i heard a dj talking about eating cold leftovers on radio the other day. a heated debate ensued, namely along the gender line, on the acceptable vs. disgusting nature of consuming cold leftovers. the host had just finished some cold chinese, male callers were singing the praises of cold pizza and other lukewarm, day-after delicacies while the female callers seemed disgusted by it.
all i could think about was cold macaroni and cheese....
but for the joy of cold leftovers, we had to start with some warm dinner. not that i'm complaining here, it was delicious that night too.
certainly wasn't the best of weeks for any updates. that only means that we have some making up to do this week, including some additional updates from last week.
little overdue, but here this week's box. went with box "c," another farmer's choice box. certainly got a variety of things, including pink-eyed peas (which we had never heard of before). we had to add on a few jars of the spicy sweet dill pickles too. household favorite for sure!
clockwise from top left: personal watermelon, squash, cucumber, lee's produce spicy & sweet dill pickles (add on), tomato, peaches, lee's produce spicy & sweet dill pickles (add on), sweet potatoes, asian pears, scuppernong grapes, pink-eyed peas
we were really hoping for the spicy sweet dill pickles to be an add on this week after having demolished the entire jar last week. and, of course, we were getting some more salsa as that mysteriously disappeared last week too (look at you, ojp!).
it started with "you have plans for the corn?" reluctantly, i answered "no."
having the two of us in the kitchen attempting to cook a meal usually ends in disaster. however, we were going to give it a go. chopsticks was excited about her use for the corn. i just needed to add something else.
we've been called vegetarians by more people than i can count because we watch what we eat. but, we certainly eat our fair share of meat. but, with eating a little healthier and loving food, i am constantly researching anything food related. recently i ran across the growing trend of "meatless monday." chopsticks and i had discussed it a few times, trying to incorporate more vegetarian type meals in the house, maybe even once a week.
so, it wasn't monday. and, while i'm aware that the eggs were not necessarily vegetarian (they were vegetarian fed, free range though!), i did owe chopsticks them from her birthday.
grilled portabello, topped with tomatoes, spinach and provolone
after the track record of devouring lee's jarred produce (pickled squash and salsa), the mention of another offering, the "spicy sweet dill pickles made with lee's cucumbers," it was an easy decision. that is, other than the pickles being offered in two different boxes.
decided to go sans grapes, however, and chose box "c."
clockwise from top left: squash, poblano peppers, personal watermelon, lee's produce spicy sweet dill pickles, corn, lee's produce fresh salsa (add on), acorn squash, tomatoes
one time, a few weeks back, some peaches, some chicken and i got in a little fight. honestly, it was the grill's fault. no, wait... actually, i recall something about some gas taking its party elsewhere and ruining everything.
yeah, definitely the gas.
so i needed to make up with the peaches and chicken. invited some new gas this time, hoping it was better for the dynamic. this party was definitely rockin'
so today i decided that it was time to do something with those jalapenos. i know that poppers are the easy thing to do (and by easy i mean the simplest idea). although they weren't difficult to make, they were time consuming as all heck and a ton of steps.
i got a little adventurous and made two different kinds - a creme cheese/sharp cheddar mixture and a creme cheese/ monterey jack mixture. i preferred the cheddar. spoon preferred the jack. go figure.
her request: "a picnic meal." invited a few friends over and spent the day prepping everything. granted, i did forget the deviled eggs (so i owe her those). otherwise, it was definitely time to celebrate
i said "squash pizza." everyone balked. no, really, i think i can pull this off... meanwhile, chopsticks was preparing to eat a sandwich and the friends had the "how did that turn out" text messages ready
butternut squash pizza with ricotta mixture and spinach
the verdict: a resounding thumbs up. the text message back "so good i had 3 pieces"