Monday, June 29, 2015

Tomato Avocado Salad

I love this salad. I've been on an avocado tomato kick for awhile and this is just one of the ways I've been eating them. 

I have had this (without the croutons) for breakfast and (with the croutons) for lunch and dinner. Not all in the same day. At least I don't think so... 

What surprised me the most about this Tomato Avocado Salad is the quality of tomatoes I've been getting at the store. It wasn't even close to tomato season when I came up with this salad so I used "cocktail" tomatoes. They look like cherry tomatoes on steroids. And they taste delicious, even in May and June! 

Try this out - I think you will like it. Four ingredients, some chopping and you're done. 

Here's the full article.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Preserving Produce

No, this isn't about canning or freezing (although freezing is mentioned). This article I wrote for the Register is all about how to store produce to get the longest shelf life out of it. Also, it talks about how to purchase produce with a plan to keep waste down.

Here's the link.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Learning about Large Black pigs

I visited Lucky George Farm in southern Iowa last week for a story I wrote for The Des Moines Register. Jason and Angela Johnson raise heritage breed animals including Large Black pigs.

I got up close and personal with the pigs and found out that they love to have their bellies and jowls rubbed. I learned a lot about these pigs including why Lucky George Farm is so passionate about raising and breeding Large Blacks.

Want to learn more too? Here is the article.