Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.

As I share recipes and information from my kitchen, I invite readers to comment and share ideas along with me in this blog. I am looking to increase followers to my blog, so that I may learn more about cooking and gardening.

Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

angel food cakes

angel food cakes
this kitchen is seasoned with love

Friday, November 23, 2012


instead of cranberry relish this year, i served a bowl of pomegranate arils.  their ruby red appearance is perfect for a holiday garnish, and the sweet tart taste is outstanding.  pomegranate is packed with polyphenols, one of nature's most potent antioxidants.

pomegranates are grown in california and once opened will stay delicious in the refrigerator covered for 10 days.  normally, i eat pomegranate on oatmeal or in a fruit salad.

to open a pomegranate:  cut one inch off the top and bottom of the fruit.  score each section similar to what is done for an orange.  next, in a bowl of water, separate the sections to loosen the arils in the water.  scoop out the floating white membrane and strain.

serve chilled and enjoy as a relish, garnish, or melt for a glaze to use on poultry.  to learn more about pomegranate, view a video at http://www.pomwonderful.com/fresh .  enjoy !

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