7 ounces macaroni 1/4 cup butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 cups milk
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese 1 cup dry bread crumbs
2 tablespoons butter
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add macaroni pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
In a 3 quart saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and stir in flour. Cook for about 1 minute, until smooth and bubbly; stirring occasionally. Mix in milk, cream cheese, salt, pepper, and Dijon mustard. Continue cooking until sauce is thickened. Add cooked macaroni and Cheddar cheese.
Pour into 2 quart casserole dish. In small bowl mix together bread crumbs, butter; spread over macaroni and cheese. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown and heated through.
A new year brings with it lots of enthusiasm. This new year we are excited to be able to bring to you a fun new look! Over the last few months we have been working on developing a new logo for the business, and have been using it “unofficially” until NOW! We are excited to roll it out and explain why we chose the tagline, a box of good. Your box of fresh produce directly impacts both you and our community for good.
a box of good
• good organic quality. Organic and local foods are bursting with flavor! We hand select the highest quality produce for our customers. Our customers enjoy delicious foods, while keeping harmful chemicals off their plates.
• good variety and selection. Our menus are designed each week to showcase the bounty of fresh produce available, focusing on quality, in season offerings.
• good value. Our produce is competitively priced with local grocery stores, and it also comes right to your door, saving you time and gas.
• good service. Our whole focus is to bless our customers and help them eat healthier. From the moment the order is placed to when it is received, we are fanatic about exceeding expectations.
• good nutrition. Nutrition is not an accident. Organic farmers concentrate on building a healthy soil to in turn enhance the nutritional value of their crops.
• good health. It doesn’t happen by chance. Eating healthy is a choice that pays healthy dividends. Our bodies need a daily variety of organic fruits and vegetables in order to fight disease, and to function at it’s best.
• good convenience. Eating healthy is hard enough, but having to shop for quality and value complicates the process. Receiving our home delivery box makes it easier and more convenient to eat healthy.
• good information. Our newsletters provide insight to the farm season, educational material, and local musings from the farmer. We also have monthly writings from a local Naturopathic doctor regarding health and diet related topics.
• good recipes. We supply fun and inspiring, simple recipes with each newsletter.
• good helpful produce tips. We provide useful produce tips on various items within the box, making sure to provide information on items that may be new or unusual to the customer.
• good for the local community. Local farms provide access to fresh local food and provide local food security, limiting our need to rely on other regions and nations. At the Klesick Family Farm we cherish our local community and partner with our customers to provide the needy of our area with quality organic produce.
• good for the environment. Organic farming practices benefit not only personal health, but also the health of our immediate environment and of our world. Farms provide important homes to untold numbers of critters, above and below the ground. Our farms also provide open space, and in Western Washington much of our farmland is the reservoir for rivers that flood.
• good for future generations. By supporting our farm and home delivery service our customers are also making an investment in future generations. Because we, at the Klesick Family Farm, believe so strongly in the importance of keeping local agriculture alive, we make it a priority to actively support farming at a local county planning level. We also engage in a multitude of speaking events, sharing on topics anywhere from “farming practices” to “why save farmland” to telling preschoolers why it’s cool to be a farmer.
Every time you receive a box of produce you are not only reaping the benefit of convenience, healthy food, simple recipes, and a great value. You are impacting the world and making a difference… a good difference!
Tristan, for the Klesick Family Farm
KNOW YOUR PRODUCE
Celery Root, or Celeriac, is an ugly, but delicious root. It is not the bulb or base of regular celery. It tastes like a cross between strong celery and parsley with a nutty twist. To prepare, cut off the top and bottom. Peel with a very sharp knife. Cube celery root and cook it in boiling salted water about 10 minutes. Celery root is good with potato purees, soups and stews. Celery Root is rich in phosphorous and potassium. In recipes calling for cauliflower, celery root makes a great and unexpected substitute. Carnival winter squash is similar to Acorn and can be prepared the same way. Carnival squash should be stored in a cool dark place. Do not refrigerate. As with all produce items, first wash and scrub outside of squash so that when cutting squash dirt does not get on the flesh. Be careful when cutting raw squash. Use a large, heavy knife, work slowly, gently rocking the knife or the squash while cutting. With a spoon , scrape all seeds and strings from the center cavity. Asian Pears are technically a member of the pear family, but resembles an apple in shape and texture. Ripe Asian Pears are hard and fragrant. Ripe pears can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks
The recent flooding has taken its toll on many families, but this last weekend, the community put a lot of energy into cleaning up and it looks and feels markedly better. At one point I was visiting with a homeowner and a volunteer during lunch and wouldn’t you know it, right there in the middle of a recently flooded flower bed was some fall crocuses peeking out. A beautiful reminder that this flood and cleanup will be a memory soon and spring is coming.