Persimmon Primer + Banana Persimmon Muffins

Have you tasted a delicious fall persimmon yet this year? Or are you a bit confused by them like I was at first?

I remember the first time I ever saw the strange reddish-orange fruit, in a basket in my Grandma Lucy’s RV during our traditional November family beach trip. At first I thought they were tomatoes, until I noticed they had a different funny-looking stem “hat!” But, as I told my 6 year old the other day, you can rest assured they taste nothing like tomatoes.

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How to Blanch Tomatoes for Freezing, Canning, or Cooking

Are you wondering what to do with all the tomatoes piled on your counter?  (What a great problem to have!) This is the perfect chance to blanch, peel, and preserve them for all your tomato recipes…. and you don’t even need “Little House on the Prairie” skills to do it. 

All you need is a little bit of time and a little bit of freezer space, and you can easily learn how to blanch tomatoes.

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Rich Dairy-Free Tomato Cream Sauce

There’s nothing like a good tomato cream sauce… especially if you can’t have cream! The secret ingredient may surprise you, but whether you pair it with veggies, pasta, or bread, this rich and creamy dairy-free tomato cream sauce will not disappoint!

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Half-Homemade Easy Blender Salsa

This fresh & authentic-tasting easy blender salsa is always a hit with company! It’s so easy, it’s hardly worth calling a recipe, but it’s good nonetheless! (I admit, I rarely stick to recipes anyway.) It may be cheating a bit, but the good news is that it’s only 3 ingredients , and your friends will still think you made it totally from scratch.

But for such a short “recipe” this salsa has a lot of history… in our life, anyway.

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Nana Seidl’s Zucchini Bread Recipe

Nana and Geegee Zucchini Bread

My great grandparents were gardeners, too. They had a lovely big garden in the Midwest where my Mom grew up, and she still swears they grew the best corn she ever tasted.  She remembers how she and her siblings would be sent out to pick some for dinner and hurry it straight in to the pot.

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Quick & Simple Grilled Squash or Zucchini

A friend of mine recently brought up a discussion about how different people refer to a barbecue grill. Some people say grilling, some people say BBQ, etc… I hadn’t really thought about it much, since I think I use both terms (mostly grill) until last night as I was shopping at the local farmers market  and had a funny conversation with another customer. Continue reading “Quick & Simple Grilled Squash or Zucchini”