From watermelon to tomatoes and cucumbers, the box has been chock full of easy snacks to slice and serve over this Summer. They clean and pop onto plate, table, or ready hands so fast it's easy to go through the season having to plan meals more deliberately since so much of the produce is so quick to disappear.
It can be tough to get fancy with food sometimes. Maybe you're tired at the end of a day, maybe you are just cooking for your family again and there's no spark at all in the effort, maybe you only have the most basic and simple ingredients. Sometimes though, it is outside motivation that stirs us to experiment. Often I talk about internal motivation here in my posts, but today I want to talk about an external force: surprise guests!
I avoid reading the news.
Every time I look, it seems to be bad. Hitler is apparently coming back any minute now, political violence is rising both at home and abroad, inflation continues to rip into the dollar's worth, and houses and communities and nations seem more divided by the month over serious issues. Rich and influential nations like Turkey, France, Venezuela, and Germany are having the bloom fall from their flowers before our very eyes, and the global trading system seems always to teeter on a knife's edge over one issue or another.
Anyone who has been in a supermarket of any kind knows that there are many different kinds of apples—green, red, light pink, yellow, and all manner of in-between—but apples aren't the only thing with variety in the natural world. Here are three very different varieties of pears, for instance: Kaisers, Bartletts, and Red Anjous.