Don't throw that out! Stem-to-root cooking Featuring The Produce Box

Don’t throw that out! Stem-to-root cooking Featuring The Produce Box

Skip To RecipeThe Produce Box is a wonderful service here in North Carolina that provides you with fresh produce, meats, dairy, and bakery items directly from North Carolina farmers and other small business owners. Each week there is a different selection, depending on what’s available and in season, and unlike a CSA, you choose exactly what, and how much you want to purchase. It’s like a farmer’s market brought right to your door. (Want to become a member? Check it out here!) Because of my Produce Box deliveries, I have become much more aware of the parts of food that we use and the parts that go to waste. Produce Box items arrive to your door a little differently than if you pick them up at the grocery store. For …

Printable Valentine's Day Cards

Printable Valentine’s Day Cards

I don’t know about you, but I ALWAYS seem to wait until the last minute to pick up classroom Valentine’s for my kids. You know how it goes, you see them in the stores and think “There’s still time to pick up something. I’ll buy them next time.” Then BOOM! it’s the night before the party and you really don’t want to run out at 10pm to pick up a box of pricey Valentine’s from the limited options at the corner store. With five daughter’s I’ve done this more times than I’d care to admit. So this year I decided to sit down with my girls and design our own Valentine’s. We had a lot of fun thinking of sayings and picking the images to use. We were so proud of what we created, we …

Carolina Sweet Tart

Carolina Sweet Tart

After we got engaged Colm and I talked a lot about where to get married. We had no family in Connecticut (we didn’t move to North Carolina until much later) and I really didn’t want to go back to Iowa to get married when most of our friends were out East. Colm joked that we should get married in Belfast (Northern Ireland, where he is from). And I said “Yes, we should! That would be amazing!” We arranged a trip to Ireland that February to make plans. Colm told me he knew the perfect place to have our wedding, Belfast Castle. We would be in Belfast on Valentine’s Day so Colm surprised me with reservations at their wonderfully extravagant prix fixe dinner. A friend of Colm’s worked at the castle and arranged for us to have …

Shrimp Tacos with Creamy Jalapeno Sauce

Tasty Tuesday – Shrimp Tacos with Creamy Jalapeno Sauce

Skip To RecipeOne of the first blogger meet and greets I attended was held at Chuy’s with a group of Charlotte area bloggers. We had the most fun tasting food and drinks, not to mention chatting and laughing all night. The minute I read the description for the Baja Shrimp Tacos I knew I had to order them. “Baja Tacos – Freshly made flour tortillas with your choice of lightly battered and fried fish or shrimp, cilantro, red cabbage and Creamy Jalapeno sauce”. So simple, yet it appealed to me right away. My mouth watered when the plate was delivered. They looked so yummy!   And they didn’t disappoint! The tacos were excellent. I wanted to go back for lunch the next day, and the day after that and the day …

Recipe Rehab Featuring The Produce Box: Chicken Enchiladas

Recipe Rehab Featuring The Produce Box: Chicken Enchiladas

Skip To RecipeThe Produce Box is a wonderful service here in North Carolina that provides you with fresh produce, meats, dairy, and bakery items directly from North Carolina farmers and small business owners. Each week there is a different selection, depending on what’s available and in season, and unlike a CSA, you choose exactly what, and how much, you want to purchase. It’s like a farmer’s market brought right to your door. This week my Produce Box delivery contained Cara Cara Red Flesh Navel Oranges (our favorite variety), Mixed-Organic Salad Greens,  Joyce Farms Naked Chicken Breast Tenders, zucchini, yellow squash, vine ripe tomatoes, and avocados. Plus, two small bags of my all time FAVORITE chips, made right here in North Carolina, Carolina Kettle Cozumel Jalapeno Queso Kettle Chips. They are so good I have to lock them …

Meatless Monday Featuring The Produce Box: Vegetarian Lasagna

Meatless Monday Featuring The Produce Box: Vegetarian Lasagna

Skip To RecipeThe past few months have been extremely busy with after school activities and work, so we have eaten A LOT of convenience foods. Boxed or frozen dinners that tend to be high in sodium and preservatives and low in nutrients. So, like most everyone in January, I decided it’s time to get healthy and eat better. This time I decided I’m not doing it by myself, but will also include the whole family. It’s so much easier to stick to a healthy meal plan when you only have to prepare one meal for everyone. The Produce Box One thing that has made this decision much easier in my very busy life is The Produce Box. The Produce Box is a wonderful service here in North Carolina that brings fresh produce, meats, …