December 14, 2012

Friday Five

It's been awhile since I've done a random recap of what I've been up to.  December can be a tough month for healthy eating.  I mean who can resist holiday baking?  Not me.  Therefore I've tried to make an extra effort to include veggies with each meal.

1 - Farro Soup

This week, I made my favorite farro soup with three CSA items - carrots, celery and kohlrabi.  I also added a can of chickpeas and I really liked this slightly modified version.  So much so that I ate it for several meals in a row.

2 - Last CSA Box of 2012

My friend and I have really enjoyed splitting the fall/winter CSA share this season and were sad to divide up our final box last night.  It's going to be a long few months until my next CSA box is delivered.

Below is a photo of our vegetables spread out over two tables in the break room at work last night.  It worked really well for us to split the fall/winter share over the past couple months. 

3 - Library Books

At the very end of November, my local library finally joined the county-wide system and there are so many more books available now.  Below is a photo of all the books that I've checked out in the last two weeks :)

Crazy Sexy Diet was recommended by my dad who is attempting to go vegan. I checked out Jamie Oliver's newest book and The Ploughman's Lunch because I'm looking for British food inspiration for a Downton Abbey party I'm hosting on January 6th for the Season 3 premier.

Joe Laedtke recommended Painting With Light at the food photography class I recently attended and MWF Seeking BFF was recommended at the book club meeting I attended last August.  I just started reading the latter and it's such a good book!

4 - Recipe Tester for America's Test Kitchen

A couple months ago I signed up to be a recipe tester for Cook's Illustrated (America's Test Kitchen), but wasn't really sure what to expect.  I've received two recipes via email so far.  The first was not appealing, so I didn't make it, but the second sounded great. 

I carefully followed the recipe for Buttery Braised & Browned Potatoes and was then surprised at how little feedback was requested when I filled out their survey.  I probably wouldn't test another recipe unless it sounded fantastic because of the effort required to follow their recipes.

Curious what others thought about recipe testing for Cook's Illustrated, I found several threads on forums relating to the subject, including Serious Eats and Chowhound, and people seem to have similar sentiments to mine.

5 - Pineapple Chobani Yogurt

After seeing Alysha's recommendation for pineapple Chobani, I knew I needed to try it.  I recently found myself in a store I swore I'd never go to because I needed to use their Redbox kiosk. 

Curiosity got the better of me, and I started wandering around the new Walmart Neighborhood Market which opened last month in a location that is way too close to my house.  Needless to say, I found a box of pineapple Chobani that I couldn't resist purchasing.

I like all of the Chobani flavors, but the pineapple is exceptionally good.  I will definitely buy more at any store except Walmart :)


  1. I loved the Crazy Sexy Diet book and learned a lot from it. That Ethical Chic book sounds good so I added it to my library requests!

    I tweeted a good story about Chobani that was on TV this week. I told Craig-it makes me want to buy more Chobani! I do feel guilty when I buy it from Wal-mart though, even if those packs are nice and fairly priced.

  2. Your random recaps are always fun! Now I have to try the pineapple chobani too! Congrats on becoming part of the library federated system. I don't know what I'd do without it!

  3. Pineapple is my favorite chobani flavor! Yum.

    Ugh I feel awful with all of the sweets consumption I've been doing lately. Too much sugar. I think I'm going to try to make this week sugar-free just so that I won't feel So gross on Christmas!

  4. HA! You'll LOVE that stuff. I need to stock up. BTW, how's the trader joe's cookbook? I was really interested in that when it came out.