Category: Food

Tasty Tuesday!

I thought I would join in on Tasty Tuesday from Marjorie at Blogging Butter! She is sharing a delicious treat that has Rolos in it, which is really making me want to run to the drug store and get a roll! I am going to share a savory recipe that I got from my mom: Pineapple Mango Salsa Ingredients •1 fresh ripe pineapple •1 ripe mango •½ cup red cabbage •½ small red onion, peeled •¼ c cilantro, chopped •2 T fresh lime juice •½ to 1 habenero chili** Directions Cut all pieces into small segments, combine in bowl. Refrigerate 2 hours before serving, keeps up to 2 days. **Be smart and use latex gloves when handling these, and don’t come crying to me when your eyes swell shut. Ta da! That’s all, just some chopping and chilling out before you’re scooping this up in your mouth with tortilla chips! I recommend the Tostito Scoops to get the maximum amount of salsa in your...

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Shopping Charlotte on A Saturday

This past Saturday my friend Emily and I loaded up into her Tahoe and trekked up to Charlotte, NC for a day of shopping in the magical wonderland stores that we do not have in Columbia. Our itinerary included Mary Jo’s  Cloth Store in Gastonia, which was overwhelming with fabric. We both stopped in our tracks at the door and gaped, but not for long, because I tore through the rows and rows and rows of fabric for the bathroom after the hour and a half drive up. Emily quilts and was looking to see what kind of fabrics they had for some custom order quilts she is going to make soon. My favorite aisle was the vegetable, fruits and snacks aisle. There were FOUR DIFFERENT typed of onion print fabric. Garlic, lettuce, corn, tomatoes, and curly fry fabric which is pictured below. Who would need curly fry print fabric? What would you make with this? I want Emily to make me a vegetable soup quilt, but she politely told me to forget it. Then it was on to Ikea, which I have no pictures of, but I do have pictures of some of my finds farther down. Ikea wasn’t terribly crowded for a Saturday, which was pleasant. We made it through it about an hour, believe it or not. By then we were hungry, so we loaded up...

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Gno turning back

I was at work last week looking for something new and interesting to make over the weekend. Right on the front page of was this little gem called ricotta gnocchi. I’ve wanted to try gnocchi since I took Italian in college and we had an Italian food day. Some go-getter in the class made potato gnocchi and I didn’t get a taste before the servings ran out. My gnocchi curiosity had lain dormant until I saw a menu for a new restaurant in Columbia I wanted to try. They had gnocchi on the menu, and I have planned to go but never made it. So, I took a weekend alone in the house and turned it into a gnocchi fest. The recipe follows, except the one change I noted: Ricotta Gnocchi Ingredients Gnocchi: 1 (8 ounce) container ricotta cheese 2 eggs 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 cup all-purpose flour, or as needed **(I needed two 1/4 ish cups, but then again I’m in the South and it was 90 degrees yesterday) Sauce: 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 (15.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes 1 dash crushed red pepper flakes (optional) 6 basil leaves, finely shredded Salt and pepper to taste 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into small chunks Directions Stir together the...

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April Blake edits web content by day and writes by night, usually about local food, unusual flavors, and craft beer. Please follow me on Twitter, but not in real life.

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