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Sweet & Spicy Roasted Pepper Sauce

Sweet & Spicy Roasted Pepper Sauce

[Jump to Recipe] I was stuck in a pepper rut. When you have so many fresh, sweet peppers this isn’t a bad thing but where is the creativity in eating so many iterations of peppers in salads and stir fries? Then my CSA (community shared agriculture farm near us) gave me a pre-roasted bag of hatch and poblano chilies. *palm to forehead* That is right you can ROAST peppers. It is fall. Roasted veggies go perfect with fall! Once I…

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Green Tomato Pico de Gallo

Green Tomato Pico de Gallo

[Jump to Recipe] Anyone who follows me on Instagram saw that I had to pick all of my tomatoes a couple weekends ago in preparation for an very early season snow storm (it has been in the 60s F since, dang you weather!!!!). These plants had been impressively prolific and I filled up 4 boxes with not quiet ripe tomatoes that now sit in the basement as I attempt to ripen them. I learned about the trick to store green…

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How to Grow Better Bell Peppers? – Grow Corno di Toros Instead

How to Grow Better Bell Peppers? – Grow Corno di Toros Instead

We have a bed in the garden completely devoted to peppers. It contains 10 pepper plants – 2 Jalapenos, 1 Ancho, 1 Shisito, 1 Habanero, and 5 Corno di Toro. Yes, 5 Corno di Toro. Why?  Because now that I have grown and tasted these, I would never grow any other sweet pepper (also because I had 100% yield in my seeds :O and ended up with 5 and just couldn’t trash 2 of them). For my first garden 6…

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Chicken & Eggplant with Thai Basil

Chicken & Eggplant with Thai Basil

[Jump to Recipe] I have always been mixed on eggplant. The outside is great but I never was excited by what I had to work with in the middle. I mean it was this bulbous fruit (yes it is indeed a fruit) with a white, not super flavorful, oddly textured interior. When I cooked with it I would remove most of the middle and only worked with an inch around the outside. This seems like such a waste to me…

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Roasted Shishito Peppers

Roasted Shishito Peppers

[Jump to Recipe] Shishito peppers are something seasonal for me and thus are a real treat. I used to get them only through my CSA and would relish those one or two meals we could make with them every summer. This year I found myself with more gardening space and I thought, why not see how successful I could be at planting them? I bought only one plant and it turns out that was a great decision because that plant…

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Apricot Jam with Lavender and Vanilla

Apricot Jam with Lavender and Vanilla

[Jump to the recipe by clicking here] I grew up in the middle of what was once an apricot orchard in California. There were, if I can remember correctly, about 6 trees left on my parents property by the time I could appreciate them. They were old, and some years they struggled, but some years they brought forth a plethora of golden fruit. These years of plenty I am sure my mom made many recipes with the apricots, but all…

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Late Summer Salad with Shiso Vinaigrette

Late Summer Salad with Shiso Vinaigrette

[Jump to Shiso Vinaigrette Recipe] [Jump to Late Summer Salad Recipe] I love any recipe that allows me to use small amounts of different ingredients that I wouldn’t be able to make a full dish on their own. Bonus points if I can wipe the dish up quickly. Salads fall in this category. They are a great way to combine all sorts of produce in one delicious dish. For this late summer salad I combined small amounts of late summer…

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Shiso Gin & Tonics (and my obsession with shiso simple syrup)

Shiso Gin & Tonics (and my obsession with shiso simple syrup)

*If you like, pin, comment, whatever to this post you are acknowledging that you are legally allowed to drink alcohol in whatever country you inhabit!* [Jump to Shiso Simple Syrup Recipe] [Jump to Drink Recipe] I used to be a bartender between college and graduate school. It taught me three things: 1. I am not a late night person, 2. how to make a room completely dark so you can sleep until noon, and 3. how to make drinks. A lot…

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