Slow Roasted Tomatoes

Slow Roasted Tomatoes Slow roasting brings out the sweetness of tomatoes. Use these as a side dish, puree for an incredible tomato sauce or soup, use in salsas or in place of tomatoes in any of your favorite recipes. 2-3 lbs of tomatoes cut into medium wedges 2 red or yellow onions cut into thick […]

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Chilled Melon Soup with Basil

Chilled Melon Soup with Basil Easy and elegant, a great starter or palate cleanser. Add a banana and some berries for a nice smoothie. Skip the yogurt and add ice cubes and some vodka or rum, for a refreshing summer cocktail. 1 medium honeydew, cantaloupe or other melon, seeded with rind removed 3 tbs fresh […]

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Panzanella – Italian Bread Salad

Panzanella – Italian Bread Salad Delicious, light but satisfying, and a great way to use your old bread and fresh veggies. ½ loaf of Italian or rustic bread, somewhat stale is ok, rock hard isn’t. Cut into bite size cubes and toast in oven at 350 until crisp. 1 cup chopped tomatoes ½ cup chopped […]

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Colorado looking lush – July 2014

Herb Blurb July 2014 All the rain this spring has been wonderful for gardens and the great outdoors. It is so rare to see Colorado looking lush. Check out Hudson Gardens on south Santa Fe or the Denver Botanic Gardens featuring the Chihuly Glass Exhibit for garden ideas or just to enjoy the stunning displays. […]

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Chilled Tomato and Avocado Soup

Chilled Tomato and Avocado Soup – serves 4 1 lb ripe tomatoes, quartered 1 cup tomato juice ¼ cup red onion, loosely chopped 1/3 cup cucumber ½ red bell pepper 2 cloves garlic 2 tbs olive oil 1 tbs balsamic vinegar 5-7 basil leaves Dash of sugar Dash of cayenne pepper, like it hot? Add […]

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Olive Cherry Tapenade

Olive Cherry Tapenade – serves 8-10 as an appetizer 1 ½ cups pitted olives of choice, chopped fine. I like Kalamata. 1 cup pitted fresh cherries or 2/3 cup dried cherries, chopped fine 1 tbs basil leaves, stacked and cut with a sharp knife into slivers 2 scallions, white part chopped fine 1 tbs fresh […]

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Ginger Lime Cooler

  Ginger Lime Cooler – 12 servings 1 cup sugar 1 cup water 2 tbs grated, peeled fresh ginger root 1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice Bring sugar, water and ginger root to a boil, stirring until sugar is completely dissolved. Cover, turn off heat and let sit overnight. Strain and add lime juice. For […]

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Summer has arrived in Colorado – June 2014

Herb Blurb June 2014 Summer has arrived in all its lush glory, thanks to all the recent rains. Festivals, outdoor concerts, swimming in freshwater lakes and all sorts of activities abound. Take out your calendar and cross out dates to take a garden tour, attend a food festival, hike a mountain and see a concert […]

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Shrubs – a delicious, refreshing drink

Shrubs – a delicious, refreshing drink Shrubs are a drink from American colonial days made with vinegar, sugar, fruits and herbs. They were used as a thirst quencher and are easy to make and great for using up seasonal produce. They can also add a nice tang to cocktails. My most recent recipe was chopped […]

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Thai Veggie Noodle Salad

Thai Veggie Noodle Salad – serves 8 Here is a really delicious salad using fresh ingredients that can be made ahead of time and enjoyed at a summer concert or picnic. Dressing 2 tbs toasted sesame oil ½ cup canned coconut milk, (freeze the remainder for future u 1-2 garlic cloves 3 tbs honey or […]

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