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 :)