Friday, August 28, 2015

43 New-to-Me ... #27 Goji Berries

New-to-me food #27 was goji berries. I had high hopes. I love berries. 

Unfortunately, it turns out that I do not love goji berries. At least not dried. They tasted like a combination of old coffee, stale raisins, and that really cheap, brownish-black, off-brand licorice. Not good. Not horrible, but definitely not anything I'd snack on. Jennifer and I both rated them a 3, while Sheena gave them a 4. I'd like to try fresh goji berries if I can find them to see if the old/stale taste was because these were dried and not a normal characteristic of the berry.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

43 New-to-Me ... #26 Iris Water

Since beginning my 43 New-to-Me project, I am drawn to ethnic grocery stores like a moth to light. I love browsing the aisles in search of things I've never tried (and often, never even knew existed). I often find myself buying something with no idea how to consume it. Such was the case with iris water. I'm familiar with rose water and have had it in multiple things, but I had to do some research after buying the iris water. 

I learned that Punjabis add iris water, sugar and ice to milk for a refreshing summer cooler. So that's what I did.

The iris water smelled fantastic as I was adding it to the milk... but in a "that perfume smells great" way and not in a "that makes me want to eat" way. Still, it seemed promising.

Alas, no. I like ice cold milk, especially sweetened, but a few drops of iris water were enough to turn the milk into something I didn't want to drink. Bummer. Steve and I both rated the iris water a 2. Trevor gave it a 3. We still have 4.99 fl. oz. left from the 5 oz. bottle, so expect me to offer you some iris water to try if you ever come by our house.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

43 New-to-Me... #25 Cracker Nuts

It's been over a month since I shared my latest new-to-me food, so now it's time to catch up on the backlog. New-to-Me food #25 was Cracker Nuts (original flavor).

I liked Cracker Nuts a lot. They were crunchy and salty with a strong peanut flavor. I rated them an 8, though in retrospect I think that was a bit high. The half-eaten bag is still here two months later, which is not true of anything else that I rated an 8. My co-tasters rated the Cracker Nuts 7 (Steve, Trevor and Julia), 5 (Marco) and 4 (Nancy). 

I'm really tempted to try the Adobo flavor. Has anybody had them? 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Caprese Stuffed Avocado

Trevor and I were at Costco the other day when we saw a bag of six large avocados for $5. They are usually $2 each at the grocery store, so this was quite a bargain! Steve was on a business trip, so I did hesitate for a moment before buying them, wondering if just Trevor and I could eat six ripe avocados before they went bad. But we were up for the challenge.

I harvested the very last of the tomatoes from our garden and chopped them up with a little bit of basil. I diced fresh mozzarella and made some sourdough croutons. I mixed it all with a little salt, pepper, olive oil and balsamic vinegar and spooned the mixture over a halved and peeled avocado.

It was really good, a perfect light summer dinner. I've been scouring the internet for other stuffed avocado recipes and have pinned a few that look particularly fabulous. How do you like to serve avocados? I'd love some suggestions!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Tahoe Reunion

Last summer, we joined my extended family for a reunion at Lake Tahoe. It was awesome. I blogged about the trip and our Family Olympics competition right after we got home, but I didn't finish the layout until a few weeks ago. 

It's always a challenge for me to condense a huge trip with tons of photos into one spread. In this case, I made sure to include at least one photo from each different activity (Family Olympics, beach, mini golf, hiking, card games, etc). I focused mostly on the kids since they change so much from year to year, but I also made sure each of the adults were in the photos too. I left out all but one of the strictly scenic photos, as the backgrounds behind us showed our environment. I'm happy with how it turned out.