For your next summer BBQ change things up by adding a kick to your favorite corn bread. This simple recipe turns out great every-time and you can add your very own AeroGarden grown Cayenne peppers to make it unique.
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 1/4 cup (or more) buttermilk, room temperature
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted, cooled
1 cup (about 4 ounces) lightly packed grated cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 425°F. Brush cast-iron corn stick molds with vegetable oil and place in oven. Mix yellow cornmeal, unbleached flour, dark brown sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda and cayenne pepper in large bowl. Whisk 1 1/4 cups buttermilk, butter and egg in small bowl. Mix into dry ingredients. Stir in grated cheddar cheese. Add more buttermilk if necessary to thin to just pourable consistency. Fill corn stick molds with batter. Bake corn sticks until tester inserted into centers comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Cool in pans 10 minutes. Using tip of small sharp knife, gently lift corn sticks from molds. Serve warm.
This fresh and spicy dip is great for any summertime BBQ or picnic. It’s simple, quick, and almost all the ingredients you can grow in your AeroGarden. So next time someone asks you to bring a side dish to their party, you don’t even need to think twice, this Texas Caviar will have everyone asking for more.
3 16-oz cans black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed of all juice
2 16-oz cans corn, drained
1 small jar chopped pimentos, juice included
1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced, green part only
1 tablespoon fresh oregano
1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce
1 tablespoon Worchestershire sauce
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 bunch fresh parsley, chopped
3 fresh jalapeño chiles, chopped
1 cup diced cherry tomatos
2 cups vinaigrette
1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
3 cloves fresh garlic, pressed or minced
1 avocado, diced
In a large bowl, stir all ingredients very well. Refrigerate for at least 4-6 hours, preferably overnight, in a sealed or covered container. Remember the longer it sits, the better it gets!
Serve with old-fashioned saltine crackers or with corn tortilla chips.
2 mixed medium and large tomatoes, preferably heirloom, cut into thin slices and/or wedges
8 ounces buffalo mozzarella or mozzarella, room temperature, torn into pieces
Coarsely ground black pepper
Small basil leaves and toasted country bread (for serving)
Toss cherry tomatoes with 1 Tbsp. oil in a small bowl; season with salt.
Arrange tomato slices on a platter, slightly overlapping; season generously with salt. Arrange mozzarella over tomatoes; lightly season mozzarella with salt. Spoon cherry tomatoes over salad and drizzle with 6 Tbsp. oil; season with pepper. Let stand 30 minutes to let flavors meld and release juices from tomatoes and mozzarella.
Top salad with basil and additional salt and oil, if desired. Serve with bread alongside.
For this Mother’s day we decided to try a fun, unique DIY craft- Bath Bombs. They are a ton of fun to make and satisfying to drop into the bath. These petal-laden bath bombs are exploding with essential oils, and our very own Calendula flowers. So grab your Mom or a friend and get ready to get your hands dirty making these unique, relaxing, and entertaining bathroom essentials.
1/2 Cup Baking Soda
1/4 Cup Epsom Salts
1/4 Cup Citric Acid
1/2 Tsp Water
1 1/2 Tsp Olive Oil
5-10 Drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil
1/4 Cup Dried Calendula Petals
Bath Bomb Molds
*Makes 3-6 Bath Bombs (depending on size of mold)
Gather two bowls. In one bowl combine all the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. In the other bowl combine all the wet ingredients and mix.
Slowly pour the liquid mix over the dry ingredients and whisk.
Test the texture by grabbing a handful and squeezing. If it holds, then move on. If too wet or dry add additional baking soda or water until desired firm consistency. *Note-do not overdue extra water-it will cause an early fizzy reaction, and the bath bombs will not form to the mold properly.
Add Calendula petals and mix with hands.
Fill each side of the molds, making sure there is no extra space.
Add a little extra to one half of a mold, and then firmly press the two halves together for 10-30 seconds.
Gently pull off the molds, one half at a time, and place on wax paper to dry for 24 hours.
Drop into your warm luxurious bath, and enjoy the fizzle of your hand-made bath bomb.
This beautiful mimosa not only looks fun to make, it’s also fun to drink! Packed with healthy blueberries and calming lavender, this beverage is great for summer. Use your very own lavender to make the drink more personable. Get the full recipe at Parsnips + Pastries.
Not growing Lavender?
Start a Lots of Lavender Kit in your garden this month and have a relaxing fragrant flower in no time.
Many margs are far too sweet with their added artificial lime flavoring or too much fake sugar. A good margarita should be light, refreshing and fresh. This recipe not only gives homage to an authentic margarita but it has the perfect hint of cilantro and jalapeno for a fresh and spicy kick.
1 lime wedge
1 to 3 thin slices jalapeno (stemmed, seeded, sliced lengthwise)
2 cilantro sprigs
1 1/2 oz. blanco tequila
1 oz. fresh lime juice
1 oz. Countreau
1/2 oz. agave syrup or simple syrup
6 to 10 ice cubes
Muddle jalapeno and one of the cilantro sprigs. Add the tequila, lime juice, Cointreau, agave, and ice. Cover and shake.
Run the lime wedge around the edge of the rim and dip in salt (or spicy salt.)
Looking for a healthy way to stay hydrated? Take out the sugars, syrups, or artificial flavors and naturally flavor your water instead! You can add fruits, veggies, and herbs you’re already growing in your AeroGarden to make basic H20 more exciting. Here are a few ideas for some delicious flavors…
Strawberry-Cucumber: This is quite a refreshing infusion. Use strawberries grown in an AeroGarden Grow Bowl for that fresh taste.
Tomato-Basil Water: Veggie infusions are the perfect way to achieve healthy hydration. Plus you can use garden-fresh tomatoes and basil from your AeroGarden.
Pineapple-Mint Water: Looking for a tropical flavor? Pineapple and mint are sure to satisfy your taste buds.
Watermelon-Rosemary: This sweet combo will add plenty of color to your drink. And you can take rosemary from your AeroGarden!
Blackberry-Sage: This sage infusion has a perfect subtle, refreshing flavor.
Infusion Tips: There is no single “correct” way of infusing fruits, veggies and herbs into your water. Just fill a pitcher or large glass with your favorite ingredients and let it sit for a few hours. You can muddle your ingredients for a stronger flavor. Infused water stays good for about two to three days and you can always top off your water. After a few days, start again with fresh ingredients!
Enjoy fresh, juicy strawberries with a delicious white chocolate coating topped with citrus sugar. This sweet treat is fast and easy to make. Plus, you can grow your very own strawberries right in your AeroGarden Grow Bowl!
Line your baking sheet with foil. Mix sugar and citrus peels in small bowl until sugar is moist. In a separate small bowl, stir white chocolate set over a saucepan of barely simmering water until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Remove from over water.
Hold strawberry by the stem end and dip 2/3 of the berry into the white chocolate; shake excess back into bowl. Turn strawberry dipped end up and sprinkle with citrus sugar. Place on baking sheet. Repeat with remaining strawberries, chocolate, and sugar. Chill until chocolate sets (about 30 minutes).