Welcome New Year! Let’s Eat! (Recipe: Parmesan Puff Bites)

Welcome 2015! 2014 was sure an interesting yeaRecipe: Parmesan Puff Bites From the Family With Lover…and a ton happened! Please oh please tell me 2015 will slow down a bit (ha! not when we are expecting baby #2 in May!) 

My immediate family all got together for our annual food and games and The Three Stooges New Years Eve celebration.  This year we were able to host in our new house. And it was such a wonderful time! Needless to say we had tons of food…which yielded lots of leftovers (this pregnant woman was eating happy for the next few days!) When my mom arrived I was just pulling my Parmesan Puff Bites out of the oven.  She was thrilled and told me that she almost made the same thing but ran out of time! 

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This will change your mind about beets:Recipe Roasted Beet Fettuccini (Video)

I don’t really like beets. Well I guess I like them if they are fried into beet chips, or thinly sliced and roasted in a hot oven with olive oil, rosemary and sea salt, and I chow down this roasted beet fettuccine…So I’m probably better off saying I don’t like your ordinary steamed beets or beet salad. This recipe is anything but ordinary. And the color! Oh my goodness the color of this pasta is spectacular! I need a dress or a pair of shoes in this color…:)

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Yes! You can still start growing beans in the middle of July! (video)

I just learned something cool. Then again I am always learning new gardening tips from my dad when I visit him in his 100% organic garden! Did you know it isn’t too late to start beans (we live in hardiness zone 5)? With a little extra work closer to harvest you can plant bean seeds 2 months before your first frost. For us that means we can plant up till about August 1st!

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Saving Summer’s Harvest: how to blanch green beans (video)

I spent the afternoon in my daddy’s garden. I love his garden. It isn’t a perfectly manicured garden with perfect wood box raised garden beds and perfect mulched walkways. Instead the raised beds are free standing with the vines of pumpkins and summer squash spilling onto the paths between the beds. To the two of us it is paradise. We had fun together creating a short video on how to grow beans which I will upload & write about soon. But this evening I had a bit of quiet in the house after my son went to sleep nice and early. So I used that time to prep and blanch my green beans!

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