Monthly Archives: December 2008

Local-Box Lookout, week of 12.29.2008

Here’s what to look for in this week’s Local Box:

  • shallots
  • bibb lettuce
  • Oriental turnips
  • daikon radish
  • carrots
  • spinach
  • tangerines
  • crimini mushrooms
  • tomato
  • collards
  • apples

Check below for this week’s delivery schedule update if your delivery day is Thursday!

Deliver Schedule Changes for This Week

This week, you can expect your Local Box (or any other Greenling) delivery on the same day you always get it UNLESS that day is Thursday OR if your delivery day is Wednesday AND you live in San Antonio. Here are the details:

  • If your delivery day is Wednesday AND you live in San Antonio, your delivery day is Tuesday, for this week, only. (If your delivery day is Wednesday and you DO NOT live in San Antonio, your delivery day is still Wednesday this week.)
  • If your delivery day is Thursday and you live in San Antonio or New Braunfels, your delivery day is Wednesday, for this week, only.
  • If your delivery day is Thursday and you live in Austin, zip code 78738, 78734, 78732, 78730, 78733, 78735, or 78746, your delivery day is Wednesday for this week, only.
  • If your delivery day is Thurdsay and you live in Austin, zip code 78703, 78701, 78704, 78741, or 78742, your delivery day is Friday for this week, only.

Local Box, 12.24.2008

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It’s a truly merry-making Local Box this week, with lots of greens and oranges and apples, too! I’m looking forward to catching my breath when the festivities will have died down in a couple of days. Then I’m sure I’ll find this bounty inspiring! Until then, my hubby’s planning on making a greens soup of some kind for dinner this evening.Rumore has it, there’ll be brie involved, too! I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, let us know how you plan to eat out of your Local Box for the holidays this year!

Best wishes to all!

The Season for Latkes

latkesFull disclosure: I’m not a Jew. But I  embrace any holiday that has a good message and, um, good food. We’d stocked up quite a collection of Local Box potatoes, so yesterday I broke all the rules I’ve read about making latkes (things like hand-grating, then saving water that drains off and straining out the starch to mix back in) and threw all the potatoes I had left into the food processor with a Local Box red onion, then mixed with some egg whites that had been in the fridge forever (leftover from… Key-lime pie, perhaps?) but were, miraculously, still good. In the meantime, I chopped up a few Local Box apples, then tossed those in a pot with a pat of butter (why? no idea.), then allowed them to simmer while I pan-fried the latkes in butter and canola oil. I mashed up the apples with a big wooden spoon when they were soft, and sprinkled a bit of salt over them. We dolloped sour cream alongside latkes and applesauce to serve, and the results were quite pleasing. Over dinner, we talked about miracles and light and perserverence and the wonderful things faith inspires.

Happy Hanukkah!

Report from Fearless Forager, week of 12.22.2008

Here’s the plan for this week’s Local Boxes:

  • lettuce
  • sweet potatoes
  • green onions
  • crimini mushrooms
  • radishes
  • herbs
  • kale
  • tangerines
  • grapefruit
  • cilantro
  • collards
  • apples

Also, we’re on a modified delivery schedule this week. Here’s the scoop:

In the Austin area, if your normal delivery day is:

  • Tuesday, you will receive your order Monday the 22nd.
  • Thursday, you will receive your order on Tuesday the 23rd.
  • Wednesday, you will still receive your order on Wednesday the 24th.
  • Friday, you will receive your order on Wednesday the 24th.

And in San Antonio, if your normal delivery day is:

  • Tuesday, you will receive your order Monday the 22nd.
  • Wednesday, you will receive your order Monday the 22nd between 9am-2pm.
  • Thursday, you will receive your order on Tuesday the 23rd.

How are you planning to eat out of your Local Box for the holidays this year?

Local Box, 12.17.2008

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Green and orange, the colors of Texas winter, are here! This week, I plan to try the kale salad recipe included in today’s Local Box. And I think I have enough oranges for a batch of marmalade! (I’ve used the Meyer-lemon marmalade recipe with oranges, instead, to great effect.) I’m happy to see dill because it will go great with last week’s carrots, which are a little limp by now but should still taste great cooked. I’m planning to try some sauerkraut with this week’s and last week’s cabbage. Does anyone have experience making that? I’ve heard it’s surprisingly simple.

Polenta, Reprise

polentaii-01My favorite polenta trick – and this is big, the kind of thing I hope my as-yet nonexistent kids will one day tell their kids – is to pack leftover polenta into a plastic or glass container and smooth it over before refrigerating. This is the starting point for a brilliant leftover meal: Pan-fried polenta. Last night, the husband stopped off at Mandola’s on his way home from work and picked up some of their house-made, Sicilian-style fennel sausage. (It’s made from pork out of Bryan, so it’s another ultra-local product.) Then he pan-fried some of our leftover polenta – which, if you recall, was studded with Local Box butternut squash – in one pan, and sauteed some Local Box baby bok choy with garlic in another, browning the sausage in another pan at the same time. Dinner came together in minutes and was scrumptious – another warming meal for a surprisingly chilly Texas night!

What did you eat out of your Local Box last night?