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If you’re on a gluten free diet one of the ingredient that you should check out is Quinoa. It is high in protein and fiber and very versatile, you can use it in a lot of recipes and it tastes great with a nice crunch. This Baked Quinoa Patties Recipe is one of my favorites and even kids will love it.
Picnics and covered dish suppers are a fun part of early fall. When families and friends gather and share foods they’ve brought, I almost always enjoy one extra-special something. Maybe it’s a creamy, cheesy mac ‘n’ cheese or a perfectly seasoned vegetable or even an exotic fruit salad. You almost never attend a cookout without a pasta salad. This simple side dish has become very much a staple at such gatherings. There are many different kinds of pasta salad including creamy and vinaigrette (Like Asparagus Pasta Salad). My aunt Sandy makes a Mediterranean pasta salad that is perfect to take to outdoor events, since it is not mayonnaise-based. I also enjoy using the freshest vegetables that I can find at my local farmer’s market.Continue reading
Often buying a whole chicken at the grocery store is great way to save some money. However, buying a whole chicken can be a bit intimidating if you have never cooked one. If you want to buy a whole chicken at the grocery store but your not sure what to do with it we have the perfect solution. Make a slow cooker rotisserie chicken!
I ventured into canning my own spaghetti sauce this summer. I wanted to use what I grew to create the perfect sauce. This is how to Make Marinara Sauce With Garden Tomatoes. My recipe is similar to Connie’s- although I cook mine in the crock-pot all day. My crock-pot yields 6 pints for canning. It is very easy to let it cook all day and then process in a water bath! Thanks to Connie for this recipe. Check out Cook with Connie for more fantastic recipes!
Each summer when gardens yield an abundance of tomatoes, I make marinara. Last year, my friend, Sarah, encouraged me to enter my marinara in the county fair and it won first prize! This classic Italian tomato sauce is truly easy to make, and when it’s made with fresh tomatoes and basil, it’s hard to beat. In the winter, you can make marinara with canned tomatoes, but it is best with garden fresh tomatoes that have been blanched. Try my marinara the next time you have a batch of tomatoes. It is delicious on pasta, of course, but try it over steamed zucchini or spaghetti squash. Marinara also makes a great topper for baked potatoes or grilled chicken.
Hopefully you are enjoying some fresh summer vegetables! Today we are giving you another squash recipe since they are the most abundant vegetable! Thanks to Connie for this recipe.
During the summer months, I tend to make fresh vegetables the base for all my meals. Whatever meat accompanies the veggies is usually grilled or quickly sautéed. When veggies are at their freshest, they are the most tasty and nutritious. Summer Squash Sauce is particularly delicious and fresh if you grow your own tomatoes, squash, and basil. These plants are popular and easy to grow in containers making this dish a good choice for a truly home-made summer meal.
I grew up with garden fresh vegetables grown with love and care by my grandparents and parents. I’ve spent many hours weeding and picking, shelling and shucking, so that our family would have our own vegetables in the freezer and canned in jars all winter long. However, now that I have my own family, I still want fresh vegetables…I just don’t want to grow them myself. So, my family joined a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). Each growing season, we pay a fee for a “share” of the farm’s bounty and receive a weekly allotment of vegetables. This has been especially fun for me because some weeks, we receive veggies that I don’t typically eat or even know how to prepare.Continue reading
Summer time is here! With my kids being home all day, I have to make sure I’ve got some snacks ready for hungry mouths in the afternoon. After a morning spent outside playing in the sun, by the afternoon the kids are craving something sweet, cold, and yummy. And let me tell you, I hit the jackpot with this easy to make snack. This Sour Candy Grapes Recipe is something your kids are going to ask for all the time! The best part is that they taste like candy without actually being candy. So they are healthier, and in my opinion, they taste better! Oh, and it’s cheap, which is also important! Let me show you how easy they are to make…Continue reading