Steamed Artichokes

April 27th, 2014

Artichokes.  Yummy with a butter and lemon dip or ranch dressing!  I love eating artichokes, but the first few times I tried to make them, I did not succeed.  I researched and learned how to cut and clean the artichoke before cooking. Read the rest of this entry »

Cucumber Citrus Salad

April 19th, 2014

“Cool as a cucumber….”
Cucumbers are so refreshing! Cucumber salads are fun to make and can be flavored to add to your entree or to eat alone.  I had lots of oranges and wanted to make a sweet cucumber salad.  I added some thinly sliced almonds and celery to give it some crunch.  I hope you will enjoy this salad! Read the rest of this entry »


April 18th, 2014

Pearsauce!  I have made applesauce for years for my family.  I was looking at the bowl of pears that sat on my counter and thought, hmmm, pearsauce!  This was my first attempt at making it and my family loves it!  I peeled and diced the pears and slowly simmered it on the stove.  When I added the spices to it, the whole house smelled yummy!  Pearsauce is great on toast or just in a bowl for breakfast. I hope you will try this recipe and enjoy it, too! Read the rest of this entry »

Carrot Butter and Shiitake Mushroom Escargot

April 17th, 2014

I am sure most of you have heard of ComicCon. A convention where adults (and children) dress up in costume and do whatever they do there. I have never been to a ComicCon  and have no desire to go get my “Geek on” there but, a couple weeks ago I went on a “Mommy Vacation” without my family to get my “Geek on” at CookieCon in Salt Lake City. No, we didn’t dress up as our favorite Keebler elf or as an Oreo but we learned different techniques with decorating sugar cookies. 450 of us from 44 states and 16 Countries across the globe came to the CookieCon. We were all hopped up on sugar from royal icing! Read the rest of this entry »

Preserved Lemons

April 5th, 2014

Preserved lemons is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while. It’s a staple in Moroccan cuisine, and, really, it just appeals to me. I’ve added some ideas for how to use them once you’ve made them at the end of this post.
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Lemony Marinated Pork Tenderloin

April 2nd, 2014

I’m still working my way through lemons. Everything has to happen in the morning around here, because the afternoon is reserved for family and school.

Which means – hello, I NEED a plan. Bobby Flay to the rescue. Well, kinda. It’s really rare that I follow anyone’s recipe exactly. Even my own (after the first time I write it down). Anyway… Bobby. The King of the Grill has inspired me with a marinade. I’m not grilling (I could, I suppose, although it’s supposed to rain this afternoon). Instead, I’m marinating a beautiful pork tenderloin, which I will throw in the oven around the time we start math (along with some lemony rosemary roasted potatoes). It should be done just in time for dinner.
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Crema de Limone, Limoncello, Bacio del Limone, & Maccheroni all’Agro

April 1st, 2014

Recently we had the opportunity to contribute for a case of lemons. This made me very happy. My only issue (often) is we’re in the last half of the last semester of my son’s senior year of high school – and we are  BUSY! (Really – we e-school, so life is a little extra crazy). I put the word out, and ended up splitting a case with my friend Evonne. Thankful for awesome friends – really wish I had time to use them all.
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Volunteer Spotlight Herriman Fire Station

April 1st, 2014

Trish Slussar – Volunteer Site Coordinator at Herriman Fire Station

When/ how did you begin participating with Bountiful Baskets?

I first heard of Bountiful Baskets in 2009, on a couponing website. I started participating that Fall even though the closest pick up site was 15 miles away from my house. And I have been participating ever since.

Why did you become a Site Coordinator?

To be honest, I did it mostly to have a site near me! But also to be a part of something that brought so much to people’s lives. Healthy eating is important to me and I was always hearing people complain about how expensive fresh produce is. This solves that problem for people!

What is your favorite part about Bountiful Baskets?

I love that just by contributing for a basket I have essentially automated the fresh produce in our home. I don’t have to really think too much about it. Just pick it up and then find great ways to use it.

What is your favorite part about volunteering/running a site?

I have really enjoyed getting to know our regular volunteers and meeting new people. I love it when we get new participants and they just look so excited when they come for their first pick up.

What are your favorite basket items?

Mangoes, Brussels sprouts, berries and asparagus.

Tell us a little about your site & your co-Volunteer Site Coordinator.

My co-Volunteer Site Coordinator, Mollie, and I take turns running the site each week and cover for each other for vacations and such. We also each volunteer when it’s not our turn to be the VSC. She and her family have become our friends and I look forward to the time we get to work together each weekend. We run our site out of a beautiful new firestation building right around the corner from my house. We have a nice indoor space in the Winter and a great outdoor space, in the parking lot, in the Summer. The site is in a great location where we can enjoy pretty sunrises every Saturday morning. And we LOVE our firefighter hosts, they are always asking if there is anything they can do for us. They are so accommodating.

What makes your site fun – or unique?

We have a really good core of regular volunteers who enjoy showing new volunteers the ropes. And we get to run our site in a beautiful building with a view of gorgeous sunrises every Saturday morning.

What’s the craziest or silliest thing that has happened to you or at your site during baskets?

We must not be very crazy or silly because I can’t think of anything. ha! I think our participants appreciate that we are friendly and get the distribution done quickly so they can get on with their weekends.

Any weird basket dreams you’d like to share?

I don’t have too many basket dreams anymore. I used to dream that the cases of produce were being unloaded and they just kept coming and coming and coming, like clowns out of a tiny car!

How has BB changed your life?

It has made adding lots of fresh produce to our diets a no-brainer.

What do you do when you’re not doing BB?

I am the committee chair for our city’s community garden. That keeps me busy during the summer. And I enjoy making art and spending lots of time with our large and growing family.

Tell us a little about your family

My husband and I have 7 kids. 6 daughters and a son. Five of them are grown and have families of their own. We have a dozen or so grandkids, with some fluctuation for our “bonus” foster grandkids.

If you could have 1 super power… what would it be?

Teleportation. I’ve got so many places to go and things to see and so little time!

How many baby elephants did you contribute for last April?

None. lol

Anything else you’d like to share?

We might not be as silly and goofy as some of the Volunteer Site Coordinator’s at sites near us, or our VERY energetic and delightful Volunteer Area Coordinator, but we really care about our participants and we try to give them a quick distribution and a friendly start to their Saturday morning.

No Soup For You!

March 19th, 2014

I have been wanting to eat Brussels Sprouts in a soup and I wanted to find a way to have them in without it being the main attention getter. You may not believe me this when I tell you but…Brussels Sprouts have a bad rap. I get it; they are tiny cabbage looking things and they smell funny while you cook them with an equally strong taste! But I have found that once I got past the obvious reasons for thinking I shouldn’t like them and gave them a shot I fell in love with the tiny cabbage looking thing with a funny smell! Read the rest of this entry »

Focus on Valley Fair Mall Site

March 18th, 2014

The Valley Fair Mall Site of Bountiful Baskets is in West Valley City, new Salt Lake City, Utah.  Heather Shafer is so amazing and we would love to let you get to know her!

Heather Shafer – Volunteer Site Coordinator at Valley Fair Mall

When/ how did you begin participating with Bountiful Baskets?
I had heard about Bountiful Baskets several years back, but at the time, there weren’t that many sites, and I was unwilling to get up at 6:00 am and drive 30 miles to go get my produce (little did I know what I’d be doing a few years later!!) I started in February of 2011 when one of my neighbors shared on Facebook her Bountiful Baskets haul…I figured I’d look into it again, and thankfully there were more sites and closer to me! I officially became a VSC in June of 2013.

Why did you become a Site Coordinator?
I was volunteering almost every week anyway, so I figured being a Site Coordinator wouldn’t be *that* much more work! Also, one of the Site Coordinators was moving away and needed to find a replacement, so it just worked out!

What is your favorite part about Bountiful Baskets?
Oh my…what ISN’T my favorite part? Ok…maybe the getting up at 5:30am part, but seriously, Bountiful Baskets has great produce and their other products like the wraps, the bread and the oil are all such fabulous deals!
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