Butternut Squash is easy and delish!
My garden is beginning to fade away! It's hard to believe that summer is so close to being a memory. I'm not ready! But, one of the things that I love about the end of summer is harvesting my winter squash. This season we planted butternut squash. We vary what we plant each season.
More Canning Tips and Do's/Don'ts
Do not use overripe fruit. Canning doesn't improve the quality of food, so if you start out with low quality, it will only get worse in storage. Plus
Do not add more low-acid ingredients (onions, celery, peppers, garlic) than specified in the recipe. This may result in an unsafe product.
Cool Summer Drinks
It has been sooo hot! I guess that we are paying for the mild winter that we had. I know I felt that heat here in Charleston, where I'm working right now. So, when it feels like 110 in the shade, it's a great time to cool down with icy cold and delicious summer drinks. Especially since you can find fresh fruit to go in them right now!
Kabobs for all tastes
There is almost no end to what you can cook on a stick. If you can cook it and it's solid, you can skewer it and grill it. That applies to meat, veggies, fruit, bread and even tofu! So, use your imagination to come up with great combinations. The only rule is that you want the items on the kabobs to be about the same size so that they will cook at the same rate.
Small Bites and Crisp Whites
Warm weather calls for lighter fare and the simplicity of outdoor entertaining. So, take your entertaining outdoors and chill out by serving up delicious small bites paired with crisp, refreshing white wines.
Summertime is burger time
Obviously it’s hot outside but that doesn’t mean that we don’t want to crank up the grill! I use my grill twelve months a year. For me, the only bad time to grill is in pouring rain. But, I have even done it then. After all, I have a golf umbrella and they are BIG so I can still stay dry.
What is your barb IQ?
One of the articles that I did early in my journey with the Daily Southerner was on barbeque. It's the first time I ever got hate mail. I knew that North Carolinians took their barbeque seriously but I didn't expect quite as much passion as I found. Today I am including the 2 recipes that started that. One is eastern and one is western. However, the rest of the country takes barbeque pretty seriously too. Two of those areas is Memphis and Kansas City. So, today, you get a taste of all four styles.
I am always trying to watch what I eat and get more healthy. However! I don't want to give up great tasting food to do it. You don't really have to give up anything. You just have to re-invent it a bit. Reduce the fat and calories and you can have your favorites in moderation.
I have a sweet tooth. I didn’t have that problem when I was younger, but the older I get, the more I am attracted to sweets. That is NOT a good thing. However, it does send me online looking for great dishes that are sweet. Keep in mind that most of these sauces are great on fruit, sponge cake and ice cream.
Salads That Aren't
When someone says salad, what does your mind conjure up? Of course it's lettuce, tomatoes, onions, etc. We know that other things are called salad but they aren't really salads. Here are some great recipes for some of these dishes that are and aren't salads. These dishes can be used as brunch main dishes or side dishes for dinner.
The first is traditional macaroni salad. Make this at least several hours ahead so that the flavors blend.
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