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Homemade Tabouli

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Summer time brings warm weather and that means eating plenty of cool foods in our household. One of my favorites is tabouli (or taboulli or taboulleh- depends who you talk to). This is my simple homemade tabouli recipe that is an easy salad and always a crowd pleaser.  I’m here to tell you that it is SO simple to make. It’s also super delicious! Try eating it plain or scooping it up with pita chips.

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Honey Berry Blast: Williams-Sonoma Juice Week

This week I was invited by Williams-Sonoma to participate in Juice Week and share one of my favorite juice recipe. A huge inspiration for my love of juicing comes from the local harvests around us on Cape Cod. Whether from our local farmer’s market or fresh from our garden and berry patch my family regularly enjoys fresh juices throughout the growing season. This time of year it’s berry season and a few weeks ago we harvested honey from our beehives. This juice combines all of that deliciousness. This is one of the kids’ favorite juices. It tends to blur the lines between juice and smoothie and it comes together in mere minutes.

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Fresh Dill Pickles

Fresh dill pickles

Overnight, it seems we are pulling cucumbers out by the dozen these days. That can only mean one thing, it’s pickle making season here at Tilly’s Nest. I love to make these simple refrigerator dill  pickles. There is no canning or hot water bath to immerse these babies in. Simply wash your jars and lids with hot soapy water and you are ready to get to work.

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Beach Plum Jam and Jelly

 

I was craving beach plum jam. A few days ago we went searching for wild beach plums on the shores of Cape Cod.  I had never heard of beach plums until I moved here and I was told that they are incredibly difficult to find due to the loss of their natural habitat. Beach plums are indigenous to the coast and were used by the Native Americans. Each year the crops vary. Some years their numbers are fantastic and others years bring very small yields. The wild birds and local animals also love to dine on the plums.

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Rustic Greek Flatbread

 

The other day, I was in the mood for something salty, tangy and warm for lunch.  This seemed to fit the bill perfectly!  As most of you know, I do most of my grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s.  I always have one of their rustic ciabatta flatbreads on hand.  They are so versatile.  Like a Boboli, they are seasoned to perfection and can morph into many things from pizza to a savory tart in no time.

Ingredients:
1 rustic ciabatta flatbread
1/2 cup of olive tapenade
1/2 cup feta cheese
1/4 cup of capers
1/4 cup of kalamata olives
1/2 cup of sliced tomatoes
pepper to taste

Preparation:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Place the flat bread on a large baking sheet.  Just as you would make a pizza, spread the olive tapenade onto the flat bread.  Layer on the tomatoes.  Sprinkle with olives, capers and feta cheese.

Bake approximately 10-15 minutes until the flatbread crisps a bit and the feta begins to turn a golden brown.

Photo Credit:  Tilly’s Nest

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Canning Pickles and Kimchi

 I had a “pickle” of a time finding canning jars.  I drove to at least three different stores here on Cape Cod without any luck.  Finally, on the fourth store I had luck except they only had smaller pint size jars instead of the quart size that I was needed.  So, I picked those up and just made smaller batches.

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Tomato and Cucumber Relish

Arugula dressed with relish and feta cheese

If you are like us, you now have an abundance of cucumbers and tomatoes from your garden. One thing that I like to do is make this relish.  It is so quick to make, versatile and delicious.  We use the relish in many ways including:

As a side dish
Place it on top of a bed of mixed greens sprinkle it with feta cheese and make a salad.
Use it on sandwiches
Serve it with fresh crusty bread
Use this instead of salsa with tortilla chips
Toss with fresh pasta-serve hot or as a cold pasta salad
Add a generous spoonful to the top of grilled meats prior to serving

The best part is that it takes no more than ten minutes to create!

Ingredients:

Three medium tomatoes-diced
1 cucumber cut into bite size pieces
1/4 cup chopped red onion
2 tbsp of fresh basil cut as chiffonade
2 tbsp capers
3 tbsp diced kalamata olives
drizzle of your favorite balsamic vinegar
drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
salt and pepper to taste


Preparation: 

Combine the tomatoes, cucumber, onion, basil, olives, and capers in a medium sized bowl.  Drizzle the vinegar and oil over the top.  Add salt and pepper (don’t skimp on this one) and mix well.  Store in the refrigerator for up to four days.(but it probably will not even last that long once you try it).

Photo Credit: Tilly’s Nest

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Rustic Grilled Bruschetta

Sometimes it is just too hot to cook.  No one feels like eating anything too heavy and we certainly do not feel like cooking in the house.  This is when we take our cooking to the grill.  It is very easy to make a wonderful light meal for warm summer nights that is both easy delicious and keeps the kitchen clean!  Who doesn’t love that part!?  One thing that we find incredibly delicious and simple is a rustic crusty bread with fresh from the garden tomatoes and basil, and a drizzle of olive oil.  Some days, this serves as our main course paired with an assortment of summer salads.  Other days it’s a side.  Either way, it is fast, delicious and easy!