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CSA Share #2

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE being a part of a CSA. Did I mention I love it?! Seriously….I was smiling all day yesterday (not just because of a great coffee/soup date with my friend Krystle, although that also contributed) because I knew I was getting our second share from Elmwood! I got a dozen eggs, organic chicken necks and backs (I have no clue what to do with these….), organic sirloin tip, organic chicken wings, and two boxes of gorgeous organic veggies 🙂 The first box I opened looked like this

The tomatoes were picked before our first frost, so they need a couple weeks to ripen, but I appreciate that the farm was trying to get food into our boxes and give us some tomatoes. They’re so thoughtful and hardworking! 🙂

Let me lay out what we have for you

Rainbow swiss chard, kale, radishes, stripetti squash, tomatoes, butternut squash, two HUGE sweet potatoes (and we haven’t even finished the sweet potatoes from the last share–good thing they’ll keep for a while!), delicata squash, garlic, white, red, and sweet yellow candy onions…

a bunch of red potatoes, 5 green sweet bell peppers, two huge heads of bok choy (yay!)….

3 heads of lettuce, 2 beautiful watermelon radishes, 3 beets, a stalk of celery, and a large bunch of collard greens!

More than enough to get us through the next 2 weeks as we will have a few things leftover (some potatoes and the butternut squash, but those keep for QUITE a while). So, here is our menu plan (no–it doesn’t include sauteed grated beets :/).

Friday- Salad with Radishes and Skirt Steak & Bok Choy Stir Fry with Rice

Saturday- Zucchini Pesto Pizza with homemade Dr. O pizza dough

Sunday- Chicken Caesar Sandwiches and Sweet Potato Fries

Monday- Roast Beef and 15 minute Collards

Tuesday- Caesar Salad and Rigatoni with Swiss Chard

Wednesday- We’re attending an interview dinner for residency applicants, so Little O will have to fend for herself 😉

Thursday- Bok Choy and Carrots Stir Fry with Roasted Radishes

Friday- Leftover Roast Beef and Balsamic Swiss Chard

Saturday- Lemon Garlic Spaghetti and Roasted Brocolli

Sunday- Stripetti Squash Pesto

Monday- Chicken Packets and Roasted Carnival Squash (this squash is from our first pickup)

Tuesday- Bacon Cheeseburger Chicken and Baked Sweet Potatoes

Wednesday- Lasagna Roll Ups and Roasted Delicata Squash

Thursday- Chicken Wings and Roasted White Potatoes and Carrots (This is also the day we will pick up our next share 🙂

I’ll post any recipes that are stellar (or horrible) as they come about, but if you’re antsy for any now, feel free to comment below and I’ll share!

As always, the kale will be used for kale chips (or as I’m affectionately referring to them now…superfood chips). I usually eat the crust from Little O’s sandwich, some Quaker Rice Cakes, and half an apple for lunch, but in an effort to save money (those Quakes get expensive when Little O and I each go through a bag a week! She loves the cheddar cheese ones and I love the ranch!) and boost my daily veggie intake–I’m replacing Quakes with superfood chips 🙂 And considering the last bunch of kale (which was smaller) made 6 or so servings of superfood chips…this bunch should get me through to the next share pick up 🙂 The bell peppers usually go with Dr. O to work as a snack…I’m sure the celery will also be a good snack. I’m thinking add some raisins and peanut butter and Little O might be having ants on a log as snack for a couple days! We’ll see whether or not she likes it.

If you have any other great ideas for things I can do with my delicious farm fresh goodness, please comment below! I’m always open to new ideas 🙂

Mrs. O



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Roasted Radishes and Halloween Fun

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Little O had a pumpkin-shaped sandwich with chocolate chip jack-o-lantern face for lunch (when she ate all the chocolate chips she said “I want more chocate pwease!” and I said, “No, dear, you’ll get quite enough tonight!”), decorated a pumpkin with Halloween stickers, and will have a sweet bell pepper carved to look like a jack-o-lantern filled with spaghetti before trick or treating tonight! It has been a very festive day 🙂 I just hope she can calm down enough to nap!! Yesterday, we carved our free pumpkin that we got from the market a few weeks ago. Little O and her daddy had LOTS of fun 🙂 I’m planning to cut up the pumpkin the day after Halloween and use it to make pumpkin puree. I didn’t know you could do that, but I’ve found a website (junk mail gems) that really gets full use out of everything she buys! I think it’ll make a yummy pumpkin pie and a few other pumpkin treats during November!

I caught her eating some of the pumpkin….gross, right?! Also, don’t mind her insanely wet shirt. She has had some bad drooling and runny nose so we think she’s cutting ANOTHER 2 year molar. I swear this girl has been cutting teeth nonstop since 3 1/2 months. How many teeth can one little girl have?!?!?!?

It’s a winking hillbilly pumpkin 🙂 And Little O didn’t want to pose, she just wanted to look inside!

On another note, I tried an unconventional recipe for radishes this past weekend and thought they were DELICIOUS, so I thought I’d share. After my beets fail, I was slightly worried about doing this, but they really turned out quite yummy as a side dish. Also, they will go very well with the skirt steak and bok choy stir fry. It’s SUCH a simple recipe! Preheat the oven to 425. Wash radishes and cut up into cubes. Then toss them with olive oil, salt, and pepper (Is it me or do a LOT of the recipes I post on here start this way…?!). Roast for about 25 minutes or until radishes are beginning to brown. Then toss with 1-2 tbsp soy sauce and a few sesame seeds. Roast another 5 minutes and VOILA! I don’t have a picture for you because it was a little crazy in the O house Saturday night. Dr O and I were each trying to cook in our small kitchen and Little O had boycotted her nap that afternoon so she was QUITE the handful. I also realize that there probably aren’t very many of you rushing out to buy radishes and try this recipe BUT if you happen to be a part of a CSA and get some radishes in your next share, give this recipe a try!

As a sidenote, I’m proud to say that we are just a few days away from picking up our second CSA share and have yet to waste a single thing from our first share! And everything has been delicious (except the yucky grated sauteed beets)! I can’t wait until Thursday gets here so I can see what deliciousness we’ll be getting 🙂

Mrs O


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Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Our tomatoes from our share were getting pretty ripe and it was time to do something with them or lose them….I’m not a fan of wasting money, so I had to suck it up and make some spaghetti sauce. I was also able to use an onion from our share and some fresh basil that I had in the fridge 🙂 I found a recipe (and made a few adjustments to it) that made a nice, light sauce that I think will work well for us. I used about 2 lbs of tomatoes. Here’s the rundown of your ingredients:

2 lbs. tomatoes (peeled, cored, quartered)

2 tbsp olive oil

1 onion chopped

2 cloves minced garlic

1 cp. water

6 oz. tomato paste

1 tbsp sugar

2 tsp beef bouillon granules

1 tsp oregano

1/2 tsp salt

4-5 crushed basil leaves

1/8 tsp pepper

First, I heated up the olive oil in a saucepan (on high heat) and chopped up the onion (this literally made me bawl…Little O was asking Dr O “Why Mommy cwying [that’s how she pronounces it…I thought you needed the real effect of her language skills]?!”) and minced the garlic in my awesome garlic mincer.

I added the onion and garlic to the oil and cooked them both through–until the onions were translucent. Then I added the rest of the ingredients, mixed it up well, and continued to cook on high until boiling (this didn’t take long, maybe 5-10 minutes).

I turned the heat to low and let the sauce simmer for about 1 1/2 hours. Then I put it all in the food processor (this is, obviously, an optional step, but the texture of tomatoes is just not one that I can eat so I can’t even have chunks of tomato in my sauce) to make it nice and smooth. Dr O and I both taste tested and thought it was pretty yummy and light–just like the O family likes it 🙂 Then I canned it. As you can see, I have a large glass container and about 1/3 of a small glass container. This should last us for quite a while since we like to go light on the sauce!

We’re thinking we won’t get any more tomatoes in our shares since it is getting further into the Fall weather, but if we do…I’ll probably just make more of this sauce to last us through winter 🙂

Mrs O


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CSA Share Menu Plan

So, I’m a bit of an overplanner 🙂 We used to plan our menu for the month so that we wouldn’t eat the same thing more than 3 times and could use items in more than one dish without cooking the same dish twice in a week. BUT, with our exciting, new CSA adventure…we can’t do that! So, we decided to plan once we got our share, but we got our share last Thursday and had visitors Friday-Sunday (didn’t leave a lot of time to sit down with Dr O and the trusty internet looking for recipes)! So, I was *finally* able to sit down and plan our menu through our next share pick up. I wanted to do my best to use the items that would go bad soon and the items that would keep towards the end. This was tricky because I had no clue how long some of these items would stay good since we’ve never bought some of them…EVER (like radishes and beets…).

Today, I sat down with some recipes from a friend (shout out Krystle!), two Garden Fresh Veggie cook books, and my beloved Pinterest and got to work to plan through next Thursday. Our food budget is usually depleted at this point in the month so I wanted to try to find recipes that would use additional ingredients that we already had. I will have to get a few things from the store, but not too much so I think it’ll be okay 🙂 Here’s the run down

Tonight: Leftover Veggie Lasagna, Fresh Salad, Garlic Knots

Wednesday: Skirt Steak and Bok Choy Stir Fry & Sauteed Grated Beets

Thursday: Herb Roasted Chicken & Swiss Chard Chickpea Brown Rice & Roasted Radishes in Soy Sauce

Friday: Spaghetti Squash Monterey & Collards

Saturday: Pasta with Walnuts and Greens (probably kale)

Sunday: Chicken Packets & Sweet Potato Souffle

Monday: Spaghetti (with homemade sauce) served in orange jack-o-lantern sweet bell peppers (festive right?!) & Garlic Knots

Tuesday: Pasta with Walnuts and Greens (mustard greens)

Wednesday: Bacon Cheeseburger Chicken & Roasted Potatoes

Thursday: Shrimp and Egg Noodles in Wine Sauce & Roasted Carnival Squash (This is also the day that we will pick up our next share, so that night Dr O and I are going to have to get to work on some menu planning!)

I will do my best to take pictures and post the recipes I’ve used (even if they’re a fail!) during the next week. If you’re anxious to try one of the recipes before I post it, comment below and I’ll direct you to the recipe!

Mrs O

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First CSA Share!!!

We **finally** picked up our first CSA share from Elmwood Stock Farm here in Kentucky (pardon my super messy counter….no one is perfect, right?!)! We’ve been waiting for weeks with excitement and anticipation 🙂 We got a regular share of vegetables, a share of meat (chicken and beef), and a dozen eggs. The eggs are from free range chickens and they are HUGE! I can’t wait to eat one 🙂 First, I have to finish the eggs we got from the market a couple weeks ago. Anyway, here’s a rundown of what we got and will use over the next two weeks (although I’m not sure what to do with half of it because I’ve never cooked with it before–recipes welcome!)

bok choy (never cooked with it, but it’s got a lot of calcium)

rainbow swiss chard (never cooked with it)

mustard greens (only used it for decoration on a veggie platter :/)

white onions and sweet yellow candy onions

a MASSIVE organic garlic (this might last us a few weeks….the cloves are huge and there are plenty of them!)

eggplant (we’re having eggplant parmesan :))

spaghetti squash (not sure about what to do with that one…)

carnival squash (I’m thinking it might be good as a roasted side dish….)

sweet bell peppers (these I think will be mostly snacks for Dr O, but maybe we’ll roast some as a side dish)

a spicy pepper that we will never use :/

a precious little pie pumpkin (we let Little O play with it for now, but I may make a puree with it in a couple weeks)

a beautiful Cinderella pumpkin (apparently, there are waiting lists….yes, waiting lists for pumpkins…in New York for this breed of pumpkin! Again, I’ll probably use it for decoration, then some kind of yummy pumpkin treat!)

organic lettuce (I’m thinking a salad with one of our pasta dishes for dinner one night….we actually have enough for 2 or 3 salads.)

collard greens (Dr O makes yummy collards!)

radishes (no clue what to do with these!)

beets (see above beside “radishes” :))

tomatoes (If you remember, I was terrified to get these, but I’ve decided I’m going to use most of them to make my own spaghetti sauce and the others for a taco soup that a friend of mine made a couple weeks ago for bible study–it was amazingly yummy :))

sweet potatoes (these are the BIGGEST I’ve ever seen….picture below. I’m going to make at least one sweet potato souffle, but I think just one sweet potato will give me enough for that, so we’ll also have baked sweet potatoes)

gold potatoes (I think we’ll have roasted seasoned potatoes a couple times as a side dish.)

kale (You know, I LOVE kale chips, but I want to try something new with the kale too…any ideas?!)

and tomatillos (what do you do with those…seriously?)

For our meat share, we got a whole organic chicken (I want to use EVERY part of it….make chicken stock and all….who can give me tips on how to use the whole chicken?) and 4 organic beef patties.

Neither Dr O nor I were expecting as much as we got in our share! (I mean we didn’t know what to expect!) This will definitely last us two weeks and we are so, so thrilled about the quality of all the food we’ve received! What I love about Elmwood is that they give you a newsletter listing all your share items, the dietary benefits of most of the items in your share, how to store them, recipes, and news from the farm 🙂

Looking at the pictures again is making me EVEN MORE excited about all these new foods to try!!! Seriously y’all, if you have recipes for any of the above, please post them below for me!!!

Mrs O


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