• Meatless Mondays

    It’s Meatless Monday-Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower Tart

    When I find a recipe that’s a snap to put together, yet full of taste it becomes a dish I fall back again and again. This one fits that category. I had lots of broccoli and some cauliflower from a recent CSA box and thought about combining them in one dish. My first idea was to make a quiche but didn’t want the vegetables to be buried in a deep egg mixture. This was the compromise. The key to this dish is adding a good pinch of mustard powder and a good handful of Parmesan cheese to the pastry. Cutting down on the amount of eggs and milk used in…

  • Friday Round Up

    Friday Round-Up-A Week of Good Buys

    I didn’t get time to post a round up last Friday because it’s been a hectic two weeks with various projects. However, it’s been a good time for a bargain or two. One of the consignment stores in the neighborhood had a huge sale offering 75% off already marked down merchandise. I couldn’t resist going along to take a look because I was in need of some summer pants and t-shirts. I ended up with buying four pairs of pants and three t-shirts, most of them designer brands, and one pair of pants still had the original label on them. The cashier said okay are you ready for your total…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Chilled Spicy Bean and Avocado Soup

    Sometimes there are only so many salads you can eat in the summer and you start craving something different. One of my favorite recipes to make when the temperature rises is gazpacho. This year I thought I’d try something different and with a little more substance and what I like to think of as a liquid salad. Avocadoes were on sale and I had a can of chili beans sitting in the pantry so experimented with combining the two. This is the result which I think is perfect fare for a hot summer day. 1 15 ounce can chili beans (don’t drain or rinse them) 1 15 ounce can tomatoes…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Veggie Bites with Feta Cheese

    Last week the weather turned hot and humid and when that happens I crave more snack size meals than anything else. I got tired of salads, and after looking through the CSA box contents and other items I had on hand, I came up with this recipe. My first idea was veggie pancakes and a dipping sauce but as I began making this it morphed into something a little different, including the addition of some feta cheese. I sautéed these in a skillet but if you’re not too worried about deep frying foods, I think that it’s probably the best way to cook these. Quick and easy, seals the edges…

  • Friday Round Up

    Friday Round-Up-Herbs Galore

    Lots going on in the garden this week. All the vegetable plants are doing well. The onions and shallots are growing faster than anything else. I’ve been enjoying the homegrown strawberries. Right now they’re far and few between but I like the fact that I grew them myself. And one thing I’m pleased about is the asparagus I planted. Some of the ferns have made their first appearance. Other than the old converted fish pond, I don’t have a site devoted to the vegetables and have taken a chance and put a few of them in the flower bed. It might seem strange, it might not work, but I thought…

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    July Savings with Georgine

    Georgine’s tips for July. There are a lot of good deals going on in July. If exercise is your thing, try negotiating a month-to-month membership at your favorite gym. Summer months prove to be lighter due to vacations and parental obligations, so your favorite work-out place will want to fill their quota. Furniture and kitchen appliances such as refrigerators, ranges, and microwaves will be on sale by the middle of the month to make room for new lines. As summer heads toward the midpoint look for lawn and garden supplies sales. Especially look for items you can use next year. Grills will dip in price after the Fourth of July.…

  • Meatless Mondays

    It’s Meatless Monday-Summer Minestrone Soup with Chickpea ‘Croutons’

    The temperature is heating up and while it might seem crazy to be making and eating soup, I always make a batch of minestrone this time of year. Seeing veggies that are sometimes harder to find in winter, or cost more, gives me the motivation to make a batch. Even if you don’t eat it now, it freezes well. For this one I tried two new ingredients, or should I say, for one, a new technique. The first was instead of celery, this one used cutting celery that was in the CSA box two weeks ago. I’d never heard of it and if you haven’t either, it’s not even celery…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Cilantro Pesto Linguine with Pan Roasted Vegetables

    One thing I love about the CSA boxes is figuring out what to create with what’s ever inside. All the produce is so good that I try to make it the star of the meal. This week I combined some leftover spinach from a previous delivery along with some herbs from the latest box. I often make pesto and use a combo of basil and spinach. This time it was cilantro, spinach and parsley. It’s simple to make and in this recipe it’s used to coat the linguine. Another item from last week’s box, zucchini was used as part of the roasted veggie topping. If you make this pesto you’ll…