Hello everyone! I’m still here!

14 09 2009

It looks like I’ve seriously disappeared from the blog the last few weeks, so sorry about that!

I’ve been very busy with lots of different things. Do you want to see what’s been keeping me busy?

Since we started the CSA, I’ve been cooking what feels like 20 times more than before. Now I spend a good part of a few of my evenings cooking delicious recipes so as not to waste any of our precious vegetables. The last two recipes I made were this ratatouille and and this orzo and kale recipe.

Ratatouille

The orzo and kale is definitely a winner and I will make it again next time I get kale in my CSA bag. The ratatouille I haven’t tasted yet but it definitely smelled and looked very good. It uses tons of vegetables so is very handy to empty out the fridge!

I’ve been working on box bags to send to the Vermont Sheep and Wool festival with yarn4socks in 2 weeks. That particular batch is almost done and will be handed over tonight. This is what my sewing table looked like yesterday morning.

On my sewing table

I’ve added a bunch of made to order box bags to the shop as it was starting to look very bare. I will be adding more throughout the week as well.

I’ve ordered up new business cards for me. The graphic designer I worked with did a fantastic job and am very pleased with the final results.

New business cards

I’ve also been doing some sewing for my quilting bee. Here are the 2 wonky stars blocks I made for Amanda. I really loved sewing those stars and I can see a wonky stars quilt in my future.

Wonky stars for Amanda

Last but not least, I have been knitting as well. I am currently making progress on my Lu. It’s going fairly fast and am a little further ahead than this photo shows. I’ve now put the sleeve cap stitches on a holder and am working on the underarm.

Making progress on Lu

Of course, a little a bit of this, plus another little bit of that, with a lot of this all adds up. But it’s all fun, so I’m quite happy.

Time to get back to work!

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Fruits and veggies, oh yes!

8 09 2009

CSA Week 12

Tomato, mozarella and basil salad

CSA extra goodies

CSA Week 13

Hungry yet?





CSA Tuesday

25 08 2009

Just because there can’t be a CSA without a Tuesday, or rather a Tuesday without a CSA.

Here is today’s loot:

CSA Week 11

6 ears of corn, one quart potatoes, 12 tomatoes, 2 eggplants, 1 bunch basil, 1 bunch radishes, a bag of green beans, and 1 pint of PYO cherry tomatoes. Not pictured: 3 small hot peppers.

We’d been getting 12 ears of corn every week for the last month so today I asked my coworker if she wanted a few ears of corn because I’d have too many. But this time I only got 6. I will be bring a few tomatoes to work though, and the hot peppers, as I’m not a fan of spicy hot foods.

I have high hopes for the remaining tomatoes; tomato, mozarella and basil salad, tomato pie (recipe similar to this), the potatoes will make delicious potato salad. With the radishes I might make some more of this (I made it last night, delicious). Last but not least, I will be attempting to make pesto with all the lovely basil  I have. I just need to pick up some pine nuts at the grocery store. I’ll let you know how that goes!

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On a totally different note, I am currently destashing a bunch of my yarns to pay for my sewing machine that broke again. You can check it out here on Ravelry. Message me there if you see something interesting. Thanks for looking!





CSA Tuesday

18 08 2009

My observant readers will have noticed that I skipped last week’s CSA Tuesday. I did take a picture but didn’t have immediate plans for the food as we were taking off the next day for a few days in the Adirondacks. If you’re curious as to what I got, click here.

To make up for last week, here is today’s bounty. All I can say is that it was very bountiful and we’ll be eating very well this week!

CSA Week 10

2lbs tomatoes, 2 lbs red potatoes, 12 ears of corn, 2 bunches radishes, 3 hot peppers, 1 tomatillo, 4 eggplants, bunch parsley, basil, flat leaf parsley, 1 pint cherry tomatoes

Even though the temperature inside was in the 80s, I thought I’d better get started on the cooking and prepare a few dishes. I made this cheesy eggplant casserole with this week’s eggplants and the 2 from last week I hadn’t gotten around to cooking yet. I made a few mods (used 2 eggs, added a can of chopped tomatoes, and used more cheese and used leftover breading I had) and the results were quite good.  I boiled up the potatoes and will be making potato salad tomorrow night. I’m waiting for a recipe from my friend for the radishes and will be sharing it with you hopefully next week.  In the mean time, we will be eating lots of tomato salad!





CSA Tuesday

4 08 2009

It’s late, so tonight you’re getting a photo and a recipe. Enjoy!

CSA Week 7

Click on photo for details on what everything is

I sauteed the 3 eggplants and the green squash together in a pan and made Lime Mint Iced Tea with the mint (using the recipe from here). It was very good, but yields just enough for 4 glasses. Double it if you can, it’s worth it!





CSA Tuesday

28 07 2009

Today’s bag was quite impressive. I could barely carry it to my car!

CSA Week 6

I received some lettuce, zucchini, parsley, kale, rhubarb, cucumber, carrots, radishes, and some beans. I also received not 6, not 8 but 12 ears of corn!

I didn’t do much cooking tonight though, it was just too hot! I did cook the pattypan squash from last week and the zucchini from this week though. I made the Simple Scallop Squash Recipe from here. It was quite good!

6 weeks into the CSA, all I can say is that it’s really interesting and I’ve never eaten so well! It’s awesome getting all these fresh vegetables and challenging myself to finding recipes for all of them.

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I think this used to be a knitting blog, right? Don’t despair, there has been some knitting. I’ve been working diligently on my Milkweed shawl and am almost done. I should have it done by the weekend! I guess it helps to be knitting on only one project!





CSA Tuesday on Wednesday

22 07 2009

I hope that  you did not miss too much not having vegetable eye candy yesterday. For those who did, here it is a day late!

Yesterday I picked up this lovely bag full of vegetable goodies:

CSA Week 5

Some lollo lettuce, 8 ears of corn, some yellow, white and red beets, some patty pan squash and 2 pickling cucumbers.

Promptly after arriving home I put some water to boil to cook the corn, heated up the oven to bake the beets and make some kale chips with last week’s kale. I used House on Hill’s Road’s kale chips as modified in this post. They were really good and DH and I gobbled them all. I definitely will be making more. It’s easy and a great way to eat kale!

I have yet to decide how to prepare the patty pan squash but I do love to look at them! I completely stumped as to what to do with the pickling cucumbers. Anyone has a suggestion besides actually pickling them? Do they taste good raw???

My landlords have a little garden in our backyard where they’re growing tomatoes, herbs and various other unknowns. I went out today to get a few pictures. The beautiful zucchini flowers that were fully open a few days ago were gone due to heavy rains but there were still quite a few buds unfurling their petals.

In the backyard

I also took photos of these flowers. I’m not sure what they are, but they sure were pretty.

In the backyard

And here’s a study in greens of some future tasty tomatoes!

In the backyard

Are you hungry yet?! I know I am : )