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This Week’s Basket and Recipe Ideas

This week brought us another beautiful basket from Milk and Honey Organics!

Quick Fixes for This Week’s Basket:

  • Fuji Apples (Apple Pie, Chopped Apples on Oatmeal)
  • Banana, Yellow, Eco (Peruvian) (Peel and freeze in baggies for Smoothies, Use in Banana Splits, or Dehydrate Banana Chips for a fun snack)
  • Blueberries, North Carolina (Great in Pancakes or on top of your favorite Cereal with a handful of Chopped Nuts)
  • Broccoli, Local (Steam and Top with Cheese or eat fresh in a Broccoli Salad)
  • Carrots, With Tops (Chop and Steam, then top with a little butter and brown sugar or orange marmalade; or you can always make Carrot Cake)
  • Lemons, Choice (It’s a great time of year for lemonade!)
  • Lettuce, Green Leaf, Local (Great for fresh salads or lettuce wraps)
  • Tommy Atkins Mangos (Use as an Ice Cream Topping or add to a Smoothie)
  • Portabella Mushrooms (Slice on top of homemade pizza; brush with olive oil and sea salt and add to shish-kabobs; saute in butter and garlic until golden brown, add shiraz and simmer about 10 minutes, add sharp cheddar cheese and melt)
  • White Peaches, South Carolina (Great on oatmeal or sliced with whipped cream)
  • Yams, Covington Sweet Potatoes, N.C. (Sweet Potato Fries, Chips, or Wedges)
  • Parisi Chard (Add to a Quiche or Egg Casserole, or eat raw in your salad)
  • Parisi Kale (Add to a fresh salad with roasted nuts and a sweet and spicy Asian-style salad dressing)
  • Parisi Patty Pan Squash (Scoop out the center, saute with garlic in olive oil, and spoon back into the shell to serve) 

Other Recipes for This Week’s Basket:

Toad in a Pattypan Hole (http://kitchen-parade-veggieventure.blogspot.com/2010/07/toad-in-pattypan-hole.html)

Fuji Apple Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream (http://www.nibbledish.com/people/worldpeas/recipes/fuji-apple-crisp-w-vanilla-ice-cream)

Peaches and Green Smoothie (http://foodloveswriting.com/2011/05/25/peaches-n-green-smoothie/)

Honey-glazed Carrots (http://nourishedkitchen.com/honey-glazed-carrots/)

Cinnamon Sweet Potato Hashbrowns (http://nourishedkitchen.com/sweet-potatohashbrowns/)

Roasted Carrots and Mushrooms with Thyme (http://www.kalynskitchen.com/2006/03/roasted-carrots-and-mushrooms-with.html)

Kale and Lemon Chips (http://www.elanaspantry.com/lemon-kale-chips/)

The Perfect Salad (https://myjourneytolean.wordpress.com/2011/03/01/recipe-the-perfect-salad/)

Sweet Potato and Edamame Hash (http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/sweet-potato-and-edamame-hash-10000001975698/)

Swiss Chard and Swiss Cheese Egg Pie (https://myjourneytolean.wordpress.com/2011/03/04/recipe-swiss-chard-and-swiss-cheese-egg-pie/)

Sweet Potatoes with Collards and Aduki Beans – substitute Kale or Chard for Collards (http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/2840)

Swiss Chard Wrapped Salmon (http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/2642)

Mango Breakfast Parfait with Cherry Banana Soft Serve (http://ohsheglows.com/2011/05/31/mango-breakfast-parfait-with-cherry-banana-soft-serve/)

When Life Gives You Thawed Blueberries…Make Cobbler!

Tonight, I got off work around 5 and headed to the gym to work out while Bryan finished up what he had to do at work. I actually like that we get to carpool and that our schedules work out that I still get to use the gym at work most days. Tonight, I knew I was going walking with Jan again, so I decided to do some strength and flexibility training while I had the opportunity. Truth is, I knew if I waited till after the walk, it wouldn’t get done.

So, I did my weights and some yoga and walked a mile on the treadmill while watching Food Network (my favorite pastime in the gym). 🙂 Then we came home. I mixed up a seasoning rub and pulled out the salmon to thaw (we cooked this after our walk and it was delicious!). Then Jan came and we headed on our walk. We did 3 miles together! It started out being a bit warm, but it slowly cooled down as we kept going. Meanwhile, Bryan took the opportunity to mow the lawn.

Well, when we got back to the house, the first thing Bryan told me was that the freezer breaker had tripped and everything in our big freezer in the shed was almost thawed. So, Jan and I quickly moved everything inside to the refrigerator/freezer, sadly tossing some things that weren’t as cool as others. Thanks for your help, Jan! Fortunately, we didn’t have to throw too much away. A lot of the stuff was still slightly frozen, so we caught it in time. While I was putting everything away inside, Bryan cleaned up the freezer (and a small portion of the floor in front of the freezer) for me. What a sweetheart!

One thing that doesn’t really thaw too well is blueberries. And I had two big bags of them out there. They were still chilled, so I decided to make lemons into lemonade…or shall we say, blueberries into blueberry cobbler! I used about 6 cups for the cobbler and patted dry the rest and placed them in the dehydrator. I’ve never dehydrated blueberries before, but they’re selling them in grocery stores next to the raisins and cranberries, so I figured it was worth a shot.

Life happens, and it’s better to throw out a $10 bag of chicken than to get some form of foodborne illness and incur lost wages and possible medical bills! I know it hurts, but when stuff like this happens, use my grandmother’s saying: “When in doubt, throw it out!” And when life gives you a bag of thawed blueberries, make blueberry cobbler!

My Current Favorite Breakfast

Currently, my favorite breakfast is a bowl of Kashi Cereal with 1/2 c. all-natural blueberries, 1/4 c. organic pecan halves, and 1 c. of organic 2% milk. My mother-in-law got me started on the blueberries and nuts in the cereal a while ago. It’s actually an easy breakfast to take with me to work. I’ll pour the milk into a travel cup and everything else into one of my Pyrex bowls with a lid. When I get to work, I just pour the milk over everything and dig in (with a cup of coffee, of course).

My two favorites right now: