August 31, 2019

September Recipe Round-Up {Back to School Recipes}

September means that back to school time is in full swing! So, for those of you with children or who work in the education field, quick breakfasts, make-ahead dishes, lunchbox ideas, and easy weeknight dinners are all especially important. This month our group of food bloggers is sharing recipes for back to school time! Back to school varies a lot throughout the country, but once September comes it seems to be that everyone is headed back. We hope you find some recipe inspiration here as you plan out your meal ideas for the month. Don't forget to check back on the last day of each month to see the monthly recipe round-up!

I don't know about you, but I'm not quite ready for summer to be over. The daylight is already getting noticeably shorter, our tomatoes are all ripening, and we've had some cooler breezes in the air recently. Even though I'm not going back to school, I can sense the seasonal change on the horizon. Plus, my babies will be starting a little preschool program this fall!

August 22, 2019

18 Vegetable and Fruit Quick Pickles

Photos courtesy of Culinary Adventures with Camilla, A Day in the Life on the Farm, Books n' Cooks, and Yum Goggle.

Quick pickles, or refrigerator pickles, are a simple way to make homemade pickles in a small batch and to extend the life of some of your summer and fall produce. Quick pickles are often crispier than homemade pickles that go through the canning process. Also, they are a little more forgiving as you keep them cold in the refrigerator rather than making them shelf stable. You can pickle pretty much anything and I find that it's always yummy!

August 19, 2019

Potato and spinach curry

A flavorful vegetarian curry dish made with Indian spices, yellow potatoes, and fresh spinach. This curry is a delicious way to enjoy potatoes and a meatless meal.

Today is National Potato Day! I'm celebrating the humble, versatile, and delicious potato with this new curry recipe along with a bunch of new recipes from some of my food blogger friends (see the bottom of the post for more tasty potato recipes). I love potatoes -- any color and any kind of potatoes are always welcome in my kitchen.

I have been really craving some Indian food lately, so when I was trying to decide what to make with potatoes, I started thinking about a curry. This curry is similar to Aloo Palak, an Indian curry dish of potatoes and spinach. I say similar because I'm definitely not making authentic Indian cuisine, but trying to recreate dishes that I like with ingredients and spices I can get easily. I love all the warm spices that are found in Indian curry dishes.

This curry dish can be served with Basmati rice or naan bread. I served it with naan and some simple sliced cucumbers. I made our pretty mild because we are also feeding toddlers in our house, but you can add more chili flakes and a chopped chile for a hotter dish.

August 14, 2019

Double chocolate blueberry muffins

Big chocolate muffins loaded with juicy fresh blueberries and melted chunks of semi-sweet chocolate make a lightly sweetened snack, breakfast, or lunchbox treat!

Our fridge and freezer are overflowing with blueberries from our rather overzealous blueberry picking this year, so I wanted to make a new kind of blueberry muffin. I had been thinking about chocolate and blueberry together... it's not a combination you see very often. You often see chocolate with raspberries or strawberries, so I figured it would work well with blueberries, too. And, it does! These muffins have a chocolate batter, then chunks of semi-sweet chocolate melted in them, along with pops of fresh blueberries! They are not overly sweet, which I like, especially for a breakfast or snack item.

I have quite a few muffin recipes already on the blog including a couple with blueberries like these Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins and these Whole Wheat Blueberry Zucchini Muffins (perfect for this time of year) - I'm frequently trying to make new ones that my family will enjoy. These were definitely a hit with everyone in our house, and I hope they will be in yours as well.

August 9, 2019

Sweet corn ice cream

Homemade custard ice cream is infused the all the fresh summer flavor of sweet corn in this delightful treat. Fresh sweet corn is one of the ultimate late summer produce that I look forward to every year and I've been wanting to make ice cream with it for years. So, I'm finally sharing a recipe for it for #FarmersMarketWeek!

It's been quite some time since I made ice cream or shared an ice cream recipe. I used to make it much more frequently, and after making this sweet corn one, I'm thinking I need to get back into making it again. This ice cream is full of the flavor of fresh summer corn on the cob and it pairs so well in this creamy base of ice cream.... sort of like butter on corn, but cold and creamy and smooth. It was a big hit in our house and a fun way to cool off and enjoy some summer corn!

August 7, 2019

Cheddar and thyme yellow squash biscuits

Fluffy homemade biscuits filled with flecks of yellow squash, sharp cheddar cheese, and fresh thyme! These biscuits make a delicious side dish to soups, chilis, salads, and more and are also delicious for egg and ham breakfast sandwiches.

I hope everyone is enjoying #FarmersMarketWeek! I knew that I wanted to use yellow squash. Yellow squash, like zucchini, can be a very prolific garden plant. So, it's one that you may see a lot at the farmers' market, or popping up in your CSA baskets, or from your neighbor's gardens (or your own). If you are looking for a new way to use it up, try out these biscuits. The yellow squash and yellow cheese give these a bright and sunny appearance, making them lovely for summer. The thyme adds a bit of fresh herb flavor without being overpowering. They are easy to whip up and very versatile as well. I love homemade biscuits like this to slice open for breakfast and top with a fried egg and ham (and maybe a little extra cheese). It makes a perfect and hearty breakfast. I'm looking forward to making them again soon to eat with some soup.

August 5, 2019

Lemon garlic scape white bean dip

A creamy and bold dip full of lemon, garlic scapes, fresh parsley, and white beans for a creamy base. It's perfect for all your fresh summer vegetable dipping! This week I'm participating in #FarmersMarketWeek and I'm really excited. Seasonal recipes and seasonal ingredients are things I'm passionate about, so this is a perfect event for me.

If you walk through your farmers' market in early summer or belong to a CSA, you've likely seen those long curly green stalks. These are garlic scapes, which are the flower stem of garlic. They are a fun ingredient to add a punch of garlic flavor as well as a bright green color to a dish. I use garlic scapes to make pesto and pizza sauce, and recently started using it to make this fresh garlic dip. It's definitely a dip for garlic lovers! The flavors go very well with fresh vegetables like cucumber, carrots, celery, bell peppers, and pita chips.