Ohhh, the season of strawberries!

  Gotta love strawberries! We’ve been eating them with yogurt and cereal and tonight we had a salad with strawberry dressing. We will definitely have it again! This is the dressing  we made, but because the strawberries were so fresh and sweet we skipped the sweetener. We had fresh greens, with toasted walnuts and local…

Beets!

First fresh beet salad of the season coming! Gently wilt beet greens. Slice fresh beet into matchsticks and top with fresh onion greens, toasted walnuts and a bit of goat cheese. Dress with mustard dressing … I made mine with pickled beet juice and artichoke jar leftovers plus some mustard … a little wild, but…

Salad Dressings with Lemon Balm

These two dressings use lemon balm, a strong citrus-scented member of the mint family. Light and Bright Lemon Balm Dressing Ingredients: 1 cup olive oil 1/2 cup raw apple cider vinegar 1 cup fresh lemon balm, minced 4 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper nasturtiums for garnish Combine all ingredients. Cover…

Zesty Herb Dressing

1 T vegetable oil 2 T raw apple cider vinegar 1/3 orange, cranberry or grapefruit juice ½ t oregano* ½ basil* ¼ t black pepper ¼ t salt * These amounts are for dried herbs. For fresh herbs use three times the amount. Try different combinations of fresh herbs. Mint is a good addition especially with…

Taste Bud Treats

Two of my favorite tastes of summer are fresh fennel buds and nasturtiums. You often see dried fennel on the spice rack but I love to offer my market customers the treat of fresh fennel flowers. You can eat them just as they are for a burst of licorice-like flavor. Or you can sprinkle them…

It’s Easy to be Green!

Early tomatoes make a wonderful salsa. For this version we used green tomatoes, baby red onions and corn we had frozen from last summer. For seasoning we used fresh cilantro, salt, pepper and lime juice. Simple but delicious and bright. We served it with corn tortillas that we buy in bulk and toast in our…