Thursday, October 8, 2009

This week's Boston Organics 10/6

As you may know, every other Tuesday I receive a box of organic produce from Boston Organics. I am going to start documenting what I receive, and then hopefully documenting how I use each product in my box. I have been very good about using every last stem, but hopefully I can be a bit more accountable now that I have one less mouth to feed (the bf) with my bi-weekly produce delivery!

This week I received...
$29 2/3 vegetable
2 Bosc Pears (CA)
0.75 lbs Cortland Apples (VT)
1.5 lbs Fair Trade Bananas (Ecuador)
2 Valencia Oranges (CA)
0.75 lbs Baby Bok Choy (MA)
1 Butternut Squash (MA)
1 lbs Carrots (MA)
1 head of Cauliflower (NY)
1.5 lbs Covington Sweet Potatoes (NC)
1 Fair Trade Avocados (Mexico)
1 bunch Kale (MA)
1 head of Red Leaf Lettuce (MA)

I receive deliveries every other Tuesday - and I can tell you that as of right now (Thursday), I've finished the lettuce (side dish on Tuesday as well as lunch yesterday and today; and roasted one sweet potato for fries to accompany my lunch salad today). Two carrots have also been used in salads, and I ate one banana, a pear, and an apple.

I'm planning to saute the kale to go with my leftover brisket from last weekend (will post that shortly)....roast another sweet potato for lunch (fries at my desk was fun!)...and I would love to do something fun with the cauliflower...maybe a gratin? I don't buy cauliflower often, so if you have a great recipe I would love to try it! Cauliflower cookery will be slated for Monday - a rare day off for me.... would you cook the cauliflower?

Oh, and shout out to Carissa over at Starving Artist ... she just signed up for Boston Organics...I want to hear what you think when you get your first delivery!


  1. Ooo this is the first I've heard about Boston Organics, I can't wait to check out the site and learn more... sweet potato fries. yummmmm!

  2. It could probably use a touch more flavor, but I remember really liking this...

    And I'm so excited we finally got to meet each other!

  3. Cauliflower soup! I'd sweat some onion and a bit of celery if you have it. Then the saute the cauliflower in the same pot till soft. puree adding stock or milk (depending on what you're looking for)

    you could even put your sauteed kale in there for a cauliflower-kale soup!

  4. OOOh...both good suggestions! It's a big head of 'flower. Maybe I'll try both? Stay tuned!

    Great meeting you too Megan !! and you Julie!!

    I hope we do it again soon!

  5. Here is one of my favorites. You can also substitute zucchini for the cauliflower. I usually add a can of chickpeas/garbanzo beans too. Baking it in the oven gets everything nice and carmelized.....

    curried cauliflower with yogurt and mint sauce
    ½ cup plain yogurt
    ¼ cup olive oil
    2 shallots or 1 medium sized onion, thinly sliced
    1 tsp whole cumin seeds
    1½ tbsp curry powder
    pinch of red pepper flakes

    3 tbsp unsalted butter
    1 head of cauliflower, tough core removed, cut into florets
    1 tsp kosher salt
    ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
    2 to 3 tbsp chopped fresh mint (or 1 tbsp dry)

    1. Put the yogurt into a fine-mesh strainer and let it drain for at least 20 minutes. Heat the oven to 400°F.
    2. Brown shallots/onions in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Lower heat to medium, add cumin seeds, and fry until fragrant, 15 seconds. Add curry powder, pepper flakes, bay leaves, and sizzle for a few seconds. Add butter. Once it has melted, add cauliflower, salt, and pepper. Toss well to coat evenly with butter and spices and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Put pan in the oven and cook, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.
    3. Meanwhile, combine the yogurt with the mint. Stir to combine; salt and pepper to taste.
    4. Serve with the yogurt sauce on the side.

  6. i miss boston organics!! It was so fabulous but totally out of my price range for now. Ill enjoy it vicariously

  7. OH Jeff!! Sounds great!! you're just one day too late, I already made cauliflower soup.

    I hope I have another head of cauliflower next tuesday....because your recipe sounds delicious!!

    April - I love Boston Organics too! It can be pricey - but its worth it. Maybe see if you can get a friend to split a larger box with you and share the cost!

  8. Wow, it looks like you received quite the yummy box of fruits and veggies! I can't wait to get my first shipment next week! Thanks so much for the recommendation, and the shout out ;-)