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I love zucchini and I always plant more than I need in my garden. As a result I am always looking for new ways to use it up! This is a new recipe for me this year! Serve this delicious salsa with tortilla chips or try it on top of grilled chicken breasts or fish. It’s got just the right amount of zip!Corn Zucchini Salsa

Ingredients:
3 medium zucchini, cleaned, trimmed and diced
1 ½ tsp salt
2 ears of yellow corn, husked and silk removed
4 Tbsp olive oil
2 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 cup fresh lime juice (about 8 limes)
½ cup apple cider vinegar
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced (wear rubber gloves)
¼ cup finely chopped scallions
3 cloves garlic, minced
¼ tsp freshly ground pepper

Ingredients for Corn Zucchini Salsa

Ingredients for Corn Zucchini Salsa

Toss the zucchini with the salt and sweat them for three minutes in a colander. Rinse and dry on paper towels.

Ingredients prepped and ready!

Ingredients prepped and ready!

Coat the corn with 2 tsp olive oil and roast on a cookie sheet in a 400 degree oven for 30-40 minutes. Cool. Cut off the kernels and scrape the cobs.

Corn ready for the oven.

Corn ready for the oven.

Combine the zucchini, corn, remaining oil, tomatoes, lime juice, vinegar, jalapenos, scallions, garlic and pepper in a heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook for 2-3 minutes.

Cook for 2-3 minutes.

Cook for 2-3 minutes.

Ladle into hot, sterile jars, cap and seal. Process in a boiling water bath canner for 15 minutes.

Corn Zucchini Salsa

Corn Zucchini Salsa

 

As I mentioned yesterday it is peach season.Peaches I was lucky enough to have some peaches delivered to me from Bishop’s Orchards in Connecticut. They have the best peaches! I made a Peach Raspberry Crisp, which was delicious!

Peach Raspberry Crisp

4 cups sliced, peaches (skin and pit removed)
1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
2 Tbsp cherry cordial (op)
½ cup flour
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup butter
½ tsp cinnamon (op)

Combine the peaches and raspberries with the cordial and place in a shallow baking dish.Peaches and raspberries

Combine the flour, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon and work together until the mixture is crumbly.Topping mixture Spread over the peach raspberry mixture.Ready for the oven. Bake for about 30 minutes. Delicious served with a little vanilla ice cream!

Now the first time I made this last week I cooked the peach raspberry crisp and we ate it all up before I remembered I never took any pictures! What’s a blogger to do? Why make another one!Peaches and raspberries Which I did.Oven ready. It was equally delicious and perfect with a little vanilla ice cream! My husband was so happy!Peach Raspberry Crisp

We all have made a tuna casserole before but did you know there are plenty of delicious and fresh tasting dishes to be made with this thrifty standby. And canned tuna is a low-cost source of lean protein as well.

  1. Combine tuna with white beans, fresh herbs, onion, olive oil and lemon juice for a hearty salad.Tuna and bean salad
  2. Layer with onion, sliced hardboiled egg, raw veggies, and olive oil and vinegar on fresh crusty bread for a plain pan-bagnat. Wrap tightly and allow flavors to meld before serving. Cooking Light has a wonderful detailed recipe here.tuna pan bagnat
  3. Sauté with oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, capers or olives and fresh parsley for a quick pasta sauce. Found a great recipe on Martha Stewart here.spaghetti-with-tuna-036-md110958_vert
  4. Serve with radishes, olives, tomatoes, and boiled potatoes and green beans for a Nicosia Salad. Drizzle with a mixture of lemon juice, olive oil and Dijon mustard. found a detailed recipe from the kitchn here.Salad Nocoise
  5. Toss with pasta, cheddar and milk for a fortified mac ’n’ cheese! Hungry Girl has a tasty healthy recipe here.HG_s-Cheesy-Good-Tuna-Mac
  6. My favorite growing up with Creamed Tuna fish and Peas on toast. Make a simple white sauce; add 1 – 2 cans of tuna and some frozen peas. Serve hot on toast, this is my all time favorite comfort meal!Tunafish and peasDon’t forget to enter the KettlePizza giveaway HERE. The KettlePizza Deluxe Kit is perfect for cooking pizza on your Weber grill!

You may remember my recent post about cooking sausage and pepper pizza on the grill.

Sausage and Pepper Pizza

Sausage and Pepper Pizza

I mentioned using the Kettle Pizza to cook our pizza. Well Lauri Bradshaw, General Manager at Kettle Pizza also noticed my post and contacted me. She noticed that we were using their older version of the Kettle Pizza and told me they’d like to send me their newer Pro Kit version. I couldn’t imagine how they would improve an already awesome product but I said sure!

They also agreed to give one of my lucky readers their own Kettle Pizza Deluxe Kit. Enter at the bottom of this post!

Very quickly a large package arrived containing their newer version. It’s incredible. We decided to re make our Bacon and Clam Pizza but this time cook it on the grill.Kettle Pizza Box

In case you don’t remember here is the recipe we use.

Clam and Bacon Pizza

Prepare pizza dough. We use our regular pizza dough recipe. While the pizza dough is rising prepare the clam and bacon topping.

Clam and Bacon Topping

4 oz sliced bacon, diced
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tsp oregano
Pinch of dried red pepper flakes
1 ½ cups of minced clams, fresh is best
1 ½ Tbsp parsley
¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Sauté the bacon in a skillet under-cooked but not crisp.

Remove from the pan and drain on a paper towel. Add the olive oil to the bacon grease in the skillet. Stir in the garlic, oregano and the pepper flakes and sauté for 2 minutes.

Add the clams and simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes. Removed from the heat and stir in the parsley and bacon.

Set aside. Punch the dough down and form your pizza crust. Thankfully my husband makes the best pizza dough!Form pizza dough.

Spread the clam topping evenly over the dough.clam toppings

While the dough was rising my husband prepared the Kettle Pizza. No longer do you have to place the pizza stone on the grill.Kettle PizzaInstead it is a separate unit with a place in the back to place wood or charcoal so you can actually see the flame while cooking.Cooking Pizza

The thermostat is also set to the side now which makes much more sense. When the temperature is between 600-700 it is time to put the pizza in the oven.

Since the oven is so hot the pizza cooks rather quickly, 5-6 minutes. The trick is keeping an eye on it and occasionally giving it a spin so it cooks evenly.

Pizza cooking

Pizza cooking

The pizza was amazing and the dough was perfect. Can’t wait to try another pizza.Clam Pizza on the Grill

Maybe a Clam and Bacon Pizza or maybe a Tomato Basil. So many choices!

Here is the simple recipe we use for the crust.

2 cups flour
1 ¼ tsp instant yeast
¾ tsp salt
1 Tbsp olive oil
About ½ to ¾ cup warm water

Combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Stir in the olive oil. Stir in the warm water, you may not need all of the water so add slowly. Turn the dough onto your work surface and knead until smooth and shiny. Place the dough in a covered, oiled bowl to rise until double in bulk.

Turn dough onto a floured surface to shape your pizza.

If your dough doesn’t want to stretch let it rest a few moments and try again. Once the dough is shaped, add a little sauce, spread lightly. Add your cheese and toppings. Bake in the oven or in your Kettle Pizza Oven and enjoy!Cook in a Kettle Pizza

A big thanks to Kettle Pizza for sending me their updated version of the Kettle Pizza. It’s amazing. Even more wonderful is that Kettle Pizza agreed to give one of my lucky readers a Kettle Pizza Deluxe Kit (valued at $199.95!).

Would you like to have a Kettle Pizza of your own? For your chance to win one enter below! Sorry but this contest is only open to residents of the United States and Canada.
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Are you tired of hearing about all of our blueberries yet?

berries, pie

Blueberries

It’s been an abundant year for our blueberries. I have made Blueberry Lime Jam.

preserves, blueberries

Blueberry Lime Jam

The freezer is full of Blueberry Muffins.

muffins, gardening

Blueberry Muffins

I also have numerous loaves of Blueberry Lemon Bread packed away in the freezer.

Lemon Blueberry Bread

Lemon Blueberry Bread

I’ve also canned Blueberry Pie Filling.

berries, prudent pantry, prudent living

Blueberry Pie Filling

We’ve enjoyed Blueberry Crisp.

Blueberry Crisp with ice cream!

Blueberry Crisp with ice cream!

and I still plan to make a Blueberry Crunch.

Blueberry Crumble

Blueberry Crumble

But what do we do when we still have blueberries? We freeze them!

Blueberries are so easy to freeze, much like freezing strawberries. You just fill a rimmed cookie sheet with blueberries and carefully place them in the freezer.freezing blueberries Allow the blueberries to freeze solid. When they are completely frozen place the blueberries in a freezer bag or container and place back in the freezer.Place the frozen berries into a freezer container. That’s it. You will be able to enjoy them this winter.Frozen blueberries. It’s always nice to enjoy a yummy Blueberry Cobbler in the middle of winter!

Enjoy!

Peach Blueberry Cobbler

I’ve used vodka to make certain things like vanilla extract but did you know you can use it to make a disinfectant as well? This mixture can be used on bathroom surfaces, countertops, tables, appliances, light switches and doorknobs.

The white vinegar and vodka inhibit the growth of germs. The lavender and lemon essential oils are antibacterial and antiseptic.

Ingredients for disinfectant

Ingredients for disinfectant

Vinegar and Vodka Disinfectant

½ cup white vinegar
½ cup vodka
10 drops of lavender essential oil
10 drops lemon essential oil
1 ½ cups water

Pour all the ingredients in to a 24oz spray bottle and shake well. Spray your surfaces and let sit for 10 minutes. Wipe clean.

That’s it, so simple and the smell of the lavender helps relive stress and boost moods so you might actually enjoy cleaning!

Vineagar Vodka Disinfectant

Vineagar Vodka Disinfectant

It works pretty well as a cleaner although I may have to add a little more essential oil, and the hint of vodka is strong so I feel like I’m cleaning my counters with a vodka tonic!

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