Kale Waffles with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Kale Waffles with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

This is a great recipe to transition from summer to fall.  You get the earthy, savoriness from the kale but with a bright, sweetness from the tomatoes.  Top them with a little Parmesan cheese and you are good to go. I used sun gold cherry tomatoes for this recipe.  They worked really well because they sort of fell apart when roasted.  The juices from the tomatoes combined with the olive oil and made and insanely delicious syrupy sauce.  I’ve tried…

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Cheddar and Chive Polenta Cakes with Fresh Corn

Cheddar and Chive Polenta Cakes with Fresh Corn

I had left some corn aside from freezing corn with the plan to make corn pudding.  When the time came to get cooking I realized that I didn’t have any butter. So I did some quick refrigerator recognizance and recipe searching and decided to make polenta cakes.  None of the recipes I found called for fresh corn, but I decided to take a chance with it anyways.  Man, did it pay off.  The sweetness of the corn goes great with the saltiness…

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Get ready for sweet corn this winter!

Get ready for sweet corn this winter!

There is nothing more quintessentially summer than sweet corn.   So just think about how delicious it would be in January after you have been outside for hours shoveling snow!! Sorry , I know I said the “s” word.  Frozen corn is a great staple to have.  You can add it to Black beans and rice, chili, soups, chowder, burritos, pretty much anything.  I also like to make a corn pudding and thrown in a bunch of frozen corn.  If…

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Peach Cornmeal Muffins

Peach Cornmeal Muffins

Peaches are one of my favorite fruits. Because of some crazy weather here last year, most of the peach crop was wiped out.  Well, I am making up for it this year! We have already been peach picking twice.  I have frozen a lot of peaches (how to post coming soon) and also made a delicious peach upside down cake. I was looking for a an easy snack for the kids. I recently dove into the wold of Instagram, yes…

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Grilled Cabbage

Grilled Cabbage

If you’re like me, you don’t think of cabbage as a summer vegetable.  I always think of it in hearty fall dishes.  So when hubby brought home a bag of summer cabbage, I wasn’t sure what to do.  We made some coleslaw, but I was itching to try something different… and avoid the oven! I never would have thought to grill cabbage, but man is it delicious.  Next time I will keep them on the grill a little longer and…

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Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie

With the temperature heating up, a smoothie is a great easy breakfast or snack on the go.  I have been a long time fan of smoothies but could never get into the green smoothie.  To me they always tasted like dirt.  Luckily, 100 Days of Real Food, showed me the error in my ways.  I used to just throw things in the blender and hope for the best.  With green smoothies it really is worth it to measure the ingredients…

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Beet Cake

Beet Cake

    This is now one of my new favorite recipes! It is almost like a cross between zucchini bread and carrot cake. The beets provide a great sweet earthiness as well as add a ton of moisture. I originally made it as a cake for mother’s day brunch. I topped with a little bit of powdered sugar, but it would also be great with a drizzle of cream cheese icing.  I then tried the recipe as muffins and they…

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Black Bean and Kale Patties

Black Bean and Kale Patties

Hubby brought home lots of kale and baby leeks, but not much else.  This recipe was the result of “what do I have in my cabinet?” I didn’t want to do a traditional veggie burger like the Black Bean Lentil Burgers. I was really going for a thinner, crispier patty, which is exactly what I got! I topped them with garlic mayo and sautéed leeks, but these would be a great vehicle for all sorts of sauces and veggies.  They also…

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Kale Pesto

Kale Pesto

I don’t know why I hadn’t thought to do this before, but kale pesto is delicious! I found it to be sweeter than traditional pesto made with basil.  Obviously the flavor of the kale is going to play a big role in the flavor of the pesto, so make sure you use really fresh kale.  I used this on pizza so I kept the consistency pretty thick.  If you are using it as a sauce you will want to thin…

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Veggie Biscuits

Veggie Biscuits

As we get closer and closer to summer, and the bounty of fresh veggies, I am working on clearing out my freezer.   This is a great recipe because you really can use whatever combination of veggies you have, and come one, who doesn’t like biscuits!  I used fresh carrots with frozen peppers and broccoli.  I popped the frozen veggies in the microwave for about 30 seconds and them tossed everything in right in the food processor with the shredder…

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