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    Friday Freebies-Slow Cooker Book

    Here’s another freebie cookbook from Amazon Kindle. One of my favorite ways to cook too- http://www.amazon.com/001-Best-Slow-Cooker-Recipes-ebook/dp/B004YW69B4/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1340979223&sr=1-1&keywords=free+kindle+books And while this isn’t free, you have to buy some Pringles,you might be interested in getting a free speaker http://www.pringles.com/current-promotions

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    CSA Box-Week Three

    Here’s what goodies were in week three’s CSA Box- Salad mix, red beets, red chard, cilantro, basil, snow peas, green zucchini and yellow squash, garlic scapes, broccoli, radishes, spinach and Yukon Gold potatoes. I’m learning more about working a meal around one particular vegetable and think it’s a skill I’ll be putting to use year round now. I used the pototoes and broccoli as side dishes to accompany some grilled Quorn ‘chicken’ breasts I bought on sale. The salad mix and radishes were eaten for lunches throughout the week. Featherstone Farm who supplies the veggies gives us two recipe ideas each week. This was the second week the box had contained…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Feta, Spinach and Roasted Red Pepper Quiche

    I mentioned this dish a couple of weeks ago. I had some leftover cooked spinach and thought about what I could do with it. One quick and easy meal is a quiche. After looking through the fridge to see what I had on had I decided to combine it with feta cheese and roasted red peppers. You can use your own pastry recipe or even a ready made crust and the rest is simple.  This time around as I also had some of the fresh oregano on hand and what goes better with feta cheese than oregano? As I rolled out the pastry I incorporated some chopped pieces into the…

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    The CSA Box-Week 2

    I’m really enjoying preparing meals around what’s in the CSA boxes. Week 2 contained strawberries, romaine lettuce, cilantro, dill, red chard, Sugar Ann snap peas, Chioggia beets, Spring Asian turnips and kohlrabi. Most of the items I used  as part of a salad or side dish. And yes, hate to admit it but the strawberries were so good, I ate them all as a mid-afternoon snack. They were smaller than the ones you see at the store but packed a lot more taste. I hadn’t eaten fresh peas since I grew up in England and it was a trip down memory lane. I’d always helped my grandmother take them out of the…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Lentil and Mint Salad

    One of my all time favorite cookbooks is The Cafe Brenda cookbook by Brenda Langton and Margaret Stuart. It’s now tattered, has splashes of this and that on it, but it will always be one of my keeper books. A few weeks ago I was sent a copy of a new cookbook by Langton and Stuart called The Spoonriver Cookbook. I read cookbooks like I do any other book and this one has great sounding recipes and beautiful photographs.  While it contains meat, poulty and fish recipes, many are vegetarian. So I thought I’d ask if I could share one with you for a Meatless Monday feature. So here is the Lentil…

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    Friday Freebies

    Instead of giving you a link to to freebie, I thought I’d share this with you because it’s a great resource for finding your own free things. The whole process can be time consuming and this does some of the work for you. This is a site I really like (and be sure to sign up for the daily newsletter). Frugal Freebies and Deals- http://www.frugalfreebiesanddeals.com/

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    The CSA Box-Week One

    I’m the sort of cook who looks through recipes and sales flyers and then works out what meals I’ll make for the week. Doing it the other way around, ingredients first and then making a decision, I thought would take some adjustment. However, when I picked up the first box from the CSA share we’d bought  this year I was excited about all the things I could try and create. Box number one contained field greens, spinach, lettuce, garlic scapes, asparagus, rhubarb, oregano and garlic chives and radishes. The field greens were eaten for salad, the same with the lettuce and radishes. I do in fact, have some leftover and I’m using it…

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    It’s a Great Month for Sales

    This month Georgine tells us all about June sales…. June is the month for Father’s Day, graduations, weddings, and the beginning of summer fun! With that in mind the sales will be pretty great! Believe it or not, swimsuits will already be reduced. Look for sales in stores and online that offer not only price reductions but free shipping too. Lingerie is always a hot item but keep your eyes and ears opened for Victoria’s Secret’s semi-annual sale and stock up. If you see something that you can use for a holiday present, it’s never too early to save. Father’s Day (6-17) brings out all types of tools and garden…

  • Meatless Mondays

    It’s Meatless Monday-Veggie and Bean Tacos

    Last week I picked up the first box from the CSA program we signed up for. (More about it later). I cook a lot and took cooking classes for four years, so there aren’t too many new to me items. However, one did get my attention and that’s garlic scapes. Here’s a photo of them and yes, they look a lot like green snakes. Our CSA box contains a newsletter telling us about each of the contents so I was eager to learn about this one. Seems that these are the flowering stalks of the garlic bulb that comes up from the ground in spring. Best thing is they don’t go to…