In the fall I decided to join a CSA in the Nashville area. For those of you who don’t know what a CSA is, here is a pretty basic explanation. First, CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. When you buy into a CSA you are actually buying one share or one portion of the farmer’s crop. I had researched different farms in the area and finally found my local CSA Farmer: Bountiful Blessings Farm (check out their website if you are in the Nashville area and are interested!). I ultimately decided on them for a few reasons. First, their pick up times and locations were extremely convenient for me and my busy schedule. Second, they are completely organic and pesticide free. Thirdly, I read their story and was really excited to be a part of their project!
This is the last week before my crazy life as a grad student starts up again. So I’ve been going on a baking and cooking frenzy. I made this banana bread earlier this week. So glad I did. I’ve been enjoying a slice at breakfast… or as a mid afternoon snack… or both!
White chocolate and raspberries are amazing when used together in cooking. This recipe is a test run… It’s the first time I’ve made it and I’m definitely learning as I go! And it actually came out pretty good! To get started, I used a recipe for cinnamon swirl I found on Cooks Illustrated website. From there… I changed LOTS around to achieve the decadent white chocolate and raspberry swirl.
I love making home made apple crisp…. and whenever I make an apple pie or an apple crisp, I never throw out my peels and cores. Instead, they go straight into one of my small pots, through a food mill, and return to the kitchen as applesauce. This is an easy thing to buy at the store, but the nice thing about making my own is that I know EXACTLY what goes inside it: apples. And that’s it.
As promised (and midweek too — can you believe it?) here is my lime inspired recipe! If you only knew the week that I have had so far… late nights planning, kids gone wild, and our second grade open house. Oh my goodness it is only Wednesday. It’s a good thing I’ll have the product of my cooking for snacking tomorrow! (Did I mention spring break is only 9 days away?)
I absolutely love lime. Limeade, lime popsicles, a wedge of lime in my club soda. But this… yes this… is my favorite way to take lime: key lime pie. This key lime pie is not your typical version… It has two layers: a baked layer and a chilled layer. The homemade granola and graham cracker crust is to die for.