The beauty of this recipe is that it is can be sweet or savory or both, and it can feature your favorite crackers and snacks. You can even add extras like chocolate chips, raisins or other dried fruit, or even something exotic like wasabi peas! Your imagination is the limit!
Fresh herbs are one of life’s great pleasures, with the variety of flavors, textures and scents they offer both in the garden and on our plate. I recently taught a class for the Herb Society of America’s local Chattahoochee Herb Guild chapter, and they chose the topic of Herbal Drinks and Snacks. Making up Snacks …
Making fun “spa day” gifts with kids to share with their friends and families is one of my favorite activities! Everyone loves to experiment with Essential Oils, and bath products are a great way to use them and find out what you like best.
Squash blossoms are one of the most beautiful signs of the promise of summer gardens. In late spring the vines put on a show of glorious big yellow flowers, but only the females will produce the fruit later on in the season. The male flowers are fair game then, for plucking and stuffing and enjoying for all their flavor and texture.
Native Americans kindly showed the settlers the concept of Three Sisters: corn, squash and beans planted together in the same hillock with a fish at the bottom for nutrients. The corn stalk would grow tall, giving the beans a place to climb. The beans would fix nitrogen into the soil. The squash planted around the base would shade the roots with their big leaves and help to retain moisture. This practice created a symbiotic arrangement that produced a healthy environment for all three plants to survive.
The now-defunct Embers Restaurant in Mount Pleasant, Michigan served a salad that I have never forgotten. Sweet and creamy, their Peas and Peanuts was made with Miracle Whip and Spanish peanuts. Taking advantage of fresh spring peas makes this salad worth revisiting with roasted, unsalted peanuts and a lighter vinaigrette. (Although it is still pretty great with a mayonnaise base as well!)
Cooking for Two can present many challenges, but having the right equipment on-hand can make a world of difference! In Cooking for Two – Part One we talked about Tips and Tricks, in Part Two we talked about portion sizes, so in Part Three we’ll deal with the kind of equipment you should have in even a small kitchen to give you the right tools for the job.