Category Archives: CSA/Local Produce

Grapefruit Pound Cake

We got some juicy, squishy (but not too squishy!) grapefruits in our produce bag this week from Front Porch Pickings. We all love grapefruit in this house (even the 3 year old!), but I wanted to find something different/unique to do with my stash. The January Cooking Light magazine had a recipe for Grapefruit Pound Cake. I have to say, I was intrigued! The aforementioned 3 year old was home sick one day this week, so I had some free time to bake.

mmmmmmmm cake!! (Don’t mind the mess! I’m not the Messy Chef for nothin!!)

Note: I am a horrible baker but even I made this without a hitch!! Score!

I was a little concerned that this would have too strong of a grapefruit flavor, but it is just a perfect hint of citrus. In fact, my husband thought it was a lemon pound cake! The cake is dense and moist. Just fantastic! My glaze was a little thin (which still was fine!), so make sure you boil the juice down enough. No matter, this one’s a keeper!

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Swiss Chard & Mushroom Orzo Risotto

I am a big fan of leafy greens, but I had never had Swiss Chard until a few years ago! It is now a vegetable that we really like, and I was excited to see it in my veggie bag from Front Porch Pickings!! If you are a food nerd like me, check out this link and find out why it’s so good for you! It is packed with vitamins (vitamin K anyone?!) and antioxidants, one of which is great for regulating blood sugar. Double bonus! Anyway, back to dinner… I had a pork tenderloin that I needed to cook, so I chose to simply roast that with a few seasonings and make my side dish the star of the show! This recipe you has you standing at the stove a little bit, so grab a friend, a book, a glass of wine, whatever strikes your fancy, and get stirring! Hope you enjoy!

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Italian-Style Cabbage Stew

As I mentioned earlier this week, I got a gorgeous head of cabbage in my farm bag from Front Porch Pickings. My husband is a good German boy (from Pittsburgh originally) and he loves cabbage!! I normally make haluski or slaw with it, but since it’s been so dreary out, I went looking for a soup recipe to fill our bellies. I found some inspiration online and tweaked some recipes until it fit us just right!

Use your giant soup pot – this makes a TON! I made the mistake of starting with a smaller pot and had to transfer… oops!! This soup is filling and chock full of good for you vegetables. And the calorie count can’t be beat!!

*Leave the cheese out for a dairy-free meal!

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Browned Butter

With my bag of delish produce in hand, I sat down to make my weekly menu. I used to do this every week. Religiously. Without fail. But then I had a baby. Two of them, actually (not at the same time!) and as the saying goes, life got in the way. So it felt good, and dare I say somewhat normal, to make a weekly menu plan! My 3 year old was eying those Brussels Sprouts from my Front Porch bag, so I planned to hit those early on. I knew I wanted to roast them and had in my head that I might do something involving balsamic vinegar. And then it hit me – balsamic browned butter! If you have never eaten one of my all-time favorite Cooking Light recipes, Roasted Asparagus in Balsamic Browned Butter, well, you are missing out!! A few minutes in the oven and a quick sauce made on the stove makes for a delicious side dish. We enjoyed these sprouts with a steak and some mashed potatoes. Heaven!!

Veggies in the house!

As I posted about last year, we were members of a local CSA. We loved getting  a fresh box of veggies every week or every other week. Unfortunately, for several reasons, this year it was not in the cards to continue with the CSA.

Recently, our longtime friend, Nicole, approached me with what seems like the perfect solution – at home delivery of organic/local produce!! A few years ago, she escaped the world of engineering for much greener pastures (literally and perhaps figuratively too!) and started  the company Front Porch Pickings. You can check out their website for more details, but they deliver fresh local &/or organic produce all over the 1st coast of Florida, including Flagler, St. Johns, and Volusia counties and they have even expanded into the Tampa Bay area! So if you live in St. Augustine, Palm Coast, Deland, Lake Helen or other sunny destinations nearby, you can take advantage of Front Porch Picking’s amazing produce too! If you have questions, you can email them directly at fp@frontporchpickings.com or find them on Facebook.

I was so excited when my bag of produce arrived at my office door on Friday!! I didn’t want to unpack it all in my office because I was afraid I would never get it all back as neatly as they packed it, but I had to peek…

The gorgeous ruby red tomatoes and that freshly picked head of romaine lettuce were singing my song! I got home and unpacked the bag. I had some help from little hands (a 3 year old and 2 orange cats!) but wanted to take a few pictures of my bounty!

Those beautiful tomatoes:

A head of cabbage that is going to find it’s way into several recipes this week, I think!

And my 3 year old’s personal favorite – Brussells Sprouts (on the stalk – don’t see them that way very often, do ya!?). It’s a wonderful world when your 3 year old says, “But Mommy! Why aren’t we having those for dinner TONIGHT!?” 🙂

I received the “Green” bag and it contained: Pink Lady apples, grapefruits, kiwi, romaine lettuce, Swiss chard, Brussels sprouts, green cabbage, small cucumbers, and tomatoes. We’ve already enjoyed a few things from the bag and I can’t wait to cook my way through it this week!! What a treat!

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