Veggies & Starches

Baked Penne with Chicken & Kale + Microplane Giveaway

January 10, 2012
Baked Penne with Chicken and Kale

How do you get a 2-year old and a slightly-reformed veggie hater to eat leafy greens? You add pasta. It never fails. We’ve set a couple of goals this year, one of the big ones – and probably the most difficult one – is to eat more plants. There’s a direct correlation between the size [...]

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Tzatziki Sauce

October 7, 2011
Tzatziki Sauce

What is one thing you always, always have in the fridge? For us, it’s a leftover bowl full of tzatziki. (And a bottle of Tobasco.) I love tzatziki sauce. It’s perfect for dipping everything from tortilla chips to carrot sticks. It’s also great smeared onto sandwich bread in place of mayo. Or dolloped onto tacos [...]

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Crockpot Korean Beef Tacos with Cucumber Slaw

September 29, 2011
Korean Beef Tacos with Cucumber Slaw

How often do you use your crockpot? A while back, mine actually broke. The safety glass in the lid exploded into eleventy billion perfect little squares that scattered across the kitchen and pantry floor. And none of us were wearing shoes. I wasn’t that sad. Aside from pulled pork and french dip sandwiches, it saw [...]

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Tomato Gratin

September 8, 2011
Tomato Gratin

Growing up, summer dinners were pretty predictable. We always seemed to have at least one watermelon in the garden that the squirrels and birds hadn’t found. And there were always plenty, plenty of tomatoes. We might have hot dogs, chips, and tomatoes. Or chicken-friend steak, mashed potatoes, and tomatoes. Or lasagna, garlic bread, and – [...]

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Crispy Baked Zucchini Fries

July 12, 2011
Crispy Baked Zucchini Fries

I’m sad to report that our two rockstar zucchini plants fell victim to their nemisis: the vine borer. I’ve started a couple of new seedlings in hopes of being run over by zucchini again soon. Because I really do want more zucchini. But prior to their demise, they teamed-up and tested my love for zucchini. [...]

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Grilled Zucchini & Red Onion with Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette

June 29, 2011
Grilled Zucchini & Red Onion with Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette

Our garden continues to crank out zucchini like there’s no tomorrow. Luckily, “we” like zucchini! One of our favorite sides is grilled zucchini. But not just plain grilled zucchini. Noooo. We grew tired of plain grilled zucchini very soon after our plants started producing 3 baseball-bat sized zucs a day. Grilling the zucchini caramelizes the [...]

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Zucchini Carbonara

May 19, 2011
Penne & Zucchini Carbonara

Tell me we’re not alone. You know what? You don’t even have to reassure me. I know we’re not alone. I know we’re not the only ones who became completely enamored by the idea of growing our own produce. With the vision of walking into the backyard, sun shining & birds chirping, with a pair [...]

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Marinated Artichoke Dip

April 6, 2011
Marinated Artichokes

We’re big artichoke fans. Whether we’re eating them in pasta, a warm bubbly dip, straight out of the colander while draining, or picked off the salad on my plate when I’m not looking (Don’t think I don’t notice!). Big fans. I marked the two-fer recipe for Marinated Artichokes and Marinated Artichoke Dip on my first [...]

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