Recipe Corner – March 2019

Recipe Corner returns!  Spring has sprung and everyone is eating healthy, getting ready for swimsuit season, but more importantly, our Halloween costumes! Cafe Mom has our backs with this amazingly healthy and delicious recipe for Eyeball Caprese Appetizer, which doubles as both a yummy appetizer or a nice spring salad.

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Photo ©Windell Oskay

 

Ingredients:

  • Balls of fresh mozzarella cheese (ideally, mozzarella di bufala)
  • Green olives
  • Black olives
  • Tomatoes
  • Fresh basil leaves

For the full recipe, please visit here: https://thestir.cafemom.com/food_party/163057/eyeball_caprese_appetizer_will_be

The key to great Caprese salad is having FRESH mozzarella. I personally would drizzle with a little bit of extra virgin olive oil too, but not necessary if that’s not your thing.

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Five Reasons Halloween Lovers Should Embrace Spring

Happy Spring!  Wiccans and pagans celebrate the vernal equinox in the Northern hemisphere,  the time when light and dark are balanced again. Now, I know that sunshine and flowers don’t exactly scream Halloween, nor appease goth lovers, but if nothing else, we are moving one step closer to Halloween, and that’s cause for celebration.

Ostara

The Germanic goddess of spring and dawn returns. This girl knows how to party. She loves festivals, feasting, drinking, and sex!  Sex leads to babies and she is all about that. Ostara first showed up around the 8th century during festivals celebrating the vernal equinox. Details of actual worship are sketchy, but by the time the 19th century rolled around, she had become a permanent fixture in Germanic mythology. She represents fertility, healing, and rebirth, and is depicted as a radiant woman of childbearing years, wreathed or covered with blooming flowers, surrounded by rabbits, hares and other wildlife, and she brings absolute joy to those around her.  One cannot go wrong planting some seeds or painting some eggs in her honor.

 

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Wicked Art Wednesdays – Lisa Parker

World-renowned artist Lisa Parker hails from the U.K. and specializes in magical, fantasy, witchcraft and wildlife art.  Lisa’s artwork possesses vibrant colors and her passion for animals shines through every masterful brushstroke. Officially licensed with over 27 companies, including The Bradford Exchange, The Mountain (apparel), Nemesis Now, and Prime 3D Ltd., Lisa’s artwork is featured on numerous products, home goods, jewelry, puzzle games, stationery, tarot cards, and witchcraft collectibles.

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Special St. Patrick’s Day Poem: Just My Luck

Met a leprechaun in a pub
drinking whiskey and rum.
How would you like
to have some mischievous fun?
‘Follow me into the wood
when the moon is full.
I show you a pot of gold
seen only by fools.
When you return after biscuits and tea,
look for the red ribbon tied to a tree.’
I saw a twinkle in his eye and did not care.
I thought only of the pot of gold he was
willing to share.
‘What’s mine is yours’ he went on to say,
‘as long as you remember the way.’
So, I followed the wee man into the forest.
The pot of gold was there,
just like he foretold it.
Come the next morn, I realized my gaffe,
every tree bore a red ribbon and the sound of his laugh.

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Leprechaun ©ScottPadgett/Skinwerks

 

Special St. Patrick’s Day Haiku

winds of march
mystical shamrock forest
leprechaun’s gold

 

 

Happy Caturday!

It is a privilege to live in a world that gives us the wondrous talent of Lisa Parker.

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©Lisa Parker

Friday Fright Nightcaps – The Witch’s Heart

Happy Friday! Happy International Women’s Day!

Witches are some of the most persecuted women on the planet. This is as true today as it was in the 16th century. Most women who were executed weren’t even witches. They were just women who spoke out against corruption, injustice and religious and political persecution or fought back against sexual predators. In honor of these brave souls who gave their lives to help shape the future for all womenkind, I share with you, a recipe from the kitchen of The Flavor Blender called, The Witch’s Heart.

 

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Photo ©The Flavor Blender

INGREDIENTS

  • apple brandy or apple vodka chilled
  • grenadine
  • Blackberry Shimmery Liqueur
  • Powdered dry ice optional
  • Martini glass to serve

To view full recipe at The Flavor Bender: https://www.theflavorbender.com/the-witchs-heart-halloween-cocktail/

All brave women have a little bit of witch in them.