Broccoli Salad

Broccoli Salad

As the summer draws to a close, I’m letting my favorite salads have one last hoorah. I made this one for a bonfire picnic we attended last weekend. Thankfully, the weather’s still hot and this salad is a welcome treat when all you want is something cold. I think everyone has a version of this recipe already in their collection somewhere. This is just my take on it. Enjoy, and Happy Labor Day!

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Summer 2015 Garden

Welcome to my summer 2015 garden. Things have been quite active this season (especially with the yellow squash and zucchini – no surprise there,) and now the growth is just starting to wind down a bit. Enjoy this collection of photos I snapped in my enclosure and Grow Camp this afternoon.

First up, the garden enclosure. This space houses my zucchini and yellow squash, so I tried to give them each a lot of room to stretch out while still reserving space for some other vegetables. Right now, the enclosure also includes:  my Amish Paste Tomato (a volunteer) a jalapeno, a green bell pepper, and an eggplant.

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Fruit and Yogurt with Walnut Date Topping

Yummy as a light breakfast or as a little pick-me-up snack, this simple fruit bowl has been a favorite of mine this summer. Try it out!

Fruit Bowl


Swap these 1st four ingredients out as desired to include your favorite fruits. Apples, raspberries, peaches, strawberries…whatever is fresh and in season.

  • 1 chopped nectarine (pit removed, of course!)
  • 1/2 mango chopped
  • 1 handful grapes
  • 1 handful blueberries
  • dollop of greek yogurt

For Topping

  • 1/4 cup of shelled walnuts
  • 3 Medjool dates, pitted and coarsely chopped

You will also need: 

  • A Magic Bullet Blender or a food processor


For Topping, Place your walnuts in your food processor and pulse about 3-4 times (quick pulses – you just want to get them started.) Then, add your coarsely chopped dates and continue pulsing until they are well combined and the mixture resembles a finely ground granola or crumb topping. I use my Magic Bullet Blender because it is good for processing small batches of ingredients like these. If you don’t have a Magic Bullet Blender and you don’t feel like using a food processor either, you could just chop these by hand, but I find the consistency is much more yummy when they are pulsed together in a food processor. This will make more topping than what you need for a single serving. Simply save the rest in an airtight container in your fridge and sprinkle on your yogurt and fruit as desired.

As for the rest, it’s pretty self explanatory. Assemble your chopped fruit in a small bowl, add a spoonful of yogurt (I like vanilla) and then sprinkle on the date/walnut crumble. Enjoy!