Garden Ratatouille

I did not grow up eating ratatouille, but it’s one of those dishes I’ve been making for as long as I’ve been raising my own veggies. It’s a great way to toss your garden into a cast iron pot and call it dinner. Once you’ve chopped all your ingredients, you’re pretty close to done. But, ahhh, thatContinue reading “Garden Ratatouille”

Tomato-topped Quiche

I’ve written before about the quiche tug-of-war in our house between me, the veggie-lover, and my kids, the carnivores. But since what’s growing in the garden often determines what lands on our table, this week our quiche is heirloom tomato-topped and flecked with basil and chives. I threw my favorite quiche cheese, Swiss, in for good measure.Continue reading “Tomato-topped Quiche”

Lemon Balsamic Dressing

  I am always looking for tasty dressings to drizzle atop my garden veggies. I make a mean Buttermilk Ranch Dressing, a lovely Poppy Seed Dressing, a tangy Honey Mustard Vinaigrette and a garlicky Ginger Sesame Dressing. But for the cukes and carrots and one last leftover beet that wound up in this week’s salad, IContinue reading “Lemon Balsamic Dressing”

Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms

If you have zucchini plants in your garden, then you have zucchini blossoms. If you aren’t growing squash, the flowers can be harder to come by. Check out your farmers market or ask gardeners you know. I have also successfully used pumpkin flowers, and both summer and winter squash flowers should be game as well.Continue reading “Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms”

Make Mine Mexican

  My husband is half Italian-American and nowhere is this clearer than the kitchen. Whether he’s stirring up marinara from a recipe encoded in his DNA or pressing pizzelle at Christmas or building his tasty sausage lasagna layer by layer, Italian cuisine is his comfort zone. My heritage is more complicated: English, German, Eastern European butContinue reading “Make Mine Mexican”

Cucumber Peach Salsa

  I love salsa. Spicy, sweet, chilled, home-canned, tomatillo, classic, yes and yes! So when the season is spilling over with cucumbers and peaches, well, they should become salsa too. You might have seen recipes that feature mango as the swap for classic tomatoes, but mangoes don’t grow on the mountainside in these parts. SoContinue reading “Cucumber Peach Salsa”

Guacamole

  Guacamole may be my favorite condiment/sauce/topping on the planet. I love the creaminess of the avocado, the kick of the peppers and the medley of flavors that the tomato, cilantro and onion bring to the plate. Like any dish, the better the ingredients, the better the end result. I want my avocados soft, but notContinue reading “Guacamole”

Homemade Taco Seasoning

  Over the years, I’ve discovered that if I want to eat food free from preservatives and chemical flavors and unpronouncable additives, then I pretty much need to make it myself. I’ve also been pleasantly surprised to find that making my own typically tastes better and costs less than what I can buy in a package.Continue reading “Homemade Taco Seasoning”

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

  This dressing is thick and creamy and best when it’s filled with fresh local herbs. It’s a more decadent, flavorful version than what you’ll find on your grocery store shelves. But that’s exactly why it’s worth making from scratch. Makes 2 cups Ingredients 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1/2 cup buttermilk (I use a local dairy that bottlesContinue reading “Buttermilk Ranch Dressing”

Herby Alfredo Pasta Dinner

  In the spring, I walk around my garden thinking mostly of one thing: How to get all the delicious, thriving herbs and greens from my yard onto my plate. Could a snip of parsley, a handful of spinach, a few strands of oregano, a spring onion and maybe a mushroom or two somehow, magicallyContinue reading “Herby Alfredo Pasta Dinner”