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Cucumber and Yogurt Salad Recipe Recipe

I'm still working on using the cucumbers from our garden. I know my husband Lulu spent a lot of time planting all the vegetables so I try my best to make flavorful dishes using the results of his hard labor. 

Today I used Marketmore cucumbers and served them as a first course. The dish was composed of seeded, sliced cucumbers, finely chopped pickled grape leaves and diced red bell peppers. I tied the flavors of the salad together with a dressing made with yogurt, mustard and olive oil.

I understand that the process of planting, watering and caring for the vegetables requires a lot of work, so I definitely feel responsible for creating unique dishes that showcase the quality of the ingredients. Love you Lulu! Don't we make a great team?


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Radish Pesto Recipe Recipe

Radish Pesto Recipe

05.15.12 by Jackie

Here's a simple pesto made with radish greens. Radish greens have a strong, peppery flavor, which adds an interesting dimension to traditional pesto. If it's too strong for you, you could mix it with more traditional greens, such as basil or spinach.

We grow our own radishes, and it's really wonderful to be able to use all the fruits of our labor. Radishes are one of the easiest and fastest maturing crops that can be planted in the garden. The "French Breakfast" variety used in this recipe only require about 22 days to mature. Here in California, that works out to at least four or five harvests per season. So expect to see more radish recipes as long as it's sunny out!

The longer you leave the radishes in the ground, the spicier they get and the hairier the leaves will become. The leaves are still edible, but, the texture may become unpleasant, which is why I decided to put these greens to use in a pesto. In France, there are several soups made with radish greens. Cooking the greens, in general, will mellow them out a bit.

Radish Pesto Recipe with Picture

 


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Lemon Butter Garlic Sauce Recipe Recipe

Lemon butter garlic sauce is a tasty accompaniment to artichokes.  Butter is used generously, in contrast to the low calorie and healthy artichoke.

If you want a healthier variant, check out my tofu vinaigrette I made a few weeks ago.


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Sauce for Steamed Artichokes (Tofu Dressing Recipe) Recipe

Artichokes are harvested year-round but I usually notice an increase in quantity and quality starting in March. We live near Castrovilleso I can find artichokes in abundance this season. Normally, I would make a flavorful aïoli to dip the artichoke leaves in. But given the extra few pounds I need to shed from my baby weight, I experimented with a healthier alternative. I made a quick and easy sauce with silken tofu and the usual ingredients I would use for vinaigrette.

The result is a creamy, tasty sauce without any funkiness from the tofu. This proves that you don't necessarily need to add melted butter, garlic and lemon to make an artichoke flavorful.


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Habanero Chile Garlic Sauce Recipe Recipe

Everyone who likes spicy food and has tasted this sauce says it would sell very quickly. If you've followed our family's culinary adventures, you may know how much Daddy (my father-in-law) loves anything spicy. My husband Lulu planted Habanero chiles in planters last summer and Daddy made several jars so we could enjoy the chiles all the way through the winter. Daddy came up with a very easy but flavorful recipe for chile garlic sauce. Simply combine the same proportion of fresh garlic and Habanero chiles and complete with white vinegar, a touch of salt and sugar.

You can enjoy it as a condiment on the side like Daddy does, or I've also added half a teaspoon of the spicy mixture in sauces, dressings and marinades. It adds a pleasant, spicy zing to just about any dish.


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