Well this post is well overdue! We visited Toronto and I have been meaning to post it! It’s been at the top of my notebook for weeks, but somehow Pancakes, Jelly Donuts and Twix Popcorn got posted first. Can you tell my stomach decides the order of posts? 😉
But first I wanted to alert you guys that during this weekend Brooklyn Farm Girl will be going through some design changes. I’m hoping on Monday you’ll see a all new pretty design but with that comes the fun of switching themes and making everything look good. The site will still be up over the weekend if you need to find any garden details or recipes but it just might not look very pretty. Wish me luck!
CREAMY Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes, this easy recipe is just like mashed potatoes but doesn’t use potatoes or milk! Dish uses cheddar cheese and cream cheese to make them extra creamy! Great for a healthy keto diet!
If there’s one side dish that is almost always requested for dinner and holidays it’s Creamy Mashed Cauliflower. This is a healthier take on regular mashed potatoes as it’s made with cauliflower instead.
With cauliflower so popular in the garden right now Summer often becomes a time to enjoy it. One of my favorite dinners is some BBQ chicken served alongside a big spoonful of Creamy Mashed Cauliflower. As soon as the basket is full of cauliflower heads it’s almost a given that this recipe will be made in the next few days to be enjoyed. Right now we have multiple cauliflower heads that we harvested so we’re lucking out being able to have this pretty often.
Today we’re going to peek into lifelong Amish farmer John Kempf’s garden.
Peeking is a ongoing series where I peek into other’s gardens and snoop around. If you’re in the NYC area and have a garden you’d like to share, please email me. I’d love to see what you are doing and share your garden story! For more peeking posts click here.
“Really healthy plants start with really healthy seedlings,” explains John Kempf. I got John to answer a few questions about garden memories and helpful tips. He also shared some great photos with Brooklyn Farm Girl of his farm in Ohio. Hope you enjoy today’s feature!
First of all, do you have World Cup fever? I get so darn excited every 4 years. If you’re from America, did you watch the USA vs Portugal game yesterday? Did you scream, yell, cheer, cry, then become confused why you are crying because after all tying Portugal 2-2 is actually ok? Yeah, me too. The game had so many ups and downs and the last 30 seconds.. oh man. I can’t even talk about it! Let’s get psyched for USA vs Germany on Thursday though! Here in NYC they have been showing all the World Cup games on a big screen under the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO (part of Brooklyn). Being a Sunday evening, the game was packed with USA USA USA chanting fans. We went and it ended up being such a blast. Large groups of people cheering with positivity and little negativity (basically only when Ronaldo is on the screen) is always a good time.
Today we’re going to take a minute and talk about blog identity and process writing on a stop on The Writing Process Blog Tour. The lovely and talented Shashi made her post and then nominated Brooklyn Farm Girl to continue the tour. I’d like to thank Shashi and all her amazing recipes and inspirational posts she makes. Plus I really want to thank her for her No-Bake Mocha Protein Bars because seriously… look at them!
Brooklyn Farm Girl was created a year ago. Prior to that I was blogging on a personal blog where I think 5 other people knew about for many years. Prior to that I always had a blog in some capacity since I got my first computer when I was 13 years old. I’ve always loved sharing information with others and building relationships online with people that shared similar interests. Towards the end of my previous blog I started to really enjoy posting about our garden and recipes so I decided to create a blog that went full force into that world. Brooklyn Farm Girl started…. and here we are.
I’ve been promising to start posting more of what I do outside of gardening and cooking, so here I am with a Behind The Scenes of a recent project we did. If you guys dig this new feature, let me know in the comments as I’d love to start documenting and sharing more of our work!
We’ve been working with V Magazine for years now and they were one of the first believers in showing moving images and videos for fashion content. They really let us do our thing and be creative so it’s always fun working on a project for them. For this shoot our goal was to do a project that focused on 3D scans. We wanted to shoot the model as is on a regular background and then have her avatar, a 3D scan of herself, next to her. After some testing on ourselves we figured out what was the best software to use along side the Microsoft Kinect which we’d be using for scanning.
This Double Chocolate Banana Smoothie is a healthy breakfast smoothie recipe! It uses frozen bananas which you can store in the freezer for whenever you want a smoothie!
Chocolate Banana Smoothie
Everyone is in love with this smoothie in my house right now. I love it for both breakfast or a dessert. My toddler daughter loves it for a snack when she gets home from daycare. Even my husband, who isn’t a banana lover, is requesting his own smoothie when he sees me sipping one!
This Smoothie is double chocolate because I think everything in life should be double the chocolate. Don’t you agree? This recipe calls for cocoa powder and chocolate peanut butter.
Peanut Butter Smoothie
Chocolate peanut butter is something I’m obsessed with in baking and smoothies but if you don’t have access to it, regular peanut butter would totally do the trick too! Also don’t you love having Double Chocolate anything for breakfast? Talk about a great way to start the day!
If you’re anything like me then you crave fruits during the day, especially in the Summer time. In the morning I prefer a banana or raspberries, in the afternoon I love some apples or blackberries and for dessert it’s all about cherries! Because I’m often on the go or am not working from home I always love a healthy snack that I can throw in my bag. Have you ever thrown a pint of raspberries in your bag, forgot about them, and then thrown a laptop on top of them? Ugh. Or don’t remind me about that banana I totally forgot about… weird things can happen to bananas that are forgotten. Trust me.
Let me introduce you to my new favorite friend that solves all these problems. OneBar! OneBar is a low calorie snack that offers one full serving of fruit in each bar. I know, isn’t it amazing? What makes OneBar unique is that it’s line contains baobab as a flavor. Baobab is a super fruit that is packed with more nutrition than any other super fruit. Because of how awesome Baobab are, their trees are endangered. Because OneBar sources the fruit fair trade then they’re able to protect the trees from being cut down. Baobab is a great source of dietary calcium – perfect for vegans and vegetarians. It also has nearly 6x (!) the amount of potassium then bananas. You can use baobab in OneBars as a healthy snack, but you can also use it in smoothies, baked goods, cereals and more.
What’s my favorite OneBar flavor? I’m glad you asked! I am totally in love with the Cherry flavor. It reminds me of a adult fruit rollup.. in bar form. It’s pretty magical when you take that first bite! I can’t wait to hear what you think of OneBar. Tell me in the comments if you have tried them. If you haven’t tried them – which one do you think will be your favorite? Cherry, Apple or Mango?
Check out how awesome the ingredients are of the Mango flavor.
Because I think you rule (I really do) enter the giveaway below for three boxes (Apple, Cherry and Mango) of OneBar. 40 winners (!) will be picked! The giveaway ends on June 19th at noon PST.
If you can’t get enough of them, you can also buy here and use the coupon code EasyFruit which will give you 25% off. Just make sure to order before April 31.
These Baked Soy Sauce Meatballs are delicious and healthy! Recipe includes lettuce in the meatballs alongside ground beef, turkey and many herbs. They are perfect for serving over pasta or serving as finger food!
This is a meatball recipe full of flavor! It’s perfect for pasta and meatball subs!
With our big lettuce harvest, you might have heard me on Twitter exclaiming it was a Meatball Date in the kitchen! There’s Matthew, Me, 16 pounds of ground meat, dozens of eggs and a entire sink full of lettuce that was just washed. If that doesn’t sound like a romantic evening then I don’t know what is! So there we stood for the next few hours, in assembly line fashion, making meatballs! How many meatballs did we make? I’m glad you asked. We made 226 of them! After we made them, we divided them into bags for dinner and froze them. With this big lettuce harvest we were able to freeze over 25 dinner meals. Pasta and meatballs? Done! Meatball casserole? Done! Meatball subs? Done!
These meatballs are full of lettuce! Each batch of 30 meatballs calls for 4 cups chopped lettuce making it a great way to use up a ton of lettuce at once. Combined with the lettuce we’re throwing in a few tablespoons of soy sauce making them extra full of flavor. I don’t think I can go back to not adding soy sauce to meatballs now.. it makes them real special!
I hope you enjoy these Baked Lettuce Soy Sauce Meatballs!
Hi guys! Happy Wednesday! In today’s post I’m going to show you some of the yummy green harvest we’ve been picking!
The season usually starts with lots of green and then it’ll lead into more colors… the reds with tomatoes, the pinks with watermelon, the oranges with pumpkins… but first up the bushy green friends that make my heart pitter patter! Right now it’s all about bok choy, broccoli, peas and cauliflower! Because of these harvests we’ve been having some pretty delicious dinners… I just can’t say enough great things about a simple pasta dinner with fresh veggies! It’s always the best! And if you want to take it to the next step, you can always make the dish creamier. Who doesn’t love that?
Last week we picked our first cauliflower. Since then we picked a few more! Cauliflower is one of those extra special plants that always gets you excited to see grow. As soon as I see the small white head start to poke out I always let out a big sigh of happy relief.
Also, I’m totally living in black linen dresses this Summer!
Right next to the cauliflower is the broccoli, also a winner of hearts and sighs. Right now our refrigerator is filled with broccoli, there’s no greater sight than that!
I love a good basket full of broccoli! I’ll soon have a whole post dedicated to broccoli.. just because I love it so much!
Want to see something silly and sweet? This broccoli here had a leaf guarding one side so it left him with a half tanned design!
Next up is the Sugar Snap Peas! We’re about to enter into a world full of Sugar Snap peas as the pounds we’re picking a day has quickly increased. We tripled our sugar snap pea plants this year so it’s about to get intense! One day it’s just plants… the next day it’s flowers.. then suddenly it’s peas everywhere!
Lastly we have the bok choy! The bok choy plants grew amazing this year, pretty much we never expected them to grow this big or well. What we’re left with is big bags full of bok choy! Last night I made a delicious garlic bok choy noodle recipe that left me with ultimate harvest happiness! I’ll be sharing the recipe on the blog next week!
I hope you guys enjoyed a look at this week’s harvest!
I also want to thank this little bee who keeps stopping by the garden. It always makes my day when a bee somehow finds it’s way up to the roof and lives in the garden. The same goes for ladybugs. You guys are always invited in the garden!
Don’t forget to check out our Garden Yield Chart where we’ll be weighing all the vegetables we pick this year!
FAST and EASY Canned Salsa recipe made with diced tomatoes! Just add green peppers and onions to this simple recipe and you’ll have a delicious chunky salsa ready to serve in minutes! This canned salsa recipe tastes just like the salsa at your favorite Mexican restaurant!
It happens to us all. We’re out of tomatoes so we can’t make Fresh Tomato Salsa from our garden. Maybe we need salsa for a get together. Maybe we need it for a recipe. Maybe we’re just craving it with some chips. I’m here to help save the day by letting you know that you can make great tasting salsa with canned tomatoes!
Let’s check out this easy diced tomato salsa recipe that you’re going to love!
Happy Monday everyone!
I hope you had a great weekend and got to spend some time getting your nails dirty in some soil!
I wanted to take care of some changes that you might see around Brooklyn Farm Girl in today’s post.
First you might have noticed the BlogHer banner to the right. I was so happy to receive word that I’m now part of the BlogHer Network! This is something I was hoping to be a part of almost since Brooklyn Farm Girl started so I’m happy to see it here! With it comes some advertising banner changes that I had to make. I had to remove some ads to work with their terms, but in the long run I hope this is a good idea. I’ll be monitoring this through the next few months to make sure it’s the best fit for the blog. I’m honored to be part of such a great group of bloggers so I’m hoping everything works out here!
Second, I have been wanting to show you guys this video that the fine folks at Miracle Gro and Home Depot made of me in the garden. It’s only a few minutes now and I hope it doesn’t bore you too much! 😉 Welcome to our garden! By the way, don’t you love the thumbnail for this video? I’m either gardening or burying bodies on the roof.
Lastly, I wanted to share some new features I created in the Garden section here at Brooklyn Farm Girl. When you visit the Garden part you’ll notice a few new sections.
What are all these about? Let me explain!
Posts – This is where all the garden posts will live. Basically anything garden related from how to’s and harvests will be archived here.
Recipes – This is where all recipes will be archived that focus on garden recipes. If we grow it and I use it in a recipe, it will be here. Eventually I am going to have a ingredients picker here so it’ll be more specific to what you’re looking for. Example: You just grew a bunch of lettuce and don’t want to search through a bunch of recipes, you just want the lettuce recipes. So you’ll click lettuce and all those recipes will be listed. I’m working with a designer now to get some pretty graphics for this!
Garden Yield Chart – This year we are tracking the weight of all the vegetables we harvest. We’ve been meaning to do this for years but finally got around to doing this. This chart will be updated every single time we pick something so keep checking back. Already we’re close to 25 pounds! High 5’s!
How to Store Vegetables – This is a long list of directions on how to store vegetables and fruits. It lists how to store each to make them long as possible. It also gives instructions if you can freeze it or not. I pretty much visit this page myself whenever I need to know what to do.
Seed Calendar – This lists the dates for every seed we have planted for the past few years. This is a good way for us to keep track of our seed schedule so we can compare with past years. It’s basically the list we live by in regards to knowing when to plant and when to transplant. If you’re in a similar zone as us I hope this helps you.
Our Garden – This is a little about section dedicated to the garden.
When I first started the blog I had a section called “Peeking” where I visited other people’s gardens. It was a way for me to show other people’s spaces for inspiration and just to really appreciate what others were doing. This section got pushed to the side a bit, but it’s always been something I wish I did more of, so I’m bringing it back. This week I’ll have a new Peeking feature so look out for it… it’s a good one!
So that’s some Monday cleanup here on the blog.
I hope you guys like the changes and I hope you are digging (hahaha) the garden section being expanded. If you ever have any suggestions for future garden posts, or need info on a how to, let me know!
And to leave you with, my current cat video I’m obsessed with. Everytime I watch it I have to hold my stomach because I’m laughing so hard. There’s so much truth in this.
Happy Monday guys… see you tomorrow with a tomato based recipe!
Delicious recipe for Caramel TWIX Popcorn. A homemade caramel sauce is melted on the popcorn along with chopped up TWIX candy bars!
Today we’re going to make homemade Caramel Popcorn with some chopped up TWIX Bites candy bars on top. This recipe is happy snacking at it’s finest.
Homemade Caramel Popcorn
One of my favorite snacks at sporting events or carnivals is Caramel Popcorn. At the Brooklyn Nets game you can get a variety bucket of popcorn that has in it Caramel, Cheddar and Chocolate popcorn. It’s a beautiful snack. What I noticed is whenever we get this Matthew and I are always fighting over the caramel popcorn pieces, so I decided why not make some homemade caramel popcorn with chocolate thrown on top? I mean seriously.. isn’t life always better with chocolate on top?
TWIX Popcorn recipe
This popcorn is insane. It’s happiness. It’s smiles. It’s OH LA LA. It’s sweet. It’s crunchy. It’s worth all those sticky dishes due to the caramel sauce. Trust me.
The caramel sauce you’re going to make over the stove is made out of dreams. Whatever was left in the pot when I was done I basically let dry and then scraped it up with my hands and a spoon and ate it because I’m classy like that. Oh and the TWIX Bites you’re going to use on top? Addictive. I’m warning you now. I love these on the go snacks so much that I bought a undisclosed number of bags before I got around to finally making this recipe. I bought a bag specifically for this recipe and then we would just eat them all. And then we repeated this Again. And again. Don’t ask me how many Bites I ate! Also who wants to unwrap small candy bars? I love that these are all unwrapped for you…. quicker to eat! 🙂
So lets get on to this Caramel TWIX Popcorn already! Grab a bowl..
If you are popping your own popcorn do this first.
Place popcorn in large bowl.
Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
In a saucepan over medium high heat melt butter. Stir in brown sugar, corn syrup, salt and vanilla. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Then don't stir it for 3 minutes straight, letting it continue to boil.
Remove saucepan from heat and stir in baking soda.
Pour this hot caramel mixture over your popcorn, stirring to coat all kernels. You need to move slightly quick during this part as the caramel dries.
Prepare 2 large cookie sheets by spraying them with nonstick spray. Place popcorn on top trying to make it 1 layer.
Put in the oven for 1 hour, stirring it every 20 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool completely. Break popcorn into pieces.
Put popcorn in bowl, add in TWIX Bites and shake to combine.
Creamy Vegetable Ziti Pasta is a tasty comfort meal recipe that includes lettuce and radishes!
Get ready for a creamy pasta meal full of vegetables! It’s the perfect combination!
As you saw earlier this week we picked a bunch of lettuce so I’ve been going dinner recipe crazy with coming up with ways on how to use it. Most people think salads when they have lettuce but we’re not big salad people so I always want to think of ways on how to use it for dinner. I love using lettuce as a main ingredient in adding crunch and healthy vegetables to a dinner dish. We love creamy pasta for dinner but often vegetables go unlooked when adding to it, especially lettuce. For this recipe here we added a big pile of lettuce and radishes to the dish which complimented the creamy pasta perfectly!
After dinner we both proclaimed this to be one of our new favorite dinner dishes… so bring on the lettuce in this creamy dish!
I hope you guys give this a taste for dinner soon! I think you’ll love it!
Radishes are a quick producing vegetable which makes them always a great beginner plant to grow. After planting your seeds you only have to wait about 30 days before they’re ready to pick. Don’t you love that quick producing turnaround?
I hope you guys got your seeds planted after the How To I posted. I wanted to show you the harvest that we got that was picked from that very post. I am totally in love with these Radishes and have been including them in almost every single pasta dish we are eating. Who doesn’t love a radish as a snack too?
After a few weeks your radishes will begin to pop out of your container. They will just get bigger and bigger. Most radishes are ready to pick at around 30 days so once they’re popping out, just yank them up!
For radishes I will usually start by picking 1 or 2 to enjoy as I need it and then I’ll just clear the entire container and pick them all. Radishes store well so you can enjoy them for a few weeks after harvesting.
And then immediately after they were picked, a new bunch of seeds were planted! I’ll keep on doing this process until Fall.
Did you guys plant radishes?
Tell me about it in the comments!
For this Taco Tuesday recipe we’re going to turn it into a quick casserole – using only one pan. The casserole includes lettuces, tomatoes and corn on top and is made with Instant rice making it super quick! There’s also a layer of cheese to make it all stick together. Plus cheese is just delicious! 🙂
The first time I made this for dinner it was a hit. So much that I made it 2 time that week. And don’t get me started on the leftovers… they are equally delicious!
Easy Taco Casserole Ingredients
Here’s the ingredients you need for this easy casserole, you probably already have everything in your kitchen!
shredded Mexican cheese
cilantro to garnish
So next time you’re craving tacos, try this One Pan Taco Casserole! You’ll be done in no time and will only have to dirty up one pan! Enjoy!
The garden is going crazy with lettuce! Lettuce here, lettuce there, lettuce in my dreams.. it’s everywhere!
If you haven’t already seen I started to create recipes with our lettuce harvest (hello fried rice!) so expect many more in the next couple of weeks!
I used to not like lettuce, it’s true. As a kid I was very picky when it came to that leafy green to the point of I would not touch a burger or sub that accidentally had lettuce on. I drove my parents insane. I stopped being this way just a few years ago when I realized lettuce is pretty darn good! So I’ve come a long way from not touching it with a fork to growing our own! We went a little crazy this year by planting a bunch of lettuce seeds that left us with a quite a few big heads of lettuce! Actually they’re massive.. seriously, wait till you see these bushy greens!
Let’s tell the story of our lettuce plants!
Lettuce seeds were planted on March 6 and transplanted outside on April 1.
Here’s a photo of them on April 1 getting ready to move outside!
We planted them into a 4×4 box.
And said good luck lettuce plants!
Lettuce starts off slow and then when a bit of heat comes it starts to go wild! We came home from a trip and the lettuce plant doubled in size. This was on May 1.
And this was on May 6, see how much it grew in just a few hot days?
May 9… still growing! Also note here that I stole a lettuce plant for dinner here and it was delicious!
I find that instead of cutting pieces of lettuce at a time it works best to just remove the entire plant at once. As soon as your plant gets bushy enough then you can pick it to eat or let it grow to it’s full size.
But first, we need to marvel one more time at the beauty of these lettuce plants. Sigh. Hello beautiful!
And here’s a few harvest photos..
After we picked a few individual plants we decided to go on one big lettuce picking afternoon date. The plants were pretty much at their maximum size as they were getting giant and with the upcoming heat I was worried they would start to bolt.
So then we yanked up all these big beautiful lettuce plants!
Goodness gracious lettuce plants, I’m so happy I got to see you grow this big!
And then we thought.. what the heck are we going to do with all these lettuce plants!
So we brought the lettuce downstairs and went on a wild lettuce meatball making night. In the end we ended up making more than 25 dinner meals that we froze with this lettuce (recipe coming in a week!). How awesome is that?
Do you grow lettuce? Do you have any unique ways to use lettuce besides in salads? Share them in the comments!