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June 2015



Fennel Pizza

Written by , Posted in Baking, Cheese, Dinner, Fruit, Gluten Free, Grilling, Herbs, Kid-Friendly, Lunch, Main Dishes, Pizza, Quick and Easy, Vegetables, Vegetarian


It can be tough to transition from one season to the next. I never quite know what I’m in the mood for… Do I still want a hearty winter veggie soup, or am I ready for snap peas and asparagus? I have a few go to dishes that make the transition a bit easier and blur the lines, if you will. Things like pasta, soup, stir fry, shepherd’s piechicken pot pie, and enchiladas all work well no matter what the season.

So does pizzaaaa!

Ridiculously well.

One of the great things about pizza is how adaptable it is. For example, you could exchange the regular crust for gluten-free, make a cauliflower crust, use corn tortillas, or even grill some eggplants and top them with sauce and veggies. You can omit the cheese, change the veggies, and add more herbs. You can grill it, bake it, or cook it in a skillet.

Hello versatility!

Today I went with the spring variation. It was perfect for what we got in the Abundant Harvest Organics box this week: fennel, carrots, and basil.


I adapted this crust and cooking method recipe. It’s become a staple in our home. The crust freezes well and is a synch to make.


The recipe calls for stove top cooking, then finishing in the oven. But, it’s too hot for the oven today, so I just covered it and left it on the stove for a couple of minutes.


This allowed the veggies to soften just a bit, but they still had some crunch. If you don’t like crunchy veggies on your pizza, no problem. Just do a quick sauté before you top the pizza. You can even use the same skillet. Just wipe out any bits that are stuck to the bottom of the skillet before adding more oil and your crust.


Here are my variations by season:



Everything feels fresh and new, bursting with color and flavor. Depending on how early it is in spring, I may want to use thinly shaved asparagus instead of summer squash, bright green peas instead of fennel. But, because we’re actually right smack in the middle of one of these transition periods, I’m using what’s in season, and thankful for every bite.

Toppings: Summer squash, carrot, fennel.

Herbs: Basil and parsley (after cooking) and fennel fronds (before cooking).

Sauce: Olive oil and garlic.

Cheese: Cheddar and parmesan, or ricotta and parmesan.

Method: Skillet, grill, or oven.



During the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, I love to have a simple pizza. I would probably choose 2-3 of the toppings, so the pizza isn’t overwhelmed. I want light and easy. Serve it with a quick salad of lettuce, cherry tomatoes, and chopped almonds, with a balsamic-olive oil vinaigrette for a perfect summer treat.

Toppings: Summer squash, tomatoes, corn, bell peppers, or eggplant.

Herbs: Basil (after cooking) and thyme (before or after cooking… any time… get it?!).

Sauce: Tomato.

Cheese: Mozzarella, cheddar, or feta.

Method: Skillet or grill.



It’s finally cooled down (ahem, maybe, depending on where you live – around here fall is the hottest time of year). The first root veggies are starting to appear. Things like beets, cozy sweaters, and hot chocolate are exciting again. For this pizza, I would go for everything listed.

Toppings: Arugula (or kale or mâche), suuuuuper thinly sliced beets, halved cherry tomatoes, and a smidge of horseradish.

Herbs: Cilantro and chives (after cooking).

Sauce: Tomato.

Cheese: Blue, mozzarella, parmesan, or feta.

Method: Oven, skillet, or grill.



It’s cold! I want something hearty and filling.

Toppings: Really thinly sliced sweet potatoes and cauliflower, swiss chard (or spinach, mustard greens, collards, or kale)

Herbs: Rosemary (before cooking).

Sauce: Olive oil and garlic.

Cheese: Blue, parmesan, or feta.

Method: Oven or skillet.

Happy Eating!

Fennel Pizza

Yield: 2

Fennel Pizza


  • 2 personal sized pizza crusts
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • cayenne (optional)
  • garlic, minced
  • summer squash, very thinly sliced
  • carrot, very thinly sliced
  • fennel, very thinly sliced
  • fennel fronds, torn
  • 1 C cheese, grated (cheddar and parmesan mixture)
  • fresh herbs (basil, parsley, and thyme), chopped or whole


  1. Top crust with olive oil through cheese.
  2. Cook using your favorite method. If grilling or cooking in a skillet, cook one side for 2-3 minutes first, flip, then add toppings. Cook for 2-3 minutes more, and either cover with a lid or cover the grill and turn the heat to low or off and cook for about 1-2 minutes more.
  3. Remove from pan and top with fresh herbs.



July 2012



Mindy’s Steak Sandwich

Written by , Posted in Beef, Bread, Cheese, Dinner, Grilling, Lunch, Main Dishes, Meat, Sandwiches, Vegetables

Mindy’s Steak Sandwich
Recipe Type: Sandwich, Main
Author: Melinda Parker
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Total time: 20 mins
Serves: 2
  • 2(10 ounce) thick boneless New York strip steak
  • 2 loaves of mini focaccia bread
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 1 large portobella mushroom
  • 2 slices of smoked Gouda cheese
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • salt and pepper
  1. To prep take mayonnaise and mix together with garlic and set aside.
  2. Slice yellow onion in rings and mushrooms and place into a saute pan. Oil pan with olive oil and cook veggies on medium heat until onions and mushrooms soften and brown.
  3. Season steaks with salt and pepper and set on preheated BBQ on Medium high heat. Grill on each side for 3 minutes or until medium rare. Remove from grill and set aside to cool.
  4. While cooling, slice each loaf of focaccia bread and place on grill for 30 seconds. Once finished spread garlic mayo on one side of the loaf.
  5. Slice cooled meat and lay evenly on bread. Top meat with Gouda, mushrooms and onions. Slice in half and serve.




April 2012



Uncle Jake’s Back Ribs

Written by , Posted in Condiments, Grilling, Guest Posts, Legacy, Low Carb, Meat, Sauces


Uncle Jake’s Back Ribs
Recipe Type: Ribs, Grilling, BBQ, Main
Author: Jake Pries
Cook time: 3 hours
Total time: 3 hours
Uncle Jake’s amazing ribs!
  • Ribs: I like to use 3-4 ribs if a side dish and a rack of 6-8 for main meal. What’s left over is great the second day for a snack or the evening munchies!!!!
  • Chicken broth
  • Rub: 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika (optional)
  • 1 tsp paprika ( 2 if not using smoked paprika)
  • 1 tsp cayenne (2 if more heat wanted)
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Sauce: ½ cup fancy molasses
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  1. Calculate the amount of ribs. If they are sized well cut them into single ribs if smaller cut them into 2s.
  2. Get a roasting dish or 2 or 3 depending on the number of folks coming and lay them meaty side down.
  3. Lightly salt and pepper the bone side and then fill so that the ribs are covered mid point with a chicken broth. Then cover with a foil and place in the over at 275 degrees F for 3 hrs. Rotate ribs after 2 hrs and bake meaty side up for the last hr.
  4. Stir rub ingredients together. Put contents into an empty spice container with the larger holes and this will serve you well when applying the rub. I triple this recipe and then have this rub for the next rib meal. Also tastes good when barbecuing chicken as an added flavor. Mix sauce ingredients well in a bowl. Once again I triple this recipe and put it into a retired plastic ketchup bottle. This will work well when applying sauce.
  5. Once ribs have been braised over the 3 hrs. Drain remaining broth into a container. This is still good for future broth needs.
  6. Take out a baking pan and line it with your foil cover. Place ribs on pan side by side, meaty side down and apply rub. Rotate ribs to meaty side up and repeat.
  7. Set oven temp at 400 F and cook uncovered for 30 minutes.
  8. The final touch has 2 options – barbecue or bake. Bake: Set oven to 425F. Baste ribs with sauce cook uncovered for 5 min-rotate ribs baste ribs and cook 5 min final rotate baste and cook for 5 min or till glazed. Barbecue: Set temp to med/high. Pay attention at this point not to blacken the ribs but just glaze them. The meat will be tender on the ribs at this point and can fall off the rib if it sticks to the grilling surface. Baste well and place on grill and rotate and baste again once glazed. I find starting with the meaty side up and last rotation meaty side down reduces the tendency for the meat to stick to the grill.
  9. Once done put in platter and enjoy.
  10. P.S. Don’t forget to give thanks.