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June 24, 2012

Stuffed Squash Blossoms

Last year we decided to try our hand at growing squash. I would give our effort a solid C+ but with our CSA this year, we decided not to repeat the experience (although there may still be time to change our mind!) A friend mentioned the other day that she has a bumper crop of squash and was looking for a way to use some of the blossoms. I found a couple of uses from my favorite Jamie Oliver book, Jamie at HomeEverything I have ever made was wonderful and this is no exception. You may remember the zucchini carbonara, YUM. We did make a slight change to Jamie’s recipe and used Mary’s beer batter. I am sure either would be great. The filling in this recipe is awesome. Since we didn’t have enough blossoms, we ended up using the rest of the filling as a spread. It was pretty stellar just like that and I still may try it in ravioli. Let us know what you think!

Kelly

Beer Battered Stuffed Squash Blossoms

For the beer batter:

1 Cup All Purpose Flour

Pinch of Baking Powder, salt, pepper and thyme

Beer until you achieve a thin pancake batter consistency

Use this recipe for the filling:

Stuffed Squash Blossoms

Pretty Blossoms!

Waiting for filling…

Filling from a ziplock-turned-piping bag…

All filled and ready for batter…

Finished and fried (along with some onion rings!) Great for a party or a bit of summer fun ❤

June 20, 2012

JUICE! It’s good for you!

I was sitting in the house this morning, hungry for a smoothie. Found no frozen fruits and no FRUITS at all! So instead I took this weeks CSA food and BLENDED it into my morning drink! YUM!

I took:

4 full carrots, 4 small radishes and 1 beet and finely chopped them.

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What PRETTY colors!

I added Coconut Milk and some Orange Juice to get the goods to blend. I also added a scoop of Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator for an added boost.

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Tossed everything in the Magic Bullet (*As Seen on TV) since I still don’t have the JACK LALANNE POWER JUICER and the juicing began!

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This turned into a beautiful orange smoothie juice drink with lots of nutritional value! I don’t think I added quite enough liquid, but I like the thicker consistency of this drink. Plus its a vegetarian delight!

Now I am enjoying my juice and listening to Jimmy Buffet

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0—Q97pG4

What a good morning/afternoon!

*no animal biproduct was hurt during the making of this drink.

**inspired by Juicing Vegetables http://www.juiceupyourlife.tv/ 

~ALI

June 17, 2012

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads, Granddads, Stepdads, Half-Dads, Honorary Dads, and just plain good guys we get to celebrate today! Especially a Happy Father’s Day to my own Dad today!

Dad Caddying for Papa

June 16, 2012

The Freshy-Fresh

Today, we have our very first guest blog from our friend Mary in Boston! She shared a fantastic looking cocktail that I will have to try this evening and a photo of her very enviable view. Wouldn’t you love to be there holding a Freshy-Fresh? I know I would! Especially in that glass J Happy Saturday!!

 

Cucumber Vodka (Pearl brand) – keep it chilled in freezer, or at least frig.

Splash of lemonade + splash of soda water. Lots of ice. Slice of cucumber as garnish.

I call it the Freshy-Fresh because it’s sooooooooooooooooooo refreshing!!!

 

Thanks for sharing Mary!!

June 13, 2012

Impromptu CSA Salad

Went out to Red Wagon Farm on 63rd Street in Boulder to pick up my CSA box. I’ll admit I feel like it’s an extra step in my day to pick up my box after work. When I get out there though, it’s so peaceful. It’s fun to see the fresh produce and goats. I feel like I can breathe again.

The menu this week was:

– Beets OR carrots
– Hakurei turnips OR scarlet turnips
– Peas
– Kale OR collard greens OR chard
– Arugula
– Garlic

 So this week we got arugula, hakurei turnips, beets, swiss chard, garlic and peas.

Since I got home late, we took advantage of the arugula and some already grilled chicken in the refrigerator and game up with one of the most simple, fresh and best salads ever.

 

Impromptu CSA Salad

4 cups arugula

1 uncooked beet, julienned (as thin as possible)

Handful of lettuce (from our neighbor’s garden) Thanks Lynn & cliff!

Handful of sugar snap peas, chopped

One orange, sections separated into supremes, juice squeezed and reserved from the leftovers

Grilled chicken.

Parmesan

 

Dressing:

1T olive oil

Reserved Orange juice

Garlic clove

 
 

Slice or chop the chicken.

Toss the greens, sugar peas, lettuce with the dressing. Plate the salad and top with the beets, orange supremes, chicken and parmesan.

 Enjoy!

~Mary

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June 6, 2012

Shrimp Stir Fry

Looking for something quick and easy for dinner? Look no further! By combining some of this week’s CSA items with some extra veggies and lovely shrimp, we got an easy stir fry. I found a bottle of sweet chili sauce in the fridge and thinned it with a little wine and fresh orange juice. We used our CSA garlic scapes for some fragrance and bite, some amazing CSA sugar snap peas (I wish I had a whole bushel!), organic red bell pepper, some CSA greens, an artichoke heart, and an orange left over from a race goodie bag. Try to keep the veggies the same size. Cook on medium high heat starting with the garlic, then larger veggies, then shrimp, then greens. Toss in sauce when you add the shrimp. Try not to overcook, it shouldn’t take more than a few minutes. Serve over rice or on its own and enjoy!

Kelly

June 4, 2012

Weekend Project: Gardening

You may remember that last year was my first real attempt at gardening. I have always been around it I suppose, but never really took the time to learn what to do. Well since last year’s experience with annuals was a success, I thought I would try to recreate it. This weekend we went to find some annuals for the front walk. I loved the miniature dahlias that we found last year and though we couldn’t get the same color, we found a great pink version. Instead of the pink petunias that we did last year, we decided on a bright white version. I think they will bring their own kind of cheerfulness to the front of the house.

In addition, we found a couple of tomatoes and peppers to try. We have not had great success with tomatoes, but maybe this is our year! (If you have any tips, please share!) We are really hoping the Mr. Stripey version gives us some fruit. It is so fun to have some different colors to work into the summer recipes!

We always plant a few herbs to get us through the summer; I find that we use a ton of fresh herbs when they are readily available. Otherwise, they can be a bit cost prohibitive. So far we put in basil, parsley, cilantro, rosemary and thyme. Plus some mint segregated in a pot in an attempt to keep it under wraps. It was so happy once I planted it; it started to spread out immediately!

We also added some lavender just for fragrance and maybe for some creative cocktails to come.

Finally, we put together a couple of pots to live by the door. Rocky Mountain Red Geraniums and White Bacopa will make for a cheerful pot.

Keep an eye out for new creations out of our weekend work. J What do you like to grow? Anything we should add?

Kelly

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