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CSA Day 3 – veggie overload!

I’m starting to wonder if maaaybe the CSA wasn’t the best idea I’ve ever had. I guess when I pictured farm fresh vegetables every week, I had hoped for vegetables that I usually actually eat and enjoy. Bell peppers, carrots, potatoes, even parsnips, cucumber, and celery would be cool! But what have I been getting? Turnips. Kohlrabi. Napa cabbage. I’m all for adventure, but when I get stuck on how to use an item, it gets abused and discarded. I really hate wasting the food 😦

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Tonight’s CSA box includes:
– Brats from Von Hansen
– Broccoli
– String Beans
– Peas
– (unidentified root vegetables)
– Lettuce
– Potatoes
– (Unidentified leafy green)
– Purple Kohlrabi

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We still have from the LAST CSA:
– Strawberries
– Rhubarb
– Napa cabbage
– Lettuce
– Broccoli
– Kohlrabi
– Beets

Plus, from our standard groceries we have bell peppers, cucumber, carrots, and celery.

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This is decidedly a first world problem. I’m not complaining by any means–I’m thankful for the abundance–but I’m also worried about how to best make use of it.

Last night me and Jeff blanched 3/4 of the broccoli, and 3/4 of the string beans, and froze them. We’re giving the beets, some broccoli, and some peas to my parents. I’m hoping my sister wants one of the kohkrabi…

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Kohlrabi

The CSA is going to last at least another month, if not longer, so I’m going to use this as an opportunity to expand my veggie horizons and eat a lot more veggies… Even if I *do* have to Google them first 😛

I think dinner tonight will be the brats and a cole slaw of kohlrabi, Napa cabbage, and carrots. I can bring it to my brother’s house to share tomorrow afternoon for lunch ^_^

Chef salad for dinner!

I’ll make another pie!

Broccoli cheddar soup!

Uh… Other stuff!!

Okay, WordPress readers… What would you do? Leave your ideas in the comments below.

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Hell’s Kitchen – It’s a helluva good restaurant

Last..er.. Saturday? Jeff took me to Hell’s Kitchen for lunch.  We were downtown looking at a potential venue when we realized we were getting a bit hangry.  Jeff had been to Hell’s Kitchen before and it was within a few blocks so we went.  There were a LOT of people there when we got there, but happily, they told us it was only a 15 minute wait.

Maybe it’s because we were already hangry, or maybe it’s because time flows slower in Hell(‘s Kitchen), but 15 minutes turned into 45.  That’s the bad news.  The good news is that we had time to wander around and appreciate the decor.

We were happy pandas when we finally got our table, but our faces still reflected our hangrys.  We ordered up our entrees and scarfed them down before I could take a picture. For me:

Ham and Pear Crisp (Featured in “America’s Best Sandwiches” cookbook)

Featured in “50 Best Sandwiches in America” Shaved, slow-roasted smoked pit ham, poached pears, melted Swiss and Fontina cheese on spicy-sweet buttered grilled sourdough bread. Includes choice of fries, sweet potato* fries, coleslaw or fresh fruit.
For Jeff:
Huevos Rancheros
(v) (g) w/o the tortilla)

A crisp flour tortilla with buttery hash browns, spicy black beans, soft-scrambled eggs and a 3-cheese topping, all baked to a golden brown. Topped with hand-chopped salsa and a dollop of sour cream. Like heat? Ask your server to also bring Bottled Hell at no extra charge.
Can you really blame us for not pausing to take a picture?
After lunch we decided to take a chance on ordering the Nefarious Mystery Dessert, though, and since we weren’t hangry, I *did* get a picture of that:
 See.. that might look unappealing, but we figured out that it is Devil’s Food Cake with chocolate, home-made caramel, peanuts, and some other type of chocolate something-or-other.  It was delicious!! The thing about the Nefarious Mystery Dessert, though, is that no one knows what it is until you order it!  Never the same twice because you’ll get whatever they feel like making.  Eat up 🙂  And Happy (belated) Valentine’s day.
[Sidebar: Hell’s Kitchen runs a blog called “Bite Me” check ’em out here: http://www.hellskitcheninc.com/bite-me/]