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Wed, Mar. 5th, 2008, 03:23 pm

Inspired by mrs_animosity, i signed up with an organic delivery service. Yesterday I received my first box of local organic produce.

We had some of the lettuce, escarole, green onions and microgreens in chicken wraps last night. They were so yummy. We also devoured all the strawberries for dessert. Tonight I'm tackling the kale and beet greens. We'll have a pot of mixed stewed greens with sausage and corn meal dumplings. Now I need to figure out what to do with that enormous head of cabbage...

Thu, Mar. 6th, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC)

What a beautiful box of produce!!!! I don't think I can possibly convey how jealous I am of your strawberries! Your dinner last night sounds delicious as well! Let me know what you do with the Kale and beets (or is it just the greens?). How much of your box do you have left?

Sat, Mar. 8th, 2008 06:38 am (UTC)

The strawberries were heavenly, but they were nothing compared to the grapefruit I just ate today! I didn't know a grapefruit could taste that sweet. I really don't know how to express how divine it was. I sort of made this recipe with the kale and the beet greens, except that instead of slab bacon I browned a pound of sausage, then removed the sausage while I cooked the greens and tossed it back in at the end. I also added some cayenne pepper and garlic powder. It turned out really good!

I still have a ton of stuff left. An enormous head of cabbage, the actual beets, turnips, escarole, a bit of lettuce and microgreens, some oranges and a grapefruit. I knew I would probably only be able to order every other week--it's just too much for the two of us to eat by ourselves every week. I should be able to use it all up this week though I think. I'm so glad that you talked me into signing up! I'm smitten. This is better than what I used to get at the farmer's market. I do wish I could order every week because this week's basket sounds really good too. Have you found any more new and exciting recipes?

Sat, Mar. 8th, 2008 05:20 pm (UTC)

I hear you on it being a lot of produce. We have a 6 year old and even with him eating some of the fruit we still ended up throwing away a couple of apples and pears. We decided on every other week as well. I'm guessing from your box you live somewhere south? We don't have a lot of fruit in our box, yet! I'm glad you like it! I really love the convenience of having them bring it to me.

Our box wasn't delivered yesterday, so I'm a little bummed. The CSA we buy from uses a delivery service here in the city and so far they have been less than stellar in their services. I sent an email but it was Friday so I don't expect to here back from them until Monday. I'm glad I didn't go shopping yesterday and plan on the produce for dinner.

I tried a recipe for the turnips and carrots that was super easy. The carrots were great the turnips were not such a big hit so I'm going to have to figure out something else the next time I get them. The carrots were yummy and sweet and the turnips were goodish when they were piping hot, although a little too mooshy, they turned bitter once they cooled down a bit. I don't know what to do with beets, neither my husband or I are a fan, it should be interesting. I've seen Emeril use micro greens a lot in his cooking, they look interesting!

Sat, Mar. 8th, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC)

I'm in Texas, so our growing seasons are pretty weird. Sometimes you can still get tomatoes at Thanksgiving! It seems like people use turnips pretty much like potatoes. Roasted, mashed, even turnip fries. I have one big one and a few tiny ones, so I think I'm just going to cut them up and roast them. For the beets, I'm thinking of grating them and throwing them in soup with some of the cabbage--sort of a psuedo-borscht. I may actually make borscht since I found a recipe that sounds fairly easy, but then I have to buy more ingredients. My husband grew up on pickled beets and HATES them, so pickled is definitely out. The microgreens are good--they taste similar to sprouts but a little more delicate. I hope you get your box soon!