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Feb '13


Box from Feb. 1

Oh how I love my boxes. Here is the list from the last one:

2 Braeburn apples

4 Satsuma mandarin oranges

2 Bacon avocados

1 bunch of beets

1 bunch of carrots

1 bunch of kale

1 pound of fingerling sweet potatoes

1 butternut squash

1 bundle of leeks

This was a fun and delicious box! The apples, oranges, carrots, and beets after roasting were all snacked upon. The carrots even saw a little hummus this time. Overall delish fresh snacks.

The first things to be prepared were the butternut squash along with one of the leeks. They went into this faux risotto recipe together! I used barley instead of the farro suggested, and I topped it with havarti instead of gruyere. It was really delicious. The sweet squash with the savory barley risotto topped with the salty, creamy havarti and crunchy toasted hazelnuts. It made an excellent lunch all week and even Eric had some for dinner one night. Also it was my first attempt at peeling and toasting hazelnuts, so that was exciting. If you’re looking for a creative way to use squash, this is definitely a good one.

The avocados went into a sandwich I like to eat sometimes. It consists of whole wheat bread, lettuce, american cheese, chipotle mayo, and sliced avocado. Occasionally also cucumbers. It’s a tasty and refreshing sandwich, and I enjoyed it as my packed lunch for a hike we did last week. These avocados, though, were not the ones I usually eat. These are a variety called Bacon, named after a man I believe. Their flesh is yellowish and a bit firmer than the usual Hass avocados which have green and creamy flesh. They were okay, but I prefer Hass.

Kale went into kale chips!

The last of the box to get cooked up were the sweet potatoes and other leek. I roasted them in a twist on a recipe my dad sent me. It was a leek, a red bell pepper, and my sweet potatoes roasted in some olive oil, salt, and pepper. Came out quite tasty and made a great side along with some broccoli. Not a great photo, but here it is.

That was it for the box contents, but I also did some baking that’s worth mentioning. The day before the Superbowl I baked up seven dozen cookies. This is what seven dozen cookies looks like:

I took about 40 of them to my friend’s Superbowl party, saved a few for myself and Eric, and packed about 35 or so for Apple to have on that Monday. Only about 20 were eaten at the party so I put the rest into the box for Apple. On Monday Eric went into work around 10ish. Around 11 I asked how the cookies were doing, and they were all gone! Apparently they were doing well if 50+ cookies disappeared in an hour the day after everyone gorged at Superbowl parties.

Can’t wait for my next box! Until next time…