They’re Back………..Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the Kitchen. Zucchini Blossoms!!!!
Now you really didn’t think you were going the whole summer with out seeing my precious, did you? We all know the therapy wasn’t going to work and the 7 step program was a lot of fun, but let’s get serious.
I love zucchini blossoms and that’s one addiction I can live with. The blossoms arrived at our farmers market about a month ago and we have been enjoying them my wife’s favorite way, stuffed with a blend of cheeses, battered and sauteed……sigh, it’s a wonderful thing!
This week when I spotted my precious, I knew it was time for a change, and while I enjoyed all of my creations last year, I felt the need to try something different. Having received a bounty of the best Feta Cheese I have ever had from Euphrates , I felt the need to use that delicious feta in my blossoms.
Standing in the middle of the Collingswood Farmer’s Market it came to me, Jersey Fresh Tomatoes, basil and feta, a match made in heaven! I didn’t want these beauties to be too heavy so I stayed with a classical batter, simply sparkling water(S.Pelligrino) and Flour.
Feta Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms
12 Zucchini Blossoms
2 ounces Feta Crumbles
2 Medium Tomatoes very small dice
2 tbsp. Fresh Basil Finely chopped
Black pepper to taste
1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
3-4 ounces Sparkling Water or Proseco
1. mix feta, chopped tomatoes, and basil in a small bowl, season with black pepper.
2. Allow mixture to sit for about 15 minutes before using, then drain off any liquid.
3. Carefully open blossom and spoon mixture into blossom until full, form flower closed.
4. Mix flour and sparkling water together to form batter, it should have the consistency or heavy cream so adjust it as needed.
5. Heat saute pan on stove with olive oil to fry the blossoms.
6. Dip Blossom into batter and place in hot oil, cooking on each side till golden brown.
7. Allow blossoms to cool slightly and serve.
* Blossoms should be served at room temperature they do not have to be hot!
Anyway you stuff those little beauties they are such a treat. If your in the mood for my ricotta stuffed blossoms, Click Here For The Recipe. Just make sure you give them a try you’ll be hooked on those little bites of heaven!
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Social Media- I keep getting questions about the different types of social media out there and if they really make a difference. I came late to that party, and have been playing catch up not only in terms of followers or friend but trying so hard to learn to use these tools properly.
Google+ has come onto the scene and people are saying its the best thing since sliced bread, the next facebook but only better. I have to admit, that I haven’t seen a lot to support that statement yet, but I do think that yet is the key word. Knowing the all powerful Google, I can’t see them doing anything that would not be incredibly successful. So my advice, get on the Google+ wagon now, because if it does explode, you want to be ready. At this point it certainly couldn’t hurt! So if anyone out there would like an invitation to Google+ just send me a note with your email address and I will get one out to you!
Twitter would have to be one of the more popular forms of social media out there, I’m still learning my way around, but its a nice place to make announcements, and to connect with friends. Just remember to retweet your friends posts too! If your on Twitter there are a lot of great tools to help, my two favorite are Your Twitter Karma and Tweetdeck . I would strongly advise checking out your twitter karma, just to see how many people have stopped following you after you follow them. It breaks down the list to who you are following and who is following you. As for Tweetdeck, it was so successful it now belongs to Twitter. You can keep track of facebook, Linkedin, and a few other medias at the same time on tweetdeck, and you can set it up just about anyway that works best for you. So start Tweetin’!
Stumble Upon Now this my friends is the sleeping Giant, I’m still in the dark about the specific, but if you get a good stumble, your page views can go off the charts, trust me on this one, get stumbling right away!
There are so many different types of social media, including sites like Foodbuzz, you do interact with your friends, and you can get something out of it in terms of page views. But what you must be careful with is your time, none of us much extra time, and what we do have needs to be spent productively.
We talk about foodporn sites all the time, and what you can get from them. It’s great to see your images up on the sites, but if your not getting a substantial return for your time, it’s not worth the trouble, not to mention how frustrating some sites are with all the different reasons they won’t take your image, that the other site took…sigh So find what’s best for you, and spend your time wisely!
Speaking of spending my time wisely, I think some sleep would be a good thing right now. Happy Wednesday my friends, if you can take a midweek break and do something special for yourself!