CSA Boxed Share 8.17.09

Yesterday was interesting, just look at that bizarre mutant tomato! I think it’s related to Swamp Thing. But the rest of the box share was pretty tame: basil, lettuce, parsley, zucchini, squash, green peppers, purple peppers, garlic, potatoes, cabbage, eggplant, hot peppers and more tomatoes. All good stuff!


CSA Boxed Share 7.20.09

The CSA gods were good to me again this week. My box share did not disappoint. Yesterday we got red potatoes, red leaf lettuce, scallions, garlic, zucchini, cucumbers, red cabbage, tomatoes and basil. Splitting it with my friend was hard, but we managed.

After a brief fist fight—mind you, she is 9 months pregnant—we divided up the potatoes, scallions, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini and lettuce and I kept the red cabbage. She took the garlic and the basil. I’m Italian. My mom grows enough basil to feed an army.


CSA Boxed Share 7.13.09

Looks like the summer harvest is in full swing! My garbage tomato is thriving and my local CSA box shares are getting better and better. This week the box was pretty heavy again. That’s a good sign! Means there’s plenty of good stuff inside.

When I cracked the lid, I found beets, onions, cucumbers, red and green leaf lettuce, zucchini, little gourds, garlic and a whole bunch of red potatoes. Awesome! The cucumbers didn’t even last an hour. I whipped up some avocado and destroyed them. 

Romaine Lettuce, Life's Little Black Dress

A year ago I was a desperate woman. I was living precariously in the deep abyss of food addiction and obesity; teetering on the edge of diabetes, heart disease, and organic depression, and realizing there was no way out, except to learn to swallow greens.

Desperate people take desperate measures. In July, I made a commitment to get healthy. Unfortunately, soon afterwards, life happened. One of my children became seriously ill, and I suddenly needed to eat something uncomplicated, yet full of nutrients. Romaine lettuce became my best friend.

Each day I rinsed a head of romaine leaves with water, wrapped it in a kitchen towel, and threw the bundle into a cooler.

I discovered that I could eat romaine leaves while driving. I could also fill a sack with them, pack a can of beans, a can opener, some carrots, an apple, and have an instant meal in a hospital cafeteria. I could go anywhere, spur of the moment, and thanks to romaine lettuce, have the mainstay of a nutritious meal always ready and available. Anytime, anywhere, just like a little black dress. Versatile, uncomplicated, yet full of pizzazz!

Three months later, as the crisis passed, and life returned to normal, I gradually discovered wonderful recipes: green smoothies, vegetable and bean soups, sorbets and ice-creams, and various salads; including the romaine, finely shredded, and drizzled with raspberry sauce.

The benefit of unintentionally starting Eat to Live with an abundance of romaine lettuce was that it changed my taste buds to enjoy the subtle flavors of greens forever, even curly kale! The little black dress of greens gave me my health back, and for that, it will always be my favorite.

Image credit: shoshacapps

CSA Boxed Share 7.6.09

I always get excited when I pick up my share for the week and the box is heavy—means there’s a bunch of cool stuff inside. Although, it’s pretty funny to watch a big tattooed galoot like me carrying a box of organic veggies around and then taking pictures of it like a mental patient.

Now, this week was packed with goodies. There was red leaf lettuce, kale, zucchini, cabbage, garlic, beets, fennel, onions, cucumbers and a flying saucer-looking gourd of some sort. I usually give the beets to my mom. It’s funny to watch her get ticked that they stain her hands. I’m evil.

CSA Boxed Share 6.29.09

Okay, I’ve decided for the rest of summer I am going to ditch my search for marked down fruits and vegetables and—in the spirit of the season—blog about all the cool stuff I get from my local community supported agriculture. Sound like a good idea? I think so.

As you can see, yesterday’s box was loaded with awesome vegetables. After I split it up with my friend, I was left with the broccoli, radicchio, lettuce, fennel and some onions and garlic. Not a bad haul, but I have a busy week ahead of me, so I gave most of it to my mom.

CSA Boxed Share 6.22.09

For the first time ever, I didn’t find any marked down fruits and veggies, but I’m a resourceful little bugger. A couple weeks ago my community supported agriculture started up again. So this week, instead of cheap manager’s special produce, let’s see what’s inside my box share.

A whole bunch of cool stuff! I got lots of broccoli and zucchinis, tons of lettuce and radicchio, some garlic tops, little bit of kale and a nice fat Napa cabbage. I split the share with my friend. So I kept the kale, a couple broccolis, lettuce, a zucchini and a few garlic tops. Nice!

On Manager's Special 4.27.09

My favorite, super ripe bananas $0.63.


Two awesome cauliflowers only $0.75.


A few bunches of Romaine lettuce $1.00.


Finally tally, just $2.38. Pretty freaking great if you ask me!

I chew through bananas like a rabib monkey, not sure what I'll do with the cauliflowers yet, but the Romaine lettuce is perfect for salads. Sweet.

Cotton-Tailed Lettuce Thief!

Let this be a lesson to you. Do not leave your bag of greens around your pet rabbit. You may be left with a bag of pellets.

Oh, and watch out for canned green beans too. Sometimes they come with a free mouse head. Yucky!

Via ICanHasCheezBurger.

Image credit: ICanHasCheezBurger

Don't Lick Metal Poles!

If you ate a lot of veggies for Christmas and aren’t sure if you got enough iron. Remember, licking ice cold metal poles is NOT a good way to get your minerals. Instead, you’ll find all the iron you need in green vegetables, like kale, Romaine lettuce and broccoli.

Now, hopefully you’re enjoying the holiday afterglow. And don’t worry. The blog will be back to full strength Monday. But keep checking all this weekend for more holiday-inspired posts. I triple-dog dare you!