Category Archives: Spreads and Dips

Stovetop Apple-Cinnamon Butter

Several friends have given me homemade apple butter the last few years—it makes a wonderful food gift, especially around the holidays. I discovered you can make apple butter with the slow cooker or on the stovetop, and for my first try I decided to make a stovetop version.

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Rosemary-Garlic Cream Cheese Spread

Years ago, I bought a little rosemary plant during the holiday season. It was pruned to look like a miniature Christmas tree. Not only was it a cute little plant, it was so nice to have the scent of fresh rosemary in the house! When spring came, I planted it in a sunny spot by the front porch. It grew from a small little plant into a huge, huge bush. It even started getting pretty deep purple blossoms on it—I didn’t know rosemary blooms, so that was a nice bonus!

I learned that rosemary helps keeps bugs away, so it was great to have it right next to the front porch. The bush stayed green all year long; it would stop growing in the winter months and then it would flourish with new growth in the spring. The nicest thing about having the bush was that I could pick fresh rosemary for cooking and baking anytime I needed it, year-round.

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Basil Pesto

I’ve grown basil every summer for many years—sometimes in a garden, but lately in a large pot, since I don’t have space for a garden right now. I love making homemade pesto with my basil! It’s really easy to make and there’s nothing like cutting fresh basil from your own garden or pot to make it!

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Cucumber-Dill Hummus

Here’s another recipe you can use some of your garden cucumbers in! Or, if you’re like me, the cucumbers you buy at the Farmers’ Market! If you’ve never tried making hummus before, this would be a great time to try it out—you can whip it up in a blender or food processor—it’s very easy to make! This hummus has a mild cucumber and dill flavor. iIf you really like dill, you might want to add in a little more for a stronger dill flavor.

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Black Bean Avocado Salad

I love avocados and that’s one of the many tasty and healthy ingredients in this Black Bean Avocado Salad. I actually love all the ingredients in this easy-to-make salad…it’s really like a party for your taste buds! 🙂 In addition to avocado and black beans, there’s red bell pepper, red onion, cilantro, corn, and some jalapeño, to give it a little kick—and they all taste great together!

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