Red velvet chocolate beet cupcakes

Yeah, I know it sound weird. Beet and chocolate cupcakes. My spouse thought they’d be nasty but they turned out wicked tasty. What I like best about them is the fact they are super moist! Often my cake isn’t moist enough but the beets really help with this.
Unfortunately, they still are probably not super healthy. …

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Spring CSA Week 3

My third basket of CSA veggies arrived this week and I’m really excited about some of the goodies. The best thing I got this week was fingerling potatoes. I’m going to make hashbrowns with those tomorrow. I also got

Green beans
Summer squash
Carrots
Many many mustard greens
Turnips
Spring onions
Sprouts

Unfortunately there weren’t any salad greens this week. However, my own …

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Spring CSA Week 2

Today was CSA pickup day again. I’ve used most of the veggies from last week’s share. Try as I might the beet chips were a disgusting failure and I’ve still got carrots and beet greens left. In contrast, the sugar snap peas were a HUGE hit as was the cauliflower, mixed greens, sprouts and strawberries.
This …

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Kitchen garden(s)

Growing up I never really thought much about the fact that my family had a big garden, as did my grandparents. Living in Maine it was something we just sort of took for granted. When I moved away it was also one of the things that I missed the most. Until I bought a house …

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Curried Red Lentil Wrap

Last night after my success with making a Red Lentil and Cauliflower curry, I decide it would be neat to try to make a Red lentil spread for sandwiches for the rest of the week. I’d found several recipes for red lentil dips on the web and wondered it one of those would suit my …

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Red Lentil and Cauliflower Curry

This week I got a head of cauliflower in my CSA box. So I decides to make an Indian curry with red lentils and cauliflower. I found a recipe that seemed really good. However, I didn’t want to make the curry paste from scratch. Mostly because today was a really busy day but also because …

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Homemade Corned Beef

Two weekend ago I started my homemade corned beef project. I made a nice brine and packed 4 pieces of beef brisket into ziptop bags filled with brine. This was put into the refrigerator for 7 days. The following weekend I removed the ziptop bags from the fridge emptied the brine and rinsed the meat …

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Strawberries and Cream

I know it seems a little crazy but one of my favorite ways to have fresh strawberries is strawberries and cream. It is SUCH a decadent treat from my childhood that I feel spoiled and a bit naughty when I make it.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with it. Basically you combine fresh strawberries …

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My First CSA Box

My first CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box arrived today with a variety of tasty things including:

Baby mixed greens
Sprouts
Beets
Cauliflower
Carrots
Sugar Snap Peas
Spring Onions
Strawberries

I have a pretty good idea what I’m going to make with most of the things but the beets and carrots will be a bit of challenge. I like beet greens but not the beets …

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Pricey POS Mandoline

Sometime in the last 2 years I bought what I thought was a nice mandoline on Amazon to produce even slices of potatoes, cucumbers, etc. Recently I’ve come to rue my choice though because although quite pricey has turned out to be a POS. The main problem is the slicing blade got dull rather quickly …

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