Favorite Greek Salad

June 15, 2020

Ingredients: 4 med Roma Tomatoes 1 med Cucumbers, sliced into half moon (leave skin on or not) 1 Red onion thin half moon slices, rinse and drain 1 Bell pepper, seeds and ribs removed, finely chopped ¾ c Kalamata olives 1 oz. Avocado, diced (not super soft) 4 oz. Feta cheese, crumbled Greek Salad Dressing: 6 T olive oil 1 ½ T fresh lemon juice 1 T red wine vinegar 1 ½ tsp minced garlic 1 ½ T finely minced fresh parsley 1 tsp dried oregano ¾ tsp honey Salt to taste Add the dressing drizzled over top, just a…

Greek Beef Kabobs with Herbs

June 1, 2020

For the Beef Kebabs Ingredients: 2 lb beef cubes ½ cup olive oil 2 tablespoons garlic, minced 2 tablespoons fresh oregano or 1 tablespoon dried 2 tablespoons mixed chopped fresh parsley, marjoram Thyme Juice of one lemon ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper Pita bread (optional) Directions: Place the beef chunks, olive oil, garlic, oregano, lemon juice, salt, and pepper, into a large plastic bag. Transfer the bag in the fridge and marinade for 2 hours to overnight. When ready to cook your kebabs, thread the steak pieces onto skewers and discard marinade. Grill over medium-high heat for 10-12 minutes,…

Savory Herbal Marinade

May 28, 2020

Featuring fresh herbs from your garden for use on Meat or Game. Ingredients: 2 1/2 Cups Red Wine 3/4 Cup Red Wine Vinegar 1 Small Onion or Several Shallots, chopped 2 Carrots, diced 1 Stalk Celery, chopped 2 Cloves Garlic, sliced 2 Fresh Greek Bay Leaves, broken into pieces 2 Teaspoons each Fresh Thyme, Oregano, and Winter Savory, coarsely chopped Salt Directions: Allow meat to marinate overnight or about 12 hours. Chicken: exchange the red wine for white wine and the red wine vinegar for white wine vinegar. Change the herbs to French Tarragon, Lemon Thyme or Rosemary or any…

Tuscan Ravioli

May 15, 2020

Ingredients: 1/2 tsp each chopped herbs: Rosemary, Lemon Thyme, Tri-Color Sage, Genovese Basil 2 cups cubed eggplant ½ cut 1 T olive oil 1 14.5 oz can of Roman diced tomatoes, undrained 1 14.5 oz. reduced-sodium chicken broth 1 packaged ( 9 oz. refrigerated cheese ravioli 1 15 oz can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained Shredded Parmesan cheese Thinly sliced basil Directions: In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat, saute eggplant until lightly browned, 2-3 Stir in tomatoes, broth and zucchini; bring to a boil, add ravioli; cook, uncovered, over medium heat until ravioli are tender, 7-10 mins,…

Strawberry Mint Mojito

May 1, 2020

Ingredients: 2-4 strawberries, hulled and sliced (extra for garnish) ¾ ounce fresh lime juice ½ ounce simple syrup 8 fresh mint leaves (extra sprig for garnish) 2 ounces white rum 1 ounce sparkling water/club soda Crushed ice (to fill glass) Directions: Muddle the strawberries: Place the strawberries, mint, and simple syrup in the bottom of a glass, and muddle until the strawberries are smushed and juicy. If you don’t have a muddler, crumple the mint with your hands just a bit before dropping it into the glass, then smush with the back of a spoon to release the flavor. Add…

Growing Fruit Trees and Berries

April 29, 2020

A wide variety of fruit trees and berries can be grown in the Kansas City area (zone 6). You can enjoy cherries, plums, peaches, apples, pears, nectarines, blackberries, raspberries, gooseberries, blueberries, grapes, and strawberries fresh off the plant, right in your own backyard! It's possible to harvest fruit from early June through November with the right combination of plants. SITE REQUIREMENTS Most fruit trees and berries require an open sunny area, away from large trees that can give excess shade and root competition. Organic, well-drained soil is also important and can be accomplished through the addition of compost during the…

Greek Layered Hummus Dip

April 28, 2020

Assemble this layered hummus dip on a small platter making all the components easy to see and scoop. Dicing the vegetables into 1/4-inch pieces makes dipping much more user friendly. Serve with hearty chips, chunky vegetables, pita bread or baked pita chips for easy scooping. Ingredients: 17 ounce container prepared hummus 1-1/2 c plain Greek yogurt ½ C English cucumber, diced and seeded ¼ c chopped roasted red peppers ¼ pitted kalamata olives chopped ¼ c red onion diced 1 T olive oil plus extra for drizzling 1 T fresh chopped parsley leaves ¼ tsp salt ½ tsp fresh ground…

Gardening with Kids

April 24, 2020

The temperatures have changed, the sun is finally out, and your garden is ready to be planted. With the arrival of Spring, new unique opportunities have also come this year. Your kiddos are at home and they want to help by getting their hands in the dirt as well. Here’s a list of the top 5 ways to get the little ones involved in gardening. Have the right tools on hand, for their little hands Big heavy gardening tools can deter kids from getting involved because it can be harder for them to use. Colonial Gardens carries kid-sized-colorful tools like,…

Salmon and Fresh Herbs Grilled on Cedar Plank

April 15, 2020

Salmon cooks over a bed of lemon and fresh herbs to infuse it with flavor and keep the fish tender and moist. We like a blend of thyme, tarragon, and oregano, but any of your favorite herbs will work. Make it a meal: Serve with grilled new potatoes tossed in an herb vinaigrette grilled asparagus served with fresh dill. Ingredients: Fresh Coho Salmon, ¼ pound per person 1 tablespoon each: lemon thyme, tarragon and oregano 3 T molasses 1/3 c vegetable oil 1 T honey 1 Cedar Plank per piece of Salmon 1 small lemon per piece of salmon Directions:…

Fried Green Tomatoes

April 1, 2020

In three separate shallow bowls, place flour, eggs, and bread crumbs. Dip tomato slices in flour, then in eggs, then coat with bread crumbs. In an electric skillet heat coconut oil to 375°. Fry tomatoes, a few at a time, for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with salt and serve immediately.

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