Local Pumpkin Kitchen

“That Ambrosia Salad”

strawberry kale salad

This ain’t your Grandma’s ambrosia salad. Although, back when I used to eat that kind of salad, I sure did love my grandma’s ambrosia salad. This is a green, early summer salad. And this is the story of “That Ambrosia Salad”: A few years ago, back when we lived in Idaho, my best friend-cousin got engaged.…

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Balsamic Vinaigrette

Everyone needs a good balsamic vinaigrette recipe in their repertoire. I’ve tried a few recipes, even adopted them as my own for awhile, before deciding this was the one. This is my tried and true favorite. It’s originally a Martha Stewart recipe that I added to. It seems Martha is struggling to find her throne…

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Throwing Together Dinner + Steamed Artichoke

artichoke

This time of year, our Saturdays are spent on yard clean up and projects. So I try to plan meals that are quick and don’t require me to go inside any sooner than absolutely necessary. This Saturday I was particularly worn out from the week and didn’t want to be spending a ton of time…

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Homemade Hummus

Homemade Hummus

You guys… I did it. I soaked and cooked beans! A couple posts ago, I shared with you that I was going to try to use less canned beans after learning the importance of soaking beans. Turns out, beans (and legumes, grains, nuts, and seeds) have anti-nutrients which make it hard for our bodies to…

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Roasted Carrots – 2 Ways

Garlic Roasted Carrots with Orange and Thyme

Easter, sometimes synonymous with spring, is renewing. In our house, there’s spiritual renewal as we make time to focus on and celebrate the finished work of Christ on the cross. The finished part of His work is my favorite. He paid my debt and now I just love Him and enjoy relationship with Him. I…

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Roasted Sausage, Sweet Potato, and Swiss Chard

Roasted Sausage, Sweet Potato, and Swiss Chard

Man, it was windy today! My boys have been feeling a little cooped up and I have been distracted with the urge to spring clean. I thought it would be a good idea to get out of the house to break my cleaning focus and spend some intentional time playing with them. Of course they…

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Reuben Skillet

Reuben Skillet

We celebrated St. Patrick’s Day last weekend. My mom is the youngest of ten kids from an Irish-Catholic family. My Grandma Flo (her mother) is one of my favorite people who ever walked the planet. She would often sing a line of Irish Eyes Are Smiling and her eyes would twinkle as she did. Since…

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Super Simple Kale Salad

Did you know kale has a publicist? I once heard a celebrity on the radio mention that they met someone who said she was kale’s P.R. lady. I thought that was so wild, I told everyone I talked to for the next two days. I mean firstly, kale is a vegetable – how do you…

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Basic Roasted Romanesco

Roasted Romanesco

I love the Food Network. Mostly not for the shows that teach you how to cook. Although, my firstborn likes to watch Pioneer Woman for the glimpses of ranch life and I like her, so we sometimes watch that. What I go to the Food Network for is competitive cooking. My favorites are Guy’s Grocery…

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Egg Roll In A Bowl

Egg Roll in a Bowl

In our house we LOVE cabbage. If it was available in the Local Pumpkin store every week, I would order it every week. When we do get cabbage it’s hard to choose which of our favorite recipes we want to make. We usually make my second-born’s favorite because he asks for it most days and…

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