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Garden in A Jar

Right about now vegetable gardens are bursting with fresh vegetables and at the height of summer Italians make giardiniera, pickled vegetables that are used for antipasti and with meats and poultry. The best vegetables for a giardiniera are green beans, carrots, sweet and…

Basil and Cranberry Cornbread

Basil and Cranberry Cornbread Serves 8½ cup unsalted butter, softened2/3 cup sugar2 large eggs at room temperature1 cup buttermilk½ teaspoon baking soda1 cup cornmeal1 cup unbleached all purpose flour½ teaspoon salt½ cup dried cranberries2 tablespoons…

Cheesy Zucchini Casserole

Sometimes too much of a good thing, is well, too much. Take zucchini…please! Home gardeners tend to the nostalgic when they are planting them, putting in more than they really need. This plant has more than nine lives and can wear out its welcome faster than you can…

Tomato Sandwich, My Way

Here is my favorite tomato “sandwich” which I make in a bread pan to serve eight. The recipe could not be simpler to make and it is a refreshing lunch on a hot summer’s day. Granted I only do this when my beefsteak tomatoes are ripe for the picking. The …

Basil Bliss

The basil crop is ready and lush; planted under row covers, it allows water and sunlight in and bugs out. Beside making pesto and using it fresh in everything from potato salad to desserts (a future post), I like to freeze the leaves, unwashed (because once wet, forget it…