The weather in Salt Lake has been amazing and on Saturday I decided working in the garden had to take priority to posting on the blog or cooking. I'm trying to get a lot done this weekend, because next weekend I'll be traveling again, going to Washington D.C. to visit a good friend. I love D.C. and always enjoy visiting there. I used to go there four times every year for meetings when I was on the NEA Board of Directors, which is the governing board for the biggest teacher's union in the U.S.
|This Red and Green Fruit Salad is easy and delicious!|
(Updated with new photos and step-by-step instructions, September 2014) Recently I started learning about anti-oxidant rich foods, but when I tried to eat more of I noticed I was ignoring the berries. Truthfully, I've never been that good of a fruit eater, and now that I'm watching for carbs a bit more, I'm more likely to choose something like rice or beans for my higher carb foods for a meal. But berries do have amazing nutritional value, so I am making a vow to include them in my meals a little more often, starting with this delicious Red and Green Fruit Salad!
This recipe is dedicated to my brother Rand, the absolute fruit lover in my family. I remember when Rand lived in Chicago, every time he came to visit my mother would put out a big bowl of fruit on the table for him. For Rand and all the other fruit lovers out there, you're going to love this recipe!
In Salt Lake we've been having a very strange week of weather, with snow on Monday, rain on Tuesday, then gradual warming up to 70 degree temperatures Saturday and clouds again today. I've spent the week catching up from being out of town, so not much cooking has been going on around here, but in other parts of the world, herb bloggers have been whipping up some pretty tasty looking things. But, before I tell you about the posts from this week, I want to let you know about an event that I think a lot of you will find interesting. Between now and the end of May, Kevin of Seriously Good (a seriously good food blog) will be collecting links to asparagus recipes, in an event he's calling Asparagus Aspirations. Every Monday Kevin will post the links he's received that week, and at the end of May he will create a permanent site with asparagus recipes. So make something with asparagus, send him your link, and be sure to link to his blog in your post so others can find all those yummy asparagus recipes.
I'm so happy it's Saturday!! All week I've been playing catch up, but today I'm going to get back to cooking so I'll have something to blog about! Meanwhile, here are a few more flowers that I saw in Texas. Yesterday I showed flowers by the roadside in Texas. Most of today's flowers were on the grounds of the Alamo in San Antonio, a place I really enjoyed visiting. If you've got herbs, plants, veggies, or flowers that you want to feature for Weekend Herb Blogging, send me the link by mid-afternoon on Sunday (kalynskitchen AT comcast DOT net) and include a link to my blog with the words Weekend Herb Blogging. Then be sure to come back and check out the Recap on Sunday night to see the great things other bloggers have sent.
Last weekend I was away on a trip to Texas, and I never really did buy any groceries for the week, so I find myself being grateful that flowers are one of the things that are included in the list of possibilities for Weekend Herb Blogging! If you check the Weekend Herb Blogging Archives, you'll see that you can blog about any herb, plant, vegetable or flower, so this week I'm going to share some of the flowers I saw in Texas. It had not rained for quite a while, but we still saw some beautiful flowers. I managed to get a photo of some rosemary, which was the only herb I saw. Many of these shots were taken by the side of the road with cars whizzing by, so forgive me if the focus is not always perfect!
It's Easter Sunday and I'm just getting back from a great trip to Texas, so I wasn't doing any herb blogging myself this week. I expected that there would be a number of people taking a break for Easter, but there were still a few dedicated herb bloggers. Hope all of you were having a fun time this Easter, whether or not you were blogging.
This week I'm officially on spring break from school, and as I mentioned yesterday, I'm getting ready to go to Texas to spend time with a man who's very important to me. I'd planned to post recipes on Monday and Tuesday, but now I realize I don't really feel like cooking because I won't be home to eat the food, and I promised myself earlier this year that I wouldn't make food just so I could post about it on the blog.
Next week is spring break for my school, which means I get nine straight days off. I'm mentioning it here because I'll be going away to Texas to visit a man who is very special to me, and I'm taking a few days off from blogging. I'll be home to do the WHB Recap on Sunday. That's Easter, so I'm thinking there may be others also taking time off. If you send me a link sometime during the week, you won't hear back from me until I post the recap.
(This is another recipe from my recipe archives that I'm updating and adding a photo. This photo was from the Utah Food Bloggers Dinner the weekend before last, and the chicken was a big hit. The recipe below was first published in the summer of 2005.)
There are two things I really like about April. One of them is spring break; what's not to like about that? For me this year, it's one more week and then nine days off. The second thing is planting the garden. These two things go well together, since for a few years now, I've been planting quite a bit of my garden during spring break in April, and I've been very lucky with the weather so far. In Utah the general rule for planting is Mother's Day, so I'm pushing it by at least three weeks, but I have a fence on three sides of my garden, so it stays a bit warmer. I'm hoping to do some serious planting in about ten days.
Today is the first day of *Daylight Savings Time* in the U.S., that annual lunacy that makes us force our bodies to adapt to new time schedules. I hate Daylight Savings Time with a passion. For me, I just get to where I am waking up naturally because it's a little lighter in the morning, and then the change to daylight savings time comes. Personally I wish we would do away with it.
Last night I went to dinner at the home of my friend Georgette, who is really a great cook. You might recognize her name from Georgette's Greek Zucchini and Georgette's Really Lemony Greek Pilafi, just two of the much-used recipes I've gotten from her. We were having dinner partly to celebrate her new condo, which was just beautiful.