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Balsamic Chicken Tomato Basil Pasta Salad

Hopefully you have figured out a few different ways to maximize your tomato harvest from my last post. One of the ways I suggested you utilize your tomatoes is by making a pasta salad with tomatoes.  Personally, I am not a big fan of pasta salad with a mayonnaise base.  This pasta salad recipe uses a balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing and tastes delicious with fresh tomatoes. I discovered this recipe from my mother-in-law.  This is one of my husbands favorite recipes that his mom used to make him.  She gave him the recipe a few years ago for him to someday cook.  Sadly, he never learned to cook so I ended up making her recipe. For this recipe, I usually use cherry tomatoes.  You...

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Making the Most of Your Tomato Harvest

As I have mentioned before, this year was my first year growing vegetables and I am learning new strategies along the way.  I have had more success with some vegetables than with others, but I am still surprised with the amount that my gardens have produced.  Early this summer, I was worried that my tomato plants were not going to make it through the early summer months.  Luckily, I had several crops that rebounded and have started producing an abundance of tomatoes.  I love tomatoes and want to utilize every last cherry tomato if possible. Nothing is more frustrating than harvesting vegetables from your own garden and having them spoil because you waited too long to use them.  If you have an abundance of tomatoes...

zucchini goat cheese tart

Zucchini Goat Cheese Tart

Happy Monday Everyone! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. We celebrated my husband's birthday and watched the olympics.  Our puppy Champ has been in a puppy training class for the past 5 weeks and he had his test this Saturday, which he passed with flying colors! All in all it was a great weekend. I wanted to share a recipe for a Zucchini Goat Cheese Tart that I made this weekend that was delicious. The recipe uses zucchinis, which are in season right now.  It can be an appetizer, but it makes for an excellent meatless Monday dish. I found this dish to be very quick and easy to prepare.   Enjoy! [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:5] I would love to hear from you! What did you think of this dish?...

When to Buy Organic

After my last post on organic vegetable gardening, I had some questions from readers about when to buy organic.  Choosing whether or not to buy organic fruits and vegetables can be overwhelming. Purchasing organic produce is often more expensive, but there are certain fruits and vegetables that are not worth the extra cost.  The question is, how do you know which foods to buy organic? You're in luck! Today I am going to give you a list of fruits and vegetables that are known to be significantly higher in pesticides that are worth the organic price tag and a list of foods are not worth buying organic. 16 Foods to Buy Organic: Strawberries Apples Nectarines Peaches Celery Grapes Cherries Spinach Tomatoes Bell Peppers Cherry Tomatoes Cucumbers Leafy...

Growing Organic Vegetables

I apologize for my time away and lack of posts over the last two weeks.  My husband Andrew and I have been very busy with two things: preparing for our puppy and working in the garden.  Here is a sneak peak of our golden retriever puppy:  We pick him up on Saturday and have been busy getting everything ready for his arrival.  The second thing that has been keeping me busy is the garden.  Over the last few months, we have put in a patio, two raised vegetable beds, and about 48 sq feet of regular garden beds.  Last week, we finished everything off with window boxes.  Needless to say, we have been very busy. After spending this morning walking around my vegetable gardens and seeing how...

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