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Oven Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce With A Kick
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It’s raining tomatoes!
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4 Minute Meals For Busy Days
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Annedroids, a place where girls rule!
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream That You Will Fall In Love With
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Bok Choy and Garlic Over Pasta
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Sweet and Spicy Candied Jalapenos
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How to Dry Mint for Tea Leaves
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Jalapeno Peppered Chicken Marsala With Brown Rice
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Cheesy Mozzarella Cauliflower Casserole
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Jalapeno Cheese Wonton Poppers
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Iced Teagarita, your new Summertime drink!
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Broccoli Spaghetti Pasta
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Broccoli Harvest Time!
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Take Me Out To The Ball Game… With Popbasic!
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Cheesy Lasagna Meatball Skillet
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Baby Shower Food, Craft and Gift Ideas
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Lunch Ideas In Mason Jars to Clip Money!
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Cauliflower Jalapeno Grilled Cheese Sandwich
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Garden Update: What’s growing on our rooftop?

Oven Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce With A Kick

Did you see yesterday’s tomato harvest post?  If you did then it’s no surprise to see a tomato sauce recipe today!

When you think cherry tomatoes you probably imagine them as bite size snacks, or tomatoes that can be thrown in a salad.   What I see them as (besides throwing in the air and catching them in my mouth and by catching them I mean not catching them and then running after them as they roll on the roof) is a delicious creamy tomato sauce.   My Oven Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce is one of my favorite tomato sauce recipes ever.  I love that cherry tomatoes can turn that creamy with some oven heat.  So with a bunch of cherry tomatoes and jalapenos being picked in the garden I decided to mix them together and make some tomato sauce with a kick!

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It’s raining tomatoes!

Ok, so maybe it’s not actually raining tomatoes.  That would hurt.  But don’t you think this song (how great is this video?) would be perfect with the lyrics changed to “It’s raining tomatoes!”?  Yes? Me too!  The video would consist of people outside with their mouths opened while cherry tomatoes fall into them! 

The month of July is usually the start of tomato season and this month they didn’t disappoint.  They started to grow then they slowly started to turn red. Then they all hit. There are cherry tomatoes, roma tomatoes and the biggest beef tomatoes I ever saw in my life!  I’ve mentioned this before but tomato season both excites me and scares me.  It’s exciting because the garden is not complete without the tomatoes and I absolutely love them!  It’s frightening because the tomatoes grow quick and they grow many at once.  One day it’s a regular day then the next day you’re staring at 100 tomatoes sitting on your counter top waiting for you to make the first move.   Are you going to make salsa? Tomato sauce? Stewed tomatoes?  Are you going to try something new?

Then you have to time it right too.   Then you have to start making room in your freezer or pantry for the tomatoes.  Then you gotta get your apron on, put a day aside and get your tomato groove on.

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4 Minute Meals For Busy Days

This post brought to you by American Frozen Foods Institute and the Frozen Food Roundtable. All opinions are 100% mine.

Do you ever feel like you are playing catch up and even though you check a few things off on your list, somehow a few more things get added so you feel like you’re at the same spot?   Me too.

This week is busy.  Real busy.    We got home from a trip on Sunday afternoon so the week prior and this week has just been go, go, go!

Right now we’re working on lots of new projects, lots of new blog posts and there’s the garden which is full growing mode right now! Yesterday our day was so packed we got home and had to pick onions and tomatoes as it started to get dark.    I used my phone as a flashlight to pick tomatoes… is that a first?  

With busy schedules sometimes you need a quick meal to grab for breakfast and lunch.    You just want to roll out of bed, open the freezer and have it ready in 4 minutes.  That way you can run out the door into the  humidity to get to work as soon as possible (hello air conditioning!).

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Annedroids, a place where girls rule!

Do you guys know about Annedroids yet?

Annedroids is a Amazon Studios original kids series. The show is aimed at children ages 4-7 but it gets into lots of Science and technology that kids older than that would be into.  The show follows 11 year old kid scientist Anne who is a maker.  She has invented and built her own androids which her friends Nick and Shania who are amazed and decide to help out.  Together they decide to keep making new discoveries with Science while growing up at the same time.  The show is aimed to inspire kids to make and become part of that next Makers generation.  The show is designed to develop creative thinking and problem solving in children.    

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream That You Will Fall In Love With

We got a ice cream machine a few weeks ago and it’s changed our lives.

Having a ice cream machine is a great idea. And by great idea I mean a deliciously bad idea.  Its like you can make ice cream whenever you want.  Which means if you happen to keep all the supplies on hand you can eat ice cream every single day.  Delicious, totally.  Dangerous, totally.

But I like to live on the wild side… when it comes to ice cream.  I live so wild that I checked out 2 ice cream recipe cookbooks from the library and I got a 10 cent fee because one was a day late back.  See.  I’m a wild child.

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Bok Choy and Garlic Over Pasta

Bok choy was another one of those plants that we really discovered this Spring on a new plant getting to know you level.  Over the past few Winters we experimented with a few bok choy plants under a greenhouse and it worked pretty good, so we thought to start making it a permanent garden fixture.

This Spring we planted a few more bok choy plants and they grew massive.  Want some size comparison?  
First Bok Choy Harvest 2014_2

So after we had such great luck with that we wanted to try to see if it would grow in the heat in the Summer too.   So now there are about 10 bok choy plants growing happily alongside the kale.     Right now they’re about 8 inches in diameter so hopefully in about a month we’ll see some more bok choy ready to harvest!   Bok choy freezes great so it’s nice to be able to put some aside to enjoy on Snowy January days too!

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Sweet and Spicy Candied Jalapenos

These candied jalapenos. Oh goodness gracious.  Don’t ask me how many I ate over the past few days.  Ok, don’t ask me.  Seriously don’t.  Ok I might have eaten a entire jar already and made another today. I said don’t ask me!

Honestly, I have no self control with these.

They’re sweet.  They’re hot.  They’re just right. They are the perfect combo of sweetness with a kick.  They are amazing on crackers with a little piece of cheddar cheese.  The cheese balances out the heat with a little coolness.    They’re also perfect chopped up and thrown in hamburger meat for the perfect homemade hamburger.  Try them on top of tacos or nachos too! Oh and they are just the most delicious on top of some pulled pork.   You can even eat them right out of the jar with a spoon.  I won’t judge you because I went back to that jar with spoon in hand multiple times.   I like to keep these simmering for almost 30 minutes to really get that syrup greatness going with them.  The way the sugar and the jalapenos blend together is a thing of beauty.

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How to Dry Mint for Tea Leaves

I start everyday with a cup of tea.  Do you?
My morning always starts with a yawn.  Then I waddle out of the bedroom with my comfiest bed shirt on.

I then continue to have a few cups of tea throughout the day.  The kind of tea depends on the season and my mood.  In Winter I might start with English Breakfast or Earl Grey.   In  the Spring it’s all about Green Jasmine.  But the Summer is dedicated to Mint tea.  

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Jalapeno Peppered Chicken Marsala With Brown Rice

This post brought to you by Tasty Bite. All opinions are 100% mine.

This Jalapeno Peppered Chicken Marsala makes me dream of Fall weather.  Big chunky sweaters, slippers on my feet, the smell of arriving cool air.  Unfortunately I’m wearing as little as possible, nothing on my feet and the smell is of humidity.  Summer is here in full force, but let’s turn on the air conditioner and pretend it’s Fall.  Let’s dream…

We had this Jalapeno Peppered Chicken Marsala for dinner and it was a big hit.  The Chicken is slathered in a savory gravy and then diced jalapeno peppers and onions are spread on top.  This gives it a nice crunch and a very nice taste of freshness.    It’s the perfect match to a Summer meets Fall meal. 

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Cheesy Mozzarella Cauliflower Casserole

Hello friends.  I have one heck of a cheesy casserole for you today!  So grab a plate and fork and dig in!

You might have already noticed I’m a bit obsessed with cauliflower casseroles.  There’s my Cauliflower Pepperoni Pizza Casserole and my Cheddar Cheesy Cauliflower that are both still dinner time favorites.    Then there’s this extra Cheesy Mozzarella Cauliflower Casserole.  You agree that everything should be extra cheesy, right?  I mean with a dish full of cauliflower it’s basically minus calories.  So we need to put cheese on this.. we need calories… our bodies need this cheese to function.  You agree with this too, right? Ok, great!

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Jalapeno Cheese Wonton Poppers

These Jalapeno Cheese Wonton Poppers will have you popping them in your mouth in record speeds!

That sentence you just read is totally correct. I’ve witnessed it.  I’ve witnessed myself not being able to stop popping these little delicious cheesy Jalapeno wontons in my mouth.  1, 2, 3, 4… who continues to count after 4?   

Right now we have pounds of jalapeno peppers just picked from the garden. This was our first year growing them and they did about a million times better than what we expected.  It’s good that we both love jalapenos because they are pretty much in every meal we eat,  from breakfast to dinner to dessert (experimenting with some chocolate jalapeno ideas!).  These poppers are made with wonton wrappers which are a easy way to roll them up.  There’s no fancy wonton folding action needed (I watch a video everytime I have to fold a wonton up accurately).  For these we’re just filling each wrapper up with yummy cream cheese jalapeno mixture and rolling them up.  It’s that easy.

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Iced Teagarita, your new Summertime drink!

Summer Summer Summertime… 

Don’t you love that song? It will be stuck in your head the rest of the day I’m sure.

What’s your Summer look like? Do you go on vacation?  Do you work all Summer? Do you swim in a pool? Do you do special family activities?  Do you eat more popsicles?  Do you barbecue more?  Sorry for all the questions!  My Summer pretty much looks like any other season, except that I complain about the heat more.  We continue to work our usual hours and do the same job.   Next week we’re headed to Seattle for a good friend’s wedding so that will be the closest thing to a vacation.  

Are you a Summer loving person, or do you prefer Winter?  In the Winter I always state I wish it was Summer and then when it’s Summer I cry about it.  I think I can firmly say that I’m not a Summertime girl.  Besides the lush garden, I think I would be ok with removing the Summer season.  But then I do like popsicles and ice cream cones.. so it gets complicated. ;) 

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Broccoli Spaghetti Pasta

Did you guys like yesterday’s post full of beautiful heads of broccoli fresh from our rooftop? Then I guess you wouldn’t be surprised to see a broccoli recipe posted today!  

This Broccoli Spaghetti Pasta hits all the right spots for dinner.  It’s quick.  It’s easy.  It’s fresh.  It’s full of flavor.  Not only is there broccoli in here but we also add in our favorite sugar snap peas.  The peas aren’t cooked so they supply a nice crunch which screams Summer!  The broccoli is simmered in chicken broth and then it’s added to the pasta to just coat everything in flavor.   

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Broccoli Harvest Time!

Oh guys.  It seems like just yesterday the broccoli were itty bitty babies, small enough to fit into my hands.   They weren’t bushy.  Their leaves weren’t over a foot long.  They didn’t have a head on them over a pound in weight.  They were just little small broccoli babies, hanging out.  But as life happens, broccoli grows up.  It gets big.  It needs more water.  It needs less support because wind isn’t any match for a adult broccoli plant.   One thing stays the same though, it always lets me hug it. Hugs make plants grow strong.  Always remember that! ;)

The first half of broccoli season is over or us.  In a few days we’ll plant broccoli seeds for the Fall batch, but for now this post is dedicated to the Spring 2014 broccoli group.  Broccoli is one of our favorite plants to grow so it’s always exciting to watch these small seedlings grow into massive sized plants.

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Take Me Out To The Ball Game… With Popbasic!

Happy mid Week everyone, how are you doing?
How’s the weather where you are?  Is it blistering hot where you are to the point of you’re melting?  That’s me.  Melting away.  Exclaiming every 5 minutes “This is it” and falling on our cement floors.  Have you rode the subway in NYC during the Summer?  It’s probably one of the worst experiences. Everyone is sweaty.  And smelly.  And angry.  And I’m exclaiming “This is it” to the person next to me as I wipe the sweat off my lip for the 8th time in 15 minutes while the stranger nods at me.    Yesterday I walked to the dentist office in the heat, 2 big exciting events to really get your day off to a great start, right?  But then I came home, put the air conditioner on and ate half a cheesecake.  Because that’s exactly what you should do after going to the dentist, drink sweet tea and eat cheesecake.  :)

This week we went to Citi Field to a Mets vs Braves game.  The Mets won 4-3 in 11 innings. I have never been to a Mets game that didn’t go extra innings.  Once we were there until 2AM.    Citi Field is a great ballpark with yummy food, but more about that in a minute.

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Cheesy Lasagna Meatball Skillet

This Cheesy Lasagna Meatball Skillet rules! If you make it I hope it becomes one of your favorite go to easy dinner recipes!

I love myself some lasagna.  There’s something about pasta noodles slathered in various types of cheese with tomato sauce that does the trick to me.  How about you?  Do you start to see hearts when you hear the word lasagna too?  I was in the mood for lasagna but I wasn’t in the mood to do the stacking that lasagna usually involves.  I also wasn’t in the mood to turn my oven on because Summer is here and who wants to heat up their home?  So I used my original Lasagna Skillet recipe to come up with a Meatball twist.

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Baby Shower Food, Craft and Gift Ideas

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Playtex, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #RefreshYourNursery  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

The time has come, my friends have started to have babies. It’s kinda wild.  One day they’re just them.  Then suddenly they have a baby.  Again, it’s wild.

Multiple friends right now have either just become a mom (a human mom, not to be confused with a cat mom) or are about to become a mom.  They are excited and scared.  I am excited and scared for them.   I’m also extremely happy and proud and know how much of a awesome mom they are going to be.  I also know this baby is going to be amazingly dressed because all the Moms have amazing style. This is also very exciting to me because now I have real reasons to buy dinosaur printed onesies that I see.  Before I just held those little pieces of clothing in my hands and swooned, but now I can actually buy them!  I  once bought a baby pumpkin costume because it was the cutest thing I ever saw.  I don’t have a kid so I dressed up a stuffed animal.  The stuffed frog is still dressed up as a pumpkin.  The cutest pumpkin ever.

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Lunch Ideas In Mason Jars to Clip Money!

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

I work from a mixture of at home and a mixture of our shared work space.  The work space is only about a 10 minute walk away which is great because it’s close enough that you can get home quickly if a storm is coming but yet it’s far enough from the cats to actually get work done.  It’s so hard to get work done when you have 4 pretty kitties crawling all over you!  Meow!  In the last few weeks I have been spending most days at our work space but there’s been one thing bugging me about it – lunch!  If you’re a person who loves to cook (you probably do, you’re here!) then you probably hate buying take out.     We have been getting sandwiches almost every single day from this place across the street from our space but that is easily $10-$20 a day!   I love saving money so I have been exploring some new apps on my phone to clip lunch time savings!

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Cauliflower Jalapeno Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Today we’re going to make one heck of a grilled cheese sandwich by throwing cauliflower, jalapeno peppers and shredded cheddar cheese on top.

We’re gearing up for pepper season in the garden.  The pepper plants are exploding with a variation of new baby peppers and jalapenos that are already a few inches big.  This is the first year we’re growing jalapenos but it won’t be the last.  I am obsessed. I could just rip those babies off the plants, brush out the seeds and eat them raw.  I love the taste of a fresh jalapeno.    This recipe mixes  new and old as I also used up our last fresh cauliflower head.   It’s like Spring harvest meets Summer harvest meets grilled cheese in a loving match in cheesy heaven.

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Garden Update: What’s growing on our rooftop?

Hi Friends! Happy Thursday! 

This week has been hot here in NYC.  It has me muttering “Have mercy!” just like Uncle Jesse whenever I’m outside.  Since our rooftop is silver and reflective, it makes things a little uncomfortable up there on the roof.  That’s why we have to take extra precaution with the plants in making sure their leaves don’t get burned.  We also have to make sure the plants stay watered as being so hot up there they can dry out rather quickly.   Sub irrigated planters really help that situation and since we always put plastic on top of the containers it locks in the moisture.   That’s just one of the many reasons why container gardening rules.    This post is going to be all about a garden update, but first a few other notes.

Brooklyn Farm Girl got a redesign over the weekend!  Do you see it? I hope so!  There was lots of things that my last layout just couldn’t provide me and after many months of being fed up I finally switched to a new design.  There are still some bugs that are being taken care of but for the most part they are just bugs that super picky me can notice.  If something breaks on the site or you see something weird, just let me know.  I’m already noticing the speed time has greatly improved and traffic has picked up so I’m hoping that’s a sign of good things to come!  You can read more about my blogging theme and other helpful tips here.

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