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A healthier alternative than a mayonnaise based dressing. Creamy Florida avocado, crispy bacon, fresh herbs.

Balance between sweet, salty, tangy and earthy.

With crispy bacon.

Perfect for an hors d'oeurve, or tapas.  Easily made in advance.

Roasting your Brussels Sprouts adds a sweetness to them.  The caramelization adds depth and character.  Easily made in advance and reheated.

Perfect for a warm summer evening.  Florida Sweet corn is definitely the star of the show.  Use your favorite sausage or omit the sausage to make it vegetarian.  

Florida cabbage and creamy potatoes mixed with bacon and tangy buttermilk.  A perfect spring side dish, and great for St. Patrick's Day.

Old Fashion Southern Corn Pudding.  Also good with bacon, goat cheese or peppers added.  

Sweet, and Savory and Fried!  Perfect for a family game night or the season's best football game!

Homemade Creamed Corn.  

Would also taste great garnished with crispy bacon

A great use of tomatoes that just don't ripen all the way, or you can purchase them green!

Tangy and juicy with an earthy dipping sauce.

The breaded tomatoes can be made in advanced and frozen before frying to save for later in the season.  

Extra Aioli is great on a salad or a spread on bread.

A fun way to eat carrots.

Green Beans, Almonds, Cranberries

A lighter version of eggplant parm.  Super fresh!

Try it with homemade ricotta cheese!

This smoky and tangy butter would also be great on chicken or fish!  Top with salty cojita cheese.

Charmoula is a fragrant Middle Eastern Condiment that is traditionally paired with seafood.  The sweetness of the carrot pairs very well with the toasted spices in the dressing.  

The earthy, anise flavored herbs are a perfect pair for the sweet  corn.  Store extra butter in the freezer to keep the herbs fresh.  

To cook the corn:  Bring a large pot of water to the boil.  Place shucked corn in for 2 minutes.  Serve immediately with lots of herb butter!

If you want a cool science experiment you can eat, try fermenting your own sauerkraut.  Sauerkraut translates to “sour cabbage” and its sourness comes from the lacto-fermentation of yogurt whey and un-iodized salt. It’s easy, and relatively cheap, and well worth the wait!

A hearty but healthy breakfast or brunch skillet.  Easily prepared in advanced, and finished with the eggs. Swap out potatoes with sweet potatoes for a complex flavor pairing.  

Serve with an earthy hot sauce, such as Harissa Sauce.

Green bean casserole is always a family holiday staple. Here's how you make it "without the cans", which may significantly reduce your sodium intake, and increase your vegetable intake.  

Perfect for the overripe bunch of tomatoes, or tomatoes with slight blemishes that can be cut out. Keep on hand for a savory addition to any dish. These can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.  

To can or put up the tomatoes check out Home Canning Tips and Techniques

Serve this classic pairing as a side dish, or on it's own!  Buerre blanc is a ceamy, buttery sauce with a little bit of a tang.

Earthy roasted Brussels sprouts, Tangy tomatoes, rich pine nuts and salty feta cheese makes this a perfect dish to enjoy year round.

Rainbow Carrots roasted until tender served with a salty, ginger, spicy dipping sauce.  Perfect for meatless meals!

Roasted tomatoes rich and juicy.  Make these in large batches and freeze so you can have on hand to add excitement and brightness to any dish at the last minute!  Perfect for when tomatoes go on sale to stock up for the winter!

Slowed cooked with bacon and smokey turkey.  Serve with hot sauce of your choice.  

Sesame flavored earthy greens.  A quick preparation for collards.

Creamy cheesy spinach artichoke dip baked in a savory portobello mushroom.  Add cooked chicken to the mix to make it a meal.

Light and fluffy spinach souffle adds an elegant touch to the meal.  Easier to make than you think!

Sweet corn with bacon and peppers, fried on the stove top.  Crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy in the center.

Tomatoes are confited by slowly cooking in butter and salt.  Enjoy these right away, or freeze them for a reminder of summer.  Sweet, luscious and decadent. 

Tostones are twice fried green plantains.  You can work ahead but doing the first fry and press in advance, and then just finish at the last minute.

A perfect way to use up the random pieces of vegetables in your fridge. Mix and match and use what ever is your favorite combination is!  

Fondue sauce can be made in advanced and reheated in the microwave.  

A great way to incorporate vegetables into the meal.  Substitute whatever vegetables that you like!  These freeze well for an easy meal during a busy week.

An easy way to use up the abundance of summer zucchini!

Perfect for meatless meals, and easily increased to feed more!

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