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  • Roasted Beets for Easter

    We hope you had a great Easter weekend with your family and friends.  We gathered at Grandma Parke's house today to celebrate with the family.  One thing I always look forward to is Grandma Parke's decorations.  Her decorations are always great.  Every table had a centerpiece with some "Easter grass" in different colors with lambs, birds or eggs.  Too cute.

     

     

    Easter decorations Easter Centerpieces

    On Easter, everyone brings a dish to share.  This year, I brought roasted beets with yellow peppers and strawberry onions.  It's super easy and I love the color combination.  To make this dish,  just cut up the beets, yellow peppers and onions in cubes, then drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.  Season with salt to taste, and broil in the oven for about 20-30 minutes.  I turn them half way through.  If you try the beets, and they taste like dirt, then they are not done.  Cook them for a bit longer until they taste sweet.  That's how you know they are done.  ;)

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    My plate consisted of ham, smoked pork (made by Matt), broccoli salad, squash casserole, broccoli casserole, and my roasted beet dish.  Can you tell I love veggies?

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    While everyone was eating, Piper decided the pool needed some cleaning.

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    And Hayden was ready to help!

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    Jordan brought a delicious strawberry pizza made with a shortbread cookie crust.  It was delicious.  After dessert, it was time for some Egg Hunting!033113_7 033113_8 033113_9 033113_10

     

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    Happy Easter from our family to yours!

  • Strawberries for Valentine's Day

    With Valentine's Day around the corner, it's time to start thinking or at least "pinning" some ideas on how to incorporate strawberries.  Strawberries for Valentine's day are perfect.  Better than roses if you ask me.  ;)  They are a beautiful shade of red, almost shaped like a heart and sweet like candy, without the calories.  Now, I'm not against chocolate covered strawberries, don't get me wrong.  But why not get a little more creative this year!

    Heart shaped strawberry Perfect heart shaped strawberry!

    Pinning for Strawberries

    Have you heard of Pinterest? It's this wonderful collection of beautiful pictures "pinned" by individuals.    Whether you are into fashion, interior decorating, gardening, makeup, organization, cooking, you name it, it's all in Pinterest.  You can easily loose track of time while browsing all of their pictures. If you have some free time, check out and join our Pinterest page by clicking here.  And I seriously mean "free time", prepare to be glued to your computer for way longer than 15 minutes!

     

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    Almost weekly, I get emails from customers requesting our recipe for either the strawberry bread or strawberry cookies.  Sadly, I always reply that I can't because it is our "family secret".  Since I can't share those recipes, here are some of my favorite strawberry "pins".

    Strawberry Bliss

    Strawberry Pie

    Strawberry Meringue Cookies

    Strawberry Bruschetta

    Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

     

    But if any of these sound like to much work, let's face it sometimes we are too busy.  Just bring your sweetheart on by and enjoy a Strawberry Shortcake!

    Strawberries Strawberry Shortcake
    cookies made with strawberries Strawberry cookies

    How about some of our famous Strawberry Cookies for the kid's classmates?  And of course, you can't forget about our Strawberry Milkshakes!  As always, we have gift certificates available because who wouldn't like a little bit of red on Valentine's Day?

    Do you have special plans for Valentine's day?

    Are you "addicted" to Pinterest?

    Do you have a favorite Strawberry recipe?

     

  • Top Three Yellow Tomato Recipes

    I've been on a yellow tomato kick this week and came up with three easy tomato salads.  So far, I've eaten yellow grape tomatoes for breakfast, lunch and dinner!  A couple of days ago, I roasted a double batch of eggplant, zucchini, sweet peppers (red, yellow and orange), mushrooms (button and baby bella), purple onion and yellow grape tomatoes.  Sure it took a bit longer to make a double batch, but they cooked together and I had plenty for various meals.  Win Win.  Once you have roasted them, you may eat them right away or add to your lettuce mix.  If you have any leftovers, you can add it to your salad the next day or mix them in with quinoa or bulgur wheat.

    Roasted Tomato Salad Roasted Tomato Salad

    Roasted Yellow Tomato Salad:

    1 Eggplant, cubed

    1 package mushrooms, quartered

    1 zucchini, cubed

    1 sweet red bell pepper, cut in thin strings

    olive oil

    salt to taste

    In to the broiler for about 30 minutes.  I moved them around half way through.

     

    Green Bean and Tomato Salad Green Bean and Tomato Salad

    Green Beans and Yellow Tomato Salad

    My second favorite tomato salad is Green Beans and Yellow Tomato Salad.  Easily made in your pan by searing a handful of green beans, yellow tomatoes and one clove of garlic.  I added the green beans first.  Cooked them with some Olive Oil and salt for about 5 minutes, then added the garlic.  After about a minute, I added a handful of yellow tomatoes.  It was amazing.  The tomatoes got sweeter and somehow juicier.  They seemed to explode in your mouth with every bite!

     

    Tomato Salads Swiss Chard and Yellow Tomato Salad

    Swiss Chards and Yellow Tomatoes:

    If you've been reading my blog, you'll remember I planted a backyard garden from seed in December.   That garden has been growing steadily and I've harvested some Rainbow Swiss Chards as well as Black Seed Simpson Green lettuce.  Along with my eggs, I sauteed a handful of swiss chard and some yellow tomatoes with a little bit of salt and Olive Oil.  Amazing! The flavor combination between the bitter and slightly salty chard and the sweet grape tomatoes was better than any other cold salad I've ever tried!

     

    Grape tomatoes for tomato salads Yellow Grape Tomatoes

    And if you are wondering why I'm on such a tomato kick, the reason is that these little beauties are at our market right now.  They look so happy and cheery I couldn't help but try them.  We should have them in stock for a few days, so try them before they are gone!  And if that's not enough to get you to try them, you should know they are grown in Immokalee, Florida!  Gotta love Florida produce!

    Have you ever had a salad with cooked veggies?

    What's your favorite salad?

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