Thursday, October 26, 2017

Birthday Cake: How to Send via Mail!

Birthday Cake at my house right before I packaged it up to mail.  Of course it is my signature Heirloom Cake!

Birthday Cake set out on the birthday girl's trunk in her college dorm room

Hey, Maura A.!  I finally figured it out!  Here's how to send a homemade birthday cake via mail and have it arrive in perfect condition:

Be sure to include the needed birthday party supplies:
  1. serrated knife for cutting cake (I found a plastic disposable)
  2. paper plates & napkins
  3. birthday candles
  4. box of matches
  5. box for all these supplies (I used an art supply box)
Packaging up the cake so that it doesn't have space to move around:
  1. lay piece of wax paper over top of cake to protect writing 
  2. place several cardboard cake plates over top of wax paper
  3. cover everything with plastic dome 
  4. place covered cake into cake box to fit the size of the dome (a snug fit - no movement in box)
  5. Take to local UPS store and mail - they will use bubble wrap to protect and keep box from moving around in package.

According to the birthday girl....she and her friends enjoyed it and were impressed that it arrived in perfect condition.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Oven Roasted Tomatoes

I participate in a Community Supported Agriculture program.  We purchased a large share of vegetables which equals 26 weeks of Certified Organic and Non-GMO produce. The taste, freshness, and variety of the vegetables has been amazing!
Read all about my favorite CSA - Lancaster Farm Fresh Co-op!
We had a lot of yellow plum tomatoes last week so I decided to roast some of them.  So easy to do and can be added to salads and sandwiches or over pasta.  Delicious!

Oven Roasted Tomatoes
slightly adapted from Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics, p.90

12-15 plum tomatoes (red, yellow, or mix of both) halved
¼ cup olive oil
1 ½ Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced fine
2 teaspoons light brown sugar
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Place tomato halves cut sides up in single layer on sheet pan.  Drizzle with vinegar and oil.  Sprinkle garlic, sugar, salt & pepper evenly over the tomatoes.  Roast for 2 to 2 1/2 hours until tomatoes begin to caramelize and edges are browned.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Zucchini & Chickpea Fritters

These are easy and delicious!  My youngest had a similar dish at a friend's house and wanted to recreate them at home.  I helped a very little bit as her "sous chef".  Next time I will try my hand at making these and I plan to add fresh herbs and corn to the batter.  We served these with sliced avocado, fresh basil, and a green salad.  Tzatziki sauce would pair very nicely - - yum!

Caroline's Zucchini Fritters

three organic zucchini (medium in size)
1/4 cup organic garbanzo bean flour (plus an extra teaspoon or two as desired)
one 15-ounce can of organic chickpeas (rinsed under cold water, drained, and mashed partially)
1-2 organic eggs, beaten (start with one)
freshly ground pepper and kosher salt to taste

Shred the zucchini using a box grater and put in a large bowl.  Using a spatula fold one of the beaten eggs into the zucchini.  Next, fold in the chickpeas and the flour.  Add another beaten egg if you want the batter to be thinner.  Add salt and pepper to taste.
Heat olive oil in a cast iron saute pan or griddle, ladle 1/4 of batter into pan and pat down to a thin pancake.  Cook for a few minutes until edges are golden brown.  Using a spatula flip pancake to other side and cook until golden brown.