Friday, July 6, 2012

The Veggie Box that got me Thinking Outside the Box

Some girls get excited about shoes, massages, days at the spa (oh, who am I kidding- I LOVE them too!)  But these days, my budget breakers are along a different line... with a little more fresh, and a whole lot more FLAVOR!

Like meats that my butcher proudly points to and says... Di, this is the ONE (get to know your butcher!)  Vegetables so fresh that you pause for a moment wondering, "is that dirt?" and then smile, remembering they were picked TODAY, and the earth on them is local earth.  Mmm. ;-) Fresh breads that take me back to days up at 4am, mixing, kneading, waiting for the rise, and then "drinking" in the intoxicating yeasty smell while browning in the oven.  And cheese.  Oh, cheese.  Rich, creamy, nutty, herby, velvety... and yes, the stinkier the better, cheese, I say (some day remind me to tell you the tale of the stinky hotel cheese in Paris- P.U. ;-)

But today my budget breaker didn't break the budget, and it came in a cardboard box- delivered! (Thank you Door Step Produce!)

"Eat your vegetables, they'll put hair on your chest," said my Pop growing up, and while that was almost as gross of a concept (for a girl, at least) as eating the vegetables themselves, it did make me giggle.  And now, as an adult, I still smile when I think of eating and making veggies fun in every meal!

So why buy local? 
Click here as a starting point, and then get more involved to help our farmers, and to preserve REAL foods AND help bring dinner back around the table!

Ok, so you've jumped on the "Produce to Your Door" trend, but what do you do with all this stuff?
Like the headline reads, this week's box sure got me thinking outside of the box... hot peppers?  Cucumbers?  Cantaloupe?  These are veggies/fruits I normally don't buy, and man did I have fun researching recipes for them today.

Here are the recipes I'll be making this week based on this week's box. 
Bon Appétit, my sweets!

Green Beans
Green Beans w/Balsamic Roasted Red Onions, Bacon and Feta Cheese
(An old fav. and always a fav. with everyone!  Healthy and oh so good.)

Cut up a red onion in thin half moons and place in pie plate, drizzle with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and sea salt and roast at 400 degrees until caramelized, about 30 min.  In the meantime, trim and cut green beans into 1-1/2" pieces and cook in microwave (covered and w/a bit of water to steam) until tender, about 10 min.  Then microwave 4 pieces of bacon until crispy.  Mix all together, add salt and pepper as needed and sprinkle feta cheese to taste.

My first recipe of the week- just made it w/some yummy Chicken Georgia! These green beans rocked!

Creamed Spinach Stuffed Tomatoes (click for recipe)
(Reminds me of Stouffer's growing up! One of the few things Mom served that wasn't homemade.)

Hot Pepper Mix
Damn Hot Peppers (click for recipe)
(Not the biggest HOT fan, but excited to make this as fab gifts in jars to put on steak, eggs...)

Pear & Cucumber Salad with Balsamic and Shaved Romano Cheese (click for recipe)
(Can't wait to try this- got great reviews, and what a unique mix of flavors!)

Red Potatoes
Creamy Potato Salad with Lemon and Fresh Herbs (click for recipe)
(Can't go wrong with a potato salad for summer.  Fresh herbs- yum.)

(and p.s. the steak did NOT come in the box!  But it was tasty with the pears that I ended up roasting for the cucumber salad above, with blue cheese and cilantro. mmm. And my new favorite way to make potato salad? Add in some roasted pears, chopped fresh cilantro and shaved romano cheese... heavenly!)

Cantelope Granita (click for recipe)
(Fresh, cool, simple.  Sounds like a nice treat this week!)

Blueberry Buckle (click for recipe)
(I chose this because I have a someone special having a birthday... that loves blueberries- tomorrow!!!  And wow... this BUCKLE was AMAZING!! And the pic is a shout out to our city!)

Yellow Squash
Yellow Squash Soup with Basil (click for recipe)
(This soup sounds awesome!  I've made similar ones w/zucchini, and can't wait to try w/the yellow squash.)

Need more of a reason to buy local produce? 

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