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Five-Minute Pickled Peppers

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I’m not a huge fan of really hot peppers (unless you’re talking Cowboy Candy), but I do love pickled banana peppers. Do you? I love the little extra zing and crunch that they bring to a submarine sandwich or a salad or cheese plate. So I planted a few banana peppers in my
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Sweet Red Pepper & Onion Relish

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At this time of year here in Florida, I love to spend sweltering Sunday afternoons in the kitchen, saving my tomatoes. This recipe is a knockoff of Harry and David’s  fame, and it is perfect for preserving the season’s best tomatoes, peppers and onions from the garden or farmers market. It
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Quick and Easy Meyer Lemon Finishing Salt

A perfect little gift for your favorite cook

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I spent a happy afternoon in the kitchen preserving this year’s Meyer lemon harvest. Meyer lemons are one of my favorite crops, and we’re very lucky that they thrive in our north Florida location. Although my tree is just starting to bear fruit, I was gifted with about 30 pounds of
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Three Secrets to Perfect Pesto

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If you are a gardener and a cook, pesto is one of those things that you should know how to make. The combination of sweet basil, garlic, pine nuts and olive oil is classic. Like many great recipes, this one is basic and only takes a few minutes. And yet, it’s
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Best Guacamole from the Garden

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Guacamole is a food for gods and gardeners. With its origins from our neighbors in Mexico, it is simple to make–an everyday food. But it literally bursts with the flavors of the summer garden. I think the keys to great guacamole are using the freshest ingredients available, and using a molcajete and tejolete
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Spicy Pickled Okra

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Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) is one of my favorite plants to grow during the heat of summer. A member of the mallow family, okra has large leaves and lovely flowers that resemble hibiscus. Here in the south, it can grow eight or nine feet tall, and in a few weeks, I’ll need a ladder to
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Party Favors and a Recipe for Candied Pecans

Candied Pecans and Smoked Jalapeno Salt

Candied Pecans and Smoked Jalapeno Salt

We are preparing for a big feast this week! I love big feasts, don’t you? This year, the cottage will be full to the rafters with family and friends. We’ve got some love and romance going on, some big challenges, and some adventure, too. We have very
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Summer in a Jar

Organic Mangoes and Peppers

Organic Mangoes and Peppers

I was so lucky this week to receive some absolutely magnificent organic mangoes from our local organic farmer, Miss Louise of Turkey Hill Farm. Please see my post on Jamming to read about the Mango Man, and don’t miss the comments.  I ran into Mango Man’s wife
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