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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
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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Tortilla Soup
May 4, 2014

Yes, again. Tortilla soup for dinner. From yesterday's leftovers. What a great camping trip! 

 

 

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Tortilla Soup
May 3, 2014

It seems like a million years ago that I made this for a different camping trip, way back in 2010. That dinner went so well that I'm doing it again, for my daughter's 3rd grade camp out potluck, four years later. Basically the same procedure this time, but with canned tomatoes instead of fresh. This summer's delicious locally grown ones haven't hit the markets yet.

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Vegetable Literacy
by Deborah Madison
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Right now I am in love with Deborah Madison's book Vegetable Literacy, it is full of new ideas and techniques to cook what I usually find in my CSA box, at the farmers’ market or growing in my own garden. 

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Spring Has Sprung! - may 1, 2014

That is what my mom would say, years ago, when I lived in New Jersey as a child. "Spring has sprung!" By then the last of winter's snow had melted away and crocus buds were beginning to unfurl in the lawn, as the grass came back to life. Purple, yellow, white, sometimes striped and always with a little orange bit in the middle. The bit that, I have since learned, is where the world's most expensive spice comes from: saffron.

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