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As you can probably tell from my lack of posting, school has been keeping me from food-related pursuits. Eats have been simple and quick and have included more than a few dinners eaten in meetings. Blech.

This morning I made an effort to get back into the kitchen. I eased into it with my trusty food processor, which gets an almost daily workout (smoothies, hummus, blended spinach for oats, etc., etc.). In went half a bag of Trader Joe’s roasted, unsalted cashews and a bit of salt. Out came this:

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Isn’t it beautiful?

Trent was thrilled; he quickly made some toast for his cashew-butter vehicle. I chopped up an apple, which baked in the toaster oven for 10 minutes or so, then added the apple, a generous dollop of cashew butter, cinnamon, and nutmeg to my morning oats. No picture because seriously, how many pictures of oatmeal can one look at in a lifetime? But rest assured it was fabulous. I highly recommend adding baked apples, cinnamon, and cashew butter to everything you eat for the next few weeks.

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We’ve been in leftover/scrounge mode lately. Last night we made a lovely dinner out of our CSA meat sauce, served over rice with a side of boiled kale. Boiling is the worst method for conserving vitamins in your food, but I really love the texture of slightly boiled kale, so we went with it. When served with lemon juice and s&p it’s delightfully chewy and just a little tart.

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Check out that steam! We paired it with a Trader Joe’s find, which Kelsey recommended a while ago on Bites + Bowls.

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This was really good! Fruity, juicy, and $5.99. There is nothing I dislike in that half-sentence.

Nothing too exciting happened in our kitchen today until this evening, when I made the most delicious healthy dessert EVER. No lie. It was so good that it deserves its own post, so you’re going to have to wait. Don’t worry, it’s worth it.

Have you done anything exciting in the kitchen (or elsewhere) this weekend?

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…but your produce leaves something to be desired.

We bought a watermelon at TJ’s last night, and I was super excited to eat it after my incredibly hot and sweaty run this morning. It looked pretty enough,

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but it was mealy and mushy. Doh!

Do other people find that Trader Joe’s produce is often subpar? Or is it just the one we go to? I love them for everything else. If they could just get some good veg, they’d be perfect.

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Hot & Steamy

Just wanted to share this morning’s breakfast concoction. It is waaay too hot and muggy for oats today, but I went for it anyway. Weather be damned!

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In this bowl: 1/4 cup steel cut oats, 1 tbsp maple syrup, 2 grated carrots, a handful each of raisins and walnuts, and a dash each of cinnamon and nutmeg. After this picture was taken I added some almond milk to cool it down and make it a little creamier (what’s carrot cake without a creamy frosting?).

I normally eat rolled oats because they’re fast and super bulky and filling, but Trader Joe’s only had Irish oats or steel cut. I went with the quick-cooking steel-cut, which takes about 8 minutes to make. I really like the nuttiness of the steel cut variety – it reminds me of wheat germ, which I’ve loved since I was a kid. I do miss the speed and bulk of rolled oats, though. I think I’ll switch in steel cut oats now and again to keep myself from getting tired of rolled, but rolled is still my go-to oat.

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We’re in full-on panicked packing/errand mode here at the Morgendorffer/Lane household. I love travelling but hate the logistical stuff!

Breakfast this morning was a peanut butter-filled banana and a big cup of frozen cherries. Take if from the frozen fruit queen herself (aka Chocolate-Covered Katie) – nothing beats it! I didn’t actually need to cool off this morning. In fact, it’s quite cool and grey, as per usual this summer. I’m starting to feel like I’m living in Wuthering Heights.

ghost-hunting, moor-haunting weather, for sure!

ghost-hunting, moor-haunting weather, for sure!

Lunch was a quickly-thrown together sandwich of curried hummus and TJ’s yogurt cheese. Snackage included some cerealz and some weak, wilty celery that I didn’t want to throw out. Copious amounts of chocomint rooibos have also been consumed.

I’m afraid my eats have been a bit lackluster, since we’re preoccupied with planning this trip. All I can think about are pain au chocolat and wine and fresh French produce and markets and Montmartre and Gertrude Stein.

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Seriously, how can you not love this woman?

Dinner tonight should be better – we’re going to do a massive stir-fry to use up all of our remaining CSA veggies. I can’t wait!

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Oh. Mah. Lourdes. The produce this week is beyond beautiful. Just look at this stuff!

well, don't look at the toaster oven or the knives or the bag of scones on the toaster oven...the CSA share didn't include those

well, don't look at the filthy toaster oven or the knives or the bag of scones on the filthy toaster oven...the CSA share didn't include those

We got: magnificent purple kale

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There is nothing in the world like a pea fresh out of its pod

There is nothing in the world like a pea fresh out of its pod

Bok choy

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and, saving the best for last, garlic scapes and beets!!!

014(there’s also some spinach and lettuce in there). Aren’t those scapes amazing? I’ve been dying to try them since I heard about them a year ago but never had a chance til now. I love their smell, their little curlicues, their subtle garlicky taste…heaven! I’m also in love with the color of those beets on the right. I can’t wait to roast them up!

I’m afraid that dinners on CSA delivery nights will be a bit boring – by the time we get our haul home, call up our CSA partners and split it all up, we’re usually starving and just want something simple.  Tonight we scrambled up some eggs (sound familiar?) with a few of the scapes, some of the spinach, and some parmesan. It was AWESOME. If you haven’t tried scapes yet, get thee to a farmer’s market asap!

We also welcomed a few ladybugs, slugs, worms, and aphids into our home. Yes, there is a downside to farm fresh organic food, but it’s a downside I’m willing to deal with (even if I have to deal with the slugs because T has a pathological fear).

Question: How do you deal with washing and storing your greens? We’re getting so many leafy greens in our CSAs, which is awesome, but I’ve always found them difficult to clean. Is it worth investing in a salad spinner? Or should I stick to washing a portion each time I want to eat them and trying pathetically to dry them in clean dishtowels?

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It’s veggie CSA pick-up day! Good thing, too, since we scarfed our first box PDQ. I made some hummus yesterday for lunch:

Poor little hummus...you're just not photogenic!

Poor little hummus...you're just not photogenic!

On a whim I threw in some curry spice along with the garbanzos, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, and this beautiful stuff:

sambalI like the curry kick, but T was not happy about it. More for me! I’ll admit that the taste was a little off, but I think that this is due to the fact that 1) T skimmed some of the oil off the top of the tahini to fry our beef because he realized at the last minute that we were out of sesame oil. Resourceful! and 2) we were low on lemon juice so I used rice milk to make up for the missing liquid. I was only thinking about replacing the fluid and not the tang of the lemon….oops.

I spent all day at the library yesterday so I needed something portable and spirit-boosting for lunch. I decided to make a cheap imitation of the crack wrap by combining the hummus with TJ’s yogurt cheese on wheat bread.

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LOVE this stuff - plus no lactose!

It was AWESOME even though it wasn’t warm and toasty. Thanks for the inspiration, Sarah!

Now, onto serious business: we have a problem. A FRUIT FLY problem. They showed up a few days ago when the produce refuse in the garbage got a little ripe, and now they’re EVERYWHERE! Does anyone have a good method for dealing with these little buggers? We’ve just been chasing them around like crazy people, clapping them between our hands when we can. I’m sure our neighbors think we’re either rhymically disinclined or building up to an epic slow clap.

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