Fresh herbs make all the difference

Tonight I made a quick “kitchen sink” “salad-less” salad. Which means I tossed in lots of ingredients and left out the main thing that makes a salad a salad – lettuce or greens of any kind.

It consisted of breaded chicken, golden beets, red and yellow bell peppers, and cubed feta cheese. Yup, I basically cleaned out all the remnants of leftover meals from my fridge. Then to spruce it up a bit, I grabbed some fresh basil and flat Italian parsley from my herb garden (oh, and I drizzled on a quick balsamic glaze).

The herbs really pulled the whole meal together, adding an amazing fresh flavor.

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Cooking for the season (CSA bounty)

For the summer months, I am a member of my local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) which means I get a weekly box of local, mostly-organic farm-fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs, bread and cheese.


While I love getting all of this wonderful produce, it can prove to be a challenge fitting these fresh ingredients into my meal plan. Especially since most of what I get in my “share” are ingredients I would usually not choose at the grocery store (like turnips, garlic scapes, and so much cabbage!!!)

So, I pickup my share on Thursdays, make a plan on Friday, pickup any remaining items I need on Saturday at the Farmer’s Market or the grocery store, then start cooking! So, a Thursday CSA share usually lasts me through the following Friday/Saturday.

The trickiest part of the whole thing is “making a plan” – it includes checking my pantry, searching for recipes, and making creative substitution so I can use all of the fresh ingredients.

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Meal planning should be easy. Let me help.

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Once you stock your pantry with the right ingredients, grocery shopping will be a snap. Just replenish your pantry & buy 4-5 other ingredients per week. You’ll be able to make loads of recipes without seeking out the obscure (use-it-once then let-it-sit) ingredients. Heck, you might even save some money.

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Is this thing on?

I am happy to rejoin the world of personal blogging, as of… right now. unfortunately took a back burner to my work at Springpad, and even more to the arrival of my two sons.

But, now that Springpad is shutting down in just a few days (Learn more at my online home will once again be Over the coming weeks I’ll try to replace the now-defunct Springpad links in my old posts.

I’ve got some exciting stuff in the works and can’t wait to share it with all of you – so stay tuned.

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