Local Pumpkin Kitchen

Corned Beef and Cabbage – Part 2

Grilled cabbage steaks

Are you stirring your brine and flipping your brisket? Good. Now let’s talk sides!  Okay, just one side but it’s the most important side. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, my family loves cabbage. LOVES. I think one of the things I’ve done right with cabbage for my family is that I…

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Corned Beef and Cabbage – Part 1


You may remember my Reuben Skillet post from last year. I shared that I’m an avid St. Patrick’s Day celebrator and that every year my family looks forward to my brined brisket, a.k.a. corned beef. Well, TODAY is brisket brining day! The brisket is supposed to brine for 10 days. But I always look at…

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Why I Use Local Pumpkin Produce Box. A customer’s Journey Back To Health.

Everyone wants the best for their family’s health. Amber, a customer who has been a Local Pumpkin customer for three years, told us her story about eating whole foods, with the help and convenience of Local Pumpkin’s online shopping and home delivery. Amber’s family would agree with the statement “Food is Medicine”! Local Pumpkin’s produce (local and organic)…

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Autumn Chopped Salad

autumn salad

I’m a fan of a big, fresh salad for dinner. Sometimes I just need that. Especially in the summer when it’s too hot to cook (and then eat) something warm. But salads for dinner don’t have to be just a summer thing. Occasionally I need something fresh to break up all the heaviness of winter…

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Curried Chicken Salad

I looove chicken salad. Its a newer love but since embracing the ease of chicken salads, I can’t get enough. I always like to have leftover chicken in the fridge. Which makes whipping up a chicken salad a breeze! It can be a quick lunch or dinner and it’s great for lunch boxes! This chicken…

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The Bitter Cucumber Trick + Vinegar Cucumbers

local cucumbers

Have you ever bitten into a gorgeous fresh cucumber only to find it’s bitter? I hate that. BUT I have the trick for that. A few years ago Marisol from Alvarez Farms told us about this trick. I don’t know how it works but it does! It looks silly and it doesn’t make sense but…

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Peaches vs. Nectarines + Tips for Storing

I eagerly await peach and nectarine season every year. Not only do I eat as many as possible during the season, I freeze peaches for enjoyment through the winter. Peaches/ Nectarines are in my top 5 favorite fruits for sure – maybe even my top 2. What is the difference between a peach and a nectarine?…

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“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…

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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


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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