Food In Focus – Summer’s Figs and Tomatoes Harvest

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summer’s tomato harvest- edible gardening

I don’t usually talk about “photography” on the Teenie Cakes journal and used to save that for my photography blog (which is not live right now). There are many shoots that are not shared unless they’re related to a specific recipe. So now I’m asking myself, “but why not ?” This is a photography journal that has always centered around food and recipes. Just recently I’ve added the edible garden section because it’s such a big part of my life and love right now…and it fits and…it makes sense.

This is part of my “edible garden” category on the Teenie Cakes photography journal. A few captures from last year’s harvest that I never shared and these images never saw the light of day again after they were downloaded. Some thoughts and photographer notes…

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Strawberry and Apricot Crisp with Pine-Nut Crumble


Strawberry and Apricot Crisp with Pine-Nut Crumble recipe | TeenieCakes.com

Strawberry and Apricot Crisp with Pine-Nut Crumble

Considering how much I love fruit crisps, I don’t make them nearly enough. Aren’t they a distant cousin of pies without a crust? I’ve made some delicious crisps in the past and with some, just didn’t think it could get any better…that is until I met this strawberry and apricot crisp with pine-nut crumble. It has to be, hands down, the best crisp I have ever tasted -and- made.

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Rustic Guava Jam and Cream Cheese Pastries (pastelito de guayaba)


Guava Jam and Cream Cheese Pastries (pastelito de guayaba) recipe | TeenieCakes.com

Guava Jam and Cream Cheese Pastries (pastelito de guayaba)

A fondness for guava and the recent find of some guava jam has me conjuring up sweet treats. From what I’ve read, traditional guava pastries or pasteles/pastelitos de guayaba uses guava paste. I’m using guava jam for these pastries wrapped in flaky and buttery puff pastry. It’s South American flavors meets French buttery pastry…

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Ramen Noodle Salad Topping with Almonds & Sunflower Seeds recipe | TeenieCakes.com

Ramen Noodle Salad Topping with Almonds & Sunflower Seeds

I came across a salad recipe that used ramen noodles as part of a topping for the salad. What a novel thing to do! I don't buy salad toppings so maybe it's more common than not, but I was intrigued at how the texture of the noodles would be...

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Roasted Red Grapes Crostinis with Ricotta & Thyme recipe | TeenieCakes.com

Roasted Red Grapes Crostinis with Ricotta, Pine Nuts & Thyme

These crostinis are toasted with the lightness of extra virgin olive oil and then smeared with a dollop of soft and creamy ricotta cheese. Nestled on top of that ricotta are a couple of sweet, red grapes and buttery delicate flavors from toasted pine nuts. Sprinkled with thyme and optionally some coarse salt...you have a refined snack, appetizer or small side!

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Greek Yogurt Zucchini Bread with Walnuts recipe | TeenieCakes.com

Greek Yogurt Zucchini Bread with Walnuts

The Greek yogurt in this recipe caught my eye for the love of zucchini bread. With summer temps headed towards triple digits these weeks, who really wants to turn on the oven during the day? This is a great recipe - producing a moist, no-nonsense quick bread, without the need for mixers and such. Bake it up early in the morning or in the evening when it gets cooler.

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Edible Gardening - Pears | TeenieCakes.com

Edible, Organic Gardening: Figs, Peaches, Pears, Purple Bell Peppers and Guavas…

My favorite kitchen appliance, the oven, has been a bit off these last weeks and in much need of calibration. Thankfully, it's something I can do myself as soon as one very important tool arrives for me to calibrate it with, an oven monitoring thermometer. Until then...I thought this would be as good a time as any to journal what I've been up to in one of my favorite places - our edible garden

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Apricots and White Chocolate, Walnut Oatmeal Cookies recipe | TeenieCakes.com

Apricots and White Chocolate, Walnut Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal cookies. Just about any way you dress them, they make you feel like you're eating wholesome goodness just because it has "oats" in it. The pairing of the slight tang of the dried apricots with the subtle sweetness of white chocolate chips makes for a tasty combination in this oatmeal cookie classic.

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Chocolate covered frozen banana bon-bons with pistachios recipe | TeenieCakes.com

Chocolate covered frozen Banana Bon-Bons with Pistachios

It will be your little secret that these hand dipped, chocolate covered frozen banana bon-bons with pistachios are full of potassium and antioxidants! The dark chocolate with a dribble of either butter, coconut, vegetable or canola oil creates a firm chocolate shell outside a creamy frozen banana bite. You almost can't believe that it's really just a banana and not ice cream or some yogurt

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