Pickled Radishes

I made pickled radishes this week. We had a lot from our CSA and really how many radishes can you eat? Pickled radishes are so easy just a basic vinegar and and salt brine. Hot water bath processed for 10 minutes. They have a great sour spicy bite to them. The best thing about pickled radishes they are really pretty. They are a great addition to a gift basket of home made goodies.

Pickled radishes so pretty

Pickled radishes so pretty

 

 

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Reboot

I have decided to reboot my blog Having a toddler and working full time is exhausting but I feel like I need to spend more time for me. Doing the things I like to do and this blog is one of those things. So look for new recipes, projects and tips coming up soon. Maybe even some toddler entries too. I am excited to get back into it and I hope that my readers will be too.

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Basil Lemonade

Basil Lemonade
This is a favorite for parties and picnics. We served it at my baby shower and everyone loved it. Its also a great use for all the basil in your garden.

What you need:
1 cup Basil packed
2 cups water
2 cups sugar
lemon juice
lemons

What to do:
First we are going to make basil tea to use as a base of our simple syrup. We tried to just make the syrup infused with the basil but it did not work well. So boil the water in a pan. When it boils take it off the heat  and throw in the basil. Let it sit like that till it cools. Strain out the leaves, I squeeze them a little to get all the basil goodness. Discard the leaves.

Now to make the simple syrup add the sugar to the tea and simmer till it reduces by half. It will start to look like syrup. Let the syrup cool before using it. You can store it in a jar in your pantry too.

Now to make lemonade it goes like pour 1 part lemon juice 1 part syrup and 2 parts water over ice. Feel free to change the amounts to suit your taste. Garnish with lemon slices.

We have doubled and even tripled this recipes for parties. Also it mixes great with vodka, if you’re into that sort of thing.

This is one of our favorite summer drinks. Hope you like it as much as we do.

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Salsa Verde

This week I was given some tomatillos and some peppers. Seemed like the perfect time to make salsa verde.
After removing the husks and and washing the tomatillos. I cut them in half. I split and seeded the peppers. Cut up some onions and garlic. Put them all under my broiler for about 15 minutes. Till they looked like this.
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After they cooled I put them all in the food processor with the juice of one lime salt and cilantro to taste and ran it all around. The finished product looks like this.
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It’s fresh and delicious awesome on tacos or just chips and so easy to make.

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Too many cukes

There seems to be an over abundance of cucumbers in my area. Friends are gifting garden cukes and there are some in my CSA. So I wanted to pass along a quick cucumber recipe. I don’t much feel like making pickle right now, but this is easy and delicious.
What you need:
3 or so large Cucumbers
16 oz plain Greek yogurt
4 oz Feta Cheese crumbled
Juice of one Lemon
2 or 3 big Tablespoons of Dill chopped or dried

What to do:
Slice the cucumbers thin I don’t peel them. You can if you want to I think they hold up better not peeled.

Mix all the other ingredients in a very large bowl and toss the cucumbers to coat.

If you can make it the day before and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight.

That’s it so simple and so very good. I could eat this all the time.
Try it and let me know how it works for you.

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Callaloo or something to do with all those CSA greens

Here’s what you need:
Large bunch of Greens Kale and Escarole work well
3 or 4 slices of bacon
1 onion
1 can coconut milk
1 cup of broth I use chicken but veggie would work too
Cayenne pepper
Salt

Here’s what you do:
Rough chop the onion and bacon
Saute the bacon and onion in a large sauce pan till onions are translucent
Add coconut milk and broth bring to a simmer
Add greens and salt and cayenne to taste
Cook until the greens have all wilted.
It will be very much like soup this dish is often used as a gravy over roasted meat.

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Newest little bunny

I promised an update and more exciting things this Summer. The hooligan and I had a baby bunny on 6/25 she is beautiful.

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I don’t want this to become a “mommy blog” but I am sure Little Miss will show up in posts on a regular basis. Since I am home on leave for most of the summer I hope to be adding recipes and other projects too.

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