When good intentions go “bad”?

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Recently I found strawberries on sale and I thought I’d do that thing where you buy fruit and keep it available so that you snack on that instead of chips or cookies.  You know.  You see the fruit in the fridge or on the counter and you are just the most healthy thing ever, snackin’ on your fruit.

It didn’t quite work out that way.  Oh, sure, I’d occasionally grab a berry, but I realized that the poor strawberries were not looking so fresh anymore, so what to do?  I HATE wasting food.  Did you know that In the United States, food waste is estimated at between 30-40 percent of the food supply?  That drives me insane!  So much discarded food waste.  Usda  

It’s important to try to find ways to use the food you buy.  I decided I needed to do something quick with those berries.  Now this recipe has been floating around the internet for ages, but I think because of its simplicity, everyone disregards it.  Simple is great, though!  I mean, I love to work through a complicated recipe, but it’s summer, it’s hot and I’ve got berries to use!

Cheesecake Berries                                                                                        I don’t have measurements for this.  If you have that partial block of leftover cream cheese from another recipe, just take that, add a few spoonfuls of powdered sugar, a splash of vanilla and mix it until smooth.  Remove the stem section of the berries and hollow them out just a bit.  Then spoon the cream cheese filling into each berry and then I whipped a bit of cream that I had leftover (see, no waste!),  and sprinkled graham cracker crumbs on the top.

Do I have to mention that I no longer have strawberries rotting in the fridge?

Why “Food Mom 4 Life”?

The reason for the above-mentioned blog title and also my Pinterest and Instagram name is simple.   Food is my primary way of showing affection.  I am not the most demonstrative person.  Hugs and Kisses come naturally to my Italian husband and his family, but my German family is not quite so lovey-dovey!  That’s not to say we don’t love you!  We certainly do, but the way you’ll figure that out is by how much food I offer you.  Interestingly, my daughter recently posted on my Facebook, a delightful birthday wish, in which she mentions that I taught her the value of an always open door and hot food.  True, if you come over to my house, I will either offer you something I’ve just made, invite you to stay for dinner, or make you a cocktail with liquors I just bought and am dying to try out on someone.

Then the 4 Life part.   Food is so important to our good health.  The temptations to eat fast food are so great, but it’s so crucial to eat right and avoid them if you can.  Hopefully, this blog is where you can find quick and easy, tried and true, recipes that will help you drive right on past that Mickey D’s.

So visit with me often, let me feed you or offer you a beverage.  My specialty is a lovely Irish Coffee.   Do come over and try one.

 

 

 

What do I do next?

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A friend of mine recently mentioned to me, after seeing my Instagram posts, that I should start a blog about my adventures in food.   I laughed at that.  See, I know nothing about blogging or writing.  I’m not a college grad.  I’ve only been a mom for 20+ years and soon I will be empty nesting.  What on earth could I talk about?  I do know a few things about cooking.  I don’t mean from formal classes, but from day to day mistakes and successes.  I know about cooking on a budget and experimenting with new ingredients.  Now I need to learn about cooking for 2 and not for 5.

I’m passionate about making things from scratch when possible and I try to cook seasonally and locally.  I also am not afraid of new foods and will seek out fun combinations, then try to reproduce them at home.

Maybe you are the same.  Maybe you are like me and empty nesting, looking for something new to try, or maybe you have kids and you want them to learn to love new foods.  Whatever it is, come on along my food adventure.  Let’s make some mistakes and mess up our kitchen.

Let me feed you.

Messy Mulberries

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Mulberry trees are considered an “invasive” where I live.  It’s true, they really do pop up in inconvenient places, but honestly, how can a tree that produces food really be that problematic?  The berries by themselves are delicious, however, they cannot be saved.  They start to break down almost immediately, so what to with so many?  Why not make muffins?  I like to get my batter prepared first and then run out to the trees and grab as many as I can, then plop them into the batter and bake them.  This is such a nice summer treat, and very inexpensive!  Those of us paying for college educations can appreciate that!  Here’s the recipe I use.  It’s just a standard muffin recipe and can be used for any berry you have on hand.  My blueberry bushes are almost ready and I’ll use this same recipe for those!

Berry Muffins

  • 7 T. softened butter, unsalted
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 c. all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 4 t. baking powder
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • As many mulberries as you can find!

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cream butter and sugar together.  Mix flours, salt, and baking powder together.  Add flour mixture by halves to butter mixture and add the milk and vanilla between flour additions.  Do not overbeat or you get tough muffins.  Stir in Mulberries.  Sprinkle tops with a cinnamon-sugar mix.  Bake at 375 for about 25 minutes.   Serve with honey, butter or jam!