Category Archives: Appetizers

Peach Chutney

This delicious peach chutney recipe is adapted from one my friend Marie shared with me. Try making some before peach season is over. You can substitute nectarines for peaches or do a mix of the two. The chutney freezes well. … Continue reading

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Hot Pepper Sauce

Every spring my husband gets a bit obsessive about growing different chili peppers. He usually plants a dozen or so varieties, some very hot and others more mild. Occasionally he gets a hybrid that can be outrageously hot or beautifully … Continue reading

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Cold Summer Borscht

This cold summer beet soup is light and flavorful. I use the same technique of shredding the vegetables as I did for the previous post on zucchini soup. You can serve it plain or with a little sour cream or … Continue reading

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Puréed Zucchini Soup

I recently had a refrigerator full of our garden produce that needed to be used. I decided to make several soups at once that can be eaten during the week or frozen for future use. This puréed zucchini soup was … Continue reading

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Corn and Black-eyed Pea Salad

This salad is a nice way to use up leftover corn on the cob. It is a quick and easy side dish. Feel free to change up the beans if you prefer black or pinto beans. You could add bacon … Continue reading

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Cod Oreganata

We are about half-way through March and I am growing tired of hearty cold-weather dishes and craving lighter meals such as fish. This recipe has its roots in Sicilian cooking. The flavorful, seasoned breadcrumb topping works well with any white … Continue reading

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Gyoza (Asian Dumplings)

On the coldest of winter days, when I don’t have to go outside, I enjoy being at home in the kitchen with a project that may take a bit more time than the usual dinner preparation. One of the dishes … Continue reading

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Chutney Spread 

This is a nice sweet and savory appetizer option for the holidays. I used homemade plum apple chutney for this recipe but you can use another fruit flavor. The sweet tart of the chutney mixed with cream cheese, creme fraiche, … Continue reading

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Eggplant, Tomato, and Sweet Pepper Spread

Despite it being early October, our garden is still going strong. We have had lots of eggplant, tomatoes, and peppers come on all at once. This is a delicious spread that tastes best using garden-ripe produce. I like to make … Continue reading

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Jimmy Nardello Italian Peppers with Capers and Parsley

Last year we started growing  Jimmy Nardello Italian frying peppers. They are long, red, and thin skinned, and have no heat so they are sweet and delicious. You can eat them raw, pan fried or grilled. For the photo below … Continue reading

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