First Signs of Spring – February 2014

Herb Blurb February 2014 February brings us the first signs of spring. Before you know it spring bulbs will be peeping out of those snow drifts. These cold winter months are an excellent time to plan your dream garden. Will you have edible flowers? Savory herbs? Designer vegetables in container gardens? Get some books out […]

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Cheaters Toffee

Cheaters Toffee Easy to make candy. Enough to fill a small cookie tin. Saltine crackers 1 1/4 cup brown sugar 1 1/4 cup butter 12 oz. package semi-sweet chocolate chips chopped pecans Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a covered cookie sheet that has sides with parchment paper and spray lightly with cooking spray. […]

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Stuffed Chicken

  Stuffed Chicken This is a super easy recipe that looks elegant and tastes great. Feel free to substitute different ingredients like mushrooms, pesto and sundried tomatoes. Serves 4. 4 chicken breasts, skin on 4 oz cream cheese 2-3 cloves garlic, minced ¼ onion, chopped small 1 tbs butter Olive oil Salt and pepper ½ […]

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Pear and Blue Bites

Pear and Blue Bites A nice blend of savory and sweet. Feel free to sub in goat cheese, feta or Roquefort for the blue cheese. 1 medium head endive 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese ¾ cup diced pears, cut small 1/2 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice 1 tbs olive oil Wash and trim the ends […]

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Toasted Pumpkin and Squash Seeds

Toasted Pumpkin and Squash Seeds Don’t toss those pumpkin or squash seeds. Toast them for a tasty treat, or add to soups and salads. Great for fiber, prostate health and parasites. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Take rinsed pumpkin or squash seeds and blot dry with a dish towel. Put into a bowel and add […]

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Roasted Garlic & Garlic Spread

Roasted Garlic whole garlic heads (bulbs) do at least 2-3. olive oil Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice off the pointed top of the garlic bulb, down about a ½ inch, exposing the cloves. Put the garlic head in a small ovenproof dish. Pour olive oil over the top of each bulb and let it […]

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Slow Roasted Tomato Soup with Goat Cheese and Basil Crème

Slow Roasted Tomato Soup with Goat Cheese and Basil Crème Looks and tastes great and high in antioxidants. Take the slow roasted tomatoes from the above recipe and puree in a blender. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Heat on low in a saucepan. If too thick you can add water, chicken broth or […]

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Peach, Goat Cheese and Prosciutto Bruschetta

Peach, Goat Cheese and Prosciutto Bruschetta Great as an appetizer or snack, elegant and easy. 10 slices of baquette bread, slice fairly thin, brushed with olive oil 1 large or 2 small to medium ripe peaches 4 oz goat cheese or feta Freshly ground black pepper 6 thin slices of prosciutto Good balsamic vinegar Honey […]

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Slow Roasted Tomatoes

Slow Roasted Tomatoes Preheat oven to 325. Cut 3 lbs of fresh tomatoes into 2-3 inch pieces and place in bowl. Season with a pinch of sugar, olive oil, salt, pepper, minced garlic cloves and dried herbs of choice. Toss gently. Place tomatoes on a rimmed cookie sheet, in a single layer, and drizzle with […]

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Stuffed Zucchini

Stuffed Zucchini – serves 4 Great way to use up all that zucchini. 4 medium zucchini – not large! ½ medium onion, finely chopped 4 garlic cloves, chopped ¼ cup bell pepper, whatever color, diced small, use spicier peppers if you like 1 tbs butter Olive oil ¼ cup dried fruit, raisins, currants, apricots or […]

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Fennel, Cannelini and Tuna Salad

Fennel, Cannelini and Tuna Salad – easy and no cooking for those hot summer nights. 1 15 oz can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained 1 small fennel bulb ½ cup thinly sliced red onion 1 can tuna, packed in oil Juice of one lemon 1 tbs olive oil ¼ cup Italian parsley, chopped 2-3 sprigs […]

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Lamb Burgers with Feta and Olives

Lamb Burgers with Feta and Olives – makes 4 I love these for a quick meal. Make extra and freeze some. 1lb ground lamb ½ cup pitted, diced olives (I like Kalamata, but use what you like) ½- 2/3 cup crumbled feta 2 tbs finely diced onion 1-2 garlic cloves, minced ½ tsp cumin ½ […]

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