The last few weeks my boyfriend’s mother’s garden has literally been saturated with blackberries. Luckily she’s been very generous allowing us to pick as many as we wanted. The bounteous crop we pulled in has led to the addition of blackberries to at least one meal a day (usually more) and as a result I have found some new favorite recipes that I will have to splurge and buy out of season blackberries for when the urge hits.
My favorite has been blackberry brownies.
Ooey, gooey, decadent, rich, sweet, tart, and dare I say, healthy!
Yup that’s right! This wondrous treat clocks in at less than 200 calories (even with the addition of some whipped cream)!
The fruit and chocolate combination has always been one of the most delectable food pairings for me. Terry’s milk chocolate oranges are still my favorite type of chocolate. So much so that I will…
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This was the most enjoyable thing I “did” while in Tucson, aside from making Monkey Bread in a huge kitchen for new friends, and having lunch with my friend Khalilah and making a roast chicken dinner, zucchini and red potatoes for my uncle lewis, who didn’t even appreciate it!
This one, I didn’t have to clean a small crampy kitchen, washing pans before I could cook in it, and didn’t have to clean the mess up afterwards!
How I wish CA would get a Food City.
Between the amazing feather light tortillas, fresh roasted chilies for quesadillas, and things like this……
My trip to Tucson, AZ last month turned out to be a total disaster with me having the doors slammed on me by a Sun Tran bus, having my eye glasses broken, and getting a contusion on my right foot!
Can you believe the idiot that drove the bus didn’t even ask if I was alright, even though many people witnessed it and were screaming? I am suing them for damages and want the bus drivers trained so people get off in as good a condition as when they get on! Seems like an easy thing to expect, huh?
Anyhow, in Arizona they have lousy bus drivers and it may be hot enough to fry an egg on your head (without a skillet), but they have FOOD CITY that I wish they had here.
The bakers do some amazing things there and these are a few of the delights in the baker’s case.
For the Mandarin Orange slices, I use Dole, but you can use any unsweetened brand.
Fresh spinach powers tons of fiber and lots of flavor and a beautiful green color to eat bite.
I sometimes add trail mix that has sesame sticks in it for this salad, which gives it a nice crunch and combines well with the Kraft Asian Sesame Dressing.
My mom Ramona loved this sald the first time I made it for us, she licked the plate! That was a first!
Love you Mom….
She is with my sister now in Moreno Valley and want to see her for her 82cnd birthday on June 19th.
Seems only yesterday I made her two dozen Chocolate Fudge Cup Cakes with Peanut Butter Butter Cream Icing!
The smile on her face still gives me JOY to this day.
Mom is the most appreciative, kind, good, sweet natured lady you will ever meet and has been my best friend & cheerleader all through my life.
Paulette Le Pore Motzko
This couldn’t be more simple and the idea comes from the great famous Italian appetizer I love called the Caprese with basil, tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. I take a loaf of the airy, brioche-like Ciabatta bread, that I rate the best from Whole Foods Market. (You can buy them in packs of two huge loaves for a little of nothing, made that day.)
Cut the loaf into long sandwich size pieces, then cut that in half cross-wise to make a sandwich. Spread with some 365 Organics Pesto as you would mayo. (I like it better than mayo really!)
Then add some slices of organic heirloom tomatoes or fresh tomatoes from a Farmer’s Market, then some fresh Mozzarella & garnish with a few basil leaves.
Slap it all between the other half of bread and you just created Polly Motzko’s Caprese Sandwich!
Last and best part is ENJOY it!
June 1st, 2013