Saturday, August 18, 2012

Bountiful Baskets: August 18

I love Bountiful Baskets week!

Another fabulous basket this morning, and there were four of us there volunteering.  We contributed for two baskets, plus a box of tomatoes, and a tortilla pack.  We were so bummed that we ordered too late the last time tortillas were offered.  Love, love, love the tortillas.

This is one basket

Between the two baskets, and the extras for volunteering, we now have:
  • four bunches of leaf lettuce.
  • two bunches of kale
  • six onions
  • two good sized bags of Brussels sprouts
  • two heads of cauliflower
  • a whole bunch of broccoli.  Yikes.  Lots and lots of broccoli.  I counted 11 or 12 bunches.
  • two tomatoes
  • three bags of red grapes
  • 22 plums
  • 6 apple pears
  • 9 nectarines
  • 15 bananas
I have not really begun to figure out what we'll do with all of this.  I couldn't fit it all in the fridge, so I have a lot of things in a cooler with ice packs at the bottom.  But what I do know:
  • lettuce will be used in salads.  My older guys tend to do a salad as a mid-afternoon snack lately, if there is lettuce in the house.
  • I'm going to do a potato-sausage-kale soup.  Not sure what else I'll do with kale.
  • onions just get used.  I was thrilled to see them, as we were down to two.
  • We'll have Brussels sprouts with dinner tonight, and probably again next weekend.  We'll probably still have another meal worth.
  • I'll cut up one of the heads of cauliflower, and the kids will be free to eat that whenever they want to.  The other one, I'll probably do some with mashed potatoes (as we are <ahem> almost out of potatoes) and some cooked and blended and added to alfredo sauce.
  • I cannot imagine how I'll get through all the broccoli.  I will freeze some, I'll cut up a head or two for the kids to snack on, and we'll do 3-4 skillet meals this week with broccoli, since Dale won't be around.  Maybe I could use another head in a stir-fry.  And after that, the remaining 3-4 heads, oh, goodness, I don't know...  it is a LOT of broccoli.
  • I added the tomatoes to my box.  Plan is to can some mild salsa (I'm out) and probably to can some plain ol' tomatoes.
  • all the fruit is just eaten throughout the next week and a half.  Plums are first.

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