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Wow! This heatwave is killer!

It’s WAY too hot to cook….but it was certainly cool enough in my office today to eat all the freebie samples that popped up around every corner!

A coworker was testing a recipe for our team and asked my opinion. Oh sure, twist my arm... I happily obliged, of course. :)

Gala apples and feta cheese with rosemary, thyme and black pepper, served on a baguette round. 

The first one was so good, I ate it twice! 

The same coworker invited me to a sampling event in our cafeteria. Fun! I’m not one to say no to samples, especially when they are samples of specialty produce! I’m happy to work for a company that promotes healthy habits…

Flame raisins on the vine…yommy!

Lychees...I’m not such a fan of these. They feel too much like little eyeballs when they’re peeled…

Papaya? Papayum!

Sweet Kiss melon! Like a cantaloupe, only sweeter and not as cantaloupy. If only I’d had a thin slice of prosciutto. Mmmm…

And the most interesting guest at the party, Black Garlic! It’s fermented for a month, and has a sweeter flavor than regular garlic. They served it on a cracker with cream cheese. Definitely interesting, and a little mushroomy.


Oooooooh, Mommy!

Free food always makes for a fun day. It would have been even more fun if I’d been feeling better (queasy tummy.) Not sure what that’s about, because I’m very rarely sick. Heat, maybe?

I do have good news, though….my signal booster came today and I am TOTALLY hooked up! I wouldn’t say my speed is lightning fast, but it’s skipping along much faster than before. Good grief, you’d think it was 2005 around here! I’m hoping this means better posts going forward…

Stay cool, everyone!


Have you ever had black garlic? How do you use it?

What’s your favorite ‘odd’ fruit or veggie?



  1. Your posts are so fun to read – you make me laugh! :)

    I think the craziest fruit I ever had was a horned melon. The inside was this thick green gel – pretty gross, actually.

  2. ive never even heard of that before.. umami? wow!

    i love crazy fruits tho like dragonfruit :)

    especially in heatwaves.. fruit is essential! <3

  3. I have never tried black garlic..but I want to. And I love Jicama..has anyone ever had it? It really doesn’t have a taste but will take on the flavor of anything. It is crisp like an apple or water chestnut..very low in calories!

    • I really like jicama, but I recently discovered that it’s not so good shredded in the food processor. You lose all that great texture!

      I have a big jicama on my counter right now–we’ll be eating it tonight sprinkled with cayenne and lime juice!

      Thanks for commenting!

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