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Summer Squash “Fries”

I don’t know if you grow your own yellow summer squash or not, but I do.  Not so much by choice, but it does have a mind of its own.  Last year I planted it with peppers.  I did not get any peppers at all!  The squash took over and it didn’t even let the zucchini or other squashes grow either. Also, I did not realize that I wasn’t supposed to let the grow as big as they can and didn’t even like them.  Now I know they are much sweeter and tender when pick small.   Of course, now they have jumped out of their raised garden and are growing near the entrance to the garden gate.  I suppose they are trying to escape like the carrots did.  Have you read the Great and Mysterious Carrot Escapade? Continue reading


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Blueberry Bulgur Salad

Blueberries and other berries are a staple of our Pacific Northwest.  When paired with other fresh, wholesome ingredients, well, it just doesn’t get any better than that.  Bulgur is a whole grain and as such has a lower glycemic index so it makes you feel good as well as providing important minerals and nutrients including protein.  This recipe uses cracked wheat or a fine grain bulgur for ease of cooking.  I normally prefer a coarser grain bulgur which does need to actually be simmered to cook properly.  You could also use other berries of your choosing.

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Salmon with Hazelnut and Juniper Berry Sauce

I have a fascination with juniper berries.  Years ago, I wanted to brine a turkey using a recipe from Dave Lieberman, but could not find juniper berries.  I searched high and low.  Every time I went to a different grocery store, I would look for them.  One day, my search yielded the little jewels.  I may have actually shouted in the store.  I do know that I carried that jar of juniper berries lovingly in my hand for the rest of my shopping excursion.  I did catch quite a few quizzical glances, but then I was probably babbling to my juniper berries.  By the way, the turkey came out great and now I find juniper berries everywhere.  My friend said I musn’t pick the berries at my work because they spray for bugs or something.

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Blackberry Ginger Preserves

Last year I bought one of those little blackberry bushes (really a stick) that we can find outside our grocery stores.  I usually have pretty good luck buying plants from the grocery store.  Seems funny, but whatever.  So last year it actually bore fruit.  It was great!  However, this year, the dang thing has exploded!  There are branches coming out everywhere.  It had pretty pink berries all over it.  My friends at work said that I’d probably lose all the fruit to birds.  Perhaps I should put netting over it.  Being a procrastinator, I did nothing.  One morning I looked out and the blackberry bush seemed to be really wilting.  I was worried.  Then I realized that the blackberries were ripening.  The fruit was actually weighing down the branches.

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Roasted Salmon with Mustard-Herb Sauce

 

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Salmon is a very healthy fish so it should be eaten often.  I know a lot of people say they do not like salmon because it is too “fishy.”  I find that odd because that is exactly why I do like it, because it is not “fishy.”  Perhaps they are not getting it fresh?  Well no matter.  It is also a very versatile seafood that can be served with innumerable different sauces.  It can also be grilled, pan-fried, roasted, poached, you name it.  It is also good because it can be done to your specific liking.  What I mean is, it can be sort of rare, medium-rare or well done (cooked completely through).  Just like steak.  Oh yeah.  And it comes in a fillet or a steak!  The steak is usually less expensive, but fattier.

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