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CSA's - Anyone use Sweet Earth Organic?

Oh...this is good to hear! Harvest Moon was actually my second choice -- I'd gone with Sweet Earth b/c they drop off nearer to my home. But Harvest Moon has a drop off by my office, so I just emailed them to see if they still have any room. My fingers are crossed!

Jun 26, 2008
RebeccaC in Chicago Area

CSA's - Anyone use Sweet Earth Organic?

All -- thanks for the updates. Glad to hear there has finally been some communicaton. I actually called my bank and cancelled my check yesterday, after hearing the stories from others. I've got my fingers crossed that other CSAs might still be accepting new members for 2008. Keep me updated on how Sweet Earth turns out -- I'd love to support Renee in 2009 if all goes well for others.

You're right that a little communication could go a long way.

Jun 26, 2008
RebeccaC in Chicago Area

Current food blog obsessions?

I've been trying to build up my feeds and love all the great suggestions here. Also -- I'm from Chicago and mention local stuff on [http://homemakershabitat.blogspot.com "my own blog"], but haven't found many other Chicago-area bloggers. Can anyone recommend?

Jun 25, 2008
RebeccaC in Food Media & News

Favorite Chicago-based foodie bloggers?

I've been trying to find other foodie bloggers in the Chicago area to add to my regular reading list, but haven't found very many! There are so many great bloggers in NYC, San Fran, etc -- surely there are many great blogs based in CHI?!

I'd love recommendations!

Jun 25, 2008
RebeccaC in Food Media & News

CSA's - Anyone use Sweet Earth Organic?

Kusi -- thanks for the update. This just makes my heart sink. Like I said, I'd read a few posts like this from the past, but she was so nice over email, I really had hoped for better! Since my check hasn't been cashed yet, perhaps I'll try to have my bank put a stop on the check asap. FYI...I've been trying to contact the farm via phone all week and haven't been getting any answer. If I ever do, I'll post again!

Jun 25, 2008
RebeccaC in Chicago Area

CSA's - Anyone use Sweet Earth Organic?

Hello Enevius -- noted that you also signed up for the Sweet Earth Organic CSA -- have you recieved any information from them to date? Several others of us who sent in checks have not been able to reach them to determine if/when the program will be starting up. Would love to hear if you've had any other information!

Jun 25, 2008
RebeccaC in Chicago Area

CSA's - Anyone use Sweet Earth Organic?

Wow! That IS frustrating. I'd read similar posts on one of the CSA reco sites I'd visited, but the complaints had all been from a few years ago so I decided to take a leap of faith that things had improved. I guess I'll just keep my fingers crossed for now and keep calling/emailing. Please do let me know if you recieve any additional information.

Jun 25, 2008
RebeccaC in Chicago Area

CSA's - Anyone use Sweet Earth Organic?

I also signed up for Sweet Earth's 2008 growing season -- actually, I sent my check in about a month ago but its not been cashed yet. I've tried to follow up with the farm, but haven't recieved a response (Farmer Renee was very responsive via email before I signed up). Has anyone heard anything yet for the year? I was concerned that perhaps with all of the rain/flooding, the farm may have been affected. Any news others have heard would be appreciated!

Jun 23, 2008
RebeccaC in Chicago Area

Vanilla Orange Strawberry Shortcake

Jun 13, 2008
RebeccaC in Recipes

Farmers' Markets for Newbies

Great article. I've been going to farmers markets since I was a kid, but I'm always amazed at the look of confusion when I drag a friend or co-worker along and they have no idea whats going on.

I noticed the article was followed by a number of comments about markets being expensive. I live in Chicago and frequently find great deals at my local farmers market -- sometimes I feel a little bad paying $1/lb for incredible organic asaparagus, etc. But perhaps prices vary by region of the country??

Jun 13, 2008
RebeccaC in Features

Pastry for Pot pies

Thanks to all! The pot pies came out beautifully. I kept the extra dough in the fridge until I needed to roll it, so it stayed nice and cold and I rolled it between parchment. That was a fabulous help. Egg wash was also a nice touch. I did do minis and they really looked gorgeous -- and the crust came out flaky and delicous. I made an extra for my fiance and he gobbled it right up. I'll try to post some pics of the finished product on my site soon. Again, all the advice is appreciated!

Jun 01, 2008
RebeccaC in Home Cooking

Recipes for my brother

Mandy...so sorry to hear about your brother. Wishes for his speedy recovery. In the meantime, here is a recipe for a pea soup that I make....very "creamy" but still real food. The soup is adapted from a similar Ina Garten recipe from the food network.

Minted Pea Soup with Saffron Cream
Serves 6

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 leeks, chopped (white and light green parts only)
1 small yellow onion
4 cups chicken broth
5 cups frozen peas
2 sprigs fresh mint leaves (apx. 2 tablespoons when chopped)
Fresh ground salt & pepper to taste

Melt butter in a large saucepan, add the leeks and onion and cook over medium-low heat until the onion is tender. Add the chicken broth, increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Add the peas and cook for 5 minutes, until peas are tender. Remove from heat and add the mint, salt and pepper.

In a blender, puree soup in batches (to avoid overflowing, start with a small amount in the blender and pour more soup in through the vent hole in the blender lid). Pour pureed soup into a large bowl and repeat until all soup is pureed.

Serve warm or cold, topped with a dollop of saffron-infused sour cream (see recipe below) and a sprinkle chopped green onions.

Saffron-infused sour cream

5 sprigs saffron
1/2 cup lite sour cream
1/2 cup freshly chopped green onion

Place saffron in a small, microwave safe container with 1 Tbs water. Microwave for 1 minute. Strain saffron-infused liquid into sour cream, along with 1/2 cup chopped green onion.

Good luck getting some nutrition in him!

May 30, 2008
RebeccaC in Home Cooking

Pastry for Pot pies

Normally, when I make my chicken pot pies, I just use store-bought pastry crust....mainly because pastry crust scares the heck out of me. Its so unpredicable....half the time it comes out flaky and wonderful, the other half it comes out tough.

I'm making some mini chicken pot pies for a friend to give away as gifts this weekend and thought I better use my own homemade crust for such an occasion. I've got the pastry dough all ready to go (using the version from Ina Garten's chicken pot pie recipe from the Food Network) and its been chilling in my fridge since last night.

Any tips for getting it to roll out nicely? The rolling part is where things seem to go down hill for me. Help is appreciated!

May 30, 2008
RebeccaC in Home Cooking