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Entries from August 2010

{Preserving Summer} Bourbon Peach Jam

August 27th, 2010 · 5 Comments

I mentioned we recently went peach picking at Hollin Farms in Fauquier County, Virginia. Unfortunately my preserving aspirations exceeded my hands-free time during the week (one so quickly forgets how time-consuming infants can be) so sadly we lost a few to spoilage before I got a chance to put up a batch of jam. (We [...]

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Tags: fresh from the... · fruit · local farms · preserving · recipes

{Meatless Monday} Spaghetti Caprese

August 16th, 2010 · 6 Comments

Eating meatless seems simpler in the summer, when steamy hot August days often leave me in the mood for little more than a salad for supper. The traditional caprese salad, comprised of tomatoes, basil and mozzarella, is perfectly sufficient for dinner along with a few slices of a nice, crusty baguette. I was in the [...]

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Tags: at market · dairy · meatless monday · pasta · recipes · weeknight meals

{Summer Sweets} Watermelon Slush

August 13th, 2010 · No Comments

Without a doubt the best purchase I’ve made this summer is our sno cone maker. I keep these great natural fruit concentrates in the fridge and we can just come home, pop a few ice cubes in and voila — an icy, refreshing sweet treat in seconds with no added sugar. The best part of [...]

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Tags: at market · cooking with kids · dessert · drinks · fruit · recipe · sweets

Easy and Kid-Friendly Portobello Pizzas

August 10th, 2010 · No Comments

As a featured contributor for The Mushroom Channel, I created these portobello pizzas on the grill — they’re fast, fresh and easy to make with the kids. Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner. Get the recipe at The Mushroom Channel.

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Tags: cooking with kids · kids cook monday · meatless monday · mushrooms

Local Potluck Tuesday (and fresh picked Sweet Corn)

August 10th, 2010 · No Comments

My mom, brother and sister-in-law were in town this past weekend, so naturally I took advantage of the opportunity to have extra hands and dragged them out to an orchard for peach picking. (I have a little one to carry, after all.) We went to Hollin Farms this time in Fauquier County, a hilltop orchard [...]

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Tags: NoVA Locavore · at market · fresh from the... · local farms · local potluck tuesday · recipes · vegetables