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.
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.
This is my daughter’s favorite salad, she literally licks the plate clean when I make it. I love it because it is crisp and refreshing and comes together easily. The combination of flavors is really nice – the sweetness from the sugar, tartness from vinegar, a little salt and a hint of spice. Continue reading “Refreshing Cucumber Salad”
Ever wonder what to do with your produce from the last basket a few days before the new basket is coming. I do a end of the basket salad. Never the same twice but it is always fantastic. I am surprised how creative some of them can be. Change them up with your own favorite dressing and enjoy! Continue reading “End of the Basket Salad”
Thanksgiving has always had a special place in my heart. It’s the time of year when everyone gives a little extra effort to spend time together. Work schedules, activities and events become less of a priority and we’re reminded that our families are the real reason for being thankful. Sometimes that family extends far beyond the kind of blood relation. Sometimes that extends across the country to people you have never met. That is the case for our big, beautiful Bountiful Baskets family. We are spread out across the country; most of us wouldn’t even know each other if we crossed paths on the street. We may not know each other by face, but we can see each others’ hearts. And that is what makes us family.
This year, I am giving Thanks for not only my blood family, but to my Bountiful Baskets family as well. I have never seen a group of this magnitude; more dedicated, kind and genuine than the people in Bountiful Baskets. I have felt compassion and acceptance from places I didn’t know could exist. I have felt loved and supported by people who I have never met….People; who are extremely busy with their lives and still find time to give this co-op and each other time and energy. The truth is; most of us don’t have much to give but we would willingly give it all for each other and this co-op. I feel blessed beyond words to be a part of this, a part of something great. The coolest part, I didn’t have to pass a test to join this club…All I had to do was show up, and I was welcomed. I am thankful for no prerequisites…Not sure I would’ve passed! 😉
This week we received fennel, red pears and apples in our baskets. I decided to try a more autumnal version of fresh fennel slaw by making an apple cider vinaigrette to dress it. It came together rather quickly and only needed to rest for 30 minutes for the flavors to meld. I would imagine this would be a wonderful side dish to roasted pork loin, pork chop or to top a pulled pork sandwich.
The Asian pack has always been one of my favorites! I love to make up large batches of egg rolls and wontons ( some fried and some raw to use for wonton soup) and stock my freezer. Who doesn’t love a wok full of colorful stir fry? Continue reading “Summer Asian Slaw”
2 pounds Red or russet potatoes (I leave the skin on my red potatoes but peel the russet) cut into bite size chunks
6 eggs hard boiled
3 stalks of celery chopped
½ onion chopped or 6 green onions chopped
12 ounces of bacon sliced into little pieces and cooked. Reserving the grease from the bacon
Salt, Pepper and Paprika to season with
1/2- 1 cup Mayonnaise
While your potatoes and eggs boil, start to cook your bacon pieces stirring frequently.
Cut up the celery and onion. Place in a large mixing bowl.
Once the potatoes are cooked to your desired doneness (For me, I think I boiled them for about 10-15 minutes or until fork tender) drain them and add them to the bowl of chopped celery and onion.
Let the bacon cool in the grease when it is done cooking.
Cool the eggs under cold water when they are done cooking. Peel and cut them up and add them to the bowl with all the other ingredients.
Start with adding ½ a cup of mayonnaise to your mixing bowl of ingredients stir it gently as you mix it up. Add the bacon pieces and some of the grease to your mixture along with a little salt, pepper and paprika to your taste. If your mixture seems dry just add ¼ cup of mayonnaise at a time until you get it to the desired texted you like. I use about ¾ cups of mayonnaise and all the grease from the bacon. I wouldn’t dump all the grease in at once. Just add a little at a time and take little tastes your salad mixture to make sure it tastes good to you.
Cover and let it chill in the fridge a couple hours before serving. The longer the salad sets and the flavors marinade together, the better the salad tastes to me.
Copyright 2007 - 2012 Tanya Jolly & Sally Stevens
In our house on your birthday you get to pick your favorite meal to have for dinner. My husbands birthday came around the other day and I decided (not him) to make KC Strip steaks, green beans and his favorite bacon potato salad. I am not a potato salad lover but I do like this one. I got the new picnic pack add-on along with my conventional basket recently so, I had everything but the bacon, eggs and a couple other ingredients to make his favorite salad. The picnic pack had red potatoes and onion in it and my conventional basket had celery.Needless to say when my hubby came into the kitchen to dish up his dinner plate, he was thrilled to see his favorite potato salad. Happy Birthday Kevin!
I love spaghetti squash! It is one of the most versatile vegetables to use for dinner. I like to think of it as a surprise inside the bright yellow outer shell. When baked the inside is filled with hot, steaming strands of yellow squash that are a great substitute for pasta. We usually have it as a spaghetti for dinner one evening and the leftover is used in a stir fry. I try to use lots of the vegetables from our Bountiful Basket in the stir fry. I hope you will enjoy this recipe! Continue reading “Stir fry Spaghetti Squash”