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I Signed-Up For A CSA: Two Weeks In

This post is not sponsored. We paid for our own CSA membership. 

I haven’t signed-up for a CSA since we lived in Fargo. I remember getting a lot of corn and potatoes.

By the time I started to think about CSA’s, most seemed to have reached capacity. I didn’t know what this summer would bring and wanted to avoid cash-handling and crowds.

In late April, Untiedt’s Vegetable Farm CSA was still accepting sign-ups. They partner with Kowalski’s, a local grocery store. You can choose any store as a pick-up. If you live near one it’s a convenient option.

Untiedt’s is located in Waverly, MN about an hour from St. Paul. Their farm isn’t strictly organic – they discuss their commitment to sustainable growing practices here.

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For The Hope Of A Cold Meatloaf Sandwich

I make meatloaf for the promise of a cold meatloaf sandwich the next day. Thick slices on squishy sandwich bread with mayo. . . good mayo.

My mom always made the meatloaf recipe from the back of the Quaker Oats box, baking it in a rectangular meatloaf pan. Quaker’s recipe is different now, but back then it was really simple: Ground beef, tomato juice, oats, egg, onion, salt and pepper. She topped it with slices of bacon and a glaze of ketchup and brown sugar.

My meatloaf includes a lot more things and I never measure. I freeform the meatloaf on a sheetpan so that the top has more surface area to brown.

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Simple Sautéed Cabbage With Balsamic Vinegar: Take Two

I wrote this simple recipe for Simple Sautéed Cabbage With Balsamic Vinegar nine years ago!

There’s not much to the post, the recipe details are sparse, and the photo is just ok. Yet, it remains one of the most popular posts to this day.

Especially during the pandemic, people are gravitating towards this cabbage post.

Here’s my even more streamlined version of this recipe. Of course you can still add miso and the hot peppers, if you have them. A simple sauté brings out the natural sweetness in the cabbage.

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Pissed Off Tuna Salad

Last night I opened some bourbon and got really mad about people not believing in science.

Then I made some angry tuna salad.

Tuna salad’s the best recipe to make when you’re stressed because there is really no wrong way to make it. This is just my latest incarnation. Who knows what the other tuna salad feelings taste like?

Add plenty of chopped vegetables to stretch out the tuna and whatever else you might have.

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Ode To Lawry’s Seasoned Salt

If I could only take one seasoning with me into the apocalypse. . . the end of the world. . . a camping trip, or, well, just my kitchen, it would be a shaker of Lawry’s Seasoned Salt.

My version of the Book of Eli would end with Denzel taking a bottle of Lawry’s to Alcatraz and reciting the secret blend of spices.

With our household of two, we’ve never bought bulk of much. We were Costco members for a couple years. The quality of the products are great, but when our membership expired we didn’t rush to renew it. Usually I just buy a new thing when we run out of the old one. Now, I have a back-up for things like dish soap and toothpaste.

Around here, the stores seem to be stocked ok, especially the smaller neighborhood stores. I’m happy to see them limit items like toilet paper and bags of rice. Don’t be the asshole that hoards things when people need them now.

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