Nadia Marie Cross was added to Team Cross on November 14 at 8:27.  Weighing in at 7lbs 6 oz and 20 inches long she’ll be a superb addition to this stellar team based in Minneapolis!

Nadia Marie Cross

This was in last week’s Sunday paper and I cut it out for Christy.  Keith Knight and The Knight Life are pretty funny!

And we wait for the final few days to tick by.

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I read What Difference Do It Make a while back and never got around to writing a review, which is bad since I got the book for free if I wrote a review.  I’ve actually done a terrible job writing reviews this year (and blogging in general here). I actually wrote my Amazon review back in November of 2009.

What Difference Do It Make was an easy read that packs a lot of punch.  It is a follow-up to Same Kind of Different as Me (which I haven’t read) and continues the story of Ron Hall and Denver Moore.

What Difference is a very compelling book that makes you re-think some of your beliefs and perspectives. I kept thinking, I’m a nice guy – but Hall and Moore are taking it to a whole new level. This is an easy and fairly short read. I liked how they wrote in unique voices and didn’t let spelling or grammar influence them too much (as you can tell from the title)!

I would recommend this book, it talks about God and religion but doesn’t push anything at you. Hall can come across as a little full of himself – but I think he means well and it fits within the purpose of the book.  Hall is an art dealer who ended up befriending Moore, a homeless man, at the prompting of his now deceased wife.   I was compelled to rethink some of my thoughts and opinions and I’m sure you will be influenced as well.

The thirteenth week of veggies!!!

CSA Week 13

CSA 10

Broccoli or Cauliflower: Thinly slice broccoli or cauliflower stems and florets. Sauté over medium high heat in oil for 2 minutes. Toss with thinly sliced carrots, cucumbers, and a soy peanut vinaigrette and serve with grilled halibut.
Green Top Carrots: Carrots are a great vegetable to pickle. Make a refreshing salad with raisins, broccoli, pickled carrots, and peanuts. Pickled Carrot Tops: When pickling carrots, chop the tops into ½ inch pieces and add at the end.
Snap or Snow Peas And Green Beans: Remove the stem before cooking. Sauté with garlic and squash, toss with parmesan, and serve over polenta.
Summer Squash: These tasty summer squash are delicious raw as well as cooked. Cut the squash horizontally or vertically, depending on the scalloped ribbed edges, so you can see the colorful edges, toss with extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper and serve on your next veggie platter.
Cucumber: See This Week’s Veggie Feature on the back.
Sweet Spanish Onions: Try a sweet onion sauce to accompany grilled steaks. In a medium saucepan, cook 1 cup of chopped onions with butter, a splash of white wine, chicken or vegetable broth to cover, salt and pepper until the onions are tender and the liquid has evaporated. Puree until smooth.
Fresh Garlic: Roast fresh garlic with fresh thyme. Use in pastas, sauces, or spread on bread. Read all about the trials & tribulations of growing garlic in this week’s main article, by Katie & Richard.
Green Top Beets: Beautiful Gold Beets!! Use the beet tops first, the beets will keep for a couple of weeks if you are starting to accumulate them. For the tops, heat olive oil in a pan, add sliced fresh garlic, a pinch of curry powder, and beet greens. Cook until wilted. For a great breakfast sandwich, thinly slice beetsand onions and sauté for 2 minutes. Place on top of a fried egg between some delicious toast!
Thai Basil: This basil has purple stems and has a slightly more anise flavor than sweet basil. Like the name states, it goes well in any Thai dish. Try a Thai beef noodle dish. You can use most everything in the box this week; carrots, onions, garlic, peas or beans, try some beets as well! Don’t forget about the Thai chiles to spice it up a bit!
Red or French Breakfast Radishes: Use the greens and the radishes both by braising with butter. Cut radishes and greens into 1-inch pieces. Place in oven proof pan with 2T butter. Add enough chicken stock or vegetable stock to cover by half. Braise until tender and the greens are wilted.
Thai Chiles: These small slender chiles are very spicy, but they add a lot of flavor to any dish. When making sauces or soups use the whole chile and remove before serving. Grind chiles up in a spice grinder, and you’ll find they are a lot better than chile flakes you buy. Be sure to wash your hands after handling.
Salad or Sauté Mix: Now that peaches and blueberries are here, make a salad with peaches, blueberries, blue cheese, fennel, and red wine vinaigrette.
Choice – Fennel: One portion per share, please.

Another wonderful box of veggies. We are starting to get a little bit of a pile-up in the fridge of veggies that we need to eat. We recently joined the Seward Co-Op and tried Quinoa (not overly impressed).

CSA #9

Here is the list from Harmony Valley Farm about this week’s vegetables!

White Cauliflower: Great raw, in salads, steamed and covered in cheese or add to a stir fry or sauté. Store stem side down in a plastic bag in the fridge crisper drawer.
Broccoli: Use in salads, omelets or stir-fry, broccoli cheese soup is always good. Store the same as cauliflower.
Green Top Carrots: Carrots are always good raw, used in soups and salads or roasted with a little olive oil and salt and pepper. Carrot Top Tea: Take a handful of chopped carrot tops, cover with hot water and steep for about 15 minutes. Strain the greens, add a little honey, and enjoy chilled or hot. Store green tops separate from carrots.
Green Top Beets: Chop and sauté the greens in oil with garlic and onion. Boil whole beets, let them cool, peel and slice. Add them to lasagna, salads or casseroles. Store greens separately from beets in fridge and use greens within a few days.
Zucchini/Scallopini Squash: See This Weeks Feature
Cucumbers: This week’s possible varieties: Slicer – the familiar green cuke. Piccolino – Smooth, thin skin, small green cuke. White – either Pearl or Mini White cuke. Any of these are great to top sandwiches or make a cold cucumber soup for those hot days to come. Store in a plastic bag in the fridge away from apples and citrus fruits, which give off ethylene gas that accelerates cucumber deterioration.
Fresh Garlic: Sauté chopped garlic in butter and add to pasta or let cool and use for garlic butter. Fresh garlic stores in the fridge or let it dry on the counter top.
Fresh White Cipollini Onion: Peel and toss in oil, herbs and spices and grill until soft. These have a sweeter taste and are a good replacement where ever onions are called for.
Amaranth Greens: Chop and sauté leaves in a little oil with garlic, add cumin and some chili pepper. Add chopped greens to broth soups a few minutes before serving. Store leaves in a plastic bag in the fridge.
Sweetheart Cabbage: Salads, stir fry, or coleslaws are a few ideas. Store in a plastic bag in the fridge until it is time to use.
Sugar snap or Snow Peas or Green Beans: We just started picking beans this week – many more are on the way! A great snack raw or in salads. Throw a handful into your next stir fry. Store peas in a plastic bag in the fridge for up to a week. Remember to remove the stem and string before eating. Green beans are excellent fresh or steamed. Store in a perforated plastic bag in the fridge and use within 4-5 days.

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