What are the best Seafood choices for your region of the country?
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What is your favorite Seafood Dish?
Warm weather calls for cool and refreshing beverages. Homemade Lemonade is a classic that is best when freshly made. Check out these refreshing recipes for Lemonade. Let us know what you think!
Makes: 4-6 servings
Make Simple syrup: bring 1/2 cup water to a simmer and add sugar stirring occasionally over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool.
Combine the lemon and orange juice with the simple syrup in a pitcher and stir in the 3 cups of cold water. Taste, and add more water if needed.
Add the lemon slices to the pitcher. Put ice in tall glasses and serve lemonade over ice.
Add more Flavors to Lemonade ……
Fresh berries or stone fruits add a delightful pop of flavor — as well as gorgeous color —to lemonade. Toss 1 cup sliced fruit with 1 tablespoon sugar. Mash with a fork and set aside for 15 minutes. When ready, swirl macerated fruit into the lemonade. To serve, pour fruity lemonade over ice and garnish with sliced fruit and a lemon slice.
Makes 6-8 servings
Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil and add honey. When honey is dissolved, refrigerate until cool.
Juice the lemons and remove seeds
In a container, add the cool honey water, lemon juice and herbs (muddle the herbs to release their flavor)
Refrigerate for 2 hours and serve Herbal Lemonade over ice.
Garnish with edible orchids. Enjoy!
Add to your table Artichoke this spring for a high content of fiber, potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus and other essential minerals. There isn't much artichokes can’t do to improve one’s health. Specifically, they have been associated with promoting liver health, as well as staving off arteriosclerosis, gout, and migraine headaches. In addition, artichokes are known to improve gall secretions, lower blood sugar, and improve digestion.
The artichoke is a perennial vegetable in the thistle group of the sunflower family. There are more than 140 artichoke varieties but less than 40 are grown commercially. The "vegetable" that we eat is actually the plant's flower bud.
Select artichoke globes that are deep green, with a tight leaf formation, and those that feel heavy for their size. A good test of freshness is to press the leaves against each other which should produce a squeaking sound. Browning of the tips can indicate age, but can also indicate frost damage. One medium to large artichoke will yield approximately 2 ounces of edible flesh.
To store fresh artichokes at home, sprinkle them with a little water and refrigerate in an airtight plastic bag. Do no wash before storing. They should last a week when stored properly.
Preparing artichokes can be a challenge but with a little practice you can easily become a pro. Follow this link to learn How to Cook Artichokes