Did you know that any abandoned or refused produce (that is still in good shape) must be donated to our local fire stations? I have had the wonderful opportunity to visit with some of our local firemen these last few weeks, by delivering abandoned baskets to them. They ever so much appreciate the food donations we share with them. I learned so much from my visits with them, like…. They run 3 shifts, and each shift is 48 hours long. Let me explain, they work 2 full days and are off for 4 days. During those two full days they eat, sleep, work (take calls) and live at the fire station. Read the rest of this entry »
This refreshing blueberry and watermelon smoothie lets the delightful sweetness of ripe blueberries take center stage, but also letting the refreshing coolness of the watermelon peek through. Great smoothie for a hot summer day!
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I love to take advantage of summer squash while it is in abundance in our baskets, at farmer’s markets or from friends who are eager to get rid of their bumper crop. Wherever you are getting your summer squash fix, they are perfect for blending with other ingredients or in very simple preparations because of their subtle flavor.
This salad is perfect on a hot evening when a cheesy or fried squash dish just won’t do.
I’m not a big fan of normal ketchup. I know, I’m weird but I don’t even keep it in my house. I just find that it is generally oversweet and can overpower the flavors of whatever you are putting it on.
With that being said, I think that Kasundi is fabulous and makes up for ketchup’s shortcomings. Katsundi is an Indian chutney that comes in a lot of different varieties. I like this hot tomato based kasundi. It combines tomato, vinegar and a lot of delicious spices into one flavor that is sweet, spicy and fun. I slather this on everything when I make a batch.
The first time I saw a jicama was when it came in my basket one week. I had NO IDEA what in the heck I was supposed to do with the brown rooty-turnipy looking thing.
After lots of playing around, I have since decided that using it in a slaw in the summer is my favorite way to eat it! This slaw is great for potlucks, and you can easily omit or change up ingredients depending what you have on hand! I’ve substituted shredded lettuce for cabbage, left out the onions, and added shredded carrots before – its all delicious! I love the slight crunchiness from the jicama, and the burst of corn. Give it a try for your next BBQ!
I just love summer produce! All of my favorite fruits are at their prime in the summer so I take advantage during the season. This recipe works well with whatever fruits you have on hand so substitute pretty much anything. Everyone will love this delicious fruit salad tossed with a delicious honey-yogurt sauce.
In the summers, I try to keep my cooking as simple and cool as possible. During this time of year, we eat a lot of raw fruits and vegetables and salads. This salad is delicious, simple and totally versatile so you can use ingredients that you have on hand. I paired broccoli with peanuts but cashews or sunflower seeds would be fantastic too.
When/How did you begin participating with Bountiful Baskets?
My sister from Idaho told me about it.
Why did you become a site Coordinator?
I was asked by my friend Anna to train to be a backup for her. I was subbing fairly often for her and others when the regular Site Coordinator for B Week at our site said she had to step down. My Area Coordinator asked if I wanted to take over since I subbed there and knew the routine. I was excited to see my people more often. Read the rest of this entry »
I was talking to my Aunt many years ago about how I could not afford fresh fruit to keep on the table for my kids. She told me to look into Bountiful Baskets. I forgot all about it, then one of my Co-Workers was telling all about this food co-op that she had found and the great deal that she got and it clicked that this was the same as what my Aunt was telling me about a year prior.
Why did you become a Site Coordinator?
I LOVE meeting new people, and making new friends. What better way to get to know people those who have
a passion for produce as much as I do!
What is your favorite part about Bountiful Baskets?
I love it when I get something “new” in my basket, something that I have never tried before. Also a great way to get my kids to try new things as well.
What is your favorite part about volunteering/running a site?
It is my “Girls Night”, every week I get to get out with other people that are grown ups!
Tell us a little about your site?
I have a Thursday night site at Paradigm High School, it is awesome that Bountiful Baskets now has evening sites in Salt Lake County. Some of us people are not morning people!
What makes your site fun or unique?
Did I say that we are a Thursday night site?
What is the craziest or silliest thing that has happened to you or at your site during baskets?
My Truck driver asked me if I was single….And I will leave it at that!
Any weird basket dreams you would like to share?
I had a dream not long ago that I was getting calls from all the other Volunteer Site Coordinator’s about their sites, but I forgot to go and run my site. I woke up freaking out that I had missed my time to leave to go run my site.
How has Bountiful Baskets changed your life?
I love Bountiful Baskets, I have made so many new friends because of Baskets. I don’t know what my life would be like right now without baskets.
I work full time at a local Hospital three days a week. My days off are reserved to spend time with my family.
Tell us about your family?
I have been married 15 years, have 3 boys and 2 girls.
If you could have 1 super power… What would it be?
I would love to be able to control the weather. I would have it be a perfect spring day every day!
How many baby giraffes did you contribute for last April?
The Giraffes were offered on a Tuesday, and I contributed on Monday. But when I saw that they were offered I was so bummed, because I would have contributed for 5.
Anything else you would like to share?
I love Bountiful Baskets, and the people that are a part of it with me. I hope everyone else that contributes for baskets, new & old, have the same love for baskets that I do!