Salads are a great way to use up my basket contents and it is just so convenient for me to keep a huge bowl of salad in the fridge. I serve salad as sides several nights per week so I try to keep salads interesting for my family and one of the easiest ways to do that is by keeping tasty dressings on hand. We all love jalapeños in my family (even my 5 year old) so I wanted to make a jalapeño dressing. The result is bright and flavorful jalapeño vinaigrette. My daughter declared that this dressing was better than pancakes. (more…)
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Do you have too many apples right now? Well one good way to use those fantastic bountiful basket apples is to make Fried Apple Pies. This may seem like such a lot of work but when you have company stop by you can take them out of the freezer, fry them and in a few minutes everyone will be happy. Serve with ice cream or for adults a little rum hard sauce is fantastic. I always keep them in the freezer along with peach and cherry filled pies.
Not so long ago, I didn’t really know what to do with fennel. The strong licorice type smell really turned me off. However I hate to let things go to waste and am always up for a challenge so I’ve been cooking up fennel in many meals over the last few months. Tonight I wanted to switch it up and make fennel the star in a side dish. I also had some great goat cheese from the farmer’s market so I combined them in this quick and delicious dish.
It isn’t just fall, it is pumpkinpalooza! This is the time of year when I go overboard on buying pumpkins for every corner of my house and cook pumpkin in everything that I can get away with (without driving my family too crazy).
I spent the day at a field trip at a farm with my daughter’s kindergarten and was absolutely exhausted when I got home (kudos to our teachers for doing that everyday!). I had roasted and pureed pumpkin in my fridge so this soup was low effort, warm and comforting – just what the doctor ordered! Of course, you could also use canned pumpkin. (more…)
Nothing warms the tummy more than soup and this one does it very well. Adjust the seasonings to make it spicy or tame. Add some shrimp to make it that much better. Serve some warm bread on the side and you have a fantastic meal.
When Wendy asked me to edit this recipe, I had no idea she meant she didn’t say anything about it! For being so intelligent, she sure wasn’t thinking when she basically gave me free reign to type a paragraph or two (you can take just guess about all the things I could insert here, especially if you knew how our friendship works).
But; I’ll let you guys use your imagination on what I would say….Instead I will tell you that Wendy is an AMAZING cook. Her egg rolls are out of this world! And I would willingly eat anything she makes. Especially one with a name like Vampire Chicken!
Wendy is awesome….but Batman always wins! (more…)
This year there are pumpkins everywhere. How I love the smell of pumpkin cooking and wish it would last throughout the year. Here is one way I get my pumpkin fix for the rest of the year. I make Pumpkin chips and pumpkin powder. My dehydrator is a good friend that I often use with my bountiful baskets produce. There is nothing easier than drying fruits and vegetables for later use. You don’t even need a dehydrator as the oven on its lowest setting works fine.
Each time that I make pasta, I wonder why I don’t do it more often. It really isn’t that much effort and fresh pasta is amazing. I wish that I could say that I came up making pumpkin pasta but the idea came from fellow blogger, Jamie Scott. She is the brains behind this idea, I just executed it and reaped the benefits
(Jamie says…Karmen is amazingly beautiful and would have come up with this all on her own!) (more…)
Tuesdays are particularly fun at our house! There’s piano lessons, and of course it is produce ordering night. This particular Tuesday was a special sort of challenge. It involved fence defying goats, hopping fences after them, trudging through recently irrigated muddy mosquito filled pastures, getting the little Ms. Special Pants, Long lost bucking bronco, rodeo Jersey Family Milk Cow in the corral without a rope because I didn’t remember it as I dropped my shade structure project and ran to the back of the pasture after the goats. It was fun!
I got home and quickly looked in the fridge and threw together a soup with everything but the kitchen sink. It was AMAZING! There’s not a drop left and the house smells so good that when the Mr. gets home from the airport he will look at me with puppy dog eyes even though he already ate dinner. (more…)
When I was a child, we showed horses. Some of the fondest memories of my life were during this time. Believe it or not, this recipe was inspired by these fond horsey memories. I remember going to the Quarter Horse Youth World Show in Fort Worth and ordering these HUGE, loaded baked potatoes. As memory serves, you could top them with whatever incredible topping you wanted. I would load it up with bacon and cheese (of course) and broccoli. Amazing! (more…)