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1. It’s good to be home!! Except for the fact that there is no Flour Bakery five blocks away to inhale breakfast at every morning. Somehow starting my day without twice baked brioche and a sticky sticky bun is just not going to be the same.

2. I do need to figure out how they make their steel cut oats so heavenly though. Mine just never seem to come out so creamy. How do they do it?!

3. On an unrelated note, I am chaining myself to a treadmill from now until the honeymoon…and declaring this #TheSummerofSALAD. Anyone else?

4. We got our first CSA delivery yesterday! And it is ALL GREENS. Bok choy, mizuna, red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce, mustard greens, chinese cabbage, arugula, chives, and sage. So far I’ve mixed the mizuna and mustard greens into a baked pasta dish, but I definitely need some inspiration for all that lettuce.

5. Send help.

6. Is anyone else doing a CSA this year? Would it be interesting to you guys to see a weekly CSA update on how I used all our veggies? Just something I would consider if there’s interest.

7. GROUNDBREAKING NEWS. The.Boy “sort of” made dinner for himself while I was gone!! By which I mean, he boiled water for pasta, cooked said pasta, and then tossed it with jarred sauce. Baby steps.

8. I’m thinking I should teach him how to make pizza dough next. Something tells me that will be gratifying for both of us.

9. I am SO behind on all things blogging, but especially blog reading. If I haven’t commented on your blog since last Thursday..I still love you!! I promise I’ll get back to my normally scheduled programming…and SOON.

10. For all of our sanity.

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39 Responses to Wednesday Coffee Talk

  1. Yes to the weekly CSA update! We’re doing a CSA and it starts next week. I never know what to do with all the different greens at the beginning of the season!

  2. Hi Joanne!
    I like your wednesday talks! I am tempted on doing something similar myself 🙂
    I definitely think you should teach ‘The Boy’ how to make pizza dough. Though I once taught a boyfriend of mine how to make scones – and that was the best thing I ever taught him haha! By doing so, after having baked said scones a couple of times for the pupil, someday, one might be surprised with a nice homemade breakfast in bed – and get to be the one who stays in bed while it is being prepared 😉
    Have a nice wednesday!

  3. Maybe they soak their steel cut oats overnight before cooking (or at least for a few hours) to help make them extra creamy??

  4. hey girl! Hooray for your first CSA delivery!!! I love CSAs and wanted to find one here in WI, esp for the summer but since we have such a fantastic Farmer’s Market, I chose not to. I would love reading about what you do with your CSA produce! and hooray for the.boy!!!! that’s great! he could have easily picked something up instead!!

  5. SallyBR says:

    THose baby steps are HUGE! Boiling water, cooking the pasta (al dente, I hope) and adding sauce! Awesome!

    hope the meeting was great, and welcome home!

  6. Catherine says:

    A weekly csa update would be awesome! I love seeing/getting inspired by what others do!

  7. Monica says:

    Your trip to Boston sounds awesome! Flour is such a cozy, bright, and delicious place, isn’t it? You have me so interested in the steel cut oatmeal!! I want to try it…(I found that a method of cooking the oats for just 1 minute in boiling water than covering/chilling overnight before finishing in the morning gives you a very creamy texture). Can’t wait to see the amazing inspiration that will burst from you after your honeymoon in Italy! Such exciting stuff!

  8. Oooh, CSA! It’s a food-lover’s version of Christmas in the summertime. Here’s something that might help with that lettuce and a few other veggies :http://www.framedcooks.com/2015/01/poached-egg-roasted-vegetable-salad.html

  9. Oh gosh I want a CSA soooo badly! We want to see pics of all your gorgeous produce! And yay for the boy making din-din all by himself! Maybe make this a regular thing?? 😉

  10. CakeSpy says:

    Don’t you dare chain yourself to the treadmill. Dieting and overexercising is BORING. What is not boring, however, is Flour. You were that close? That sounds amazing.

  11. I’m doing a CSA but mine starts in November! That’s when we get the greens. I have a mini summer share going but that is ending soon. Just too hot down here for large scale, organic agriculture.

  12. Heather says:

    My doctor has basically ordered me to have salads pretty much every day and cut down on gluten, so hooray for all of the greens! Unfortunately we slacked and didn’t sign up for a CSA this summer. Definitely something I need to look into, though, for next year.

  13. Beth says:

    Yes to the summer of salad! I am so in.
    And yes to the boy’s baby steps, too. Pasta and store-bought sauce were the first meals I made for myself at university. (Plus, he probably appreciated you EVEN MORE when you got home, right?)

  14. Simone Cahill says:

    yes please to the CSA update! And having moved from Boston last year I feel your pain. Wonder if her cookbooks have an oats recipe?

  15. The summer of salad! Love it. And whyyyyy didn’t we think about getting together while you were in Boston?! Oh silly us. Next time!!

  16. i wish i had that breakfast everyday too! yum-o! though i have been enjoying overnight oats with quick steel cut oats (that i bought with a coupon & could never cook right stove-top–too gummy). perfect use for them!!

  17. OMG that bakery, OMG!!! Honey moon soon- YAYYYYY! Yum to all the produce!

  18. Pam says:

    I want to do a CSA so badly, but we are gone too much in the summer for it to work. I love that The.Boy made spaghetti – my husband will only do bean and cheese burritos. Silly boys.

  19. THAT BAKERY *jaw drops*

    and I don’t wanna talk about how behind on life I am….this wedding has consumed my liiiife

  20. welcome back!!! i so glad you had a full dose of flour 🙂

  21. YES to CSA updates. I need inspiration for when we get our weekly boxes!!

  22. Sues says:

    I feel ya on being behind on blogging… And basically everything!!

    Also on Flour. 100%

  23. Lynn says:

    I’ve been tempted to get a CSA box, but since I live alone, I’m concerned with having too much bounty! I’ll be interested to read about what you do with all that good stuff.

  24. Zainab says:

    Hahha I still love you too!! So jealous you had Flour Bakery breakfast 5 days in a row. Love that place. Wait wasn’t last summer the summer of greens too? with the wedding? Lol! I will be interested in a weekly summary of how you are using your veggies. I am making a point to visit my farmers market every weekend this summer and would like some ideas beyond salad (and pie!)

  25. Linda Ferris says:

    We have belonged to a CSA for several years. EVERY week, all summer and fall, we get at least 2 heads of wonderful lettuce. One can only eat so many salads in a week before 2 more heads of the same wonderful lettuce show up in our share.
    We discovered several delicious lettuce soup recipes all over the internet. It’s good hot, it’s yummy cold. Better yet, it freezes for those long cold months when supermarket greens are compost-ready and very costly.
    Google “lettuce soup” and see what you get.
    Also lettuce sautes nicely for asian stir-fry.

  26. Jessie says:

    I know what you mean about the oatmeal!! I can never get it as awesomely creamy (and I know it’s not just because of the cream). If you ever find out the secret, let me know – seriously 😛 I love adding tons of greens to a quesadilla with beans or mashed chickpeas. Mmm, so good 🙂

  27. Kate says:

    The summer of salads sounds heavenly!

  28. Those Flour bakery breakfasts sound heavenly! And YES to CSA updates!

  29. I was looking into CSA in my area, but there is nothing that is close enough 🙁 Good luck with finding some ideas for all your veggies!

  30. My husband can do pasta, and baked potatoes, and top his own pizza when I make the dough (!). If you manage to teach yours how to do pizza dough, please tell us, and I’ll get him to up his game!

  31. Eileen says:

    All the greens!! ! We do indeed have a CSA box, and are always looking for new things to do with all the veg. I would be up for a CSA box series — although I don’t think you need to do it absolutely every week if you don’t want to! I guess it depends on how much of your cooking is CSA-box-based.

  32. I’ve made those sticky buns before, but I’m sure it’s not the same as having one right from Flour. Sooooo jealous!

  33. Hotly Spiced says:

    Not long until the honeymoon to Italy. How exciting. Your husband’s efforts in the kitchen are very similar to what happens here with the young adults. Baby steps indeed. I wish we had the CSA business here as I’d definitely sign up. I’m sure we must have something similar xx

  34. Joni says:

    Yes! I love the CSA idea. We’re doing one for the third year and I always get lost on what to do with all the greens. Even if it’s just on Instagram and not an official blog post, I’d love to see it!

  35. Lynnette says:

    Yay! Welcome back. 🙂 Teaching boy Pizza dough will essentially triple your fun when coming up with crazy pizza recipes. I am still thinking about that time when I made a nachos and bolognese pizza (don’t judge me!) Love reading your Wednesday coffee talks. I am getting married in 6 months and whilst I cannot swear off sugar and butter just yet, I am going to take a leaf out of your CSA box and make a resolution to eat more greens (even without meat… ) and just aim to be a healthier me for like – forever. xx

  36. Maria says:

    The hypoglycemia ad right next to the Flour spread is too perfect. 😛

  37. Kelly says:

    Haha yes to summer of salads and I would love to hear your CSA updates. Yay that the boy made dinner for himself too 🙂

  38. mollieb says:

    As a Bostonian, I fully approve of your Flour binges. Next time you’re here, check out Tatte Bakery!

    I stumbled over your blog recently, and I just wanted to say how much I love your recipes. I’m a postdoc in developmental bio, and my roommate is also an MD/PhD who’s going back to medical school next year — I really appreciate finding recipes that are great-tasting and full of fresh ingredients so I can make sure he doesn’t get scurvy.

  39. Johanna GGG says:

    You need to cook up lettuce into soup with other greens – it is a great way to get through it when it is wilting. And then you will feel good about the brioches and sticky buns! And congrats to the boy for his cooking progress – am sure he will not be starving now he has discovered the packet of pasta and jar of sauce

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