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Celebrating CSA Box #2 
 
May 22, 2014 9:58 am 
Updated: May 25, 2014 6:34 pm

I received my 2nd CSA box. Mostly the same as last time -  strawberries, mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, and cauliflower - but with the addition of lettuce. 

IMG_1434I made PERFECT MIXED GREENS again, only omitting the collards this time. Delicious once again!

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I made BROCCOLI-CAULIFLOWER SALAD for dinner one night. Made sense to me! It had veggies and protein in it, so why not a one dish meal? Broccoli, cauliflower, eggs, cheese, and bacon!

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We mostly just ate on the strawberries again. They are so sweet and fresh. But I also added them to SPINACH AND GOAT CHEESE SALAD. Such a good lunch that day!

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I also used them for a topping on GLUTEN FREE PROTEIN PANCAKES. Yummo breakfast and healthy too!

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I had some kale left over from the last CSA box, so I used it in SPINACH AND KALE SMOOTHIE. This was the prettiest green smoothie I have ever made. It tasted good too!

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I'm using the lettuce for salads...just haven't photographed any of them. 

I'm really enjoying all the fresh fruit and veggies. So glad I did this. Can't wait to see what's in the next order. 


 
Comments
May 22, 2014 10:31 am
Strawberry salad, I saw that one coming. ;) As always it all looks good and a great job taking pictures.
 
May 22, 2014 10:34 am
Not very health conscious, but these are so good, I eat them right out of the freezer and you could use fresh strawberries as well since they just get pureed. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/frozen-strawberry-cheesecake-sandwich-cookies/detail.aspx
 
Paula 
May 22, 2014 10:35 am
Joey - Yes, you did! This salad is coming too - - - - http://allrecipes.com/recipe/strawberry-fields/detail.aspx
 
Paula 
May 22, 2014 10:36 am
Oh, sassy! Whoopie pies! Those are different from what I've seen before. They look really good too!
 
May 22, 2014 10:37 am
And for using up cauliflower and lettuce, this if great. And I'm loving the CSA blogs btw. If I didn't grow my own stuff I would love to participate in one of the ones here we have. http://allrecipes.com/personalrecipe/62280131/24-hour-salad/detail.aspx
 
Paula 
May 22, 2014 10:49 am
Thanks, sassy. Saved!
 
Paula 
May 22, 2014 10:51 am
Sassy - I'd love for you to blog about your garden...when each thing comes in and what you do with it. That would make enjoyable reading!
 
May 22, 2014 11:16 am
I spent this morning helping out at one of the farms I visited last weekend. I staked over 200 tomato plants today. The farmer gave me a boat load of JUST picked asparagus and a nice big tomato plant. Since I was volunteering my time I thought I made a big haul. It is going to be asparagus omelets for dinner tonight.
 
May 22, 2014 11:17 am
What fun, Paula! After your last blog on CSA #1, I went looking for such a program near me. Came up empty as the nearest pick up point is too far away to make it worthwhile for the gas spent in travel. I find it kind of strange that a CSA isn't more accessable to me when, per Mother Jones magazine, California supplies nearly half of the United States produce and nuts. We do have Farmer's Markets all around us but I'm uncertain of their sources. Well, dear friend, enjoy your lovely Earth's bounty. Your dishes have done Her proud!
 
Paula 
May 22, 2014 11:25 am
Wow, Joey! That was some bending and stooping work! I've got some asparagus I'm going to use tonight too. Not sure yet how though.
 
Paula 
May 22, 2014 11:28 am
Cathy - Actually, I have wished I lived in California only in the summertime just for all the fresh food you folks have access to! It's sad you can't find a farmer's market that deals with organic or as organic as possible sources.
 
May 22, 2014 11:33 am
We have quite a few farmers markets here including a weekly one downtown all year round. As far as I know it is their own produce. Cathy, you could just ask them where their produce comes from, if it's theirs, local or if they are getting it from another supplier.
 
May 22, 2014 11:37 am
Paula, I didn't sign up for our CSA this year since I love to shop the Farmers Market but now I am wishing I had since I have only gotten to the market once so far. Everything you made looks yummy.
 
May 22, 2014 11:40 am
Cathy Myers, IMO the best thing about the Farmers Market is being able to talk to the grower and ask questions about how they do their farming. It has been my experience that most are proud to share their methods and tips.
 
May 22, 2014 12:00 pm
Cathy Myers Farmers love to talk. Also most now have websites and facebook pages that can answer a lot of questions for you.
 
May 22, 2014 12:04 pm
Paula I bent over to pick up the plants and then again to set them back down in a different green house. I did the actual staking on a waist high table. I would do 32 plants at a time and then walk them 4 plants at a time to the new green house. Very repetitive work, but some how I felt satisfied when I was done.
 
May 22, 2014 12:11 pm
I love getting my produce box, it is like an unexpected present. :) Another great job, Paula!
 
May 22, 2014 1:44 pm
Thanks Paula, for writing this blog. I have learned so much from our friends. Thank you, everyone! I will love talking to our farmers about their goods. I'm going to the one in Riverside. By then i should feel like getting out of the house. Thank you again, Paula et al!
 
May 22, 2014 2:28 pm
great blog post, Paula! Love the greens-I know they tasted wonderful. Great photos!
 
Paula 
May 22, 2014 6:37 pm
BigShotsMom - What you said is exactly why I signed up for the CSA. I know I CAN probably buy some of those veggies I never usually buy, but will I? The answer is no. Getting them in my box forces me to at least try them. Hey, I discovered I like greens now! At least the ones I cooked :)
 
Paula 
May 22, 2014 6:38 pm
Baking Nana - Yes! It's like getting a birthday present! I read the farm e-mails and website and plan my menus around what is going to be in my CSA box. Such anticipation!
 
Paula 
May 22, 2014 6:39 pm
Paula T - I have never cared for greens. I LOVED the ones I made. Crazy, huh?
 
May 22, 2014 7:52 pm
I did the csa thing 2 years ago. it was expensive, very repetitive with the same produce showing up, and ( for me ) it was difficult to pick up. I have not participated again. doubt that I will again. we actually have 2 here. same stuff every week, I hate to waste food. I hope your csa is different from the ones here. it was interesting finding swiss chard in a couple weeks baskets( good stuff) and of course having to make beets ( which still tastes like dirt to me, whether or not it's locally, organically, or free-ranged). hope you enjoy and get a more varied box!!
 
Paula 
May 23, 2014 5:14 am
gderr - So sorry you had a bad experience with CSA. I'm hoping for a more varied box. We'll see. I did sign up for every other week since there are just the two of us, so at least no food will go to waste.
 
Bibi 
May 25, 2014 5:14 am
All those fresh veggies look so good, Paula! Some day I'll get into a CSA, but now my schedule is too erratic. Nice job!
 
Lela 
May 25, 2014 6:34 pm
Paula, you are definitely eating healthy with all the fresh veggies and strawberries. Beautiful photos! We visit the Farmer's Market during the summer and I love all the fresh veggies. I hope your next box has cucumbers. I love cucumbers in the summer!
 
 
 
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Cake decorating: wedding cakes, bridal and baby shower cakes, birthday cakes: Little Pirate, Cinderella, Elmo, Strawberry Shortcake. My friends call me Betty Crocker. When my daughter got married, she had a bridal shower where the guests were asked to write something on an apron. My best friend told her if she needed a recipe or help in the kitchen to ask her mother. If she needed a good place to eat out, ask her.
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A 4 tier huge wedding cake that fell apart at 2:00am. Thankfully, I still had time to salvage the cake.
 
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