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Giveaways!

Just checking in to alert you to some excellent giveaways. I’ll be back later in the week with more CSA goodness and some real cooking.

First, Lynn and Christy at The Actors Diet are giving away some Amazing Grass goodies here. Next up, Chocolate-Covered Katie is giving away some Green Super Food bars from the Amazing Grass company. Check them out!

Here’s to the dawn of an excellent new week!

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Just Call Me Mother Hubbard

Because my pantry is bare. I’m starting to wish that we’d gotten a whole CSA share to ourselves. We finished off all our veg yesterday, and it feels silly to buy a bunch more when we’ll be getting another share in two days. At least we know for next year.

This means that I don’t have any exciting CSA treats to share from the past few days. I have discovered a new favorite oatmeal combo though – sunflower seed butter, cinnamon, and bananas. So good!

And while I don’t have anything for you today, the lovely Eating Machine is giving away some Zevia (stevia-sweetened pop). And yes, I call it pop because I’m from the midwest. You can drink all the soda you want, but it will always be pop to me.

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I’ve done a terrible job taking pictures of my food lately. Trent brought me treats from Tartine Bakery, and they were as beautiful as they were delicious. But did I photograph them? Nah, too busy stuffing them in my face. For the record, if you’re ever in San Francisco, the chocolate hazelnut tart is orgasmic. The frangipani tart isn’t half bad either.

He also brought me a bar of Askinosie chocolate (77%):

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Uh-maze-ing! No fillers, no emulsifiers, and they work directly with cocoa farmers, paying above fair trade prices for their beans. It has a lovely “green”-ish taste that less processed chocolate often has. As you can see, we’ve already gone through half of the bar.

On the homemade side of things, I’ve been putting lemon curd in everything. For instance, it went in my banana-peach-chia softserve:

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and in my almond butter-chia oats:

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Lemon curd in oats is a revelation. It takes oats to a magical dimension that I didn’t know existed. And have I mentioned that lemon curd is stupidly easy to make? All it takes is a little forearm strength – you’ve got to man a whisk for about 10 minutes, and then you’re rewarded with pure lemony sunshine.

There have also been some savory eats. Yesterday we did a crockpot dinner. It’s a little weird to prep dinner at 8 in the morning, but it’s fantabulous to come home from a workout to find dinner ready and waiting. This dish consisted of a cut of beef (I don’t remember exactly what it was, but it’s the kind you use in London broil), an eggplant, a bunch of potatoes, tarragon, rosemary, tomato sauce, red vermouth (makes a great substitute for cooking wine!), and water. It was great, but I again failed to take a picture.

Trent has been on the photography ball, however. He made me document the sandwich he had for lunch the other day, which was pretty awesome.

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Our direct-from-the-farm eggs, jalapeno cheese, and sauteed CSA spring onions on Trader Joe’s flourless wheatberry bread. Well done, T!

Today is veggie CSA pickup day, so I should have some good photos and recipes coming your way soon. 🙂

In blogging news, Chocolate-Covered Katie is giving away a spiralizer! Check out her giveaway here.

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I love veggie pick-up day. It’s like Christmas comes every week! I didn’t get a group shot of all the produce together this week – I’ll just have to shoot it as we cook it.

Tonight we made the pasta we meant to make last night, plus some of our new bounty.

Snappy, crunchy, brilliant green beans:

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Everyone has their quintessential summer vegetable, and green beans are it for me. They remind me of sitting outside, snapping the ends off a big bowl of beans with my mom. To be perfectly honest I’m not even sure that we did this, but in my romantic version of my childhood we did. 😉

We also used our green summer squash, which looks like a cross between a zucchini and a cucumber.

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Stir-fried up with some non-CSA mushrooms:

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T ate this mixture as a side dish while I mixed it in with our pasta and meat sauce (1/2 pound of CSA ground beef simmered in a jar of TJ’s marinara sauce with more mushrooms). Topped with fresh CSA basil (so good!) and some parm:

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Sorry, not a great picture. I was in a hurry to eat it!

We also got kale, romaine lettuce, cucumbers, more white carrots, new potatoes, green onions, corn, and leaf amaranth. Have you ever cooked with leaf amaranth before? I’d only ever heard of the grain amaranth, so I was surprised to learn that there is a leafy variety as well. I’m not sure what we’re going to do with these. Our CSA newsletter came with a few different recipes, so maybe we’ll try one of those.

And just in case you need more Christmas in July, Zukay is giving away a whole case of their raw, fermented salad dressings. Check it out at The Nourishing Gourmet!

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Morning pick-me-ups

Happy Friday! I started to reach for the oats this morning, but then I realized that it’s finally warmish here. So instead I opted for a fruit plate, inspired by Kailey (aka Snackface):

Bwanana with peanut butter and organic strawberries (on sale for $3!)

Bwanana with peanut butter and organic strawberries (on sale for $3!)

Even though it was warm, I really wanted to try my new Chocomint Rooibos tea. I used the Teavana brewer T’s parents gave me:

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Oh man is this stuff good! It smells exactly like an Andes mint and almost tastes like one. Excellent dessert tea! Or, you know, breakfast tea…

And for our final morning pick-me-up, Sarah at Sarah’s Sweet Lips is giving away some Amazing Grass bars. Check it (and her awesome blog) out!

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