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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

U-Pick Blueberries

I love summer. Nothing like getting locally grown fruits and vegetables out of my own garden, from the farmers market or from a local small farm. This week, less than 5 miles from my home, a small blueberry farm opened for picking. We showed up about noon to Once in a Blue Moon Berries. Mike, the steely blue-eyed owner of this gentlemen's farm, chatted with us out in the field while picking berries—dropping the blue beauties into our collection buckets.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Red Potato, Green Beans & Cauliflower Salad

Except for the orange color from the carrots, this salad could be called the Italian Salad. Green, white and red like the Italian flag.
After all, Italians are in with chopped veggie salads. They call them Antipasto—meaning "before the meal" or the traditional first course. On special occasions the antipasto includes sliced, cured meats. Of course, olives are always included.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Wisdom Wednesday

Check out a new site for step-by-step How-To instructions on doing, creating, making or fixing things. From How to Unclog Your Bathroom Drain to How to Change the Battery on Your Prius and everything in-between. The site is called StepTap and will surely be a winner. Search for something you might want to learn OR add your own How-To steptap list. Use photos and/or videos to create the steps of a project you want to share with the world.

How to Prepare Roasted Vegetables is my contribution to the Steplists on StepTap.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Grilled Yellow Gazpacho & Shrimp

Grilled Yellow Gazpacho & Shrimp
Get ready to fire up the grill as the warm weather approaches and Memorial Day is on the horizon.

For a fresh take on gazpacho, try this recipe. It's simple and quick—needing a hot BBQ and blender to execute.

Grilled Yellow Gazpacho & Shrimp

from Raleys.com
yield 4 servings

category Main Course
cuisine Seafood

2 large yellow heirloom tomatoes
1 yellow bell pepper, stemmed and seeded
1 jalapeno pepper, stemmed and seeded
2 (1/2-inch think) slices onion
3/4 C peeled diced cucumber
1/4 C fresh cilantro leaves
3 Tbsp slivered almonds, toasted
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp sherry vinegar
1/2 tsp sea salt or to taste
1 clove garlic, minced
16 wild Texas Gulf shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp smoked paprika
sea salt to taste

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Wisdom Wednesday

A word of caution about juicing. Do not juice only fruit. Without the fiber, you've concentrated the sugar—that's too much sugar. A maximum of 25-30 grams of sugar from all sources per day is the limit for health. Above that amount adds to weight and unhealthy conditions for the body. A glass of fruit juice can contain the equivalent amount of sugar as a soft drink... and you know that's not healthy.

The idea of juicing fruit is to add vegetables—adding more each time—until you acquire a palate for greens. Stick with juicing lots of greens, adding one small apple/pear for sweetness.

Monday, May 5, 2014

OPEN: Farmer's Markets

Farmer's Markets
It's that time of the year when farmer's markets open all across the country. Each year there are more opening as the demand for locally grown food grows. Hurray! As the large farms expand by gobbling up smaller family farms and wars are waged over water to the farm fields, consumers are showing they want to buy from small local farms. Meeting the farmer and being able to quiz them on their growing methods is becoming important.

If you live in El Dorado county here are the locations and start dates for local farmer's markets: