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Greek Tzatziki Dip with Cucumber and Dill

Tzatziki

I’m in week two of vacation right now. I have now written exactly 2 blog posts since leaving home. I thought I would write more, but it turns out I am in full on relax-o mode. Oh well, so be it. That’s what happens when there is a beach right outside your front door. I also wanted to share some pictures that I’ve taken here, but it turns out that I forgot my camera cable, so there is no way for me to get my photos from camera, to the blogoshpere. So you will all have to wait until I … Read more…

Garden Wrap-up: What I Learned from My First Year of “Real” Gardening

mature garden bed

Seeing as I’m on day 4 of my Fall Maritime vacation, and 1700 miles from home, I’m pretty far removed from gardening right now. That means that much of the end of season wrap-up work might get delegated to hubby. Or it will just be waiting for me when I get home. Who knows. There is actually not much left to do, since I didn’t really plant any root vegetables. All of my plants are pretty much done. The only thing left are the carrots, and I’m not sure that they will ever really be ready since they were not thinned. … Read more…

How to Make Dried Fruit without a Food Dehydrator

How to Dry Prunes

Guess what I did! That’s right, I made my own prunes! Last weekend we went to Costco, and I apparently I forgot I was leaving on a 3 week long trip in a week, and bought a 5lb box of prune plums. Or maybe I thought I could eat 5lbs of prune plums in a week. Turns out that I cannot. Also turns out that I  am the only one in the house who will eat them. Needless to say, Thursday rolled around and I was left with about 4lbs of prune plums. Always hating to be a waster, I … Read more…

Fudgy Chocolate Beet Cake with Ganache Frosting

Slice of beet cake 3

Are you in need of a new cake recipe? Particularly one that can be served at a fancy dinner party or for a special occasion? How about one that’s so dense and fudgy that it feels like you’re eating a double layered brownie? If so, this Fudgy Chocolate Beet Cake with Ganache Frosting is a recipe for you. But…before I talk more about this cake, I want to talk about the old blog for a bit. You may have noticed that my posts haven’t been quite as frequent for the past couple of weeks. Turns out, I’m going to be … Read more…

Spicy Szechuan Green Beans

Szechuan green beans

I love ethnic food. Pretty much all types, but generally anything Asian is my favorite. I love eating it at restaurants, and I love experimenting with it at home. The only problem with cooking ethnic food at home is that sometimes it can be hard to find authentic ingredients. I find this especially true now that I live in a smaller city with a smaller Asian population. There are a few small Asian markets around, but they are definitely not the Asian super-stores that I am used to at home (oh T&T, how I miss you!). The good news about these … Read more…

Best Ever Light Ranch Dressing and Dip

Ranch dressing with vegetables

Do you have a spare 15 minutes? Because if you do, you have time to make your own Best Ever Light Ranch Dressing and Dip. Before coming across a recipe for ranch dressing a few months ago as I was looking for some ideas for homemade salad dressing, it never would have occurred to me to make ranch dressing. Aside from “something creamy”, I would have had no idea what the ingredients would even be. From ranch dressing in a bottle, I knew there were flecks of green stuff in it, but could not tell you what they were. To me, ranch … Read more…

Lighter Cream of Fresh Tomato Soup

Cream of tomato soup

Can you believe summer is coming to an end? I can’t, or at least I refuse to believe it. What makes it even harder to believe is the fact that this weekend has been the hottest our little corner of Wisconsin has seen all summer. With late summer (and ahem…fall) comes a bounty of garden vegetables. My zucchini seem to be (sort of) tapering off the past week or so, but my tomatoes are turning red like crazy! I’ve got 4 or 5 different varieties. Some big, some small, some orangey, some pinkish, all delicious.  I’ve got a couple of … Read more…

Whole Wheat Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes and Herbs

whole wheat pasta with fresh tomatoes and herbs

This summer must be a record for my family for the number of vegetarian meals we have consumed. Normally I try to aim for one, maybe two meatless meals a week, but for the past couple of months, it’s been most days of the week. I haven’t even been doing it intentionally. It’s just that there have been so many vegetables occupying my fridge, there’s no room for meat! Surprisingly, I haven’t gotten any complaints from Hubby. He’s actually loving it! Not that we plan on going full out vegetarian anytime soon, but all these meatless meals are likely doing … Read more…

Mediterranean Style Stuffed Zucchini

Mediterranean Style Stuffed Zucchini

 I really hope you’re not sick of zucchini yet, because this probably won’t be the last zucchini recipe you see from me this year. They’re honestly never ending! Today I pulled 4 out of my garden, and several times already neighbors have brought some over, plus the 3-4 I get from the CSA every week! I’m not really complaining though. Zucchinis are super versatile. Not only can you add them to soups, stews, stir-fries, casseroles, etc., but they’re also great shredded up in baked goods, like chocolate cake. Lately I’ve been adding them to pancakes, muffins, waffles, you name it. In this … Read more…

Super Gooey Smores Pizza

smores pizza slice 2

If I’ve learned anything from watching food blogs and Pinterest this summer, it’s that people LOVE smores. And not just your regular old campfire marshmallow-and-chocolate-between-graham wafers smores, but all kinds of things like smores ice cream, popsicles, bars, cookies, cakes, and of course, smores ice cream cake. This time though, I made Super Gooey Smores Pizza. I came up with this one after making homemade pizza. I had made a couple of pizzas and used up all of my pizza topping ingredients, but I still had a little bit of pizza dough left. Always industrious, and never wanting to waste anything, … Read more…