2014-05-16 Fabulous Friday Finds

First CSA Haul of the Season
First CSA Haul of the Season

It’s so much spring that our Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscription has started! Lots of greens today — arugula, lettuce, kale, spinach. Some onions and radishes, too, and some garlic still leftover from last year’s crop. So apparently Denise doesn’t like radishes? I sort of like them, but I don’t have a clue what to do with them. Anyone got any suggestions? Pinterest tells me I can roast them? I should try that. Everything tastes better roasted.

If you have allergies, or asthma, or celiac, or IBS, or any other health condition or medical issue, do you ever think “healthy” is beyond you? Because it feels like that to me, sometimes. The general idea of health that I see other people strive for, which seems relatively straightforward — exercise regularly and eat “right” — feels well-beyond what I’m aiming for a lot of the time. Michelle, at the Fat Nutritionist, addresses redefining “health” within your own context. I think I can work with that.

The black flies have begun in New Hampshire.  Since I (Denise)  can’t use regular bug sprays, I’ve been looking into some DIY alternatives.  Check out this one I found using essential oils on Garden Therapy.

Also, I’ve been craving fried food for a week. Not sure what’s up with that, but these Jalapeno Rosemary Potato fritters look pretty awesome and they are vegan and gluten-free. 

For those of you that might be into fiber arts and live in New England, the WEBS tent sale is Saturday and Sunday, so I’ll be making the annual pilgrimage to Northampton, Massachusetts. Because yarn is mostly allergy free (except the stuff made from corn silk, crab shell, milk protein, and angora because I have an environmental allergy to rabbits.)

Hope you all have a great weekend now that spring has sprung!


    1. Looks like a good haul! We recently sliced radishes into “chips” and roasted them with olive oil, salt, pepper, and paprika. One night we ate them plain as chips, another night we put them on a salad with roasted chickpeas. The flavor really mellows out from the roasting you’re right that everything tastes better roasted). My sister doesn’t like radishes either but really liked them this way.

    2. Radishes? Braise them! They get unbelievably sweet and tender and turn the braising liquid an awesome shade of hot pink. I betcha Denise would like them that way–I really don’t like raw radishes, but love them braised. I always add a smudge of fat to the braising liquid. Maybe some (safe) bacon fat or schmaltz would work for you?

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