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    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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    Preserving Summer Produce…without canning

    I say this year after year, this summer I’m going to spend a couple of days in the kitchen canning all the great…and yes, cheap summer produce. Do I actually follow through? Hate to admit this, but no. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to miss out on making the most of the cherries, the green beans, the berries that are sitting in the produce department and farmer’s market stands. Here are some ways I make the most of the all the bargain priced produce. And I’ve also included some tips from experts and others who just like me love to save money and eat well. Dried Foods Many years…

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