Fresh Blueberry Crumble Tarts

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I am absolutely crazy about this dessert!  It is so simple to make, I actually made it and baked it while I was preparing our dinner the other night.  When my sous chef dish-washing mom and the Chief realized there was something in the oven they both got pretty excited.  I haven’t been baking much lately and so a fresh blueberry tart was a huge hit!

fresh blueberries in tart dish

What I really like about this recipe is that it is low sugar and high on berry flavor.  I started with the berries, a little corn starch and a little white sugar mixed together and spooned into the bottom of these little glass tart dishes.
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Homemade Apple Balsamic Vinaigrette on an Apple Walnut Salad

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When spending time in England this summer The Chief and I noticed early on that something was missing from the crowds.

Friday afternoon on the streets of London.
Friday afternoon on the streets of London.

Obesity.  Oh, we would see an occasional overweight person (probably a visiting tourist from the USA) but over-all people just seemed  thinner.

Walking a path in the Lake District of England
Walking a path in the Lake District of England

If spending time with our friends was any indication we concluded it may be because they walk so much more than we do.
And I mean walking for the sake of walking.  Walking after dinner, strolling down to the market place, or spending an afternoon on one of the many thousands of footpaths that dot the landscape of the UK.
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Got Squash? Fast and Easy Yellow Neck Squash Side Dish

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Yellow Neck Squash

I am all about using my BBQ grill to keep my kitchen cool in the summer.    It is so easy to add a few vegetables to your cast iron skillet and put it on the grill beside your summer meats.

Basketful From Farmer's Market
Basketful From Farmer’s Market

This basket  from the local farmer’s market provided several yellow neck squash and I also received a couple beautiful squash from my neighbor’s garden.
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My Mixed Cultures Pasta Salad Made For A Crowd

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Basketful From Farmer's Market
Basketful From Farmer’s Market

This is the time of year that farmer’s markets are plentiful around the United States and other areas of the world that are enjoying summertime!  If you aren’t in the habit of shopping your farmers market I might say you are missing some of the best summer has to offer.  Most generally the vegetables and fruits are picked that day or the day before.  FRESH from the garden to your table.

From our local farmer’s market all of these vegetables came in a basket for $20!  This is a really good deal because 4 BIG ripe tomatoes came along with them, but somehow I missed getting a picture of them before I cleaned them and I promptly made bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches.

For several years I have used Pick Your Own.org website for canning directions and a lot of other information about fruits and vegetables.  They also have a tab to Find A Farmer’s Market In Your Area.  If you don’t know where to find your local market this is one place to start looking. I don’t think it is an exhaustive list because it doesn’t include the market I shop at although I am going to send them an email to include it!
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