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

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As the weather starts cooling down, it is time to start thinking about soup.

Spicy Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Fresh Parsley

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2 Tbsp Olive oil

2 cloves garlic chopped

1 small onion chopped

4 large roasted red peppers chopped

6 cups vegetable stock

1 cup tomato juice

½ tsp jalapeno pepper or ¼ tsp cayenne

½ tsp salt

½ tsp pepper

In a large soup pot, heat the oil.

Add the onion, garlic and sauté for 5 minutes and add the red peppers.

Add the stock, tomato juice, jalapeno pepper, salt, black pepper and half the parsley.

Simmer 10 minutes.

Using a hand blender, puree the soup until smooth.

Garnish with the remaining parsley and serve.

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From Gastroposter Sara Verk:

After having lots of meals in restaurants, I have tried to recreate many. Seafood pasta with shrimp, scallops, calamari and mussels in a bold saffron tomato sauce from Carmelina Restaurant’s Frutti Di Mare

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From Gastroposter Sara Verk:

After having lots of meals in restaurants, I have tried to recreate many. Seafood pasta with shrimp, scallops, calamari and mussels in a bold saffron tomato sauce from Carmelina Restaurant’s Frutti Di Mare
Flat-bread BBQ pizza - a quick and easy pizza grilled on the BBQ for just a couple of minutes.
Wholewheat flat-bread topped with pesto, caramelized onions, sauteed mushrooms, oven dried tomatoes, Parmesan cheese and old Cheddar

Flat-bread BBQ pizza - a quick and easy pizza grilled on the BBQ for just a couple of minutes.

Wholewheat flat-bread topped with pesto, caramelized onions, sauteed mushrooms, oven dried tomatoes, Parmesan cheese and old Cheddar

During the summer, berries grow abundantly in Ontario. Berries are full of flavor and at their best in farmers markets through the summer months. 

During the summer, berries grow abundantly in Ontario. Berries are full of flavor and at their best in farmers markets through the summer months. 

Delicious dinner salad meal in a bowl - this is a healthful and very satisfying salad meal - quinoa, red lentils, barley, baked sweet potato,oven dried tomatoes, chopped onions, parsley, golden raisins, black currants, lemon rind, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper

Delicious dinner salad meal in a bowl - this is a healthful and very satisfying salad meal - quinoa, red lentils, barley, baked sweet potato,oven dried tomatoes, chopped onions, parsley, golden raisins, black currants, lemon rind, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper

All the tomatoes in this salad were grown in our vegetable garden - thanks @verkgo
Tomato and Avocado Salad
Sliced heirloom tomatoes
Thinly sliced Vidalia or red onion – soaked in white balsamic vinegar
Chopped avocado

Mix the following ingredients together well in a jar
2 Tbsp Maple syrup
5 Tbsp white balsamic vinegar
5 Tbsp olive oil        
2 tsp Dijon mustard
Salt & pepper
Pour over salad just before serving and sprinkle with toasted or candied nuts
Candied nuts
1 Tbsp brown sugar     
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp Canola oil
Mix together in a bowl and toss ½ cup Pecans, Almonds and pumpkin seeds in the mix
Place on a foil lined baking sheet
Toast in 350 degree oven for about 8 minutes

Cool before adding to salad

All the tomatoes in this salad were grown in our vegetable garden - thanks @verkgo

Tomato and Avocado Salad

Sliced heirloom tomatoes

Thinly sliced Vidalia or red onion – soaked in white balsamic vinegar

Chopped avocado

Mix the following ingredients together well in a jar

2 Tbsp Maple syrup

5 Tbsp white balsamic vinegar

5 Tbsp olive oil        

2 tsp Dijon mustard

Salt & pepper

Pour over salad just before serving and sprinkle with toasted or candied nuts

Candied nuts

1 Tbsp brown sugar     

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp Canola oil

Mix together in a bowl and toss ½ cup Pecans, Almonds and pumpkin seeds in the mix

Place on a foil lined baking sheet

Toast in 350 degree oven for about 8 minutes

Cool before adding to salad

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

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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.

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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.