Strawberry Recipes: How to Make Strawberry Cantaloupe Bruschetta –

Strawberry Recipes: How to Make Strawberry Cantaloupe Bruschetta. Delight your summer guests with this fresh appetizer finished with a balsamic glaze.

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Crab Cakes For Dinner

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Some of the US’s best blue crab is hand-picked here along the Gulf Coast, mostly gathered from the Bayou La Batre vicinity. With the volume of crab needed to supply our local seafood markets, multiple small crab pickers along the coast are used when gathering the freshest crab meat. Crabs are readily available along the Gulf coast as soon as the water is warm, so the season usually runs from March to November.

Sustainable Practices

Over fishing has made blue crab difficult to come by in many areas of the US.

According to the Marine Resources Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation, some rivers, estuaries and parts of upper Mobile Bay near the delta are closed to the use of crab traps. These spots serve as a nursery, giving small crabs a chance to grow before they move out into Mobile Bay and the Mississippi Sound, where they can…

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Let Them Eat… Potatoes!

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From the Inca Empire to Queen Marie Antoinette of France, to the Russian patissiers (pastry chefs), traveled a simple vegetable, to be transformed into a delectable pastry.

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Here is this civilization which, starting in the early 13th century, in three hundred years grew into an immense empire and, by the time it was conquered by the Spanish, occupied most of South America. According to historical records, it has spread somewhat by conquest, but mostly by peaceful assimilation. The Incas had an elaborate system of religion, culture, and societal structure, yet to the European eyes, they were missing the staples of civilization: the wheel and the animals to drag wheeled vehicles, the metals, such as iron and steel, and, most importantly, the literacy. No wonder Europeans considered them savages, but objectively, “the Incas were still able to construct one of the greatest imperial states in human history” (McEwan, 2006).

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Lacking metals…

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Pasta with Savoy Cabbage and Sausage (Pasta Verza e Salsiccia)

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Spring is really arriving here in the Netherlands, but on some days it is still a bit chilly and perfect for a hearty pasta dish with the last of the season’s savoy cabbage. This humble pasta dish with cabbage and sausage is taken to the next level by adding some vinegar and some butter, which marry the individual flavors into one delicious new flavor. It takes a bit of time to cut the tough stalks out of the cabbage and to cook it slowly until it becomes tender, but it is worth it. The quality of the sausage is what will make or break this dish. Here’s what I did…

Ingredients

For 2 servings

200 grams (7 oz) short pasta such as penne

1 small savoy cabbage, about 400 grams (.9 lbs) of net weight after cleaning

225 grams (1/2 lb) sweet Italian sausage meat, taken out the casings and chopped

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Spring Kids Craft, Edible Birds Nests

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Denver Botanic Gardens.

Edible Birds Nests.

When I taught After School Enrichment classes for grades 3-5, one of the projects we made was Edible Birds Nests. I didn’t take good pictures–think sticky-from-marshmallows-hands–so credit must be given to D Magazine’s Jessica Jones for these project photos.

Edible Birds Nests are easy, fun and perfect for celebrating Spring. Need an Easter activity for a party? This one is egg-cellent!

Gather ingredients.

Mold chow mein/melted marshmallow mixture into a cupcake tin.

Once Birds Nests have hardened in the fridge, pop them out of cupcake tin and fill with jellybean eggs.

One teeny-tiny cupcake with one egg. Jessica Jones’ suggestion: Use as cupcake toppers!

EDIBLE NESTS RECIPE (yields about 12 cupcake-sized nests)

Ingredients:

•1/4 cup butter

•3 cups marshmallows

•5 cups chow mein noodles

•Cooking spray

•Candy to fill nests

Directions:

1. Melt butter and marshmallows together over medium-low heat. Remove from heat.

2.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

What's for Dinner Moms?

So, dinner the other night was at 9:30 pm. Yes, really. The picture above isn’t pretty but this was my bowl of soup at 9:30 pm!

My son had play rehearsal until 5:30 pm and needed to be at the high school for his orchestra concert at 6:00 pm. He ate a snack while I drove between the two sites. He ran in to get ready for the 7:00 pm concert. Normally I would run home but since my daughter was sick and not going to the concert I got an awesome parking space and made a bunch of phone calls and got some emails sent out.  My office is often my car.

The concert did not let out until after 9:00 pm. I think that is too late for 6th – 8th graders. My son still had math, science, and English for homework and to eat dinner. Thankfully I…

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