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Grilled Herb Turkey Burgers

October 15, 2020

Ingredients: 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1/2 medium red onion, minced 4 minced garlic cloves 2 pounds ground turkey meat, preferably from the legs and thighs 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 cup loosely packed chopped parsley 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary 1 tablespoon minced fresh sage 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme Directions: Sauté onions and garlic: Sauté the chopped onion in olive oil for 3 minutes over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté for another 2 minutes, or until the garlic begins to brown. Remove from heat. Transfer the onions, garlic, and oil to…


Missouri Invasive Tree Species

October 15, 2020

The top invasive trees/shrubs in our area: • Callery Pear (Pyrus calleryana) • Golden Rain Tree (Koelreuteria paniculata) • Amur honeysuckle (Lonicera maacki) • Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) • Autumn Olive (Elaeagnus umbellata) What makes a plant invasive? An invasive species is any species, either introduced or that escapes cultivation to take over and choke out native growing plants. Typically, this occurs because of rapid growth, copious seed or fruit production and hardiness or ability to acclimate to the area of invasion. This is especially true in the case of all plants listed above, almost all of these plants were…


Mexican Sweet Potato Quinoa Casserole

October 1, 2020

Combine the healthy flavors of ingredients you already have on hand to make a large dish to feed a gathering of family and friends. Completely vegan and gluten-free, we use sweet potatoes, but you could easily sub in yellow or white potatoes instead. Ingredients: 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 1 cup white quinoa 1 12 ounce jar of salsa 1 15 ounce can diced tomatoes 1 4 ounce can of diced green chilis 2 15 ounce cans black beans 3 Tablespoons DIY taco seasoning 3 cups vegetable broth Optional toppings: cilantro, avocado, and…


Tuscan Bruschetta

September 28, 2020

Tuscan Fettunta 4 large slices country bread, toasted 2 cloves garlic, peeled and halved 1/4 cup/50 ml extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling Salt 2 T chopped mixture of fresh herbs: rosemary, golden thyme, tri colored sage, basil & Italian parsley Cannellini Bruschetta 4 large slices country bread, toasted 2 cloves garlic, peeled and halved 2 cups/500 ml cooked cannellini beans 1/4 cup/50 ml extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling Salt 2 T chopped mixture of fresh herbs: rosemary, golden thyme, tri colored sage, basil & Italian parsley Avocado Bruschetta 4 large slices country bread, toasted 2 cloves garlic, peeled and halved…


Meet the Urban Apple

September 25, 2020

The History of the Urban Apple Neolithic Period (9000 B.C.) Malus sieversii, the primary forest tree of what is today, Western China. Widespread in the Tien Shan mountain range. Bronze Age (2500 B.C.) The dispersal begins along the Old Silk Road and cultivation of apple trees in near East (Turkey, Syria, & Iraq). Persian Empire (500 B.C.) Cultivation is widespread. Alexander The Great (300 B.C.) Cultivation is introduced to the Greek World. Greek knowledge of the art of grafting continues with Roman horticulturalists. Budding, grafting, and rootstock techniques are recorded by Roman writer Pliny. Malus domestica is born! Roman Empire…


The Real Mojito

September 15, 2020

A refreshing drink to have on a hot summer evening, the mint in this mojito will help to cool things way down. Ingredients: 10 fresh Mojito mint leaves (or peppermint or spearmint) ½ lime, cut into 4 wedges 2 tablespoons white sugar, or to taste 1 cup ice cubes 1-1/2 fluid ounces white rum ½ cup club soda Directions: Place mint leaves and 1 lime wedge into a sturdy glass. Use a muddler to crush the mint and lime to release the mint oils and lime juice. Add 2 more lime wedges and the sugar, and muddle again to release…


Eating in Season

September 11, 2020

Eating in season is not something most Americans practice, but why? There are many positive impacts of doing so. Here at Colonial Gardens, we strive to provide the Blue Springs and surrounding communities with the resources to eat with the seasons. What does that look like? Colonial Gardens grows or partners with local farms to provide fresh produce sold in our Market. Not only do we provide local produce, we support other local farmers/artisans by carrying their products. We carefully curate these vendors to fit our values and that also pair nicely with the products and produce we provide as…


Roasted Beet and Citrus Kale Salad

September 1, 2020

Ingredients: 2-3 medium size beets1 large Naval orange, sectionedOrange zest & juice5-6 stalks of mixed kale, de-ribbed and chopped1-2 Tbsp honey2-3 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar1 tsp fresh, chopped rosemary1 tsp Kosher salt3 Tbsp olive or walnut oilFresh ground pepper, toasted nuts, or goat cheese for extra toppings Directions: Peel and wedge beets. Toss in oil, salt, and rosemary. Spread out evenly on an oiled sheet and roast until tender at 400 degrees. Let cool. Whisk or blend honey, vinegar, oil, orange zest, and orange juice for dressing. Combine chopped kale, roasted beets, orange sections, and any other desired toppings in vinegarette…


Herb-Marinated Grilled Bison Steak

August 28, 2020

Ingredients: 1 pound Bison Sirloin Steak 2 pieces, or other lean cut For the Marinade: 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard Juice of half lemon 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1/2 tsp fresh cracked black pepper 6 Branches fresh thyme whole 1 tsp rosemary 2 cloves garlic peeled and cracked Directions: Whisk together all marinade ingredients except the thyme branches and garlic. Place the steaks in a shallow glass or steel container. Place the thyme branches and rosemary on top and a cracked garlic clove on each steak. Cover with the marinade. Rub in on both sides until well coated. Cover…


Colonial Kombucha Cooler

August 10, 2020

Ingredients: 1.5 oz. Ketal One Botanical Cucumber and Mint 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped mint 1 lemon wedge, squeezed and juiced 3 ounce Health-Ade Pink Lady Apple Kombucha Directions: Mash the fresh mint into the lemon juice in a glass with the spoon. Strain and add the vodka and lemon/mint juice to a chilled glass with ice. Top with the Kombucha and garnish with an apple slice and twist of lemon. Recipe Inspired from Goop


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