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Summertime Jello and Cool Whip Pie with Fresh Fruit

Summertime Jello and Cool Whip Pie with Fresh Fruit

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Easy Sugar Cookies

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I recently asked my oldest kid what his favorite cookie was. For whatever reason I seem to default a lot of my sweet questions to my daughter as she seems to always like dessert. I asked my oldest kid only because I rarely see him…

Orange and Radish Juice

Orange and Radish Juice

I remember years ago when I was into juicing. A juicer was given to me as a gift, and it would be my first time ‘juicing’. I actually enjoyed it, but it was a process, and the juicer itself was too large in size to be out everyday. Ultimately due to the time and the space, the juicer slowly moved its way back into the box and out of my daily picture. At that time I was juicing all sorts of raw vegetables and fruit. I would suck down that juice on my way to work, and I loved every drink of it. I’m not sure if it was all in my mind (I suspect not) or what but at times I often miss it.

This past Spring my wife and I decided to transform our outdoor garden. Since we moved into the house, we have been utilizing garden spaced alongside the perimeter of our home. We decided to get away from that idea as we wanted more space and really wanted to plant more (Not sure if we accomplished that) and build garden boxes and move them to some underutilized space in our yard. It was a great decision, and a very easy one at that.

We started by seeds and gave them our TLC, as well as some young plants from our nursery and farmer’s market. Tomatoes, strawberries, brussel sprouts, broccoli, beans, cucumbers, asparagus, and radish to name a few. After a couple of weeks, if not less, things were in full bloom. It was magical in a way. Our hard work paid off!

Also, little did I know that when I said ‘Hey, I’m going to plant radishes!’ to my wife that I would have about 200 radishes looking at me in a matter of weeks. I was quick to harvest, stare at the beauty of them, and then decide what to do with all of them.

Orange and Radish Juice
Orange and Radish Juice

I pickled a bunch (a lot) for making bahn mi sandwiches. That part was done, but what about the rest of them? I posted a photo and got a couple of responses. My brother basically said to toss them, and another friend chimed in and said to make a juice out of them. Bingo! I knew that oranges and radishes paired well in salads but I did not think about the combination in juice form, and it was perfect timing as I had a quart of orange juice and a bunch of radishes. It’s too easy not to try, so I did, and I actually really enjoyed it.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of orange juice
  • 3 radishes, cleaned and trimmed, cut into chunks
  • Ice, optional
  • Strainer

It doesn’t get any easier than this.

There will be some ‘head’ from the blending, so you can wait until that tames down before straining if you desire.

Orange and Radish Juice
Orange and Radish Juice

Add the orange juice and radish to a blender. Blend until smooth. Strain into glass, with ice, to remove any radish bits.

Now sip and enjoy. This orange and radish juice, as weird as it may sound, is refreshing. Sure, it has that vegetable tone coming through in every drink, but knowing that always makes me feel stronger, and healthier when I’m done. Will I make this again? Most likely, but next time I might dust off that juicer and go for the straight extract and see what that yields.

Regardless, thanks to my friend for chiming in and offering the suggestion. Thanks to Mother Nature for a fertile garden, and for all of those darn radishes. Have you tried this combination before? Thoughts?

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Strawberry Horchata

Strawberry Horchata

It’s one of my favorite drinks. It is something the waitresses bring to me when I arrive and have not ordered. It’s extremely delicious, and to boot it is just way too easy to make for the wonderful return. It’s horchata. But not like your usual horchata (well kind of). It has the addition of strawberry puree, making it even more delicious and one of my favorite sweet childhood favorite drinks… strawberry milk. This is strawberry milk on steroids, and trust me it is the perfect drink to make this time of year when the strawberries are in season and in abundance.

Strawberry Horchata
Strawberry Horchata

I came up with this recipe because I actually was craving tacos and my favorite drink to go with tacos is horchata, and I had about a half of cup or more of strawberry puree to use up from my panna cotta with strawberry glaze. The thought was perfect timing on my part, plus I hoped that my kids would just wash it down within a couple of days!

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 5 cup of cold water
  • 2 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 1 cup almond milk, or skim
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup strawberry puree
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Start by adding the rice, cinnamon sticks, and water to a blender.

Blend the mixture for about 1 minute without stopping. Towards the end feel free to pulse the mixture a few times. I love pulsing on the blender, don’t you?

Pour the entire mixture into a bowl, cover and let it sit out on the counter for at least 8 hours, or simply overnight.

Strawberry Horchata Ingredients
Strawberry Horchata Ingredients

The following day, strain the mixture into a pitcher or container. You will save all of the liquid, and after lightly smashing the rice and cinnamon until you think no more liquid is present, then discard the solid.

To the pitcher, add in the milk, sugar, vanilla extract and strawberry puree. Cover the container, give this a really good stir or shake, and serve over ice.

Strawberry Horchata
Strawberry Horchata

The result is pure delight. It is very reminiscent of my favorite childhood strawberry milk, but again with that creamy rice flavor. If you looking for a great drink, and a way to use some leftover strawberries, give this strawberry horchata recipe a try. It is a real treat, and yes you should treat yourself! Enjoy!

Strawberry Horchata
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Serves: 8 cups
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 5 cup of cold water
  • 2 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 1 cup almond milk, or skim
  • ½ tbsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup strawberry puree
  • ½ cup sugar
Instructions
  1. Start by adding the rice, cinnamon sticks, and water to a blender.
  2. Blend the mixture for about 1 minute without stopping. Towards the end feel free to pulse the mixture a few times. I love pulsing on the blender, don’t you?
  3. Pour the entire mixture into a bowl, cover and let it sit out on the counter for at least 8 hours, or simply overnight.
  4. The following day, strain the mixture into a pitcher or container. You will save all of the liquid, and after lightly smashing the rice and cinnamon until you think no more liquid is present, then discard the solid.
  5. To the pitcher, add in the milk, sugar, vanilla extract and strawberry puree. Cover the container, give this a really good stir or shake, and serve over ice.