Garlic Tomato Bruschetta THM-E

This week’s featured produce item is Tomatoes. As you can tell by now, they are one of my favorite garden items. Crusty Artisan No-knead Sourdough Bread is the perfect showcase for this Bruschette. This side dish is very easy to make and is ready in about 15 minutes. You can also serve this as a main course by added crab or shrimp pieces to the tomato mixture just before broiling.

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Dynamite Salsa THM-FP

Tomatoes are very popular garden item and can be found in any color, shape, and size. My favorite tomatoes are Heirlooms or open-pollinated kinds. These tomatoes don’t always have the nicest shape but they have the most wonderful flavor and texture. Mortgage Lifter is one heirloom kind I plant every year. We love the meaty flesh and the wonderful flavor. You will also finds these kinds; Yellow Brandywine, Green Zebra, and Amish Paste Tomatoes in my garden. There are so many recipes to make using tomatoes and it is hard to pick out a favorite. This Salsa is a delightful addition to summertimes menus. It can be served with Baked Tostitos, Lavash Pitas, or as a condiment for meats.

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Black Raspberry Ice Cream THM S

Homemade ice cream is always a favorite and what flavor is better than Black Raspberry? This ice cream flavor bring back memories of a small dairy in my childhood years that made ice cream on the farm. Their Black Raspberry was the best. With this recipe I have tried to duplicate what I remember of my childhood favorite. I found this Cuisinart Ice Cream Freezer at a thrift store and I love it. It is very easy to use and very child friendly.

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Plum Jam THM-E

This is a great time of the year when orchard begin to give of their bounty. Plums are a delicious tart/sweet fruit and we enjoy them picked ripe from the trees. This Plum Jam features four kitchen staple ingredients and has a wonderful flavor. I use unflavored gelatin in almost all of the jams I make and they store very well. The jam will need to be refrigerated to thicken. This evening I found my teenage son eating the jam from the jar by the spoonfuls! That’s just how good it is.

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The Perfect Cheesecake THM-S, Keto Friendly

Cheesecakes have always been a favorite dessert of mine to make for special occasion. They are one of the easiest dessert to make sugar-free and low-carb and they taste just like the sugar-laden ones do. When I take a cheesecake to carry-in dinners I always come home with an empty plate. Separating the eggs and whipping the egg whites stiff give a wonderful light texture. You can also bake this cheesecake in a 9 x 13 pan if your prefer is you do not have a springform pan. Sometimes I omit the sour cream topping and just serve it with whipped cream and fresh berries.

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Strawberry Pie THM-S

Nothing says summer like a freshly picked, sun-kissed strawberry. As a young teen I spent many hours picking strawberries for produce stand. Strawberries are the first berries to ripen followed by raspberries a few week later. This strawberry pie is a makeover of an old family favorite. It pie never last long at our house and I am sure it won’t at yours either. My regular recipe asked for strawberry jello but I have substituted Strawberry Kool Aid and unflavored gelatin to be able to make it sugar-free.

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Cherry Pinwheel Finger Jello THM-FP

Finger Jello is always a highlight for children at picnics and potlucks. These Pinwheels are easy to make and feature unflavored gelatin which is good for your health. Each flavor is whisked together using my favorite stainless steel whisk before it is poured in layers in a 10 x 15 baking pan. Cherry and Strawberry Kool Aid are 2 kinds that I have found that do not have maltodextrin listed as an ingredient so I use them as a handy Drive-thru-Sue ingredient. If you need a snack to keep in your fridge this summer for your children, I’m sure they would love these pinwheels. Sour cream maybe substituted for the Greek Yogurt for an S setting if you prefer.

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