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I want....

Sunday, August 22, 2010

I’ve been wanting a lot recently….
I want a GPS
I want a Wii
I want a chest freezer
I want to repair or replace my sewing machine
I want the Trope Trainer software
I want a new pair of sensible brown walking shoes
I want time and money to take voice lessons
I want an exercise bicycle
I want stylish new clothes
I want to explore the local restaurants
I want to re-start the housecleaning service
I want to replace our worn out sheets
I want more bookcases for the basement
I want to hire someone to cut down the ailing oak tree in our front yard
I want to rip out the carpet and refinish or replace the hardwood floors and a whole list of other home improvements

But more importantly –
I want to be able to do these things without wondering how to justify the purchase
I want to stop constantly worrying about money
I want to stop feeling like we are reacting rather than planning
I want to stop feeling like we are getting behind rather than getting ahead

Ari

  
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JOANNKW 8/23/2010 6:55PM

    (((Ari))) I know the feeling.

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BRAVAH 8/23/2010 5:39AM

    Hi Ari!

I hear you. I am sorry that you are in a position where you have to worry so much about money. I hope that things improve soon. I'm sending love and positive energy.

Cheers,
Heidi

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TERRI289 8/22/2010 9:52PM

    Deep breath!! I know what you mean about worrying about stuff all the time. Pick one and focus on it. That is going to be my new mantra.

Hang in there!! emoticon

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FRECKS96 8/22/2010 9:15PM

    Me too. Good Luck!

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MARCHEM 8/22/2010 5:43PM

    Good luck! I hope you can reach peace.

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JILLTBNAGART 8/22/2010 5:30PM

    Well I totally understand the last 4, even if my want list isn't the same other wise. Money. Can't live with it and its sure bad living without it. Good luck to both of us.

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LIL66GTO 8/22/2010 5:22PM

    I know exactly how you feel! emoticon

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CSA Week 13

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

If July was brought to you by more cabbage, onions, potatoes, and beets then you could eat. August, so far, is brought to you by more watermelon, tomatoes, basil and beets than you could eat.

Tomatoes: Slicing & Grape
Cucumbers
Bell Peppers – Yellow and Red
Frying Peppers – not sure if they are spicy or not
Jalapeños
Carrots
Chard
Beet Greens
Eggplant
Summer squash
Beets
Cabbage
Celery
Scallions
Yellow onions
Tiny Red onions
Shallots
Garlic
Basil
Cilantro

Watermelon
Peaches
This year’s apples
The last local blueberries

Thursday – Pesto and orzo, tomatoes
Friday – Eggplant or Chard – Stirfry?
Saturday – Planning to go to the NJ Friends of Clearwater Festival in Asbury Park http://www.mcclearwater.org/festival.php
Sunday – Pounded Chicken with Shallots, steamed cabbage, rice
Monday – TBD - Eggplant or Chard
Tuesday – older DS’s birthday – he requested going out for Pizza as his special birthday dinner

Ari

  
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BRAVAH 8/20/2010 7:49AM

    Hi Ari,

Ah, pizza! Well, it is a birthday, after all! I hope you have a great weekend!

Cheers,
Heidi

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FRECKS96 8/19/2010 8:25AM

    Ari, all that produce always sounds so good! And I love that you tell us some of your plans to use it. Enjoy the festival!

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TERRI289 8/18/2010 10:47PM

    Yum yum yum....

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CSA Week 12

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Tomatoes: Slicing & Grape
Cucumbers
Bell Peppers
Carrots x a few
Chard
Eggplant
Yellow summer squash
Beets
Cabbage
Celery
Yellow onions
Tiny Red onions
Shallots
Garlic
Jalapeños

Basil
Cilantro
Parsley
Ginger

Canary Melon
Watermelon

Reasonable quantity of tomatoes this week, and we’ve gotten through many of the ones from last week. Since we were away for the weekend, we committed sacrilege and put some of last week’s tomatoes in the refrigerator. I’ve been craving moussaka and we got eggplant this week. So the plan is to pick up a few more eggplant at the farm market when we go on Saturday to pick up fruit, then use up the chilled tomatoes by making a huge tray of moussaka. I’ll try to find time to post a recipe this weekend – since we make a middle eastern version without the béchamel rather than the more typical Greek version with it.

Just started reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver as a book on CD. So much less preachy than some of the other books on the harm agribusiness is causing and possible alternatives. (I feel guilty for skidding out of both The Omnivore's Dilemma and Food Matters) Doesn’t hurt that the author is narrating, and her Virginia accent is just charming.

I love a good kitchen story – Ruth Reichl’s Tender at the Bone, Frank Bruini’s Born Round, Bill Buford’s Heat. And at least the first few chapters of Kingsolver’s book feel more like these memoirs than like a political diatribe.

Ari

  
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BRAVAH 8/13/2010 3:19AM

    What fun you've been having with the veggies all summer! Good for you!

Cheers,
Heidi

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DARUMA 8/12/2010 10:53PM

    Yum! One of the men I work with is a drop off site for his CSA. When people don't pick up the produce, his wife brings it in to work. Last 2 weeks, I have made potato salad with some wonderful Yukon Golds. This time added celery and red onion, Greek yogurt and balsamic vinegar and a couple of hard-boiled eggs.

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TERRI289 8/12/2010 10:37PM

    Sounds interesting!!

Moussaka was one of the first dishes that I learned to cook!

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CSA Week 11

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

I can't believe that we are on week 11 of the CSA for the year. This week my fridge is stuffed with

Tomatoes: Slicing, Grape, and Cherry – too many to count
Cucumbers x 4
Bell Peppers x 3
Mushrooms x 1 handful
Carrots x a few
*Green Beans – small handful
* Dandelion Greens (from our yard) - 1 small handful
*Chard - 1 meal's worth
Eggplant – 1 small
Zucchini/summer squash x 4
Beets x 1 bunch
Cabbage x 3/4
New Potatoes – white – 1 meal’s worth
Celery - 1/3 head
Yellow onions
Tiny Red onions
Shallots
*Scallions
Garlic
Jalapeños

*Basil
Lemon Basil
Dill
Parsley
Ginger

Peaches
Nectarines
Blueberries
Canary Melon
Watermelon x 1 ½

This is the second time that I have had a craving for a certain fruit or vegetable, bought some at the farm market only to have the CSA deliver even more on Wednesday – which is how we ended up with 1 ½ watermelon, thankfully they are the globe shaped ones, not the truly monstrous oblongs.

Tonight I threw together a quick spaghetti sauce with EVOO, onion, garlic, a shredded zucchini, 1 can of basic tomato sauce and some of the lemon basil. It was yummy with whole wheat pasta and a salad. We threw a little bit of cheese into the salad for added protein.

Tomorrow: Middle Eastern Spiced Chard and Chickpeas, couscous with raisins and pine nuts.

Friday: Stir-fry with Eggplant, green beans (if they haven’t spoiled) and tofu, basmati rice

Saturday: We are heading to MIL’s to see family – She is planning tuna on the grill, I will be bringing the zucchini to grill with fish, tomatoes, watermelon and probably pesto makings.

Happy eating my friends.

Ari

  
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ARIANERA 8/5/2010 8:51PM

    Thank you all for your comments.

The CSA I belong to (thankfully) allows installment payments. So rather than having to pay it all upfront, I got to stretch the payments over March - July with the last payment after delivery had started.

While I do have 2 shelves full of cookbooks, I often take more out of the library and frequent the world's largest cookbook - the internet and all the wonderful food blogs. I tend to look at 3 recipes for a dish for an idea of technique and a suggested spice mix and then make it up from there.

Ari

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JACQUELINEJO 8/5/2010 10:29AM

    CSA's seem to be such a great thing, but we just don't have them around here. Living in the country you would think we would, but we really only have them for eggs. However, my family and I garden, so I guess it all evens out. :-)

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LOSIN4MYSELF 8/5/2010 9:10AM

    I moved right around the time for sign ups for CSAs here. I was too late to get on any of them, but I am already signed up for my Fall CSA. Cant wait for butternut squash, and turnips and parsnips and all my other favorite cool weather veggies! For now, I will just keep shopping the farm stands.

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HEALTHYASHLEY 8/5/2010 8:56AM

    Every year I swear I will join a CSA and I never do. I always am too cheap to put the money upfront. Sounds delicious!

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FRECKS96 8/5/2010 8:20AM

    Sounds great!! That's my kind of produce-the tomatoes wouldn't last 2 days in my house (the 4 year old ate over a pint by herself yesterday!)

enjoy it!

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BRAVAH 8/5/2010 4:28AM

    Hi Ari,

Sounds like a great meal plan, as usual. Enjoy the fish... we had grilled fish last night - one of my favorite things!

Cheers,
Heidi

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TERRI289 8/4/2010 10:42PM

    Do you have lots of cookbooks? Everything sounds so good!!

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CSA Week 10

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Vegetables

Lettuce
Cucumbers
Tomatoes
Grape Tomatoes
Carrots
Zucchini
Beets
Cabbage x2
New Potatoes – Red and White
Baking potatoes
Celery
Yellow onions
Shallots
*Scallions
Garlic
Jalapeños

Herbs

*Basil
Lemon Basil
Dill
Parsley
Ginger

Fruit

Peaches
Blueberries
Mango
Cantaloupe
Apples
Bananas

Earlier this week I made a mango salsa fresca, that we ate with white beans and corn tortillas. Tonight I made a nice saute of onions, zucchini and tomatoes to serve with gnocchi and a sprinkling of cheese tonight.

We may finally get to the long delayed cabbage and bratwurst this weekend and I am planning to make zucchini bread. We have enough cucumbers, that I might try pickles - though I've not been happy the last few times I tried. Or I may just make a variation on tabouli using the herbs I have in place of the mint that upsets my stomach.

Ari


  
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BRAVAH 7/29/2010 5:32AM

    Wow, Ari!

You really do put in a lot of effort for veggies. Good for you! I hope you do get to the bratwurst and zucchini bread this weekend!

Cheers,
Heidi

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