Fain-HomesickChicken Fajitas
may 25, 2014

I've used Lisa Fain's Homesick Texan recipe for steak fajitas, so thought I'd try the one she has for chicken in preparation for our Memorial Day camping trip. It's great that she disapproves of the idea of chicken fajitas, in part because the name doesn't make sense (kind of like fava hummus) and also because boneless, skinless chicken breast dries out easily and lacks flavor: I agree. 

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Buy the bookCabbage with Potatoes, Feta & Dill
may 21, 2014

Another great way to use one of the more challenging items that comes in our CSA box: cabbage. I adore cabbage, but my kids do not. Combining it with delicious crusty potatoes, a little dill (both were also in last week's box) and a sprinkling of mild, salty, cheese makes it easy to eat. 

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Buy the bookSweet Potatoes with Miso Ginger Sauce
may 20, 2014

Surprisingly delicious, this sauce makes steamed sweet potatoes into something really special. It is now one of my  favorite ways to eat them, a close second to plopping slices on the top of a tagine. But this recipe is easier than the tagine and makes a great quick dinner with brown rice and sautéed greens. I added sautéed boneless chicken thighs to my kids' plates.

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Buy the bookBraised Summer Cabbage
may 13, 2014

This is an excellent way to use up any cabbages you may have laying around: simple, delicious, easy. The only ingredients are cabbage, butter and salt. From prep to plate, it takes about 15 minutes to prepare. Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner with sauteed chicken breast or pork chops and a salad or other colorful vegetable, like sweet potatoes. Even my kids like it, Yes! 

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may 13, 2014

I've been to Hopwater Distribution twice now, it's a fabulous place for a beer and bite to eat. Their rotating beer list is large and well chosen, the salads make good small meals and the crab tater tots are very tasty! My favorite brew so far is Coronado Frog's Breath IPA. When you go, look for the twinkling old-school lights out front. You won't see Hopwater's name, but it's an awesome sign.

 

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Pasta, Peas, Potatoes & Pesto
may 12, 2014 (click here for just the recipe)

We've had some rainbow striped bowtie pasta hanging around the house for a while now and this recipe from Eatwell Farm was the perfect way to use it. Pasta, potatoes and pesto are already favorites of my children, so as expected, they ate this dinner up. The pesto recipe is different than what I'm used to: rougher textured but just right in this case. 

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Buy the bookToasted Millet "Polenta"
may 10, 2014

This is a delicious and easy way to incorporate healthy whole grains into dinner. Millet is a good source of iron, B vitamins and calcium. It is gluten free, as is corn, the grain  of true polenta. All it takes is water, a little butter, salt, parmesan cheese and heat to transform "birdseed" (what my kids call it) into a perfectly reasonable companion for roast chicken and just about any sort of salad.

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Buy the bookGolden Beets with Fava Beans & Mint
may 9, 2014

This is a super simple salad to celebrate spring, with a perfect combination of flavors: sweet beets, fresh young favas, salty cheese and mint. It makes great use of beets,  these beautifully colored red, golden or pink roots that are a CSA box staple frequently just too sweet to be much good in many other dishes.

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Chez Panisse Pasta, Pizza & Calzone

Spring Pasta with Red Onions & Leeks 
may 8, 2014

Handpicked from Omnivore Books by my husband, I received this book for my forty-first birthday. It is a 1984 first edition, published long before I had heard of Chez Panisse or ever eaten there. On the back cover are the usual sort of "praise for" quotes, one from M.F.K. Fisher and one from Richard Olney. Both writers now long dead, it gives me a thrill to own something that I know they read.

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Café Des Amis

Café Des Amis
may 7, 2014

Yes, it's true. I often leave my children at home with nothing more to eat than a bowl of pasta. This time we just happened to have a few mini-sausages and a gift of ripe strawberries from another CSA member, which inched their meal's nutritional content above moderately sub-par. Plus, our babysitter was thoughtful enough to bring cake pops to celebrate my son's birthday!

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