The Farm Project: Summer Growing Season at Ticonderoga Farms (Roasted Balsamic Figs with Goat Cheese and Honey)

Andrea Meyers - Roasted Balsamic Figs with Goat Cheese and Honey

Summer at Ticonderoga Farms is a big growing season. In addition to the bamboo and figs, they have a large pick-your-own garden as well as a community garden that has been filled by many people from the surrounding area. You can drive out to the farm to pick sweet peppers, chilies, tomatoes, watermelon, corn, and… 

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Baked Potato Salad with Vidalia Onion Vinaigrette (The Kids Cook Monday)

Andrea Meyers - Baked Potato Salad with Vidalia Onion Vinaigrette

Potato salad is synonymous with summer and one of our favorite things to eat with grilled meats. Our boys haven’t really been fond of potato salad or anything potato until the last six months. Hockey Guy has suddenly become Mr. Potato and Top Gun isn’t far behind, and part of the reason is this baked… 

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Summer Fruit Trifles with Peaches, Cherries, and Blueberries

Andrea Meyers - Summer Fruit Trifles with Peaches, Cherries, and Blueberries

Summer is always a busy time of year for us. The kids are out of school but involved in activities, so Chauffeur Mom is still on duty. The garden requires daily work harvesting, watering, and weeding, and then there’s all those tomatoes, about 50 pounds so far, that need to be eaten and preserved. Put… 

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Beef Fajitas with Lime Beer Marinade

Andrea Meyers - Beef Fajitas with Lime Beer Marinade

So far our garden is doing very well. The tomato plants are hanging heavy with fruit, the basil plants are bushy, and some of the peppers have started turning yellow, purple, and red. With all the vegetables coming in from the garden now, we are busy harvesting each day, and cooking and putting up what… 

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Spicy Thai-Style Eggplant

Andrea Meyers - Spicy Thai-Style Eggplant

Our summer garden is going gangbusters this year, and we have some surprise Thai basil volunteers that seeded themselves in our bay laurel tree pot. The plants have already gotten huge with fragrant leaves and pretty purple flowers, giving us plenty to cook with. The pungent flavor is a perfect match for this spicy Thai-style… 

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Whole Wheat Zucchini Morning Glory Muffins

Andrea Meyers - Whole Wheat Zucchini Morning Glory Muffins

Out of all the muffins we’ve ever made, these morning glory muffins are hands down the family favorite. They are so moist and full of good things—whole wheat flour, wheat germ, zucchini, carrots, raisins, walnuts, unsweetened coconut—and the flavor is excellent. Michael and the boys can’t wait to get their hands on them, and I… 

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Grilled Pork Chops with Tandoori Spice Rub

Andrea Meyers - Grilled Pork Chops with Tandoori Spice Rub

It took a while, but I finally brainwashed my boys. When I make grilled pork chops, instead of grousing they now cheer, “Yay! We’re having chicken!” In my defense, I have never ever fibbed and said that we were eating one thing when it was actually another, but I’m pretty sure they got the idea… 

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Fruity Sparkling Summer Sangria

Andrea Meyers - Fruity Sparkling Summer Sangria

My two favorite things for summer parties are pitchers of sangria and margaritas. They are hard to beat for a cold, refreshing drink to share with friends. This sangria is perfect for summer parties and adds a pitcher of deliciousness to your Fourth of July cookout, and it’s easy to make. Just put all the… 

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Grilled Zucchini with Herb Marinade (The Kids Cook Monday)

Andrea Meyers - Grilled Zucchini with Herb Marinade

Grilled vegetables have become a favorite at our home, partly because of the flavor and partly because they are often easy to prepare. Our boys help with slicing the vegetables and mixing the marinades, and Michael or I take over at the grill.

Mango Blueberry Greek Frozen Yogurt

Andrea Meyers - Mango Blueberry Greek Frozen Yogurt

We planted our first blueberries bushes four years ago, and they’ve grown from just a few sticks producing a handful of berries to full bushes with loads of berries. I spent time in the garden last night picking blueberries and brought in about four quarts worth and left many, many more still ripening. Monkey Boy… 

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