Healthy Snack Idea: Cucumber Boats With Everything Bagel Seasoning

Ask anyone who knows me well, and they’ll tell you that I loooove me some snacks! If I have one dietary downfall, it’s snacking. By a long shot. When done right, snacking is a great way to fuel up in between meals. But the kind of snacking I’m talking about (and which I’m guilty of) usually involves processed, nutrient-poor foods eaten mindlessly for reasons other than hunger....more
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Easy Pickled Peppers & Cucumbers

You guys. Pickling produce is so easy. You will be amazed that the entire bounty growing in your backyard (or on sale in the produce section at the grocery store) can be pickled and enjoyed on sandwiches, in salads, in fish tacos, on top of hamburgers, delicately placed in the fold of the bun holding a juicy hot dog, on pizza, on cheese and crackers, plain-right-out-of-the-jar. Ooooh, girl. My mouth just watered. Anyway, you name it, and it can be pickled. Cucumbers? Obviously. Asparagus. Duh. Use the deliciously brined stalks to stir a bloody mary. Carrots? Uh huh. ...more

Leanne’s Canning Adventures: Pickles

Okay so I may have gone a little overboard on the Okanagan fruit and vegetable shopping on my way back from BC last week.I couldn’t help myself. I had a rented car with loads of extra space and the fruit and veggie stands were calling my name....more

Easy Summer Side: Thai Cucumber Salad

It all happened so fast. One minute I was jogging along my favourite tree-lined path in the woods, taking in the beautiful sights, smells and sounds of nature, and the next–crack! I still don’t know if that sound came from the root I tripped over or my rolled ankle. *Shudder.* Whichever it was, my summer fitness routine suddenly flashed before my eyes. ...more
This recipe looks delicious - perfect for summer! Most important, wishing you the speediest of ...more

It's Not Me, It's You!

Every once in a while you will grow something that you simply do not love. It may grow well and even produce huge amounts of produce.  However, something about the relationship is just not right.  Perhaps your family does not enjoy eating it.  Maybe it takes up way too much space.  It is time for a break up!

Salad-e Shirazi: Persian Tomato + Cucumber Salad

Salad-e Shirazi: Persian Tomato + Cucumber SaladSummertime is still here in the Netherlands, and with it we’ve acquired a hibachi grill. This is the best thing we’ve ever owned. But this post is not about the delicious things the Englishman has grilled on our €20 toy, but rather the  salad that goes so wonderfully with everything, Salad-e Shirazi. ...more

Pickle Pot

I decided it was time to take it easy.  Time to pick something that I could not mess up.But I also wanted to pick something that I loved - and something that I've never tried before.So when I saw this recipe at Miz Helen's Country Cottage for a Pickle Pot, I knew I'd found what I was looking for....more

Tar - ah - tour

With Thanksgiving just one day away, some of you may still be looking for one more side dish, or one more dessert. Or maybe you just want something different and unusual. I'm still trying to think of a leafy salad that I could make with the rest of the pomegranate seeds that are sitting in my bowl; I'm thinking arugula, romaine lettuce, some nuts...I'll see how I feel about it as the day progresses.  In the meantime I was working on a favorite of mine: Taratur! If you are looking for something different, this is the recipe that you might want to use....more

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Dinner at 6

Tonight my table is covered in nature's bounty, giving credit to an ephemeral entity.  Almost everything from my garden is represented on the table, bright yellow corn, deep red tomatoes, dark green peppers, lighter green cucumbers and zucchini.  Some might find this way of eating strange- we serve whatever we picked that day....more