Author: Conner Doel

Fire and Ice Salsa 3 cups seeded and finely chopped watermelon1/2 cup finely diced green peppers2 Tbsp. lime juice1 Tbsp. chopped cilantro1 Tbsp. finely sliced green onion1-2 Tbsp. finely diced jalapeño peppers Combine ingredients; mix well and cover. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving. Appetizergreen onion, salsa, Watermelon

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Crunchy Asian Coleslaw 1 16 oz. bag cole slaw mix4 green onions (sliced)1 cup vegetable oil1/3 cup red wine vinegar½ cup granulated sugar2 3 oz. packages chicken flavor ramen noodles, crunched up2 seasoning packets from noodles1 Tbsp. soy sauce1 cup slivered almonds1 cup sunflower seeds In a large bowl, combine cole slaw mix and sliced green onions.In a small bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, sugar, seasoning packets and soy sauce.Pour dressing over salad and toss to combine. Refrigerate 1 hour.In a medium bowl combine crunched up noodles, almonds and sunflower nuts.Just before serving, toss together salad and crunchy mixture.…

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Savory Tomato-Bacon Pie 6-7 medium unpeeled tomatoes ((about 20 slices))Pinch of salt1 9-inch deep-dish pie crust, homemade or ready-made1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (divided)¼ cup chopped fresh basil leaves½ cup chopped green onions1 cup diced pre-cooked bacon2-3 garlic cloves (minced)½ tsp. ground black pepper½ cup mayonnaise1 cup shredded Parmesan cheeseShredded mozzarella cheese (garnish) PREP THE TOMATOES Slice tomatoes into about 1/2-inch slices, place in a colander and lightly sprinkle with salt to pull out juice; let drain. After a few minutes, place tomatoes on a paper towel and set aside.FOR THE PIE CRUST Preheat oven and pre-bake pie crust…

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Creamy Garlic Dip 1 cup reduced-fat sour cream1/2 cup dry milk2 Tbsp. sliced green onions1 Tbsp. cider vinegar1 clove garlic (finely chopped)1/2 tsp. salt1/4 tsp. ground black pepper In small bowl, combine sour cream, dry milk, green onions, vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper; stir until smooth. Serve with assorted cut-up vegetables. AppetizerDip, garlic

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Rock gardens are common for drought-tolerant landscaping and can be created on a large or small scale. Whether used as erosion control on a hillside, decorative in an urban landscape or even within the confines of a large container, incorporating rocks into a landscape can be beautiful and practical. Rocks can reflect heat which makes plant selection important. Though native plants are typically a good option, there are plenty of non-natives that can thrive in this environment. Blue false indigo (Baptisia australis) is a native herbaceous perennial that blooms from May through June. The spikes of blue flowers extend above soft,…

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