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What To Do With Those End-of-Summer Garden Leftovers

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Oh summer, we left you behind and now we’re one step closer to dreadful winter. Thankfully we still have fall, which is a wonderful season. Especially here in my own little corner of the midwest, where the tree leaves turn shades of fiery red and burnt orange. That’s right, it’s harvest season! What a great thing to look forward to. Many of us took great pleasure in the extended summer weather we had this year, well into October. These warm fall days have allowed us extra time to enjoy our fresh veggies and herbs from the garden. Which I have been busy drying, freezing, and just consuming in large doses before the first frost comes. Read the rest of this entry

Fresh Basil Makes Pesto!

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Ingredients for Pesto

Let’s get right to it… You have a ton of leftover or extra basil from your harvest this summer and need a way to use it all before the first frost. Well lucky for you pesto is easy to make, delicious and goes well with anything from pasta, to crackers and fish or even chicken. My mom shared this recipe with me after I complained to her about having “too much” fresh basil…like that’s a real problem. Anyway, that’s when she volunteered this fantastic quick and easy recipe for pesto!

Yum Yum folks! Read the rest of this entry

Simple Garlic-Sesame Salad Dressing – {With Kale Salad}

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Simple Garlic-Sesame Salad Dressing – {With Kale Salad}

This vegan-friendly dressing will make you want to eat kale for dessert… well almost!

Prep Time: 10 minutes 

Yield: Dressing, 1/2 cup | Salad, 8 – 10 servings

Garlic & Sesame Dressing with Fresh Pink Pepper

Garlic-Sesame Dressing with Fresh Pink Pepper

If you’re a Whole Foods frequenter, like me, you’re probably familiar with their Garlicky Kale salad. Which I’ve been a fan of for quite some time. And I’ve been wanting to try and make a similar version at home. When I searched around I noticed Whole Foods posted their recipe version here. But when I compared that recipe to the ingredients list on the buffet display at the store, I realized that some of the ingredients were different. So I experimented  a couple different ways and came up with this light, easy and flavorfule concoction that you’ll be able to enjoy on all your fresh greens. You’ll notice the pink pepper flakes in the pictures, which come from the fresh ground pink peppercorns I bought at the awesome shop Bazaar Spices, discovered while on my recent trip to the Union Market in DC. More on this amazing spice and the cool vendors at Union Market later… Read the rest of this entry

Hot Sauce 101 – The Top Eight Hot Sauces in the U.S. and How to {Really} Enjoy Them.

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Hot Sauce 101 – The Top Eight Hot Sauces in the U.S. and How to {Really} Enjoy Them.

{Disclaimer: This is the opinion of a hot sauce aficionado and self-proclaimed spice-o-holic. 30 years of experience in the hot sauce tasting industry went into determining the accuracy of this post.}

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Hot Sauce 101

Although most wine enthusiasts would frown upon it, you could probably pair a filet mignon with a glass of Chardonay. But why would you do that, when you could have a much more pleasant taste experience by drinking a Cabernet Sauvignon instead? You might be asking yourself: What does wine have to do with hot sauce? After years of extensive research I’ve found that the best way to enjoy a flavorful hot sauce is to pair it with the right foods. And while you could put the same hot sauce on chicken that you would put on your eggs, your meal experience wouldn’t be as tasty. Like wine, the flavor options in hot sauces are endless, so how do you know which one to pick? Well, that would depend on what you’re gonna eat. Read the rest of this entry