Monday, March 7, 2011

New and Exciting Opportunities!

I can't believe it's already March! What happened to February?! There are a few new developments in our eating life since I last blogged- good ones. I have been hired by our CSA to do their website and tech needs, as well as keep up with their Facebook page and start a Twitter feed for them. I am so very excited to be so involved with our CSA! The owner of the farm is the nicest lady, and I love being able to help her out, and spread the word about their FANTASTIC Fresh and LOCAL veggies. I can't wait for our first delivery in May!

I have also finally found a local family farm to get our eggs and chickens from. They are 100% Organic and humane in the treatment of their animals. The owner of the farm has been so incredibly helpful. She has even offered to have our girls come out and see the farm, help collect fresh eggs, and help feed the chickens! I can't wait until the end of April to do that! They are going to have pigs this Spring too, so we'll be getting organic pork from them as well. I am working with them to hopefully get a drop off point closer to Yorktown, since currently we have to get to Williamsburg to pick up our order. But even so, the food is so good and totally worth a few extra miles! But if you live in York, Newport News, or Hampton we can work out a small co-op here and take turns making the drive to Williamsburg to get the orders.

If you live in the Tidewater area and are interested in fresh, local, SAFE foods check out these two websites.

Clayhill Farms CSA:

And for fresh eggs and chicken:

Even with all that's been going on, I have still be very busy in the kitchen. Just last week I made two dinners I wanted to post, but I forgot to take pictures as I was cooking. The first was crock pot beef fajitas and it was a recipe I made up one morning. I threw a chuck roast, some spices, peppers, and onions in the slow cooker and hoped it would turn out well. I also made homemade Spanish rice. It was all so good and I will make it again so I can share the recipe.

The other a very pleasant surprise and so super easy. I think it's our new family comfort food! We had the girls' performing arts classes last Thursday so I took out some boneless skinless chicken thighs and browned them in my "magic pot" with onions, garlic, and peppers. I added a large can of (plain) tomato sauce, a can of diced tomatoes, and some seasonings, put on the lid, turned down the heat and let it simmer for a few hours. We ate it over rice after everyone got home. It was light enough to eat later in the evening, but filling.
I will make it again soon and add pictures. It also made fantastic leftovers for the next day.

I promise the next post with be an actual recipe:-)

Happy Cooking!

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