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Raised Beds and Uninvited Guests!

14 Jan

We installed some raised beds for gardening.  However the garden attracted some uninvited guests who came to dinner and ate all the carrot tops, broccoli, lettuce and radishes. So we had to come up with something to keep out the unwanted guests without harming them.  After all, they are cute and I love watching them play in the back yard.  But, again they are quite sneaky waiting and watching for when I turn my back!   They also like Germaniums.  Who knew!

Mr Squirrel eating my Geraniums



This is what we came up with.  All I have to do is lift it to get at my plants!  Mr. Squirrel has been trying his hardest to figure out how to get into the garden!




Easy Homemade Vegetable Broth

21 Dec

Susan T's Kitchen

I love a bowl of hot broth while curled up on the couch watching a movie on a cold winter night!  You can make your own vegetable broth in these simple and easy steps to enjoy now or freeze the broth in containers for later use.  This vegetable broth is delicious and is ideal for making soups, just add your favorite ingredients such as noodles, pasta, beans, potatoes, or tofu to name a few.

vegetable broth

 You will need:                                             

  • 1 large onion chopped into large chunks
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 4 carrots peeled and chopped into large chunks
  • 4 celery stocks chopped into large chunks
  • 1 cup broccoli
  • left over celery tops
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 pinch salt
  1. Wash trim and chop vegetables
  2. Put all ingredients into a large pot of water, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 3 hours while stirring occasionally
  3. Remove from heat and strain the broth through a mesh strainer into quart size containers.  Freeze up to 6 months.


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Homemade Hummus

30 Nov

Susan T's Kitchen

All you need is a can of Garbanzo Beans, garlic, tahini sauce, and lemon juice.

  • 3 cloves chopped garlic

  • 2 tsp. olive oil

  • 1 can of garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained

  • 4 tsp  tahini

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1/3 cup of water

  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

  • In a food processor add garbanzo beans, garlic, tahini, salt, water, and lemon juice

  • Puree until smooth and creamy.

  • Transfer to a bowl and top with a sprig of  parsley

  • Serve  with pita bread, veggies or tortilla chips.

  • Can be refregerated for up to three days.  Enjoy!

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Joy To The Earth – Recycled Packing Paper

30 Nov

Susan T's Kitchen

Here is a thrifty alternative to purchasing bubble wrap and packing peanuts. Fill the gift box with remnants of shredded paper from your paper shredder and If you have unusable pieces of wrapping paper run the scraps through  the paper shredder for some color! This will not only save you a trip to the store and money, but it will help the environment.

Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

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Polenta Toad In The Hole With Vegetarian Sausage

8 Oct

Questa sera faccio una polenta, vi aspetto tutti.
Tonight I’m cooking polenta, I’ll be waiting for you

Susan T's Kitchen

I was raised Italian American and one of my favorite dishes besides pasta, lasagna, and pizza is Polenta!  Here is one of my favorite Polenta Dishes called Toad In The Hole made with eggs and vegetarian sausage.  This is a great meal for breakfast or anytime!

Questa sera faccio una polenta, vi aspetto tutti.
Tonight I’m cooking polenta, I’ll be waiting for you.

Toad In The Hole

Italian Polenta

  • 4 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1 cup stone ground yellow cornmeal
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  1. Over medium heat, bring 2 and 1/2 cups of broth to a boil in a large saucepan.
  2.  In a small bowl whisk the cornmeal into remaining 1 and 1/2 cups of broth.
  3. Whisk the cornmeal mixture into the saucepan and return to  a boil, whisking constantly.
  4. Whisk in the butter
  5. Reduce the heat to low – simmer and whisk often
  6. Continue until polenta is thick and creamy.
  7. Use a damp spoon or…

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts

29 Sep

I love Brussels Sprouts!

Susan T's Kitchen

Brussels Sprouts  are a sure hit with adults but the kids will love them too. No left overs here!

Brussels Sprouts contain vitamin A, C and dietary fiber.

What you will need
2 cups of Brussels sprouts, rinsed, and halved lengthwise. Discard outer leaves.
1/4 cup of olive oil
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons of water
1/2 fresh cut lemon

Pre-heat oven to 375. Place Brussels Sprouts in a glass roasting pan lightly coated with oil.  Add the olive oil, water and fresh squeezed lemon.  Toss the sprouts to coat. Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste. Place dish in the oven and  roast for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and flip them with a spatula. Place back into the oven and roast for 15 more minutes. Remove from oven and serve! Don’t! over cook.


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Southern California Day Trip

5 Jun

The Great Park in Irvine Ca used to be The El Toro U.S. Marine Corps Air Station from 1943 to 1999.  After the based closed in 1999 it became The Great Park. The Great Park  with 160 acres opened in 2007 to the Public.  The City Of Irvine owns the park complete with a Sports Complex,  a Farm and Food lab, with a demonstration garden.  Every Sunday is a Farmers Market offering local produce and edibles from the Farm and Food Lab.  There is also Farmers Market Yoga!

Before it became a Military Base the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro  was one of the largest Lima Bean Fields in North America and today it is back to its original roots with rich soil for farming.

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