While grocery shopping last weekend, I grabbed a package of “meatloaf mix” from the store. It wasn’t the America’s Test Kitchen recommended blend of beef, pork and veal in 1/3 portions, instead we ended up with more of a 1/3 lb pork, 1 1/2 lb beef mixture, but still, sort of a mix, right?

Anyway, Sunday was chosen as meatloaf night, and following the recipe on the pages of our go-to binder when we know what we want to make (pancakes? check slow cooker chili? check dinner rolls? check pork chops with a pan sauce? check — I mean, honestly, it’s all here), I created a loaf of meat that turned out to be incredibly flavorful.

On the side? Some cheesy mashed potatoes — they were a mash-up of the ATK cookbook recipe with some cheesy versions found via the Google.


Flank Steak Dinner

This was a very quick dinner to prepare. The flank steak was grass fed and brought to us via the Braise RSA. The corn came from a trip to the West Allis farmers market last Saturday. And, the Tomato Tart? Well, that was from Kelley’s work on Sunday night (the tomatoes were from our garden).

Everything was delicious. The corn was super sweet. The meat was nice and beefy. And the tart was refreshing and fruity!

CSA 2010 Box #1

This is our third year as CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) members, and our third year with Tipi Produce as our CSA of choice.

For those who haven’t tried a CSA, we couldn’t recommend it more highly! We get a much wider variety of food than we could (or would — I mean, salad turnips? who knew?) grow ourselves, we get fresh veggies earlier (because they have things like greenhouses that wouldn’t fit in our backyard) and we’re supporting a great farm.

We have always signed up for the every-other-week share, as opposed to every week. That frequency has worked well for us with all the goings on of summer, not to mention the fact that even with an every two week delivery, there are still times when we don’t use everything in the box.

Our first delivery was scheduled for May 21st, but we were still on our honeymoon then, so we rescheduled our first delivery to the following week.

CSA Box #1

Pick-up Date: May 28th, 2010

Contents: asparagus, spinach, white salad turnips, red bibb lettuce, green garlic, arugula, escarole, and chive flowers

What we made:

  • We grilled the asparagus
  • We made a spinach-strawberry salad for my new niece’s baptism
  • I ate the white salad turnips as a snack (Kelley doesn’t care for the consistency)
  • We made a garden salad with the red bibb lettuce
  • I used the arugula in a grilled chicken dinner
  • The escarole and green garlic (in place of scallions) went into a very tasty Pork & Escarole pasta dish
  • and, finally, the chives have been used (and are still being used) in a variety of dishes

The verdict:

This has to be right up there with the highest usage of a single box in our CSA history. Everything was delicious, and unlike last year, the salad turnips were maggot-damage free, which improved their psychological taste considerably.

Next box: June 4th (with strawberries!)