Arranging A Cheese Plate & A Giveaway

Arranging A Cheese Plate & A Giveaway

As the weather warms up, gift-giving occasions multiply – Mother’s DayFather’s Day, graduation and in my case at least, several weddings in the next few months. I’m a big shopper, so finding just the right gift for someone is not a burden to me, it’s a challenge that I gladly accept.

In the “old” days, I could spend hours window shopping in my favorite stores. And I still do. But now, I’m also willing to shop online for special presents when I find a site that has beautiful merchandise at affordable prices.

But first, for those who would rather focus on what’s to eat and drink, I’ve got a few tips on cheese platters.

Arranging a Cheese Platter

 

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Differences Between Farro, Freekeh, & Wheatberries?

Differences Between Farro, Freekeh, & Wheatberries?

When I was in college, having grain for dinner meant you were cooking either pasta or rice. The pasta was always white and only choice when it came to rice was white or brown.

But then things got more complicated. Besides whole wheat pasta and jasmine, sushi, and arborio rice, grocery stores began to carry other grains. Many of them been around for ages, but are relatively new to the American food scene: barleycous cousquinoa and so many kinds of wheat that my head spins.

Take for example, farro, freekeh and wheatberries. They are all types of wheat and look similar, so what’s the deal? How are they different? Can you substitute one type for another?

All About Farro, Freekeh, and Wheatberries

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Grown-Up Homemade Granola Bars

Grown-Up Homemade Granola Bars

I love baseball, but the food at ballparks not so much. French fries and an occasional hot dog or burger are fine, but when it comes to desserts, if you don’t like Dippin’ Dots, the pickings are pretty slim, at least at our local stadium.

The good news is that they let you bring in food. When we went to a Nats game on my husband’s birthday, I brought chocolate mega-muffins and had no trouble finding takers when I offered them to our companions. During Passover a few weeks ago, I brought fruit, baked vegetable chips, and chocolate, which complemented the sweet potato fries from one of the stands, just fine. As always, I offered goodies to my friends; they eagerly took the chips and candy, politely declining the grapes.

Today, I’m off to the ballpark with another homemade treat – granola bars. This time, I’ve mixed the fruit and chocolate, and I’m betting these will be snapped up. They are chock full of good stuff - chocolate, nuts, coconut and dried fruit, but not overly sweet - perfect whether you're going to a ball game, watching a movie, or packing a snack for a break at work.

Grown-Up Homemade Granola Bars

 

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