Cucumber Tomato Tabbouleh

Summertime always means lots of fresh vegetables and at my parents place especially lots of cucumbers. I also get lots of cucumbers in my CSA box so I’m always trying to think of ways to use them. Pair this with the fact I really really like bulgur and the flavors or tabbouleh but don’t really …

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Lemon Pepper Pork Kabobs

Tonight I decided to use some of the lemons from my thorny lemon bush to make Lemon Pepper Pork Kabobs. Often people use a dried mix to add lemon pepper flavor. I have a nice dried lemon pepper blend from Penzeys Spices that I like to use on fish. However, I wanted to try to …

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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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Asian Pesto

What do you do when your non-Italian varieties of basil take off like crazy? (This picture is post trimming!) Particularly super fragrant Asian varieties? My front herb bed is out of control with basil. This past weekend we go so much rain that it toppled everything over and into the walkway. I was concerned that …

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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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Growing my own ingredients

I really enjoy this time of year. Partly because we start to get good produce at the Farmer’s Market again and partly because it is when I get to plant my vegetables for the summer.
This year I decided to focus the early garden on greens because they require lots of water and will die or …

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Fresh Herbs Add Sparkle to Meals

One of the things I enjoy most about having a garden is the ability to grow fresh herbs. I grow 8 different kinds of herbs in my garden depending on the season:

Rosemary
Oregano
Sage
Spearmint
Peppermint
Flat leaf parsley
Thai basil
Basil

Most of these I both use fresh and dry for my spice rack. I don’t typically dry flat leaf parsley because …

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Fresh goods make the meal

One of the things I always love about summers growing up was the fact that we had a garden with fresh vegetables. Summer is also great because there are always roadside vegetable stands and a farmers market. Living in the city now. It is pretty difficult to have a garden. One because my yard is …

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