Sunday, March 29, 2015

Garlic and Ginger Pickled Cucumbers

Garlic and Ginger Pickled Cucumbers - Fresh cucumbers quick pickled with garlic and ginger creates a lovely tangy lightly pickled flavor with a bit of an Asian twist.

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Pickles bring back memories of summers from my childhood. It isn't that fresh pickles were readily available. Like I have said in the past, my Mom wasn't much into the whole cooking/domestic side of the game. No it is because, as a teenager, summer meant hanging out at the beach all day with your friends. Of course at some time during the day we would get hungry, but the girls didn't want to fill up on the Mexican food that was readily available. I mean literally, the restaurant was right on the boardwalk. Walking around a bathing suit tends to make you a bit conscious of the calories you are putting in your body. Although my taste buds craved rolled tacos and carne asada nachos, my bikini screamed at me to back away from that table ASAP! 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Roasted Baby Artichokes with Lemon Garlic Dipping Sauce

Roasted Baby Artichokes with Lemon Garlic Dipping Sauce - Tender baby artichokes roasted to perfection and served with a tangy garlic lemon dipping sauce is possibly one of the best to celebrate spring!

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A friend of mine and I went to a farmer's market the a little over a week ago. I was super excited because I haven't been to a decent farmer's market since I moved from So Cal. Unfortunately we were a bit early it seems because there weren't very many vendors there. I was on the look out for springy type produce to work with and, well spring just hasn't seemed to have sprung here yet. 

I did talk to a very nice guy that sells jams and jellies from Johnson Berry Farm. We sampled a few of their pepper jams (you know I like it hot people), and I settled on one they consider "Xtra-Hot", their Golden Raspberry Habenero XXX jam. They do have two jams that have ghost peppers (yes I said ghost peppers) in them, but I didn't have the nerve to give them a try. I will suck it up and do it next time though because even though the habenero jam was hot, it wasn't OhhEmmGeeee hot so I think I will be able to handle it.

Now you all chant "Do it, do it, do it" and then I will feel sufficiently pressured into it. Then, if something goes sideways, I can just blame it on you. Hey, what are friends for right?

Monday, March 23, 2015

Chunky Monkey Rice Krispies Treats

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Chunky Monkey Rice Krispies Treats - Dress up your favorite Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® with caramel, peanuts, M&Ms, banana chips, and chocolate, for an out of this world fun treat that is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up!

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Remember when you were little and your Mom told you not to play with your food? Well my friends, I am here to tell you to throw that notion right out of the window. Playing with your food is fun, and when you are working with things like Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats®, gooey caramel, M&Ms, salted peanuts, dried banana chips, and melted chocolate, you are guaranteed a ton of fun and a mouthful of happiness!