Karen Gibson

Karen Gibson is a seed-to-table cook and four-season vegetable gardener in Cincinnati, Ohio. A professional writer with 15 years of technical writing experience and over 50 bylines in tech magazines and journals, Karen now writes about food and home gardening and is thrilled to be a regular contributing writer to Edible Ohio Valley

My Blogs

Summer Chopped Salad with Burrata and Dreamy Dill Buttermilk Dressing

Oh my gosh, friends … mid-July is tomorrow. Where is the summer going?? Not helping is the fact that some Canadian weather anomaly will be arriving tomorrow, giving us temps in the low 70′s ....more

The Best Oven-Roasted Chickpeas

Aren’t crispy, oven-roasted chickpeas just the best? They’re an awesome, versatile snack and party appetizer. They go great as toppings for soups, and as “croutons” for fresh salads ....more

Scrambled Egg Tomato Florentine Fritters

Summer flavors are here, friends! My cherry tomato plants are going nutso, and I have loads and loads of pretty yellow, orange, and red tomatoes. My favorite tomato, the Black Cherry, is also starting to ripen, which makes me giddy ....more

Caprese Salsa Fresca Bruschetta

Tomato lovers everywhere, rejoice! It’s July, and that means that fresh, juicy summer tomatoes will be hitting a farmers’ market or garden vine near you any minute now. To celebrate my own tomato garden good fortune, I whipped up a batch of caprese salsa fresca (caprese salad + salsa = summer heaven), spread it over slices of multigrain bread, fresh from the oven, and had the best summer lunch ever ....more

Grilled Corn Kebabs with Salty Cheese

I have this thing about corn on the cob. It’s sweet and crunchy and tasty and summery, and us Midwesterners will get into an all out throw-down over whose state grows the best corn (Ohio, of course). You can steam it ....more

Shoestring Summer Vegetables with Lentils and Smoky Tahini Dressing

As you might have gleaned from the content on the blog as of late, I’m a salad girl. A salad-lovin’ home gardener. Almost everything I grow is meant to be tossed in a big bowl of greens (or maybe even just by themselves, like cucumbers and tomatoes and green onions with dill and basil) ....more

Crunchy Sweet Watermelon Cucumber Avocado Salad

If there’s one thing I really have to thank the local farmers for, it’s the big vining melons, like watermelon and cantaloupe. I lost my head a little at the garden center this spring and decided it would be a great idea to grow spaghetti squash. And corn ....more

Loaded Guacamole Vegetarian Tacos

Tacos, I think, more than any other savory food, make people happy. Set up a taco bar with lots of fixin’s, and you’ll have one giddy group of peeps. (Ever had a taco party in the summer? ...more

Party Pineapple Orange Mojitos – Self-Serve Mason Jar Mojitos

I’m having a serious crush on the mojito. It’s probably just a May-September fling (margaritas, you’re still my soulmate), but that icy-mint-lime-rum combination has completely captured my fancy. And icy rum cocktails have practically been a requirement this week — did I mention that the temperature has been 90°F the last two days? ...more

Grilled Surf ‘n Turf Party Nachos with Avocado Cotija Sauce

Oh, June. June June June. Slow down ....more