I don't know about you, but one of the things I hate about winter (and there are many) is the lack of fresh vegetables from the garden or local farm stand. There's nothing like a fresh tomato picked that very day. But today we have some tips for preserving that delicious bounty of produce that we will soon lack. These ideas will help you to eat healthier throughout the long run, and they'll also help you to waste less food in the short term. Read on for tons of great ideas!
Here's a summertime tip: Always make popsicles. Summer is here, which means the Fourth of July is on the way and you probably have a barbeque to host. Whether you're holding a kid-friendly summer party or an adults-only celebration, popsicles will make everyone happy, including you! That's because they're ridiculously easy to make, you can prep them far in advance, and nothing tastes better on a hot day than a refreshing popsicle. We have two tasty recipes for you to prep this summer. The first popsicles are champagne-infused (adults only!), mimicking the colors in a bomb pop. The second are kid-friendly (but equally delicious) lemon-flavored fruity popsicles.
Ah ... summertime. The pinnacle of the produce season means amazing things for your palate: sun-ripened fruit, homegrown vegetables, and fresh herbs for days.
Unfortunately, ripe produce also invites other guests to the flavor party: fruit flies. These little monsters (drosophilidae), with their big red eyes and kneejerk-wave inspiring flight patterns, aren't terribly harmful (they have a...
I'm seeing a lot of fruit-shaped projects lately for summer and am kind of loving them. None more than this pineapple lamp DIY though. I am definitely fond of home decor items that don't take themselves too seriously. What about you?
Thiiiiiiis looks amazing. I'm a big fan of pineapple, frozen goodies, and have I mentioned pineapple? Three simple ingredients make this cool, homemade treat even more appetizing!
If this doesn't look and taste like summer, I don't know what does! Layers of fruity sorbet and ice cream stack up to create a delicious, seasonal treat.
There's no cheesiness in this food-inspired Valentine- it is all fruit.
What do kegs, cups, bowls, and shot glasses all have in common? You can make them out of fruit of course!
This time of year means one thing and one thing only, as far as produce goes that is. It's the beginning of apple season. Lucky for us, however, it's pretty much apple season all year round. Whether it's New Zealand Braeburns or Minnesota Honeycrisps*, there's always something delicious to choose from. So, in celebration of that dependable--and yummy--fruit, I decided to surf the waves for how-to's using them in decor projects. Here are some of...
I learned a long time ago how to dye fabric using fruits and vegetables (thanks to my mom and her degree in "3D textiles": she would dye all her own materials and make sculptures from resin-saturated fabrics... I know, right!?). Alas, the wisdom she bestowed upon me escaped my "vault of knowledge" along with a great many other things over the years. Fortunately, the Internet exists. And extra fortunately, someone decided to show us all how it's done! Ready to start putting those groceries to new use?
Butter. It makes everything better. But what could possibly make butter better? Honey and summer fruits of course! Not as sweet as jam, not as salty as plain butter – just delicious and perfect for a special breakfast treat. Let's make some Blackberry Honey Butter!
I'm sort of a cocktail aficionado...in that I have a fully-stocked bar cabinet in my house. My favorite parts are the little things that take a drink over the top; that next level that will have your friends asking for your secret. And, friends, flavored syrups are a great way to get there. Check out how you can whip up some of your very own in your kitchen!
The EWG released the new Dirty Dozen* this week and it's a motley, pesticide-filled group. Among the most un-wanted are apples, spinach and potatoes. Potatoes! America's favorite pseudo veg! To get your handy-dandy pocket-sized list of the
The other day I ate an entire package of raspberries in one sitting (which I suppose is better than a whole can of Pringles, right?). If you have a little more patience and, you know, actually plan to can, freeze, or gift your garden's fruit, may I suggest printing out these very cute, very FREE downloadable labels and gift tags?
Fruit rollups. Delicious, chewy, and full of sugar, corn syrup, gelatin, and chemicals. Oh, and remember the ones with the tongue tattoos?!
But, like most good things, you can make them at home - cook, puree, spread, and bake. No, they're not three feet long, but they look amazing.
I got The Amazing Apple Book for Christmas 1993, and I adored each of its pages. My favorite project included carving a face in a fresh, ripe apple and leaving it out to dry and shrivel into a little fruit flavored shrunken face...though my parents always made me store mine in the basement, and they usually caught a coat of mold.
But, Floral Showers seems to have this perfect fall project down. Super fun!
This one above my favorite: It looks...
Come fall time, apples simply seem to just find themselves in our kitchens. From sales at the super market, to orchard picking excursions, or from the trees in your own yard and neighborhood, autumn is abundant apple time.
And, apparently, it's quite easy to use 'em in bulk by making your own apple chips, perfect for adding to granola or cereal or just munching for a healthy snack. Here's how.
My recent visit to the State Fair has taught me two very important new concepts: first, everything is better in mini (mini rabbits, mini cheesecake); and second, all foods are better on a stick.
And, oh buddy, do these Pie Pops capitalize on both. "Scoochmaroo says 'These little beauties can be assembled with pre-made ingredients or from scratch. I used this pie crust recipe and the following filling to utilize fruit in season at the time:
With basic canned cherries accomplished, I thought it might be fun to try a twist on preserving the rest of the cherries. I'd seen 'bourbon cherries' in gourmet shops...fresh whole cherries swimming in bourbon, adding that smoky oakiness to the cherries, and the cherries giving their sweetness to the bourbon. Here's...