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Fast Fresh Tomato Sauce

This sauce lets the beauty of a freshly picked tomato, grown for flavor, not ability to travel, shine through.  It's easy to make--if you're a ninja you probably don't even need a cutting board--and keeps your kitchen cool to boot.…


Added by Kirsten Madaus on July 17, 2013 at 11:09am — 1 Comment

Zucchini, Corn, Leek, Feta and Pesto Pizza

So far this year I've managed to keep a handle on the zucchini.  (Who am I kidding?  It's only July!) Last year, however, Squashzilla took over my garden and I could not shred and freeze those baseball bats fast enough.  Putting up the squash when it's in season means I get to make a summer pizza, like this zucchini, corn, leek, pesto and feta pizza in the middle of winter.…


Added by Kirsten Madaus on July 12, 2013 at 2:14pm — No Comments

Open-faced Shaved Beet Sandwiches

My summer obsession with beets for lunch continues.

First it was sautéing the greens with a farm fresh egg.  Now that the greens are all 'et up', I've shaved the beets thin, marinated them in balsamic vinaigrette, and have been gobbling them up, Danish smorrebrod style, in an open-faced sandwich.

I'm having trouble picking my favorite cheese, though--Colby Jack, feta, and goat are all good:…


Added by Kirsten Madaus on July 8, 2013 at 3:10pm — 1 Comment

Confetti Potato Salad

I've been working to take better photos of the food I make from my CSA farm share.  Here's a new photo with an old favorite recipe (how can I say old?  The blog is less than a year?!): 

The recipe write up is…

Added by Kirsten Madaus on July 6, 2013 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Pickled Pepper Pesto Pizza

Last year I pickled a few small jars of peppers, then my spouse brought one in to work to share.  And I got a giant bag of peppers in return!  Here's one way I use the veggies I put up during the season:  

Smoked sauteed mushrooms, pickled peppers, feta and pesto pizza on a pesto crust.

You can find …


Added by Kirsten Madaus on July 5, 2013 at 2:23pm — No Comments

Arugula Pesto Focaccia with Artichokes, Feta, Goat Cheese and Olives

My garden and my CSA farm share bless me with wonderful arugula.  Some of it gets put up as Arugula Pesto, and some of that gets put into focaccia dough for this delicious Friday Night Pizza Night meal:

You can find the recipe…

Added by Kirsten Madaus on July 4, 2013 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Sweet Corn and Blueberry Waffles

I'm stained-finger deep into putting up berries right now.  One way I like to use my put up blueberries and sweet corn, year round, is in these waffles:

You can find the recipe right…

Added by Kirsten Madaus on July 3, 2013 at 9:58am — No Comments

Double Chocolate Raspberry Soaked Oat Muffins

I'm a big fan of muffins, and my favorite recipe involves soaking the oats in buttermilk overnight.  This makes muffins more tender while still having whole grain goodness.

The recipe write up is…

Added by Kirsten Madaus on July 2, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Green and Gold Basil Tomato Tart

This is just summer in a pie crust to me, though I also like it after football season starts when I can make team color food.

Find the recipe here!…


Added by Kirsten Madaus on July 1, 2013 at 8:48am — 2 Comments

How to Make, Put Up, and Use Fresh Tomato Pesto

I know, I know, I'm lucky to have a couple of baby tomatoes peeping out from underneath the blossoms on my plants, so this is early--I started this post last fall, making Fresh Tomato Pesto with all of the late season tomatoes I could get from our CSA and the garden. 

This recipe is great with cherry, grape, slicing tomatoes or yellow, red, orange, or even purple skins.  It's delicious using basil, parsley, or arugula.  It's wonderful with almonds, cashews, pistachios or macadamia…


Added by Kirsten Madaus on June 26, 2013 at 4:51pm — 3 Comments

Finnish Summer Soup--with Kale


Added by Kirsten Madaus on June 19, 2013 at 6:04am — No Comments

Strawberry Sour Cream Brown Sugar Soaked Oat Muffins

Right here!

Added by Kirsten Madaus on June 17, 2013 at 2:46pm — No Comments



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