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Chickpea and Sun-Dried Tomato Salad

Lately I’ve been soaking and cooking my own dry beans- everything from black beans to pinto beans and now chickpeas. I used to do it a lot more often than I do now, but I’m suddenly forcing myself to enjoy the health benefits of freshly-cooked beans as well as the economic benefits. Beans are cheap in … Read more

Fried Yucca

If you’ve never heard of yucca before, you heard about it here first! Also known as cassava or manioc, yucca is a tuberous, hardy and starchy root found in tropical climes such as Africa, Southeast Asia, southern China and the Caribbean, but also known to be a staple food consumed by the Native Americans and pre-Columbian people hundreds … Read more

Italian Herb-Stuffed Mushrooms

My family has been making stuffed mushrooms since I can remember eating savory foods. They look tedious to make, but I promise you they are super simple. I only cut off the stem to use in the stuffing, not the core of the mushroom. I think it makes the recipe easier, less messy and I … Read more

Tomato & Roasted Pepper Soup

These cold fall days seem darker, windier, and overall just more like winter than fall. A good soup always makes me feel warm inside and warms up the kitchen while it’s cooking. Try this simple soup which blends leftover summer produce into a fall soup, as many of us still have the just-ripened tomatoes to prove it and … Read more

Processing Summer Garden Tomatoes

Just as soon as spring approached, we began contemplating what to plant in our summer garden. The consensus was that we wanted plenty of homemade tomato sauce all winter long, coming from fresh, organic produce. After renting a plot  from our local park district, we made calculations and designs for our 20 x 20 space (which was … Read more

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