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Dandelion Root Coffee – Have A Free Cup

Basket of Roots

Basket of Roots

Dandelions?!? Aren’t they considered weeds? Weeds that pop up over night on our lawns, in our gardens and grow just about anywhere? Even though dandelions are considered weeds, they are one of the most useful, far from what people think they are. In various parts of the world, they are termed as “leaf vegetables”. The root it’s self make a wonderful coffee substitute. Sounds weird but cool, huh?

To make your own Dandelion Root Coffee, go dig up some dandelions! Make sure you find dandelions that are not in areas sprayed with pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, or other chemicals.

Monster Dandelion Root

Monster Dandelion Root

Use a shovel as dandelion roots can run deep in good soil. Roots are easy to dig up after a good rain and best harvested in the spring and fall. After you have dug up a bunch of roots, use a small knife or scissor to cut off the green leaves from the root. You can save the leaves if you want and cook them like spinach. When you have the roots separated, give them a good washing in a bucket of water, when the water turns muddy drain off the water & wash again until the water is clear. Once the roots are clean allow them to dry on a towel for 1 hour then either chop them up by hand or use a food processor. Spread the chopped root on to a baking sheet and bake at 300 degrees for 2 hours. Make sure to turn the roots several time while baking to make sure they roast evenly. When done, the roots will feel crisp and have a dark coffee color. Remove from oven and allow to cool, then if you choose you can grind them like coffee beans. The ground roots can be prepared just like coffee. I make the coffee in a pot on the stove, simmering the roots gently for 10-15 minutes or until it yields a rich, coffee-colored brew. Store the unused ground roots in a glass jar. Enjoy!

Celebrate Summer-Grilled Pizza & Cold Beer

Last night MadJack & I celebrated NEPA’s warm spring weather by making our first grilled pizza of the summer season. When I tell people they can make pizza on the grill, the look at me as if I asked them to perform some sort of magic trick. It seems a lot harder than it really is and the results will leave you turning you noses up at fast food pizzas forever.

A great grilled pizza starts with good dough that will hold up to being turned on the grill or pizza pan. Preheat your grill on high for 10 minutes while you prepare your dough. I found it easiest to spread the dough out on a well oiled pizza pan and brush the top side of the dough with olive oil. Turn the grill down to low and place your pizza pan on the grill to let bake for approx 5-7 minutes. When the dough begins to firm up flip and bake the other side for 5-7 minutes, flip again. At this point your crust should be slightly brown and now it’s time to add your toppings. I use homemade tomato sauce, freshly grated mozzarella cheese and sautéed peppers, onions and mushrooms. Grill for another 7-10 minutes until your cheese melts and the crust as reached your desired crispness. There you go… grilled pizza and cold beer, a great way to celebrate summer!

What it all boils down to … Maple syrup

No one really knows who discovered how to make syrup from the sap of maple tree. We do know that the method of making maple syrup has not changed much since the times of the Indians. Yes, if you have only a few sugar maple trees, you can make your own maple syrup but it is a time consuming process. If you have that time and you follow these 10 simple steps, then you can make your own maple syrup.

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