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Berries of my Heart; A Collection of Florida Blueberry, Blackberry and Strawberry Recipes

Berries of my Heart: A Collecton of Florida Blueberry, Blackberry and Strawberry Recipes. 63 recipes featuring Florida Blueberries, Blackberries, and Strawberries over 65 glossy photographs what to pair with your berries conversion charts full index Breads, Breakfast, Cakes, Desserts, Drinks, Salads, Sauces, Snacks, Spreads $30 shipping included https://www.floridachef.net/product-page/berries-of-my-heart #blueberries #strawberries #blackberries #recipes #farmtotable #BerriesofMyHeart

The Rainbow Food Phenomenon

Rainbow Cobb Salad Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Violet, and Indigo. These colors are what Mother Nature provided to us. The hues are natural and beautiful. These vibrant colors are present in most fruits and vegetables adding a spark to many plates. The influx of multicolored “rainbow food” has become a popular food trend- flashing back to the disco era. These brightly colored foods appeal to many in the Millennial Generation as a new food fad. Unfortunately, most of these recipes require the heavy use of food coloring, consisting of unknown dyes and ingredients to tint the food. I have seen rainbow cake, rainbow bagels, rainbow pizza, and "unicorn drinks" making the stomach of eve

It's Blueberry Season

One of Central Florida's Favorite spring past-time is the emergence of U-Pick Blueberries patches all around. The sweet, succulent jewels are easy to pick, and even easier to eat. Blueberries are good source of antioxidants, heart healthy, and are a healthy addition to the diet. It is becoming one of the top agritourim activities in Florida in the spring. My top pick for U-Pick blueberries is Lake Catherine Blueberries, a family owned and run farm that also has a store to buy homemade goods and ice cream! They occasionally run specials wherein you contribute their selected charitable cause, you get a discount on your blueberry price. On the weekends you will find local bands playing out i

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs?

I've seen many articles posted about people wanting to use "natural dyes" for their easter eggs. After some research on how people have done it, I decided to try it. Here's what worked and what didn't. I started with ingredients that I had available in my house which are known stainers (such as to my white chef coats, cutting boards, etc.) Day 1: I mix each ingredient with 1 cup of boiling water. I added 1 tablespoon white distilled vinegar (unless otherwise noted) and allowed to cool to too temperature. I started with raw eggs (fortuitous on my sake) and soaked each egg for about 1 hour. Most of the colors hadn't started to be absorbed by the shell. At this point I moved each the cont

All you can pick-tomatoes

Tomato u-pick is a fun way to stock up your pantry and belly on lucious ripe (or green tomatoes). Check out this place in South Florida. It is 710 U-pick off of highway 710 in Indiantown, Florida. It is 10 miles west of Indiantown and 16 miles east of Okeechobee. Keep your eyes peeled and GPS on to spot a small road side sign on the East side of the road. The building is not visible from the road either. Produce is either pre-picked or U-pick. Tomato U-pick variety is "Florida 47", a juicy yet firm variety. Fill a 5-gallon bucket with tomatoes, eggplant or numerous varieties of peppers (mix and match) for $12! A 5-gallon bucket of tomatoes weighs approximately 30# when filled. Other pro

Making your Strawberries last all summer

Strawberry season is wrapping up in Florida. As the second largest strawberry producer in the country, Florida strawberries are sweet and juicy ways to celebrate winter turning into spring. At the end of the end of the harvest, don't let the final weathered fruit go to the wayside. Here 8 ways besides fresh strawberries that can cherished long past strawberry u-pick season. 1. Freezing. Wash and dry and the berries. Remove the tops, and place into a resealable bag. Suck out all the air before sealing. Place this bag into a second bag, and remove air before sealing and putting into the freezer. The double bagging will help prevent dehydration from moisture loss. Shelf life: 6 months. 2

Last of the Spring Berries

Slice your strawberries into to 1/8" slices, sprinkle with a little sugar, and lay flat on a sheet pan lined with a silicone mat. Place in a oven preheated to the lowest temperature. Dry for 45 minutes to an hour. Store in an airtight container. #strawberries #preserving

Campfire Chicken

Nothing is more satisfying than cooking outdoors. Instead of using your grill, make a fire with hardwood in your fire pit or chiminea and burn down to coals. Set a grate or oven rack over a few bricks or large pieces of wood, and watch as your meal crisps and slowly bakes over flavorful coals. Also if you wrap an oiled and seasoned potato in foil, you can use a shovel or trowel to bury the potato in the coals. It will come out pleasantly crispy, with just a tint of smokiness. Use the grate to grill your spring veggies while you are waiting for the chicken. Here's the recipe: Campfire Chicken #chicken #rosemary #campfire

Florida Peaches

Florida Peaches are in Full Bloom! Two peach varieties were developed by the University of Florida specifically for the Florida landscape and climate: Tropic Beauty and UF Sun. Tropic Beauty is a freestone variety has an interior that is more red on the insideUF Sun is a clingstone variety that is more dependable but a smaller peach. Here at Florida Classics, a Fruit Co-op Packing house the production lines are in full swing. The air was sweet with peaches as Florida peaches are being packed and boxed to be shipped across the United States.

What's in Season- April?

What’s in Season? Look for these items in your local markets, farms and fish mongers. #EatFresh, # EatLocal, #EatSustainable Artichokes Asparagus Beets Bell Peppers Blueberries Broccoli Cabbage Cantaloupe Cauliflower Celery Cucumbers Eggplant Florida Sweet Corn Grapefruit Green Beans Grouper Kale Lavender Mint Morel Mushrooms Okra Oranges Peas Pompano Potatoes Radishes Ramps Rhubarb Stone Crab Claws Swiss Chard Tilefish Tomatoes Yellow Squash Yellow Tail Snapper Watermelon ©2016 Jennifer M Denlinger www.FloridaChef.net https://www.floridachef.net/whats-in-season #WhatsinSeason #Local #seasonal

How to have great compost

Composting is a great way to add nutrients the soil, and to reduce food waste. Traditionally composting is done in a black box, or covered with a tarp, or something similar. It is done this way because the heat generated actually speeds up the decomposition of materials and promotes healthy microorganisms. The darkness also allows for humidity to accumulate which is vital. (150F is ideal) Compost also needs to be turned or rotated. This keeps the microorganism working, adds air and oxygen to the mix, and most importantly, keeps an even mix. A weekly turning of materials will do the trick. Layer ingredients until you reach capacity. Alternate between brown (grass/yard clippings,

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