Zucchini and Tomato Gratin

Zucchini and Tomato Gratin - Andrea Meyers

We’ve reached that magical point in the summer where the tomatoes are starting to ripen. For a couple days we brought in only a handful of sweet cherry, grape, sun gold, or yellow pear tomatoes, but in the last few days we’ve brought in almost nine pounds of tomatoes and have more on the way…. 

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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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Grow Your Own Roundup #31

It’s time for another Grow Your Own Roundup! Thanks to everyone who participated this time and shared what you cooked with the foods you have grown, hunted, or foraged. We had seven posts from Italy, Australia, Malaysia, and the United States, and we cooked with our homegrown tomatoes, peppers, curry leaf, lettuce, tatsoi, chives, raspberries,… 

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Grow Your Own #31

Our summer garden is off and running with zucchini blossoming, beans growing, tomatoes hanging on the vines, peppers sprouting, little eggplants budding, herbs getting taller, as well as bunnies, squirrels, and chipmunks trying trying to eat it all before we do. While we only have herbs to cook with so far, the rest of it… 

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Tatsoi with Garam Masala

When we planted tatsoi last October, I didn’t realize that it wouldn’t sprout until spring. I had heard it would even grow in the snow, so I impatiently drummed my fingers while checking the garden daily, waiting for signs of life. I had planted the seeds under a cold frame and thought for sure we… 

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Cannellini Bean Salad with White Balsamic Vinaigrette

Cannellini Bean Salad with White Balsamic Vinaigrette - Andrea Meyers

Bean salads are an essential part of any recipe file and are great for summer picnic salads since they are often dressed with dairy-free vinaigrettes. I like to mix up my own vinaigrettes, usually tasting and estimating until I get a flavor I like. In his new book, Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft… 

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Lemon Thyme Sorbet

Lemon Thyme Sorbet Recipe - Andrea Meyers

We have English thyme and lemon thyme, both of which grow prolifically in our garden. I’ve become rather fond of the flavor lemon thyme adds to poultry, fish, and even desserts such as this refreshing lemon thyme sorbet. Last month I sampled some lemon thyme butter cookies that knocked my socks off, and I’ve held… 

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Baked Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Herbs

Mashed potatoes were a staple in our home when I was growing up because it’s a simple and inexpensive dish that compliments many of the foods we ate. Fried chicken and country ham just aren’t the same without mashed potatoes and gravy, and they go well with many other dishes. My mother used to make… 

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Grow Your Own Roundup #26

Winter is officially over north of the Equator, though many of us haven’t seen any warm temperatures yet and are in the middle of what we fondly call “mud season,” that time of year when snows are melting and the ground is soaked and muddy. For those of us growing spring vegetables, the gardening can’t… 

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