Christmas Gifts

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For Christmas, Tom and I got a number of gifts that will make our lives so much easier in the kitchen. Since switching to a primal lifestyle we have been making do with a Magic Bullet blender and mandolin slicer. Our dream was always to have a food processor and a spiralizer. These two kitchen gadgets seem to be involved in most recipes we find. While we’ve managed to get by with what we’ve had, the addition of these two to our kitchen appliances was a dream!

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For Christmas we got both and are so excited!! Tonight we gave the spiralizer a try making some noodles out of a butternut squash from our last CSA bin.

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We did a variation of this recipe for Salmon with Butternut Squash Noodles . We used our weekly chicken for the protein and had mushrooms and not broccoli. We also didn’t have enough coconut aminos to also marinade the chicken so I came up with my own marinade of ginger, salt, pepper, almond butter, sesame seed oil, and apple cider vinegar.

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It turned out to be a delicious meal!! We plan to use the chicken marinade for our chicken wings on New Years Eve so hopefully we’ll measure out the recipe then for you.

I cannot wait to see what other awesome things we will use our spiralizer for. We haven’t broke out the food processor yet but tomorrow I plan to make a cake to have to celebrate when we bring home our new little one when he or she is born.

Hope you all had an amazing Christmas.

-Katie

Fall CSA December 18

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The week before Christmas is always a busy time! My goal this year was to have everything prepared and ready by December 1. No one really enjoys shopping during December so why would I enjoy it at 9 months pregnant. Well my plan didn’t work so we’ve been busy trying to finish last minute things. All this is to say I’m sorry again for the late posting of the CSA list for the last delivery.

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One awesome and exciting thing that happened to us this week is we received an amazing gift from friends of ours. They gave us a cooking seasonally cookbook that was specifically made for a CSA community. It’s packed full of recipes we cannot wait to try and share with you!! Including some for our good friend celeriac!! There is also a parsnip and leek soup I hope to try. While all aren’t grain free there easy substitutes we can make.

So this weeks bins included:
-8 Onions (mix of red and yellow)
-3 Squash (2 delicata, and 1 of either butternut, baby blue hubbard, or buttercup)
– Potatoes
– Carrots
-1 Celeriac
-5 Parsnips
-4 Leeks
-1 bag Kale
-1 Cabbage

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!!
-Katie

Fall CSA December 4

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I apologize this post is so late. Who knew being 8 months pregnant and chasing after 3 toddlers all day long was so tiring and busy!! But life is good!! Especially when there is good food to be enjoyed!! This weeks bin is another bounty of deliciousness for our customers to enjoy.

This weeks bin includes(notes in brackets are from our farmer Michelle):
-Squash: 3 (I’m finding that, unfortunately, the squash are not keeping as well in storage this year, so am recommending people not squirrel them away for later winter consumption – plan to eat them in the next weeks, or cook and freeze bags of puree or roasted chunks.)
-Onions: 6
-Potatoes: 5 lbs
-Carrots: 3.5 lbs
-Beets: 5
-Winter Radish: 3 (mix of “green meat” and “watermelon” types)
-Cabbage: 1 (mixed types – red, green, semi-savoy, and savoy)
-Kale: 1 bag/bunch
-Mesculun greens: 1 bag
-Herbs: 1 bunch (mixed thyme, sage and parsley)

Extras
-Onions: 1
-Leeks: 1
-B’Sprouts: 1 bag (last time for brusseys – they had a really hard freeze last week, which is why they’re an extra and not an official item – they’re very sweet, but also much more perishable. Most have thawed nicely, but the odd sprout may have a brown layer hidden on the inside and need to be composted. For the sprout fans among members, hopefully the sorting is worth it for one more meal of these tasty sprouts! But I do encourage eating them in the next day or two if possible.)

As always we hope you enjoy your bin and I will try harder to post more recipes this week!!

-Katie