Monthly Archives: June 2012

CSA box #3

Yes! Box number three is the best so far. Yukon Gold new potatoes, basil, snow peas, red chard, salad mix, cilantro, broccoli, beets, spinach, zucchini, yellow squash!

I already used all of the basil to make pesto... and then pesto pasta with zucchini, yellow squash, broccoli and peas. Tomorrow night I’m going to make crashed hot potatoes. And then maybe I’ll make something new and blog it… maybe!


CSA box #2

ImageHooray! CSA box #2! Tons more green…with a little red in there too.

Contents included: zucchini, red chard, romaine lettuce, kohlrabi, spring asian turnips, dill, chioggia beets, cilantro and cilantro.

Things in this box that I don’t typically eat/cook: beets, turnips, chard and kohlrabi. Let the googling for recipes begin!

CSA box #1 of 2012!

It’s time for another summer of  the CSA Featherstone Farm, and yesterday was the first box of the season… and it was AWESOME!

Contents: fresh oregano, garlic chives, garlic scapes, strawberries, mixed greens, green leaf lettuce, spinach, french breakfast radishes and asparagus! No rhubarb… awesome!

We (strategically) had a lot of room in our fridge and I put the oregano in jars to keep them fresh. We’ll see how it turns out.

I’m excited to see (eat) the boxes of the rest of the summer.

life changing: paper bag microwave popcorn

I love popcorn. One of my favorite (super healthy) dinners is popcorn and wine (maybe capped off with some red licorice). I grew up on stove top popcorn and have always preferred that to buying pricy, neon colored microwave popcorn.

I resist from popcorn for dinner most nights, but tonight I caved. I cranked up the stove and was bummed to see my finished product full of old maids (half-popped kernels) and burnt kernels. This has been happening lately (cheap popcorn?) so I decided to actually try something from the Pinterest…microwave popcorn in a paper bag.

Brown Paper Bag Microwave Popcorn
6 tablespoons (66grams) un-popped popcorn kernels
Brown Paper Bag (lunch sized)

1. Put the kernels into the paper bag.

2. Fold the paper bag over twice, staple it if you have a stapler handy. Make the folds as small as possible so the kernels have room to pop.

3. Put it in the microwave for 1.5-3 minutes, just like regular microwave popcorn watch it like a hawk and if you hear pauses of 2 seconds between pops, take it out.

4. Cut the bag open vertically and don’t hurt yourself on the steam. Dump in a bowl, note that some kernels won’t pop, but there will be few old maids.

This is the easiest thing ever, so delicious, you don’t have to use oil, and it took about 1.5 minutes in my microwave. At the time I declared this life changing and the best thing I’ve found on the internet… but I did find my dog on the internet, so I retract that statement. It is life changing though, I’ll stand by that one.

I like to top my popcorn with a tiny bit of melted margarine (margarine is not tacky! it’s saltier than butter…and vegan, OK!) and shredded parmesan cheese (ruined the vegan-ness here). I like to side this with wine, duh. Dinner is served.