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Some Fridge Clearing, Cheribundi and a Hike

I’m totally enjoying all this Spring Sun…and not so enjoying the spring rain, but it’ll pass, I hope.  In honor of all the great weather, we hiked up a local “mountain” the other day and I took a couple pictures to share.  The first is the view from a little more then half way up the trail, when I simple did a 180 and clicked:

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The second picture is from the top (or pretty close to it) and that’s actually a picture of my alma mater, Quinnipiac University down below:

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You can actually see the new campus they’re building halfway across town from another shot but I won’t bore you anymore…I know these things are mostly exciting to me, myself and I.  The sun was out, the hiking was great, and we met some ADORABLE doggy pals along the way, so I was happy.

In other exciting news, awhile back Cheribundi sent me some samples of their newly branded Cherry Juice to try out.  I got the standard flavor, a lower calorie version, and the extra protein packed variety, and tried a bit of each to start.

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I like the regular kind best, although it is a bit much to drink alone.  I enjoyed it better cut with a bit of plain seltzer, or even a bit of Vodka on a Friday night…This stuff packs a serious punch with over 50 cherries in a small bottle, and there’s no denying the health benefits, so why not give it a try?  I have a feeling that with a bit of sugar and reduction it would make a great sauce over ice cream as well.

And then there was food.  You knew it was coming right?  This being my food blog and all…Since it is FINALLY asparagus season, I had to buy  a huge bunch of the beautiful looking stalks and cook them up nice and quick.  I dropped these in boiling water for a couple minutes, then removed, drained, and toss with EVOO and Balsamic, topping with some freshly ground salt and pepper.

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We have a bunch of course cornmeal that’s been sitting in the pantry for awhile, and while I didn’t exactly want cornbread, I decided to make something loosely related to the Southwestern Corn Pudding….I did after all have some open coconut milk in the fridge that needed to be used.  I went with more of an Asian than a Southwestern tilt though, and simplified the steps a bit, and this is what I came up with:

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Ingredients
2 tablespoon peanut oil
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 green bell, finely chopped
1 cup coconut milk
2 cups spicy greens, wilted
1 tbs Zhug (Mediterranean Red Pepper Paste…you can use your equivalent)
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup cornmeal
2 tbs maple syrup
2 tbs Shoyu
Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350F, And grease an 8 inch pie pan. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl until uniform, and pour into the pie pan.
2. Cook for 40 minutes, and then serve.

Pretty good….although a bit dry, I could’ve used a bit more moistness in this…Overall I’m a fan of the Asian flavors though, I could’ve even gone with a bit more of them…

And by the way..have you entered the giveaway for a free creme brulee torch yet?  Scroll down to the entry below for your chance!

Selah.

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