Main Dishes, Recipes, Soups & Stews

A Bit of Heat to Take Away the Chill

CrockpotChili (3)

As Fall turns to winter and the weather gets bitter (then 60°!..then 30° again…) I take my crockpot down from it’s summer space up top the cabinets, wash off that gross stuff that forms from storing things up high, and give it a seasonal place among my “regular” appliances. If it didn’t make our apartment so damn hot in the summer, or had central air, I’d probably use it year round. There’s nothing better than coming home after a long day to find your apartment smelling AMAZING and dinner ready to serve. I probably use my crockpot once a week, whether it’s stew, crockpot chicken or something else. But my absolute favorite is chili.

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Pickles, Preserving, Recipes

CSA Struggles

This Week’s CSA Bounty

If you’ve ever participated in a CSA, I’m sure you’ve used the word “struggle” to identify the program at least once or twice. This is my second time participating in a CSA. My first one was the Yellow Hook CSA in Bay Ridge. A 5 minute walk from my apartment, the location was perfect! I was so excited by the bounty of fruits and veggies I was promised. Little did I realize that “veggies” really equated leafy greens. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good bunch of kale or bok choy, but getting 3-4 varieties of greens every week was too much for a family of two to handle. Pickups were on Thursdays and we often went away on weekends (or at least cooked less), so we’d struggle on Thursday and Friday night to consume as may green as possible only to end up having the rest wilt and end up in the trash or compost pile. I took the 2011 season off, but when a coworker suggested the Tribeca CSA, down the street from my office, I felt I was ready to take on the challenge again.

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