Recipes from the Garden

Recipe: Authentic Pico de Gallo

fresh-tomato-salsa-300x225Feeling a little hot after harvesting your summer tomatoes and peppers?  Why not make this spicy, authentic pico de gallo recipe?  It’s fast, simple, and tastes great served with crunchy tortilla chips.
3-4 medium fresh tomatoes, finely diced
1/2 red onion, diced
1 serrano pepper, finely chopped
1 lime, juiced
3 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
1 large pinch salt
(Wear gloves when preparing the pepper and don’t touch your eyes!)
After dicing and chopping, combine all the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Season to taste. If the serrano makes your […]

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Fresh Herbed Cucumber Cocktails

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Nothing is more refreshing in summer than a delicious cocktail made with crisp cucumbers and aromatic herbs harvested straight from your garden. These drinks contain fresh rosemary and basil, though you can also replace them with fresh mint, if you like. Whip up one of these delicious summer cocktails, and let your party stand above the rest.

Cucumber & Basil Mojito
2 sprigs fresh basil leaves
2 slices […]

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Spicy Guacamole with Roasted Ancho Chili Pepper

GuacamoleFresh guacamole tastes even better with the addition of roasted ancho chili peppers!
Roasted ancho chilis make this classic guacamole a little spicier and more flavorful. Whip up this party favorite at your next summertime barbecue when California avocados,  heirloom tomatoes, and chili peppers are at their peak!
1 ancho chili pepper
1 medium heirloom tomato, seeded and diced
1 clove of garlic, finely minced
1 tablespoon sweet onion, finely chopped
4 large ripe avocados,
1 […]

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Strawberry Kiwi Salsa Recipe

Fruit salsas are both sweet and savory. This spicy strawberry kiwi salsa tastes great over seared fish or chicken, or it can simply be enjoyed with fresh tortilla chips. Use fresh summer strawberries, cilantro, and jalapeño from the garden or local farmer’s market to make it extra special.
1 cup fresh strawberries, finely chopped
1 cup kiwi fruit, peeled and chopped
1 fresh jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1/4 cup green onions, finely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
Mix all of the ingredients together, and let them chill for […]

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Spend Less and Roast Your Own Sweet Peppers

roastedredpeppers1Roasted red peppers are delicious on salads and sandwiches, and but they are expensive to buy at the grocery store. Thankfully, they are very easy to make, so when peppers are in season, take some time to make your own. If you have a bumper crop of sweet peppers, roasting is a perfect way to make the most of your crop.
Work with as many fresh bell peppers […]

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Chicken Fajitas with Garden-Fresh Vegetables

FajitasFajitas may seem like they have lots of ingredients, but they are so easy to make. It’s especially convenient (and more delicious) when half of the ingredients are from your garden. Making your own fajita marinade from scratch makes the recipe that much better. Most of the time is spent with the prep and fresh marinade. Cooking time is quick!
Marinade Ingredients
3 limes, juiced
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves roughly chopped
3 chipotle chiles in Adobo sauce
3 […]

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Welcome Fall with Easy Harvest Apple Bread

zucchini_bread-300x199Home baking is a great way to combat chilly October days. Seasonal fall produce makes makes every recipe taste better, which is why we like to make this moist, easy apple apple bread.  It is great for the family, and makes a healthy dessert to add to kid’s lunch boxes. Try it with vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of hot caramel topping!
Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F.
Dry Ingredients
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 […]

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Holiday Recipes from Black Gold

IMG_7148This is the time of year to feel thankful for the past year,  hopeful for the new, and to share food and festivities with friends. Black Gold employees took the time to share some favorite seasonal recipes. Hopefully, these time-tested treats will also bring some holiday cheer to our customers and supporters. Happy Holidays!
Holiday Gingered Sangria
Shawnee S. Vetanovetz is Black Gold’s Retail Customer Support Specialist, and she likes a […]

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Super Healthy Kale Chocolate Chip Cookies

chocolatechipcookies-300x225Whipping up desserts is inevitable when you have kids, so why not add unexpected healthy ingredients to their sweet treats?This recipe offers a surprising twist on the classic chocolate chip cookie with the addition of kale!  Chopped vitamin-rich kale leaves are added to the cookie dough, and believe it or not, the kids will never know!
Kale is most in season in fall, when the kids have returned to school. So, this is the best time to make these green-infused chocolate chip cookies.

2 sticks […]

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Recipe: Grilled Spring Asparagus

grilled-asparagusAsparagus is one of those foods that when barbecued needs little flavor enhancement because the natural flavors are so incredible on their own. It tastes even better then freshly picked from the garden in spring.
For an easy and healthy vegetarian/vegan side dish for your barbecue, try this easy recipe for grilled spring asparagus.

1 pound fresh asparagus
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves minced garlic
The zest and juice from 1 lemon
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly […]

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