Mini peppers are delicious raw or cooked. They are crunchy, and their flavor is very mild. This is a simple recipe that only takes a few minutes to prep. The flavor you get from roasting these mini peppers is smoky and sweet. They can be served as a side dish or an appetizer with rustic bread and cheese. Once they come out of the oven or off the grill, they will collapse, releasing juices that infuse with the olive oil and balsamic to create an amazing taste.
1½ pounds mixed mini peppers
1 teaspoon kosher salt
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (optional)
Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
Heat the oven to 400ºF/200°C.
Toss peppers with olive oil, your choice of herbs, and salt. Place in baking pan and roast for 10 to 20 minutes until charred. Make sure you watch them and don’t let them burn. Take out of oven and let cool for a few minutes. Sprinkle with your choice of balsamic vinegar or grated Parmesan cheese.
As featured in "Flavors of the Season Cookbook" digital publication.
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On May 20, National Rescue Dog Day recognizes all the benefits of allowing a four-legged canine to adopt you into their immeasurably lovable life. When it comes to four-legged friends, they improve the human condition by leaps and bounds, barks, and yips. It’s hard to imagine a more helpful, worthy companion. Give them a chance to make your life better! Consider giving them a forever home!
According to the ASPCA, approximately 3.3 million dogs enter shelters every year. When these abandoned and abused animals find their way to a shelter, each one needs a forever home and their potential is limitless. They’re rescue dogs.
No matter their size, color, or breed, dogs will find a way to nuzzle, fetch, or beg their way into your heart. You’ll find it hard not to scratch one behind the ear.
Rescue dogs often overcome extreme obstacles and yet provide comfort, security, and friendship as family pets. But rescue dogs are capable of much more. With training, they contribute to the independence of people with disabilities as service animals and give comfort to the elderly. In these circumstances, they become our eyes, ears, or legs as well as our best friend.
Rescue dogs provide a variety of therapeutic benefits. Children, teens, and adults with autism may benefit from services provided by trained rescue dogs. As emotional support companions, rescue dogs help to relieve anxiety, depression, and PTSD among the military or those who suffer from mental illness.
They make excellent teachers, too. Rescue dogs show children about caring and kindness. Rescue dogs can even be trained to rescue us from dangerous situations or help to investigate the cause of a fire.
Partial list of national animal rescue / welfare organizations:
American Dog Rescue
Dog Lovers Digest
Ready to show you lots of Love!
Pictured above: Frieza: A Pointer/Terrier Mix.
This is Miss Frieza. She is a beautiful 5-month-old girl that is currently 31-pounds and growing. We believe she is a pointer mix with her striking black and white features.
Frieza has a good amount of puppy energy and is playful outdoors, but not rambunctious indoors. She would do well with plenty of exercising, playing, and space to run. Frieza's ideal home would have a fenced yard where she can sniff and explore. Frieza is a love bug and is very happy to sit in your lap, snuggle, or take a snooze at your feet. We are working on house training, but she is not yet accident-free. Frieza is smart (knows "sit" and "lay down" commands) and eager to please.
Her current foster family includes 3 elementary school-aged children. She was cautious of them at first, with some warning barks when approached, but now considers them to be good friends. Frieza is not initially friendly with new people or other dogs but seems to warm up quickly to people once she feels secure. Frieza is crate trained and will sleep through the night and stay in her crate when needed without a problem. She is very polite with her humans and mealtime and doesn't beg or whine.
Frieza is learning how to go on walks and will bark at some passing dogs or people with some pulling. She is working on her leash manners and improving every day. Frieza is a great dog and will be a loyal addition to her fur-ever family. She is young and will do well with plenty of love, a little bit of patience, and consistent training as she grows.
For inquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org
An Adoption Application for this dog can be found and submitted online at
ANGELS AMONG US PET RESCUE
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Some of our animals receive a high volume of applications, and we strive to select the best home for each animal. However, we have many wonderful homeless pets available.
I love watching keep-fit videos while munching chocolate chip cookies.
~ Dolly Parton
In an episode of the sitcom Friends, Lisa Kudrow's character Phoebe claims that her great-great-grandmother ("Nestley Toulouse") passed down the cookie recipe on the back of the chocolate-chip bag. As it happens, a woman did single-handedly invent chocolate-chip cookies, but she wasn't from France—she was from Massachusetts. According to a popular version of this story, sometime in the 1930s, Ruth Graves Wakefield was baking chocolate cookies at the restaurant she ran in Whitman, Massachusetts, when, without enough time to melt the chocolate, Wakefield threw in whole chunks of a Nestlé bar. People loved the improvisation, and the rest is history. But that's not quite what happened, according to food historian Caroline Wyman.
Wakefield wasn't a distracted proprietress; she was a talented and well-educated home economist, as well as an accomplished chef. In fact, Wakefield was something closer to the Martha Stewart of her day, and an early product of the American public-education system; she graduated from the Framingham State Normal School Department of Household Arts in 1924, two years after the nation's second teachers college started issuing bachelor's degrees in education. By the time she invented the chocolate chip cookie, Wakefield already had a cookbook to go with the restaurant: Her Toll House Tried and True Recipes went through dozens of printings. (According to the Boston Globe, the restaurant had never been a tollhouse—that was just good branding.)
The cookies became a local delicacy, and, after Massachusetts soldiers received them in care packages from home during World War II, the adoration went national, according to Wyman. The cookies became so famous that Nestlé started selling bags of chips—and offered Wakefield a lifetime of chocolate (and $1) for a license on the Toll House name and her recipe. (Source: M. Harris, Pacific Standard)
Read all about the history of chocolate, Ruth Wakefield, the original recipe + so much more in the current issue of The Allure of Chocolate. Available now to download just click the image below.
JUST RELEASED! For all chocolate lovers!! This beautifully crafted, interative, ad-free publication features the story of chocolate from ancient times to present along with delectable chocolate recipes and gorgeous photos. Learn all about the Cacao-Trace program and the farmers who benefit across the world.
For some 3,500 years , chocolate has been at the center of world history. From its beginnings around 1500 B.C.E. as a ceremonial drink in the ancient Olmec, Maya, and Aztec cultures to its multifaceted forms and uses today, the story of chocolate leads us on a fascinating journey through many places and times. So, dig into your chocolate stash and enjoy!
Apple pies or tarts have been around, in one form or another, since the Middle Ages. Before the Pilgrims set sail for the New World, Asia and European cultures had already incorporated apples into their cuisine thousands of years earlier. The first written mention of the apple is that of Alexander the Great in 328 BCE: he noted Kazakhstan’s apples appeared to be ‘dwarfed,’ before bringing them back to Macedonia to be cultivated. By the late 14th century, sweet and savory pies were already an important part of the food culture in England, and so it comes as no surprise that apples made their way into these pastries; however, they traditionally were made without crust due to the high price of sugar. It wasn’t until the 15th century that Dutch bakers transformed the crust-less apple pie into the lattice-style pastry we commonly see today. Just a century later, the pies could be found across Europe.
It wasn’t until the mid-1600s through complex sea trade routes, that edible apples made their way to North America. Even then, they came in the form of trees, and required extensive pollination to bear fruit; as such, the fruit didn’t flourish until European honey bees were introduced decades later. Only one type of apple -- the malus, or “crabapple” -- was native to North America prior to this, and it was incredibly sour and foul-tasting.
According to the American Pie Council, Americans consume $700 million worth of retail pies each year -- and that doesn’t include those that are home-baked, or sold by restaurants and independent bakers. Of those who responded to surveys, 19% of Americans -- some 36 million people -- cited apple is their favorite flavor. That’s a lot of apple pie.
Though we’ve made the case here that apple pie isn’t so American after all, one could argue that just because something originated somewhere else doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t become a source of national pride elsewhere. America took the apple pie to heights it had never seen before -- elevated it as a treasured part of its lore and history. And though it wouldn’t be fair to call apple pie “American” without acknowledging its past, the baked good seems to be just at home here as anywhere else in the world.
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"While we’re all self-quaranteening and doing our part to stay safe and help put an end to the Covid-19 pandemic, I want to draw attention to "Seniors, A Dogumentary", a new happy film about our senior dogs that I was honored to be featured in that premiered in Nashville two days after the tornado hit in the city and right before Covid-19 attacked all of us with a vengeance. We all know that our dogs give us a tremendous amount of the unconditional love we so desperately need, especially now. Our relationships with our dogs can help us find peace and comfort, and help us get through these socially isolating and fearful times.
I encourage you to help get this beautiful, lovely film on Netflix. Just follow the instructions below Thanks!"
- Jane Sobel Klonsky, Creator, Project Unconditional
Seniors - a Dogumentary, starring LEO from Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary, Chaser the Border Collie, and photographer Jane Sobel Klonsky. Presented by NHdocs: The New Haven Documentary Film Festival.
Happy Pet Month and Happy Mother's Day! Shown here is sweet Charlie and his dedicated mom, Jane . . . this is true unconditional love! We are so proud to feature Charlie's story and "Project Unconditional," Jane's creation, in our current issue of Tales & Treats. In the spirit of Mom's and pets everywhere, please show your love and gratitude each and every day! Download a copy of Tales & Treats for only $1.99 for the month of May!
"Mother, the ribbons of your love are woven around my heart."—Anonymous
May is National Pet Month, so show some love for your furry - and not so furry - friends!
Adopt: The best way to help a pet waiting on a forever home? Be that forever home! If you’re looking to add a pet to your family, please consider adopting through your local shelter or rescue. You’ll get a lifelong friend in return!
Donate: Every bit counts! If you are unable to donate financially, you can always donate your time, skills, or supplies.
Educate: The best way to end pet homelessness is to help others understand the problem. Sharing articles on social media, writing a letter to the editor of your local paper, and volunteering at adoption events are all effective ways to make your voice heard and to spread the message in your community!
Share: Besides being a great way to keep up with the family and friends, social networks like Facebook and Twitter are useful for finding forever homes for adoptable pets. Share an available cat or dog to your social networks to help that pet find a home!
Train: Are you a master at teaching your pup to sit, lie down, or stay? Share your expertise at a rescue or shelter! Knowing some basic commands can help many dogs to be more adoptable.
Play: Who doesn’t love a little one on one attention? Playing with sheltered cats or dogs will help to socialize them more quickly, making them more likely to find forever homes.
Foster: Not sure you have the time or resources to dedicate to adding a pet to your family permanently? You can foster a pet temporarily until the right forever home is found. It’s a wonderful way to give back, as well as an opportunity to see what having a pet is all about before you make a lifetime commitment yourself.
Volunteer: Volunteers are essential to helping shelters and rescues achieve their mission of finding forever homes for pets. Just a few hours a month will make a world of difference!
Join the conversation on social media to see how others are taking part and add your own ideas by using #PawItForward!
“The story in Tales and Treats is dedicated to my boy Charlie, whose unconditional love helped make everyday a better day and was with me and gave me encouragement and love to help navigate the waters through the creation of my “Project Unconditional.”
“When I started my project, my Goldendoodle Charlie was 5 years old, in the prime of his life. I never imagined Charlie getting older. He was the energizer bunny! He was ageless.
Charlie was perpetually joyful and silly. He was an accomplished obedience dog (he heeled beautifully...when he wanted to), and made so many kids and hospital patients smile during his therapy dog visits. He was a happy boy dressed up in one of the silly costumes we would put him in - a lion’s mane or even a pink tutu!”
6/17/2007 - 10/23/2019
~ Jane Sobel Klonsky, Charlie’s mom
Published by National Geographic, Unconditional: Older Dogs, Deeper Love is a captivating collection of photographs and anecdotes by photographer Jane Sobel Klonsky celebrating our love and special bond with older dogs. The book offers a sampling of the 300+ stories captured by Jane since starting the project in 2012.
This is the companion cookbook inspired by Volume 1 of Nourish and Flourish. Enjoy this interactive, "ad-free", high-quality cookbook packed with flavorful, simple, and healthy plant and protein-based recipes. Each recipe features stunning, original photos with easy-to-follow directions - perfect for home cooks! Short mini-stories on where your food originates, regenerative farming and gardening, and a general harvest chart are included in each issue.