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.

Herbed Shrimp on the Grill

March 28, 2020

Ingredients: 16 jumbo shrimp 1 stick 4 ounces unsalted butter ¼ c finely chopped parsley ¼ c finely chopped thyme 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 shallot, finely chopped Salt and ground pepper White rum for sprinkling before grilling (optional) 2 yellow peppers sliced into ½ inch chunks Directions: Melt 1 stick of butter, and stir in the parsley, thyme, chopped garlic, and shallot Devein shrimp but leave tails on. Salt and pepper the shrimp, brush the shrimp with butter/herb mixture, place 3 shrimp on skewers, add yellow pepper between each 3 shrimp. Grill the shrimp over a medium-hot fire,…

Herbs de Provence and Lemon Chicken

March 15, 2020

Ingredients: Two - 2lb whole chickens, cleaned 1 cup olive oil 1/4 cup herbs de provence 2 tsp garlic powder Zest from 2 lemon - reserve juice for vinaigrette 2 tsp salt 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper 2 large ziplock bags Directions: In a small bowl combine oil, herbs de provence, garlic powder, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Divide between two large ziplock bags. Add 2 leg/thigh pieces of chicken to each ziplock bag. Close bag and give each bag a toss to coat chicken in marinade. Place both bags on a tray and marinate in fridge for 2…

Greek Seasoned Lamb Meatballs (Gluten Free)

March 1, 2020

Full of fresh herbs and spices, serve this with fresh tomato and cucumber salad, perhaps some cauliflower rice and homemade tzatziki. Ingredients: 1 lb Ground lamb 1 Red onion 1 Egg 2 T Garlic Large sprig Fresh parsley 2 T Fresh mint ½ tsp Dried oregano ¼ c Olive oil Salt and pepper 1 cup Tapioca flour Coconut oil for frying Directions: adding the lamb, onion, egg, garlic parsley mint, oregano olive oil and salt and pepper in a large bowl, mix well and cover and put in fridge for an hour to let flavors marinate. Heat a well seasoned…

Italian Herb Pizza Crust

February 28, 2020

Ingredients: 1-3/4 to 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 (2-1/4 tsp.) envelope yeast 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar 3/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 teaspoon Italian herb sage, thyme, oregano 2/3 cup very warm water (120 to 130°F)* 2 teaspoons garlic minced 3 tablespoons oil 1/2 to 1 cup pizza sauce Other toppings as desired 1 to 2 cups (4 to 8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese Directions: Preheat oven to 425°F. Combine 1 cup flour, undissolved yeast, sugar, salt and Italian herbs in a large bowl. Combine very warm water, garlic and oil. Add to flour mixture and mix until well blended, about 1 minute.…

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