Category Archives: Tools of the Trade

Tip of the Month, September 2012: Invest in a Dehydrator

 

I decided to invest in a dehydrator a few months ago after hearing so many terrible things about pet food and treats made in China. It’s amazing how many dog treats are made in China – just read the labels. Now, I make Lillie beef and chicken jerky that she adores. I don’t have to worry about feeding her questionable food and that peace of mind makes the dehydrator worth its weight in gold. In addition to making jerky, I’ve also dried some fruit, mushrooms and cilantro, some more successfully than others.

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Tip of the Month, September 2012: Invest in a Dehydrator

 

I decided to invest in a dehydrator a few months ago after hearing so many terrible things about pet food and treats made in China. It’s amazing how many dog treats are made in China – just read the labels. Now, I make Lillie beef and chicken jerky that she adores. I don’t have to worry about feeding her questionable food and that peace of mind makes the dehydrator worth its weight in gold. In addition to making jerky, I’ve also dried some fruit, mushrooms and cilantro, some more successfully than others.

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Chilled Cucumber Melon Soup with Radish Celery Salsa

I love chilled soups, especially in the heat of the summer. Usually, gazpachos come immediately to mind and that’s what I tend to order or make at home (click here for a tasty recipe I posted last summer.) However, several years ago Brad and I were at this great little French restaurant in Charleston, S.C., Gaulart & Maliclet French Café (98 Broad St, Charleston, S.C. 29401), and I had a wonderful and refreshing cucumber and melon soup that was one of the lunch specials. It was a humid and hot day in Charleston, and that soup hit the spot. Unfortunately, on subsequent visits the soup has not been available – I wish it was a permanent fixture on the menu!

I’ve been trying to replicate this soup each summer, especially when it is so hot like it is now, and have finally come up with a recipe that is pretty darn good. One thing I’ve added is a radish and celery salsa that also has Granny Smith apples in it. The zesty radishes, crisp and crunchy celery, and sweet and tart apples make a great salsa, which pairs excellently with the cucumber and melon soup.

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Chilled Cucumber Melon Soup with Radish Celery Salsa

I love chilled soups, especially in the heat of the summer. Usually, gazpachos come immediately to mind and that’s what I tend to order or make at home (click here for a tasty recipe I posted last summer.) However, several years ago Brad and I were at this great little French restaurant in Charleston, S.C., Gaulart & Maliclet French Café (98 Broad St, Charleston, S.C. 29401), and I had a wonderful and refreshing cucumber and melon soup that was one of the lunch specials. It was a humid and hot day in Charleston, and that soup hit the spot. Unfortunately, on subsequent visits the soup has not been available – I wish it was a permanent fixture on the menu!

I’ve been trying to replicate this soup each summer, especially when it is so hot like it is now, and have finally come up with a recipe that is pretty darn good. One thing I’ve added is a radish and celery salsa that also has Granny Smith apples in it. The zesty radishes, crisp and crunchy celery, and sweet and tart apples make a great salsa, which pairs excellently with the cucumber and melon soup.

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Chilled Cucumber Melon Soup with Radish Celery Salsa

I love chilled soups, especially in the heat of the summer. Usually, gazpachos come immediately to mind and that’s what I tend to order or make at home (click here for a tasty recipe I posted last summer.) However, several years ago Brad and I were at this great little French restaurant in Charleston, S.C., Gaulart & Maliclet French Café (98 Broad St, Charleston, S.C. 29401), and I had a wonderful and refreshing cucumber and melon soup that was one of the lunch specials. It was a humid and hot day in Charleston, and that soup hit the spot. Unfortunately, on subsequent visits the soup has not been available – I wish it was a permanent fixture on the menu!

I’ve been trying to replicate this soup each summer, especially when it is so hot like it is now, and have finally come up with a recipe that is pretty darn good. One thing I’ve added is a radish and celery salsa that also has Granny Smith apples in it. The zesty radishes, crisp and crunchy celery, and sweet and tart apples make a great salsa, which pairs excellently with the cucumber and melon soup.

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Chilled Cucumber Melon Soup with Radish Celery Salsa

I love chilled soups, especially in the heat of the summer. Usually, gazpachos come immediately to mind and that’s what I tend to order or make at home (click here for a tasty recipe I posted last summer.) However, several years ago Brad and I were at this great little French restaurant in Charleston, S.C., Gaulart & Maliclet French Café (98 Broad St, Charleston, S.C. 29401), and I had a wonderful and refreshing cucumber and melon soup that was one of the lunch specials. It was a humid and hot day in Charleston, and that soup hit the spot. Unfortunately, on subsequent visits the soup has not been available – I wish it was a permanent fixture on the menu!

I’ve been trying to replicate this soup each summer, especially when it is so hot like it is now, and have finally come up with a recipe that is pretty darn good. One thing I’ve added is a radish and celery salsa that also has Granny Smith apples in it. The zesty radishes, crisp and crunchy celery, and sweet and tart apples make a great salsa, which pairs excellently with the cucumber and melon soup.

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Chilled Cucumber Melon Soup with Radish Celery Salsa

I love chilled soups, especially in the heat of the summer. Usually, gazpachos come immediately to mind and that’s what I tend to order or make at home (click here for a tasty recipe I posted last summer.) However, several years ago Brad and I were at this great little French restaurant in Charleston, S.C., Gaulart & Maliclet French Café (98 Broad St, Charleston, S.C. 29401), and I had a wonderful and refreshing cucumber and melon soup that was one of the lunch specials. It was a humid and hot day in Charleston, and that soup hit the spot. Unfortunately, on subsequent visits the soup has not been available – I wish it was a permanent fixture on the menu!

I’ve been trying to replicate this soup each summer, especially when it is so hot like it is now, and have finally come up with a recipe that is pretty darn good. One thing I’ve added is a radish and celery salsa that also has Granny Smith apples in it. The zesty radishes, crisp and crunchy celery, and sweet and tart apples make a great salsa, which pairs excellently with the cucumber and melon soup.

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Chilled Cucumber Melon Soup with Radish Celery Salsa

I love chilled soups, especially in the heat of the summer. Usually, gazpachos come immediately to mind and that’s what I tend to order or make at home (click here for a tasty recipe I posted last summer.) However, several years ago Brad and I were at this great little French restaurant in Charleston, S.C., Gaulart & Maliclet French Café (98 Broad St, Charleston, S.C. 29401), and I had a wonderful and refreshing cucumber and melon soup that was one of the lunch specials. It was a humid and hot day in Charleston, and that soup hit the spot. Unfortunately, on subsequent visits the soup has not been available – I wish it was a permanent fixture on the menu!

I’ve been trying to replicate this soup each summer, especially when it is so hot like it is now, and have finally come up with a recipe that is pretty darn good. One thing I’ve added is a radish and celery salsa that also has Granny Smith apples in it. The zesty radishes, crisp and crunchy celery, and sweet and tart apples make a great salsa, which pairs excellently with the cucumber and melon soup.

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Chilled Cucumber Melon Soup with Radish Celery Salsa

I love chilled soups, especially in the heat of the summer. Usually, gazpachos come immediately to mind and that’s what I tend to order or make at home (click here for a tasty recipe I posted last summer.) However, several years ago Brad and I were at this great little French restaurant in Charleston, S.C., Gaulart & Maliclet French Café (98 Broad St, Charleston, S.C. 29401), and I had a wonderful and refreshing cucumber and melon soup that was one of the lunch specials. It was a humid and hot day in Charleston, and that soup hit the spot. Unfortunately, on subsequent visits the soup has not been available – I wish it was a permanent fixture on the menu!

I’ve been trying to replicate this soup each summer, especially when it is so hot like it is now, and have finally come up with a recipe that is pretty darn good. One thing I’ve added is a radish and celery salsa that also has Granny Smith apples in it. The zesty radishes, crisp and crunchy celery, and sweet and tart apples make a great salsa, which pairs excellently with the cucumber and melon soup.

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Chilled Cucumber Melon Soup with Radish Celery Salsa

I love chilled soups, especially in the heat of the summer. Usually, gazpachos come immediately to mind and that’s what I tend to order or make at home (click here for a tasty recipe I posted last summer.) However, several years ago Brad and I were at this great little French restaurant in Charleston, S.C., Gaulart & Maliclet French Café (98 Broad St, Charleston, S.C. 29401), and I had a wonderful and refreshing cucumber and melon soup that was one of the lunch specials. It was a humid and hot day in Charleston, and that soup hit the spot. Unfortunately, on subsequent visits the soup has not been available – I wish it was a permanent fixture on the menu!

I’ve been trying to replicate this soup each summer, especially when it is so hot like it is now, and have finally come up with a recipe that is pretty darn good. One thing I’ve added is a radish and celery salsa that also has Granny Smith apples in it. The zesty radishes, crisp and crunchy celery, and sweet and tart apples make a great salsa, which pairs excellently with the cucumber and melon soup.

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