Monthly Archives: August 2017

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Day trip to Yadkin Valley wineries

Head to Central North Carolina for a get away day trip of wine and relaxation. Medaloni Cellars Yadkin Valley wineries, in the central region of North Carolina, are loaded with surprisingly decent dry white & red wines.  The sweet muscadine varietal is there but far from the predominate one.  You'll discover all sorts [...]

By | August 28th, 2017|LIBATIONS, MISCELLANEOUS, RESOURCES, What's Trending|0 Comments

Freezer Pesto

Here's all you need to make & freeze Pesto: Two hefty handfuls of fresh Basil, shredded (not grated) Parmesan cheese, garlic, pine nuts, fresh lemon juice, olive oil and 1 ice cube tray for freezing.  A few great fresh ingredients that pack a punch!  If you have to buy your Basil, I am partial to [...]

By | August 23rd, 2017|Cooking Techniques, GARDENING, Herbs, Recipes|2 Comments

Can you name 20 vegetables?

Every time I travel from Raleigh southbound to South Carolina to visit my Mom, I see a billboard along SC 95 that asks the question: Can you name 20 vegetables? Photo by Rachael Gorjestani on Unsplash Well, can you?  Set a timer for 2 minutes and jot them down or say aloud.  How [...]

By | August 16th, 2017|FARMERS MARKET, GARDENING, Kitchen Fundamentals, MISCELLANEOUS|0 Comments

Juicing Lemons

Did you know it takes approximately 10 lemons to get 1 cup of  juice? Juicing lemons is not difficult.  With a tool or technique, it's a breeze.  Don't bother buying the bottled stuff.  There is a huge difference using fresh.  Lemon juice, when fresh, will brighten the flavor of any dish.  Whether you need a [...]

Chilled Strawberry Soup

Gazpacho, Vichyssoise, Cucumber, Melon, Berries..... Chilled Strawberry Soup is just one of these wonderful varieties of cold summer soups.  Super easy to throw together,  an efficient use of over-ripe & aging produce and a nice change up from the same old same old.   Make them ahead, serve with a salad & crusty bread, you've got [...]

By | August 1st, 2017|Appetizers, Impressive and Easy, Recipes, Seasonal Produce|0 Comments