Cucamelons are the most adorable fruit you never knew existed

August 24, 2016 by  
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®Flickr/ David Edwards The cucamelon,  Melothria scabra , is similar to a cucumber with a crisp bite and an aromatic, citrusy flavor. Its petite striped appearance lends it a number of alternative nicknames, from ” Sandia de Raton” (” Mouse Melon”) to “Mexican Sour Gherkin.” Image via Underwood Gardens Can’t find cucamelons at your farmer’s market? While August is probably too late in the summer to start growing your own (unless you live in Hawaii or the very warmest parts of the Southern US), you can bookmark these green cuties in your favorite seed catalog and look forward to starting the seedlings early next spring . Cucamelons are reputedly easy to grow and even if your garden consists of containers on a balcony, you can still grow them up a trellis or inside a tomato cage. RELATED: 30 easy and delicious popsicle recipes While you might be tempted to Instagram them instead of cooking, you can slice up tiny cucamelons to make a refreshing, colorful radish salad. If you don’t want to slice up the adorable baby watermelons, you can also serve them whole as a garnish on a summer cocktail – try spearing a cucamelon on a swizzle stick and serving it with a refreshing mint julep. Image via Snaplant Cucamelon-Radish Salad Step One: Gather your ingredients You’ll need about 14-16 cucamelons, 5 radishes, rice vinegar, fresh dill, sea salt, and freshly ground pepper. Step Two: Slice and mix Slice the cucamelons lengthwise and add them to a salad bowl. Slice the radishes into thin rounds and mix in. Drizzle the salad with about 2 tablespoons of rice vinegar. Toss with a generous pinch of sea salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Garnish with fresh dill fronds and serve. Serves 4. RELATED: 6 super easy gardening projects to do this weekend Can’t find any cucamelons to cook with? Try one of these refreshing summer recipes made with watermelon or cucumber instead, and bring along to your next BBQ or picnic. Image via Pixabay Frozen Watermelon Smoothie Step One: Gather your ingredients You’ll need one small seedless watermelon, or about 4 cups of diced watermelon with seeds removed, 2 bananas, 1/2 cup coconut water, and 1 one-inch piece of peeled fresh ginger root. Step Two: Freeze Pop cubed watermelon in the freezer for a couple hours, or until completely frozen. You can prepare extra frozen watermelon in plastic bags or food storage containers so its ready to use later. Step Three: Blend Fire up your blender and drop in the coconut water and peeled ginger. Blend until the ginger is well chopped. Add the 2 bananas and blend. Finally, add the frozen watermelon and blend until creamy and smooth. Serve in a glass with a straw and enjoy! Serves 4. Image via Wikimedia Yogurt-Cucumber Dip Step One: Gather your ingredients You’ll need: 2 cups of Greek yogurt, 2 large cucumbers (or 4 small Persian cucumbers), 1 small clove garlic, sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, juice of 1/2 lemon, and 2 tablespoons of fresh chopped dill. Step Two: Grate and dice If you’re using regular large grocery-store cucumbers, you’ll need to peel the thick, bitter skin off first. If you’re using thin-skinned Persian cucumbers, you can simply wash them and chop off the ends. Using a box grater, grate all of your cucumber into a bowl. Squeeze the grated cucumbers gently and drain off any excess water and juice. Finely dice the small clove of garlic. Step Three: Mix dip In a bowl, mix the two cups of Greek yogurt with the grated cucumber, diced garlic, juice of 1/2 lemon, and chopped dill. Add a generous pinch of sea salt and some ground black pepper and taste, adding more if desired. Let the dip sit in a covered dish in the refrigerator for an hour to allow the flavors to blend. Serve with crackers, pita chips, or freshly warmed baguette or pita bread.

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6 Meal planning tips to reduce food waste

January 18, 2016 by  
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DIY Gift Idea: 7 Herbed Salts and Sugars for Cooking and Baking

November 26, 2014 by  
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Roaming Charlie Cart Brings Healthy Cooking Lessons to Classrooms

November 26, 2014 by  
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Teaching children about nutrition and eating well may be a logistical nightmare for some schools, but with a new concept called The Charlie Cart it doesn’t have to be. Inspired by the chuck wagons of American pioneers, the roaming cart is a fully-stocked mobile kitchen packed with enough equipment , lessons and training materials to get kids cooking in the classroom. Read the rest of Roaming Charlie Cart Brings Healthy Cooking Lessons to Classrooms Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Carolyn Federman , cooking and nutrition programs , Edible Schoolyard Project , food education , healthy education , kitchen classroom , mobile kitchen , mobile kitchen kickstarter , The Charlie Cart Project

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Boeing Opens Groundbreaking Cooking Oil to Aviation Biofuel Pilot Plant in China

October 28, 2014 by  
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Boeing was the first company to fly a biofuel-powered aircraft across the Pacific Ocean , and now the company is opening a major operation in China that will be brewing the biofuel they need to run these revolutionary planes. Gizmag reports that Boeing is partnering with Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) to produce biofuel in a pilot plant that would ensure a constant and consistent supply of vegetable-based fuel for the planes in what’s being called the China-U.S. Aviation Biofuel Project . Read the rest of Boeing Opens Groundbreaking Cooking Oil to Aviation Biofuel Pilot Plant in China Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aviation , biofuel , biofuels , boeing , china , cooking oil for planes , cooking oil fuel , flight , flying , green , plant , power

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Wi-Fi Connected Collaborative Cooking Machine Lets 5 Chefs Cook Together from Afar

June 4, 2014 by  
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DIY: Make a Yummy and Healthy Vegan Holiday Popcorn Sampler

December 10, 2013 by  
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Giant popcorn tins are as common as Christmas trees around the winter holidays . But let’s face it, though delicious, these popcorns are far from healthy. As an alternative to all those sugar, butter and cheddar laden handfuls, we’ve scouted a few vegan-friendly versions that are just as addictive, but definitely better for you and you family. Read on for some of these healthy holiday recipe variations. GET THE RECIPES HERE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cheesy vegan popcorn , cooking , food , healthy recipe , holiday recipe , holiday recipes , holiday treats , how-to , kid friendly , popcorn sampler , recipes , snack , vegan baking , vegan caramel popcorn , vegan popcorn sampler , vegan recipes        

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Metalysis Creates the World’s First 3D-Printed Titanium Car Parts

December 10, 2013 by  
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Rotherham-based company Metalysis just teamed up with engineers from Sheffield University to roll out the world’s first 3D-printed titanium car parts! The company has developed a novel process for producing titanium powder from sand to make the metal much more affordable. Although the technology for producing titanium parts is not quite ready for mass production, the company’s techniques for 3D printing car parts could cut waste and dramatically reduce the energy needed to power large-scale automotive plants and the long assembly lines housed within. Read the rest of Metalysis Creates the World’s First 3D-Printed Titanium Car Parts Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3D printed car parts , 3D printed metal , 3D printed metal car parts , 3D printing , additive manufacturing , automotive technology , eco-boost , laser sintering , Metalysis , Rotherham , titanium , turbochargers , university of cambridge        

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Six Delicious Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

November 29, 2013 by  
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Homemade Dairy-Free Apple Cinnamon Pop Tarts The Entire Family Will Love

November 3, 2013 by  
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Finger food is awesome. It’s easy to grab-and go, and you don’t have to worry about too many dishes. Unfortunately, most convenience food is also chock full of ingredients that your body hates, like sugar, harmful fats, preservatives, and GMOs . The good news is, it’s pretty easy to recreate most processed foods at home in a way that’s both delicious and nutritious. Take pop-tarts for example: these toaster pastries are a hit with kids and adults alike, and with a little tweaking, you can make your own with far healthier ingredients. Click through to see an easy six-step recipe for building your own homemade vegan pop-tarts, complete with a delicious glaze! READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: apples , autumn , baking , breakfast , cooking , DIY , fall , food , Inhabitots , pastry , pop-tarts , recipes        

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