Making Vegan Basil Pesto and Pickled Hot Peppers

Can you believe that it’s almost October? It seems like the summer passed by so fast. With the nighttime temperatures dropping, it’s time to start harvesting the cold-sensitive plants. I decided to deal with the plants at home first. Although I didn’t do much with the front garden this year, I did grow a large basil plant in the yard, […]

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Spring pasta salad: Asparagus, basil pesto, and chive flowers

I put together this recipe one night while trying to use up the asparagus and cherry tomatoes in the fridge. The basil pesto adds healthy fat and protein from the olive oil and nuts, making it more filling than sugar-laden salad dressings. If using store-bought pesto, aim for a high-quality brand that contains pine nuts and olive oil (rather than […]

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Carrot and swiss chard harvest, drying the garden herbs, and learning to blanch vegetables.

I haven’t updated in a while, so I’ve got a few things to share. As my fellow Canadians are fully aware, the weather has grown much colder and that means wrapping things up in the garden. My goals were to harvest the carrots before the cold killed them, preserve the herbs, and do something with the huge amounts of swiss […]

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Bits of summer: basil flowers, growing eddoes and harvesting jalapeno peppers

It’s hard to believe that summer is over. Even though it’s still warm enough to wear shorts and sandles most days, that doesn’t change the fact that the days are getting shorter, kids and teachers are getting ready for school to start, and my calender screams “hey you, it’s September!!” whenever I glance at it. When I look back on […]

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Fettuccine with Spicy raw Tomato, Herb, and Caper Sauce

I’ve had this cookbook for years called The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen by Donna Klein. It has really fantastic looking recipes that use fresh herbs and vegetables. Being a student at the time this book was given to me, I felt taunted by the pages of delicious homemade pasta sauces (calling for 3 cups worth of fresh herbs) and side dishes that […]

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Summer salad with cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and homemade balsamic vinaigrette

  I was inspired to make a salad the other day when I was grocery shopping after work and realized that everything in my basket was either processed or full of starch. Potatoes, frozen chickenless nuggets, and bagels are okay but there should be something green on the dinner plate too. I immediately thought: fresh mozzarella salad! Someone had told […]

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Grow your own alfalfa sprouts

  I first started growing my own alfalfa sprouts last summer when I decided that it made no sense for me to spend anywhere from $3.00 to $4.00 on a package of sprouts from the grocery store. First of all, I don’t know what to do with an entire package of sprouts, thus resulting in most of it being thrown out. It is wasteful to […]

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