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Basket Breakdown: 7/7/2012

9 Jul

This week, I contributed for the conventional basket and the Italian themed veggie pack.

This week, we got cauliflower, tomatoes, mangoes, peaches, lettuce, bananas, plums, cantaloupe, green grapes, strawberries, and limes.  Plenty of fruit!  I’m most excited about the cauliflower, I’ve learned many ways to cook cauliflower now that I’m excited to be able to use it again.  I’ll probably end up at least making a pizza crust, probably roast some, then eat the rest raw.  It’s my favorite veggie!  With the limes, I want to make Fiesta Lime Chicken, which I haven’t had in a long time.  I may also attempt a lime-ade of some kind, maybe strawberry lime-aid?  We’ll see.  The plums are amazing, and I may need to come up with a creative use for the peaches.  Or, they may go in a smoothie with the mangoes and a banana.

I also got a few items from this week’s organic basket from my friend who said she won’t use it all this week.  The organic box looked great this week, it had the hugest head of cauliflower that I’ve ever seen!  Here is a picture of the items she gave me:

The giant head of cauliflower, baby bok choy, purple kale, donut peaches,  and plums.  The rest of the box, not pictured, included mangoes, cherries, sweet corn, broccoli, mushrooms, celery, and cantaloupe.

 

Finally, here is the Italian themed veggie pack.

This week, it was Italian flat parsley, oregano, eggplant, red pepper, yellow squash, rosemary, mushrooms, garlic, yellow onion, red onion, and basil.  I’m still undecided on what to make with this weeks items, but I’m thinking I want to grill the eggplant, then maybe add sliced tomatoes and some mozzarella cheese and broil to melt the cheese.

 

Note: The type and amount of food may vary from another basket because of geographic location and because of variances in how case ends are distributed once everything is distributed evenly. I also volunteered and got an extra item for volunteering.

Basket Breakdown: 6/30/2012

2 Jul

This week, I got the conventional basket, the original granola, and the organic honey whole wheat bread.

In this week’s conventional basket, I got cantaloupe, bananas, carrots, mangoes, celery, green peppers, grapes, onions, grape tomatoes, Romaine lettuce, and cherries.

I have some marinated pork loin, which I think I will cube, then use the tomatoes, onion, and green peppers to make shish kabob on grill.  I’m also thinking about making baked onion rings to go with out 4th of July grilled meal.  The carrots and celery are almost all eaten up by my girls, it’s their favorite!  I may make a dessert with the cherries this week, a cobbler or pie.  We’ll see!

I also got the Original Granola.  I thought this was one I had gotten before and wasn’t real thrilled with, but either it was much better than last time or it’s different!

This granola has oats, honey, canola oil, whole almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, sliced almonds, and vanilla.

I also strayed from our normal organic 9 grain bread to have the organic honey whole wheat bread this week.  It’s just as good!

 

 

Note: The type and amount of food may vary from another basket because of geographic location and because of variances in how case ends are distributed once everything is distributed evenly. I also volunteered and got an extra item for volunteering.

Basket Breakdown – 6/23/2012

25 Jun

This week, I got a conventional basket for $15, a Mexican themed veggie pack for $8.50, and a DIY cookie pack for $10.

This week, I got cherries, bananas, lettuce, cantaloupe, mangoes, nectarines, onions, celery, potatoes, and tomatoes.

For the cherries, I was excited that our Target carries a cherry pitter that I saw Lori at My Kinda Rain do a review on.  It works great!  I feel so much better handing a bowl of cherries to my kids without having to worry about the pits.  This tool can be used on olives too, which I’m happy about since I like to get kalamata olives, which I usually can only find with the pits.  It really takes very little effort, both my kids (ages 3 and 5) were able to use it easily with my supervision.

We are working our way through the rest of the fruits and veggies, not sure what I will make with it all yet.  I have PLENTY of potatoes that I’m trying to come up with good ways to use them before they go bad.

The Mexican themed veggie pack had cilantro, avocados, garlic, green onions, yellow onions, tomatillos, jalapeno peppers, Mexican grey squash, green chiles, and limes.  I will probably make my usual Salsa Verde and Guacamole or Fish Tacos.  I may roast the green chiles to chop up and put in some breakfast burritos.

And, last but not least, the DIY cookie pack.  This time it was themed for the 4th of July.  A few of our cookies were a little broken, but that didn’t make much difference to us!  My girls and I still had a great time decorating and eating them.

Note: The type and amount of food may vary from another basket because of geographic location and because of variances in how case ends are distributed once everything is distributed evenly. I also volunteered and got an extra item for volunteering.

Basket Breakdown – 6/16/2012

17 Jun

I’m kicking myself for not ordering the Tropical Granola again!  I’m out and I’m miss it!  Oh well, I have plenty of other goodies to enjoy.  This week, I got a conventional basket and an extra of blueberries.

This week, we got pineapple, grapes, watermelon, apricots, plums, lettuce, bananas, cucumbers, potatoes, spaghetti squash, and mushrooms.

I used some mushrooms for an omelette for my husband for breakfast on Father’s Day.  I will probably use the rest to make Chicken Marsala.  I will probably have the spaghetti squash as a dinner side, unless I come up with something more creative.  The cucumbers will probably become Refrigerator Pickles again this week.  And potatoes, well, I still have some other potatoes, so we will be eating a lot of potatoes for a while.  I did read a blog post about parcooking, shredding, and freezing to have hash browns for later, so I may try that with some of them.

I also got the extra of blueberries, it was 12 6oz containers of blueberries.

They look great!  I will make some banana blueberry muffins, then the rest will go into the freezer for smoothies and other things later.

 

Note: The type and amount of food may vary from another basket because of geographic location and because of variances in how case ends are distributed once everything is distributed evenly. I also volunteered and got an extra item for volunteering.

Basket Breakdown – 6/9/2012

13 Jun

This week, I was busy teaching a Child Passenger Safety Technician class, so a friend picked up for me.  I didn’t get a chance to take a nice picture of my basket, so I am borrowing one from Cheryl D. again this week.  I got a conventional basket and Tropical Granola this week.

This week brought us kale, plums, bananas, acorn squash, pineapple, apricots, tomatoes, apples, altaulfo mangoes, celery, mixed melon (cantaloupe and honeydew hybrid), and cucumber.

In case you are wondering about the mixed melon, here is a picture of it cut.  This one looks like a honeydew on the outside, but orange like a cantaloupe on the inside.

I was so excited to get plums!  I love this time of year when plums are in season and cheap.  We are big fans of plums.  It’s nice to have a something besides just apples to snack on.  And the apricots have been good as well, anxiously awaiting the nectarines and peaches to start coming in the baskets.

Last year, with the acorn squash, I made a really yummy wild rice and sausage stuffing for them.  I will be making it this week and sharing the recipe soon.  The cucumber I will slice and make Refrigerator Pickles.  I will probably also make Kale Chips again.

I also got the Tropical Granola.  It contains oats, honey, brown sugar, macadamia nuts, coconut, pineapple, and papaya.

I haven’t gotten the granola in a while, and I had forgotten how good it is!  Well, the Tropical is good, but there is one I’m not a big fan of, I think it’s the Original.  I’m wishing I had ordered more again this week, but I didn’t since I was already getting a couple other extras.

Note: The type and amount of food may vary from another basket because of geographic location and because of variances in how case ends are distributed once everything is distributed evenly. Cheryl D. also volunteered and got an extra item for volunteering.

Basket Breakdown – 6/2/2012

5 Jun

I’m a little behind in getting this up, but with just getting back from a trip and preparing to lead a Child Passenger Safety Technician certification course, I’ve been busy.

That being said, this past week, I got a conventional basket for $15 and a fresh herb pack for $12.

This week we had a mixed melon (a cantaloupe and honeydew hybrid, I believe), strawberries, apples, oranges, mangoes, bananas, lettuce, potatoes, kale, avocados, and garlic.

I ended up with extra kale from some friends who didn’t want it, so I got a new salad spinner to wash all of it and make kale chips.  I may also make Zuppa Toscana since I also got potatoes.

The fresh herb pack smelled wonderful!  At top from left, chives, garlic, basil, and thyme.  Bottom from left, tarragon, sage, marjoram, oregano, rosemary, and mint.

I made a delicious chicken dish with some of the tarragon.  I may use some tarragon with salmon similar to the chicken.  I’ll probably make pesto with the basil, and will end up freezing or drying some of the rest of the herbs.

Note: The type and amount of food may vary from another basket because of geographic location and because of variances in how case ends are distributed once everything is distributed evenly. I also volunteered and got an extra item for volunteering.

Basket Breakdown – 5/26/2012

28 May

Thank you to Cheryl D. for use of her picture again this week! 

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This week had corn, cantaloupe, tomatoes, pineapple, artichokes, bananas, orange bell peppers, lettuce, oranges, potatoes, and apples.

I wish I had been able to have artichokes again since my last ones went bad before using them. I want to try Stuffed Artichokes, maybe some other time. The potatoes and peppers would be good with sausage and scrambled eggs for breakfast burritos. The rest we would have eaten or possibly juiced, I love pineapple banana juice!

Contributions are available today, Monday, as usual, even though it is a holiday. I got my order in, a conventional basket and a fresh herb pack! I was having major Bountiful Baskets withdrawls with not participating the last 2 weeks!

Note: The type and amount of food may vary from another basket because of geographic location and because of variances in how case ends are distributed once everything is distributed evenly. Cheryl D. also volunteered and got an extra item for volunteering.

Basket Breakdown – 5/19/2012

24 May

I apologize for getting this up so late! My brother got married this past Saturday, so we are visiting with family. I didn’t get a basket this week, but still wanted to share what there was and some recipe ideas. Big thank you to Cheryl D. for use of her picture! Oh, and big thank you to Jami C., for ordering the extra case of organic green beans to share and for processing them all for me since I was busy. I love having a great Bountiful Baskets community!

This past weekend’s conventional basket had corn, tomatoes, onion, cucumber, cauliflower, lettuce, lemons, blackberries, strawberries, apricots, pears, bananas, and green peppers.

The tomatoes, onions, and green peppers would make a great Tomato or Pizza Sauce, to go on a Cauliflower pizza crust. Or, they can be diced and added with grilled corn to make Roasted Corn Salsa.

The strawberries and lemons would make an amazing strawberry lemonade. I haven’t had a chance to make it yet, but when I get home, the strawberries and lemon juice ice cubes in my freezer will be used to try it out.

I will not be participating again this weekend, but if I can get a good picture from someone, I’ll try to post, no guarantees! I’m definitely missing Bountiful Baskets!

 

Note: The type and amount of food may vary from another basket because of geographic location and because of variances in how the ends of produce cases are distributed after everything has been distributed evenly.  Cheryl D. also volunteered this week and got 1 extra item for volunteering.

Basket Breakdown – 5/12/2012

13 May

This week, I got the conventional basket for $15 and 5 loaves of 9 grain bread for $12.  I’m so sad that I didn’t get the Italian themed veggie pack this week, but I’ve got some other things coming up and I won’t be able to use it all.


This week, I got bananas, pineapple, apples, apricots, mangoes, honeydew, blackberries, spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, avocados, and red potatoes.

I can’t decide if I will just eat the apricots or maybe dehydrate them.  The blackberries are already eaten.  I’m not sure what I’ll do with the spinach yet, but I’m excited to have it again.  I now have plenty of red potatoes, so I’m sure I’ll be making Crash Hot Potatoes this week too.

Note: The type and amount of food may vary from another basket because of geographic location and because of variances in how the ends of produce cases are distributed after everything has been distributed evenly.  I also volunteered this week and got 1 extra item for volunteering.

Basket Breakdown – 5/5/2012

6 May

Oh, late truck again!  Not as late this week, but enough that I still spent most of my morning on site.  But, again, we had a great group of volunteers to help move things along.  That’s what makes this so worthwhile for me, it’s not just the produce at great prices, it’s the people I work with and meet each Saturday.

So, this week, I bought the conventional basket for $15, and shared 1/3 of a case of lemons, $7 for my share (the whole 38 lb case was $21).

I apologize that the picture quality isn’t the greatest!  On the upper left, you can see my share of the lemons, it was a box of 75 and I got 25 for my share.  The rest is the conventional basket, mangoes, Granny Smith apples, artichokes, beets, Romaine lettuce, jicamas, tomatoes, pineapple, oranges, bananas, strawberries, and red potatoes.

The lemons I plan on juicing, then blend some strawberries to make Strawberry Lemonade.  I need to work on a plan for the jicama, artichokes and beets, and when I do, I’ll post the recipes.  The mangoes, pineapple, and oranges will make juice or smoothies.  The red potatoes, I will most likely use to make Crash Hot Potatoes to go as a side this week, possibly with some Lemon Herb Chicken, since I have a lot of lemons.

 

Note: The type and amount of food may vary from another basket because of geographic location and because of variances in how the ends of produce cases are distributed after everything has been distributed evenly.  I also volunteered this week and got 1 extra item for volunteering.