Another week gone by

So another week has gone by and I haven’t blogged anything more than the auto-tweet posts.

As you might remember we signed up for Hoosier Organics a few weeks ago and I must say it’s gone pretty well. We had our second delivery last week: Romaine, Bananas, Oranges, Brussels Sprouts, Strawberries, Potatoes, Grape Tomatoes, and a whole Pineapple. All very good quality and most importantly, shoved into our home and putting them right there on the counter for us to eat. I hate wasting fresh food. We are going to eat it. We actually up’d our deliveries to weekly, since we liked it so much. I’ve found myself making new recipes and experimenting in the kitchen again, it’s wonderful. A few quick things I’ve made up lately.

Pickles in the Fridge

Take a few cucumbers and cut them into quarters, place into a jar or other container that will allow them to be covered in liquid. The liquid: 1 quart of water with 1.5 oz. of salt dissolved in it. Add a teaspoon-ish of garlic, a teaspoon-ish of dill seed and dill weed, about 10-15 black peppercorns and a dash of red pepper flakes to the jar. Pour the brine liquid over the cukes and seal/cover. Let it sit for about 4-5 days and you’ll have amazing refrigerator pickles that are crunchy and fresh with perfect flavor.

Tomato Cheese Salad

Cut some grape or cherry tomatoes in half. Add cheese, mozzarella or colby jack works well, cut it up into chunks about the same size as the tomato pieces. Toss with creamy italian dressing. Chill and enjoy.

Better Tasting Brussels Sprouts (Not great, just better)

Clean Brussels Sprouts, cut in half. Toss with a bit of vegetable oil and Mrs. Dash to coat. Spread on a cookie sheet and bake in a 400 degree oven for about 10 minutes until sprouts are just barely tender. NOT SOFT! Eat with a little butter on the side.

I’m going to try to post some more recipes as I figure them out and adapt them.

In other news, I won free popcorn by following the right person on Twitter this week. Saturday we went to Shipshewana and shopped all day with my grandparents. Today was the best though, I got up, we cleaned the house top to bottom for the first time in a few weeks and the I laid on the couch to watch the 400. I fell asleep half way through and got a good 30 minute nap. Hung out with Kyle for a bit and I’m heading to bed soon.

Ya know, if the weather would cool down a bit this would be the perfect time of year for me. Fresh fruit and veggies all around makes for great cooking opportunities, there’s baseball and tons of sunshine. Its just 10 degrees too hot out.

Like a one-armed paper hanger

Bananas, Oranges, and Yukon Golds

Man I’ve been busy the last few days.

Yesterday and today were incredibly hot at work, the heat index was over 90 by 10am today. That’s insane! I think it was up near 100 later in the day too. Thankfully some rain came by and it got a bit cooler.

Green Beans, Cukes, Berries, and Romaine, the dog bones were ours.

Erin has been a little sick so up until today its been a little hectic at home too. Probably the biggest news around our house is Hoosier Organics, we signed up this week and got our first box yesterday. The gist is that you sign up for a weekly or bi-weekly delivery of fruits and/or vegetables that are organic and as local as possible, so you’ll get seasonal stuff as well. This week we got oranges, bananas, blackberries, strawberries, yukon gold potatoes, romaine, green beans, and cucumbers. All delivered right to our door, bi-weekly in our case. I had an orange today at work, perfectly sweet and tart at the same time. We had the green beans and yukon golds tonight, man they were good. I sampled the berries last night and they were pretty good too. I think so far they are doing a great job for us.

I’ve wondered lately about my former writings here in parable. Is it just passe? Is writing this, writing in that rhetorical voice just overdone and tired? I’m not sure exactly how I feel about the transition from a free writing space to a daily journal here, perhaps it can be more of both, individual posts could be a combination of both or just one type of writing.

I’m heading to Ohio tomorrow for work, should be a nice drive, not sure what I’ll get into when I get back. I don’t even know if I have plans this weekend yet, I’ll find something to do I’m sure.