Kale, Spinach, and Pear Smoothie

Kale, Spinach, and Pear Smoothie Recipe - Andrea Meyers

I love greens. From the time I was a young girl and ate up my first serving of southern-style turnip greens with a splash of vinegar, I have loved my green vegetables. We grow our own chard, kale, arugula, and lettuces, though for some reason spinach doesn’t do well in our garden so we have… 

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Butternut Squash and Cannellini Bean Bisque with Parsley, Sage, and Pistachio Pesto

Butternut Squash and Cannellini Bean Bisque Recipe with Parsley, Sage, and Pistachio Pesto - Andrea Meyers

The crazy cold weather last week left us shivering. Up north people are more prepared for it than we are here in the Mid-Atlantic region. We had the fireplace going most of the day and sipped hot tea to stay warm, and ate some hot soup for dinner, which is fine by me because soup… 

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Campari Tomatoes Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Herbs

Campari Tomatoes Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Herbs Recipe - Andrea Meyers

Since we began growing our own tomatoes several years ago, we rarely ever buy tomatoes at the grocery store or market. We’re pretty much snowed under with tomatoes right now, and I’ve worked feverishly the last few days to preserve and cook with them. This year we are growing little grape tomatoes, Mr. Stripey and… 

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Egg and Cheese Casserole with Feta, Spinach, Mushrooms, Peppers, and Tomatoes (The Kids Cook Monday)

Egg and Cheese Casserole Recipe with Feta, Spinach, Mushrooms, Peppers, and Tomatoes (The Kids Cook Monday) - Andrea Meyers

My boys and I enjoy having breakfast for dinner. I’ll occasionally whip up pancakes or waffles in the evening, but mostly I adore quiches and breakfast casseroles at dinner time. Of course they are great for weekend brunch, too, when you have a little extra time to prepare in the morning. I like to load… 

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Quinoa Avocado Salad with Parsley, Corn, Tomatoes, and Lemon Vinaigrette

Quinoa Avocado Salad Recipe with Parsley, Corn, Tomatoes, and Lemon Vinaigrette - Andrea Meyers

It’s June, school is out, and the vegetables are starting to pop in the garden, all signs that it’s summer, even if the weather still feels like spring. I enjoy walking through the garden in the morning, watering and checking for signs of critters and weeds. It’s a relaxing way to start my day.

Chimichurri

Chimichurri - Andrea Meyers

My fondness for chimichurri started back in the early 90s when I was teaching in Colombia. There’s this great restaurant called Andres Carne de Res north of Bogota, and I remember having chimichurri with a steak there. First of all, the steak was one of the best I’d ever tasted (still), the stuffed grilled tomato… 

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Tabouleh (aka Tabbouleh, Tabouli)

Tabouleh (aka Tabbouleh, Tabouli) - Andrea Meyers

Early today I returned home from 10 glorious days of vacation to find our garden in full production mode. All the tomato plants have green tomatoes, teasing, making me wait until they ripen. I could pick some of the green peppers to encourage more flowering, and I probably will as I find it difficult to… 

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Parsley Cilantro Marinade and Dipping Sauce

We’re breaking away from our current Hawaii programming to bring you the latest Grow Your Own post direct from our summer garden. This marinade is mixed up like a pesto and flavored somewhat like a chimichurri without the extra liquid. Last week I grabbed some fresh parsley and cilantro as well as a few snips… 

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No-Cook Tomato Sauce (Grow Your Own)

No-Cook Tomato Sauce Recipe (Grow Your Own) - Andrea Meyers

In my view, fresh, ripe tomatoes are meant to be enjoyed in their natural state, and nothing beats the taste of a tomato straight off the vine. When I start gathering the tomatoes from my garden, I’ll often stand near the plants and just enjoy inhaling the wonderful smell. I follow my family’s tradition and… 

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