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Growing food / Gardening

Spicy Cilantro Lime Pesto w Cashews

Spicy Cilantro Lime Pesto with Cashews ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #cilantro #pesto #recipe

Who says basil should get all the pesto glory? I love to mix up pestos with all sorts of other fresh herbs … and cilantro has to be my #1 favorite. This zesty pesto goes well in anything Mexican: salsas, enchilada sauce, rice, beans … or slather it on chicken, fish, steak, burgers, quesadillas … it’s […]


Slow Roasted Cherry Tomatoes Preserved in Olive Oil

Slow Roasted Cherry Tomatoes Preserved in Olive Oil ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #tomato #preservation #recipe

Adapted slightly from Heartbeat Kitchen A couple weekends ago I visited my sister and she had one cherry tomato plant that was absolutely exploding with tomatoes. She had so many that she didn’t have a clue what to do with them all … and asked if I would take some. Of course I obliged … […]


Homemade Mint Extract

Homemade Mint Extract ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #DIY #mint #extract #recipe

Recipe from Through Her Looking Glass In past years, I haven’t had a whole lot of luck growing mint, but this year it’s taken off and is totally taking over my little garden! People have told me it will take over if you plant it in your garden, but I never quite believed them until […]


Simple Stovetop Tomato Paste

Simple Stovetop Tomato Paste Recipe ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #homemade #tomato #paste #recipe

Tomato paste is one of those things that kind of catch me off guard. When I’m ready to make a good sauce, I start in on it and then find in the midst of cooking that it calls for tomato paste and I have NONE in my house! Part of this is because I’m concerned […]


Caramel Apple Jam

Caramel-Apple-Jam

Adapted just slightly from Cooking with Mary and Friends Last weekend I went to visit my parents. Mom and Dad have this HUGE apple tree that makes tons of apples (probably literally) every year. This year especially it is LOADED with apples … apparently way too many for the tree to bear because while we […]


Grow Green Onions … from your Groceries!

Grow your own green onions

This is a little different from my normal recipe posts, but I HAVE to share this with you. This is so ridiculously simple, I don’t know why we haven’t been doing it all along, except maybe we never thought to … you know how when you buy green onions at the store, the bottom part […]

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