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CSA Fall Share Week 5

Posted by Angela Diaz on December 4, 2013 at 4:50 PM

     I picked up my fifth week CSA share.  Here's what I got:

 

Purple Carrots

Purple Top Turnips

Parsnips

Garlic

Rutabaga

Baby Kale

Romanesco

Last, but not least, one big green thingy.  I'm not quite sure what that large thing is back there.  I tasted a hunk of it and it reminds me of Kholrabi, but I have never seen one so huge. They are generally harvested when they are no greater than the size of a baseball. 

     I have been taking this season's local harvest as an opportunity to experiment with new produce and recipes I would have not otherwise tried.  I took this baby kale home and having never eaten kale before, I looked up a recipe.  I followed a recipe consisting of heating up olive oil and chopped up garlic cloves in a pan, adding the kale and vegetable stock, and eventually pouring red wine vinegar and salt and pepper to taste.  I'm not getting into the specific recipe details because it was gross.  Someone else might like this, but I can't post a recipe for something I myself didn't like.  OMG it tasted like I was chomping on grass.  I try to eat healthy the best I can, but I need my food to taste good if I'm going to eat it.  I have a hard time with many green leafy things because they taste like I plucked a leaf off a nearby tree and started munching on it.  Ugh. Grossness. 

     Right now I have dinner in the oven.  I looked up a recipe for brussel sprouts and also a recipe for baked macaroni and cheese.  Here's the thing: my guilty pleasure is boxed Kraft macaroni and cheese.  I purchased a ten-pack at Costco a few months ago and promised myself that it would be the last time I purchased this particular unhealthy convenience food.  I mean seriously, I feel weird everytime I open up the paper/metallic cheese package and pour out some mystery "cheese" powder chemical thingy.  That's just not right. This is one more step toward my goals.

     I have a goal of replacing as many packaged convenience foods as possible.  Replacing one thing one step at a time is the way to go.  Changing eating and buying habits has to be done gradually over time.  This is a learning experience.  I have to learn to master home-made mac and cheese before I go on to the next thing.  I think the next thing will be flour tortillas.  I ran out of flour tortillas a few days ago so out of curiosity I looked up a basic recipe.  I was surprised to know that I already had all the ingredients to make them.  The ingredients consist of flour, baking powder, salt, water, and olive oil.  I am so doing this next! I read the ingredients on the package of tortillas that I purchased and, as always, there were a long list of ingredients some of which I can't even pronounce.  Of course you have to include that many chemicals to make a pack of tortillas not expire for a year!  Does anyone see anything wrong with that? I most certainly do.  I don't want my children or myself consuming that many artificial ingredients.  One step at a time, one recipe at a time, one product at a time I will take back what the food industry has taken from me and my family.  

 

Categories: Sustainability/Money/Frugal Living, Food/Recipes/Cooking, I Love Lancaster County

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