Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

This was a whirlwind of a week. My mom was in town over the long weekend, and we spent most of Saturday in the kitchen making different kinds of jellies and canning peaches. It was so fun – but it was a hot project in my not-so-well-ventilated kitchen! Here are a few of my favorites from the week. Continue reading

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Meatless Monday: Vegetable Paella

VEGETABLE PAELLA
We’ve been trying to eat less meat around here, simply because local meat can be so expensive. We’ve made an exception to our “eat local” rule with chicken, but I try to buy whole organic chickens when they are on sale and stock them in my freezer. Alas – I digress.

I love when I find a meatless recipe that is hearty and versatile. We made this recipe many months ago (which is the picture you see above) with bell peppers and carrots. When I stared inside my vegetable drawer this time around, I saw a completely different mix of choices – so the recipe you see below is our “spring” version. You can mix and match vegetables as you choose and see fit, depending on what’s in season. There’s no need to run to the grocery store for this one … just pick your favorites from your CSA box or the farmer’s market and have at it! Continue reading

Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!! I know the blog has been mostly about food lately … so sorry for that (or not sorry, depending on whether or not that’s your thing). Food seems to be one of the easiest things for me to write about … there’s not a TON of thought that goes into it, and posts don’t require lots of quiet. I promise some good stuff is in the works, but here are a few of my favorites from the week to munch on until then.
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Radish Butter Sandwiches

Radish Butter

I can hear you now … Radish butter? Have you lost your mind? But seriously … it’s the best appetizer and/or light lunch I’ve discovered lately. It’s fresh, flavorful, and just downright tasty. There’s something about the crunchy, peppery taste of a radish mixed with good salted butter that screams “Spring is here!” Continue reading

CSA Adventures: Spring Week 3

CSA Spring Week 3
We’re still having to supplement our CSA goods with food from the local farmer’s market, but we have done an excellent job at eating locally the last three weeks. We are always amazed at how much better food tastes when it’s fresh and prepared at home.

We got a beautiful bag of food this week from the farm. Here’s what we picked up: Continue reading

Spinach & Lentils with Red Wine Glazed Vegetables 

SpinachI had never eaten lentils before E was born last summer. When a friend brought lentils and rice for dinner, the whole family was nervous to try them. “What are lentils?” We all wondered. But after that first meal of lentils, we were all hooked. Now they are one of the first things I think of when I don’t have a meal planned for dinner.

Lentils are a great thing to keep stocked in your pantry. They are full of protein and they don’t take forever to cook. They are pretty inexpensive, especially when bought in bulk, and a little bit goes a long way. We have been testing out new lentil recipes, and this week I may have found a new favorite. This recipe is a great way to use up those yummy spring onions, carrots, and green garlic you find at the farmer’s market! Continue reading

Friday Favorites

Friday FavoritesFriday! Friday! It’s my favorite day of the week – what about you? It’s been a crazy week around here. We’re living the one car life until I can get new tires put on my car. It’s meant a lot of at home time, which we don’t mind too much anyway. It’s a little bit cloudy today, so to get you to the sunshine, here are some of my favorites from the week. Continue reading

Rattlesnake Beans

We first learned of rattlesnake beans last fall, when we received a bag of dried beans in our CSA pickup. I scoured the internet for information on how people use them – but most of the recipes I found were for rattlesnake beans fresh off the vine – not the dried kind. We’ve since discovered they are very similar to a pinto bean or a cranberry bean – they have a little bit of a tangy flavor, and they go well with Mexican or Southwestern food.

The first time I made them, I used the recipe our farmer sent us. I liked them, but I felt like they needed a little more flavor. After playing around with it a couple more times, I finally settled on a recipe I liked (& remembered to write down!) This recipe uses ingredients that we received this spring – if I were going to make it in the fall, I’d alter it a little by using mature garlic and onions. Continue reading

Berry breakfast pizza

We are up to our ears in berries around here. We bought and put away a bunch of strawberries a couple of weeks ago, and are getting fresh ones in our CSA box every week. We have also discovered blackberries, mulberries, and serviceberries all over our neighborhood – and we just can’t help but pick them. We are living in berry paradise – and are coming up with all kinds of yummy ways to eat them. My mom used to make a dessert fruit pizza when I was growing up. Using sugar cookie dough as the crust and sugar in in the cream cheese mixture itself, it was not always the best choice for a meal. This one, however, is just the right mix of sweet and tart – and is perfect for breakfast or lunch. Continue reading

CSA Adventures: Spring Week 2

CSA Week 2
This week, we picked up:
4 ounces Shiitake Mushrooms
6 ounces Kale
1 head of Lettuce
1 pint Strawberries
1 bunch Spring Onions
1 bunch Green Garlic
1 lb Carrots

I also picked up some spinach, some french radishes, and some peaches from the Farmers Market to supplement our CSA share this week. Here’s how we used it: Continue reading

Strawberries: Ten Ways to Use This Seasonal Treat!

Strawberries!
Now that the farmers market is back and our CSA has started, we are trying to be more true to our intent to only buy local this year. We didn’t do so well during the winter months, but with spring and sunshine upon us, we are ready to recommit.

This weekend we made a trip to the North Georgia mountains to visit my parents. While there, we took a trip to my favorite orchard. When we walked in the door, we saw they were selling a 2 gallon box of strawberries for just $20!! So of course, I bought 4 boxes. Yes … that’s right … 8 gallons of strawberries. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them, but I didn’t care. I was going to have strawberries in some shape or form come December!!

Once I got home, I didn’t have to do much thinking about how to use them. There are so many delicious ways to eat strawberries, but today I thought I’d share my ten favorite ways to use up this delicious springtime treat! Continue reading

CSA Adventures: Spring Week 1

CSA Spring-1 BountyOne of the hardest things about a CSA share is that you, like the farmer, are totally at the mercy of Mother Nature. That’s kind of the point of a CSA – you share your financial resources with the farmer, and the farmer shares her bounty with you. When the farmer feasts, you feast … and when she famines, you do too.

Late winter and early spring have been extra rainy around these parts, and it’s been hard to get crops in the ground and ready to grow. We still haven’t gotten our small herb garden up and going – and it’s almost May! So we were so excited to get our first CSA pickup today, but it’s a small bounty compared to what it will be in a few weeks. Because we’re headed out of town this weekend, we’ll miss the Farmers’ Market, so we’ll have to get creative about making this last us until our next pickup.

Here’s what we picked up:
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