Twice every year, the people responsible for my CSA organize the Know Your Farms Tour; a weekend in which area farms are open to the public.  We packed the car with friends, snacks and a cooler for fresh produce and hit the road.

Most of these farmers were around my age, which was surprising and inspiring.  As much as I crave life in the Concrete Jungle, there’s always been an inkling for land.  And I have no idea how to reconcile these two wants.

Food is a precious commodity and I’m extremely grateful for these farmers.  I listened to them talk about not having enough water, having too much water, insect infestations and overwhelming financial instability.

I’ve been thinking a lot about a personal challenge regarding finances and food.  The details are still coming together and I will share them with you soon.

Until then, enjoy the pigs:


Posted by on 8 October 2012 in CSA, North Carolina, Photographs, Video


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CSA Boxes: Catching Up

I’ve been missing out on my fabulous CSA boxes because of travel, but I was around last week and this is what I got:

  • Eggs
  • Eggplant
  • Watermelon
  • Golden Supreme Apples
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Bi-Colored Corn
  • Oyster Mushrooms

The cucumbers are currently picking in my refrigerator and the tomato was added to the others for sauce.  The eggplant was roasted and served with pasta, the mushrooms chopped and added to stir-fry.

I always seem to put the mushrooms in stir-fry; do you guys have other suggestions?

See other CSA boxes and recipe ideas
from all over the country at What’s in the Box?


Posted by on 27 August 2012 in CSA


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Spring 2012 CSA: Week 6

(I was out of town and rather drunk for Week 5.
Many thanks to my friend, Joan for picking-up my box last week)

  • Kale
  • Blueberries
  • Garlic Scapes!
  • Yellow Squash
  • Cucumber
  • Broccoli
  • Eggs
  • Thyme (not pictured)

What the hell is a garlic scape, you ask?  First, you need to know there are two types of garlic out there: hardneck and softneck.

Softneck garlic is commonly found in the markets: small with many compact cloves.  It grows fast and stores well.

Hardneck varieties are hardy and usually grown in the North where the climate is more severe.  It produces just a few large cloves per head and also grow these beautiful scapes, which are essentially the “flower stalks” of hardneck garlic.

The scapes are used like chives – chop, sprinkle, eat.  I’m thinking about adding them to garlic bread and a salads, where the cucumber will also be used.

The blueberries are currently simmering on the stove to become jam.  I picked a hefty amount from my own garden (Suck it, birds! I win this year!) and picked up a few pints from the local market.

Oh, blueberry season.  How do I love thee?  Let me count the ways…

The kale, squash and broccoli will be stir-fried, the thyme is currently in the slow-cooker with the rest of my pumpkin soup.

I also feel a custard-based adventure coming on, so those egg yolks will be put to good use.

Want to see more fresh food from CSAs and Farmers’ Markets?
Check outWhat in the Box?from In Her Chucks.


Posted by on 17 May 2012 in CSA, Food, Photographs


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Spring 2012 CSA: Week 4

There is enough roughage here to clear the colons of everyone in South Charlotte.  I’m going out of town on Saturday; definitely have some eating to do.

  • Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Radishes
  • Strawberries
  • Eggs

The strawberries have been frozen, egg hard-boiled and some of the lettuce munched on.  I think I’m going to cook the spinach in a lentil soup to be frozen and perhaps make a kale lasagna.

As for the radishes…I’m not sure.  Maybe a pickle?

Want to see more fresh food from CSAs and Farmers’ Markets?
Check outWhat in the Box?from In Her Chucks.


Posted by on 3 May 2012 in CSA, Food


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