All posts tagged herbs

farmers’ market monday: green herb grits.

I feel duty-bound to tell you I’m skipping this week’s Farmers’ Market Monday post. You see, I’m up to my ears in homemade farm animal wall decorations, pennant garland, and other things which will transform my house into a state-fair-themed 2nd birthday party wonderland for my Wee One. I made this a few months back, and I feel like it’s got a quintessential summer feel and flavor to it none of us can get enough of right now. So while I try not to hot-glue-gun my fingers together, you enjoy this. It’s filled with fresh herbs, and you could even add some of that summer corn to the mix for even bigger corn flavor.

Because I can’t let summer go by without telling you about these delightful, summer sunshine-filled grits. I made these for myself for a few reasons. Biggest reason? I secretly love grits. I don’t advertise it, I’m not always proud of it, but I could scarf down some grits like nobody’s business. We never even really had grits growing up, so I can’t blame it on nostalgia, save for a smattering of restaurant brunches which had them. Geographically I have no excuses, as I don’t really live in a southern state, although it does border some of the northernmost ones. It’s just, simply, that I have a thing for grits.  Continue reading →

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farmers’ market monday: greek-inspired zucchini ribbon salad.

It seems as though everyone is on board the zucchini train right now, and I don’t blame them; you can’t walk into a farmers’ market or grocery store without seeing piles of them waiting to be purchased. I don’t know if the midwest is the hardest hit, but every year we have a massive quantity of locally grown zucchini to find homes for; it’s really quite stressful finding good families for them. This year, I’m doing my part for Operation: Adopt a Zucchini by offering up not one, but rather two recipes to help you with your homeless veggies. After all, it’s not their fault there’s so many. Thank heavens they’re so versatile.

Before you take to Google, there is no actual “Operation: Adopt a Zucchini” program. Although it’s worth considering as an idea.
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farmers’ market mondays: middle eastern salad.

This has been one of my favorite salads for a while now, but I especially love it in the summer, when my herbs are overflowing. I’ve grown my own fresh herbs for the past few years now, and sometimes I end up with more than I bargained for: a happy situation to be in, but one which requires some thinking in order not to waste what I’ve grown. Sometimes I make a quick pesto, and some herbs (like sage and rosemary) freeze really well; some things, however, need to just be eaten right away. Continue reading →

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herbed salmon + pumpernickel bites.

Okay, everyone; this one is a quickie appetizer I never intended to be a blog recipe; it was really just something I wanted to try for myself. This time of year, I start looking for easy to whip up bites of food which aren’t terrible for me. I could use more green things. I could also use more fish. I could find a way to stop eating cake.  Continue reading →

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