From the Pantry: Chana Masala (Cardamom Pods)

Andrea Meyers - Chana Masala

Dishes with beans are some of my favorite vegetarian sources of protein, and I especially like them flavored with many kinds of spices, such as this chana masala (chana = garbanzo beans/chickpeas; masala = spices). If you like Indian food, then chana masala is a must to add to your repertoire because it truly is… 

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Padron Pepper Tapa

Andrea Meyers - Padron Pepper Tapa

After my first taste of a sautéed Spanish padron pepper a couple years ago, I knew I had to grow them in the garden. Our first plant grew well, but only produced a few peppers, hardly enough for a tapa. The second year was slightly better, then this year I decided to go all out… 

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Sweet Yellow Tomato Salsa with Vidalia Onion, Red Chilies, Lime, and Cilantro

Andrea Meyers - Sweet Yellow Tomato Salsa with Vidalia Onion, Red Chilies, Lime, and Cilantro

Last year we started growing heirloom Ivory Egg tomatoes using plants we bought at Debaggio’s, our favorite herb farm and nursery. They always have a fantastic selection of healthy plants, and we ended up with 20 tomato plants, 4 tomatillo plants, 6 bell pepper plants, and 12 hot pepper plants. That may sound crazy, but… 

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Grilled Corn Salad with Black Beans, Tomatoes, and Bell Pepper

Andrea Meyers - Andrea Meyers - Grilled Corn Salad with Black Beans, Tomatoes, and Bell Pepper

I can’t believe it’s already Labor Day weekend. The summer seemed to fly by and suddenly September is here. We’ve been super busy with the garden this year and have hit that time when we know there’s only a month or so left for the summer crops. The tomatoes and peppers are slowing down, the… 

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Lemon Cucumber Salad

Andrea Meyers - Cucumber Lemon Salad

My boys don’t agree on many things, including food. Two like tomatoes, one doesn’t. Two like corn, one doesn’t. Two like carrots, one doesn’t. Two like melted cheese, one doesn’t. (I don’t get that one at all.) But one thing they all agree on is cucumbers. They’ll eat them sliced with lunch or dinner, plain… 

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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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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.