Getting Creative with Tomatoes

I say to-MAY-to you say to -MAH-to. It’s summer and there are tomatoes everywhere! Yum! But eating just plain tomatoes everyday can get boring, so we looked to find a creative new way to make a summer fresh tasty treat!

And what would be better than this?

Heirloom Tomato & Peach Salad

A fresh and delicious salad bursting with color!

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients:
(Always use organic ingredients when available.)

2 heirloom tomatoes (or I used half of four different-colored heirlooms), cored and thinly sliced
2 ripe peaches, cored and thinly sliced
quarter of a red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup torn fresh basil
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. balsalmic or cider vinegar

Summer Sun Tea

Does anything define summer more than an icy cold glass of refreshing iced tea? Even better if it’s homemade.

I bet you didn’t realize it was so easy to make! Now you can look like the new Martha Stewart while it’s brewing, and sit back and relax with a glass (or two) because it is literally effortless!

Homemade Sun Tea

1. You will need a sun tea jar. You can find them at Target for about $5-$8. Or you can use smaller mason jars, or get a fancy, glass one at many home stores like Pottery Barn.

2. Fill with water.

3. Add approximately 8-10 tea bags, depending how strong you like your tea. (you might have to adjust after your first brew).

4. Get fun with fruit! We like to slice up and add a lemon, but you can try lots – like the rhubarb recipe we recently posted, strawberries, lime, mint – the ideas are endless!

5. Let it ‘sun’ on your window sill or balcony for the entire day (at least 8-9 hours). I usually put mine out in the morning so it is ready when I get home!

6. Squeeze out the excess tea in the tea bags and remove.

7. Chill and store in the fridge for an icy-cool beverage when you want! VIOLA!!

Photo: Joanne Gilman

10 Ways to Love Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter.  The childhood favorite. An easy, delicious spread that is always ready for a quick pb&j on the go.  And while we may all love a good peanut butter and jelly sandwich – there are actually many other yummy ways to eat it – so we thought we would share this awesome article from the Food Network on 10 way to love peanut butter!

10 Ways to Love Peanut Butter

(via Food Network)

1: Solo
Peanut butter is just so good on it’s own. A light smear on celery sticks, apple slices, or whole grain crackers and you have a heart-healthy and satisfying snack. Sprinkle on some sunflower seeds for crunch or a few raisins for natural sweetness. Each tablespoon has about 110 calories so portion out to keep the calories reasonable. Ever tried making your own nut butters?
RECIPE: Make Your Own Nut Butters 2: Energy Bars
Make your own simple and delicious version of an energy bar. Peanut butter acts as the healthy glue to hold them together.
RECIPE: Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bars 3: Smoothies
Who needs ice cream when you have the creamy goodness of peanut butter?! Perfect for a post-workout protein boost or breakfast on the go.
RECIPE: Peanut Butter Split Smoothie4: Stir Fry
Melt a spoonful of PB into stir fried noodles for a silky and flavorful sauce.
RECIPE: Stir Fry Basics

5: Salad Dressing
Make a thick and creamy dressing without the unhealthy fats. Toss it up with fresh veggies, cooked chicken and a citrus punch.
RECIPE: Chicken Salad with Peanut-Lime Vinaigrette

6: Satay
Grilled chicken, steak, and shrimp love peanut butter too. Combine with soy sauce, brown sugar, lime and chili paste for a sweet, sour and creamy dipping sauce.
RECIPE: Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

7: Yogurt Dip
For another take on dips, mix creamy peanut butter with nonfat Greek yogurt for a light and tangy dipping sauce for strawberries, apple slices, carrot sticks or whole grain pretzels.

8: Sweet Treat
If you love peanut butter and chocolate, this is the munchie for you! Try to find banana chips that aren’t fried in oil to save a few calories.
RECIPE: Memphis Banana Bites

9: Quick Breakfast
A healthy and satisfying breakfast doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming – it’s as easy as 3 ingredients.
RECIPE: Peanut Butter & Green Apple Toast

10: Soup
Whisk in some peanut butter to soups and stews for a nutty flavor and unbeatable texture. Earthy vegetables like butternut squash and sweet potatoes make the best flavor combos.
RECIPE: Nutty Sweet Potato Soup

Read more at: http://blog.foodnetwork.com/healthyeats/2011/03/01/10-ways-to-love-peanut-butter/?hootPostID=71c2d3488470afb9dc0da8a5e1424a3d&oc=linkback

June is National Iced Tea Month

Did you hear that June is National Iced Tea Month? Does anything sound more refreshing??? We loved iced tea – sun tea brewed on your windowsill or back porch, fresh Iced Tea from your local farm, and all the other many varieties we carry in the store.  Lemon, black, green, raspberry – the list goes on and on and on with delicious flavors and concoctions – but until now, we have never heard of Rhubarb Iced Tea!

And what a better way to enjoy this seasonal fruit (or is it a vegetable?) than as a flavored iced tea? We’re thinking strawberry rhubarb pie as a drink. YUMMMMM.

Here’s the recipe we came across –

Rhubarb Iced Tea

Adapted from Martha Stewart, serves 4 (or 1 very thirsty, stressed out person)
Ingredients:
6 stalks rhubarb, cut into 3-inch lengths
6 cups water
Agave, to taste (I like my iced teas only slightly sweetened, so I didn’t add much)
Directions:
1.  Bring the rhubarb and water to boil in a large saucepan, then simmer for an hour.
2.  Strain the liquid, add agave to taste (I like mine just barely sweetened), and chill.
3.  Serve over ice.

Find Your Beach with $4 off Corona

We have this awesome rebate for you from Corona – just in time for Father’s Day weekend AND the Fourth of July (doesn’t expire until July 14th!). Print out and mail in this rebate form with your original cash register receipt and get a check back in the mail for up to $4!

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Unusual Uses for Lemons

The lemon. Who knew it was so multi-purposeful? We thought it was fun when we learned you could make a homemade body scrub – but this infographic shows that you should order about 10 lemons to be delivered right now!! Big props to the website, http://www.rawforbeauty.com, for finding all these awesome ideas and combinding them into one amazing photo. Kudos, you just made our day – and I bet, our readers’ as well!

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Last Chance to Enter to Win our Contests!

We try to have lots of fun giveaways and contests throughout the year – currently we still have two running – and you have a couple days left to enter to win, so don’t miss out!

Win a $50 BBQ Spree For Father’s Day!

Posted on May 23, 2013

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Posted on April 25, 2013

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