Fresh From Nancy's Garden

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Tomato, Peach & Avocado Bruschetta

This is my new favorite summer recipe for bruschetta! I found it on a blog called Love & Lemons, modified it just a bit and used my overabundance of tomatoes and the best avocado that my friend, John, grew on his little Hass avocado tree in his driveway. One bite and I went crazy! Sweet juicy tomatoes, perfectly ripe peaches, the creamiest avocado ever drizzled with oil and vinegar and topped […]

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The Best Pico De Gallo With Grilled Halibut And A Couple Side Dishes

I don’t know if it’s because all the ingredients in this pico de gallo came from my garden, or if I just got lucky with the combination, but this was the best pico de gallo I’ve ever made. And it was so simple! INGREDIENTS FOR “THE BEST” PICO DE GALLO 1-2 tomatoes, chopped into small cubes 1/2 yellow onion, chopped small 1/2-1 jalapeño, chopped fine a handful of fresh cilantro, chopped 1-2 […]

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Fresh Summer Frittata with Potatoes, Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Onions, Feta and Spinach

   I love a good frittata–especially for summer brunch. I’ve experimented with various pans to cook in and found my cast iron skillet was the best, but the problem was my 10 inch skillet could feed a crowd. So you can imagine my surprise when I found this yesterday at Coast Hardware… …an 8 inch skillet! Perfect for 1 or 2 servings! I couldn’t wait to try it out! INGREDIENTS FOR […]

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Beet, Peach, Feta and Toasted Almond Salad with a Pinot Grigio Vinaigrette

This is my new favorite summer salad–roasted beets, sweet ripe peaches, crumbled Feta and lightly toasted almonds on a bed of peppery arugula drizzled with a slightly tangy Pinot Grigio vinaigrette. The beet seeds that I sowed way back in January are finally ready to pick. It had been so long since I planted them that I forgot they were a mixed packet of seeds–both deep red and “blond”. I didn’t […]

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BBQ’d "Louisiana Style" Oysters In A Cast Iron Pan

  My love affair with oysters started at Luke Restaurant in New Orleans about two weeks ago. Jake wanted to go there after his graduation and while we waited at the bar for our table an order of “Baked P&J Oysters” was delivered to the people sitting next to us.  Just one whiff and I had to have some. Checking the menu I saw they were made with herbsaint and a persillade […]

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A Memorial Day "Patriotic" Garden Update

First I want to thank everyone for all the good wishes you’ve sent me since I “retired” or as I like to say, “hung up my apron” from my weekly post on Stu News. My friend, April, is now writing the column and I know you’ll love her, so continue to check it out every Friday! But don’t worry–I’ll still write my blog and share recipes and gardening tips, just not […]

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Halibut With A Pea, Prosciutto, Radish & Feta Salad

You’re probably thinking, “What? More peas?” Yes, I’m back with more of them from the garden. If you don’t like peas, you’ll love this really fresh halibut. It’s in season right now and couldn’t be tastier! Halibut is such a mild fish that even non-fish lovers will love it. You can always grill it on the BBQ but this time I wanted to try to make it like they do […]

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Springtime Lemon & Herb Bow Tie Pasta

I know it’s spring when my garden is filled with butterflies and my lemon trees are bursting with fruit. I still like to call this pasta by its Italian name–farfalle–which means butterfly. I think it looks more like butterflies than bow-ties. Don’t you?   This is one of those super simple dishes that’s ready in about 15 minutes. I added some toasted walnuts to change it up a bit and they added a nice flavor […]

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A Veggie Platter For A Cuban Feast At The Nokes

Leave it to Cathy & Larry Nokes to come up with a fun dinner party–a night in Cuba without a passport. The didn’t miss a beat–music, slow-roasted pork, black beans and rice and for dessert–a caramelized banana pineapple sundae that I ate so fast I forgot to photograph.  I really have an abundance of peas this year, but for the veggie platter I only used the pea pods, which are […]

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Crispy Potato Roast–The Best Potatoes EVER!

Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love potatoes. If I could only pick one food to take to a desert island it would be potatoes–okay, or maybe pizza. These crispy roasted potatoes are simply the best. You can even use a tiny loaf pan and one potato if you need a smaller portion. Cathy Nokes actually found this recipe a couple years ago on The Bitten Word website […]

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