happy january

  Keeping meals nice and simple this week and mostly just working my way through the fridge stash ahead of our Saturday CSA pickup. MEALS Smokehouse Chickpeas with Greens & Tomato Soup * Potato & Kale Enchiladas Harira** Soba Noodle Bowls Quiche (with my new fave oatmeal & whole wheat crust)*** Quiche & Brussel Sprout Salad […]

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CSA box – december edition

I don’t ever seem to get around with washing and dealing with my CSA stash during the daytime, but I did start early enough to make sure that today’s spinach and cilantro went into dinner. Other stuff in my box today: beets, turnips, salad turnips, carrots, kohlrabi, fennel, broccoli, mustard greens, red lettuce, romaine lettuce, […]

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almost thanksgiving

For the first time in a really, really, really long time… my CSA pickup will not be immediately before our Thanksgiving meal and I am going to have to plan a meal before shopping instead of planning a meal around my box. All the carbs are accounted for – cinnamon rolls, honey sweet potato rolls, […]

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last of summer and a recipe

Temperatures make it a little hard to tell, but summer is wrapping up in Austin. We picked up what I am sure is going to be our last watermelon of the year with our tuber-heavy CSA stash. In the kitchen, I am closing out the summer with one last batch of my summer squash risotto. […]

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eating at almost-thirteen

The following is a list of what food items the 12yo has requested to have available for her birthday weekend: Oatmeal pancakes Watermelon, watermelon, watermelon Tres leches cake Juice (any kind) Casa Garcia nachos Lots has changed in the past year (height, maturity, etc.) but the only change in this list is (1) type of cake […]

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veggie meal plan – 8/15/16

Good ol’ Hampshire College had a small farm on campus and a student-run coop with bulk bins, so I can pretty strongly delineate my attachment to eating local (hyper-local even) back to my college days. The practice started a little over 20 years ago and to this day, I (and now my family) eat what the local […]

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no csa pickup

I have been so out of sorts and busy the fast few weeks that I let my CSA subscription lapse! Rectifying that today, but it I won’t be able to pick up my CSA box until next weekend. Yikes! Next up? A meal plan with lots of pantry meals…

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weekend preserving: a list

Lots of produce that I need to put up this weekend, so I thought I would put together a list for the sake of accountability. I’ve listed things in order of priority for my pantry, but this does not necessarily mean that I will tackle them in that order: Crushed tomatoes Shelf-stable salsa (small batch […]

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tomatolandia cont.

I have put up 7 pints of shelf-stable tomato sauce and 5 pints of oven-roasted tomatoes in the freezer to date and that is just not enough to make it through to June 2017. 10 pounds of san marzanos getting processed tonight! Stay tuned to the ‘gram and twitterverse for the play-by-play. 

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no junk week

Been snacking on lots of chips and sweets lately, so I am staying strong for 7 days. No junkie stuff. We have plenty of fruit and homemade pops on hand to take care of the sweet cravings. The salty stuff? Gonna try hydrating better to see if that makes an impact.

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tomatolandia: what comes first?

I am not sure what kind of shape my tomatoes are going to be in tomorrow morning, but I suspect that they will be very, very, VERY ripe. Although my most coveted pantry is item is crushed tomatoes, I find that knocking out a batch of Basic Tomato Sauce first helps start my weekend processing without wearing me […]

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all of the tomatoes

This will be my fifth season of putting up tomatoes for my homemade pantry! I’m excited to get my sad, sad pantry back into top form, so stay tuned this coming weekend as I blanch, peel, and prep my first 20 lbs worth. I’ll start with a tentative plan tomorrow (on the blog) with links to […]

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