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Have some fun with Back to School

Here are some fun recipes the kiddos can help you with for their lunches!

Easy Cheese Crackers
From Parenting.com

Ingredients:

Easy Cheese Crackers

  • 1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened and cut into 4 pieces
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp course salt
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tbsp milk

Instructions:

An easy recipe for homemade cheese crackers. Kids will love helping by making their own shapes!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using a pastry cutter combine the cheese, butter, flour, salt and cayenne pepper until the mixture looks like pea-size crumbs. Add the milk and use your hands to form the dough into a ball. On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough about 1/8-inch thick. Use a pizza cutter or a sharp knife to cut the dough into your desired shapes or use some mini cookie cutters.

Gently transfer the crackers to an ungreased cookie sheet leaving 1/4-inch between them. Try to make the crackers roughly about the same size so everything will cook evenly. Bake the crackers on the middle rack for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges of the crackers are golden. Cool on baking sheet set on a wire rack. These taste great warm but are also very good at room temperature. Store in a sealed container for up to 5 days.

Carrots with Peanut Dipping Sauce
From Parenting.com

Ingredients:

Carrots with Peanut Dipping Sauce

  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • A splash of soy sauce
  • A few drops of sesame oil
  • Water to smooth
  • Carrot sticks

Instructions:

Trying to break the peanut butter and jelly habit in the under-12 set is no easy task, but this mellowed peanut-sesame dip just might do the trick. It’s equally good with carrots or tossed with cold noodles.

Mix everything but the carrot sticks together with a fork or whisk in a bowl. Add water as needed to thin mixture to a dipping consistency (all-natural peanut butter needs more; everyday brands need less).

Kids can help: Scrape carrots, stir ingredients

Extras: Torn up cilantro, basil, a squeeze of lime juice or sliced green onion tops. Try apple slices instead of carrots

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Local Box Meal Plan: June 27-July 1

Sorry about getting this to you a day late!

White Peaches – Cooper Farms 
Blueberries – JB Organic 
Assorted Summer Squash – Gundermann Acres 
Purple Viking Potatoes – Tecolote Farm 
Carrots w/ tops – Gundermann Acres  
Red & Yellow Onion – Gundermann Acres 
Juliette Tomatoes – Hillside Farm 
Garlic Chives – Tecolote Farm 
Summer Peas – Just Peachy Farm 
Garlic – Rim Rock Farm

White peach sangria – What an awesome summer drink. This version uses peach vodka in addition to fresh peaches.

Blueberry buckle – Also called blueberry coffee cake. Alton Brown knows what he’s doing.

Mom’s summer squash – Not my mom, Elise’s mom from Simply Recipes.

Easy crockpot pot roast– Throw some garlic in for extra flavor. With the crockpot, you can cook delicious pot roast in the summer without heating up your kitchen.

Whole wheat couscous with lemon, peas, and chives – Cook your peas before adding them to this light, summery side dish from Bon Appetit.

– Stephanie

Local Box Meal Plan: June 6-10

Peaches – Caskey Orchards 
Blueberries – Berry Best
Sorrel OR Fennel – Tecolote Farm 
Yellow Onion – Gundermann Acres 
French Carrots – Gundermann Acres
Large Cucumbers – Acadian Family Farm
Valley Girl Tomatoes – Fruitful Hill Farm
Golden Cherry Tomatoes – Acadian Family Farm OR Tecolote Farm
New Potatoes – Gundermann Acres
Red Beet Bunch – Acadian Family Farm

 

Peach blueberry muffins – I might try subbing whole wheat flour for half of the white.

Carrot, fennel, and potato soup – I’ll use a whole fennel bulb and a whole onion, instead of the halves the recipe calls for. Because I’m hardcore like that.

Heirloom tomato sandwich – Layer sliced Valley Girl tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, and basil on ciabatta spread with hummus. Delightful.

Chilled beet salad – One of my favorites. Roast or boil peeled beets till tender. Toss with your favorite salad greens, some crumbled goat cheese, walnuts, and balsamic vinaigrette.

Farro, avocado, cucumber, and cherry tomato salad – Unlike the previous salad, this could serve as a meal. Add chicken if you need some meat. Farro is also called spelt, and barley makes a nice substitute.

If you get sorrel, here’s a good list of sorrel recipes.

– Stephanie

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 Meal Plan: May 23-27

Peaches AND blackberries in the same box? I think it’s safe to say that summer has really arrived!

Peaches – Lund Produce
Blackberries – Wheeler Farm
Fiesta Beets – Tecolote Farm
White Onion – Gundermann Acres
Mixed Carrots – Lund Produce
Flat Leaf Parsley – Tecolote Farm
Corn – Acadian Family Farm
Radish Bunch – My Father’s Farm
Red & Green Basil – My Father’s Farm
Romaine Lettuce – Bar W

 

Peach-blackberry compote with basil syrup – An awesome summer dessert.

Corn and carrot salad with golden raisins – This is going to be a great side dish for something grilled.

Ginger chicken Romaine wraps – Add some sliced basil to these.

Chilled beet and onion salad – Add some sliced radishes to this to add a little bite.

– Stephanie

Grilled Root Veggies

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This time of year always requires some creativity in the cooking department. We’re still getting a lot of winter produce, like beets and turnips, but it’s getting hot outside and I really try not to have the oven on for the long periods of time it takes to roast root vegetables like these. Sure, I could boil them, but I just feel like it leeches out a lot of the flavor.

So, what to do? I tested out a method of cooking root vegetables on the grill this weekend, and it worked like a charm. I didn’t heat up the kitchen on a day when the temperature outside was close to 90 degrees, the vegetables required minimal attention when cooking, and also picked up a little smokiness from the grill fire. I lined a grill wok with aluminum foil to cook the veggies, but you could also use a disposable aluminum pan, or even just a large foil packet. Either way, you get tender, flavorful winter vegetables that don’t require warming up your house on a hot day.

Grilled Root Veggies

2 large turnips, peeled and cut into a 1-inch dice
1 lb beets, peeled and cut into a 1-inch dice
4 small carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 large onion, cut into a 1-inch dice
4 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp dried thyme (or 1 tbsp fresh, chopped thyme)
Salt and pepper to taste (I used 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper)

Preheat grill to medium-high (400 degrees).

Line a grill wok with foil and coat with cooking spray. Add veggies, and toss with oil and seasonings to coat. Cover with another piece of foil. Place the wok on the grill and cook for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes, until veggies are tender.

– Stephanie

Local Box Meal Plan: May 9-13

Have y’all seen Yummly yet? It’s a database that searches all (or at least most) recipes online. You can sort by a ton of factors, including ingredients, tastes (sweet, salty, etc.), food allergies, diets, and so on. It’s the best database of its kind that I’ve come across. Check it out if you get a chance – I came up with most of the recipes in today’s meal plan using that site.

Yellow Beans – Animal Farm
Kale – Green Collar
Carrots – Acadian Family Farm
Red Beets – Massey Farm
Purple Top Turnips – Gundermann Acres
Watermelon Radish- Tecolote Farm
Radicchio – Tecolote Farm
Red Leaf Lettuce – Acadian Family Farm
Spring Onions – Bar W Ranch & Farm
Garlic – Fruitful Hill Farm

 

Portuguese kale-carrot soup–This version calls for soy chorizo, but sub the real thing (the Spanish smoked kind) if you wish.

Sweet and sour beets

Radish and pine nut salad – An easy, but not boring, salad.

Grilled sausage with potatoes and beans – A great grill recipe. Use your yellow beans in place of the green ones.

Grilled radicchio – I posted something similar to this recipe last year, but it bears repeating as a reminder to you. This is one of the most awesome ways to prepare radicchio (and romaine and endive, for that matter). Don’t knock grilled lettuce till you try it.

– Stephanie