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New Favorite, High-Protein Snack: Peanut Butter and Honey Parfait!

My friend Mike Campbell introduced me to this new favorite treat! It’s so simple. It’s healthy. And it’s delicious! (And, yes, I told him it was going on my blog.)

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  • 3/4 to 1 cup Plain Whole Milk Yogurt (you can use the low fat if you really want to, but I personally think we need a little fat in our diets to help absorb certain nutrients, and it makes it creamier)
  • 2 Tbsp. All Natural Peanut Butter (or organic, if you can find it)
  • 1-2 tsp. Local Honey (or organic, if you can find it)

Just stir or whip the three ingredients together, and it creates a rich, creamy, high-protein treat that tastes as good as a parfait or dessert mousse. If you want, you can substitute a spoonful of your favorite jam instead of the honey and call it “PB&J Parfait”–great way to get kids (of all ages) to eat yogurt! Bon Appetit!

 

Fresh, February Feast: Cooking in Season

Tonight’s dinner was primarily made from fresh produce that is currently in season! And Bryan brought home some fresh rye and caraway bread from class today to round it all out. Throw in a little citrus and local honey, and we’re golden!

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Counter-clockwise from the top right, we have Sautéed Asparagus and Mushrooms with Fried Eggs, Creamy Cucumber and Avocado Soup, Fresh Bread with Butter, and Broiled Grapefruit with Sliced Bananas and Honey.

Here’s a closer look at the individual dishes:

Creamy Cucumber and Avocado Soup (adapted from EatingWell.com) - my friend Ashley shared this recipe and told me to double the avocado and add tarragon. It was quite tasty! (Click on image for recipe.)

Creamy Cucumber and Avocado Soup (adapted from EatingWell.com) – my friend Ashley shared this recipe and told me to double the avocado and add tarragon. It was quite tasty! (Click on image for recipe.)

Sauteed Asparagus with Baby Bella Mushrooms, Red Peppers, Garlic, Mint, Dill, Cilantro, and Parsley, and a squeeze of lemon juice; and some fried eggs for some extra protein

Sauteed Asparagus with Baby Bella Mushrooms, Red Peppers, Garlic, Mint, Dill, Cilantro, and Parsley, and a squeeze of lemon juice; and a side of Fried Eggs

And last but not least...Broiled Grapefruit with Bananas, Honey, and Ginger from She Wears Many Hats (click on picture for recipe)

And last but not least…Broiled Grapefruit with Bananas, Honey, and Ginger from SheWearsManyHats.com (click on picture for recipe)

It was a feast indeed!

 

Apple Picking Season

It’s National Apple Month, after all. If you live between the Upstate SC and Asheville, check out Sky Top Apple Orchards for a Pick Your Own Adventure! They have a wide variety of apples and other fruits, as well as locally grown honey, apple cider, and other apple treats. For directions, apple recipes, and tips on how to pick the best apples, check out their website here. They also have picnic areas, hayrides, and an animal farm for the kids! And you can’t beat the view! Personally, I can’t wait for October to get here: Pink Lady Apples are my favorite!

What’s in season, you ask? This helpful guide is available on Sky Top’s website:

Type

Harvest Schedule

Characteristics/

Best for

Sour Cherries Late July (By Appt) soft flesh; sour, tart

cobbler, pies, baking, snacking

     
Grapes Late August

NOW PICKING

Great for snacking
     
Asian Pear   August

NOW PICKING

extra crisp, juicy, slight honey flavor

slicing, salads – perfect substitute for honeycrisp

     
Honeycrisp August

FINISHED

round, crisp, mild honey flavor

snacks, salad, sauce

Gala Late August

NOW PICKING

crisp, firm, juicy, mild and sweet

Snacking, Pies and Salads

McIntosh (Macs) Late Aug/Early Sept

NOW PICKING

small, round, tender, juicy, aromatic, sweet

snacks, sauce, salads, sauce, graphic design

Red Delicious September

NOW PICKING

long with knobby ends; sweet, juicy

snacks and salads; not suited for cooking/baking

Golden Delicious September

NOW PICKING

elongated, slightly crisp, mild, sweet

all purpose – reduce sugar when using in pies

Cortland September

NOW PICKING

  round, sweet with hint of tart & tangy, slow to brown when cutsalads, kabobs, garnishes
Jonagold Mid September

NOW PICKING

crisp, juicy, sweet-tart

pies, baked desserts, sauces

Jonathon Mid September round, firm, spicy, sweet and crisp  sauces, snacks, salads, pies, applesauce
Mutsu / Crispin Mid September

NOW PICKING

cider, sauce, eating, Cooking
Blushing Gold Late September Tart, Pies
Ida Red Late September Large; firm texture, tangy, Similar to Jonathan

Snacks, Applesauce, Baking, All Purpose

Staymen October Tart, All Purpose
Cameo October round; extra crisp, sweet, hint of tart

all purpose, especially snacks, resists browning

Red Rome October perfectly round; crisp, somewhat tart

cooking, baking, sauteeing

Winesap October Tart, All Purpose
Granny Smith October extra crisp and very tart

cakes, pies, applesauce, winter keeping

Red Fuji October round, sweet, juicy, firm

all purpose especially snacks

Gold Rush Mid October Specialty
Pink Lady Mid October crunchy, sweet, tart

snacks, salad, baking

Arkansas Black Mid October Tart, Winter Keeping

Celebrating September Holidays with Organic Apples & Honey!

Did you know September is full of holidays? We all know about Labor Day in America. It’s the holiday that celebrates working citizens and, to many of us, marks the end of summer and the onset of fall. But did you know there are several other holidays in the month of September?

Apples and Honey

September is National Honey Month (see www.honey.com) and National Apple Month (see www.usapple.org). I’m wondering if this is in coordination with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year that is often celebrated by dipping apples in honey (symbolic of wishing for a sweet new year). Jews celebrate their New Year, Rosh Hashanah, from sunset on September 8th through nightfall on September 10th this year. See historical info here.

Though there are many differences in celebrations between the Jewish New Year and the January 1 New Year, the idea of resolutions is a similarity between the two. September is a time of new beginnings for many: it’s the beginning of a new school year, the beginning of a fiscal year for many businesses, the beginning of fall, and a great time to start fall cleaning! Several grocery stores have sales on traditional Jewish cuisine. So, introduce a new cultural cuisine to your family, lean down your closets and drawers by fall cleaning, and set some new goals for the remainder of the year. Who says you have to wait till January 1st?!

September is also Organic Harvest Month. See details at http://www.organicconsumers.org/ or http://www.ota.com/news/ohmcalendar.html. “In 1992, the Organic Trade Association implemented ‘Organic Harvest Month™’, a widespread promotion of organic food and agriculture through regional and local events.” If you live in the Greenville, SC, area, check out http://www.localharvest.org/greenville-organic-foods-organization-gofo-M14837 to find farms, local CSAs and other organic event listings.

This article gives some great tips on combining Organic Harvest Month with Rosh Hashanah: http://www.culinate.com/articles/culinate8/sustainable_rosh_hashanah. Enjoy!