October 1, 2012 by betsy
We’re celebrating grapes this month at Seasonal Potluck! Grapes are actually a pretty versatile fruit. They can be eaten simply as a snack, turned into juice or jelly, and also baked into cakes and breads or roasted for a salad. You can also find grape seed flour and grape seed oil which is great for baking because it is flavorless. I’m excited for this month’s ingredient because it is giving me a reason to explore different uses for grapes! Now that baby is one month old (and I think I’m getting the hang of things!) I’m hoping I’ll be able to have the time to make some of the great recipes I’ve found.
Now is still the time for grape harvests in many parts of the world – so feel free to toast grape month with a glass of wine to celebrate while you’re cooking!
Category Featured Ingredients | Tags: grapes,october,recipes | No Comments
August 2, 2012 by betsy
I know I probably say this every year, but I can’t believe it’s August already! July is a month that always seems to fly by for me with the 4th and a vacation usually thrown into that month, I guess it’s no surprise. This August we’ll be using watermelon as our featured ingredient. This works out great for me, as watermelon has been one of my main pregnancy cravings! I’ve been going through about one per week all summer. And even though I’m not sick of it yet, I’m looking forward to using it in some recipes instead of just eating it plain.
There are a lot of recipes out there, both sweet and savory, so don’t be afraid to try something new. Those tomato and watermelon salads are actually good! Betsy and I are looking forward to seeing your watermelon recipes on our link page here. But we’ve also got last year’s corn and peach link parties live! So feel free to visit and share some recipes of your own or just browse around for some ideas.
Category Featured Ingredients | Tags: produce,recipes,seasonal potluck,summer,watermelon | No Comments
July 3, 2012 by betsy
July is cherry month! Cherries are one of my favorite fruits, but I haven’t done much experimenting with them in the way of recipes. With sweet cherries I usually eat the whole lot before I can even think of making a recipe with them. And with sour cherries, pie is my go-to way to use them up. Sour cherry pie is just so good, it’s hard to make anything else!
This is kind of an odd year for cherries given that the crazy spring weather in Michigan destroyed most of their crop. I actually tried to snag a few at Stover’s farm in Berrien Springs, MI yesterday, but no luck. Not only were there none left on the trees, but they didn’t even have any available for purchase! I did see some at the farmer’s market this past Saturday though, so I am confident I’ll be able to get my cherry fix in some way.
Take a look at our cherry link page for recipe ideas, and to share your own! We also have the zucchini and blueberry links from July 2011 for you to view and add to. Summer is here and produce is a plenty, so don’t be shy about joining in the fun!
Category Featured Ingredients, homepage | Tags: cherries,michigan,recipes,seasonal potluck | No Comments
May 1, 2012 by betsy
Avocado month is here! I can’t believe it’s already May – this spring is flying by! Pretty soon we’ll be linking up all of those gorgeous summer fruit and vegetable recipes. Since Betsy and I live on opposite sides of the country, we often have trouble picking ingredients because we see different produce come into our stores and markets at different times of the year. Last year we featured asparagus in May, but this year we picked avocados because you can find the Mexican variety almost everywhere, and California avocados start popping up in the springtime.
Avocados are so versatile. Whether you enjoy them mashed up in guacamole, diced in a salad, sliced on a burger, or baked into deserts, you’re getting a healthy dose of nutrients in every serving! The California Avocado Commission has a great website with recipes and nutritional information, amongst other things. Check out our AVOCADOS link party to find recipes and share your own.
Also, don’t forget to check in on our asparagus link page. It was one of our favorite ingredients, and you’ll find some fantastic recipes in there. The link party has been reopened so that you can share your own asparagus recipes too!
Category Featured Ingredients, homepage, Uncategorized | Tags: avocados,recipes,spring | No Comments