It's a bit early for the local produce, but keep this recipe on hand for the peak growing season:cucumbers, tomatoes, tomatillos, and fresh greens or cilantro. We are just weeks away from an over-abundance of tomatoes -- so, get ready for gazpacho -- Ole!
farmers market gazpacho
Makes about 2.5 cups; enough for 4 small servings
1 1/2 medium cucumber
handful of ripe grape or cherry tomatoes, or two med tomatoes or tomatillos
1/2 - 1 clove garlic
Stale bread (2 medium sized chunks soaked in water)
Splash of white wine vinegar
Drizzle of extra virgin Spanish olive oil
A few drops of Cholula Hot Sauce (original or green pepper)
3 drop of Lime
1 drop of Cilantro
A handful of crushed ice
Combine the ingredients, essential oils, and crushed ice in a tall-sided bowl, pitcher, or blender. I used a hand, immersion-blender. Blend until well combined. Adjust to the desired consistency -- more bread for a thicker soup, more crushed ice or water for a thinner soup.
Serve in a small cup like this one garnished with a sprig of greens or cilantro. The cup in the photo is a gift from my friend Barbara -- brought back from her vacation in Toledo, Spain. It's the perfect size for a generous shot of cold gazpacho to serve before a main course or as a refreshing mid-day pick-me-up.
If you are in New Mexico, please join our class this Saturday, June 25, at Cheeky Bubbles at The Agora, Eldorado (just 15 minutes outside Santa Fe) ~ 3 - 4 PM MST. Click here for more information.
Here are two recipes that will transform a fabric dog collar into a healthy flea collar.
The first recipe is quick and easy but the Castor or almond oil may stain. Please try on an inexpensive nylon collar ~ I don't suggest using on a collar like the pretty handmade collar shown in the picture. Our second recipe, a flea collar soak, should not stain.
recipe 1: flea collar rub
By the way, love this colorful macrame paracord collar? Check back for instructions on how to make this dog collar or human bracelet.
recipe 2: flea collar soak
fabric or nylon dog collar
4 oz distilled water
10 drops Eucalyptus
10 drops Repellent Blend*
10 drops Lemongrass
* Use 20 drops of the Repellent Blend only if you want to keep it simple
Soak collar in the solution for 20 minutes. Remove collar and allow it to dry thoroughly before placing it on your pet. Store the solution in a glass jar or bowl with a tight seal. Re-soak the collar every two weeks or more frequently as needed.
safety & essential oils
Only use pure, therapeutic grade essential oils for the safety of your dog and family. Others may contain be contaminated with chemical and other additives that could be harmful to you and your pets.
Always check with your veterinarian to be sure your dog is protected from health risks and environmental threats of Summer including fleas, ticks, snake bites, heartworm, heat stroke and hyperthermia.
where to buy
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What to do with leftover ingredients from todays Tiramisu recipe? The leftovers: two crisp biscotti savoiardi, more commonly known as lady fingers, and a bowl of lucious espresso laced with brandy and pure vanilla.
1. Heat the remaining espresso mixture
2. Steam milk or half and half
Optionally add essential oils to the steamed milk or espresso mixture. My choice for essential oils that best compliment the Tiramisu flavors of espresso and cocoa: Myrrh (especially on a rainy or chilly day), Wild Orange (adds a bright zest; great choice for warmer seasons).
3. Top the coffee with the steamed milk
4. Serve with the leftover biscotti ~ dusting the steam milk and the biscotti with cocoa
The "d" on the cup is for my sweeteheart, Derek. It's also for "delizioso."