• Roasted Squash

    Butternut squash is so good on its own, that barely any seasoning is needed. This recipe is so simple and easy. Ingredients:     1 1/2 pounds green and yellow squash, sliced 3/8 inch thick     2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil     2 tablespoons coarsely chopped summer savory, plus sprigs for garnish     Salt and freshly ground pepper Directions: Heat oven to 500 degrees. Place a shallow baking pan...
  • Broccoli, Garlic & Spinach Soup

    This soup will not win any beauty contests, but who cares? It’s delicious! There’s a good amount of garlic and onion to spice things up and with a large handful of cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice at the end this soups wakes up your tastes buds in the most delightful way. Pair it with some toasted sourdough bread and a side...
  • Simple Stewed Zucchini & Onions

    Stewed zucchini for the Local Thirty might just be the easiest, most flavorful side dish of the season. One of the lessons I’m learning throughout this challenge of eating from a 200 mile radius of my home is that it’s really simplifying my cooking and I think that’s a good thing! I tend to go overboard with seasonings and sauces and I think stepping...
  • Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

    A recipe for spicy chicken meatballs made with jalapeno peppers and serrano peppers (optional!), served with classic Buffalo sauce, then topped with blue cheese crumbles. Pure Madness style. Ingredients:     1 tablespoon olive oil     1 celery stalk chopped     1 small onion chopped     1 jalapeno pepper chopped     1 serrano pepper chopped (optional)     3 cloves garlic chopped     1 teaspoon taco seasonings Cajun is GREAT here as well...
  • Jollof Risotto With Suya-Spiced Shrimp

    Spice up your life with a delicious Jollof Risotto recipe in honor of Black History Month. Ingredients: Stew     1 lb roma tomato (455 g), chopped     ½ medium red onion, chopped     1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped     1 habanero pepper     1 bay leaf     ¼ cup vegetable oil (60 mL)     1 teaspoon dried thyme     1 teaspoon curry powder     2 meggi seasoning cubes Risotto     2 tablespoons...
  • Nacho Cheese Sauce

    With its great orange colour and slightly tangy flavour, this creamy sauce is perfect for sharing alongside chilli, nachos and jalapeños. Ingredients:     350ml/12fl oz full-fat milk     25g/1oz unsalted butter     25g/1oz plain flour     150g/5½oz Red Leicester, grated     1 tsp cayenne pepper     4 shakes Tabasco     white pepper Directions: Place two saucepans on a medium heat. Pour the milk into one of the pans and melt the...
  • Stuffed Anaheim Peppers

    Stuffed Anaheim Peppers with ground beef and cheese are a Mexican flavoured dish with just a little hint of heat. Ingridients: 4 Anaheim peppers (halved lengthwise, cored and seeded) 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 onion (diced) 1 clove garlic (minced) 1 pound lean ground beef 1/2 cup chunky salsa (mild) 2 tablespoons chilli powder (mild) 1 teaspoon cumin 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper...
  • Pumpkin Pot Pie With Sausage & Kale

    In the spirit of fall and everything pumpkin around here, I whipped up this tasty little pot pie. I loved using fresh pie pumpkins and ground pork instead of the traditional chicken, carrots, and peas. This recipe was a home-run and I cannot wait to make it again for family around the holidays. It’s easy to prepare (even the crust is a breeze to...
  • Zucchini Swiss Chard & Chickpea Stew

    This light and simple stew is perfect for a quick summertime dinner. And while I know it can be hard to think about cooking a pot of hot stew in the middle of the hottest season of the year, you’ve got to trust me on this one. This meal is full of bright flavors and will fill you up without weighing you down. Ingredients:...
  • Penne Pasta With Cannellini Beans And Escarole

    This is a great pasta dish. The hardest part of the whole recipe is cutting the escarole. It is fast, simple, and delicious! What more could you ask for? With a loaf of Italian bread it goes a long way. Enjoy! Ingredients:     1 (16 ounce) package dry penne pasta     1 head escarole, chopped     1 (15.5 ounce) can cannellini beans, with liquid     1 (14.5 ounce)...
  • Butternut Squash, Feta, And Arugula Salad

    The sweet-tasting squash is counterbalanced with the salty cheese and tangy arugula in this salad. Ingredients:     1 medium butternut squash     2 teaspoons olive oil     Coarse salt and ground pepper     1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (1 ounce)     1 bunch (5 ounces) torn arugula Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Prepare 1 medium butternut squash; cut into 3/4-inch cubes. In a roasting pan, combine squash with...
  • Sweet Corn Frittata With Cherry Tomato Compote

    This frittata was just what the doctor ordered after a long and hot day in the fields. Simple, fresh and perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner. We paired this sweet corn frittata with a cherry tomato compote which really ties this meal together. Serve with a side salad and glass of crisp white wine for a perfect summer supper. Ingredients: Frittata     3 tablespoons olive...
  • Stewed Okra In Tomato Sauce

    Okra is one of those vegetables that people seem to either love or hate. If you aren’t a fan, this recipe for stewed okra with tomatoes may change your mind. Bamies latheres me domata (stewed okra in tomato sauce) is a simple Greek vegetarian dish that will work well as a side or as a light entrée. Ingredients:     1 1/2 pounds okra (stems trimmed)...
  • Basic Seafood Gumbo

    This seafood gumbo is made with a variety of shellfish along with a classic roux, herbs, okra, and vegetables. Ingredients:     3 quarts water     2 bay leaves     1 teaspoon lemon juice     1 small onion, cut into wedges     Salt, to taste     Ground black pepper, to taste     2 pounds shrimp, in shells     1 1/2 cups crabmeat     1 teaspoon parsley, or to taste     2 pounds okra, sliced     4...
  • Cucumber Soup With Bacon Gremolata

    This chilled cucumber soup is creamy, refreshing and the bacon gremolata takes it over the top. Aside from turning on the stovetop to fry the bacon you really don’t have to heat up your kitchen. And hey, heating up the kitchen just for a hot second to fry bacon isn’t half bad. You can also fry your bacon in a cast iron pan on...
  • Summer Crunch Salad

    Today it’s just this simple recipe for our members. There’s not a lot to say about it except that it’s freaking delicious and a breeze to prepare. It’s crunchy, refreshing, and can be eaten all week long if you make a double batch (the salad stays crunchy for days in your fridge). This highlights a lot of the summer bounty so many of you...
  • Spiced Butternut Squash Biscuits

    These butternut squash biscuits are a great addition to your holiday menu and I love how easy they are to whip up and how delicious they are! They pair well toasted up with a little butter and honey or make a great “turkey and cranberry slider”. They’ll even be great drizzled with a little gravy on the big day or think biscuits and gravy...
  • Chipotle Butternut Squash Soup

    This soup is absolutely wonderful. It’s spicy, sweet and topped with some crispy chorizo (we had our butcher make some chorizo sausage from our pigs and it’s so dang good!) If you’re a vegetarian just skip that part and then the soup will actually be vegan. However, if you’re a meat eater I would highly suggest going the extra step here. The crispy sausage...
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