Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Tomato Flavored Chocolate

Here is a picture of some unusual candy brought back from Japan by Amy and Fox.  At first they thought this candy was confiscated by airplane officials in Japan, but then realized they had them hidden in a special place in their suitcase! This is Chocolate with tomato in it.

I thought it was quite good...since I consider a tomato more like a fruit. Amy does not like tomatoes so this was quite unappreciated by her. I, Joan, enjoyed it!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Favorite Dried Fruit

First of all, before I tell you about the dried fruit I am willing to pay $6.00 plus a pound for, let me tell you about butter pats.

Butter pats are the cutest little ovll dishes..about 3 inches in diameter tha used to be used on tables at dinner time. Each person got their own tiny plate with a pat of butter on it.

Once, my sister Sandy and I went to a pioneer heritage type park in Frisco, Colorado that had all kinds of small pioneer homes that you could go into. One of them had a gorgeous display in a hutch that consisted of rows and rows of butter pats leaning up against the back wall of the hutch: each one unique and cute as could be.

This one I own is the only one left (the rest got broken over the years) of a set of them I had from a collection of dishes found in my husband's mother's garage when she was cleaning it out

The dried fruit here on the little butter pat dish? Dried cherries! These were purchased from a store called Sprout's in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. MMMmmm....

Monday, April 9, 2012

Pizza Dough

I just thought this was fabulous...

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Light Fruit Meal Easter Evening

We wanted something refreshing and light and nutritious and fruity for supper...and here it is:
Equal parts nonfat Greek yogurt and full fat honey Greek yogurt in bowls.......put drained Morello cherries (Trader Joe's brand) and fresh pineapple chunks and some sliced banana and a few chopped walnuts on top!

Popcorn in a Paper Sack

I have heard you could do this: Make popcorn in your microwave just by using a paper sack.
Yet, I always was afraid: afraid that the paper sack would burst into flames. Then a friend of mine told me her husband does it almost every night. No oil needed ...just the kernels and a lunch sack. I had to see if there was anything on youtube about this. Yes! The gal did hers for 5 minutes, which seemed too long to me. And she stapled the bag shut before microwaving it. (It did not spark, by the way.)

I read in a magazine that 1/4 cup kernels in the sack is fine, then fold the open end of the sack a few times nice and tight...and microwave 2 minutes. That seemed like not enough time.
After experimenting, I have found that a scant 1/4 cup ( take a tablespoon of kernels off the top of a full 1/4 cup for about 3:00 or 3:07 minutes worked best!
Dump contents of paper sack into bowl and add melted butter (of course!) and a dash of salt

Friday, April 6, 2012

Wash Your Apples Well

Today I have learned about washing your apples if they are not organic. If you want to educate yourself, no one says it better than this person at the link below!