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Baked Blueberry Ginger Pancake

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Summer is coming to a close.  It's sad, but true.  My son starts school in just a few weeks, and I'm trying to get a jump on the craziness by nailing down some new easy weekday breakfasts.  He loves blueberry pancakes, and when I saw this baked version on the Taste of Home website, I couldn't wait to give it a try.

I made no changes at all to the recipe except to use whole milk.  This spring, I moved some family heirloom blueberry bushes from my parent's property to ours. It's been so great to just walk out in the yard and get fresh berries.  My husband's blackberry bushes are going into overload, and I'm thinking a version of this with blackberries would be outstanding too.

This was great the day of, and also reheated very well.  They'll be just fine even without the syrup on days that he's really in a rush, but definitely enjoy them with real maple syrup if you can.  Thanks so much to Erin W. for sharing her awesome recipe!

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Grilled Eggplant Parmesan Stacks

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Today is the last day of Farmer's Market week, and I'm finishing up with one of my favorite veggies, eggplant!  I love eggplant parm breaded and fried.  I love it breaded and baked.  But how about grilled? I saw this recipe on the Taste of Home site, and I knew it would be the perfect way to enjoy eggplant parm without heating up the house.

This comes together so quickly, and I didn't change a thing, except to use sliced cherry tomatoes instead of full sized ones.  I loved getting all the flavors of the traditional dish but in a lighter, healthier way. If you don't have a grill, you definitely can do these inside on a grill pan and finish it under the broiler, or on a panini press. Thank you so much to Joann P. for sharing her recipe.

I hope that you've enjoyed #FarmersMarketWeek as much as I have!  Thank you again to Ellen and Christie for hosting, and to all of the #FestiveFoodies for sharing their amazing recipes!



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Grilled Cheese & Tomato Flatbreads

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Tomatoes are one of my very favorite foods of summer.  I'm always looking for fun new ways to serve them up. I saw this recipe on the Taste of Home site, and immediately put the ingredients on my shopping list.

This is so fast and easy to put together! The only changes I made was to use dried chives instead of fresh, and Greek Yogurt cream cheese instead of regular. I cut the dough into 4 portions to make it a little more manageable.  They grilled up beautifully, crispy on the outside but still soft on the inside.

I loved the herbed cheese mixture, and I'll be making more of that up and stashing it in the fridge!  It will be perfect with celery or crackers. Thanks so much to Tina M. for this perfect summer meal! Want to see what the rest of the #FestiveFoodies are cooking up for #FarmersMarketWeek?  Check out the links at the bottom of the post!



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Grilled Cheese & Tomato Flatbreads reviewed by Jolene's Recipe Journal August 9, 2018 1 package cream cheese (8 ou…

Southwest Stuffed Peppers

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I absolutely love this time of year! I've been eating as much fresh, local produce as I can get my hands on, but it's been so crazy hot that I've been avoiding turning my oven on as much as possible.  When I saw this recipe for Southwest Stuffed Peppers on the Taste of Home site that's done via the stove top and the microwave, I jumped on it!

I'm not a big fan of green peppers, but I'll eat orange, red and yellow ones all day, so that's what I used.  The beef mixture comes together really quickly, and it froze great too.  I plan on adding some black beans to the next batch. This was a great main dish meal, and would also make great appetizers if made in the mini/baby bell peppers that are available now.

I hope you're enjoying #FarmersMarketWeek as much as I am!  I'm printing and pinning recipes like crazy.  You can check out what the rest of the #FestiveFoodies are making today by following the links at the bottom of the post.




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Sicilian Potato Salad

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Potato salad is a summertime staple, but almost everywhere you go, it's loaded with a mayo-based dressing.  I don't eat mayo, so when I run across potato salads with alternate dressings, I can't wait to give them a try. I found this Sicilian Potato Salad in the Taste of Home Summer 2018 issue, and immediately put it on the "must make" list.

I didn't make any changes to the recipe except to use grape tomatoes instead of cherry tomatoes. I'll admit, I was a little skeptical of boiling the potatoes whole and then peeling them after, but it worked like a charm.  I loved all the different flavors and textures of this one.   Thank you so much to Sue F. for sharing her recipe!

Be sure to go and check out the other #FarmersMarketWeek recipes being shared today using the links at the bottom of the post. I've been pinning like crazy, and I hope you all are too.




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Sicilian Potato Salad reviewed by Jolene's Recipe Journal August 7, 2018 Ingredients
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Fresh Corn & Tomato Fettuccine

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Welcome to Farmer's Market Week! This week the Festive Foodies and I will be sharing lots of great recipes featuring products that you can get at your local farmer's market.  I am so fortunate that we're I live in New Hampshire, we are surrounded by farms and orchards.  I'm a happy girl when I can finally say goodbye to winter and the farms start opening up.

Right now one of my favorite things to grab is corn.  It's great done in the slow cooker, it's great done on the grill.  I saw this recipe for Fresh Corn & Tomato Fettuccine on the Taste of Home website, pinned it, and patiently waited for the signs to go up, "Our own fresh corn available!"

A few slight changes to the recipe.  I couldn't find whole wheat fettuccine, so I used regular.  I had fresh mozzarella on hand from another recipe, so I used that instead of the feta. I had orange bell peppers on hand, instead of red, which added even more color.  I had beautiful grape tomatoes, so I q…

Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes

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It's getting to be that time of year, where every garden and farm is bursting with zucchini.  I absolutely love it because it is so versatile.  It's great in savory dishes or desserts.  And if you peel it before you bake with it, your picky family will never even know it's there!

I originally had planned on doing a savory dish, but I got a crazy craving for chocolate cake.  My son's birthday is coming up, but he wants ice cream cake, so I decided that I would make cupcakes now.  I looked through my pinterest board and jackpot!  Chocolate cupcakes with zucchini AND carrots! That practically makes them health food, right? ;)

I only made one change to the recipe and that was to use dark cocoa powder instead of regular. It was what I had on hand. I used a Salad Shooter to shred the veggies.  Ever heard of one of those?  I don't even know if they make them anymore, but I love them when I'm shredding stuff, especially carrots.

Oh, another slight change.  I never fill…

Sauteed Radishes and Green Beans

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Once the weather heats up, I look for simple, fresh side dishes to complement our standard summer fare.  I spotted this recipe for Sauteed Radishes and Green Beans on the Taste of Home site, and patiently waited for green beans to appear at my local farm so I could make it.

Prep goes quickly on this one, and the only thing I changed was to use pepitas instead of pine nuts.  For the first stage of cooking the green beans, mine were on the larger side, so it took almost 6 minutes for them to get crisp/tender.  Make sure to keep them moving or they will brown.

I loved the slight heat of the radishes and the sweet and salty flavor of the dish overall.  The pepitas gave a nice crunch.  This was a great side to some cheeseburgers, and with some chicken the next day.   I'll definitely be making this one a lot this summer, thank you to Pam K. for sharing her recipe!

On Tuesdays, I like to share what my fellow Taste of Home Volunteer Field Editors are making. This week, Angela's got Ch…

Brown Sugar Oat Muffins

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We are huge muffin fans in this house, but my guys tend to like the same variety over and over again. I marked this recipe for Brown Sugar Oat Muffins to try back when my husband went through a brief phase of wanting to eat oatmeal from scratch, and had bought 2 giant canisters of oats.  They've been complaining about the lack of baked goods in the house, so I pulled out the recipe this weekend.

Just a few minor changes to this one.  I used whole milk instead of 2%, it's what we had on hand this week.  I used caramel extract instead of vanilla. I scooped the first 6 muffins, and then I added blueberries from our bushes to the second half of the batter.  I got 10 muffins, but I fill the cup the whole way instead of 2/3rds.

Mine did take about 3 or 4 minutes longer to bake due to them being more full.  No big deal.  I taste-tested half of each kind, with blueberries and without.  Both were awesome. I really think you could add any fruit you like, or even mini chocolate chips. It…

Taco Burgers

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I've been making this recipe since July 2011, it's a family favorite.  Next to chicken, the thing we eat most around here is ground beef.    Jake's an odd duck- he'll eat tacos til the cows come home, but he is 50/50 on eating burgers.    I thought this would be a great meal to please everyone and it really is.

I mix everything inside a ziptop bag, kneading from the outside to keep my hands clean.  I've got two sets of burger presses, square and round.  They make nice uniform patties.  Sometimes I use cheddar, sometimes I use pepper jack.   On mine, I use a dollop of salsa and sour cream.  Such a nice change from plain burgers! Thank you so much to Linda L. for sharing the recipe!




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Taco Burgers reviewed by Jolene's Recipe Journal, July 2011 Ingredients
  1 cup  finely crushed corn chips
  1 envelope  taco seasoning (used mild)
  1 tablespoon  dried minced onion
  1  egg -- lightly beaten
  1 1/2 pounds  ground beef
  6 slices  cheddar cheese
  Sandwic…

Spicy Grilled Eggplant

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I find that people either love or hate eggplant.  I didn't even try it until I was in my 30s.   Mostly I eat it breaded and baked, but this Spicy Grilled Eggplant from Taste of Home caught my eye a while back so I gave it a try.  Super simple, only a few ingredients. I had Cajun seasoning on hand, but if you don't, you can definitely make a homemade version.

If you don't have a grill, this can definitely be done inside on a grill pan or panini press. Don't like eggplant?  It would be awesome with zucchini or summer squash too.  Thanks so much to Greg F. for this delicious recipe!

On Tuesdays, I like to share what my fellow Taste of Home Volunteer Field Editors are making.  This week, Angela's serving up Easy Grilled Corn with Chipotle Lime Butter.  Guess I'm headed back to the farm for some corn!

Do you have an amazing recipe you'd like to submit to Taste of Home? Follow this link and learn how! Want to apply to be a Volunteer Field Editor?  Check out the req…

Sloppy Joe Dogs

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Hot dogs are a summer staple around here, and the more ways I can find to serve them up, the better!  We love sloppy joes, so when I saw this recipe from Taste of Home, I couldn't wait to give it a try.  The only change I made was to use red bell pepper instead of green.

I actually made the topping ahead and split it into a few batches.  Some I stashed in the freezer, and the rest I kept in the fridge. This made the meal come together super quickly. I just reheated the sloppy joe mixture in a disposable pan on the grill while I cooked the hot dogs.

In this house, hot dogs are always served on New England style buns. I've even shipped them to friends across the country that can't get them because I feel bad they're missing out.   I'm so excited to see that Karen is sharing a recipe for homemade ones this week! I spread softened butter on each side of the roll and grill them until they are golden brown.

These are so good, the best of two great dishes on one plate! Th…

Overnight Oatmeal

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Oatmeal is one of my go-to breakfasts, so filling and good for you. I had been eating lots of traditionally made hot oatmeal, but when the warmer weather hit I stopped.  I've seen so many recipes for overnight oats on Pinterest and Instagram, and finally I dug out my ball jars and made some myself.

Initially I made this recipe from Taste of Home exactly as written. Since then, I've made a couple of the variations given, and slightly adapted ones as well. I use almond milk instead of regular milk, and greek yogurt.   I am not a fan of walnuts, so sometimes I use pecans, sometimes I use granola. It's great with either honey or maple syrup.  I also add a teaspoon of chia seeds, and a dash of cinnamon.

I like to layer the ingredients because it looks pretty :) I always use Flahavan's Irish Oats, they're my favorite. This version I made, I used blueberries from my yard, strawberries, honey, cinnamon, chia.

 After I get the layers how I want, I pour the almond milk in, t…