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The CSA has begun at long last.  This is our third summer with the wonderful Radical Root CSA and we could not be happier.  Besides getting a huge box of fresh vegetables grown in Chicago’s norther suburbs, we also got big hugs from our farmers and a chance to meet their adorable baby.  I know that our meals are better because the people growing our food care about us and we care about them.  I can trust that what I am putting on our dinner plate is safe and healthy because the people that grew it are eating it too.  As you will see for this summer, I will eat almost exclusively from our CSA and some dried foods and some food adventures I am going on (aka berry picking).

But enough of my food fairytale, you want to know what I did with all those delicious veggies.

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Sultry slow cooked eggplant with plump tomatoes and booming balsamic flavor, who could ask for anything more?  I couldn’t especially since I have been on a kick of making all veggie meals. Eggplant is one of those vegetables that is never in short supply during the winter so it is nice to make a new dish with it.  This dish has so much going on and while it takes a while to cook it is not very labor intensive.  So give yourself a weekend afternoon to make it but go about your day while it is slow roasting, the result will be a delight.  (more…)

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Chicken Pot Pie, that thing which comes frozen and you heat it up in the microwave, right?  Yes, that is how my mother made them, but I successfully made this wonderful creation from scratch.  Yes, it took many hours to make, but the results were well worth it.  The creamy filling was full of flavor and the crispy crust was a perfect topping.  We could not get enough of this wonderful chicken pot pie!

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I can admit it.  I become a bit obsessed with cooking stew in the fall and winter.  If I made it once a week that would be fine with me and I doubt there would be complaints from my husband.  We both love coming home at the end of the day to a house smelling of stew cooking away in the crock-pot.  This particular stew recipe has the added benefit of containing one of my favorite cooking ingredients–Guinness.

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This roasted squash soup is amazing.  It is perfect way to warm up on a cold winter day.  We saved all of the squashes we received from our CSA during the fall and then made this wonderful soup.  It is so rich and filling and freezes wonderfully for enjoying it later.

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I love when I can trick salad into tasting like desert!  I had no idea that you could put fruit into salads until my wonderful roommate from Washington  taught me to put apples in spinach salad.  This salad has a great mix of sweet and tart flavors that really make it feel like you are eating anything but a salad. (more…)

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We had been piling up radishes from the CSA for weeks and I was searching for what to do with them besides adding them to salads.  After visiting a local restaurant that serves yuppy tacos, some of which include radishes, I decided that it was the perfect option.  Granted I cooked the radishes instead of using them raw and it was yummy.

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