Category Archives: Fruits and Sides

I really miss our home-grown heritage tomatoes during the cold winters in Pennsylvania. Store-bought slicer-type tomatoes are just so dull and not even worth purchasing. So here are two tips around this flavor challenge. If you have more tips, we’d love to hear from you! (1) We have found that store-bought cherry… continue reading »

Okra – Roasted



8 medium okra pods

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder



Nutrition Facts

Calories 22
Calories from Fat 1
Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 4mg
Total Carbohydrate 5g
Fiber 2g
Sugars 2g
Protein 1g


Preheat 400°F toaster oven (can be roasted in regular oven too). Cut the tips off of each okra pod. Cut pods into 1-2 inch slices. Place okra slices in a medium sized bowl; add continue reading »
avocado spread on a slice of bread

We love avocados…here are a few tips which, hopefully, help you select and preserve left overs. How to tell if an avocado is ripe: If you gently squeeze the avocado, the skin should give just a little. Another method is to remove the brown stem and check the color underneath: … continue reading »

Roasting Carrots in My Toaster Oven


  • 6 – 8 medium carrots
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika


It is so quick and easy to roast small quantities of vegetables in my small toaster oven. Use your own favorite spices. So give it a try - let us know how it worked for you! continue reading »
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