My husband, Jim, grew up in a town in northern San Diego called Fallbrook. The town is known for its amazing avocado groves. They claim the title of "The Avocado Capitol of the Country." They even have an avocado festival there each year. So -people that grew up there probably know a thing or two about guacamole. :) Jim's brother, Bob, makes this guacamole and it's awesome! My kids call him "Uncle Bob" and are completely smitten with him. After all - he plays trains and cars with . . .
Do you guys know how to pick the best, sweetest cantaloupe? When you are picking out the melon, smell where the vine was attached. The stronger it smells the riper, sweeter it is. I don't know where I heard this advice but its been the most reliable piece of advice I've had about picking the best fruits so far! Now, let me tell you about this salad... This salad is really simple and it's own ingredients are the main show. So you want to be sure to have great fresh fruits. I shop at Ralphs . . .
Did you know that June is national iced tea month? I don't drink black tea, but I LOVE iced herbal tea. It is such a little treat for me. I usually add in a touch of almond milk and stevia for a sweet afternoon treat. As you know, we are good friends with the folks over at Takeya. I really love their pitcher. I use it for crystal light, orange juice, ice tea, and ice water. Each time I've used it while entertaining, I get questions about it. I love making iced tea in the pitcher . . .
One of my favorite things about summer is the juicy, fresh produce. Especially from our farmer's market. ESPECIALLY those of the sugary, sweet variety. Make your simple syrup with juice, lime juice, and sugar. Sometimes I go a little overboard and buy a ton of my favorite fruit, nectarines and peaches, so the other day I busted out a cobbler for a friend I took dinner to (while I ooh'ed and ahh'ed at her new, precious little bebe). Smoothies are always wonderful with ripe fruit, . . .
Have you guys jumped on the bandwagon yet? One of my biggest weaknesses is soda! I love an icy cold soda at about 3pm - with a straw. Many times I've tried to kick this craving with so much luck! When I heard about La Croix I thought it was something I could get behind and try and slowly get off of my soda addiction. La Croix is a sparkling water with a flavor essence. They have lots and lots of flavors to choose from. Today I'm drinking apricot which is the perfect summer flavor. La . . .
My family is on a blackened salsa kick this last month. Two of my favorite restaurants make their salsa blackened. I've tried roasting my salsa several times but it wasn't the same! I was missing a few key elements. I found this out one day while touring the back kitchen of a popular restaurant here in Southern California. As I walked by a few of the chefs I noticed they were chopping up many black, charred vegetables. Peppers, tomatoes, and SHALLOTS. (Not onion.) So I tweaked my recipe to . . .
We are back with one more fruit leather recipe for you. This one is simple and delicious. It's the perfect addition to your child's lunch box. Strawberry vanilla fruit leather - my kids gobbled this right up! So did I, for that matter. And you can't go wrong with 3 ingredients! Strawberries, vanilla extract, and honey. Puree in your blender and spread on your dehydrator fruit leather sheet - or on a silpat on a cookie sheet if you're oven dehydrating. Skip the fruit by the . . .
Need a savory snack to satisfy your afternoon sweet tooth? You've gotta try these green bean crisps. So so easy and so addicting. I bought my green beans already trimmed in a big bag from Costco. I rinsed them with some cool water and added a tiny sprinkle of salt. I transferred them to my dehydrator, but a baking sheet lined with parchment and a low temp oven will do the trick too! I dried them for about 6 hours and then tossed with a tiny bit of olive oil. So so yummy. And . . .
Veggie chips are all over the place right now! They come puffed, dried, fried and freeze dried. They come in all shapes, colors and sizes. So, Why not make your own? You can use your own fresh ingredients and know what is going into and onto your food PLUS all the squash is in season right now so it will taste amazing when you make these. Full of fresh flavor. They are so easy to make. I take a sweet potato, yellow squash and a zucchini. Slice them really thin. I love my JA Henckels knives . . .
Homemade fruit leather has become a fast favorite around our house. It is so easy, and the combinations are endless. I hope you all have been enjoying our Summer Snack Series here on Oh So. Today I want to share one of our very favorite fruit leather combos - mango lime. Years ago I was told to always eat mango with a squeeze of lime - and oh boy that was such good advice. It is such a nice combo - the sweet with the tart is a party on your tongue. So - of course I put this combo . . .