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Whole cooked artichokes

Whole cooked artichokes

I mentioned in my previous post that artichokes were included in my first CSA box. I absolutely love artichoke hearts and use them all the time in salads, but cooking whole artichokes requires a lot more time and effort. Be prepared that cooking and eating a whole artichoke involves a lot of waste. If you are okay with that though, you will totally enjoy this easy recipe for delicious, fresh artichokes cooked whole. Ingredients: 2 C vegetable broth 1 t. salt 1 t. pepper 1 T ground ginger 1 T ground garlic (or 1 T chopped fresh garlic) 1 green chile split in half 1/2 small...
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My first CSA box!

My first CSA box!

I had mentioned in an earlier post that I was planning to join a CSA. Well, last Friday, I got my first box from Farm Fresh to You.  For those of you that aren’t familiar with CSAs, they are local community supported agricultural collectives that distribute seasonal and local produce. As a CSA member, you pay a small fee and select a type of box- fruits, veggies, or mixed. You select the frequency with which they deliver and the size of the box as well. I choose a regular size box to be delivered every other week. I like that farm fresh to you allows you to also...
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Ganache Cupcakes

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ganache Cupcakes

Chocolate peanut butter cupcakes with chocolate ganache When I was a kid, my favorite part of valentine’s day was getting tons and tons of chocolate and sugary candies to eat all day at school. There is no such thing as too much chocolate in my opinion. These cupcakes are a great chocolatey treat for Valentine’s day or otherwise. I adapted a recipe found here. These would be great with another filling (coconut, raspberry, custard, etc.) if peanut butter isn’t your style.   Ingredients: 1.5 C Cake flour (sifted) 1/2 C butter 1.5 C sugar 1 t. baking...
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Flaxseed Banana Walnut Bread

Flaxseed Banana Walnut Bread

Yes, I have already explained my dislike for browning bananas pretty extensively in this post on Banana chocolate walnut bread. That is a great recipe to get rid of some browning bananas and make a sweet, delicious snack. Unfortunately, with the combination of the chocolate, the white sugar, the butter, it’s not the healthiest option. This recipe is a much healthier alternative with a lot less sweetness, but an amazing moist texture. Ingredients: 1 C white flour 1/2 C brown sugar 1 C flaxseed meal 1/2 C butter at room temperature  2 eggs 2 t. vanilla extract 1 t....
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Superbowl Six Layer Dip #QuestforSix

Superbowl Six Layer Dip #QuestforSix

The Superbowl is rapidly approaching and I can hardly contain my excitement!!! Normally, I am a big fan of making seven layer dip, but because the 49ers are looking to win superbowl number six this year, I figured six layer dip was more appropriate. FYI the normal seventh layer (that I skipped) is a fresh tomato pico de gallo layer. Here is a recipe you can use for this extra layer. Anyway, this dip is incredibly easy and fun to eat and share. It’s a good party favor and hardly involves any preparation at all. Honestly, I can’t realistically call this...
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