Classic Red Peppers

Stuffed red peppers are a classic vegetarian dish. Red peppers are so sweet that when stuffed and baked until soft, the flavors melt in your mouth.

This particular Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers dish by Cookie and Kate (posted below) is a recipe that can easily be adapted. Instead of rice, I used whole bulgur wheat and replaced the pinto beans with black beans. I also used a can of diced tomatoes instead of cherry tomatoes.

Trying different toppings makes it so much fun. I used chopped avocado, fresh cilantro from the garden, and grated parmesan cheese. The fresh lime juice gave it a zing. Try it out! — Carole

Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers by Cookie and Kate

Edible Chive Blossoms

“The kiss of the sun for pardon. The song of the birds for mirth. One is nearer to God’s Heart in a garden than anywhere else on earth.” — Dorothy Frances Gurney

This old-fashion poem reminds me of my mother’s love of nature and is a gift she gave me. Maintaining gardens is hard work, but in the beauty of nature, I experience an inner joy unlike anywhere else.

Chive Blossoms

Along the border of our vegetable garden, our herbs are already bearing gifts. The chives have lovely purple round blossoms. I managed to keep my rosemary cuttings alive throughout the winter and they are now planted in two different locations. The chamomile surprised us by reseeding itself and the sage, tarragon, lavender, mint, and thyme all are ready to pick and add to dishes.

Recently I made herb crackers with my discard sourdough starter. I topped them with Vermont Creamery Clover Honey goat cheese and cuttings from the chive blossoms. It was a lovely garnish that reminded me of spring weddings. The chive blossom added a wonderful subtle onion flavor. These crackers and some fresh sage/mint tea with chamomile blossoms helped me celebrate the arrival of spring.

Alas! Carole

La Cuisine Paris

Never make plans with a croissant, they are flaky. – from ReadBeach

This croissant quote made me laugh, but it’s partly true! Delicious croissants are quite flaky and light. We hardly realize that they are “empty calories” because they are delightfully and delicately sweet.

I had fun making authentic French croissants through La Cuisine Paris online video classes. I received these classes when I retired as a middle school librarian. The Edmunds Middle School teachers knew that I enjoy baking and cooking and purchased a gift certificate for three La Cuisine Paris classes of my choice! It was a simple enrollment process and voila! I was all set to begin! Of the three classes, making the croissant was the most fun!

The decadent idea of rolling butter between sweetened dough was foreign to me. Folding and rolling dough was relatively easy too. The freshly baked croissants turned out to be beautifully golden, crispy, sweet, and, yes, swirly flaky.

The La Cuisine Paris online classes are fantastic and the French instructors are very entertaining. For approximately $32., a video class provides historical information, equipment, and a full ingredient list to preview. It offers step-by-step video instruction, clear written directions, and downloadable pdfs. There is also a bonus video & instructions for elaborating on the existing baking or cooking instructions. Additionally, the classes are available for one year allowing the participant access multiple times!

Always make plans with a croissant is what I say! 😉

And if you can not travel to Paris to attend a baking or cooking class (which would be sooo incredible), these La Cusine Paris online classes are the next best thing! Bon Apetit! — Carole

La Cuisine Cooking Classes Paris