Penne With Cauliflower Sauce

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“A great way to get the kids to eat more vegetables. Adapted from Pasta Harvest.” INGREDIENTS 500 grams penne 1 medium green cauliflower, cleaned but kept whole 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 tablespoon flour 1 cup milk, as needed salt … Read More

Pasta With Sausage, Peas and Onions

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“We like this best with Johnsonville Bratwurst but any rich, savoury style sausage would work.” INGREDIENTS 500 grams penne 2 tablespoon olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 4 bratwurst or other savoury flavoured sausage, skins removed 1/2 cup peas 1/4 … Read More

Pasta With Pesto Sauce

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“There is nothing like pesto sauce made from basil straight from the garden.” INGREDIENTS 500 g whole grain linguine or spaghetti (see note below) 1 cup pesto sauce 2 tablespoons reserved pasta water Fresh grated parmesan cheese for garnish DIRECTIONS … Read More

Pasta Alla Puttanesca

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“A spicy, tangy sauce that is very easy to make from ingredients almost always in the cupboard. Folklore says it was named for women of the evening who fed this dish to their clients.” INGREDIENTS 500 g whole grain spaghetti … Read More

Neapolitan Tomato Sauce

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“While the original recipe called for canned tomatoes, I make this recipe every fall with tomatoes and basil from the garden and freeze. Adapted from Pasta Harvest.” INGREDIENTS 500 grams penne or rigatoni 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 … Read More

Mad Apples’ Angel Hair Pasta

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“This recipe came from a restaurant called Mad Apples’ in Toronto popular in the 90’s for it’s angel hair pasta. While there are a lot of steps and ingredients, it is well worth the work for a special evening.” INGREDIENTS … Read More

Garlic Scape Pesto

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You don’t have to wait for August to make fresh pesto — all you need are fresh garlic scapes. Scapes, sometimes called garlic flowers, are the top flowers that emerge from hardneck garlic. Scapes are usually removed in order to … Read More

Egg Noodles With Creamy Mushroom Sauce

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“I almost always use goats cheese in place of whipping cream as it adds a richer flavour. If you like replace the goats cheese with 1/4 cup whipping cream for a more traditional flavour.” INGREDIENTS 500 grams broad egg noodles … Read More

Bow Ties and Asparagus

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“We often have this light pasta for lunch. Think of it as a healthier version of mac and cheese. The recipe was inspired by my Grandmother who cooked me bow ties in chicken broth when I was a child.” INGREDIENTS … Read More

Basic Tomato Sauce

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“A simple tomato sauce that has a rich tomato favour. Use this sauce on it’s own or as a base for other recipes. I used unpeeled tomatoes and puree the sauce which makes this a simple recipe to throw together.” … Read More

Harvest Soups

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Today was another fall harvest day at our house. We dug up more potatoes, some carrots, parsnips and beets, and picked some of the last of the tomatoes (so sad). I spent the afternoon roasting vegetables for various soups and … Read More

Growing Pulses aka Soup Beans

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Anyone following this blog knows I always have something new on the go. This year we are experimenting with growing pulses or soup beans. Unfortunately, our bean garden has had a tough go of it. A late start this spring … Read More

Perfect French Fries

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Having grown our own potatoes for the last three years we of course make our own french fries.  I’ve discovered three secrets to making the best french fries: Cut the fries the same size — we like ours about 1/4 … Read More

New Summer Salads

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Summer is here and the garden is already providing an abundance of zucchini as well as Swiss chard and kale greens. While I love grilled zucchini and greens fried with garlic I was looking for some other ways to use … Read More

Cooking With Garlic Scapes

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While they may not be new to everyone, we discovered a whole new food this week. I have made it a point this year to use everything we can from the garden. So when I cut the tops of my … Read More

A Long Lasting Potato

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Unbelievably we are still eating potatoes from storage that were grown last summer. Today we are having home made french fries made from German Butterball potatoes picked September 5, 2010 – 7 months ago!

Summer Salads

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I wonder what the perfect summer salad is? So many to choose from – pasta salad, potato salad, green bean and tomato salad, coleslaw – just about anything in the garden can be adapted into a tasty crisp salad. Last … Read More

Zucchini Overload!

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What do you do with all that extra zucchini in the garden? Our favourite recipes of course are grilled on the BBQ with a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper. Next up is slices fried in garlic and olive … Read More

Flying Saucer Zucchini

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You know summer is here when the summer squash start to appear in the garden. Today we enjoyed our first zucchini of the season, okay well one only but hey it’s still June. I planted three varieties of summer squash … Read More

A Great Year For Potatoes

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We harvested our first potatoes ever today easily finding a few new potatoes ranging from the size of a golf ball to the size of a tennis ball. It has certainly been a great year to grow potatoes. Despite mounding … Read More

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