Grilled Garlic Basil Pork Chops

Last week while I was visiting my folks my mom asked me to make dinner one night. I decided to make something simple because I wanted to be able to spend the day visiting not cooking. What I chose to make was Grilled Garlic Basil Pork Chops and a Southwest Corn Salad.
My dad really liked …

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Summer CSA Week 9

It is the second to last week of the summer CSA. I’m splitting the box this week with friends who’ve been watering our garden for us while we were on vacation. In my half I ended up with

acorn squash
micro greens
zucchini
purple hull peas
cucumbers
eggplant
jalapenos

I’ve never dealt with purple hull peas before. They need to be shelled like …

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Summer CSA Week 8

The summer CSA is coming to a close. Only three week’s left! This week we got:

watermelon
butternut squash
bell peppers
cherry tomatoes
cucumbers
microgreens
zucchini
banana peppers
sweet corn
mustard greens

Supposedly this is the end of the sweet corn so I need to make the most of it. Maybe I’ll make a roasted corn salad? Peppers, banana peppers, tomatoes and zucchini are destined for …

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Zucchini casserole

So zucchini has been a prominent feature in the last two week’s CSA boxes and I’ve been having trouble using it up. The classic answer to “what do I do with so much zucchini” is make zucchini bread. However, there were two reason this wouldn’t work for me.

I needed vegetables to go with my meals …

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Flexibility Saves the Day

I was planning on making grilled pork chops and vegetables for dinner tonight. However, when I got home from the gym thunder was starting to rumbling which didn’t bode well for outdoor cooking. When it rains here it POURS and it looked like we were going to have a monsoon style downpour.
Luckily I have a …

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Fig and Marscarpone Galette

I got figs in this weeks CSA box and decided to make a couple galettes with them. I seriously needed redemption after last week’s Cherry Galette mishap. I had acquired fresh flour so that was a non-issue. However, I confidence was slightly shaken because rolling out the crust last time proved incredibly difficult. This time …

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Summer CSA Box Week 7

It is CSA box pick up day again and as usual each week is an adventure. This week I got:

eggplant
butternut squash
cherry tomatoes
cucumbers
zucchini
bell peppers
jalapenos peppers
figs

The big hurray! of this week is the eggplant which I’ve been seriously craving. Saturday afternoon I’m going to fire up the grill and batch cook a bunch of veggies for my …

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Marinades and Slow cooking 101

If you have an inexpensive, fatty and chewy piece of meat to cooking you can uses a variety of techniques to make it tasty. A few techniques that I use are marinating, slow cooking or a combination of the two. In the winter time slow cooking is probably your best option. You can do this …

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Pasta Primavera with Chicken

Tonight I had intended to make breaded chicken breast and some grilled vegetables but after a very long work day I just wasn’t up for pounding and breading the chicken. So I decided I’d make Pasta Primavera with Chicken instead. One of the things I like about this type of recipe is that is can …

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