Tuesday, June 23, 2009


If you're like me, you're obssessed with Kale.


When I get a bunch of kale, I usually cut it into thin thin strips and then let it marinated in olive oil, a little salt, and lemon juice, so I can eat it in a salad. But sometimes I don't want to wait!

I found out you can roast kale in the oven in about 10 minutes (minus the heating time).

Chop up the washed kale into 1-2 inch pieces, rub them with olive oil and place on a cookie sheet. Then sprinkle sea salt over it and roast at 375 for about 10-12 minutes (until it's crisp like nori).

These just crunch in your mouth like little chips. A good way to trick your kids into eating greens! (if you don't eat them all yourself, like I did.)
Just for the record, cauliflower (a vegetable I used to hate) is also delicious this way. Thinly sliced, rubbed with olive oil and salt, set in a pan and roasted for about 20 minutes, until it turns golden brown on the edges and carmelizes. And it looks pretty.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Freezing Food

Did you know that you can freeze red peppers? I didn't, but I was
hoping. I {HEART} red peppers, however I'm the only one in my house
who does and there's no way I can eat all those peppers in one week.
So, if you want to freeze some, too, here's a website to help:


Freezing zucchini:


Freezing asparagus (I needed this last time as I already had some
asparagus in my fridge):


But my greatest find was that you can cook corn on the cob right in
the husk! Seriously and it was SOOOO much easier to get all those
nasty strings off after it was cooked. No really, they just feel
right off. And the best part is that its done in the microwave in
like 5 minutes. Though I do have to warn you that if my corn was any
indication, Foodland chops the tops off the corn before selling it for
a reason - a little wormy reason. So you might was to chop the tops
before you cook - it shouldn't make a difference. I plan to do that
next go round.

Cook fresh corn on the cob in microwave with husks and silk intact.
They will cook in their own natural moisture.

Place on paper towel. Turn ears over and rearrange after 1/2 cooking
Cooking Timetable:
1 ear - 1 1/2 minutes
2 ears - 3 to 4 minutes
3 ears - 5 to 6 minutes
4 ears - 7 to 8 minutes
6 ears - 8 to 9 minutes.

When ears are hot to the touch, remove and wrap in kitchen towel or
foil. Let stand at least 5 minutes. Remove husks and silk (which is
easier than when cold) and serve.

OK, that's it for now. I would love to hear what you guys are doing
with all your fruits and/or veggies.

Lisa P.

Fruits & Veggies Galore

Our fruits & veggies are magnificent, we are excited to be in summer & enjoying so much wonderful produce.

June 17 Fruits & Veggies (V2)

Romaine, Romas, Red Bell Peppers, Zucchini, Jalapeno Peppers,
Peaches, Nectarines, Black Plums, Kiwi & Honeydew.

Fruits Only June 17

Banana, Peaches, Nectarines, Plums & Pineapple

What will you make with your spread?
POST your recipes, so we can enjoy it like you do!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Thai Chicken, Mango & Pineapple Salad

(found this on Familyfun.com)


1 (14-ounce) can regular or light coconut milk
1 tablespoon Thai red curry paste, or more to taste
2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 mango, peeled, pitted, and cut into 1-inch chunks
1 pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut into 1-inch chunks
4 cups salad greens
1. In a bowl, whisk together the coconut milk, red curry paste, orange zest, and orange juice and reserve 1/2 cup of the mixture in a separate container. In a ziplock bag, toss together the chicken breast chunks and half of the marinade from the bowl. Toss the fruit and the remaining marinade in another ziplock bag. Let the food marinate at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes.

2. Prepare a charcoal fire or heat a gas grill to medium-high, and oil the grates. Thread the chicken and fruit pieces onto separate skewers.

3. Grill the skewered chicken for 3 to 4 minutes per side, turning once, or until the chicken is cooked through. Grill the fruit skewers for 2 minutes per side, turning once, or until you have visible grill marks. Remove the meat and fruit from the skewers and serve them over salad greens drizzled with the reserved marinade. Serves 4.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Wednesday F & V2 also Fruits Only

What the Fruit Only Group got....

What the F & V 2 Group got...
What did you do with your box?

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Daikon the Korean Turnip

Here is my super fast Vietnamese Soup that uses turnips. My kids love it
(but maybe my kids are weird).

1/2 lb. ground or chopped shrimp, or pork, or chicken, or turkey or any
combination thereof (whatever you have)
1/2 tsp. white pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. fish sauce
1 egg
3 Tbl. finely chopped onion

Put this all in a food processor and pulse until it is a lumpy paste, about
15 seconds. Or chop it all up little and mix in a bowl. Set aside.

Soup Broth:
1 Tbl. oil
1/2 onion chopped fine
1 clove garlic chopped fine
1 tsp. chili flakes
3 Tbl. fish sauce
4 ripe tomatoes quartered, (optional)
2 daikon (Korean turnip) peeled and sliced thin
5 c. chicken or beef or pork or vegetable stock (whatever you would like)
2 c. water
1 tsp. shrimp paste
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. lime juice

Heat the oil. Fry the onion and garlic and fry just until nice and
fragrant. Add the chilies, fish sauce, and tomatoes. Fry for 1 minute.
Add the daikon, broth, water, shrimp paste, salt and lime juice. Bring to a
boil. Reduce heat to a nice simmer. Scoop heaping spoonfuls of the
dumpling mixture and slip into the broth. Use all the dumpling mixture this
way. Cook until the dumplings rise to the top, about 10 minutes. Serve
over rice or rice noodles.

I hope you enjoy this. Daikon (turnip) also makes Korean pickled radish if
you like that.


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