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I can unequivocally state that Garlic Scapes are my favorite.  They only come once a year and they make my summer.  I definitely had to do some research when these came in my first csa box…three summers ago.  Thankfully, The Joy of Cooking had a nice diagram of the life of garlic and onions and all those other edible plants in the allium family.  So Garlic Scapes are the flowers from garlic and they are delicious.  If you just lightly saute them, they taste like a bomb of roasted garlic in the most marvelous way possible.  Now I have to be honest, I made this recipe sometime in June, and I am just posting it.  So unless you live in some tropical place where garlic grows all the time, you probably missed your chance for scapes this year.  But you can totally make this dish without the addition of scapes and it would still be excellent. (more…)

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I had some lovely ladies over a few weekends ago and I made some of my balsamic bruschetta.  Unfortunately, while I was scurrying around to get ready for the party, I did not snap any pictures.  But I had multiple requests for the recipe so I felt obliged to share.

I dice 1/2 a large red onion and sautéed it in balsamic vinegar.

I diced 1/2 lb of tomatoes.  The other 1/2 lb of tomatoes I pureed with a few handfuls of fresh basil.  I did the pureeing with my amazing immersion blender.  I would have probably used about 2 tsp of dried basil.

I diced maybe an ounce or two of Parmesan cheese into very small pieces.

Then I mixed it all together and served it with freshly baked bread.

Totally simple and totally delicious!  I promise to make it again with pictures!

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HERBS! What makes dishes delightful!

We have most herbs growing in the one window in our apartment that has enough sunlight to support many flourishing plants.  Clearly we utilize the little growing space we have.  My crafty husband strung this set-up together.  We had too many summers of our pesky cats chowing down on their herbs of choice: cilantro, chives, and dill.  After basically arguing with the guy at the hardware store, we bought over 40 feet of decorative chain for hanging all of our in door plants.

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Sultry slow cooked eggplant with plump tomatoes and booming balsamic flavor, who could ask for anything more?  I couldn’t especially since I have been on a kick of making all veggie meals. Eggplant is one of those vegetables that is never in short supply during the winter so it is nice to make a new dish with it.  This dish has so much going on and while it takes a while to cook it is not very labor intensive.  So give yourself a weekend afternoon to make it but go about your day while it is slow roasting, the result will be a delight.  (more…)

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I loves me some pizza.  I started making homemade pizza as a kid on camping trips.  It was so fun warming it up over the camp fire and even the times I ate it when we did not have a fire to warm it on.  When I got a bit older, I brought the homemade pizza into the kitchen and my mom made me make it every time I came home from college.  Some times we get very fancy with homemade crust.  But I think I like it more when I eat it on pitas as if I was a kid again camping in the Northwoods.

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Okay this salad is not that fat but it is tasty.  We have tons of lettuce from the CSA this time of year so we have to keep chowing down on salads.  This post is really for the dressing I made for the salad because how can you go wrong with ingredients for a greek salad.

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Tomato Basil Pie

This dish was given to me by an old friend at Camp Jorn many years ago.  When our farmers gave us a huge bag of green tomatoes and we had a potluck to go to, I knew that this would be the dish to make.  First, I usually use red tomatoes but the green ones work out great.  Second, this is perfect for a potluck because it is dangerously good, like you could accidentally eat at least half the dish over a bottle of wine and want to go back for more.  So it is best to share it with friends since as you will see below it is one of the least healthy things I will ever make. (more…)

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