Persimmon Trees

One of my best memories growing up was going on hikes near our home in the hills of Kentucky (Siloam Bottoms near the Newberry Estate) and picking persimmons to eat along the way.

The Persimmon is native throughout Kentucky in dry woodland settings. The fruit is an important wildlife food and is edible.  The fruit is edible, but it is not ripe until the skin is wrinkled. Ripe persimmons are said to taste a great deal like dates. They are used to make cakes, puddings and beverages. Native Americans used the fruits to make bread, and also dried them. Fruit is an important wildlife food. However, the fruit can present a litter problem in the landscape. It is slimy, so when used in the city the tree should be planted where fruit will not fall on sidewalks, where it can cause people to fall. The plant is dioecious, so a male (fruitless) tree would be a much more acceptable landscape plant than the female.

Immature fruits contain a large amount of tannin and are astringent. They have been used to make tea for use in gargling for sore throats. The tea was also used to treat warts, cancers, heartburn, diarrhea and stomach aches.

Cooking oil, with a flavor like that of peanut oil, can be extracted from the seeds. Confederate soldiers boiled persimmon seeds as a coffee substitute during the Civil War.

Persimmon wood is very hard and nearly black. It is used to make golf club heads, billiard cues and parquet flooring.

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information source:  www.uky.edu 

Southwestern Hot Dogs

This recipe is from my brother-in-law, Rick:

southwest hot dogs

Southwestern Hot Dogs

Ingredients:

1 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese

3 tbsp. salsa

1/2 tsp. chili powder

10 buns

2 green onions, thinly sliced

2 tbsp. mayonnaise

10 hot dogs

Instructions:

In a bowl, combine all ingredients except dogs and buns.  Cut a 1/2″ deep lengthwise slit in each hot dog.  Spoon 2 tablespoons of mixture into each hot dog.  Broil in oven for 2 to 3 minutes or until cheese is melted.  Serve on buns.

Mango Green Tea Smoothie

Mango Green Tea Smoothie

INGREDIENTS:
2 bags of Lipton® Pure Green Tea – use 1 1/2 cups for this recipe
3 mint leaves
3/4 cup of mango
2 cups of spinach
Juice of 1/2 lime
Crushed ice
INSTRUCTIONS
Steep 2 Lipton® Pure Green Tea bags for 5 minutes in 1.5 cups of water, then let cool.  Add 1.5 cups of cooled Lipton® Pure Green Tea to a blender, then add mint mango, spinach, lime, and crushed ice.  Blend all ingredients together until you achieve a thin liquid consistency.
Mango Green Tea Smoothie

Recipes – Pizza Snack Cups

Pizza Snack Cups

INGREDIENTS:

1 pkg. refrigerated biscuits (10 biscuits)

½ lb. ground beef

1 – 14 oz. jar pizza sauce

½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.    In 12 cup muffin pan, evenly press each biscuit in bottom and up sides of each cup; chill until ready fill. In skillet, brown ground beef over medium high heat; drain. Stir in pizza sauce and heat through. Evenly spoon beef mixture into prepared muffin cups.    Bake 15 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese and bake an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and biscuits are golden.    Let stand 5 minutes, gently remove pizza cups from pan and serve.

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Storing foods – Flour

Refined Flours: all-purpose, bread, cake, self-rising

  • Place your flour in the freezer for 48 hours to kill any weevil or insect eggs that may be present.
  • Transfer it to a food-grade container (plastic, glass, etc.) with a tight-sealing lid. This will keep your flour from absorbing moisture, and ensure that insects and other pests cannot get to it.
  • Tight-sealing containers also prevent the flours from absorbing odors or flavors from other foods in the same area.
  • Store your flour in a cool, dry place away from sunlight. Flour will keep up to six months in the dark pantry.
  • If you wish to keep your flour longer, store it in the freezer instead. It will keep there for several years, but is best used within a year.

To use: just scoop out whatever you need. There’s no need to thaw it out or bring it to room temperature.

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Storing foods – Vanilla

Did you know it is important how you store your foods:  eggs, baking soda, flour, vanilla extract and more.

Speaking of vanilla extract:  you should store it at room temperature in a dark place, such as the pantry. Good quality vanilla extracts often come in darkened glass to protect the vanilla from light.  So take a look in your baking supplies and make sure your vanilla stays fresh longer.

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