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Chive Blossom Vinegar

The first spring after we purchased our house I was excited to walk around the yard and see what the previous owner had left behind in the garden.  One of the surprises was a large area of chives up against the foundation of the sun room. This year I finally got to take advantage of the beautiful blossoms along with the chives themselves.  I searched ideas and decided to make some chive blossom infused vinegar. I snipped the blossoms right beneath the flower and then I gave them a good rinse to lose any hitchhiking critters.  They went for a ride in the salad spinner and then I added them to a quart jar.  I had read conflicting information on whether to heat up the vinegar or not, in the end I didn't.  I used plain white vinegar because it's what I had on hand, champagne vinegar would also be nice. Make sure that you use a chopstick or skewer to get everything down underneath the vinegar. I used about 24 ounces. I used a plastic lid. I've read that the traditional metal lid

Mango Strawberry Mocktails

  M is for Mango Strawberry Mocktail! This year I'm participating in a bi weekly challenge with some blogging friends to post recipes using all of the letters in the alphabet.  It can feature a food that begins with the letter of the week or the recipe name can contain the week's letter.   For this week's letter M I did some freezer diving and pulled out my stash of frozen mango. Today's the first day of at least four that will be in the 90s so I thought a frozen drink would be lovely. It's strawberry season here and I'd diced up a bunch for another recipe but didn't end up using them all. I added them to the blender with some honey, orange juice and ice and processed them til they were slushy. I divided it between 2 glasses and then gave the blender a quick rinse and dry.  You can definitely just do it all together in one go but I really wanted the colors to sort of marble together. I repeated the process but omitting the ice cubes because the mango was

Lemon Vinaigrette

L is for Lemon ! This year I'm participating in a bi weekly challenge with some blogging friends to post recipes using all of the letters in the alphabet.  It can feature a food that begins with the letter of the week or the recipe name can contain the week's letter. Since K was such a troublemaker for me I decided to go super simple for L and make Lemon Vinaigrette.  Grilled chicken and salad is a go-to as summer heats up because I'm all about easy meals but I still want them to taste good.   You can make this vinaigrette with five ingredients, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, olive oil, salt and pepper. I originally made it in a glass measuring cup but then switched it to a small jar that I recycled from some pesto because I wanted to be able to put a lid on it and store it.   I used my teeny little mini whisk as I added in the oil. I'm guessing you could probably just put the lid on the jar and shake it, which is what I did when I used it a few hours later.   It's