About a month ago I attended a Blogger event at Specialty Produce in San Diego. I have been a long time fan of theirs, visiting regularly before events to get the freshest produce. Therefore learning about their blogger program was seriously an added bonus.
After giving us a tour and a produce taste testing, they provided us with one of their Farmer’s Market Boxes. It was filled with gloriously fresh produce that sent my creative juices wild. I also picked up a number of other ingredients in which I made countless seasonal recipes that will be shared over the next few weeks. Of these recipes, a favorite was born. Well, actually two. This Ginger Rhubarb cocktail will be shared on Friday and let me tell you- it is good. Like crazy good.
The other favorite were these cookies. Lime and coconut are one of my favorite flavor combinations. These cookies were light, fresh, and perfectly sweet. The cookies themselves were chewy and zesty and paired with the chewiness of the coconut they were utterly perfect. So perfect, that I have some butter softening as we speak to make them again!
If you are in the San Diego area, I highly recommend subscribing to the Specialty Produce Farmer’s Market Box. In fact, if you are in North County let me know and we can set up a drop stop. The boxes are only $20 and will provide a family of 5 (my personal experience) with fresh produce for the better part of the week. They also have juicing boxes which are $15 each and come with everything you need to juice.
And if you are not located in San Diego, I urge you to make these cookies anyway. They are worth it!
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Last weekend my family and I were invited to a Potluck Easter Egg Hunt at the park. I wanted to bring something that celebrated spring and was easy to eat and transport. The easy open Snack Pack lids and great flavor made this project not only easy but a delicious dessert. Also, with the same amount of calcium as a 8 oz glass a milk, this made a great dessert alternative to my normal treats!Continue reading →
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We love a reason to celebrate, but my husband especially loves celebrating while watching sports! With the NCAA® March Madness in full swing, he certainly has a lot to celebrate. My husband is a very hard worker so when he decides to relax in front of a game with friends, I like to make it as enjoyable as possible. Meaning, they have a nice stiff drink and a some delicious munchies in front of them. Continue reading →
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend the Natural Products Expo. This is one of my favorite shows to attend because it is so big! With thousands of products and brands under one roof, it is a great time to try new products and items that I would have not otherwise had the chance to see or try. Continue reading →
Do you follow me on Instagram? If so, then you know that Costco trips put my son to sleep. Like every single time. I find it rather amusing and almost always post a pre-shopping trip picture and a at the register picture trip like the one below. Personally, I find it rather amusing and can’t wait to show him these pictures when he is older. Continue reading →
I love how versatile olives are. They are wonderful in salads, sandwiches, pizzas, pastas, tapenades, and on their own. Speaking of on their own, do you remember when you were a kid and had olive fingers? I remember I used to eat almost a can of olives, leaving a small handful for my mom to use in her salad. Going with tradition, my kids got a kick out of my olive fingered monster rendition last night while I was making these scones.
This past summer, I had the opportunity to visit an olive orchard. It was so beautiful, and I love knowing that my state’s agriculture has such a huge impact on the world’s produce market. California produces 95% of ripe olives in the United States. They are grown by more than 1000 multigenerational family farms that crisscross the warm inland valleys of California and are processed by two family owned canneries. The two main varieties grown in California are called Manzanillo and Sevillano. The curing recipe used today was developed in the 1800’s by a housewife named Freda Ehmann.
California Ripe Olives cure for seven days and once canned, they have a shelf live between 36 and 48 months making them the perfect pantry staple for those last minute recipes that you want to add a pop of color, texture and flavor.
These scones came out better than I expected. They were full of flavor from the black olives and fresh rosemary. The combination of the butter flavor with the rich crunchy olives was a match made in heaven! My family loved the Rosemary Compound butter that I spread over the scones. These would be a wonderful gourmet substitute for rolls at your next dinner party!
This Healthy Creamy Vegetable Soup is perfect for cold winter days and curing the winter cold or flu.
While living in Europe during my exchange student and newlywed life, I realized that most Swiss people have a rotation of about 10 meals that they make throughout the month. Each and every one of these meals has been perfected throughout the years and is absolutely delicious. Even though I like change and to get creative with dinner, this is really a smart way to go on busy evenings filled with sports, homework, and life in general.
This soup was on regular rotation in my host family’s home. My host father would always make enough for about 3 full meals. There was always a big hunk of Gruyere cheese to be freshly grated over the top and warm apple tart for dessert. You never had this soup without finishing off the meal with a slice of apple tart.
Even though the fresh apple tart has not made its way into regular rotation, this soup has. It is easy to make, flavorful, and most importantly healthy. With little added fat, you won’t feel guilty about a second bowl (or in my case- eating for breakfast!).
This recipe makes a lot of soup. Like so much that you need to use to large pots if you do not have a stock pot, but it freezes beautifully in large ziploc bags. If you have time and want to really impress your family, make a loaf of this perfect No Knead Bread or these mini Heart Apple Pies.