My sister and I recently decided to start participating in Bountiful Baskets. It’s a produce co-op where we pay $15 for a whole bunch of fresh produce. It’s a great deal, and it’s been really fun for us. I’ve really liked it because it forces me to include fresh fruits and vegetables into our meal plans (something I’m not great at naturally) and it saves us money, and it gives me a chance to try out some different fruits and vegetables. Most weeks we end up getting at least one thing that I’ve never seen before or at least wouldn’t have purchased myself. It gives me a good opportunity to try out new recipes and add some variety into what we eat. For example, a few weeks ago we got a bunch of anaheim chiles. For the next couple weeks we had anaheim chiles added into just about everything we ate – enchiladas, meatloaf, baked ziti etc. While we were glad to get through all of those chiles and not have to keep having them pop up in different things, it was a fun change of pace to our normal routine meals. Another week we got a head of cauliflower, and Eric has been less than impressed with any presentation of cauliflower he’s come across in the past. So I searched for a recipe with a different take on cauliflower and came up with this recipe for roasted garlic cauliflower. My mom was a little bit skeptical about baking cauliflower like that because she’s never seen it done before. However, Eric is now a fan of cauliflower, and we’ll definitely be making that in the future. I call it Iron Chef: Bountiful Baskets because you’ll get these mystery ingredients that you have to plan your meals around.
Well, a couple weeks ago we got apricots, and I had no idea what to do with apricots. So I went to my trusty AllRecipes.com to find some ideas. I finally settled on making apricot chicken. I found a recipe that called for doing it in the crock pot, which seemed like the way to go for me. I had to start right after breakfast to give it enough time to cook (although I think I probably ought to have waited since our chicken ended up a little overcooked). Since the recipes all called for apricot preserves and I had actual apricots I just threw my apricots in the blender with some honey and called it good. Sam was up at the counter helping me peel and core all of the apricots. He’d rearrange them, and hand one to me, then play with another one… he’s a great helper in the kitchen. The chicken turned out relatively well and I sorta forgot about it until the next morning when I went to pour Sam a bowl of cereal.
Apparently while I wasn’t looking Sam had decided to hide a couple of the apricots in the box of generic Life™ cereal that was still on the counter from breakfast. What a kid.