No Bean Chili Recipe

I’m craving chili! This No Bean Chili is going to be the way I satisfy that craving. Cold weather. Snow. Temperatures in single digits. That’s been our weather in Ohio lately. Those factors all added together make me crave chili. I want a big Crock Pot of hot, steamy, thick, chili. This recipe only makes a smallish batch, but it’s super easy and you can whip it up any day! … Continue reading →

10 Great Tomato Recipes

Tomatoes are one of my favorite summer garden vegetables. I love all varieties … red, yellow, Roma, cherry, Big Boy, etc. I could continue listing the types of tomatoes! Thank goodness I have several Farmers Markets and vegetable stands locally. I’m especially thankful I have a generous neighbor who shares his garden abundance with me. Why? Because I’m a complete failure in the gardening category. I’ve tried several times over the years to grow a garden. Let’s just say the result was an exercise in frustration. Tomato Recipes Two of my favorite tomato recipes are: 1. Roasted Tomatoes & Spinach Ravioli 2. Tomato and Corn Salad. But in my wanderings about the internet, I’ve found some fabulous recipes using tomatoes. I’m sharing links to them here for your reference. 3. Oven Sundried Tomatoes from Where Women Cook 4. Shrimp with Mango Salsa from Julia’s Album 5. Crockpot Mexican Tortilla Stack from The Nurturing Cook 6. Creamy Tomato-Balsamic Soup from Pinch of Yum 7. Salami + Mozarella + Grape Tomato snack from Good Life Eats. 8.  8 Can Taco Soup from High Heels and Grills 9. Easy Feta Dip from The Girl Who Ate Everything 10. Goat Cheese and Tomato Sauce from Isabelle at Home Please don’t ask … Continue reading →

Tomato and Corn Salad Recipe

Gardens are beginning to produce some of my favorite vegetables. The sweet corn is starting to ripen. The tomatoes are just turning red. The zucchini has started taking over the neighborhood. Regular readers of this column know what I mean about the zucchini. Even if you haven’t read my zucchini chronicles, you can relate. Random zucchini appearing on doorsteps. Loaf pans being borrowed. Zucchini being disguised in a million ways and stealthily hidden in recipes. I do look forward to garden bounty, even though I have proven time and again to have a brown thumb. I just compensate for that short coming by shopping at local farmer’s markets, roadside produce stands and letting my neighbor’s know I am willing to accept their garden overflow. This summer, it seems like I can’t get enough of tomato and corn salad. It’s sweet. It’s savory. It’s crunchy. It’s chilled. (Very important when temperatures are regularly above 90!) It’s simple and it’s delicious. Tomato and Corn Salad Recipe Ingredients: 2 cups corn 2 cups halved cherry tomatoes 2 tsp minced garlic 1 tsp Italian spice mix 3 TB olive oil Recipe Directions: Rinse vegetables. Slice corn from cob. Slice cherry tomatoes in half. Toss … Continue reading →