Garlic Scape Pesto



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Garlic Scapes: 5 ideas for using Garlic Pesto


3 garlic scapes, chopped into 2-inch pieces
A few leaves from raw celery
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 Cup raw almonds
1 Cup grated parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 – 3/4 C vegetable or olive oil


  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor except oil.
  2. Scrape ingredients back into blade area and run again until all are incorporated.
  3. Drizzle oil into food processor very slowly. Stop and look at consistency and flavor. The flavor will include lemon, mild garlic, and cheese. When desired consistency and flavor are to your liking, stop adding oil and store pesto.
  4. Pesto should be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, or placed in the freezer for later use.


  1. Pasta, either warm or pasta salad dressing
  2. Spread on bread for Panini or other sandwiches
  3. Blend with butter to make a compound butter
  4. Use as a chicken, shrimp, or fish marinade
  5. Use as pizza sauce or drizzle
Just cut garlic scapes today! June 21, 2020.


Greek Hummus Platter



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IMG_20171231_164402.jpg This is a great appetizer for a party, snack or meal!

Roasted Garlic Hummus

  • 1,  15 oz. can of garbanzo beans, drained
  • 2 cloves roasted garlic
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil

Place all ingredients in food processor and mix until desired smoothness is achieved. I taste and see if the garlic and lemon are flavorful enough for me and add more if desired.

If you use fresh garlic, add less unless you’re a serious garlic lover. Adjust the recipe to your palette.

Alternate: Use your favorite store-bought hummus!


  • cherry tomatoes, varied colors, halved
  • thinly sliced basil
  • sliced kalamata olives
  • feta cheese
  • sliced cucumber, (I used an English Cucumber)

Serve with:

more sliced vegetables, pita bread, pita chips, or other chips ( My husband likes “Food Should Taste Good” Multigrain Chips, while I love my Iraqi friend’s fresh Khobz)

food should taste good chips


Mustard Seed’s Chicken Osaka


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I love the Chicken or Shrimp Osaka at Noodle Express (Mustard Seed) so I tried many recipes (actually 5!!!) before deciding on this recipe.

Grilled Chicken Skewers for Chicken Osaka

Grilled Chicken Osaka

Brown Rice

Fresh Cabbage Blend

Ginger and Mint Tea

Chicken, vegetables and Osaka Sauce for Chicken Osaka


Chicken Osaka (Mustard Seed)

1 ½ – 2 lbs. chicken (cut up into bite sizes), shrimp, or beef.


1/3  C Orange Juice

3 T Balsamic Vinegar

3 T grated ginger

1 ½  T soy sauce

1 ½  T Dijon mustard

1 ½  T sugar

1+ clove minced garlic

½ C Canola Oil

Combine all ingredients in blender except oil.

Blend until smooth.

Slowly drizzle in oil to emulsify.

Place 1 1/3 + Cups into labeled sandwich bag.

Osaka Sauce:

4 ½ T soy sauce

¾  C lemon juice

4  T sugar

3 T Rice Vinegar

3 T Coleman’s dry mustard

3 T dark sesame oil

½  C  Canola or Vegetable oil

Combine all ingredients in blender except Canola oil.

Blend until smooth.

Slowly drizzle in oil to emulsify.

Place 1 ¼ + Cups into labeled sandwich bag.

At Home:

Thaw meat, marinade and sauce.

Add meat to marinade. (Can be done in morning)

Make rice of your choice.

Heat oiled wok or pan to medium High.

Add chicken without marinade.

When browned, add marinade to pan.

When cooked take off heat.

Serve Osaka sauce (room temperature) in individual bowls for dipping or in a small pitcher for pouring over the meal.

This is best served with fresh grated or finely chopped vegetables over hot rice with meat on top.

Use any Vegetables of your choice:  zucchini, cabbage, carrots, onions, ginger

For fun, serve with tea and chopsticks!

t = teaspoon, T=tablespoon, C=cup

Ginger and Mint Tea

This is a blend that is very good at settling upset stomachs.

Take about 2 inches of ginger and cut into fat slices.

Cut a branch of mint from your garden.

Boil both together in 1 quart of water for 20 minutes.

While still hot, stir in honey to sweeten, to taste.

Strain into a container to put into the refrigerator.

Rewarm and serve hot add ice for ice tea. Garnish with mint leaves.

Cabbage Blend

Cabbage, thinly sliced, Cucumbers, diced, Carrots thinly sliced or grated


Bowls of rice with cabbage blend and chicken covered with Osaka Sauce. Enjoy!!