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csa eats! cheesy creamy buttercup squash

I don’t think I have had a “buttercup” squash before so when I saw them at the CSA the first time I passed them up. Then the following week i decided to get one and googled around for recipes. This one sounded good because heck adding cheese to anything makes it taste good, am I right?! the recipe is really for pork chops with buttercup squash on the side and I made up the name cheesy creamy buttercup squash. the recipe is from cabot but I used about half of a 8 oz bar of organic valley sharp cheddar. I also forgot the salt and pepper. the recipe didn’t really say what temperature to cook the squash at. Under the pork chop instructions it said 325 which seemed really low for roasting a squash. I did it at 400 and it worked out perfect.

cheesy creamy buttercup squash from cabot

  • 1 buttercup squash (about 2 1/2 pounds)
  • 4 ounces grated Extra Sharp Cheddar (about 1 cup)
  • 1/4 cup Sour Cream or Plain Greek-Style Yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

0. preheat oven to 400

1. Line baking sheet with foil; oil lightly or coat with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Cut squash in half from stem end to base and scoop out seeds from each half. Place halves cut-side-down on prepared baking sheet and press second sheet of foil down over squash.

3. Bake until very tender, about 1 hour.

4. Let cool slightly, then scoop flesh into large bowl. Add cheese, sour cream or yogurt, salt and pepper; blend with whisk until well combined.

CSA pick up 9/12/14

I’ve really gotten bad about recording what is available at the CSA each week! our old CSA used to send an email so it was easy to copy and paste! I can go back and see what our new farm posts on Facebook but usually there is a lot more available at pick up then what is listed on FB.

this week I got:

3 red peppers

I think 3 lbs of beautiful roma tomatoes

3 small butternut squashes

2 green peppers

potatoes

carrots

onions

I think that is all that I picked! the tomatoes alone were 9 of my 22.5 points but I am pretty sure I am forgetting something!

on their FB they listed:

Sweet Corn (.6pt/ear), Heirloom tomatoes ( 3 pt per/lb) 10 pounds (for 15 pt), Green peppers (2.5pt/ lb), Oriental Eggplant (3pt/lb), Carrots (1.25pt/lb), Red and White Potatoes (1pt/lb), Spaghetti squash (1pt/lb), buttercup winter squash ( 1pt/lb), Butternut Squash (1.5pt/lb), Kale (3pt/bu), Romaine lettuce (2p/head), Green leaf lettuce (2pt/head), Radish (1pt/lb), Regular cucumbers (1pt/each), Radish (2pt/lb), Raspberries (5pt/lb), Green Beans (3pt/lb), and Very Large heads of Cabbage (4pt/each).

CSA 9/5/14

posted on FB 8/31

Hi CSA members, this week we have the following available: Sweet Corn (.6pt/ear), Heirloom tomatoes ( 3 pt per/lb) 10 pounds (for 15 pt), Green peppers (2.5pt/ lb), Oriental Eggplant (3pt/lb), Romaine lettuce (2p/head), Green leaf lettuce (2pt/head), Radish (1pt/lb), Regular cucumbers (1pt/each), onion (1pt/each), Carrot (1.25pt/lb), Red and white potatoes (1.25pt/lb), Kale (3pt/bunch), Raspberries ( 5pt/pint 3pt/half pint), Spaghetti squash (1pt/lb), and buttercup winter squash ( 1pt/lb).

CSA 8/28/14

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For the week of August 28th we have following: Heirloom tomatoes ( 3 pt per/lb) 10 pounds (for 15 pt), cherry tomatoes (3pt/pint), green peppers ( 2.5pt/lb), carrots ( 1.25pt/ lb), potatoes (1.25pt/lb), onions (1pt/lb), Raspberries( 5pt/pint), 3pt/half pint), Romaine lettuce (2pt/head), green leaf lettuce ( 2pt/head), Boston lettuce (2pt/ bunch), jalapeño peppers (.25pt/ each), Winterbor Kale (3pt/bunch), Red Russian Kale ( 3pt/bunch), Cantaloupe (5 points each), Spaghetti squash ( 1pt/lb), Collard greens ( 2pt/bunch), Basil (3pt/bunch) and regular cucumbers ( 1pt/each).

CSA 8/21/14

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Hi CSA members, this week we have the following available: Sweet Corn ( .6pt/ear), green peppers (2.5 pt/lb), Heirloom Tomatoes (3pt/lb), Cherry tomatoes (3pt/ pint), Regular cucumbers ( 1pt/each), Pickling Cucumbers ( 1.5 pt/lb), Persian Cucumbers (2pt/ lb), Romaine ( 2pt/ head), Green Leaf Lettuce (2pt/ head), Cantaloupe (5pt/ each), Patty Pan Squash (1.5pt/lb), Zucchini (1.5 pt/lb), Summer Squash (1.5pf/lb), kale (3pt/ bunch), Spaghetti squash (1pt/lb), and Blackberries as well as raspberries (5pt/ pint * Limit one per share).

CSA 8/14/14

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Hi CSA members, this week we have the following available: Sweet Corn ( .6pt/ear), green peppers (2.5 pt/lb), Heirloom Tomatoes (3pt/lb), Cherry tomatoes (3pt/ pint), Regular cucumbers ( 1pt/each), Pickling Cucumbers ( 1.5 pt/lb), Persian Cucumbers (2pt/ lb), Romaine ( 2pt/ head), Green Leaf Lettuce (2pt/ head), Cantaloupe (5pt/ each), Patty Pan Squash (1.5pt/lb), Zucchini (1.5 pt/lb), Summer Squash (1.5pf/lb), kale (3pt/ bunch), Spaghetti squash (1pt/lb), and Blackberries (5pt/ pint * Limit one per share).

homemade deodorant

Homemade deodorant! People this stuff is amazing. Works awesome and no nasty dangerous chemicals. No wetness from the deodorant at all, none on your clothes. Its like lotion and sinks right in to the skin. It doesn’t stop you from full on sweating like regular stuff does though but not enough sweat to wet my shirt when working out. my underarm skin now feels so smooth and soft! It was getting irritated a lot and this cleared it right up! Plus I really think it is some how slowing down the hair growth. Deodorant is so hard to change and experiment with because no one wants to smell bad! I promise you if you try this stuff you won’t go back to conventional toxic deodorant again!!

the link below has tons of info and the recipe but I will copy/paste it below as well with my notes in italics. I make the orange version but will try the lavender too! I bought a tiny sample jar from Jess at Eco-friendly baby/family products MADE in the USA and loved it so I started making my own with her recipe. Be sure to check out her FB page and website. So much great info!!! I value her very honest opinions and straightforward approach to reviewing products and giving recommendations. She is one smart lady! she also has been hosting a buying club which involves being able to order from several different companies but then paying just one shipping cost as the products all get delivered to Jess and then she ships them out.

http://ecofriendlyusa.wordpress.com/donations-now-accepted/homemade-deodorant-body-scrub-info/

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=537190792963232&set=a.494009763948002.128085.397517646930548&type=3&theater

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for my deodorant I use Vitacost Extra Virgin Certified Organic Coconut Oil, which is such a great coconut oil. I was using Nutiva but again Jess from Eco-friendly baby/family products MADE in the USA clued me in on how great the vitacost coconut oil was in this post. I get Bob’s Red Mill baking soda, cornstarch and arrowroot powders locally usually from ocean state job lot. you wouldn’t think to look for high quality products at job lot but they do sneak them in there! I recently discovered Plant Therapy essential oils after doing a lot of research. I didn’t like how the 2 main brands (doterra and young living) are so competitive and expensive and use MLM. Plus the plant therapy people post really informative blog posts. The yl and dt people always seem pushy to me and put down other companies and each other. Plus they recommend consuming oils and I just don’t think some random rep who isn’t trained in aromatherapy and is trying to make money off of selling to you, can say she is sure its safe to ingest oils. I have been very happy with the plant therapy oils and love reading their blog.

For a perfect 4 oz jar-full follow this recipe:
**Fill your 4 oz glass jar 2/3-3/4 full of organic, unrefined, cold-pressed coconut oil, set on warm stovetop/oven to melt. (I use the microwave)
**Add 1 1/2 TBSP each organic arrowroot, cornstarch, baking soda. (1/2 tbsp = 1 1/2 tsp… so you need 1 tbsp and 1 1/2 tsp or I just eyeball it!)
**Add ~5-10 drops your favorite essential oil. I use 5 drops of Tea Tree oil for it’s beneficial antibacterial properties, and about 10 drops of orange or lavender for a pleasant scent
**Consult this list for oils to avoid during pregnancy, or oils that have other concerns: http://www.cherylsherbs.com/Essential_Oil_Safety_Information.htm
THAT’S IT!! Mix together & stick in fridge or let sit out to harden!!