Organic vs. Non-Organic

Here I believe the differences between organic vs non-organic are clearly visible. Color, firmness, flavor — organic tomatoes trump store tomatoes in all the important categories, hands down.  Firmness and flavor can’t be conveyed in a photograph, but I’m guessing you can imagine which tomato tastes better.  I know which one I choose!

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Gazpacho, the Spicy Version

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If ever there was a perfect summer soup, it’s Spicy Gazpacho — a chunky, chilled soup filled with chopped fresh vegetables.  What a great way to enjoy your mouthwatering garden produce, those prolific summer cucumbers and tomatoes!  Adding just a touch of spicy jalapeno pepper heat to beautifully complement the tomato sweetness and you’ve got summer in a bowl.

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Warm, Crispy Goat Cheese Wheels

These Goat Cheese Wheels are a succulent combination of warm and creamy filling coated by a thin, barely-crisp breading, an unexpected complement to a crisp cold salad.  Take the time to carefully prepare the cheese and you’ll have the best result, a quick, amazingly satisfying salad “garnish”, or appetizer.  Can be served as finger food, but have spare napkins ready — they’re a bit messy!

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Greek Salad

If you like salads but get tired of having that same old plate of salad greens with thick dressing poured over it,  it’s a welcome respite to mix it up a little — keep meals interesting and inviting.  Truly, with the busy schedules most of us find ourselves trying to manage, it can be quite a challenge to come up with new and different flavors to enjoy.

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Warm Spinach Salad

Here’s a great recipe for making use of all that fresh summer spinach from your garden or a local farm. It’s fairly fast and the flavor is delicious and unusual, tart with the bright flavor of balsamic vinegar, yet a crunchy rich texture with crumbled bacon.  It’s a perfect combination, and one you can feel good about.

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Warm Artichoke Dip

This is the best dip I have ever had. Hands down.  It’s not as easy as opening a container from the grocery store, but it’s only slightly more complicated and so much better tasting.  You can serve this as a half-time snack, for a warm treat on a cold afternoon, or as a starter for a special meal.  Delicious, warm, filling — it’s everything a great dip is supposed to be.  Serve this with toasted baguette, crackers, or a vegetable platter.

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Vegetable Beignets

Vegetable Beignets, simplygoodcooking.comBeignets are, perhaps, better known as a dessert or cookie, but these savory beignets are a delicious variation on the theme.  It’s kind of fun to have friends over and serve these hot, right as they come out of the pot. Have a selection of dips and sauces available, and fry until everything has been consumed.  Kind of a splurge of a meal in terms of calories and fat, but every now and then everyone appreciates a really good splurge.  It’s wonderful!

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Basic Timbale Custard, with variations

If you have never had a timbale, you’ll love this recipe.  It’s a great appetizer or side dish, and while it does take a bit of preparation, it bakes for nearly an hour, leaving the time just before eating clear so you can attend to the rest of the meal.  It’s really versatile and can be used with a variety of vegetables, or even plain.  Brunch, lunch, dinner, this dish can be used at any time that seems right for it.

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