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Arribbiata with Zucchini Noodles

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I'm wrapping up #FarmersMarketWeek with a new spin on one of my favorite dishes, arribbiata. The word means angry in Italian, but I promise you won't be mad at this dish!  The recipe comes from one of my awesome fellow Taste of Home Volunteer Field Editors, Courtney Stultz. 



I did make one change to her recipe.  Since it's tomato season here, I didn't use the canned tomatoes as called for.  For yesterday's recipe, Smoky Grilled Corn Salsa, I had to grill up tomatoes, so I just did a bunch of extra to use in this.  I loved the extra flavor that bit of char gave them.


This recipe also gave me an excuse to break the spiralizer out of the box that my guys gave me for Christmas two years ago.  I kept saying I was going to get to making something with it, and somehow never did.  Now I just want to spiralize everything, it's so much fun! 



I'm just going to put this out there- zucchini is not pasta.  It's not going to have the same texture as pasta, or taste like…

Smoky Grilled Corn Salsa

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Salsa and chips are one of my all-time favorite snacks.  I'm constantly trying out new version with fun twists. This recipe from Taste of Home features corn, and since it's in season right now, I couldn't wait to give it a try. 


It takes just a few minutes to prep all the vegetables but then you can sit back and relax while they grill.  A nice adult beverage, a good book, and about 15 minutes later, everything just needs a quick chop. 


I combined the remaining ingredients in a jar that had a screw on lid and just shook it to combine.  I am not a fan of cilantro, so I used parsley instead.


Thanks so much to Alicia D. for sharing her recipe.  Be sure to go and check out what the other bloggers are making for #FarmersMarketWeek by clicking the links down below the recipe. 

Here are some other salsa recipes you might like:
Fresh Strawberry Salsa
Pineapple Salsa
Watermelon Salsa




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Bacon and Eggplant Sandwiches

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I'm a bit of a packrat when it comes to recipes.  I've saved far more than I'll ever be able to make in a lifetime.  This recipe is a perfect example of why I will continue to save anything that sounds good to me, or catches my eye. 

A few years back, one of my fellow Taste of Home Magazine Volunteer Field Editors, R.D. Stendel-Freels, posted in our Facebook group about making bacon and eggplant sandwiches and submitting the recipe.  I thought, those sound amazing! And I immediately pinned them to my eggplant board. 


Fast forward, and I'm searching for inspiration for #FarmersMarketWeek. I knew I wanted to do something with eggplant, but wasn't quite sure what.  There these were, and they sounded absolutely perfect for this event.  Tomatoes are just coming in, and I got some beautiful eggplant.

I didn't make any changes to his recipe, but if you absolutely don't like eggplant, they would also be fantastic with zucchini.  Don't like provolone? Use mozzare…

Herb Vegetable Orzo Salad

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Welcome to Farmer's Market Week!  I'm so fortunate to live within 20 minutes of several farms and orchards, and I try to get to one at least weekly.  Nothing beats produce that has just been harvested that day!


All year long I collect recipes on my Pinterest board, patiently waiting for the item's season to come around.  I found this Herb Vegetable Orzo Salad from Taste of Home, and I loved how easy it is to prepare, and that it's perfect as a side dish or you can make it into a full meal by adding some grilled chicken.

I did make two changes.  First, I omitted the olives.  I'm pretty sure that's illegal to not like olives if you're Italian, but I've tried, I just don't.   Second, the recipe calls for frozen corn.  I bought a bag, but then I saw on Facebook that local stuff was ready, so I ran and grabbed some.


I also did not add the dressing until after I'd taken the pictures. Balsamic is many things, very delicious, but it is not photogenic. …

Funfetti Whoopie Pies #BackToSchoolTreats

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This post is sponsored in conjunction with Back to School Treats Week. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #BacktoSchoolTreats Week recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Whoopie pies are a New England staple.  You can find them in a variety of different flavors, textures and fillings.   Some like the cakey kind, some like the kind that are more cookie-like, but we like them all!

I always start with my Gram's base recipe, which uses a cake mix, eggs, some oil (I used canola), and vanilla.  I am completely in love with Taylor & Colledge's Vanilla Bean Paste. It's made with 100% real vanilla beans, and has such an awesome smell and flavor.  I chose a yellow cake mix this time around.


I amped up the fun level by adding cute Sweets & Treats sprinkles to the dough. They have so many amazing colors and shapes that I had a hard time choosing, but in the end I went with the ABC123 mix.   I used a cookie scoop to get nice uniform r…