Homemade Giardiniera

I don’t really have much of a sweet tooth but I often find myself craving salty/ sour things. I have discovered that I adore giardiniera, which is pretty popular here in Chicago, and you will see it served as an appetizer in Italian restaurants, or. else you can pile it on top of your Italian beef or sausage, or even put some on your pizza. The stuff you buy in the store pre made in jars is good enough… but the home made stuff is good on steroids! I started with this recipe. I added some of my favorite veggies… zucchini and yellow squash, green beans and mushrooms. I cut back on the celery cuz I am not much of a fan… and I added extra garlic. I found the liquid ingredients to be not quite enough… so I ended up adding another cup of vinegar and water. Also I added some crushed red pepper flakes, because I add them to almost everything I make. One is not supposed to eat this for two or three days after sitting in the fridge, but I just had to try after a few hours… and it was the best I’ve ever had at any time, anywhere. If you like a non fat, healthy, tangy snack or condiment…. here ya go!

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Organic veggies

The idea of organic foods has become very popular. Maybe they do or maybe they don’t contain more nutrients than our typical grocery store fare. But one thing is certain they are definitely more yummy. Many communities have the availability of ordering organic vegetables from local farmers, And I like the idea of supporting our local farmers!  I live near Chicago so I order vegetables from a place called Irv and Shelly’s fresh pics… All the vegetables are from local farmers and I order eggs that are organic from free range chickens that have run around the grass living happy lives. Surprisingly the cost is very reasonable. So I would encourage anyone to check out what is available in their locale.

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