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Strawberry-Basil Lemonade

Serving 8–10

Strawberry-Basil Syrup:

1 ½ cups granulated sugar

1 cup water

1 pound strawberries, washed, hulled and sliced . inch thick

¾  cup tightly packed basil leaves

Lemonade:

8 cups cold water

2 cups lemon juice, chilled

Ice

Garnish:

½ pound strawberries, washed, hulled and sliced . inch thick

¼ cup tightly packed, blemish-free basil leaves

For the syrup:

Place the sugar and water in a medium saucepan over high heat.

Stir until the sugar dissolves and the mixture comes to a boil. Add the strawberries; reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the strawberries have softened, about 10 minutes.

Remove from the heat, add the basil leaves and stir to incorporate. Cool to room temperature, about 45 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer set over a medium bowl; discard the solids. Cover the syrup and refrigerate until ready to use.

For the lemonade:

Pour the water, lemon juice and 1. cups of the strawberry-basil syrup into a 3-quart pitcher or punch bowl and stir to combine. Taste and add additional strawberry-basil syrup as needed. Add ice and garnish with the sliced strawberries and basil leaves.

For a cocktail: Add 1 ounce of Absolut Citron or other vodka … Read More

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Nojito

Serving 1

1 dozen small, fresh mint leaves (spearmint if available)

1 teaspoon granulated sugar

1 lime, ½ juiced and ½ sliced

1 cup club soda or lemon-lime soda 1 cup crushed ice Add mint leaves, sugar and lime juice to the bottom of a glass. Press together using a muddler or small wooden spoon. Add soda and ice. Stir. Garnish with lime wedges and extra mint leaves.  For a Mojito: Add 1 ounce rum and 1 tablespoon granulated sugar.

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Cucumber Lemonade

Serving 18–20

8 ounces freshly squeezed Meyer lemons

6 ounces natural milled organic sugar or sweetener of your choice

1 ½ gallons water

1 organic cucumber

Mix lemon juice, sugar and water. Wash, peel, seed and dice cucumber. Pour 2 cups of liquid mixture into blender and add cucumber. Blend until smooth. Pour into remaining lemonade and stir to incorporate. Pour over ice and serve.  For a cocktail: Pour 6 ounces cucumber lemonade into a drink shaker with ice and . ounces of vodka.  Mix slowly, gently swirling mixture. Strain into a chilled martini glass.

From Pepe’s Bistro: Located above Against the Wall Gallery at 6220 Havelock in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Pepe’s Bistro serves vegan and vegetarian food prepared using fresh, local and organic ingredients. www.PepesBistro.wordpress.com

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GROUND CHERRY PIE

Serving 12

1 recipe of your favorite double crust pie dough

4 cups ground cherries, husked

½ cup granulated sugar

2 teaspoons instant tapioca

2 tablespoons flour

Juice of a lemon

2 tablespoons butter

Preheat the oven to 450°.

Line a 9-inch pie plate with pastry and set aside. In a medium bowl, mix ground cherries, sugar, tapioca, flour and lemon. Pour into pie plate and dot with butter.

Cover with pie crust.

Decorate with pie scraps and cut steam vents.

Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 350° and continue to bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool before cutting.

Variation:

Raspberries are a good match for ground cherries, and

2 cups of raspberries can be substituted for 2 cups ground cherries.

From

Harmony Valley Farm

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GRILLED BROCCOLI OR CAULIFLOWER

Serving 4−6

1 bunch broccoli, washed and cut into florets or

1 head cauliflower, washed and cut into florets

1–2 tablespoons olive oil

Kosher salt

Seasonal herbs

Preheat grill to medium heat. Place broccoli or cauliflower florets in large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and spices. Mix until coated.  Place in a grilling basket and grill to desired tenderness—approximately 5−15 minutes—stirring often. Remove from heat and serve immediately.

From Amy S. Brown

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TOMATO SALAD

Serving 4

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon plus ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
⅛ teaspoon plus dash fresh pepper, divided
¼ cup diced red onion
4 medium tomatoes, sliced
¼ cup fresh basil leaves, sliced
8 kalamata olives, sliced (optional)

Combine olive oil, ½ teaspoon salt and ⅛ teaspoon pepper in a medium bowl. Add onions and marinate for 10−15 minutes. Meanwhile, layer the tomato slices on a serving plate. Pour the marinade over the top of tomatoes and sprinkle with additional salt and pepper. Top with fresh basil and sliced olives, if desired. — From Julie Kolpin

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MEDITERRANEAN CUCUMBER SALAD

Serving 4

½  small red onion, thinly sliced

1 clove garlic, minced

1 cucumber, seeded and sliced

1 tomato, diced

1 red or green bell pepper, sliced

6 kalamata olives, pitted and chopped

1 tablespoon feta cheese

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Dash sea salt

Dash black pepper

Fresh dill

Combine onion, garlic, cucumber, tomato, pepper and olives. Fold in cheese. Sprinkle with lemon juice and seasonings. Stir lightly. Top with dill and serve immediately. —From Julie Kolpin

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