If you search online for “Ratatouille,” you’ll find some pretty fancypants recipes. They look lovely. The thing is, traditional Ratatouille really isn’t fancy. For hundreds of years, Ratatouille was understood to be a vegetable-based French country stew, made from whatever the cook’s garden happened to offer up for harvest that day. In that spirit, today’s Ratatouille recipe is both flexible and delicious! Save the silver and china for another dinner. 😉 Continue reading
Pineapple relish is incredibly versatile and easy to prepare. Try this relish as an alternative to cranberry sauce with your holiday dinner – it pairs wonderfully with meats, adds lovely color, and Continue reading
Thoughtfully prepared, Brussels sprouts can be as delicious as they are nutritious – and WOW are they vitamin packed! This simple recipe Continue reading
Contrary to what those popular plastic-encased tubes of colored sugar water might have you believe, popsicles don’t need to be high in sugar to be delicious. In fact, they can be… wait for it… good for you! Elvis Pops will help sun-drenched kids cool off in style. There’s really no need to tell them that the treat you’re providing is fueling them up with calcium, protein, vitamins, and fiber. We’ll leave that intel to the grown-ups! 😉
Ingredients (Makes 6 popsicles)
1 large, very ripe banana
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1/3 cup whole milk
Nonstick cooking spray
Step 1) Spray the inside of the popsicle mold lightly with nonstick cooking spray.
Step 2) In a small blender, blend together banana, peanut butter, and whole milk until smooth.
Step 3) Pour mixture into popsicle mold, leaving 1/4 inch of space at the top.
Step 4) Insert popsicle sticks/tops and place mold in the freezer until frozen solid. Enjoy!
Kids love popsicles! They can run around the back yard with them, and rinse off sticky hands and faces by running through the sprinkler. Homemade popsicles are essential… they cost less than store-bought, and using wholesome ingredients means kids enjoy more flavor, take in a few vitamins, and won’t even miss all of the corn syrup and artificial colors in the freezer section of the supermarket.
Strawberry Creamsicles are a favorite here at Crowded Earth Kitchen, but feel free to substitute any fresh, ripe fruit!
Ingredients (Makes 6 popsicles) Continue reading
Are you looking for an easy way to jazz up your weekday lunch?
All over Tokyo, food courts and convenience stores sell triangles of sticky rice filled with all sorts of wonderful goodies. Called onigiri, these snacks fit easily in the palm of your hand, are quite filling, and are very affordable – many cost the equivalent of $1 or less. Our whole family enjoyed sampling onigiri filled with pickles, plums, smoked salmon, and even hard boiled eggs. Our favorite were the plum-filled snacks, which we are creating today.
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Asparagus is at it’s lowest price of the entire year right now, at least where I live. I bought a few bundles and used some to make a pot of this amazing soup. If you’d like to stock up (this soup really is that good), simply follow the directions below and stop at Step 3. You can freeze the partially prepared soup well into autumn, then thaw and continue with the last few steps. So easy!
Ingredients (Serves 4) Continue reading