csa share 10/06/11

by Stacy

I think I’m project-ed out for the month.

  • October Unprocessed is the easiest one so far.
  • I’m hitting not one but two blogger events today in two different counties.
  • Along with my virtual book club, I’m doing a 21-day detox diet. Lots of vegetables and green smoothies (all unprocessed, though!).
  • Then I threw my hat in the ring to participate in Project: Food Budget. Since I usually post my CSA shares on alternate Thursdays, I’ll only have P:FB posts the other weeks.

Since this week was a CSA pick-up, I’ll kick off the food budget posts next Thursday.

I must admit, I’ve been eating a ton of salad lately. Salads, green smoothies, and sweet potatoes have become pretty standard fare. Boooooring! Now that the weather here is finally changing I’m more inspired (mostly to roast things).

This week’s share is an interesting shoulder-season mix of hot and cooling weather crops. The tomatoes and eggplant are probably on their farewell tour unless we have a Cher-like weather pattern move in.

csa share 10/06/11

csa share 10/06/11

csa share 10/06/11

csa share 10/06/11

My salad tonight: lettuce, diced sweet pepper, pea greens, lemon basil, chickpeas, and a quick lemon vinaigrette.

The eggplant are so stinking cute I can barely stand it, but they’re likely destined for something Sicilian or Szechuan pasta alla Norma, caponata, or a spicy stir fry.

We’ve had tons of the eight-ball squash this summer, and every week I mean to stuff some of them with lentils. I have not yet done such a thing, but I bet it would taste excellent.

The delicata squash always makes me crave this roasted squash salad because it’s so freaking good.

The 21-day detox group has a support page for when we get stuck or are successful. One complaint was that the amount of fresh produce required for daily juicing and/or smoothies, plus salads and other raw vegetable dishes takes up the whole fridge. I am not having that problem.

We felt a little silly buying The World’s Biggest Refrigerator for just the two of us, but we figured we’d grow into it. I’m pleased to report that it is paying off by comfortably fitting epic amounts of fresh produce AND enough adult beverages for last minute company.

contents of my fridge

The short/wide bottom drawer can fit a deli platter or sheet cake. The right-hand crisper drawer alone contains 4 heads of cabbage, 10 Hatch chiles, and a large sack of grapes. All of the CSA share pictured above except the tomatoes and onion was in the fridge at the time of the photo.

What’s in your fridge for fall?

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Emily October 9, 2011 at 10:39 am

a wee bit jealous of your awesome fridge. such organization, it’s amazing.

glad to have you on board for project: food budget.

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Stacy October 12, 2011 at 10:46 pm

We were looking at the next smaller one, but this one actually fit in the space better. It’s part of the tour when people come to see the house.

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Molly October 9, 2011 at 11:23 am

Hope it’s smooth sailing through your cleanse. I did the “Clean” one in August and, though I started out somewhat skeptical, I really got a lot out of it in the end. More than anything, I think just taking the time to stop and really think about my well being is something that’s easy for me to ignore in the day-to-day chaos, even though I was generally eating healthy foods. Going through the 3-plus week process is a nice way to focus on that.

And count me in for the fridge jealousy! I was just thinking the other day as I was trying to cram as much of my CSA share into the always-too-small crisper drawers that they really should make an appliances that you can customize to better suit various eating styles. There is only so much swiss chard I can fit in there as things stand now.

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Stacy October 12, 2011 at 10:53 pm

I usually eat really well, but had gotten a little lazy lately, so the detox was a nice path back to the main road. The last few days were informative since I had real trouble finding detox-friendly food on vacation, and I’m actually looking forward to getting back on the plan.

Considering how much I use my fridge and my kitchen, I really wanted a fridge I loved when we had the chance to buy our own. I can fit so much chard in this bad boy! Some of the precarious balancing acts in our old fridges were creative if nothing else…

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Kate October 9, 2011 at 5:01 pm

So.jealous. of the fridge.

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Stacy October 12, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Sometimes I do think it’s a little ridiculous, but someday I’ll have a huge party and be so happy about it.

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birch October 11, 2011 at 4:03 pm

“Lots of vegetables and green smoothies (all unprocessed, though!).”

Um, so how do you make smoothies without a food processor?

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Stacy October 12, 2011 at 10:54 pm

In a blender, like a normal person.

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Kim October 11, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Okay, game ON for unprocessed challenge! I have all sorts of uber fun foods up my sleeve… with the ginger root, celery, carrots and onions in the fridge, and rice wine vineger in the pantry, I wound up making a pretty snazzy Japanese style salad dressing last night that was very awsome over my garden lettuce. I still have a bag of Hatch chilis in the fridge… what am I supposed to do with it?!

[K]

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Stacy October 12, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Woohoo! I have some Hatch chiles, too, and I can’t decide if I should just roast them or what. Part of me wants to make southwest black bean burgers with roasted chiles. Hmm…

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