A Break From the Heat

mountains and lakes along the icefields parkway
Not only are the Canadian Rockies wonderful to see, they provided us with much-needed heat relief at the end of June.

In Tucson, the temperatures have run over 105°F for two weeks straight, but we were someplace just a bit chillier: the Canadian Rockies. Filled with glaciers, wildlife, and beautiful lakes, parks such as Banff, Jasper, and Waterton are places that everyone should try to see in person.

Of course, now we need to get back to scratchin’.

Peppery Fettuccine in a Creamy Butternut Sauce

Peppery Fettuccine and Craemy butternut squash sauce
Peppery Fettuccine and Craemy butternut squash sauce
Peppery and creamy!

It’s that time of year. The third week in June when the temperatures really start to soar. We’re talking about highs around 116°F. Quite hot! So, that means we don’t bake as much; instead, we tend to make more meals on top of the stove to prevent heating the kitchen. Such as this meal; everything is made right on the stove, and you can even make up the sauce hours in advance.

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Mini Bouchon Carrot Muffins

bad photo
bad photo
Oh no! Our camera is having problems! Drat!

As we were making these, disaster struck. Our faithful camera self-destructed, so you won’t see how these carrot muffins turned out, but you will see most of the steps, so you can scratch ’em out yourself.

We decided to make these for our fellow Monday night volunteers, mainly because they sounded healthy. After all, it’s like eating carrots, right? Of course not; it’s more like eating cake with some carrot pieces, but, that’s okay, too (we were going to go with chocolate muffins, but changed our minds at the last minute).

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Where’s the Veggies?

weekly CSA produce share
We picked up vegetables, but we couldn’t get a photo, as our camera gave up the ghost.

Well, it was bound to happen one day: our camera stopped working. So, no photograph of our lovely produce. Rest assured that we’re in the process of acquiring another camera, so that we can continue to help you scratch out some great food. In the meantime, you can be sure that we’re still searching out new recipes to share.

This week’s produce included:

  • Basil (1 bag)
  • Juliet tomatoes (1 basket) — a type of grape tomato
  • Celebrity tomatoes (4) — a larger slicing tomato
  • Leeks (1)
  • Tromboncino squash (1) — like a butternut squash
  • Sun Jewel melons (1)
  • Shishito peppers (1 basket)
  • Purple beans (1 basket)

Spaghetti Carbonara with Mushrooms

spaghetti carbonara with mushrooms
spaghetti carbonara with mushrooms
A single bowl, and self-saucing!

How about a quick, easy meal for one? If you’re the only one eating, it can be difficult to take the time to put together a great meal. Instead, it’s more likely that you’ll open up a can of soup, or even worse, break open some bag of junk food to nosh on. We’ll fix that. How about a fast batch of spaghetti carbonara? You can do as we did, and even add mushrooms.

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Mushroom, Corn, and Brie Quesadilla

mushroom, corn, Brie quesadilla
mushroom, corn, Brie quesadilla
Perhaps it’ll start a new trend: French-Mexican restaurants.

We don’t really think that people need instructions on how to make a quesadilla. After all, it’s simply toasting two tortillas with a filling mixture between them. However, you might not have thought of using Brie cheese in your quesadilla, but we did. And, for two good reasons: one, it melts great, and two, Continue reading “Mushroom, Corn, and Brie Quesadilla”

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Zucchini Shakshuka

zucchini shakshuka
zucchini shakshuka
Odd name (to us), but fast and tasty!

We include zucchini in the title simply because we’ll make this dish to help use some of the plethora of summer squash that we get during the season. But, really, there are only two things you need to remember for making Shakshuka: spicy tomato sauce and eggs. As far as we can tell, everything else can be changed (even the spiciness, of course) to suit what you have on hand and what you like. With that in mind, we’ll show you what we did for a quick and easy lunch (it’ll also work for dinner, or even breakfast).

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