One thing about eating locally is that you have to be really creative. Between the CSA and the garden the amount of fresh summer fruits and veggies that require immediate attention can be overwhelming, but I’ve actually found that the simplest meals are the most satisfying. Berries, peaches, and fresh goat cheese for breakfast, or a … More Two Summer Salsas
This was my first attempt at making jam and I love how it turned out! The plums, from our CSA, were very tart, especially the skins. I had considered peeling them, but then thought better of it; the skins help to thicken the jam. For this recipe I used honey instead of sugar, hoping that … More Tart Plum and Ginger Jam
I did a little experimenting and ended up with perfectly pink strawberry oatmeal cookies. I used the banana bites recipe with pureed strawberries instead of bananas and sweetened with 2 tablespoons of honey instead of additional fruit. The uncooked batter is also pretty good…
I came across frozen green garbanzo beans at the store recently and thought they would make for a nice twist on classic hummus. Green garbanzos have a decidedly greener flavor, kind of like green peas, which makes a brighter tasting hummus. I was also pretty generous with the parsley which added to the fresh green … More Green Hummus and My First Garlic!
Lavender is in full bloom! The bees seem intoxicated by it and I have to admit that I have to pause and take a deep breath every time I catch its scent. I knew that I wanted to use it in this week’s Studio 26 treat and I found some great recipes online. I have … More Chocolate Mint and Lavender Iced Tea
This is one of those fridge cleaning recipes. Dinner last night called for a few tomatoes and I opted for sundried instead of flavorless fresh from the grocery store. Thinking about dinner tonight I immediately remembered the sundried tomato pesto that they used to serve at my highschool. Tangy, garlicky, and cheesy, it was one … More Sundried Tomato Pesto
I woke up really early this morning. I just couldn’t sleep. Really, I couldn’t wait to get out into the garden. Does anyone else do that? Get up at six to start gardening? After last night’s winds and rain everything needed a little cleaning. The peas had crumbled under their own weight, so I harvested … More Greens & Eggs and Strawberry Basil Limeaid
I have a mulberry tree. It’s been five years and I’ve never tasted a mulberry. There’s something very wrong with that. We started cutting back the tree every spring before the berries came. They were kind of a nuisance, and these are white mulberries, not the sweet black ones. This year we decided to try … More Sharing the Mulberries