Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Like many other people, my resolution for the new year is to eat better. More specifically, to eat cleaner. And to cook more home made dishes rather than pre-packaged and processed ones. So far so good. I've attempted at least one new recipe per week since the year has started, and yesterday I signed us up for Suzie's Farm CSA (community supported agriculture) program. This means that every other week I get to pick up a GIANT box of veggies and fruits. The challenge is that you never know what you're going to get and you need to figure out how to cook with it before it spoils. This week it's Gold, Chioggia or Detroit Dark Red Beets, Blue Scotch Kale, Red Russian Kale, Lettuce, Broccoli, Onion, Parsley, Turnips, Chard, Spinach, Red Frill, Pea Shoots, and Spicy Salad Mix (mizuna, tatsoi, red mustard). HOLY VEGGIES BATMAN! I'm really looking forward to their fruit harvest this summer.

And now for the delicious (and surprisingly simple) recipes I've tried. So far, the winner is this chicken adobo recipe I lifted from this month's issue of Real Simple. My husband and son both chowed down. Another good one was a baked salmon with rice and veggies. The salmon recipe I got here, and I just drizzled the veggies (zuccini and squash) with olive oil and added some garlic salt and fresh ground pepper, then threw them in the wok and cooked until tender. Lastly, another Real Simple hit, was this braised chicken and spring vegetables dish. Enjoy!

Photos (from top): (1) A sampling of our first box from Suzie's Farm (2) chicken adobo and (3) baked salmon.

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