This version of caccia e peppe, or cheese with pepper pasta, came about last spring when I had a lot of oregano that needed a trim. Above: oregano and lettuces growing in a repurposed box frame Below: freshly harvested oregano, mint, basil, and cilantro I also had a few tomatoes, Vidalia onions, and garlic. I … Continue reading Herbed Caccia e Pepe
Since I had spent the past year kicking cancer's butt, I didn't grow as much fresh produce or herbs as I once did last summer. However, I did grow a few of my beloved San Marzano tomatoes (plants from the Carbondale Farmer's Market,) basil, a bit of oregano and rosemary-- and a lot of mint. … Continue reading How Does Your Garden Grow?
Are you searching for a tasty dip or appetizer for last minute company or a get together? This dip is only three ingredients and literally can be made in seconds. All you need is a softened brock of cream cheese or Neufchâtel cheese, a packet of Sazón, and some basil pesto. Ingredients: 1 block of … Continue reading Last Minute Dip
As we are heading full swing into the summer farmer's market season here in Southern Illinois, I am sharing a staple of sorts from my house: salsa fresca. I prefer somewhat of a kicked up pico de gallo. When time allows, I prefer to bake my own tortilla chips. Salsa Ingredients: 2 to 3 large … Continue reading Farmer’s Market Salsa Fresca with Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips
Individual flat iron steaks from Dierks Farms and fresh sourdough bread baked by Scratch Brewing Company, both of Ava, were among groceries I got this past Saturday at the Carbondale Community Farmer's Market. This pair of ingredients seemed like a great starting point for a TOSI (Taste Of Southern Illinois) Challenge creation. For the steaks, … Continue reading TOSI Challenge: Flat Iron Steak Sandwich & Fries