everything but the kitchen sink

I am an avid cook

my inner chef is assisting with this mélange of all things gastro related

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Freshly picked #heirloom #tomato from our #vegetable #garden what a beauty @verkgo #thekitchensinkblog @thefeedfeed  #feedfeed @food52 #F52grams

Freshly picked #heirloom #tomato from our #vegetable #garden what a beauty @verkgo #thekitchensinkblog @thefeedfeed #feedfeed @food52 #F52grams

Reblog of an old post - #Corn makes a delicious addition to #dessert. Homemade corn #icecream transforms this #vegetable into an enjoyably sweet treat. Finish with a sprinkle of Maldon Sea Salt and Caramel Corn to give a contrast of sweet and salty #gastropost #raiseupthemaize #maize #corn #maize #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #f52grams @food52 #kitchensinkblog

Reblog of an old post - #Corn makes a delicious addition to #dessert. Homemade corn #icecream transforms this #vegetable into an enjoyably sweet treat. Finish with a sprinkle of Maldon Sea Salt and Caramel Corn to give a contrast of sweet and salty #gastropost #raiseupthemaize #maize #corn #maize #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #f52grams @food52 #kitchensinkblog

gastropost:

What are you eating this summer? Fresh local Ontario corn is my choice.
From Gastroposter Sara Verk:

Corn and cheese quesadillas with a side of corn salsa #raiseupthemaize #maize #corn #gastropost

gastropost:

What are you eating this summer? Fresh local Ontario corn is my choice.

From Gastroposter Sara Verk:

Corn and cheese quesadillas with a side of corn salsa #raiseupthemaize #maize #corn #gastropost
Refreshing morning smoothie - black plum and Ontario blueberries, fat free Greek yogurt, chia seeds and flax seeds.

Refreshing morning smoothie - black plum and Ontario blueberries, fat free Greek yogurt, chia seeds and flax seeds.

Eggplant, aubergine (also known as melongene, garden egg or guinea squash).
This one was grown in our vegetable garden. Did you know that the eggplant is related to both the tomato and the potato.

I am going to make eggplant with onions in a rich and spicy tomato sauce – finished product and recipe to follow.

Eggplant, aubergine (also known as melongene, garden egg or guinea squash).

This one was grown in our vegetable garden. Did you know that the eggplant is related to both the tomato and the potato.

I am going to make eggplant with onions in a rich and spicy tomato sauce – finished product and recipe to follow.

gastropost:

From Gastroposter Sara Verk:

Always finding the freshest Ontario corn, here is the corn cooked and ready to be consumed. Use peaches and cream corn. Soak the corn in the husk for 20 minutes. Heat up the BBQ and cook the corn in the husk for 20 minutes. Cooking the corn in the husk ensures the most deliciously juicy and tender corn on the cob. Peel back the charred husk and all you need is a sprinkle of Maldon sea salt and enjoy

gastropost:

From Gastroposter Sara Verk:

Always finding the freshest Ontario corn, here is the corn cooked and ready to be consumed. Use peaches and cream corn. Soak the corn in the husk for 20 minutes. Heat up the BBQ and cook the corn in the husk for 20 minutes. Cooking the corn in the husk ensures the most deliciously juicy and tender corn on the cob. Peel back the charred husk and all you need is a sprinkle of Maldon sea salt and enjoy
Does It Matter If Tomatoes Are Ugly? Heirloom tomatoes are ugly and wrinkly but they are hearty and juicy.

Many heirloom tomato varieties are furrowed, uneven in shape, or unusually colored. The term “ugly tomato” can be used to describe a number of some undesirable conditions affecting this fruit. Ugly tomatoes may have an uneven shape and a growth defect. Both radial and concentric cracking in tomatoes can contribute to the ugly appearance. Both are caused by an extremely high growth rate, especially while the fruit color is developing.  

Does It Matter If Tomatoes Are Ugly? Heirloom tomatoes are ugly and wrinkly but they are hearty and juicy.

Many heirloom tomato varieties are furrowed, uneven in shape, or unusually colored. The term “ugly tomato” can be used to describe a number of some undesirable conditions affecting this fruit. Ugly tomatoes may have an uneven shape and a growth defect. Both radial and concentric cracking in tomatoes can contribute to the ugly appearance. Both are caused by an extremely high growth rate, especially while the fruit color is developing.  

How do my chocolate chip cookies stack up?
Crisp edges, chewy middles and so easy to make - based on an allrecipes.com recipe.
Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp hot water
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth.
Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla.
Dissolve baking soda in hot water.
Add to batter along with salt.
Stir in flour and chocolate chips.
Drop table spoons full onto ungreased baking pans.

Bake for about 10 – 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until edges are nicely browned.

How do my chocolate chip cookies stack up?

Crisp edges, chewy middles and so easy to make - based on an allrecipes.com recipe.

Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened

1 cup white sugar

1 cup packed brown sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla extract

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

2 tsp hot water

1/2 tsp salt

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth.

Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla.

Dissolve baking soda in hot water.

Add to batter along with salt.

Stir in flour and chocolate chips.

Drop table spoons full onto ungreased baking pans.

Bake for about 10 – 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until edges are nicely browned.

Weekend road trip in Ontario, travelling the back roads of Chatham County. Endless farm stands, fields of corn, soy beans, tomatoes, strawberries, blueberries, peaches and so much more. Amazingly fresh local produce.

The most amazing expansive field of #Roma #tomatoes in #Chatham  near #Windsor #ontario #kitchensinkblog @verkgo #feedfeed #f52grams @thefeedfeed @food52

The most amazing expansive field of #Roma #tomatoes in #Chatham near #Windsor #ontario #kitchensinkblog @verkgo #feedfeed #f52grams @thefeedfeed @food52

I bought a bunch of Organic Green Chard from my local farmers market. This leafy green vegetable has large stalks. The leaves are highly nutritious and are considered to be one of the most healthful vegetables.

This recipe was inspired by two different Martha Stewart recipes

Barley Risotto is very hearty with the addition of Raisins for sweetness, toasted Pine Nuts for the nuttiness and finished with Balsamic reduction. I used vegetable and mushroom stock to keep this dish completely vegetarian.

Today’s tomato crop, including some odd shaped “tushie” tomatoes.  They may look odd, but they taste amazing.

A Vodka Martini Is usually garnished with an olive, a “twist” of lemon peel, capers, or cocktail onions. My husband likes something untraditional in his Vodka martini, so I pickled garlic scapes and added one with a few pickled cocktail onions.

A Vodka Martini Is usually garnished with an olive, a “twist” of lemon peel, capers, or cocktail onions. My husband likes something untraditional in his Vodka martini, so I pickled garlic scapes and added one with a few pickled cocktail onions.

We are enjoying our tomato harvest everyday with so many delicious juicy sweet little jewels that taste like sunshine. We packed some up and gave them to our friends.

We are enjoying our tomato harvest everyday with so many delicious juicy sweet little jewels that taste like sunshine. We packed some up and gave them to our friends.

Chocolate dipped marshmallow - playing with food for an upcoming sweet table

Chocolate dipped marshmallow - playing with food for an upcoming sweet table