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Edible Flowers


I love flowers in food, it is like bringing the flower garden to your table. And for some reason all of these flowers are very easy to grow. Once they are flowering in your garden (you might even already have some of these), you are not going to stop at fancying your water. Sprinkle them on cakes and puddings, toss them with your salads, cut them like bright colored confetti to sprinkle on a dull cookie that needs a little joy. Here are a few suggestions for using edible flowers…

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Fresh and Fruity Summer Porridge (Bircher Muesli)


Porridge is not just for winter! Here is a cool, tangy, creamy, fruity, porridge for summer.

Mix raw rolled oats, yoghurt and fruit. Spoon it into pretty glasses or mason jars. Pop them into the fridge overnight so all the flavors get to know each-other.

Good Morning! Today you have time to have breakfast in the sun or just toss a mason jar to-go into little hands and big hands as they run out the door…

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Spinach Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

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Spinach and artichoke hearts are sautéed with shallots and garlic, enriched with creamy goat cheese, then brightened with fresh lemon juice. Kids will have fun scooping the cavities out of each baby portabella mushroom and stuffing them with the veggie goat cheese filling. This recipe comes to us from Patrice Berry of Circle B Kitchen.

Visit The Kids Cook Monday for the full recipe for Spinach Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms.

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Storing Fresh Vegetables

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We are big fans of in-season, farm fresh vegetables. But how to clean and store the produce to keep it at its best?

There are different opinions as to whether you should wash your produce first or not. Washing can bruise the produce making it susceptible to spoiling sooner. Unless you are going to use the produce immediately, my recommendation would be to gently brush off any dirt and store in the fridge in separate bags or containers until ready to use, then wash well.

If you choose to wash produce before storage, be sure to thoroughly dry it with a clean paper or dish towel. Wrap salad greens in paper towels before putting them in bags. Never wash berries until you are ready to eat them.

As far as herbs go, herbs love to be treated like flowers, so put them in a vase, and beautify the interior of your fridge with them, unless it is basil, they don’t like the cold, so keep them in a vase on your counter.

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