Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Fresh Stop Week Eight


On Wednesdays, my office mate Jacquelyn and I speculate and hope all day as we prepare to go pick up our produce.  A few weeks ago, DH went with me to pick up and last week he had to go for me.  Now he is hooked, enjoying the fun of seeing what we get!   Pictured above is what we got today, and boy did we feel like the richest people in Louisville as we pulled away.  In addition to what you see, we also bought more melons and tomatoes off of the market table.  So, what we have here are tomatoes (yellow and red), green peppers, apples, cantaloupe, zucchini, peaches, carrots, cucumbers, and watermelon.  I’m thinking of trying my hand at refrigerator pickles, and will definitely freeze some more tomatoes. 

Fresh Stop- Week Seven


Week Seven found me a little under the weather, so much of it is still waiting to be cooked this weekend.  I did work up a window sill of tomatoes for the freezer and it is a great feeling to think of pulling them out some winter day for soups or sauces.  What we have here are: onions, tomatoes, eggplant, carrots, corn, peaches, okra, cantaloupe, cucumbers, and blackberries. 

Sunday, July 22, 2012

At Long Last, some Link Love

Check out the Summer Porch Party over at Southern Hospitality.  Be sure to scroll down to all of the links of the great porches that were submitted.

Since I read this wonderful piece about Stranger Dinner Parties, I’ve thought of it and thought it would be very neat.  And so contrary to the way the world works.  Should I try it?!

By far my favorite blog of late is one written by my next door neighbor’s sister.  She and her husband are kicking off their retirement by spending six months in NYC.  Their  blog is wonderful!

And now for a little eye candy.  Aren’t these playgrounds amazing?  I can barely finish a granny square…….. 

I first heard of Meghan on Kind Over Matter and became a huge fan immediately.  This song makes me happy.  Check her out!

Meghan Tonjes - 'This Year' OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO

Fresh Stop Week Six


I’ve gotten a little behind!  So, this was week before last.  As you can see, beets, tomatoes, zucchini, apples, broccoli,yellow squash, green pepper, cucumbers, and corn. 

The zucchini and yellow squash were made into kabobs with onions and grilled with these chicken breasts and they were great. 

The broccoli played a starring role in this crockpot dish.

And the corn got thrown in with one our summer favorites around here.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Fresh Stop Week Five


Another great week that included peaches, kale, cantaloupe, green beans, cucumbers, sweet corn, yellow squash, and tomatoes.  In addition to all of the things we got in our regular share, we also bought extra peaches and tomatoes and the blackberries.

Since I had the green beans, I finally made some of the pistachio dust.  I pan seared the beans in a cast iron skillet and then let the dust do its magic.  It was great!  And I have enough of the dust to embellish many more things.  Or to eat with a spoon!

Most of the peaches got eaten straight out of the bowl, but we did roast some one night and served with goat cheese and honey. 

If the corn hadn’t tasted so dang good straight off the cob, I had plans to make this blueberry and corn salad.  Maybe this week!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Fresh Stop- Week Four


This week’s haul included: peaches, beets, (and beet greens!), broccoli, green peppers, zucchini, swiss chard, Chinese cabbage, and tomatoes. 

The peaches got eaten pretty fast, and straight from hand to mouth.  They met the criteria of good peaches- so juicy that you get peach all over you when you eat one.

The beets were pickled and eaten- by me.

The zucchini paired with some yellow summer squash were used to make this salad which was delicious!!

The Chinese cabbage was HUGE and it took lots of slicing and dicing to bring it under submission.  But, so worth it when we sat down to this yummy salad.

Looking forward to trying my hand at making stuffed chard leaves.  No  picture, but Sounds great.

Hopefully, all of these great fresh nutritious dishes will balance out the Texas Sheetcake I made tonight for a co-worker’s birthday.