Wednesday, July 23, 2014

CSA {Community Supported Agriculture} Week 6

Life is short and then you die. Those were the words on my mind today as I swept the millionth, no bazillionth graham cracker crumb from my floor into my dustpan. So, what are we doing with the short time we have here on Earth, friends? Anything truly great? Anything worth while? Anything... better than sweeping graham cracker crumbs? Share with me your greatness, so as to help change my attitude because after tonight's Dinner Debacle I think I may never. cook. again. Everything was going swell until these turkey burgers hit, rather, fell through the barbecue grates. Disgusting Jenni-O Turkey - I hate you! Waste. What an utter waste. Turkey doesn't stick together so much, does it? I'm sticking with beef. And vegetables. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Swedish Meatballs

I'm not going to be all uber-Minnesotan and talk about the ridiculous weather that inspired me to roll a cookie sheet of meatballs in the middle of July. No. I'm going to talk about meatballs and how yummy and creamy and easy and lovely and delicious and creamy and creamy they are. Inspired by this pin and based off this recipe from the blog, Damn Delicious, you'll be 25% more Swedish after eating these moist, flavorful meatballs. Swedish things are rather new to me, growing up in a German/Irish/Czech family, I was introduced to almond extract (never once! used when growing up), lefse, and kromkake through my husband's family who is Scandinavian. All things Swedish and Norwegian are an absolute joy to me! I'd like to pretend I'm actually Swedish with things like: Swedish Pancakes, or Swedish Rye Limpa Bread, or an Ikea copy-cat recipe. Am I fooling you? 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

CSA {Community Supported Agriculture} Week 5

Have you ever seen a cardboard box fuller of life than this box? No! Never, ever, ever, ever in your life will you open a more wonderful looking cardboard box, unless you are opening a cardboard box full of cold hard cash, that could be kinda wonderful. You are looking at week 5 harvest from my CSA farmshare and I think that is just wonderful. Did I say wonderful enough yet? Read on for vegetable identification and recipe suggestions. Wonderful.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Quick & Easy Raspberry Brûlée

I'm beginning to feel like I start many a blog posts with me begging you to make something because the deliciousness of my newest creation has my tastebuds singing. Oh, how to plead with you to make this Raspberry Brûlée? Actually, I have a funny feeling this won't take much begging because the ingredients speak for themselves. Raspberries? Fresh Whipped Cream? Crunchy, Carmelized Sugar Topping? Oh, and this takes literally 10 minutes to throw together and you'll really, really impress people - No, I mean really - like everybody wanted thirds and the serving dish was utterly licked dry when the party ended. Why wouldn't you be prioritizing a trip to your nearest raspberry patch for some picking?!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Breakfast Cookies {Gluten-Free}

These cookies! You MUST make these cookies! I'll be honest and confess that I cannot remember a gluten-free recipe that I've ever loved as much as this cookie. If I see a cookie recipe with no flour, no eggs, no sugar I immediately become skeptical. My typical go-to is full-fat, caramel drenched in chocolate,  or creaminess.  I've found the flavor and/or texture of gluten-free almost always a let down, there is something about full-fat creaminess that cannot be beat - if you have recipes that are guaranteed to please, feel free to post in the comments below. To waste my time and, more importantly the (expensive gluten-free) ingredients on something gluten-free, I rarely make the effort because my family doesn't have a sensitivity to gluten. However! I have converted ever since Shauna Niequist from the book Bread & Wine inspired me into making these hearty, breakfast-worthy gems. Everyone approved and you will, too!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

CSA {Community Supported Agriculture} Week 4

Hi, guys! My favorite summer vegetable is in this box, can you guess which one? I'll never tell, you have to navigate to the link to find out. Want to know more about the farm I volunteer on in Watertown, MN? Click here! Have a passion for local food and have some ideas on how to co-create in the Wright County area? Click here! Read on for vegetable identification and recipe suggestions! Be Well. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Snow Pea, Fennel, & Apple Salad

My house is really quiet. Too quiet. No, it's not that my children have found magic markers and a blank wall. No, they are at Grandma & Grandpa's making joyful noise with two new kitties who are being terrorized to all hell and back, permanently lodging dirt underneath their fingernails, drinking red-5 kool-aid, eating mac n' cheese at every meal, but that's the way childhood should be, right? And I think salad should be this way - crunchy, tangy, a 'lil sweet, creamy, vinegary. I'm fairly certain I'm repeating myself saying all those things right here not too long ago, but I claim short-term memory loss and want you to try this salad for yourself!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Rhubarb Herb Sangria

Hello, Beauty. Isn't that pink color ever so lovely??? I know! I KNOW! A sangria so simple to make, tastes sensational, and impresses all those friends and family gathering around the table during these hot summer months. The light pink color pleases the eye, while the freshly squeezed lime gives zing to the tongue. A refreshing, seasonal, light drink to serve at your next get together that uses up those ever-bearing herbs and the frozen rhubarb you've squirreled away. So, get to it, people!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

CSA {Community Supported Agriculture} Week 3

Weeks go by too fast, we're on week 3 of my CSA basket already! Check out the first and second week, too, if you're interested - it's been really fun experimenting with things I wouldn't have otherwise ventured to try before. For example, this week I'm drying all those fennel fronds to use for licorice flavored tea I'll be sure to steep all winter long. This week I'm going to give you some recipe examples that might accompany this basket.