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Swimming in banana peppers this week....

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Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 4:00 pm

As a newspaper editor and mother of four young children, most of my days are spent chasing down leads or chasing down kids, neither of which is a very relaxing activity. I do have a favorite escape, however – one place where the phone never rings and the kids dare not tread: My garden. Even though Summer is my favorite time of year, like every other veggie-growing junkie out there, I can find enough garden-related tasks to keep myself occupied all year round. When all the harvesting, canning, freezing and drying are done, there’s a plot to clean up and spread with lime. And just about the time most of the food we’ve put up is gone, it’s time to start getting ready to plant again. Gardening is not just my stress reliever – with four kids to feed, the food we grow is put to good use. We eat a lot of it fresh, but we also love to enjoy it throughout the year. There’s not much better than pulling homegrown raspberries or rhubarb out of the freezer and making a pie in January. This week in my garden, I have no shortage of banana peppers. Although I still plan to pickle some, I decided to try a recipe I had gotten from a friend. I halved the peppers, removed the seeds and membranes, and filled them with pineapple cream cheese. Next, I wrapped them in bacon and broiled them for about five minutes on each side until the bacon was crispy. Definitely a tasty summer treat! (And there are plenty of variations you can try....)

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