Roasted Grape Tomatoes with Onion and Garlic

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Now this is one delicious dish. Whether you decide to pair it with pasta or add as a side like my husband and I did tonight, you can’t go wrong! The roasted flavors bring out the Italian in us all!

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 dozen grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 tsp basil
  • 1/4 tsp parsley
  • 2-3 tbsp EVOO (olive oil)
  • salt and pepper

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and prepare a baking sheet with tin foil, shiny side down, and spray with non stick spray.

Rinse the tomatoes and peel the onion and garlic cloves. Slice each grape tomato in half, coarsely chop the onion and garlic.

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Add these three ingredients into a small mixing bowl and coat with olive oil, parsley and basil. Add a pinch of salt and pepper and then mix with a spatula.

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Once completely coated pour and spread evenly onto a prepared baking sheet.

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Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Just wait until you smell how wonderful this dish is, ohhhh mama!

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We enjoyed this dish as a side with our New York strips, steamed lemon pepper broccoli and baked sweet potatoes.

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You can serve the tomatoes on angel hair pasta, a toasted Italian loaf or as a side like my husband and I did!

Enjoy!

xo – M

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South Georgia Sweet Tea

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One of my favorite drinks is a tall glass of good ole sweet tea. I’m not talking about the iced tea mockery they try to slip past you at most restaurants these days, I am talking down-home-front-porch-rockin-put-a-lemon-in-it-good-ole-southern-sweet-tea. If you are like me and can’t take the flavorlessness of unsweet or the sugar inducing coma pre-made sweet tea at the store, then try out my family’s recipe for South Georgia Sweet Tea. A perfect pitcher every time and good until the last drop.

What You’ll Need:

  • 3 Liter pitcher
  • 3 Luzianne family size tea bags
  • 1 cup granulated sugar

Fill a 1 quart glass measuring cup with water and microwave on high for 5 minutes. (You can also use a tea kettle if you prefer. The microwave is just quicker.) Remove from the microwave and drop the three tea bags in the water and let steep for 20 minutes.

After 20 minutes lightly pinch the tea bags to drain the remaining water and then throw away. (For stronger tea let steep at least 30 minutes.)

Add a cup of sugar to the bottom of your three liter pitcher and then pour the steeped tea over the sugar to melt. Stir, stir, stir. Add water to the tea mixture to fill to the 3 liter mark. Place in the fridge to chill before serving.

Pour over ice and add a lemon slice!

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Sip and Enjoy!

xo – M

 

 

Summertime Potato Salad

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Looking for a summertime side to pair with your Fourth of July BBQ? This potato salad will make a great addition to any party or dinner you are planning. It’s simple, affordable and most importantly delicious!

What You’ll Need:

  • 7-8 medium red potatoes, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
  • 1 small apple, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp onion, minced
  • 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/8 cup mustard
  • 1 tsp dried dill
  • salt
  • pepper

Rinse the potatoes and then dice into bite size chunks. Place in a medium size sauce pan and cover with water. Boil for ten minutes or until fork tender. Drain and spread out on a baking sheet to let cool. Place baking sheet in the freezer for about 15 minutes to cool faster.

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Prepare the apple, celery and onion by finely chopping each.

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In a medium bowl combine the mayonnaise, pickle relish and mustard and mix well. Fold in the apple, celery, onion, and dill and add a pinch of salt and pepper to the mixture then blend.

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Once the potatoes have cooled, fold in the mayonnaise mixture with a spatula.

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Store in the refrigerator until serving. Don’t forget to garnish with paprika!

Enjoy!

xo – M

Homemade Pickles Overnight

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I recently was overwhelmed with cucumbers from my garden. Not only was I giving them away, my husband and I were eating them as quickly as possible in everything from salads, to gyros, to hummus, to cucumber onion salad. Needless to say we were a little burnt out. So what were we to do with all of the left over cucumbers that we had? Make pickles of course!!

After scouring the internet and Pinterest for some great ideas and recipes for pickling I finally came across a good recipe by DIYNatural. I didn’t follow her recipe to the tee as I like some other ingredients and I had  A LOT more cucumbers to work with, so I changed it up. She provided a wonderful base plan to work off of and create my own. Not only is this a great way to use cucumbers, but also a great way to up cycle all those spaghetti and pickle jars I saved. Once again my mild pack-rat ways have paid off. Thanks Dad!

Let’s get down to business, shall we.

What You’ll Need:

  • 10 – 12 small to medium size cucumbers
  • 4 16 – 24 oz. glass jars
  • white distilled vinegar
  • dried dill
  • garlic cloves
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • red pepper flakes*
  • cayenne pepper*
  • water

To begin, make sure that the jars have been thoroughly sterilized by boiling in water for 5 minutes. Prepare the cucumbers for the style you prefer. You can cut them into dill chips, spears or leave whole if you have the mini cucumbers (less than 4 inches). Prepare each jar with 1 – 1 1/2 tablespoon of vinegar, 1 minced garlic clove, 1/2 tablespoon dried dill, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper. Mix in the jar before adding the cucumbers. Add the chips, spears or whole cucumbers to fill the jar and then top off with water. Seal each jar tightly and shake well for 60 seconds. You will need a little counter space for the next 24 hours dedicated to the pickling process. Let the jars stand for 12 hours and then shake again before turning each of them over. Let the jars sit for another 12 hours. Shake once more and then place in the refrigerator. Feel free to taste before you place in the fridge or after they have gotten cold. However you prefer your pickles!

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*For a spicier blend, you can add 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper and 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Follow the same process and other ingredients above to make this spicier pickle.

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Your homemade pickles should keep for 1 – 2 months in the refrigerator.

Enjoy and pickle on!

xo-M

Is it cold in here or just me? Learn how to FLASH FREEZE!

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I have my own garden in the backyard and am currently growing snow peas, cucumbers, jalapeños, banana peppers, mint, basil, lavender, rosemary and cilantro. It’s growing like crazy and I love it. What an exciting and rewarding feeling it is when I walk out back and there are three and four cucumbers ready to be picked, a bushel of peas and yummy peppers. It’s great – but it can also be overwhelming if I don’t have a recipe or anything prepared to use them in. That’s when flash freezing comes into play. Ready to learn how easy this is? Let’s go!

What You’ll Need:

  • large pot (bring water to a boil)
  • strainer (use to add and remove snow peas)
  • large bowl (fill with water)
  • ice (add to bowl of water for ice bath)
  • towel and paper towels (use to dry snow peas completely before freezer bagging)

Step 1:

If you have fresh picked snow peas you will want to remove the tips of the snow peas and then devein them by pulling gently from one corner to the other. Rinse and set aside.

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Step 2:

After you bring a pot of water to a boil drop the snow peas by spoonfuls into the pot and let boil for 1 minute. Do not leave in too long. Boiling helps bring out all of the flavor in the snow peas and help preserve their vibrate color.

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Step 3:

Once the snow peas have boiled for a minute, immediately remove and drop into the bowl of ice water you prepared in advance. Let soak and chill for 30 seconds or so. Remove and pat dry with a towel. Once dried place in an freezer bag and remove all of the air. Freeze for up to 6 months. Add to your dishes directly from freezer.

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Enjoy!

xo-M