Garlic scapes are the flower stalks of a garlic plant before the flower opens. Use these tasty little curly Q’s the same as you would garlic bulbs, without having to wait for the bulbs to be ready to harvest. Consider them a preview of how lovely your garlic will be!
You will need:
6 garlic scapes, washed and chopped
1 can chickpeas, (reserve liquid when draining)
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup tahini
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients except chickpea liquid in food processor or blender and combine until it becomes a thick paste. If it seems to be too dry, add a small amount of chickpea liquid and blend again. Continue this until mixture is a thick, wet paste.
Serve with your favorite dipping item. Suggestions: carrot sticks, celery sticks, pepper slices, pretzels, pita bread, corn chips, tortillas, or whatever you like! You can use it for a healthy alternative to butter or mayonnaise on bagels and sandwiches. Get creative!
1 mango, peeled & diced
1 kiwi fruit, peeled & diced
1 small red delicious apple, diced (leave skin on)
12 green grapes, diced
1Tbsp locally grown honey
1 Tbsp. sugar
Dash chili powder
Lemon juice (to keep apples from browning)
Toss diced apples with lemon juice before mixing with rest of fruit.
Sprinkle sugar on diced fruit.
Mix cinnamon, honey & chili powder with fruit.
Stir until mixed thoroughly.
Serve with tortilla chips.
We used sliced polska kielbasa, sliced potatoes, sliced carrots, diced bell pepper, diced red onion, and a can of corn. Wrap in foil that has been sprayed with canola oil, grill on medium high for about 25-35 minutes or until veggies are tender. Top with cheese before serving if desired. (You can use canned veggies to speed up cooking time. Canned veggies usually take 20 minutes.)
Since none of us had been there before, and we were feeling a little ‘Saturday Silliness’… Hubby, myself and the Nugget dressed up in hawaiian shirts and hats, and went to the Fulton Street Farmer’s Market, and pretended to be tourists. I took photos, Hubby scouted the jerky and cheese, and the Nugget became the master at acquiring free samples. We picked up a mango, some local honey, some flavored honey sticks, some handmade caramel, and some cheese. A good time was had by all!
If you like Hummus, you have got to check out LeKabob. They are on 28th street in Kentwood. Their spicy hummus is TO DIE FOR. Seriously. The amazing bonus are the little freshly baked breads that come with it. So dang good.
I was introduced to Thai food by my friend Lewda a few years ago, and I’ve been searching for a good Thai place in my neighborhood. I discovered Thai Express, and I love them! They are located in the Town & Country Plaza in Kentwood, Michigan. The food is fresh and tasty, the portions are sizable, and the price is right! I opted for the Pad Prik, and added snow peas and broccoli. My friend had Pad Har Sahai, and we shared an order of crab cheese. Everything was most excellent! You can choose your spice level, and we both really liked that. I definitely have found my neighborhood favorite!