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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Peach Blueberry Pie with Oatmeal Crumb Topping and Crust

Andrea Meyers - Peach Blueberry Pie with Oatmeal Crumb Topping

Pie is Michael’s favorite dessert for Father’s Day, and usually I make blueberry pie since that is one of his favorite pies. This year I decided to change it up a bit and surprise him with something different. I had peaches from South Carolina in the freezer, blueberries from our garden, and a recipe for… 

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Strawberry Rhubarb Greek Frozen Yogurt

Andrea Meyers - Strawberry Rhubarb Greek Frozen Yogurt

The end of strawberry season is always a bit sad for us. During the season we eat strawberries almost every day and the boys can’t get enough of those brilliant red berries, often sneaking some that I’ve set aside for desserts. I’ll find leafy green tops scattered around the kitchen counters and table like evidence… 

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Maple Mustard Grilled Pork Chops

Andrea Meyers - Maple Mustard Grilled Pork Chops

When you think of local food in Northern Virginia, maple syrup isn’t the first thing to come to mind. Wine, beef, pork, a myriad of vegetables, and apples all fit in with the general notion of the things you’ll find here. If you are surprised to learn that there is a maple syrup producer in… 

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Strawberries and Cream Caipirinha Cocktail

Andrea Meyers - Strawberries and Cream Caipirinha Cocktail

The caipirinha cocktail, a Brazilian concoction made with cachaça, was one of our favorites from last summer, and we planned to play around with the flavors a bit using different fruits. Strawberries were an obvious place to start, and we came up with this one that reminds me of a strawberry creamsicle. My friend Kristy… 

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Steamed Baby Carrots with Ginger-Garlic Butter

Andrea Meyers - Steamed Baby Carrots with Ginger-Garlic Butter

There’s something about whole baby carrots steamed with the tops on, fork tender and sweet. I adore that delicate flavor and crunch and think they really add beauty to a plate. They are like the little black dress of carrots. And many times they are insanely easy to prepare, like this recipe from Cooking Light.

Huevos Rancheros (The Kids Cook Monday)

Andrea Meyers - Huevos Rancheros

Ranchera. Say it. Try flipping the “r”. I still have trouble making that sound, even after living in a Spanish-speaking country for two years and developing an accent that could almost pass for a native. The Rs always gave me away. When I first moved to Colombia I couldn’t speak any Spanish except for the… 

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The Farm Project: Wegmeyer Farms (Raspberry Sauce)

Andrea Meyers - Wegmeyer Farms, raspberries

I didn’t grow up on a farm, but my family has a long history in agriculture and I grew up in Missouri and Illinois, where farms were abundant. In the summer you couldn’t drive anywhere in central Illinois without seeing corn and soybean fields, and detasseling was a common summer job for teens. In the… 

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