Greek Salad

Greek salad is a fast, easy, and delicious recipe. It can be served as a side dish or an appetizer with pita chips and hummus.  Seriously the Greeks really had the best flavors to play with. If you’re a vegetable gardener, chance are you already have most of the ingredients…

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Balsamic Grilled Vegetables

It’s August. It’s hot. Too hot to turn on the oven for any reason. The idea of introducing any heat into our house in the evening makes me cringe. We have a little air conditioner in our bedroom upstairs that actually does a great job of cooling the house most…

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The Backyard Gardener’s Guide to Growing Tomatoes

Hi my name’s Malia and I’m a tomato addict…. (this is the part where you say “Hi Malia”). I’ve been obsessed with tomatoes since I was old enough to eat solid foods and have shown no sign of slowing down…. Seriously, I have a problem. I dedicate practically an entire raised…

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Creamy Tomato, Cucumber, and Dill Salad

Creamy Tomato, Cucumber, and Dill Salad

Summer is certainly over. The leaves are turning, the nights are chillier, and my garden is beginning it’s slow sad demise. All except the cucumbers and cherry tomatoes. They are still hanging on strong! And there are way more than I can seem to keep up with. Which is saying…

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30+ Garden Fresh Recipes

Growing vegetables can be a very rewarding hobby. Obviously you get great produce out of the gig but you also learn to be patient and attentive to the little things in life. For me, I find it therapeutic and calming as well.  The only dilemma is, what do you do…

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Italian Salsa

This super easy dish is one of my absolute favorite snacks, lunches, appetizers, etc. I make it all the time! It’s so simple, I debated even sharing it. Usually I make this as a lunch or snack when Mountain Man isn’t around. I assumed since it was such a small snacky…

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Pico De Gallo Sencillo

Pico De Gallo Sencillo

What does Pico De Gallo mean? Pico De Gallo, actually means roosters beak! It is named this because a long time ago people used to eat it by pinching little bits between their fingers. Thus making their hands look like a birds beak…. ridiculous but true. A more apt name would…

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Steak Promodoro

Steak Promodoro. Pan seared tri tip steak alongside a rustic tomato sauce and pasta.

In the mood for something rich and hearty to grace your dinner table? Why not try pan searing a deliciously marinated steak and accompany it with a freshly made marinara sauce and pasta? I give you Steak Promodoro! This dish is loaded with all your favorite classic Italian flavors: balsamic vinegar,…

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Malia’s Minestrone

Warm, tomatoey, heaven in a bowl. Minestrone is not only delicious, but healthy, hearty, and satisfying. What makes this recipe stand out is the addition of roasted garlic and prosciutto. The rich flavors these two ingredients bring to the dish add a whole new dimension of awesome. Toss everything in…

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Meanwhile, Back at the Garden. August 2015

“So how’s your garden going, Malia?” “Terrible! Just Terrible!!” I know right? Woe, is me. Nothing is growing in my garden…. ok that’s obviously not true. Nothing is growing according to plan….. hmmmmm also not true. Nothing is growing according to expectation. A ha! That’s the one! Man it’s been…

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