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How to Make Diced Green Chiles
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Carrot Tops Vegetable Broth
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What’s Growing Now
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Blueberry Thanksgiving Stuffing
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NYC Bike Riding With a Baby
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How To Make a Sub Irrigated Planter
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The Best Ways To Store Bananas
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Banana Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie
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Peach Cake With Vanilla Frosting

How to Make Diced Green Chiles

How to make DICED GREEN CHILES – just like the canned version you buy in the supermarket! SO EASY step by step instructions to make homemade green chiles! Perfect idea for your garden Anaheim peppers! Serve immediately, freeze or can them!

Did you come here because you wanted to make your OWN diced green chiles, just like the canned chiles you buy in the supermarket? Well you’re in luck, because this is going to walk you through how to make them!  And even better, they’re so EASY to make!

homemade diced green chiles

The past year we became obsessed with canned diced green chiles, you know those 4 oz canned peppers?  You’re probably familiar with the Oretega or Old El Paso brands!  We put them in enchiladas, tacos, casseroles, stews and more.   We were buying a few cans a week when it hit me – we should be growing them!

What type of peppers are canned diced green chiles?

So I did some investigating to figure out what type of peppers they are, and turns out they’re Anaheim peppers.    More specifically, we grow the “Highlander” variety of Anaheims.  These plants are super high in productivity.  I’m not kidding, grow 2 plants and you might be set for the season! 

We have 6 plants growing and now I have a dedicated drawer in the refrigerator to these peppers!  The plants grow about the average height of a bell pepper plant, but there’s just endless peppers in sight!   We’re so amazed by their yield we’ll be growing them every year now!
anaheim peppers

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Carrot Tops Vegetable Broth

VEGETABLE BROTH made with carrot tops!  This easy homemade recipe uses carrot greens to make a healthy vegetarian broth! Carrot greens provide amazing health benefits so they’re great to cook with!  

Ok, so you just picked your beautiful garden carrots!   They are gorgeous!  You grab the scissors and chop off the leafy carrot tops. And then it hits you – are you seriously just going to compost the carrot greens? 

No way!

With gardening, you put so much love and energy into every single plant.  Every single carrot has been nurtured.  Every single carrot has been planted, one seed at a time.  So with me, it breaks my heart to try not to use every bit and piece of that vegetable!

Carrots in Basket

Our fresh carrots just picked!

What to do with carrot tops?

That’s how this recipe started for me.  I was cutting the tops off my carrots and it hit me that I had to find a useful way to use them in the kitchen.  And no, I don’t mean some weird stir fry that tastes bitter.  I mean, a seriously good recipe that will become used every garden season in your kitchen.    So here it is…. 

Carrot Tops Vegetable Broth!  Print this recipe out and add it to your recipe box!

VEGETABLE BROTH made with Carrot Tops!  This easy homemade recipe uses carrot greens to make a healthy vegetarian broth! Carrot greens provide amazing health benefits so they're great to cook with! 

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What’s Growing Now

End of July update on what’s growing in our Brooklyn NYC garden! We finally got tomatoes!

Hey guys!

It’s the end of July, so I thought I’d check in and show you what’s growing in our Brooklyn garden!
Remember my goal of wanting to grow 100 pounds of vegetables this Summer?  Well we’re moving slow, but my fingers are still crossed!

Brooklyn New York Community Garden

PEPPERS

This is the first year we’re growing Anaheim peppers and we’re blown away by how well they’re producing!   The peppers just keep coming!  Looks like I’ll have some pepper recipes coming for you very soon!  

Anaheim Peppers

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Blueberry Thanksgiving Stuffing

BLUEBERRY Thanksgiving Stuffing recipe! Traditional homemade vegetarian stuffing with sweet blueberries added in! This comes from a Grandma’s vintage cookbook so you know it’s going to be the best! It’s easy to make and you can make it ahead of time to freeze!

I’m back with another stuffing recipe!  So many of you have loved my Amish Potato Stuffing recipe so I decided to share with you another favorite, Blueberry Thanksgiving Stuffing!   Obviously it doesn’t need to be Thanksgiving to make this stuffing, but it is the perfect Thanksgiving side dish!

BLUEBERRY Thanksgiving Stuffing recipe! Traditional homemade vegetarian stuffing with sweet blueberries added in! This comes from a Grandma's vintage cookbook so you know it's going to be the best! It's easy to make and you can make it ahead of time to freeze!

Thanksgiving Side Dish

This is the perfect side stuffing to accompany a main meat, like chicken or turkey.    It’s also the perfect vegetarian side dish because it doesn’t involve any meat products or broths (it’s made with vegetable broth).

This is a vintage stuffing recipe that I have tweaked over the years to fit with our taste buds.  It originally appeared in a old cook book that my husband’s Grandmother gave me. The original recipe included a minced meat that even Google couldn’t tell me what it meant, so I decided to change the meat ingredient to pecans.

Pecans in a stuffing recipe is great because it adds a crunch! Everytime I serve this stuffing recipe, everyone wants to know what the crunch is because they love the small surprise.  And just to note, it’s not a overwhelming crunch, it’s subtle as the recipe only calls for 1/2 cup pecans.

BLUEBERRY Thanksgiving Stuffing recipe! Traditional homemade vegetarian stuffing with sweet blueberries added in! This comes from a Grandma's vintage cookbook so you know it's going to be the best! It's easy to make and you can make it ahead of time to freeze!

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NYC Bike Riding With a Baby

Full guide on bike riding with a baby! We started riding in NYC with our baby at 10 months old. Learn about the best baby bike seat, baby helmet and safety tips!

Are you looking to start bike riding with your baby (or toddler!) in the city?   Then you’ve come to the right place!  

NYC Bike Riding with Baby

Enceladus, 12 months old, ready for a bike ride!

Our daughter Enceladus started to ride around NYC at the age of 10 months with her Dad.  She’s officially a pro and loves cruising the Brooklyn bike lanes.

Topeak Baby Bike Seat with 1 Year Old

I’m not sure Enceladus was even born yet and Matthew was already dreaming of weekend bike rides with her to Prospect Park.   

Matthew is a avid city cyclist, who cycles everywhere.   He cycles to Manhattan everyday for work, zipping and zapping through traffic, with stories to make nearly anyone feel a bit nervous.   He’s confident on his bike, and that’s key here.  If you aren’t confident riding in NYC by yourself,  you probably don’t want to bike your baby around too.

Full guide on bike riding with a baby! We started riding in NYC with our baby at 10 months old. Learn about the best baby bike seat, baby helmet and how to stay safe when cycling. 

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How To Make a Sub Irrigated Planter

How To Make a Sub Irrigated Planter! We grow HUNDREDS of pounds of vegetables in our planters! Follow these easy DIY step by step instructions on how to make your own container garden. These planters are perfect for gardens of any size, and they’re cheap to make!

What is a Sub Irrigated Planter?

Sub-irrigated planters (SIPs) have been a game changer for us since we started using them almost 10 years ago.  The main difference between them and traditional container gardening planters is that with SIPs water is introduced from the bottom and is absorbed up through the growing media via capillary action.  This method conserves water and makes sure that moisture stays where your plants need it most – their roots.  

Sub Irrigated Planter Garden

Hundreds of pounds of vegetables grown in a couple sub irrigated planters!

We originally learned about building SIPs when we used to garden on our NYC rooftop (and grew hundreds of pounds of vegetables!).  Watering had become a daily multi-hour chore and we were looking for solutions to combat the hot and windy conditions that quickly evaporated water from the garden and always left our plants looking thirsty. 

There are numerous premade SIP solutions to buy but they can get expensive and didn’t really fit the level of production we wanted so we decided to build our own.  Our two favorite resources are Earthtainers and Global Buckets. The first summer we used SIPs we were in love.  Our evaporation woes were over, watering wasn’t a constantly required chore and best of all the plants looked great – especially our 8ft tall tomato plants that were giving us pounds (and pounds!) of vegetables a day!

(btw need tomato recipes? You NEED to try my stewed tomatoes and cherry tomato sauce!). 

Growing Tomatoes In Sub Irrigated Planters

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The Best Ways To Store Bananas

How to Store Bananas!  These easy tips will prevent your bananas from turning brown!  Food storage tricks includes storing with other fruit, plastic wrap, banana trees, in fridge and how to freeze bananas!  Learn the best ways to store bananas and keep them green for longer!

If you guys know me, then you know I love bananas!   In fact, there’s a ongoing joke with my Instagram Stories because I’m often carrying a banana!  Bananas are my go to breakfast, and my favorite snack. I can’t get enough of them!

I’m picky about bananas though – they can’t be too green and they can’t be too brown.  Actually, they can’t be brown.  As soon as I see a brown spot on the banana peel (or worse the banana itself!) then I know it’s time to freeze these bananas (hello Banana Smoothie!) and buy new ones.

Using my tips below, learn the best ways to store bananas to keep them PERFECT longer!

The Best Ways to Store Bananas

Bananas. You can use potassium-rich fruit in so many ways and even enjoy it on its own. Bananas are, however, quite fickle. Doesn’t it seem like they’re green one moment and a brown mushy mess the next? Try these methods to store bananas and keep them fresh for when you want them.

How to Store Bananas!  These easy tips will prevent your bananas from turning brown!  Tricks includes storing with other fruit, plastic wrap, banana trees and how to freeze bananas!  Learn the best ways to store bananas and keep them green for longer!

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Banana Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie

HEALTHY, Vegan Banana Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie! This easy recipe uses fresh fruit to make a smoothie for breakfast, for kids and for weight loss! It’s dairy free and vegan.

Well, it’s been a hot week in New York City.  I’ve been pushing my daughter in the stroller, sweat rolling down my face, while mumbling how much I miss Winter.   Why is it that when it’s Winter, you can’t wait for Summer, but when it’s Summer, you’re like… nope, I want Winter again!  Too cold, too hot, it never ends!

What’s the perfect drink for a hot day? You want something refreshing, cold, and great tasting. Right? Well, this Banana Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie really hits the spot! It’s vegan and packed with fresh fruit! 

Full of summer-ripe fruits at their peak, it is sweet, nutritious, and hydrating. It’s great for breakfast, lunch or an afternoon snack when you need a boost of energy!

You can make a full batch and save some in the fridge for a snack later. You can take it with you for a quick and easy chilled meal on the go in a shaker bottle or wide-mouthed water bottle.   Skip dessert and have a smoothie instead! There’s really no wrong time to have a smoothie.

HEALTHY, Dairy Free Banana Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie! This easy recipe uses fresh fruit to make a smoothie for breakfast, for kids and for weight loss! It's dairy free and vegan.

Vegan Smoothie

Yup, that’s right.  This smoothie is dairy free and vegan.  It doesn’t include milk or yogurt.    Milk and yogurt have a tendency to slow me down and make smoothies taste heavy, so this is perfect for those on dairy free diets.

If summer allergies are hitting you hard, going dairy-free is a big bonus. Ingesting dairy leads to excess mucus in your system and can stuff you up and make you sneeze.

Many people feel much better overall once they go dairy-free. This smoothie shows you can still enjoy your previously dairy-laden foods and go dairy-free. If you’re looking for more recipes, try my dairy free mashed potatoes too!

 

Smoothie Nutrition

The great thing about smoothies, especially this one, is that they are hydrating and nutritious on those hot summer days. You get plenty of water from the fruit and added ice, plus all the naturally occurring nutrients.

This one 24oz. smoothie contains only 140 calories and has 150% of your daily requirement for vitamin C. It also has 34% of your daily potassium. And that’s just in one smoothie!

HEALTHY, Dairy Free Banana Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie! This easy recipe uses fresh fruit to make a smoothie for breakfast, for kids and for weight loss! It's dairy free and vegan.

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Peach Cake With Vanilla Frosting

EASY to make Peach Cake with Vanilla Frosting recipe. The cake is so moist and made with fresh peaches inside and for decoration on top. This cake is made with two 8 inch cake pans layered together.  It’s the perfect cake for Summer peach season!

It’s the middle of the Summer which means it’s peach season at the farmers market. I love juicy peaches!   I love them for breakfast. I love them for afternoon snacks.  I love making easy peach jam with them!  But I especially love them in this Peach Cake!

EASY to make Peach Cake with Vanilla Frosting recipe. The cake is so moist and made with fresh peaches inside and for decoration on top. This cake is made with two 8 inch cake pans layered together.  It's the perfect cake for Summer peach season!

Do you have a favorite Summer cake that your entire family looks forward to?  Or do you have fond memories of your Grandmother making the best peach cake?  This is one of those seasonal recipes that bring back instant memories for me.

This is a old fashioned, homemade peach cake recipe.   Imagine if you opened up your Grandma’s recipe box.  This cake recipe would be in there! 

EASY to make Peach Cake with Vanilla Frosting recipe. The cake is so moist and made with fresh peaches inside and for decoration on top. This cake is made with two 8 inch cake pans layered together.  It's the perfect cake for Summer peach season!

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