CSA 6/28/12

Another week of glorious CSA goods.

  • Kale – the 6 yo eats kale in the form of chips, I will make kale chips (again)
  • Spinach – Roasted in the oven with just a bit of garam masala sprinkled on top
  • Cilantro – combined with the tomatoes below for some salsa
  • Tomatoes – Roasted and made into salsa (see Cilantro)
  • Potatoes – I think I’ll use these in this month’s secret Recipe Club recipe, so I can’t tell you yet (it’s a secret)
  • Cucumbers – These delights have already become a batch of the Homesick Texan‘s Mustard pickles

  • Snap peas – these guys are for snack time

Also pictured above: two ice skating ducks (not for consumption)




Bok Choy and Hamburger

Bok Choy and Hamburger

Based on my Aunt Susie’s recipe, this one brings back happy memories of afternoons spent with cousins.

– 1 pound ground beef
– 1 bunch bok choy, chopped, leaves separated from stalks
– 2 T olive oil
– 2 cloves garlic, chopped
– 1 C beef broth
– 1/4 C water
– 1 T corn starch
– Soy sauce, to taste


Brown ground beef. Drain, then set aside.

Add olive oil to saute pan, and add bok choy stems. Stir fry for 3-5 minutes, until getting tender. Add garlic, then leaves. Stir fry for 2 minutes more, until leaves are starting to wilt. Add beef broth and bring to a simmer. Simmer all veggies until tender. While simmering, mix corn starch and water with a fork. Add beef and cornstarch mixture to veggies, and stir. Sauce should thicken. If there isn’t enough sauce, add 1/4 C-1/2 more water.

Serve over rice.

Meet Buster

Since she was born, our daughter has wanted a dog. It’s a move toward her career goal of being a teacher-artist-veterinarian.

We got Buster from a rescue operation, that also works to save these guys.

It was a hard choice, as Buster had several adorable brothers and sisters as well. I even called hubs to ask if we could have two (we couldn’t).

He’d been living in a stall at Bob Evans Farms for a few weeks, and he was literally the most flea ridden animal I have ever seen. I was kind of grossed out by it, but the 6yo was happy to pick fleas from him as he slept. (Note the 11yo, sitting idly by, eating popcorn.)

We took him to a party that day, where he was a big hit (although he was kicked outside when it was found his fur was seething with fleas).

We have no idea what type of dog he is. They say maybe his mom had a little Jack Russel Terrier in her, but nobody knows who the dad is.

He is as lovable as can be.

I think perhaps even the cats will like him in time. So far they aren’t quite sure what to make of him. I hope to show pictures of them all cuddling up, asleep, soon (one can hope).

Cross your fingers that we’ll figure out this house-breaking thing. Any tips?





Some crazy stuff

A few wacky things are going down here at Chez Rees.

1. We’re trading in our sweet urban digs for a laid back country locale.

Even though we are super excited, it will be a little weird to leave our house. It’s been our home for 12 years. Bye bye Grandview! **sniff**

2. Kids are eating food.

I know it sounds nuts. But I finally figured out a way for us all to have dinner together without the kids having hot dogs and macaroni from a box every night. THIS SOLUTION IS SO OBVIOUS I KNOW YOU ARE ALREADY LAUGHING AT ME.

I asked the kids what protein options they liked, then made a list of the things they both like. It actually includes normal foods like pork chops, chicken breasts, bacon, and sausage links. Next, I asked them what fruits and vegetables they liked. Then, (this is the crazy part), I went to the store and bought those foods. Innovative, I know.

Now we just have one of those proteins for dinner every night, and kids get to choose what fruit or vegetable they’d like. No one yells. Everyone eats. It is a whole new dinner experience.

They also have a list of healthy snack options on the fridge.

When they whine about being hungry, I just tell them to get something from the list.They actually do this. It is – like I said – crazy.

3. I’m reinventing my blog.

I’m moving it to its own URL and changing the format just a bit. It will have a new look and a new name, and maybe even a store. I have a super cool partner who’s joining me. She’s an artist and you are going to love her work. The 6yo will also be pitching in from time to time.

It should be launched in just a few weeks, so I’ll let you know.

4. I’m doing CSA again.

After taking last summer off, I’m getting back into a Community Supported Agriculture program again. I’m pretty excited. My first delivery is super soon, so you’ll start to see a weekly menu planning post like this one. Even if you don’t have CSA, what I get from CSA reflects what’s in season and what you’ll find at the farmer’s market, so I’d love to hear your ideas for using stuff.

5. Summer summer summer summer!


Strawberry yogurt parfait in a jar – Secret Recipe Club

I’m loving this “in a jar” trend. I’m totally on board.

These salads in a jar have been one of my most popular posts.

I store everything in them now, from leftovers to spices.

L to R: mustard powder, coffee, oregano, cumin (I won’t show you my leftovers)

Inspired by the Fruit Brochettes and Strawberry cream cheese dip over at Heavenly Treats and Treasures (my assigned Secret Recipe Club blog for the month), I did a giant strawberry yogurt parfait in a jar.

It made a perfect light dinner (after the glut of Easter candy I *borrowed* from what E. Bunny had left), and I made another one for breakfast.

Strawberry Yogurt Parfait

  • 16 oz strawberries, sliced or crushed (I did one layer of each)
  • Single serving container plain Greek yogurt (I like Fage)
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 2 T honey

Mix yogurt with vanilla and honey. Layer in jar with strawberries. Easy peasy!

Of course you could use any combo of fruit you wanted. Mango would be divine. Kiwi would be nice, too. And, you could flavor the yogurt with some lime or lemon zest, or maple syrup instead of the honey. Or, you could add some granola to the mix (though it may get a little soggy if you leave it overnight).

Secret Recipe Club

Check out what everyone else did with their secret recipe assignments below: