Eating Greener

the experiences of a newbie to local, organic, and sustainably grown food

third delivery April 21, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — kristimartin @ 10:39 pm

Today I got my third Farmer’s Fresh delivery.  Here’s what I got:

lettuce

baby spinach (yay!)

cucumber

sweet potatoes

honey flax bread

alfalfa sprouts

strawberries

I flash froze the strawberries.  I am not sure what to do with the sprouts – gonna have to research some ideas for that on the internet.  I think next month I am going to downgrade to the small loaf of bread because I had about 4 or 5 slices left over this week, too.

I also got a few things from the produce stand near our house:

tomatoes

apples

HUGE potatoes

Vidalia onions!

I am very excited about the onions – Vidalias are the best, they have such a sweet flavor.  I use onions a lot, and I think these are going to be much better than the ones I was getting at the grocery store.

I also used the rest of the goat cheese sauce on some whole wheat penne with grilled chicken tonight.  It was much better on a shorter, heartier pasta.  We had a salad on the side.  Yummy!

 

dinners

Filed under: Uncategorized — kristimartin @ 10:24 pm

Monday night I made fried rice with some stir fried veggies – oyster mushrooms, red peppers, onions, garlic, and spinach.  I went a little too light on the soy sauce while cooking it and we had to add more at the table, but other than that it was not too bad.  I even ate the mushrooms instead of picking them out and giving them to Bobby.

Tuesday night I made a goat cheese sauce – goat cheese, butter, and hot water.  I put it on spaghetti with onions, the leftover red peppers, and some wilted spinach.  Not bad, but I think a short pasta would hold up better under such a heavy sauce.

The goat cheese sauce was a pretty good idea, and we have leftovers for tomorrow.  I didn’t want to just use it all as a spread.  I still have some of the cranberry goat cheese left.  I may get some phyllo dough and try my hand at puff pastries.

 

caramel popcorn!

Filed under: Uncategorized — kristimartin @ 10:11 pm

We’re still eating lots of salads.  The cucumber we got was huge, so I’ve been slicing up bits of it at a time and chopping up some organic carrots to put in the salad, along with chives and the blue cheese.  The boys are still enjoying it, and that’s all I can ask for!

Monday night I popped popcorn from the popping corn I got with my first delivery.  I just put the husk in a paper bag and put it in the microwave.  It didn’t start popping slowly like a grocery store bag of popcorn.  After about a minute in the microwave, it made a HUGE pop!  I think about half the cob exploded all at once.  Then the rest of it started popping.  Elliott had fun listening to it.  It turned out really good – very white and fluffy.

we started with this

we ended up with this!

the corn cob afterwards

But then I decided to kick it up a notch.  I found a recipe for caramel popcorn online.  It was really easy: butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, vanilla, and salt.  Once the caramel was done, I poured it on the popcorn (what Elliott hadn’t eaten yet) and baked it for about 45 minutes.  Much better than plain popcorn.  It only lasted for a few days.

Mmmmmm!

 

catching up April 19, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — kristimartin @ 11:24 am

Wow, this was a crazy weekend!  We had Elliott’s birthday party and also had family in town.  Friday night we had a salad with the lettuce, herbs, blue cheese, and strawberries.  We also had chicken chili – very yummy!  I think chili is probably one of my best recipes.

Saturday was party day, so mostly junk food and takeout.  And, of course, Batman cupcakes!  🙂

Sunday we went out for lunch after church with my mother in law, and Sunday night we had leftovers.  My mother in law and I put some of the cranberry goat cheese on croissants for a snack – very good.

Lots of cooking planned for this week!  I still have the Bordeax spinach, cucumber (it never made it onto the salad), mushrooms, and strawberries left, plus some herbs.  I’m thinking either some sort of stew or stir fry.  We shall see!

I’m thinking about upgrading to the gourmet pack next month.  I was also considering the meat pack, but I think I’ll wait until they have more chicken available.  We eat a lot of chicken around here.

Looking forward to seeing what we get on Wednesday – every Wednesday is kind of like Christmas!

 

2nd April Farmer’s Fresh delivery April 14, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — kristimartin @ 9:45 pm

Today was my second delivery from the CSA.  Here’s what I got:

Honey Flax Bread

Strawberries

Bordeaux Spinach

Greek Oregano

Chives

Spearmint

Lettuce

Oyster Mushrooms

Cucumber

I also got my new member pack!  Here’s what was in it:

Fresh From the Field – a cookbook with recipes from the farmers and CSA members

Honey

Herbal Tea

Nut Mix

Rice

Cornmeal

Grits

Pancake Mix

Coffee

Mini Breakfast Loaf

I am REALLY excited about the cookbook.  Currently I have to look up practically everything online to find out what type of veggie it is and how to cook it.  Today I spent a considerable time figuring out that my spinach was bordeaux spinach.  Thankfully, the weekly menu on the CSA website specified that the mushrooms were oyster mushrooms.  But I still had to look up how to cook them.

It didn’t take me as long to get everything washed and prepped today.  I even had energy left over to make dinner.

We will have some salads this week with the lettuce and cucumbers.  I also have some organic carrots from the grocery store, and I will use some of the herbs and the blue cheese on the salad as well.

Elliott and I had toasted bread with the cheddar cheese today for lunch.  It was good!

For dinner I pan fried some chicken.  Then I sauteed some onions, garlic, spinach, oregano, and oyster mushrooms.  I topped the chicken with the veggie mixture and served some sugar snap peas on the side.  It was pretty good.  I am starting to get the hang of cooking “on the fly.”  Normally I need a recipe and I have to cook it a few times to get good at it, but it seems to be a lot easier with fresh herbs and vegetables.  The flavors are much better, and it’s easier to smell what will work together well.  Here’s a picture of tonight’s chicken:

Now I’m off to read my new cookbook!

 

mold!

Filed under: Uncategorized — kristimartin @ 9:52 am

Oh, no!   It turns out the bread only lasts a week until it starts to mold.  I was trying to make sure the bread stretched out to a week’s worth and the four or five slices I had left are now moldy.  So sad.  At least I will get a new loaf today, and I have definitely learned my lesson.  It will be no problem for this carb junkie to put away an entire loaf of bread in less than a week.  And of course I can make sandwiches for the boys, too.  Well, now we have an excuse to go to the park and feed the ducks.  Elliott will be very excited!

 

cilantro April 13, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — kristimartin @ 8:31 pm

So I have used up most of last week’s produce delivery, with the exception of the cilantro and oregano.  I love cilantro, so I didn’t want to waste it.  I chopped up about half of it to make fresh guacamole (something both my husband and son will eat).  I mashed up 2 avocados with the cilantro, some chopped onion, a little salsa, and the juice of one lime.  I decided to use the guacamole to make a 7-layer dip.  These were my layers: hot refried beans, shredded cheese, guacamole, onions, more cheese, salsa, a few more onions, sour cream, and more fresh cilantro.  (I guess that’s really 9 layers.)  I served it with tortilla chips.  It was REALLY good.  We actually ran out of chips, and Elliott and I finished ours with a spoon.  Bobby busted out the Doritos to finish his.  I thought that was kind of gross, but to each his own!  I think the only thing that would have made it better would have been some black olives, but I didn’t have any on hand.  Not bad for a quick, out-of-the-pantry meal.  And once again vegetarian, but still filling.  My goal is not for us to become vegetarians, but I’m pretty sure it couldn’t hurt for us to eat less meat, particularly red meat.  I am actually thinking about adding a meat pack to next month’s Farmer’s Fresh order.  I think it would be really great for my family to get meat that is free of hormones, antibiotics, and pesticides.

By the time I remembered to take a picture of the dip, this is what it looked like:

Oh well, maybe next time!