Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Counter Culture

I've decided to name my bi-weekly post Counter Culture for several reasons. First off, these posts are meant to be about what is going on in my kitchen, and thus on my counters. Second, I often feel as though what does go on my counters is often very counter-culture to the way the general population of America is eating these days. So what is happening in my kitchen at the moment?

(Homemade bread from the freezer and ranunculus to adorn the dining table)

I've signed up for my very first CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). For those unfamilar with that term, what it essentially means is that I've paid a certain amount to a local farmer and in return I will be getting a share of what his farm produces over the 25 week growing period in our area.

I'm really excited about this new adventure. "My" farmer provided a list of all the vegetables, herbs and fruits he grows and when I might expect to receive them. I cannot wait until the season starts in May and I begin to collect fresh greens, herbs like applemint, organo and peppermint, as well as asparagus. I'm planning to keep you up-to-date with how the CSA works for our family and what ideas we come up with for using our produce.

I'm also planning to get some peas, swiss chard and spinach planted in my garden any day now. We don't have a very big plot, since we live in the suburbs and our yard is small. But, having a garden of any size is a great way to help the children learn where our food comes from and how much hard work it takes to actually grow it!

This week I'll leave you with my new favorite recipe: a spring salad made with fresh, mixed berries. A friend brought it to our spring tea and we all couldn't get enough of it. Admittedly, it is a rather expensive salad, but if you are having a special occassion, and need something stunning, this is the salad to make!

(Heather, as passed on to me from Heidi and Michelle; dressing is from Country Living)
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spring salad mix
romaine lettuce

fresh blueberries
fresh strawberries, sliced
fresh raspberries


Mix salad ingredients in whatever proportions you prefer. Toss with dressing just before serving.

3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil (or canola oil if you prefer a milder taste)

Combine all dressing ingredients in a bowl or jar and mix well. Remove garlic and serve. Store refrigerated up to one week.


  1. I love all of the berries in the salad. My king of salad!

  2. You will love the CSA. I haven't found anyone yet you was sorry they took part in a great program.

    The salad looks stunning.

  3. Lovely pictures and recipes, Heather!! Thanks for sharing!!

  4. My friend who moved to Europe gave me her share that I enjoyed for a couple of months. It was very interesting to pick up the products each week and decide what to do with them.

    On the West Ladies' DVD about herbs I watched today (talked about it on my blog), they showed how to make cold tea with apple mint. I've decided I must grow it this year!

    Stephanie's #5 is due the middle of May. She is now quite uncomfortable. Although I thought you looked cute in the Easter pictures. :)

  5. Love the recipes and wholesomeness of all the food!

    I'm looking for a very simple, healthy bread recipe with very few ingredients. Any recipes for us?


  6. Congratulations, Heather on the imminent new arrival!!! :-D Absolutely gorgeous salad by the way... I love berries SO much; it's such a shame they are not readily available here in Uganda :-( This summer when we visit the UK I will eat bushels of them!!! :-)