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CSA Basket #19: October 10, 2012


CSA Box #19, 2012

CSA Box #19, 2012

In the box:

  • Broccoli
  • Carrot
  • Cilantro
  • Lettuce, Romaine
  • Onions, yellow
  • Pepper mix, sweet
  • Red potatoes, red
  • Salad mix
  • Squash, Delicata
  • Tomatoes (a lot!)

What was in the prior boxes?

I just took a much-needed break from blogging daily for over two years (minus a couple of days). Saturday night I came home exhausted after going out with the SharePoint Saturday folks, and just didn’t do my daily blog post. I had been thinking about cutting back to a few times a week anyway, and it gave me a good excuse, especially since this week was jam-packed full of schoolwork, a live radio show, etc. And things aren’t going to slow down anytime soon.

Saturday was especially stressful, as my 14.5 year old pug Bubba had to have emergency surgery to remove his right eye, which had become dramatically swollen over a couple of days from a nasty infection. He also had a dental infection and had to have a bunch of teeth out. We had to make some quick decisions on Saturday, but as it seemed like he had a good chance of a full recovery (other than losing the eye), we went ahead with it. He was mostly blind anyway, as well as deaf (or near to it). But he must have  been able to see some light/shadow with the eye, because he’s even more lost than before and really has to find his way around by trial and error. Thankfully, he still has a pretty good sense of smell, so he’s using that to his advantage in locating food—he’s has a great appetite so far! Later this week, I’ll post a pic of our one-eyed pirate pug.



First of all: teenage boys and athletes foot. Ew!

Today was a hodgepodge. Also the 3rd time I’ve used that word in this blog—the last time less than a month ago. Do these words make me look old?!

hodgepodge (n.) Look up hodgepodge at Dictionary.comalso hodge podge, hodge-podge, early 15c., hogpoch, alteration of hotchpotch (late 14c.) “a kind of stew,” especially “one made with goose, herbs, spices, wine, and other ingredients,” earlier an Anglo-French legal term (late 13c.) meaning “collection of property in a common ‘pot’ before dividing it equally,” from O.Fr. hochepot “stew, soup,” first element from hocher “to shake,” from a Germanic source (cf. M.H.G. hotzen “shake”).


  • Drove the twins to school
  • Had a great Google Hangout with one of my Humane Ed professors
  • Worked on the agenda handouts for SharePoint Saturday
  • Missed a middle school volleyball game to keep an eye on our 14-year-old pug Bubba, who is not feeling so hot and is possibly not long for this world. {I’ve been carrying him up and down the stairs and to and from the backyard for a few days now, because he can’t see anymore, he’s very confused, and he’s too weak to get around.}
  • Hung out with my older step-daughter after school
  • Watched a video and read {a little} for school
  • Did not get outside
  • Did not do yoga (last yoga = Sunday)

Tomorrow kicks off a very long weekend of SharePoint Saturday events. Judging from last year, it will be both fun and exhausting.

At least I got to sleep in


I finally got to sleep in today. (Other than waking up a bunch of times to a yowling calico cat.)

Even though it was a record-breaking warm day for April 22, I managed to spend no time outdoors, and to get little productive done other than give Bubba some long overdue maintenance: nails, ears, and a bath, and then work on the next All Things Vegan show. Oh well.

Here’s to weekends at home


In spite of the fact that my husband and I have been sick for a week (is this turning into bronchitis?!) and I’ve been feeling crappy off and on for a few weeks now, I just had a great weekend. Sometimes a quiet weekend at home is exactly what I need. No need to leave the house (except for the yard, or a walk around the neighborhood), and certainly no reason to drive anywhere.

Hubby and I did mostly our own thing, except for watching Rome together, an old series we’re working our way through on Netflix discs. I read most of Will Potter’s excellent Green is the New Red, which I’m going to finish after this post. I caught up on a bunch of vegan podcasts while doing stuff around the house. I henna’d my hair. I started some lentils sprouting in a jar, which is something I’ve been wanting to try for a while. 

It was a slightly warm and sunny weekend, so I was able to take Pip, Isis, and the dogs out into the backyard to hang out a little. (Gordy and Nevermore were not very interested, but Gordy logged some good time on the porch. Caesar even came out to the porch for a bit.) I took Ruby for a walk, trimmed the dog’s nails, and brushed Bubba and gave him a bath, which hadn’t happened for a looong time. Due to his health issues, his coat has not been in the greatest shape lately, and he seems to always be shedding and shaggy—half a pug of fur is now in the back yard. This evening I even had a little time to research some news for the next show.

Poor Pip, the pain med that the doctor gave her for the extraction seriously cracks her out. Fairly immediately, her eyes glaze over and she loses coordination. In fact, we’ve had to keep an extra eye on her. This ordinarily very agile cat is having problems judging the leap to the cat tree, etc. And she somehow banged herself up in the night—she has a divot of fur out next to each eye (worse near her right eye). It could be that she had a tussle with one of the other cats, but I don’t think so. So tonight we’ll make sure to confine her to the bedroom. I’d almost rather not give her the pain med if its going to mess her up like that, but then I don’t know how bad the extraction might be hurting and she can’t tell me. Yesterday she did seem to be uncomfortable eating, so it probably does hurt—a lot. At least I know she loves going outside and was able to do that for her.

Both days I began to feel tired after about 4 hours, so it was great to have nothing that had to get done. Hopefully it was enough rest to kick this and be able to start my work week feeling good.

Thanksgiving, zati hiru

Thanksgiving plate

The good stuff

First Thanksgiving without Connecticut, Big Kitty, and Deimos. Second Thanksgiving without my step-kids. Holidays are much quieter and emptier than in years past. I always miss Connecticut, and the kids, but today I’m missing Deimos a lot, because he was so recently here—I still expect to see tall ears pricking up at the sound of chopping vegetables, still expect him to be eagerly awaiting carrots or celery that have fallen on the kitchen floor. Over the last few days, I’ve finally started washing some of his bedding, and I stuck his bowl in the dishwasher (but then put it back in its proper place on the floor). And I took Ruby on our first solo walk today. It’s still very cold and icy out, so we just did a few blocks, but it felt strange. I used to take her on a walk by herself once in a while, because Deimos tired out so quickly, and Bubba has not been up to long walks for a while either, but for the most part the hounds were always walked together.

Anyway, I have my hubby and the animals, and we’ve had a good Thanksgiving. I got to sleep in, for the most part, at least until Caesar started screeching, “Good Morning” around 8 or 8:30. (She doesn’t actually say, “Good Morning,” she just screams. She only says a few words, like, “Baby Bird.”) When she thinks we should be up already, she does this. She’ll belts out a blood curling scream, and then waits for any activity upstairs. Ignoring her is not an option, because she will soon try again, and again, until one of us comes downstairs. This would be funny if it wasn’t so completely nerve-wracking and irritating to be jolted out of sleep like that.

On to posts of our vegan feast. On the menu:

  • Field Roast Hazelnut Cranberry Roast En Croute
  • Shepherd’s Pie
  • Apple Sage ‘Sausage’ Chestnut Stuffing
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie

Instead of posting the entire recipe, I’m going to post the ingredients (and my subs) and link to the recipe online, if it exists.

Hazelnut Roast

Looks crumbly, but oh so tasty

Field Roast Hazelnut Cranberry Roast En Croute

Normally, when we cook a Field Roast Celebration Roast or Meatloaf, we pull out the Dutch oven. But the Hazelnut roast was a little on the large size and I wanted the “En Croute” to brown, so I followed the package directions.

The verdict: very tasty, but similar in taste to the Celebration Roast—I was hoping it would differ a little bit more.

Shepherd's Pie

This won't last long

Shepherd’s Pie (hubby’s improvised recipe)


  • Filling: onions, frozen peas, carrots, grilled Portobello mushrooms, spices
  • Mashed topping: yellow potatoes, sweet potatoes, garlic, Earth Balance buttery spread

The verdict: Good. A little al dente on the carrots and peas, but tasty and filling. Sweet potato/potato mash was yummy.


Comfort stuffing

Apple Sage ‘Sausage’ Chestnut Stuffing

This is the one I spent the most time on. The recipe (link).


  • 6-7 cups diced bread cubes [I used a prepared and spiced box of bread crumbs, mainly because that is all I could find last night that was vegan and I didn’t really want to start with fresh bread].
  • 3 Tbsp vegan buttery spread
  • 1 cup onion, chopped (white or yellow)
  • 1½ cups celery, sliced thin
  • ½ cup parsley, finely chopped [I skipped this]
  • 1 Tbsp poultry seasoning (spice blend) [I had to Google a recipe for this spice blend]
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup roasted chestnuts, chopped [We had hazelnuts, so I roasted some. I like hazelnuts raw, but they were SO good roasted today.]
  • ¼ cup roasted chestnuts, whole [Ditto]
  • 1 medium apple, chopped (granny smith, fuji or honeycrisp varieties are my faves) [I used two apples]
  • 5 leaves fresh sage, chopped [I used the spice]
  • ¼ cup crushed walnuts [I omitted this]
  • 1¼ cups vegetable broth
  • 2 links Apple Sage flavor of Vegan Sausage, chopped (about 1½ cups)

The verdict: Good, hearty. Next time I’ll be sure to get all the croutons soaked a little better. Somehow not as good as Sunday night’s dinner, but hey, I’m not a chef.

Piece of vegan pumpkin cheesecake pie

Not beautiful, but still good

Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie

The recipe (link)


  • 16 ounces tofu cream cheese
  • 1 can – 15 ounces canned Pumpkin Pie Mix (or sub ingredients) [I mixed up my own from can of pumpkin plus spices]
  • 1 ¾ cups soaked raw cashews (soaked overnight in salted water) [Didn’t have quite enough of these]
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • 2 graham cracker pie crusts (or your own recipe) [made enough for one pie]
  • Handful of cashews for garnish [I opted to continue the hazelnut theme by putting hazelnuts on top]

The verdict: Decent, a little grainy (I only have a tiny food processor insert for my blender), but still not perfected. Better than my first try for last Wednesday’s VegNet potluck, as least this time I actually had cashews and it didn’t turn out runny.