I am physically incapable of going grocery shopping without buying a magazine. I’ve tried, but really, I need to go to “magazine buyers anonymous” or something. It doesn’t matter if I have a stack waiting to be read. So, this past weekend I picked up Cook’s Illustrated Light Spring 2008. It has a great mix of recipes from macaroni and cheese, to glazed pork tenderloin, to New York style cheesecake. But one of the things that I found really interesting was that it explained PLU codes of produce here in the US. I had no idea that the 4 or 5 digit PLU code on produce can tell you if it’s organic or conventionally grown. If the code is 4 digits and starts with 3 or a 4, it is conventionally grown. If it is 5 digits and begins with the number 9 it is organic. And the most interesting of all, if it is 5 digits and starts with the number 8, it is genetically modified! Did you all know this? I had no idea!
Oh, and my first CSA box of the season starts today! I am so excited. They emailed and said that it would contain: Strawberries, Pac Choi, Arugula, Radishes, Beet sprouts and pea shoots, Kale, and Lettuce! Any ideas, anyone? What do I do with beet sprouts and pea shoots???