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August 4, 2009

What's For Dinner? Plus Week 12 Of Our CSA!

First up let's take a peak into our CSA bag from this week!

CSA Week 12

This week was quite the bounty! We had shallots, red potatoes, another cantaloupe, zucchini, squash, yellow snap beans, beets, basil, a bag of slicing tomatoes and a bag of cherry tomatoes!

Now let's talk about the beets...

I knew it was inevitable that at some point we'd most likely end up with a few beets. I'll be honest with you and tell you up front I'm not a fan. I've tried them roasted, pan fried, boiled, pureed into soup, deep fried, steamed, pickled, raw, etc. and to me they just have a really earthy flavor....Well ok they taste like dirt to me! Sorry, but they do! Someone told me you can make a chocolate cake out of beets. This interests me I must admit, though I will readily tell you one part of me is all for this idea, while the other part of me wonders if it would be a big waste of chocolate cake! ;oP I'm not sure what I'll do with these....

And basil...I still have the other two bunches from the previous two weeks in a large glass of water on the counter next to the sink. The other two bunches are still really fresh, believe it or not and have actually grown! Bet you didn't know you could "grow" basil hydroponically. I have the ingredients to make pesto, but haven't done it yet because I still don't have freezer space!

We also got a cantaloupe last week and let me tell you this is one of the best cantaloupes I've ever had! Firm, yet sweet...It was just perfect! The county in Tennessee where I grew up prides itself on its cantaloupes, but let me tell you this one easily gave them a run for their money! Yum!

Oh well. Now let's get down to What's For Dinner?!

Tonight Jamison is having steak and mashed potatoes. (Do you see a pattern with his food! ;oP) Noelle made me start thinking about veggie burgers with her response to What's For Dinner? yesterday so Alexis and I are having homemade veggie burgers on flat bread with a tomato salad.

What are you having?

Posted by Dianne at August 4, 2009 12:13 PM

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I am so honored that you mentioned my name! Tonight we are going to have seared ahi tuna with some Chinese 5 Spice Powder and some Mrs. Dash grill seasoning. I have to be careful because the last time I made this I made two blunders: too much Chinese 5 Spice and I didn't realize I had to take the tuna not only off the burner, but also out of the pan or it'll keep cooking and dry out! I'm going to put mandarin oranges and toasted sesame seeds on top of lettuce and mix wasabi paste with rice vinegar and olive oil for an Asian style salad.

Posted by: Noelle Markus at August 4, 2009 1:36 PM

Tuna is definitely one of those cook it and get it out of the pan quick foods, but it's oh so good!

Posted by: Dianne at August 4, 2009 6:28 PM

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