Monthly Archives: May 2011

Local Box Meal Plan: May 30-June 3

I know lots of people around here complain about the sweltering summer heat, but for the most part, I kind of like it. I’m a native Texan, so I’m sure that has something to do with it, but beyond the heat summer means iced sweet tea, swimming pools, and Local Boxes filled with stuff like peaches, green beans, and tomatoes. It’s just hard to beat all of that.

Peaches – Caskey Orchards 
Leeks – Bar W
Zephyr & Gold Zucchini Squash – Texas Natural 
New Potatoes – Naegelin Farm 
White Onion – Gundermann Acres 
Carrots – Acadian Family Farm
Pickling Cucumbers – Acadian Family Farm
Green Beans – Acadian Family Farm OR Tecolote Farm
Green Tomatoes – Fruitful Hill Farm
Leaf or Romaine Lettuce – Acadian Family Farm

 

Spicy dill refrigerator pickles – This recipe has a handy calculator that’ll help you figure out how to adjust the recipe for the number of cucumbers you get.

Green bean, potato, and leek salad – We probably won’t get four leeks, so use white onions instead.

Summer squash casserole – I like the idea of this casserole, but will use butter instead of margarine and lower the amount by at least half. You rarely need an entire cup of butter in a non-bakery recipe.

Open-face bacon, lettuce, and fried green tomato sandwiches – Oh yes. Just….yes. Use whatever lettuce you get instead of the Bibb.

Skillet pork chop saute with peaches – I like the sweet and savory combo of flavors here. Plus, this recipe is pretty fast – last time I made it, it took about half an hour.

Local Box Video: May 30 – June 3

Vegan Greenling: Heirloom Tomato Salad

A  refreshing summer recipe over on Vegan Greenling: Heirloom Tomato Salad

Peach-Mint Fizz

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We got our first batch of summer peaches this week, and I wanted to eat them without cooking the crap out of them. A nice, summery drink fit the bill. This recipe is more of a guide than anything, so feel free to play with the ingredient ratio till you get the drink tasting just right. The basic elements are fresh peach puree, mint syrup, and sparkling water, but f you are so inclined, add rum to make it a peach mojito.

Peach-Mint Fizz

4 peaches
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
Sparkling water

Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Cut an X in the bottom of each peach and dunk them in the water for 45 seconds. Remove and plop into a bowl of ice water for a minute, just long enough so that you can pick them up. Slip the skins off the peaches, and core and slice them. Place in a blender and puree for a couple of minutes, until completely smooth.

Combine sugar, water, and mint in a small saucepan. Heat until sugar dissolves, and set aside to cool. When syrup has cooled, strain it into a glass jar.

Add ice about halfway up a large glass. Fill glass 3/4 of the way with sparkling water, then add several tablespoons of peach puree and about a tablespoon of mint syrup. Stir to combine and adjust ingredients if you want.

– Stephanie

Chicken & Summer Squash Dinner


Ingredients:

  • 3 – 3 1/2 lbs. chicken, cut into pieces
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 medium onion, halved & sliced
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, OR 3 medium peeled tomatoes, diced
  • 1 teaspoon dried leaf oregano
  • 1 pound sliced summer squash

Instructions:

Sprinkle chicken pieces with 1 teaspoon salt, pepper and paprika. Brown under broiler for 10 minutes, turning once. Transfer chicken to a large, heavy skillet; add onion, tomatoes, oregano and remaining salt.

Cover and cook over medium-low heat for about 30 minutes, or until chicken is done. Add squash, cover, and cook for 10 minutes longer.

Serves 4.

Web fixes, thanks to your feedback!

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Your feedback really is vital to the improvement of our site. And we’re getting better all the time at responding. You asked for these changes and voila!

Some people mentioned the ever-expanding cart to show you additions or changes was a bit annoying so we put the kibosh on that. It’ll just hang out in the upper-right corner. The little green circle will let you know you’ve added an item.

While our site does remember you and you can come back and still be logged in, up til now hitting the log-in button prompted a pop-up window where some browsers weren’t inserting log-in info automatically. We couldn’t fix this because it was a browser thing so we ended the pop-up. Now it just takes you to a separate log-in page that if you have clicked ‘remember me’ previously it will enter that info for you so you don’t have to keep track of your password.

When logged-in do you see the little feedback rectangle to the lower left? Just click on that and let us know what else you’d like to see changed. We’re currently working on having updated local box and farmstead info in more places.

Say hi to Greenling this weekend at Keep Austin Gluten Free Fest!

Keep Austin Gluten Free Fair

Come out this Saturday (May 28) for the 2nd Annual Keep Austin Gluten Free fair, a fun event planned in accordance with Celiac Disease Awareness month. It will be held from 11am – 3pm outside of Food for Life Gluten Free Restaurant in Cedar Park [2051 Cypress Creek Road]

This free event strives to educate about celiac disease and gluten intolerance and offer recommendations and solutions for gluten free living. Oh, and there will be lots of free samples!

Greenling will be there handing out morsels of Gluten Free Miles of Chocolate (you won’t miss the wheat one bit) Say hi & mention the newsletter and you’ll get an extra special treat!

Did you know Greenling has a whole category of Gluten Free items? Check it out!

A portion of the proceeds from Keep Austin Gluten Free Fair, will be donated to the Alamo Celiac organization, the local chapter of the Gluten Intolerance Group or GIG..