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ALL ABOUT SQUASH: Squash Varieties

Squash Varieties

Originating in Mexico and Central America, people have been eating squash for more than 7,500 years. Native Americans shared squash seeds in different varieties with European explorers, who then took the new crop back to their lands to grow. Continue reading

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S’mores Recipes

S’mores. We’ve all had ‘em. We all love ‘em. Gathering around a campfire and spending time roasting marshmallows is a childhood favorite that doesn’t disappear as we “grow up.” Next time you’re hosting a party outback and have the fire pit lit be sure to provide your guests with s’mores making essentials, plus a few fun twists!

The Essentials:

You’ll want to create a station fully stocked with the following:

  1. Graham Crackers
  2. Marshmallows
  3. Chocolate Bars

The “I Have to Try This” Items:

Be the talk of the town with these bonus s’mores ingredients:

  1. Peanut Butter Cups – swap out a chocolate bar for a peanut butter cup for a rich creamy s’more
  2. Peeps – add color to the typical neutral shades of a s’mores with a Peep
  3. Peanut Butter – wiped on to a graham cracker is a tasty surprise
  4. Ice Cream – use in conjunction with the marshmallow, or without
  5. Cookies – substitute cookies for graham crackers

The Avant Garden Décor Favorite:

Peanut Butter S’more Recipe

Ingredients

• Large Marshmallows
• Graham Crackers
• Large Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups (or a jar of creamy peanut butter and milk chocolate bars)

Preparation

  • Gently roast a large marshmallow on a long fire-safe fork over a fire. When the marshmallow is sufficiently warm and golden-brown, place the marshmallow on a graham cracker. Stack a large peanut butter cup on top of the marshmallow followed by another graham cracker and enjoy!
  • A spoonful of creamy peanut butter and bar of milk chocolate can also be used in lieu of the peanut butter cup.
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Mint Puppy Chow Recipe

Ingredients

  • 9 cups of rice square cereal
  • 1 1/2 cups mint chocolate (chips or bars)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Preparation

Empty cereal into a large mixing bowl. Melt butter and mint chocolate and combine evenly. Pour melted butter and chocolate over the cereal and mix gently, until the chocolate is spread evenly throughout the cereal. Place cereal/chocolate mixture into a large plastic bag and pour the powdered sugar over the top. Shake the mixture until the mix is thoroughly coated.

Spread the mixture out on wax paper to harden.

*Add dark chocolate and broken candy canes to the melted chocolate for extra flavor.

Mint Tea With Lime Recipe

Mint Tea with Lime Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 Quarts water
  • 8 Green (or black) tea bags
  • 1 bunch fresh mint (about 1 ½ cups)
  • ½ cup lime juice
  • Sugar (as desired)

Preparation

Heat water until it is just about to boil, add sugar if desired. Remove water from heat, place tea bags and mint leaves in the water and allow it to seep for about 12-17 minutes. Once the tea has reached the desired strength, remove tea and mint and chill.
Add lime juice to taste immediately before serving.

source: averagebetty.com

Peanut Butter S’more Recipe

Ingredients

• Large Marshmallows
• Graham Crackers
• Large Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups (or a jar of creamy peanut butter and milk chocolate bars)
Preparation

Gently roast a large marshmallow on a long fire-safe fork over a fire. When the marshmallow is sufficiently warm and golden-brown, place the marshmallow on a graham cracker. Stack a large peanut butter cup on top of the marshmallow followed by another graham cracker and enjoy!

A spoonful of creamy peanut butter and bar of milk chocolate can also be used in lieu of the peanut butter cup.

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Tomato Mozzarella Salad Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 pints of cherry tomatoes (sliced or whole)
  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves
  • 8 ounces of small, fresh, lightly-salted mozzarella balls
  • 3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • Kosher or Sea Salt

Preparation

Combine tomatoes and mozzarella into a large bowl, slice into smaller pieces of desired. Add basil leaves and mix gently while adding olive oil and vinegar. Salt to taste and refrigerate until serving.

Lemon Pepper Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

Lemon-Pepper Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

Ingredients

  • 12 cups chicken broth
  • 4 boneless chicken thighs
  • 2 ½ cups wide egg noodles
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 ½ tb lemon pepper
  • 1 tb parsley
  • sea salt
  • fresh-ground pepper

Preparation

Preheat oven to 400º F.

Lightly cover chicken thighs with half of the olive oil and all of the lemon pepper. Place on shallow roasting pan and cook until internal temp 165º F (approx 15-20 mins depending on size). Once the chicken thighs have cooled enough to touch, dice into small portions and set aside.

Heat a large pot of lightly salted water until it begins to boil. Add noodles and remaining olive oil, and boil until tender (approx 6-10 mins). Drain the water and rinse the noodles in cold water and set aside.

In a large pot bring chicken broth and lemon juice to a boil. Add diced chicken, noodles, parsley, and salt and pepper to taste. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 10 minutes. Serve or refrigerate immediately.

Herbed Macaroni and Cheese

Herbed Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Ingredients

  • Salt
  • 1 pound macaroni (regular or whole grain)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • About 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup basil, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chives, cut into small bits
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup sharp white cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 cup Gruyère cheese, divided
  • 1 cup shredded Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, divided

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Pumpkin Whoopie Pie Recipe

Ingredients

For the Cookies

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked pumpkin
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 tablespoon ginger
  • 1/2 tablespoon cloves (ground)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

For the Filling

  • 2 cups 10X confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Cookies: Combine the oil and brown sugar in a mixing bowl, add the pumpkin and eggs until they are all mixed into a thick paste. Add the rest of the ingredients and combine until thick and doughy. On a lightly greased baking sheet, drop large teaspoon-sized amounts of dough at even spacing throughout the pan. Bake the cookies at 350°F for about 10 to 12 minutes, until the cookies are firm.

Filling: Thoroughly combine egg white, milk, and vanilla in a new bowl with half of the confectioners sugar. Then add the shortening and the remaining confectioners sugar. Mix until the filling is smooth and fluffy.

Once the cookies have sufficiently cooled, spread an equal amount of filling between two cookies to form the whoopie pie.

Serve immediately.

Yields: approx. three dozen whoopie pies

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Planting Herbs 101

Plants have always been used to provide food and to add flavor to our foods. Many people grow herbs through the summer months, but shy away from continuing herb gardening through winter months. With the use of planters and containers, indoor herb growing is an easy task and will fill your home with a delicious aroma!

Most herbs need about six hours of sunlight each day. Plan to place your herb containers in a well-lit space where they can soak up the sun for energy and growth. It is important to note that containers have a tendency to become little heaters for your plants, so depending on which type of container you use, your herbs may need less sunlight than if they were placed outdoors.

Consider the watering needs of your herbs when you choose their container. Some herbs appreciate a constant supply of water, which can be achieved through a self-watering container. Other varieties of herbs can survive with periodic watering and can be placed in most any container. Herb containers should offer sufficient drainage because overwatering your herbs may kill them. Most herb plants have shallow roots so you can use smaller containers, too!

Equip yourself with high quality planting soil and fill your pots half way. If starting with seeds, fill the container ¾ of the way and place the seed about two inches into the soil. If transplanting a started seed, place the plant and roots into container and fill the remaining space with potting soil.

Now that you’ve got the necessary information to get started, it is time to choose which herbs to grow! Here are a few staples you may want to have in your home:

Parsley – With low light and watering requirements, this plant will provide a tasty addition to your recipes.

Mint – Known to grow like a weed, peppermint will choke out other herbs in the same container. Place a “peppermint only” container in an area that receives a small amount of light throughout the day.

Oregano – A required 6-8 hours of sunlight is suggested for healthy growth, so place your oregano container in a southwest-facing window.

Basil – Popular and frequently used in the culinary world, your best bet is to host African Blue Basil indoors. Hydroponic growth for basil is a great option, too.

Chives – An easy-to-grow herb that does not require much light. These are best started from already established plants.

Now that you’re prepared with knowledge and a few tips for better planting and growing, you’re all set to get started. Which herbs will you plant today?