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This Week’s Basket and Meal Plan

I found out last night that this will be our last basket indefinitely from Milk and Honey Organics, making this the last meal plan associated with their baskets. The owners have had another opportunity arise for their family, and we wish them the best, though we will definitely miss the colorful baskets, and partnering with them on their blog. I may still write a meal plan going forward, but it will likely be on a different night and using either farmers’ market or other produce items that fit within our budget. That being said, here’s this week’s meal basket:

This Week’s Basket Included Walla Walla Jumbo Onions, Rainbow Chard, Butter (Boston) Lettuce, Red Potatoes, Black Plums, Seedless Flame Grapes, Keitt Mangos, Bio-way Farm’s Cantaloupe, Parisi Farms’ Eggplant (mixed), Bio-way Farm’s Okra, Bio-way Farm’s Tomatoes, and Parisi Farms’ Jalapeño Peppers.
Meal Plan for Two (via Pepperplate.com):
 
Note: All recipes in the above meal plan can be found on the M&H Blog’s Recipes Archive page.

Meal Plan for July 14 thru July 20

This Week’s Basket from Milk and Honey Organics included Scallions, Flavor Supreme Pluots, Romaine Lettuce, Flame Seedless Grapes, South Carolina Peaches, Crimini Mushrooms, Parisi Farm’s Cantaloupes, Chef’s Greenhouse Tomatoes, Bio-way Farms’ Zucchini, Parisi Farm’s Red Sweet Potatoes, Parisi Farm’s Green Bell Peppers, and Belton Farms’ Corn.

This Week’s Meal Plan:

Breakfasts:

Lunches:

Dinners:

Meal Plan for July 7-13

This Week’s Basket from Milk and Honey Organics Included Bananas, South Carolina Peaches, Red Globe Grapes (caution: watch out for seeds), Tommy Atkins Mangos (not pictured: we got more of something else), Purple Garlic, Ginger, Local Green Cabbage, Hurricane Creek Romaine Lettuce, Globe Eggplant, Russet Potatoes, and Bioway Farms’ Squash and Cucumbers.

This Week’s Meal Plan:

Recipes for this Week’s Meal Plan:

  • Pancake Bar – use your favorite pancake mix or simple recipe and top with anything you like. If you’re adding peaches, bananas, chocolate, etc. to them, pour the batter first and let it cook for a minute on the first side, then top with fillings and cook another minute or so before flipping.
  • Egg Salad – hard boil eggs ahead of time, cool, peel and chop, then add the dressing (1/2 c. mayo, 1-2 tsp. prepared yellow mustard, salt, pepper, dill, a pinch of sugar and a splash of apple cider vinegar whisked together).
  • Grilled Peaches – Spray with a little olive oil before adding to the grill at the last five minutes or so of cooking the pork chops (optional: sprinkle with nutmeg).
  • Sautéed Squash and Onions – Pan fry thin slices in 1 Tbsp. butter with salt and pepper till just soft and slightly translucent.
  • Sautéed Cabbage – Chop into bite size pieces and cook in 1 Tbsp. butter with salt and pepper till soft and slightly caramelized (medium to medium high heat and keep it moving so it doesn’t burn).
  • Sautéed Onions and Peppers – slice into strips and toss in a hot pan with 1 tsp. olive oil till just tender and slightly translucent. Feel free to cook the chicken sausage links right down in the middle of this, if you don’t feel like grilling.
  • Baked Potato – rub with oil, sprinkle with coarse sea salt, and roast on a pan at 450F for 40-50 minutes.
  • Bacon Jam
  • Enchiladas
  • Cheesy Garlic Bread – mince garlic and mix into a stick of melted butter, brush over bread (French loaf or Italian loaf, cut in half, cut side up on pan), sprinkle with shredded cheese, and broil till cheese is golden brown (keep an eye on it).
  • My Favorite Falafel
  • Tzatziki Sauce
  • And the rest are on M&H’s Recipes Archive page.

Weekly Basket and Meal Plan for June 9-15

This Week’s Basket from Milk and Honey Organics Included Red Chard, Green Grapes, Nectarines, Blueberries, Artichoke, Hurricane Creek Tomatoes, Parisi Potato Mix, Vidalia Onions, Parisi Squash and Zucchini, Mangos (we got extra grapes instead) and Lettuce (type varies by basket, based on availability), plus a copy of the latest edible Upcountry magazine! (By the way, the magazine has some fun recipes to try too!)

 This Week’s Meal Plan via PepperPlate.com:

Recipes for This Week’s Meal Plan:

Weekly Recipe Ideas and Meal Plan for November 4-11

This week’s basket from Milk and Honey Organics included the following: Bio-Way Scallions, Bio-Way Mustard Greens (hiding off to the left hand side of this picture), Macintosh Apples, Golden Tangelos, Parsnips, Bananas, Seedless Crimson Grapes, Leeks, Spring Mix, Parisi Farms Green Peppers, Parisi Farms Sweet Potatoes, Parisi Farms Eggplant (mine are green).

This Week’s Recipe Ideas:

And finally, check out this week’s Meal Plan:
For an interactive PDF with recipe links, click on the meal plan above or here.

Go ahead and wash those grapes and toss them in a freezer for a fast, fun snack! I can’t wait to try the “Crustless Mini Pies” using last week’s butternut squash tomorrow night! I might just have to go ahead and make it tonight!

By the way, if your eggplants were green like mine, eggplants don’t change color as they ripen. Some are purple and some are green, so go ahead and throw them in some curry or grill them with olive oil and seasonings. Whatever you do, enjoy them!

Bon Appetit! And have a great weekend!

Produce Spotlight: Champagne Grapes

Champagne Grapes are a beautiful little fruit, but their name can be deceptive. No, they are not used to make champagne and they are not from the Champagne region of France! So, why “Champagne Grapes”? Stories vary, but they were either photographed with a flute of champagne or named after their resemblance to tiny champagne bubbles. Champagne Grapes were originally known as Corinth Grapes, as they are one of the oldest varieties of grapes produced and were originally grown on the Island of Zakynthos (or Zante), off the coast of Corinth, Greece. And, if you didn’t already know, dried Champagne Grapes are commonly known as Currants! Ever heard of Zante Currants? Well, now you know.

Growing up, my great-grandmother made a fabulous Currant Butter Tart! The recipe has been passed down for over a hundred years now in my family! After college, I spent a summer on a mission trip in Latvia and Poland, and they sold Black Currant Juice in little glass bottles. It was fabulous! And all this time, I had no idea that Currants and Champagne Grapes were the same fruit!

I can’t help but add my first memory of currants: watching Anne of Green Gables! Remember Marilla’s Famous Red Currant Wine that Anne mistakenly gives to Diana instead of the Raspberry Cordial?! Well, here’s a snippet from the scene along with Marilla’s  recipe, if you dare!

“[Marilla meets with Mrs. Barry and Rachel after Diana got drunk]
Mrs. Barry: Marilla, I don’t believe a word. Anne Shirley is a conniving, manipulating child and she’s pulled the wool over your eyes.
Rachel Lynde: I always warned you about making that current wine, Marilla. You said it wouldn’t have the least effect on anyone. Well, I ask you.
Marilla Cuthbert: It isn’t meant to be drunk three tumbler-fulls at a time! And if I had a child that was so greedy, I’d sober her up with a darn good spanking!
Mrs. Barry: Oh! So it’s my Diana’s fault, is it?
Rachel Lynde: It’s the demon liquor’s fault. And as I told you for years, if you didn’t insist on making that current wine…
Marilla Cuthbert: [Marillla quickly then cut in furious anger] My current wine is famous all over the island, Rachel Lynde, as you very well know. And the Reverend Allen himself is not opposed to taking a bit when he comes calling. And as for Christian virtue: making a little wine for a refreshment is far less sinful than [then shouted extra loud, speaking] meddling in other people’s affairs!
Rachel Lynde: [in shock] Oh!
[Marilla leaves]
Marilla Cuthbert: [to Mrs. Allen] Of all the unreasonable, pig-headed, self-important women that I have ever met – she is the worst!”

Champagne Grapes can be eaten straight off the vine, cooked into sweet treats (like the Cream Scones with Champagne Grapes recipe on this week’s meal plan), made into juice or wine, or added to savory dishes (like the Champagne Grapes and Shrimp Salad Sandwiches orPan-Seared Scallops with Champagne Grapes and Almonds). Any way you eat them, they are delicate and sweet! Bon Appetit!