Cheesy Homegrown Potatoes

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Cheesy Homegrown Potatoes

This is a deliciously simple recipe that can be made on short notice and is best with small home grown potatoes of any colour.  This recipe can be made using tiny store bought “new” potatoes if you don’t have any left from the garden. They shouldn’t be larger than a ping-pong ball or cut to be about that size. Step One  Boil the potatoes until tender in a large pot of salted boiling water. When tested with a toothpick it should slide easily through, but not disintegrate. It should still have some structure. Step Two While the potatoes are boiling …


Green Basil Dressing or Marinade

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Young Indoor Basil Outside

This delicious Basil Dressing or marinade is useful for many different dishes and appetizers.  Your guests will love the fresh from the garden flavour when you use your own home grown basil.  Ingredient List 1/2 cup    Freshly grown basil leaves 2 cloves    Fresh garlic, crushed (or 2 teaspoons) 3 Tbsp      Fresh squeezed lemon Juice 1/2 cup    Olive oil Method In a food processor blend the first three ingredients until smooth Then add the olive oil very slowly as the processor is running Add measured oil until the mixture is of pouring consistency, it’s important to …


Best Recipe for Hummingbird Food

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Hummingbird Resting

One of the biggest things I want to teach people how to do is make your own hummingbird food. It’s so easy, you’ll wonder why you haven’t done it before. I don’t recommend feeding the hummingbirds that red liquid the stores sell as “hummingbird food”. The red dye is not part of their natural diet and may cause health issues, including birth defects in baby hummingbirds.    I don’t want to have any part of damaging a generation (or more) of hummingbirds. When it’s so easy to make your own sugar syrup for them, there really is no reason to buy the red stuff. If you can measure …


Blueberry Cinnamon Sour Cream Coffee Cake

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Blueberry Cinnamon Sour Cream Coffee Cake

This recipe is the delicious mouthful that its name suggests. The method with this recipe is a little different than a regular cake batter so follow the instructions like they are written and use the images in the gallery below for reference. The pictures will help you see how it should look each step of the way. Choose Your Pans First things first, prepare the pan so you have somewhere to put the batter when it’s ready. I recommend a medium size loaf pan. Don’t use the large loaf pans because the batter is so dense that it takes too …


Backyard Grown Cherry Sauce

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Unripe Cherries 2013

One of the greatest benefits to growing some of your own food is the recipes you can make with the harvest such as this backyard grown cherry sauce. This sauce can be used in a multitude of ways. Pour it over ice cream. Pour it over pancakes or waffles. Pour it over another fruit pie. Pour it over angel food cake. Fill tarts with it. Make it ahead of time and keep in the freezer or fridge for use within a week. Fresh Cherry Sauce 40 Fresh Bing or Stella cherries (Washed, pitted, and sliced in halves) 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla extract 1/2 cup …


BBQ Potatoes and Veggies

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Home grown Potatoes for Dinner

One of the best rewards for all the effort of growing your own potatoes is the arrival of the first day that you can eat your delicious little potatoes. Wash and cut your potatoes into pieces about the size of a ping-pong ball. If they are already that size, leave them whole. Flatten out a layer of strong tin foil, use two layers if it’s the thin kind. Place the potatoes in the center of the foil in a single layer.   Add a couple of tablespoons of butter (not margarine) Add your desired spices such as salt & pepper, onion powder, …