Italian Spaghetti Sauce

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My favorite part of spaghetti has always been the sauce. The pasta is just the tool I use to soak up the sauce. So, I was quite surprised when a friend of mine confessed she did not like spaghetti, “It’s so bland and boring.” Bland? Boring? Fresh garden ingredients picked at their peak simmered in some of the most delicious herbs and spices. How can that be boring?

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Roasted Garlic Aioli

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Making your own aioli is gratifying and simple. The beauty of making your own aioli is that once you’ve mastered the recipe, you can add any combinations of flavors and herbs. Of course, I had to throw out a few batches before I was able to get the technique down.

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What to do with all those cucumbers!

So now that the garden is in full bloom and you have fresh vegetables by the basketful, what are you going to do with all this bounty? This is Post 2 of my Garden Series and today’s vegetable is the cucumber.

My Oma always had several hills of cucumbers growing in her garden. She was a canner and liked to make her own pickles: sweet, dill, bread and butter. When I decided to plant a garden, I used my Oma’s as my inspiration not taking into consideration I don’t like pickles. Now I have all these cucumbers and as much as I love salads I have to find other ways to use the cucumbers. Today I am sharing Baked Ranch Cucumber Chips, Cucumber Dill Vegetable Dip, Creamy Cucumber Salad, and Vinegar and Oil Cucumbers.

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How to take advantage of all those fresh garden beets!

So now that the garden is in full bloom and you have fresh vegetables by the basket-full, what are you going to do with all this bounty? Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing some of my favorite fresh garden recipes using the vegetables I grew this year.

Today’s vegetable is Beets So how can you make beets appetizing for the whole family? How about Beet Jelly and Chocolate Beet Cupcakes using the same six beets for both recipes.

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Pesto

Basil is a fast-growing herb that thrives in heat. It’s important to keep basil cut back. It will begin to flower and turn to seed quickly if you do not stay on top of it. If it wasn’t so darn good I wouldn’t bother with it, but alas it is one of my favorite herbs.

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