Ticonderoga Farms: Autumn Pumpkins (Roasted Pumpkin Butter)

Andrea Meyers - Pumpkin Butter

Autumn at Ticonderoga Farms means pumpkins, hayrides, and plenty of outdoor fun in their huge play area. Their pumpkin patch is a short walk from the entrance or the hayride will take you right there, though I recommend the hayride, which takes you around the bamboo maze and part of the Christmas tree forest. It’s… 

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Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Andrea Meyers - Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Life always seems to get a little crazy around this time of year. We get caught up in school events, hockey, work, finishing up the summer garden and prepping for winter, but no matter how busy we get, I always set aside time to make apple butter. Whether we use purchased apples or pick them… 

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Harissa Hummus

Andrea Meyers - Harissa Hummus

The inspiration for this harissa hummus came while I was devouring an amazing bowl of grilled harissa chicken tagine at Urban PL8 in Atlanta last May. A group of us had gathered there for dinner on the last night of BlogHer Food and everything they brought out was delicious. There’s something about the incredible flavor… 

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From the Pantry: Guajillo Chiles (Harissa Sauce)

Andrea Meyers - Harissa Sauce

Have you ever seen the bags of dried chiles in the grocery, the ones in the Mexican foods aisle, and wondered what to do with them? There are so many different varieties to choose from, and each has its own flavor profile and heat level which can make experimenting fun and/or painful. We keep several… 

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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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Salsa Fresca (The Kids Cook Monday)

Andrea Meyers - Salsa Fresca

Every year we plant a few new (to us) tomato varieties to see how they grow in our garden, and one of our new favorites for this year is the Amish Paste, a meaty plum tomato that doesn’t have too much juice, so it’s perfect for sauces and salsas. Our plant has grown huge, over… 

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Sauteed Zucchini with Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Peppers, and Basil (The Kids Cook Monday)

Andrea Meyers - Sauteed Zucchini with Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Peppers, and Basil

Update August 15, 2011: Thanks to Dash Recipes for featuring this recipe! Update September 12, 2011: Thanks to The New York Times for featuring this recipe! It’s summertime and our garden is bursting with tomatoes, peppers, and basil, so we decided to sauté our homegrown vegetables with some yellow zucchini, mushrooms, onions, and garlic as… 

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Smothered Okra (The Kids Cook Monday)

Andrea Meyers - Smothered Okra

Now that Builder Guy is almost 9, we decided he was ready to learn some kitchen knife skills, something a little more advanced than spreading butter and jam. So I thought of some fruits and vegetables that he could learn on, things that weren’t too difficult and would allow him to easily handle it while… 

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Sweet Cherry Butter

Sweet Cherry Butter - Andrea Meyers

“Cherries!” That’s the shout I hear when the boys find cherries on the counter and eagerly pop them in their mouths and pull off the stems. They can’t resist the deep red fruits, and neither can I. Seeing their happy smiles with cherry juice all over their hands and faces is one of my favorite… 

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