In addition to being ridiculously busy at work, we replaced the carpet in two rooms with hardwood floors – at Christmas. What were we thinking?! The computer lives in the dining room, which was the first room to get new floors. While we worked there, the computer was torn apart and piled in the living room, with all our other stuff… Thus, my complete radio silence for the past two weeks.
We’ve had Box 4 for a while now, but since I don’t get Box 5 until January 9th, I figure I’m still on track. 🙂
Box 4 was filled with great stuff: Bok choy, potatoes, cooking greens, spinach salad greens, cranberries, fresh sage, daikon radishes, popcorn, and a funny little orange squash that was not a pumpkin….
I simmered the cranberries until they burst and added them to apple crisp.
The bok choy was chopped and added to a frittata I served with cooked spinach (with garlic and pine nuts) as Christmas brunch.
I’m saving the sage and haven’t tried to pop the popcorn yet, but my husband came up with a great use for the radishes.
A few years ago, I bought my husband a smoker for Christmas and he has gotten quite talented. He smokes fish, brisket, hams …and turkeys. We bought a 20 lb. turkey for Christmas and he filled the cavity of the bird with chopped onions, celery, and lots of radishes while it smoked overnight.
The next morning, after the turkey was finished, I pulled the cooked vegetables from the bird, chopped them smaller and incorporated them into my stuffing – which we always bake separately from the bird anyway.
The smoking process cooked the vegetables, mellowed the radishes, and added a smokey flavor to the stuffing.
The turkey was moist and smokey, the stuffing was flavorful.
The leftover turkey has made great sandwiches too. My son just decided the sandwich pickles are really good and I need to make more. My husband packed me a turkey sandwich for lunch that used the cranberry jelly, with turkey, lettuce and onions that was heavenly.
But I am most pleased at finally having a bulk use for radishes. That was the best Christmas gift ever! 🙂