Rhubarb Simple Syrup

Our farmer’s market is in full force right now, and it’s one of my favorite times of the year to visit with my local farmers, especially Paula and Jerry. I normally bike there, first thing, on Saturday morning to see what everyone is offering. After bumping into Jerry at the local baker’s tent, I had asked him if garlic was at his stand yet, and low and behold, he said they just picked it. Their garlic was pretty darn awesome last year, and as I have yet to pull mine from my yard, I decided to get a couple of bulbs from him, along with some great looking rhubarb, among other things.

I had no idea what I was going to do with the rhubarb, and all I knew is that I had a pound of it, only to be created into something delicious. This is one of those delicious recipes. A rhubarb simple syrup.

Rhubarb Simple Syrup Recipe
Rhubarb Simple Syrup Recipe

To say the least, this stuff is pretty darn good, and my daughter and I have been squirting it in all sorts of things, from water, to cocktails, to lemonade. It’s sweet, and just slightly sour and that has us coming back for more.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 3 ribs of rhubarb, cut into sections, and lightly smashed
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup water

Simple. Hence the name.

Add everything to a saucepan, and bring to a light boil. Stir to dissolve the sugar, and then set aside off the heat to let it cool.

Once cooled, go ahead and store it in the refrigerator.

Rhubarb Simple Syrup

Not only is the color awesome, but the flavor is really great, especially when added to cold drinks on a hot summer day. Hope you enjoy!

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Mango Lassi

I’ve told you that we have been falling in love with Indian food lately. Sometimes I cannot get enough of it. Maybe it’s that smoothness of the curry sauces, of the simplicity of the ingredients, or heck all of the spices that just make for a wonderful meal. I can tell you that my freezer is pretty much loaded with garlic naan right now as well, and my closet is full of a variety of dal. Yes, we are true fans.

There is however a wide variety of desserts and drinks that the Indian culture bring to the table, and one of those are lassi. Think of lassi as the Indian smoothie. The basic version is really yogurt, water, and spices, however there are also savory types, and sweet types of lassi. I’m a fan of the sweet type, and hence the mango lassi. This mango lassi is not only delicious, but it is super refreshing on a hot afternoon.

Mango Lassi Recipe
Mango Lassi

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 mango, peeled, and chopped
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cardamom seed
  • 1 cup of plain yogurt
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup of ice

Add everything to a blender, and blend until smooth.

Mango Lassi Ingredients

The result is nothing short of amazing. It’s smooth, creamy, and slightly sweet. It’s perfect on any summer afternoon, and one that my daughter and I fell in love with. Hope you enjoy!

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Sweet Potato Fruit Juice

Fall in Wisconsin could probably be one of my favorite seasons. It’s a time where comfort food shines, you can get into warmer clothes on gloomy days, the colors on all of the trees is remarkable, and a variety of fruits and vegetables are finally in harvest. So recently I picked up an assortment of fruits and vegetables as I wanted to come up with some sort of juice with a reminder of that great fall weather. Pomegranates, carrots, apples, and a variety of citrus was in order for my juice plan, with a focus on the pomegranates, and then I looked over and saw this great sweet potato looking at me. That’s when I decided to make an attempt at juicing it, and am I ever glad I did! This juice could have possibly bee on of the best ones I have must thus far with my Dash juicer.

Sweet Potato Fruit Juice Recipe

I was a bit skeptical when running the hard sweet potatoes through my juicer as it can fumble on really hard items at times. It is also one of the reasons I have been looking at some of the great juicers from Williams-Sonoma. I would really love to have the Vitamix Professional Series blender as it is multipurpose, but the Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer also has my attention. Maybe one day when I come into a lot of extra money that dream will come true, but in the meantime, I will continue to chop my fruits and vegetables before putting them into my Dash juicer, oh well.

There are so many benefits of juicing, and I knew that the sweet potato would add an extra punch to the benefits of gulping this delicious juice down. Trust me, you are going to love this, and the pineapple really brings it together.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole pomegranate, seeds only
  • 1 whole apple, quartered
  • 1 large carrot, washed
  • 1 orange, skin removed
  • 1 grapefruit, skin removed
  • 1/2 lemon, skin removed
  • 1 whole sweet potato, skin removed, chopped
  • 1 cup of fresh pineapple, chopped

This juice yields about 3 cups so there is plenty to go around, or just take it all in yourself.

Start by slicing your pomegranate in half. Over a large bowl, seeds facing the bowl, use a large wooden spoon and begin whacking the skin side of the pomegranate. Do this and continue to spin the pomegranate until all seeds are removed. Do this with the other half as well. Reserve some of the seeds for garnishing your juice, which will add some nice texture as well.

I layer fruit, vegetables, fruit into my juicer. That combination assists the vegetables in breaking down a bit better. If you have a higher quality juicer like the ones from Williams-Sonoma, then you can probably do whatever you want.

How to make Sweet Potato Juice

Once you have juiced all of your ingredients, add some ice to your glass, and slowly pour into the glass. Garnish the top with a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds and you are now in business. Did I mention how awesome the color of this sweet potato juice was?

With every gulp of this juice, I knew I was injecting all of the great nutrients from all of the ingredients, and in the future, whatever the season, I will always start use a sweet potato. Hope you enjoy!

Sweet Potato Fruit Juice
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Serves: 3 cups
 
Ingredients
  • 1 whole pomegranate, seeds only
  • 1 whole apple, quartered
  • 1 large carrot, washed
  • 1 orange, skin removed
  • 1 grapefruit, skin removed
  • ½ lemon, skin removed
  • 1 whole sweet potato, skin removed, chopped
  • 1 cup of fresh pineapple, chopped
Instructions
  1. This juice yields about 3 cups so there is plenty to go around, or just take it all in yourself.
  2. Start by slicing your pomegranate in half. Over a large bowl, seeds facing the bowl, use a large wooden spoon and begin whacking the skin side of the pomegranate. Do this and continue to spin the pomegranate until all seeds are removed. Do this with the other half as well. Reserve some of the seeds for garnishing your juice, which will add some nice texture as well.
  3. Add everything to the juicer. Once you have juiced all of your ingredients, add some ice to your glass, and slowly pour into the glass. Garnish the top with a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds and you are now in business. Did I mention how awesome the color of this sweet potato juice was?
  4. With every gulp of this juice, I knew I was injecting all of the great nutrients from all of the ingredients, and in the future, whatever the season, I will always start use a sweet potato. Hope you enjoy!

 

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Cocozia – Product Review

Not too long ago I was fortunate to try a new product on the market called Cocozia. Cocozia is 100% organic, has no pulp, no sugar or preservatives and not from concentrate. Who doesn’t love that idea, right?  I have tried various brands of coconut water, and to be honest, I have never really enjoyed them. I want go off to name those brands, but let’s just say I never have went back to buy them again, so I will admit that I was a bit skeptical when trying Cocozia.

Cocozia Product Review

The box of Cocozia arrived, including 12, 11.1 ounces of pure coconut juice. I put a few in the refrigerator and left the others in the box. When my wife returned home from work, she questioned what it was and I had her try one out of the box. My wife, being part Filipino, has traveled to the Philippines on a couple of occasions and has had the street side, fresh coconut water from various street folk. As she began drinking this, she immediately stated how pure this Cocozia was and that in fact it tasted as if it was coming straight out of a coconut!

I grabbed one out of the refrigerator, and popped the top adhesive and began chugging it down. As with any coconut water, personally I think it has a bit of a smell, and you are either going to love that, or dislike it. Personally I was on the side of disliking the smell, but loving the taste of Cocozia.

Let’s just say we loved Cocozia. Being in the pure sense, this stuff was like magic liquid, and we drank one every day, it was that good.

If you do not know the benefits of pure coconut water, well, they are pretty amazing in themselves. Some of the benefits are boosts hydration, aids in weight-loss, better for your skin, helps with digestion, and reduces blood pressure.

My wife and I agreed, Cocozia was awesome and we would definitely purchase the water. You can find Cocozia online.

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