Food Facts & Lore, Monday Magazine

The Monday Mag – Mar 28, 2016

In This Edition Of Our Weekly Magazine:

  • Is There A Rabbit in My Garden?
  • The Marquis De Sade Had a Sweet Tooth
  • Dessert From The Pizza Shop

Our Favorite Quote Of The Week – “Seize opportunity by the beard, for it is bald behind.” – Bulgarian Proverb

rabbit in the garden

Is There A Rabbit in My Garden? – You are sure the rabbit ate your harvest, but never seem to catch the little fella in the act. Footprints are not necessarily the tell-tale sign. Rabbits do take strolls without stopping for a nibble. To catch bunny in the act: Pay attention at dusk and dawn and look for neatly clipped twigs. Deer and other critters tend to leave torn and ragged vegetation behind. A 2-foot high chicken wire fence will suffice to safeguard your harvest without harming the adorable long-eared-hopping-fur-balls who share your corner of the world. Make sure the bottom is staked so rabbits cannot push through. Did you know rabbits actually prefer greens to carrots?

easter chocolate (2)

The Marquis De Sade Had a Sweet Tooth – It may not come as a surprise to learn that one of the first references to “biting chocolate” is attributed to the ultimate connoisseur of pleasure and suffering, namely, the Marquis De Sade, in 1779. At that time, European chocolate was mainly hand-fashioned and accessible primarily to the wealthy. Machine-made, store marketed chocolate is a staple of Colonial America. There is irrefutable evidence that consumption of chocolate in its pure form, cocoa, by the Aztec and Mayan peoples was strictly medicinal. In fact, historians also believe that all candy confections were originally consumed as digestive aids. The commercialization of Easter was partly responsible for the growth of a competitive chocolate industry in America.

leftover pizza crusts recipes

Dessert From The Pizza Shop – If you think the crust is the best part, you are right. In fact, some people begin with the crust. If this is you, you might want to cut it off after you consider these 3 sweet bonus treats to add to your weekly pizza feast.

1. Hearty Pizza Crust Trail Mix – In a large bowl, combine assorted nuts and dried fruit of choice. Cut pizza crusts into bite-size chunks. Toss with olive oil and cinnamon. Toast in oven until crisp. Add to fruit and nut mixture. Serve with a good beer.

2. PB & J Pizza Sticks – Place soft peanut butter in small individual bowls. Add a similar amount of fruit preserve of choice. Swirl lightly. Place bowl on a saucer. Arrange strip cut pizza crusts around the bowl. Dip. This one is good with a tall glass of milk.

3. Pizza Crust Chocolate Fondue – Melt 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, 2 tbsp butter, 2 tbsp water and 14oz sweet condensed milk over medium heat. Cut pizza crusts in 2-inch strips. Arrange crusts and mixed cut fruit on individual dishes. Dip the fruit with a fork. Dip the crusts with dainty fingers. Wine is good with this one.


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