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Super tasting has given me quite the refined palate. For example, I can differentiate between green giant and del monte canned green beans. Leading to much eye-rolling from my mother.

Sorry, Mom! My super palate bends to no sale on canned goods! Even if they are buy one get one free!

But, now, I’m trying to be a big girl and eat the fresh ones.

I froze a bunch of beans last weekend and have been using them in our meals this week, adding them to anything from boxed TJ’s soup to fried rice.

Blanching is crucial! It stops the enzymes and keeps everything crisp tender.

Another important step is to freeze them in a single layer on a cookie sheet first, so you can use them as needed.  No frozen green bean bricks to contend with later.

I must admit, I would still prefer green giant to the fresh version. I love the soft texture and salty non-green flavor. For a long time, this was the only green veggie I would touch.

Here I am at Costco, fawning over the super sized can:

C. had to perform a quick intervention to keep it out of our cart.

But…but…its so pretty!


Tomatoes. One of my first veggies, but I guess its technically a fruit? Oh well.

Little tomatoes, dried in a low oven for 3 hours with olive oil, salt and pepper. Their concentrated flavor is delicious. Plus, they keep in the fridge for a long time in oil. I’m planning to mix them with some pearl couscous and chicken.

I also made some sauce out of the BIG tomatoes.

I even peeled and seeded them! Its my ‘I’m not lazy’ sauce.

Into the pot, then into my dish. I also made some turkey meatballs with lots parsley.

This is my kind of comfort food. It whole wheat pasta, too.

Tomato season has been the best part of the CSA so far!

This past week I dug into the freezer to make myself some lunches. I had frozen CSA carrots, peas, squash and zucchini. I also still had an onion, some garlic and eggs from the CSA.

And don’t forget the ginger from the grocery store. Oh, ginger. Oh.

Mix that with a little left over rice…

I got something that actually swayed me from walking to McDonald’s yesterday for McNuggets. (!!)

And I’m having it again today. The lunch countdown begins!

I’m excited to get more veggies tonight, especially after I got the newsletter today and everything in the bag is on the “Safe Vegetable” list. Nothing from the “Scary vegetable” list because they gave us another chard-break!

I think I’m going to trademark the term “chard-break.” You CSA subscribers know what I mean…

I’m not sure how I did anything without a salad spinner. It really is a miraculous thing. My mad dash to preserve as much as possible before leaving for TX was much more efficient when I didn’t have to dry things with kitchen towels.

I’m really excited about how I preserved the greens (chard and red leaf lettuce). I blanched them for 2 min at exactly 9:11pm. Although, I hear you can do it anytime of day.

I shocked, drained and stuffed them into sandwich baggies which then went into a larger freezer bag. My plan is to use them in a soup with white beans. Because C. loves white bean soup. And he is coming home this weekend for a visit!!!! Yippee!!!!! YAY! Eh-hem, I mean, yeah, I guess that could be fun.

Oh, I guess he won’t be surprised about the soup now, sorry hun!

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I'm skeptical of vegetables and joined a CSA to see if I can make friends with them. This blog exists so that I can hold myself accountable to eating what I paid for and document what I can do with lots of local produce!

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