Sunday, July 31, 2011


August in Mango season in Florida. There are mango trees laden with fruit just waiting to picked. Some right in my neighbors back yard. I think I'll just have a talk with her and see if she can spare a few.

Mangoes are a great fruit and an excellent source of Vitamins A and C, as well as a good source of Potassium and they contain beta carotene. Mangoes are high in fiber, but low in calories, fat and sodium. Mangoes are a good stable for your daily diet.

They are great with fresh fish, chicken, and pork as well as many other meats and foods. Here is a salsa that I use with our fresh caught fish.

Mango Salsa
1 ripe mango, peeled, pitted and diced
1/2 jalapeno pepper, remove seeds and veins and dice (Make sure you wear rubber gloves)
1/4 cup red onion, diced small
2 Tablespoons red pepper, diced small
1 small cucumber, peeled, cut in half long wise and remove seeds--about 1 cup
3 Tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped ( I love cilantro so I always add more)
4 Tablespoons fresh lime juice (fresh is best) or just cut one lime and squeeze
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 avocado (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
Add just a little salt and pepper to taste.
1/2 avocado (optional)
If the salsa is a little to hot (spicy) the avocado will temper the taste.
Serves 4-6

I have also made Mango Preserve and it is great!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

July is National Blueberry Month

Blueberries are an excellent source of Vitamin C. They are also a good source of dietary fiber and manganese. Manganese plays an important role in the development of bones and in the metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates and fat. Blueberries contain substances that have antioxidant properties. These antioxidant properties help neutralize free radicals which are unstable molecules linked to the development of a number of disease including cancer, cardiovascular disease and other age related conditions. So it is the month to try new cooking things with Blueberries. Here is a new recipe to try and enjoy.

Blueberry Sour Cream Squares

1/2 cup softened butter
2/3 cup sugar, divided
1 egg
3 teaspoons vanilla, divided
1 1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 cup baking powder
Pinch of salt
4 cups blueberries, washed and dried
16 oz container of sour cream
2 egg yolks
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Bake in a 9 x 13 pan.
Beat together butter and 1/2 cup sugar in bowl until fluffy.
Blend in one egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.
Add to butter mixture and mix well.
Spread onto bottom of pan
Cover with blueberries.
Combine remaining sugar, vanilla, sour crea, egg yolks and cardamon.
Pour over blueberries.
Bake 50-55 minutes or until set
Do not over bake.
Allow to cool at least 10 minutes before cutting into square.
Decorate with several blueberries on top of each slice.

Add blueberries to your cereal,yogurt, pancakes, salads or smoothie.
See other blueberry ideas in the Entree by Connie Hope under salads , jelly and jam and other areas for more ideas.