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Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.



As I share recipes and information from my kitchen, I invite readers to comment and share ideas along with me in this blog. I am looking to increase followers to my blog, so that I may learn more about cooking and gardening.



Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

angel food cakes

angel food cakes
this kitchen is seasoned with love

Friday, June 24, 2011

pita pocket pizza

for a fresh way to enjoy a pita sandwich, slice the flat pita in half and use as a base for a pita pizza. for this recipe, i added some fresh mozzarella, fresh tomato slices, and sliced onion. then, baked in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes and topped with fresh lettuce.


any toppings can be used, and no tomato sauce is necessary. the fresh shredded romaine lettuce or even spinach is a nice cool topping to the warm pizza. served with a side salad, this is a wonderful alternative to a slice of high calorie traditional pizza.
 

homemade tomato salsa



over the years, i have sampled a variety of store bought salsas to serve with crusty breads or even tortilla chips. after many disappointing attempts at gourmet salsas, i have found that my preferences lean toward fresh salsas in the deli section of the market.


since i like the taste of fresh flavors, herbs, and tomatoes, i began experimenting in making my own fresh salsa. here is a recipe for a salsa that can be used on crusty bread or even for dipping.

begin with fresh or canned diced tomatoes. i used the petite diced tomatoes as they speed up the recipe. choose two smaller cans or one large can of diced tomatoes, add fresh herbs from the garden, such as chopped parsley and cilantro, diced green onions, chopped red or white onion, and diced peppers to taste. by adding your own selection of peppers, the recipe can be adapted to your taste. i used sweet red peppers and sweet onion for this salsa. all of these ingredients are added to a saucepan and cooked on the stove top for at least 20 to 30 minutes until the texture cooks down into a salsa consistency.
thoroughly cool the salsa and serve. the salsa can be saved in a glass jar in the refrigerator for about one week to keep the fresh taste and texture.