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Showing posts from August, 2013

How to Get Rid of Pesky Fruit Flies.

The worst thing you can do with fresh produce from the farmers market is refrigerate it.  Everything about it being fresh picked today is diminished by the process, but what do you do to keep the pesky fruit flies away?

I can't figure out how to keep them out of my house, but I did learn this little trick.

Take a small bowl and put cider vinegar or red wine vinegar in it.
Cover with Saran wrap and poke with very small (fruit fly sized) holes.
Place on your counter.

The pests can get in, but they can't find their way back out.  It's somewhat unpleasant, but beats the alternative.

Farmers Market Delight, Zucchini

So much zucchini, but what to do with it?  Fried zucchini?  Delightful, but fried.  Grilled zuke? Awesome, but I am grilled out.  Zucchini fritters?  My mom makes the best so why even try to top perfection.

Here's a super easy, equally impressive zucchini recipe.
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Growing Up Italian; The Curse of Your Great Aunt

Growing up Italian had many benefits. People always asking "why are you so tan". Having a nice dark, olive base that always turned golden brown the first day of summer was awesome.  Secretly, that was more of a result of a mom who made us play outside unless it was raining, but we loved the jealous looks.

Food, food, and more food. Growing up we didn't know that other families didn't cook. We also didn't know

Farmers Market Delight; Swiss Chard

I love living in Michigan for a couple of reasons.  I love the full scope of having four seasons.  The color changes in the fall, the sparkles of fresh white snow, the excitement of spring finally coming after the wonder of winter wears out its welcome, and then there's summer. We treated the family to an amazing spring break vacation to Jamaica this year. Our son wanted the family to relocate and make this our permanent residence, but our daughter had a pretty good argument against it. She argued, "but where would you go on vacations if you lived here?"  I love her logic. I think that Michiganders can appreciate the summer more. It's short here and the second reason I love living here is the long summer nights. When friends visit they always marvel, "Wait.  It can't be 10:00.  It's still light."  

Another love of mine is the Farmers Market (really, I am a sucker for any roadside stand).  This weekend I picked up some beautiful Swiss chard and prepar…