Friday, March 26, 2010

The Food Box Chronicles

Yikes! It's been a crazy few weeks. I bought a condo and my computer had a major incident. My brother is also moving to town and I've gone apartment hunting with him a couple of times. It's been intense and it's no wonder that I can hardly drag myself away from the couch. In any case, I missed a couple of weeks of food box documentation and am just now posting about my March 3 delivery. I hope to get back on track over the next few days because lack of food preparation = cheezies in my cupboards = bad news!

Here is what I received on March 3, 2010:

Delicata squash, apples, onions, potatoes, rutabagas, oranges, grapefruit, pears, gold beets, kale and salad mix.

My first dish was a favourite standby, Potato Crusted Quiche. As a vegetarian, I never use the fillings this recipe calls for and, instead, used the potatoes, onions and kale from my food box to make a tasty pie.

The next order of business was stocking up on Botanical Burgers (I freeze them for work day meals). This took care of more onions and potatoes as well as the rutabagas and gold beets. I have to say that I prefer the red beet version, but these were good too.

I also tried this fresh citrus salad for the first time. A delicious taste of spring.

The bitter salad mix I received worked perfectly when stirred into Barley Risotto. Mmm. Perfect for a wet and dreary day.

And finally, I roasted my Delicata Squash with maple syrup and then mashed it into my kitchen sink muffins. I am not a huge squash fan, but love it in muffins with cinnamon and cloves (and chocolate chips, of course).

I can feel my winter eating habits (soup!) giving wait to a craving for crisp greens and tart berries. I can't wait until the local foods start rolling in!

Sunday, March 7, 2010


I love brownies and Smitten Kitchen's Best Cocoa Brownies are winners! Not only are they delicious, but they are super simple to make. As Smitten Kitchen found, these brownies take 10 minutes longer to cook than suggested in the recipe.