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VEGGIE BOX! September 9, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — sarahinpvd @ 9:10 pm

So I didn’t take pictures of my veggie box as I was unpacking partially because I forgot and also because I was very busy looking up the best way to store these strange veggies I would have never bought. But… this weekend I made a ton of stuff from my box.

Sweet Potato Fries

Dan and I made baked sweet potato fries and used some garlic powder, dried basil, oregano, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes for seasoning. I think they ended up being a little spicier than we anticipated and a little saltier than we wanted but overall a success!


On Saturday, we went to go see the USS Michael Murphy (a destroyer) at Newport. Chris’s cousin is in the Navy and she, along with her friends, gave us a tour! Although, this isn’t really my jam and I don’t know as much about Navy ships as say… Dan… it was still amazing. The sheer size and mechanics of the ship are mind-blowing. It cost 1.8 billion dollars… things that we were touching/seeing were MAD expensive. When we came home, we made Glazed Festival Squash which turned out really well and were sweet and delicious!


Today, we made eggs with arugula and leeks for breakfast which turned out really well! Dan (and I, by extension) learned how to cut, clean, and cook leeks. Thank goodness for Youtube! It looked really good in the pan but I forgot to take a picture of it then. I was too eager to eat!


For dinner, I had some Healthy Choice quick meal thing and then I made some soup! It has carrots, caramelized onions, celery, and potato. I seasoned it liberally with salt and pepper after blending it but it tastes pretty good and seems pretty healthy to me! It’s got a great color to it and is a way I can eat carrots!



Now I have 1 Mcintosh apple, 1 sweet potato, 3 beets, 3 peaches, and 4 skinny carrots left from my original box o’ vegetables. Itsuka is taking care of the Romaine lettuce for since I’m not a huge fan — I prefer mixed greens, arugula, or spinach and I’m adding celery to my vegetable stock since I bought some today for soup. I’m planning to roast the beets and then saute the beet greens with some turkey bacon. My next veggie box comes on Wednesday and I’m sure I’ll have to take some home with me since there is no way I can eat everything before I leave for the weekend.


Updates to the Updates September 5, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — sarahinpvd @ 12:17 pm

I’ve had a few developments to my end-of-the-summer update list already! They’re minor but still make me feel like I’m doing things/keeping busy.

1. I’ve finished The Disappearing Spoon. The book was a good read overall and quite entertaining at times. However, there were several parts in the book that made no sense to me, most likely because of my lack of a background in chemistry and because I failed to properly grasp what the author was talking about. I would still recommend the book though because it accomplished its goal — getting me to become interested in chemistry. Years of terrible chem classes had made chemistry a big black box but now, thanks to Sam Kean, I’m inspired to learn more — through a careful reading of my old chemistry textbooks and a long list of things to Wikipedia.

2. My first “veggie box” from the farmshare is coming on Wednesday! In preparation for what I’m sure will be an abundance of carrots, I’ve found this recipe from Mark Bittman (with help from Dan’s Dad): glazed carrots. As most people who know me are well aware, I don’t like carrots except in very specific circumstances (in chicken noodle soup, do chua, or sometimes in take-out). This recipe looks simple and hopefully will be tasty enough to help me get over my carrot distaste.

(EDIT: MY VEGGIE BOX CAME IN TODAY!!! I’m incredibly excited. Today is very rainy and gloomy and fruits/veggies was exactly what I needed — will update with photos and recipe ideas when I get home. I feel like a small child with a new toy.)

3. Not on my list but a first nonetheless: candlepin bowling! The bowling balls are super small and it’s actually incredibly hard… Riz, Dan, and I were the only people without kids (very little kids) but it was still great fun.