Category Archives: Cooking

Bowl of Summer – Cucumber Salad

Cucumber salad is not even a recipe. Peel them, slice and put them in a bowl. Add thinly sliced onions, extra virgin olive oil and your favorite vinegar, then salt and pepper to taste. Mix gently then serve. It’s summer … Continue reading

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Making Applesauce

I asked our chief apple officer the following question: “If I wanted to win a blue ribbon for making applesauce at the state fair which apples, available now, would I use?” His answer was straightforward. “Use Viking because it’s one … Continue reading

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Eggplant Season

By the time eggplant season is finished. everyone in the family is tired of it. Here’s a simple, tasty recipe that’s not as much a recipe as techniques to use garden abundance in mid summer. The savory flavor will have … Continue reading

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Kale and Garlic Scape Pesto

Here’s a second recipe for kale and garlic scape pesto. The first uses walnuts and Parmesan cheese and can be found here. Get out the food processor and place it on the counter. Measure the following and place in the … Continue reading

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Farfalle with Arugula and Sugar Snap Peas

There is little point in growing a garden if one doesn’t use the produce. Yesterday I made the first pick of arugula and sugar snap peas for a classic dish with farfalle. Preparation is done while the pasta is cooking … Continue reading

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Saturday Rain and a Lovely Day

The garden and yard were excessively dry Saturday morning so I watered the vegetables. Couple of hours later it rained, then cleared up in time for a wedding at Wapsipinicon State Park. It was a lovely day for a wedding, … Continue reading

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Back to the Garden

No food is more local than a kitchen garden. I’ve got to get moving on mine after a late spring. Everyone was in a good mood at the farms when I soil blocked Friday and Sunday. My farmer friends caught … Continue reading

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