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Christmas Tree Care Tips

Christmas Tree Care The key to maintaining your living Christmas tree throughout the holiday season is to give it the proper care. Maintaining a high moisture level in the tree is the single most important factor in reducing needle loss and keeping the tree fresh. Below are some sure ways to make your Christmas [...]

Goat Cheese Potato “Lasagna”

INGREDIENTS: 5 lbs. Red New Potatoes 1 qt. Heavy Cream 10 oz. Goat Cheese 1-1/2 cups Parmesan cheese - grated 2 Tbs. Garlic ½ bunch Italian Parsley - chopped Salt and fresh ground pepper PROCEDURE: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix cream with chopped garlic. Thinly slice potatoes – preferably on a mandolin. Let the [...]

Quinoa, Persimmon, Pomegranate and Kale Salad

INGREDIENTS: 3   cups Quinoa - Cooked 1   cup Persimmon – thinly sliced ½  cup Roasted Leeks ½  cup Dried Cranberries ¼  cup Pomegranate seeds 2   cups Kale - Cut 1   cup Butternut Squash – Small cubes and roasted Pomegranate Glaze 1   cup Balsamic ½  cup Pomegranate Juice Citrus Vinaigrette ½  cup Orange Juice ¼  cup [...]

Easy Herbs for Winter

The most important word for cool weather herbs is SUN. Water deeply (as in: water slowly so that all the soil gets a drink, not just the top & sides of the pot or ground soil) once a week… and did I mention SUN? A lot of people want to grow herbs inside and while this [...]

4 Easy Steps to Canning Tomatoes from your Garden

You have so many tomatoes and you can’t eat them so what can you do with them? Well, you can can them. I have canned up all kinds, cherry, yellow, multi-colored as well as just plain old red tomatoes.  It’s so great to have (almost) fresh tomatoes when they are not available in the garden. [...]

Asian Melon Salad Recipe

Summer is here! Add this refreshing melon salad for a side at your next BBQ or eat as a simple snack. When making this recipe add equal parts, dress, and mix together. Ingredients: Melons (Cantaloupe and Honey Dew, cubed work well) Sun Gold Tomatoes, halved Cilantro, chopped Mint, chopped Wild Arugula Shallots or Fried Shallot Rinds (Optional) Dressing: [...]

Summer Cooking with Tomatoes & Peppers

HEIRLOOM CHERRY TOMATO “COMPOTE” & CEVICHE ROAST PEPPER RELISH & PICKLING LIQUID Heirloom Cherry Tomato “Compote” Ingredients: Extra virgin Olive Oil – 2 TBS Red Onion minced — 1 cup Garlic minced — 2 cloves Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes — 3 pints Rosemary — 1 sprig Thyme — 1 sprig Salt & Fresh Pepper to taste [...]

Romesco & Lemon Shallot Vinaigrette Recipe

Lemon Shallot Vinaigrette I shallot, cut minced 1/2 cup lemon juice 1 cup olive oil Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste Romesco Sauce 1 large tomato, no core 2 Tbs hazelnuts, toasted with skin removed I ancho chile 2 Tbs, blanched almonds 1 slice firm white bread 2 large cloves garlic, sliced Pinch of [...]

Cooking with Farmer’s Market Vegetables

My trip to the farmer’s market yielded these dishes – simple, flavorful and versatile… Ingredients: 2 ears of Sweet Corn — Shucked, cleaned and grilled, when cooled cut the kernels off of the cob 10 small Summer Squashes — Baby if possible, 5 green and 5 yellow cut on bias, tossed in herb oil mixture [...]

Small Plates from Farmhouse

Small plates in restaurants are everywhere. They started as tapas in Spain or dim sum in China, even the courses of fish in a sushi bar. They are fun ways to eat with a great variety. A chance to taste lots of different foods and if you’re not that hungry, a nice option to a [...]