Fresh Fork – Week 13

Fri, Aug 28

It is pizza week at Fresh Fork! That is how they promoted this week’s basket and it is really true with lots of makings for great pizza in the basket this week. We have 2 crusts, lots of roma tomatoes, sausage, and peppers. That right there sounds like a great pizza to me!

Here is the pic of the load this week:


And, as always, the detailed list:

Pizza Crust x 2
Roma Tomatoes – 3#
Green Beans – 1#
Kale – 1 bunch
Radishes – 1 bunch
Hot Hungarian Peppers – handful
Garlic – 1 bulb
Eggplant – 1 to 2
Italian Sausage – 1#

This is a pretty good basket for us this week. There are lots of nice ripe roma tomatoes so I think I might make another batch of salsa. That seems to be the best way to get tomatoes into my boys! We will make a couple pizzas as I mentioned earlier in this post. I love eggplant, but my family is not as thrilled so that will be a challenge! Radishes are not quite our fave so that will also be challenging. Also, the challenging thing about kale is that I love it baked as chips, but I’ve found you have to eat them right away or they get soft. Unless I can think of another way to use them. Maybe in soup??

We blew through our basket last week! I made tomatillos salsa that was excellent and ate the spaghetti squash for 2 meals. My hubby plowed through the watermelon and we ate all the salad. I need to continue to get more organized during the weekend and cook ahead now that school has started and things are busier in the evenings. This is all possible with the right planning, however, and I’m just the woman for that. Happy Eating!

Fresh Fork Week 12

Fri, August 21

We got the mother-load in our bag this week! Yahoo!!! Check it out!!!


Here is the detailed scrumptious list:
Spaghetti Squash – 1
Watermelon – 1
Yukon Gold Potatoes – 3#
Onion – 1 ct
Heirloom Tomatoes – 1.5#
Cherry Tomatoes – 1 pint
Basil – 1 bunch
Ginger Gold Apples – 1 quarter peck
Green Peppers: 2 ct
Romaine Lettuce – 1 head
Ground Beef – 1#

The only substitutions were they swapped out the peaches for a cantaloupe and blackberries, which was fine by me because we have had a lot of peaches!! This is a good list. It will be easy to use the ground beef and most of the other vegetables. I like spaghetti squash cooked with spaghetti sauce, but we’ll see if I can get the boys to eat it. I might try using the basil to make either ice cream or my own Popsicles. That might be fun! I’ve been reading this cool book 100 Days of Real Food, by Lisa Leake (based on her very cool blog of the same name) and that would fit right into that!

Here are the extra things I bought this week:

I love this grape cider! I might try it with some carbonated water or wine to make a spritzer this time. And these crackers are so good and only 5 ingredients!!

I have to share a funny story from last week. Remember the large bag of “purple potatoes” I got last week?! They are to the left of the greens in this picture.


Well…about that. I quickly unpacked my order on Friday evening, took the picture and put everything away so the “purple potatoes” went into the pantry. Fast forward to Sunday late afternoon when I was prepping for dinner. I went to grab the taters to get them cut up for roasting only to find out they were squishy. As a matter of fact, they were not potatoes at all. They were indeed the plums that were on the list afterall!!! Oh brother! Luckily they still looked okay after being in the pantry for a couple days! I stashed them in the fridge, cut up a couple potatoes I had in the pantry for dinner, and hoped for the best. I’m happy to report that I used the plums to make a plum cobbler that turned out really good! Too funny! This food share is always an adventure!! Happy Eating!

Fresh Fork – Week 11

Fri, Aug 14

Another great bundle from Fresh Fork yesterday! Let’s start with the picture because that is the best part!!


And here is the list for those, like me, who can’t really see that well!
Whole Wheat Pasta – 1#
Charloe Cheese – 1 piece (6 oz)
Cherry Tomatoes – 1 pint
Slicing Tomatoes – 1.5#
Lettuce – 1 head
Tomatillos – 1#
Sweet Corn – 4 ears
Hot Hungarian Peppers – 1 handful
Green Peppers – 2 ct
Peaches – quarter peck
Plums – 2#

The only change to this list is that we didn’t get any plums (bummer!) or tomatillos. But, instead we got a nice big bag of purple potatoes, which is great because I love those!! Other than that, this bundle looks promising. We love the pasta so that will be yummy again. I have never had this type of cheese so that will be fun to try. It looks like another batch of salsa is in order, especially because I’m the only one that will eat tomatoes plain and I still have some leftover from last week. I think I’ll use some of the Hungarian peppers in it for a change. We love the corn and the peaches are to die for – smaller than grocery store ones (actually normal size compared to the ones on steroids at the grocery!!), but so yummy and full of flavor! I might try grilling or roasting the cherry tomatoes…hmmm. Oh, and I have still have the head of cabbage from last week and those dog-gone patty pan squash! I didn’t get to the soup last week. Can you freeze cabbage?? Do animals eat squash?? These are the questions of the day! Happy Eating!

Fresh Fork – Week 10

Fri, Aug 7

Got another great bag of goodies yesterday. Here it is!


Here is the list of items:

Bacon – 1#
Lettuce – 1 head
Tomatoes – 1.5#
Green Beans – 1#
Broccoli – 1 head
Red Cabbage – 1 head
Collards – 1 bunch
Peaches – quarter peck

Last night we had bacon and eggs since I had also used more of our vacation credits on eggs (see below). Very yummy! I was pretty good using up everything from last week’s basket. I finally made the kale chips last night…so good, but just are a little time consuming initially. The one thing we just don’t like is the patty pan squash so I’ll have to find someone to give them to this week. This week’s basket looks good. I don’t know that I’ve ever purchased cabbage before. What do I make – cole slaw? That might be a good idea!

As I mentioned before, I used some additional credits for this week and got 2 dozen eggs, fresh whole wheat pasta and zucchini bread. The bread is awesome and used with spelt flour!! Amazing!


I’m thinking about switching to the vegetarian basket from here on out since 1) we have not really liked the meat in our baskets that much and 2) I’m seriously considering moving to a plant-based diet. I will inquire about this this week to see if we can switch. Happy Eating!

Fresh Fork – Week #9

Friday, July 31

Last share for July and it looks great! A picture paints a thousand words, but just in case you can’t identify everything, there is a complete list below…


Pork Shoulder Roast, appx 2 to 2.5#
Sweet Corn – 6 ears
Green Onions – 1 bunch
Candy Onion – 1
Green Bell Pepper – 2 ct
Kale – 1 bunch
Cantaloupe – 1
Peaches – quarter peck
Blueberries – 1 pint
Tomatoes – appx 1.5#
Patty Pan squash – 2

Loving all the fruit in the last few bags. The peaches were awesome. We were not big fans of the patty pan squash last week. I roasted them in the oven with red onion and sprinkled them with lemon and fresh mint – it was an Indian-inspired side that I made to go with chicken curry. The curry was wonderfully sweet and I’m wondering if that was because I used the candy onion? Anyway, Mike gobbled it up! Zach, not so much. The corn was okay – I’m hoping this week’s batch is better. We did a taste test with some from Szalays and FF lost! I plan to use the peppers and onion in some sauce to go with some fresh pasta I bought at the Farmer’s market yesterday. The tomatoes we will use in guac, salsa and in salads. I need to make sure I roast the kale into kale chips! I think I may need to look into how to freeze veggies, because I’m not getting through all of these!

Happy Eating!