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Homemade Cheesy Garlic Bread

So this is going to sound bad on my part, but this is the first thing in a while that my guy actually asked me to make again, every night. Haha.

I don’t take offense to that, because I know it’s just because he would rather have a greasy burger and fries rather than the things I make at home. Is there such a thing as having a healthier palate? Because I think I have one (with a sweet side now and then)

So the French baguette I received from my co-op the other week had just been sitting in my fridge, staring at me every time I would open the door. I started to feel bad, so I decided to make some garlic bread. I mean how hard could it be?

Answer: Easy Peasy. Why the heck have I been buying that frozen crap that never turns out good?!?

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2: Cut the baguette in half horizontally. And set aside on baking sheet.

Step 3: In a small bowl mix 1/4 cup (1/2 a stick) of softened, unsalted butter, 2 cloves of fresh minced garlic, and chopped fresh parsley (I didn’t measure but maybe about 1 tbsp). Spread mixture over both halves of the loaf. you can use more or less butter, depending on your health concerns

Step 4: Bake in oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and grate fresh Parmesan cheese over both halves. Broil for about 1 minute, or until cheese is melted. Really check often because it can burn very quickly! I check every twenty seconds or so, no joke.

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Let cool for about 5 minutes, cut and enjoy! I stored the leftovers in my fridge for a couple days and even reheated in the microwave they tasted great!

Happy Eating!
-Ellie

“Insert Corny Title Here”

I guess I have been living under a rock all of my life, because whenever I get ears of corn, I spend forever trying to peel off all of the silk and clean them. Then I do the typical boil in water.

So when I decided to finally cook up the ears of corn I purchased at the farmer’s market, something possessed me to look up how to oven bake corn. And holy moly! I will never go back to boiling corn, EVER!

It couldn’t be more simple.

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

2. Place ears of corn, husks and all, on a baking sheet (or directly on the rack, but I didn’t want to risk my silk catching fire!)

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3. Bake ears of corn for 30 minutes.

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Ignore that one corn, I had already shucked one corn before I decided to look up oven baked, so I just wrapped it up in tin foil with butter, salt, pepper, and paprika to compare. And honestly, I liked the plain better!)

4. Remove from oven, wait a few minutes until corn is cool enough to be handled. Cut the top of the husk (the part with the silk) off and peel down the husk.

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The husk and silk just fell right off! We are strange and always eat corn off the cob. I just can’t stand it in my teeth!

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Yes, I use Christmas plates all year round, I also use Christmas bed sheets! Haha.

My favorite thing about this method (besides how easy it is) is the fact that I literally didn’t add anything to the corn. No butter, salt, pepper, etc. My guy didn’t even really noticed. After dinner, I asked how he liked the new cooking method and his response, “It was good, but could have used more salt.” I just started laughing because in my mind, he asked for more salt, which means he thought I seasoned it already, he just wanted to more.

But really you don’t need salt, I loved it plain. It was so sweet and bursting with flavor. Our taste buds in my opinion are still just adjusting because we are so used to putting junk in our bodies covered in salt to disguise the flavor!

What is your favorite way to prepare corn on the cob?Happy Eating
-Ellie

How Do You Like Them Apples?

Bountiful Baskets Day!
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Can you say YUM! Here is a picture of my latest haul from my co-op. 

Breakdown: 12 bananas, 2 pomegranates, 7 bell peppers, 4 limes, ginger root, 1 cucumber, 1 butter lettuce, 6 tomatoes, biggest yam I have ever seen, 1 onion, 1 cantaloupe, 2 apples, 4 beets w/ greens, carrots about 3-4lbs, strawberries, bunch of Kale, bunch of Parsley, bunch of Celery, romaine lettuce, 1 pineapple, and 3 oranges (hiding behind the romaine) all for $25!

Then I swung by my local market and picked up some interesting finds: sunflower sprouts and sorrel. (oh and local corn on the cob!)
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Then I finally found some farm fresh eggs! (not that they never had them, I just never thought to look there) I really love how unique each egg is. They all have unique colors and sizes, not just all brown or white large eggs. Something about that is really creepy to me now!
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Also snagged a slice lemon strawberry banana bread from a local vegan co-op and some homemade pumpkin chocolate chip bread from another baker! Not to mention all the great people I met and free knowledge I acquired.

Local makes me happy!
-Ellie

P.S.
I picked up some wool dryer balls from a local crafter, I am excited to use them and will review them ASAP!

All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for any of these local reviews. I encourage you to find local markets in your community! Featured image courtesy of antpkr | freedigitalphotos.net