Baba Ghannouj (Baba Ganoush)

Baba Ghannouj (Baba Ganoush) - Andrea Meyers

My first taste of baba ghannouj was at the cafeteria on the Saudi Aramco compound in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, and I could easily make a lunch out of their hummus, baba ghannouj, and flatbread. Baba ghannouj is a traditional Middle Eastern dish made from eggplant that has been grilled or roasted, and the smoky flavor… 

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Cheese Torta with Basil, Olives, and Sundried Tomatoes and a Giveaway

Cheese Torta with Basil, Olives, and Sundried Tomatoes - Andrea Meyers

We are very fortunate to live near DeBaggio’s, a truly wonderful herb farm and nursery that’s been growing beautiful healthy plants since 1975. One of the ladies in the neighborhood told me about them the first year we lived here, specifically mentioning their wonderful tomatoes, so I made a point to check it out and… 

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Cannellini Bean Dip with Garlic Scapes

Cannellini Bean Dip with Garlic Scapes - Andrea Meyers

We’re off visiting family in the Adirondacks this week, enjoying a small town Fourth of July celebration, fishing, hiking, playing at the lake, cookouts, and evening campfires with roasted marshmallows, s’mores, and campfire pies. We’ll return in a few days feeling rested, a little sunburned, and ready to resume work in the garden, which hopefully… 

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Popcorn with Brown Butter, Rosemary, and Lemon

Popcorn with Brown Butter, Rosemary, and Lemon - Andrea Meyers

Popcorn has always been one of my favorite snacks, and as a child I got excited when my dad brought out the vintage hammered Club Aluminum pot and poured in some kernels. Sometimes we had butter on top, but mostly we ate it with a simple sprinkling of salt or occasionally seasoned salt. I don’t… 

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Papas Criollas (Tiny Yellow Potatoes)

Fried Papas Criollas Recipe (Colombia) - Andrea Meyers

One of my fondest food memories is of the tiny round potatoes known as papas criollas from Colombia. The Colombian papas criollas grow wild in the Andes highlands and have a thin, tender skin and a buttery yellow interior that yields an amazing flavor. They are a favorite for soups such as Ajiaco or served… 

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Oven-Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

Oven-Roasted Tomatillo Salsa - Andrea Meyers

Have I ever mentioned that purple is my favorite color? I find the color exhilarating and like plants that bear purple fruits and vegetables, including tomatillos. Our tomatillo plants were slow this year along with everything else in the garden. The extended cold, wet spring put a damper on things, making everything slow to grow… 

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Roasted Garlic Hummus

Roasted Garlic Hummus - Andrea Meyers

This is our first year for growing garlic and now we are slapping ourselves for not trying it years ago because it was so easy. We planted the garlic cloves back in October and then just let them do their thing, no difficult maintenance required. They sprouted before winter set in, then the real growth… 

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Herbed Goat Cheese

Herbed Goat Cheese - Andrea Meyers

Delicious food does not have to be difficult to prepare or require hours slaving away in the kitchen. Some of my favorite foods are simple with just a few good ingredients that shine together. The classic goat cheese rolled in herbs is one of those simple appetizers that is hard to resist with slice baguette… 

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