In the Kitchen

Roasted Orange Tomato Soup with Thai Basil

Orange Romas plusThai Basil equalsa Garden Bounty for a delicious soup This recipe is a roasted tomato soup with a twist, or two. I grew orange Roma Tomatoes for my sister who likes a less acidic…

Roasted Orange Tomato and Thai Basil Soup

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.;;Cut the stems out of the tomatoes and slice them in half. Lay them cut side up on the cookie sheets. I used parchment paper to cover the bottom of the cookie sheets for…

The Big Beautiful Beet

Ruby Red Beets fresh from our Garden Beets add brilliant color to the garden. They’re all kinds of red from top to bottom. They hold their tall upright shape and color until you’re ready to pick…

Recipe for Apple, Carrot and Coconut Soup

The last of the last Farmers Market near us was a couple of weeks ago.  It was cold and raining but it was the last one.  Not Even nasty Chicago weather was going to keep us from the last Farmers…

Slow Cooker Applesauce from the Windy City

Mother Nature has taken her time, but the cold has finally settled in here in the Chicago area.  Lucky for us the change in seasons has come slowly because the apple festivals and farmer’s markets…

Soup, There it is!

The official end of summer is here.  I actually saw a lone tree that beat the crowd and changed its color already. It was a young tree, probably only planted a few years ago, and it was a beautiful…

So Many Plants, So Little Time

Like most gardeners in the Midwest I have been waiting, and waiting and waiting for the cold damp rainy, even freezy, Spring to give way to a more mild mannered, happy to be here, Spring. Finally we…

Some Assembly (and Patience) Required

The past few weeks here in Oak Lawn, a south suburb of Chicago, have been a gardening challenge to say the least. We’ve had cold rain during the day,  started our day with snow on the grass and…

Soup’s On

Last week snow, this week rain.  So much rain that there is not only zero snow left anywhere, but some areas now have flooding.  Cold and wet weather means indoor sports only. Like cooking 🙂 In my…

It’s Better than Chicken Noodle Soup

Hello Everyone – Well we caught it. All but one of us got the nasty flu that has crept into every state in our union. My husband John was the only one to get a flu shot and the only one who hasn’t…

Your Favorite Skillet Hash

Holidays are over and the feasting has turned to fasting.  With a fridge full of leftovers, which I love, the prep work is done for fast and easy meals.  An added benefit of using your leftovers -…

Homemade Holiday Cheer

Hey Gardeners still looking for something to do with your hands while you’re waiting for Spring? Need a creative fix that’s easy and is legally mood altering? This Double Chocolate Brownie recipe…

Quick Easy Savory Sweet Potatoes

It’s flat out winter here. So we’re cooking more and gardening less, a lot less 🙂  Here’s a seasonal recipe that I love, not just because it’s tasty, but because it’s easy too. The hardest part…

Zen In the Kitchen

Here in Oak Lawn, the weather is cool (no snow – yet) and there’s little gardening to do. Gardening, and designing Gardens, are my Zen. When I can no longer put my hands in the dirt, I find my Zen…

Roast ’em if You Got ’em

Over the last week I’ve harvested the last of the peppers just before a really cold night with just a baby frost.  I picked even the green and almost yellow banana peppers. We had a longer growing…

Chili – ‘Nuf Said

It’s a beautiful fall day, not a cloud in the sky.  It’s cold, raining, and fireplace weather.  It’s football season.  Well if you need any more reasons  than those to make yourself a pot of…

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup – mmmmm

I’ve been so busy in my garden, the community garden, and my client’s gardens, that I kinda let the piles of veggies I picked stack up in the house for the past few days.  Today I could no longer…

Rosemary’s Sweet Side

Hello Everyone I’m delivering on my promise for a recipe with Rosemary that doesn’t include chicken, LEMON ROSEMARY SHORTBREAD.  But before dessert, a few quick notes on Rosemary   Rosemary is…

Early Spring Greens

After you’ve finished your Spring cleanup you can plant your greens in your containers or your garden. No need to worry if you didn’t start these indoors a month ago or even in your garden a…

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