What’s In Your Box

When Michael and I returned from China, we wanted to try to improve our diet by eating more fresh vegetables and fruits.  The problem that we had was two fold….firstly, it is not very easy to get good fresh vegetables here and secondly, we didn’t grow up eating lots of fresh vegetables and simply didn’t know how to cook them.

Enter Michael’s colleague Daniel!!!   He is part of a local produce co-op where you get a box of miscellaneous fresh “stuff” each Tuesday.  And, as fate would have it, he was going to be gone on the day that it was to be picked up, so he offered it to us. 

We were SO excited to see all of the goodies for the week…..


Doesn’t this look wonderful.  We had a Cantaloupe, blueberries, potatoes, garlic, lettuce, Baby Bok Choy, sweet pepper, mixed green beans, heirloom tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes and cherry tomatoes!!!!

Now what should we cook!!!

For our first meal we decided to use the potatoes and green beans in a stir fry, starting first with a bit of chopped red pepper in the vegetable oil.  We decided to julienne the potatoes and then add the beans…..


It had a light, slightly spicy flavor and was the perfect accompanying to a grilled chicken breast.

I also made a Blueberry Crumble (with double the amount of crumble)…..


Now for the second day we wanted to use a couple of pork chops that we had, along with the  Baby Bok Choy.   We started out by stir-frying the pork chop slivers.  Next we  added the chopped Bok Choy….starting with the thicker portions and then added the shredded leaves._7145498

The final touch was to add a splash of Teriyaki sauce.  It was excellent….


The salad was made using the fresh lettuce and the heirloom tomatoes.  Don’t these two look great….


A splash of olive oil and Balsamic Vinegar finished the side dish….._7145503

We enjoyed these vegetables so much that we have now bought into the co-op and will start receiving our new box each Tuesday……CANT WAIT!!!!!

Preparing the Arnold Sleigh


Many years ago our family began a tradition where we cook goodies and then go out on Christmas Eve and deliver them to our friends.  Over the years we have taken as many as 20 food parcels in any one year.  

Several years ago, Betsy (our daughter’s best friend) proclaimed that “Christmas doesn’t start until the Arnold Sleigh has arrived.”  Thus, the tradition now has a name…..the Arnold Sleigh.

SO, today (the day before Christmas Eve) has been a cooking day.  I started at 9:00 am and finished at 5:00 this afternoon.  In the interim I made 2 cookings of Peanut Brittle, 2 cookings of Fudge, Peppermint Bark, Poppycock, Rum Balls, Divinity, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Peanut Butter Cookies, and Pecan Sandies.  As I was cleaning up from the marathon session, I realized that I had forgotten the chocolate covered pretzels….Betsy’s favorite…… so I guess that I will finish them up in the morning.

Here is the photo of the finished products…..


Now I have a question to pose…..how did I ever bake cookies without one of these baking mats?????


It keeps things from burning, is easy to clean between batches and has GREATLY improved the success of my cookies!!!!     It also works great for biscuits!!

So here I sit at the end of the day with my body tired from standing all day and my teeth on edge from being around so much sugar, but happy in the expectation of a fun sleigh trip on the morrow.

I hope that your Christmas Eve Eve has been wonderful too!!!

More info about Turkey Pops


Maggi asked whether the turkeys were sweet or savory so thought I would give a bit more info.

The are DEFINITELY sweet!!!!  Crumbled cake is mixed with icing, formed into balls and then dipped into chocolate before decorating.

I searched the internet and came across this book…..

51Sqmx0K oL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_which gives lots of information about making cake pops for all occasions.   Looks like fun!!!!