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Aloe Vera Mint and Lime Juice + Juice Giveaway!
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Summer Fresh Pasta Salad + Spice Giveaway
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Help Me, My Cats Want Food
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A Look Into My Office, Trying to Work at Home With Cats
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How to Make Diced Tomatoes Recipe
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Summertime Jam Canning Recipes + Ball Canning Giveaway!
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Homemade Peanut Butter Oreo Cookies
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Easy Tomatillo Salsa Verde Recipe
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Hello Cereal Addicts. Have you tried Great Grains?
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Easy and Quick Food to Serve at a Party
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Easy Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Soft Serve Ice Cream (No Machine Needed!)
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Dinner In Italy With Michael Voltaggio and S.Pellegrino
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Carrot Souffle for Dessert
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Mexican Taco Black Bean Burger
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How To Store Onions Using Pantyhose
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A Beautiful Farm Wedding in Seattle
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Tea Swap is Back! Want to join?
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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

Aloe Vera Mint and Lime Juice + Juice Giveaway!

This post brought to you by ALO Drink. All opinions are 100% mine.

When you think Aloe Vera what do you think of?  Probably sunburn.   As a kid my parents would slather Aloe Vera on me after every day at the beach on family vacation.  As a adult Matthew slathers Aloe Vera on me after every long garden day.  What can I say? I’m pale and burn.

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I’m here to change your ideas of Aloe Vera though (but I’m not here to change your ideas of always covering up in the Sun!).  Do you know you can drink Aloe Vera? Oh you bet you can and it’s totally delicious.   I’ve recently come to love ALO drink juice that has the natural benefits of real aloe vera and is handpicked from their organic aloe vera farm.   All of this goodness comes straight from the leaf leaving it very natural.  Aloe Vera is crisp and refreshing in flavor, perfect for a Summer afternoon.   Using the ALO Comfort variety which combines Aloe Vera with Watermelon and Peaches, I wanted to keep it simple by making it my own. I love the taste of lime and mint is a crazy producing plant right now so I knew they’d be be the perfect addition in the blender.  With a handful of ice I had a cold and healthy drink to enjoy!   

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Summer Fresh Pasta Salad + Spice Giveaway

Guys, it’s August 21st.  We’re in the 20’s already! Soon it will be September! September…already? Don’t get me wrong you know I love Fall, Halloween and everything that comes along with it but there will be a few memories I miss from Summer.   It’s not over yet, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be dramatic and romantic about the sweltering garden days of picking tomatoes, weeding out the boxes and nurturing seedlings to grow big and strong.

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A basket full of harvest is one of the proudest things I could carry.   Seeing the fresh colors of red, green, yellow and more topple over the basket makes me a happy girl.  Although we’re picking tomatoes, lettuce, radishes and melons as the Summer continues, we’re also getting ready for the Fall garden.  Some plants have already been transplanted while others wait their turn downstairs for containers to be cleared away on the roof.   There seems to never be a empty day in the garden, there’s always something that needs to be transitioned and moved in or out.

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Help Me, My Cats Want Food

I heart my cats, they are a wild bunch that love me too, especially when I feed them. That’s why I was thrilled at the opportunity to try out Fancy Feast® Broths as a part of this sponsored post program.  Now they love me even more!

Hey Mom.  
Do you see us?
What is your in hand?
We know it’s food.  
We saw you go in the food cabinet.
Mom, we know you see us.
Mom, we’re meowing.  So now you can see us and hear us.
Can you put the food down already?
Come on Mom, stop tormenting us.
Give us the food already.
Come on.
Feed us.
Ok, let us rub your ankles and purr.
See, we love you?
We also love soft food.
Feed us.

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A Look Into My Office, Trying to Work at Home With Cats

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Hi everyone, I thought I’d take today to do a little post to show you where the blog takes place.  You know, not in cyber space, but in reality.  The place where I write the blog posts, take photos of recipes and pin brownies in my pajamas at 2AM because I can’t sleep.  The last one is never a good idea, trust me.

I’m always interested in where other bloggers are inspired by.  Are you writing your recipes as you cook on  your laptop in the kitchen?  Are you doing posts in bed late at night because there’s not enough hours in day?  Or do you have a dedicated work area in your home?

We’ve had a separate studio space for our  R+R work for over a year now and it was a great choice.  We decided to get this space to try to separate work from life.  I’m going to be honest and say it’s hard to separate life, love and work when  your creative partner is also your husband.   Lately I’ve been trying to set up a strong rule that we aren’t allowed to discuss work at home, we can’t work that late and we have to take off 1 day a week.    I break all these rules as does Matthew (he’s worse I promise you).    None of these rules really come into effect with Brooklyn Farm Girl.  As the blog continues to grow, I sometimes find myself overloaded with new posts, sponsored posts and reviews.  Suddenly on top of my day job of being an artist, there’s blog deadlines and blog advertisers to please.   It’s complicated and it’s long hours, but it’s also exciting and I’m a proud mama bear of BFG.    Lately I’ve been trying to split my time in half – half at the studio, half at home with the blog.   The problem here is that the blog is at home which means it’s always on.   I really wish I could have a strict schedule and kick myself off the computer during the evening but I have no self will.   Is anyone else work obsessed?

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How to Make Diced Tomatoes Recipe

It’s raining tomatoes still.  A ton of them!

Right now we have a explosion of cherry, roma and beef tomatoes of all sizes currently occupying our counter.    I love seeing a kitchen full of fresh vegetables but it also gives me a slight overwhelming fear of anxiety because I know I have to go to work on them and start preparing our tomatoes to last the next few months.

We pretty much only buy tomato sauce or tomato products during the months of May and June.   July, August and September gives us fresh tomatoes by the basket full while October-April supplies us tomatoes that were canned or frozen months prior.   It’s always a special feeling when its a cold Wintry day and you can still enjoy some fresh tomatoes you grew months prior when the garden wasn’t covered in snow.

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Summertime Jam Canning Recipes + Ball Canning Giveaway!

It’s that time of the year again, canning season is here.  It’s time to can vegetables and fruits to last us all year!  

Do you have a overabundance of tomatoes, cucumbers or strawberries in the garden right now?  Are you picking them by the pound and then nervously staring at them in the kitchen?  We’ve all been there.    During the Summer my once empty countertops become home to bowls of tomatoes, tomatillos, peppers and watermelon.  If you want to cook or use a appliance then you’ll have to rearrange the vegetables for at least a minute to get some clear space to work with.   With fresh harvest comes the idea of “What the heck am I going to make?”.  We’ve all been there too.  

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(Our strawberries have a pretty nice view on the roof!)

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Homemade Peanut Butter Oreo Cookies

Oreos.  What can I say about them?  You either love them or you really love them.  There’s no hating Oreos.

What I find shocking about Oreos is that a serving is 2 cookies.  Have you ever only ate 2 Oreos?  Honestly?  Don’t lie to me.  I don’t think it’s possible to only eat 2 Oreos.  I think they have addicting like ingredients that make you eat at least 6. And that’s on a good day.  

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And then there’s the flavors of Oreos.  Remember when it used to be just the chocolate with vanilla cream?  Those were the days.  Now you have Golden Oreos, Birthday Cake Oreos (yes!), Gingerbread Oreos (YES!), Candy Corn Oreos (YES YES!) and more.    I would like to say that I have tried all the Oreos listed and think they are all delicious and that I did not only eat 2 of them.  Seriously, 2 of them?  I’ll never get over it.

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Easy Tomatillo Salsa Verde Recipe

This was the first year trying to grow tomatillos and it was a great big experiment.

I didn’t grow up with tomatillos.  I don’t even think they sell them in grocery stores where I’m from.    But living in NYC for many years had me seeing tomatillos in some markets as well as in many Mexican recipes.   Then enter the years where I became obsessed with Salsa Verde and throwing green sauce on just about anything.  I was buying a bottle of Salsa Verde almost once a month and then I got Matthew hooked on it too.  Then I decided we must grow our own.

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So let’s grow some tomatillos.

Tomatillos are a plant of the nightshade family and are related to the gooseberry.  They are small, green and grown with a paper like husk around each of them.   When growing them first the husk will grow to it’s full size, and then the tomatillo itself will grow next filling the husk.   When the tomatillo fills the husk completely then you know they are ready to be picked.   Once you bring them into your kitchen, then you peel off the husks and give them a good warm wash as tomatillos are naturally very(!) sticky.  From there you can use them in various recipes, freeze or can for later usage.

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Hello Cereal Addicts. Have you tried Great Grains?

This post brought to you by Post Great Grains Cereal. All opinions are 100% mine.

The title says it all.  Are you a cereal addict? Please don’t be afraid to raise your hand.

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I was out today and it sure was hot.  By the time I got home I was sweaty, grumpy and muttering crazy things about Fall, pumpkins and apples.   Then I had one thing on my mind, something guaranteed to change my mood immediately.  Cereal.  I dropped my bags at the front door, slid my shoes off, pet all the cats (cause I had to) and then grabbed a bowl out of the shelf.  Then I opened another shelf, grabbed my favorite cereal of the moment and poured.  Then I added some almond vanilla milk on top and sat on the floor, surrounded by cats, eating a bowl of cereal. I was cheered up within minutes.   Cereal makes me feel awesome, like a super hero, like I can save the world with a bowl and spoon.

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Easy and Quick Food to Serve at a Party

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

It’s the start to the end of Summer.

Lazy days will be gone soon replaced by Autumn days full of school events, sporting games and pumpkin baking.  With the upcoming busy months I wanted to share some easy and quick food ideas to serve at parties.

Maybe you’re preparing for a end of Summer BBQ, or maybe you gearing up for NFL games, or maybe you’re like me and just need a good ol fashioned pizza night once a week to survive.

Here are some ideas that hopefully help you make most of your time through these busy days and nights.

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Easy Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Soft Serve Ice Cream (No Machine Needed!)

Happy Saturday everyone!

Want to know something?  I accidentally typed “Happy Soft Serve” instead of “Happy Saturday” because I’m a crazy woman.     Speaking of Saturdays, I usually don’t post on the weekend, but I HAD to post this.  From the time I make a recipe sometimes it’s days or weeks in between when it actually gets posted.  But this recipe here I made last night, took pictures and immediately sat down and made this post.   It’s urgent.  It’s important.  It has blinking lights.

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Dinner In Italy With Michael Voltaggio and S.Pellegrino


Last week I spent a night in Italy surrounded by fresh flowers, produce stands with the most juicy fruits,  plates full of delicious food for dinner and a jazz band playing softly in the background.     I got to Italy by taking the L train a few stops.   

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Ok, so maybe it wasn’t the real Italy (one day!) but this was such a beautiful event that really made you feel like you were really there!

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Carrot Souffle for Dessert

This Carrot Souffle you guys! 

I invite every single one of you over my house to try a piece of this Carrot Souffle.  I want you all to be believers that boiled and mashed carrots can make one heck of a great tasting dessert.   This Souffle is made out of magic… and a ton of carrots!

Last week we picked pounds and pounds of carrots in the garden.  We usually use them in pasta dishes or some breakfast bread, but I really wanted to use them for dessert.  There’s the go to carrot cake but I really wanted a dish that would let the carrots shine.  This Carrot Souffle totally does that.

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Mexican Taco Black Bean Burger

Can you guys believe it’s August already?  Even though Fall is my favorite Season and I’m ready for the months to leap ahead and the leaves to change, there is still something romantic about the Summertime.  There’s the gathering of friends in a park for a picnic, there’s barbecues on a rooftop, there’s farmers market stands bursting with the most tasty plums and peaches and there’s full force ahead garden season happening on the roof.   

How can’t I love and respect Summer when I can run up to the roof and grab all these beauties from their container?  Hello beautiful tomato!

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How To Store Onions Using Pantyhose

Weren’t expecting a title like that, right?

Pantyhose is a funny word.  Does anyone still use the word?  I usually call them tights or stockings.   But I decided to go brave and use the word pantyhose in the title.  

Pantyhose is great for making your legs look good.   They’re also great for storing onions.  Who knew, right?  In my search for the perfect way to store onions many recommendations are often given for mesh bags.  I never have mesh bags though and I don’t want to buy any, so I got to thinking…. mesh makes things breathe easier, but what else does? Pantyhose!  Pantyhose is usually made of nylon making your legs able to breathe through them.  Substitute your legs with onions and now you got some onions that can breathe too!

So let’s get to how to store your onions, alright?

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A Beautiful Farm Wedding in Seattle

Two weeks ago we flew across the country to attend two of our best friends wedding.   These two friends names are William and Lia and they are some of the most lovely people you could know.    A year ago they made the move from Brooklyn to Seattle and this was the first time we saw them since then.    It’s a understatement to say they have been missed here in Brooklyn by us and others.      

The wedding was at beautiful Chaser Farms which is located on Vashon Island.  To get to the Farm you need to take a ferry which is a pretty ride by itself.    Once you get to the Farm you basically want to move in.   It’s pretty much my dream house, one large open modern home with two giant kitchens, a big yard that stares into trees and a farm full of sheep and goats for me to befriend.  And when you look up at the sky, you see stars.   I’m moving in Chaser Farms.  You will be expecting me tomorrow.

Here is a photo journey to Seattle.

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Tea Swap is Back! Want to join?

Tea Swap is back!  I’m so excited.  I hope you are too!

Brooklyn Farm Girl has hosted a few tea swaps in the past, from tea + chocolate, to tea + Halloween, to tea + snowmen to lots of other fun themes.   The last swap was in December and I totally apologize for not setting up a new one since then.   The swaps are something I have lots of fun with and I believe you guys do too so I’m going to really try hard to get these back on a monthly schedule.  

Nothing can keep me away from a hot cup of tea, not even the middle of Summer.  Sure, it’s 90 degrees out but I’m still going to start and end my day with a cup of tea!  There’s something calming about a cup of tea.  Maybe it’s the process of making it and waiting for the leaves to steep, maybe it’s that it is always part of get togethers with friends, maybe it’s just the comfort of a favorite flavor.  I’m not sure what it is but tea is something special to me.   

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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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