Drunken Watermelon Cobbler

Something magical happens when you cook watermelon. It has a delicate flavour and a high water content so cooking the fruit before making the cobbler helps to intensify the flavour and release some of the water. It also changes the consistency to something similar to a peach. And it gets really sweet. So by reducing the sugar in the cobbler batter it helps to balance the sweetness.

And, with Halloween approaching, cutting up a big melon is good practice for your jack-o-lantern carving skills!

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Cheese and Olive Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

We have a neighbourhood group that take turns hosting happy hour. Everyone brings an appetizer. It started out with mostly cheese and crackers and basic munchies but has now turned into a feast!  We now call it “appie hour” but for most of us, it’s our dinner.  These tasty little Cheese and Olive Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes are inspired by something our friend Rosemary brought a few weeks ago.

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Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

I would love to take credit for this recipe but it’s not mine.  I found it on the internet last year and made the loaf.  It was so good I couldn’t believe it was packed full of zucchini!  The concept of delicious and nutritious is a joke, right?  But in this case, I have to say….there is some nutritional value with all that zucchini. I made another batch and used some whole wheat flour and reduced the sugar so now it’s even MORE nutritional. This version of the recipe makes 12 perfect Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins.

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Baked Sausage with Peaches

Now that local peaches are abundant I thought I would try something based on a recipe my former mother in law made many years ago. She had invited us for dinner and said she tried a new recipe that had sausages and peaches together.  I thought to myself, “that sounds awful” but it was really good! Pork and fruit are perfect companions actually.  Think pork chops and apple sauce. And sweet plus heat? Besties!

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Corn and Edamame Salad with Charred Tomato Vinaigrette

The local corn and tomatoes are in full swing!  Sometimes our eyes are bigger than our stomachs when we buy corn.  This is an excellent recipe to use up leftover cooked corn.  It’s also a great idea when you have different sizes of tomatoes ripe in the garden at the same time.

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