Try the World

Ahhh, it’s good to be back. Sorry I’ve been MIA…been busy establishing myself in the food world…like entering a recipe contest…and WINNING! My bad-ass little sis, Chloé, sent me a link to this “Snack Contest 2017” and texted, “yo man you should enter this” I thought, What the hey, I’ve got nothing to lose. It’s a snack! Quick, easy, and painless.…

Purple Passion Fruit

1. WHAT IS IT?  AKA: passiflora, apricot vine, grenadilla, maracuja, maracuya Countries of origin: Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina Plant of origin: Passiflora edulis History: The name Flor de las cinco llagas or “flower of the five wounds” was given by 16th-century Catholic Spanish missionaries when they visited South America. The passion flower was seen as a symbol of Christ’s crown of…

Passion Fruit Mint Iced Tea

There’s nothing like the ahhhhhhhh after a refreshing glass of iced tea. In this drink, mint leaves release a cooling sensation, while passion fruit ice cubes bring a subtle sweetness as they melt.   EQUIPMENT mortar and pestle (if you don’t have one try these hacks) small bowl ice cube tray French press or saucepan glasses   INGREDIENTS  5 passion fruit…

Kiwi Berries

1. WHAT IS IT? AKA: hardy kiwifruit, arctic kiwi, dessert kiwi, grape kiwi Countries of origin: Japan, Korea, and Northern China Plant of origin: Actinidia arguta—their vines climb and intertwine, encouraging horizontal growth for easy maintenance and harvesting. History: Bringing kiwi berries to the United States is difficult due to the fruit’s short shelf-life and fast ripening. However, commercial production…

Lemon-Kiwi Berry Muffins

These little guys are the perfect treat for breakfast. Kiwi berries bring a pop of tropical sweetness while the lemon zest fills your kitchen with the scent of citrus. EQUIPMENT muffin pan large bowl whisk large spoon   INGREDIENTS  1/2 cup coconut oil or vegetable oil 1/2 cup honey 1 large egg 1 cup kiwi berries, chopped 1-1/4 cup milk…

Tomato Oil

1. WHAT IS IT? Country of origin: Italy History: After a trip to Italy in 1989, Karyn Korteling, owner of Pastabilities restaurant in Syracuse, was inspired to make her own version of tomato with tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, honey, chili pepper, and spice oil. Twenty-five years later, Hot Tom is still on the shelves in Central New York.   2.…

sHOTshuka with Spicy Tomato Oil (and bacon)

Shakshuk, pronounced [shahk-SHOO-kah], is a classic Israeli dish guaranteed to make your taste buds sing. In addition to egg and tomato, there’s the salty crunch of bacon and a sublime spice from this signature hot tomato oil. EQUIPMENT large skillet   INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon olive oil 3 tablespoons spicy hot tomato oil (or homemade tomato oil) 2 medium onions, chopped 3 jalapeño peppers,…