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Zesty Mango Salsa

We love all types of salsa and enjoy trying out new versions to eat all Summer long.  This was inspired by my mother-in-law as she made this one summer and we’ve continued making it since then.  The great thing about any salsa is you…

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Strawberry Spinach Salad

Each Spring, baby spinach leaves sprout in my dad’s garden and we patiently watch until they are ready to be cut. We’ve made this strawberry spinach salad at least 50 times over the past few years and it is always a hit! It is so…

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Garden Caprese Salad

This is so simple, yet so good!  When garden tomatoes (and basil) are in season, there’s nothing better. Now that we are entering the dark period (or Indiana winter), we are forced to use store-bought tomatoes.  If you can’t find good heirloom or hothouse tomatoes,…

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Crispy Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Here is another super easy and healthy side dish to complete any weeknight meal!  Phil loves sweet potatoes and prefers them baked with brown sugar, but our son and I prefer this savory, crispy version (probably because they taste more like sweet potato fries).…

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Crispy Garlic Green Beans

We have family dinner almost every Sunday night at my parents’ house. There are 8 adults, 3 kids, and 2 babies, so there is a lot going on! My mom is like us in that she loves experimenting with new recipes (especially those items…

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Stuffed Banana Peppers

This is another one of my dad’s creative ways to use the dozens of banana peppers in his garden. My dad plants around 8 different types of pepper plants and we always seem to forget where the Hungarian Wax end and where the mild…

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One Pot Green Beans

This is another family favorite, courtesy of our summer garden! These beans give you that all day, slow cooked flavor in around 30 minutes. The best thing about this recipe is that once you start them on the stove, you don’t touch them until…

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Garden Bruschetta

My dad makes the best tomato bruschetta!  When he finally gave me the recipe, I was amazed at how simple it was!  Now, he would roll his eyes if I said this to him.  His remark would be, that it actually takes several months…