• Container Gardening,  Edible Gardening,  Healthy Eating

    Tomatoes: Grocery Store Verses Growing Your Own

    Springtime!  Time to plant those tomatoes… AND STOP BUYING GROCERY STORE TOMATOES. I am absolutely sick of grocery store tomatoes!  The skins are so tough and waxy!  To me, they really have no flavor at all. Did you know….                growers are paid by the pound to propagate and deliver tomatoes to grocery store distributors Did you know...                the majority of grocery store tomatoes have a genetic mutation called the GLK protein, which actually promotes uniformity,                and their bright red color; however, reduces their natural sugars and sweetness Did you know…                commercial growers pick tomatoes while they are still green, before they ripen, then spray them with…

  • Books,  Fish & Seafood,  Healthy Eating,  Meals For Two,  Recipes,  Reviews

    Fish Tacos: 100 Day Real Food Challenge

    Challenge is an UNDERSTATEMENT. When your household hates vegetables and you are a foodie, this 100 days of real food is nearly impossible. Today’s recipe is in Lisa Leak’s new cookbook, 100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous: The Easy and Delicious Way to Cut Out Processed Food. Easy Fish Tacos with Pico de Gallo Fish tacos are not my husband’s favorite, unless, the fish is coated in a fatty batter.  Of course, my “real food” plan does not include enriched wheat flour or bleached flour. In Lisa’s plan, no ingredient or condiment can have more than 5 ingredients.  It cannot contain hydrogenated oils or high fructose corn syrup,…

  • Beef,  Main Course,  Pasta,  Pork,  Recipes

    Making Baked Ziti with Macaroni

    What is Baked Ziti? Traditionally, Baked Ziti is an Italian casserole dish, cooked with tomato sauce and cheese.  After searching my pantry, I discovered I did not have any Ziti, nor Penne pasta, both used interchangeably in this classic recipe.  Because Ziti and Penne are tubular pasta, why couldn’t I use elbow macaroni, of which I had plenty of?  This dish turned out to be a “use up what is in the fridge” dish, which us home cooks – LOVE! Legend notes upon being served a dish of macaroni, an early Italian sovereign exclaimed, “Macaroni!” Which means “how very dear.”  This semolina and water-based pasta does not usually contain eggs…

  • Container Gardening,  Edible Gardening

    Garden Planted

    It is after April 15 and the danger of frost has passed so I FINALLY PLANTED MY GARDEN.  Crook neck yellow squash & goldy zucchini Of course, there is always a chance of a freak frost, but doubtful.  As noted in a previous blog post http://joannsfoodbites.com/foodie-bites/top-5-prepping-for-your-herb-garden/  I have already prepped my planters.  I had to change my game plan so, I have tried something new.  I planted my two squash plants and one zucchini in an old wheelbarrow.  The wheelbarrow has a huge gash in the bottom, to provide adequate drainage for my plants. I used a high quality potting soil and will watch them closely. I am also trying…