July 24, 2018

Dill pickle potato salad

Finished bowl of dill pickle potato salad.

Creamy potato salad filled with dill - dill pickle juice, chunks of dill pickles, and dried dill - is perfect for the dill pickle lovers in your life!

July 18, 2018

Beet pancakes

Sweet, earthy beets are used to add color, flavor, and sweetness to these pancakes made with whole wheat. Long-time readers and friends know I have a bit of a pancake obsession and I've shared quite a lot of pancake recipes over the years - in fact this is my third so far just this year. I keep thinking I'm going to run out of ideas, but it hasn't happened yet! I've been kinda into beets lately, especially after making this amazing beet lemonade, so I figured it was time to make some beet pancakes. As a mom of twin toddlers, I'm always sneaking vegetables into foods and pancakes are a really easy way to do it. The beets turn these pancakes a really lovely shade of pinkish and they taste delicious. The kids enjoyed them (as they do all pancakes) and my husband and I did as well. This recipe will serve about four people.

July 12, 2018

Candied watermelon rind

Finished strips of candied watermelon rind.

Candied watermelon rind is a fun treat and a terrific way to use some of your food scraps and turn them into something you'd want to eat!

I saw this recipe over at Sew Historically and knew I had to give it a try. Watermelon rind is edible, though not especially tasty raw. My kids are watermelon monsters, so I buy one almost every week in the summer, leaving us with A LOT of rinds to compost or throw away. In the past I've canned watermelon rind pickles, but these days I don't really get as much canning done as I used to, so I loved finding a new way to use the rinds.

The process to candy the rind takes about 4 days, but most of the time is completely hands-off. I scaled up the recipe to make more and I added some drying time in the direct sunlight. It's an imperfect process that you have to play by ear; a dehydrator may be helpful here and cut down on drying time, but mine turned out delicious!

Candied watermelon rind is similar to other candied rinds like oranges, lemon, and grapefruits. Watermelon rind is bland in flavor, so the lemon in this recipe adds the flavor. 

These are a fun and tasty treat to eat out of hand for a few days - they are almost like a fruit snack in a way. Their shape and texture also remind me of a gummy worm - sweet, a little tart, and a touch chewy. We eat them out of hand, but you can use them to decorate the tops of cupcakes or other treats as well.

Pouring sugar into a bowl of watermelon rinds and water.

July 9, 2018

Roasted balsamic radishes

Radishes roasted in olive oil, salt, pepper, and balsamic vinegar are a tasty way to change-up your radish eating routine! My in-laws had a whole bunch of radishes in their garden that needed eating. We took some the other day so I could finally make roasted radishes. These have been something I've wanted to make for a while now, but I never seem to have enough radishes at one time to make a decent sized batch. These radishes had a good amount of heat to them when eaten raw, but roasted mellows and changes the flavor. They reminded me of a roasted turnip that was extra juicy. The balsamic added a nice tang to the radishes and I topped them with a sprinkling of fresh parsley from the garden. We enjoyed eating them like this and will be having them on the menu again when we have an abundance of radishes. I feel like radishes are rarely used outside of eating a few out of hand or in a salad, so this is a fun way to try them in a new light. This dish will serve about 2-4 people as a side.