Spring Produce Pick: Asparagus

Author: Maria_Lichty

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Asparagus is in season and that makes me very happy! I love asparagus and I am so happy it is back in the grocery stores. If you aren’t familiar with the popular spring vegetable, here are a few tips to help you enjoy asparagus this spring.

  • When picking out asparagus at the store, look for stems that are straight, firm, and deep green in color. The tips should be closed with no flowering. Make sure the asparagus spears aren’t dry or wilted. 
  • To help keep the asparagus spears fresh, wrap the ends in a damp paper towel or place in a jar of water. Place the asparagus in the refrigerator for no longer than 2-3 days before using.
  • Before cooking, cut off  the woody ends of the asparagus, about 1-2 inches from the bottom of the spears. Discard the tough ends.
  • You can cook asparagus in a variety of ways. It is good steamed, sautéed, roasted, and grilled.
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10 Must Make Cauliflower Recipes

Author: Maria_Lichty

Roasted-Cauliflower-Pasta-1 Cauliflower is all the rage right now. Cauliflower recipes are popping up everywhere! I am happy about that because cauliflower is one of my very favorite vegetables. If you want to join the cauliflower club, you’ve come to the right place because today I am sharing 10 MUST MAKE cauliflower recipes. Cauliflower is so versatile, you can enjoy it in so many different ways! Continue reading “10 Must Make Cauliflower Recipes” »

7 Sandwiches-A Sandwich for Every Day of the Week!

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You can’t beat a good sandwich. Sandwiches are great for brown-bagging or for a simple dinner. They are even good for breakfast too! Sandwiches come in handy any time of the day! And the options are endless. Start with two slices of bread and get creative with the fillings. You don’t have to stick with PB&J, although there is nothing wrong with the classic! Today I am sharing 7 Sandwich Recipes-one for every day of the week!  Go sandwich crazy and make all 7 recipes! Enjoy! And if you are too lazy to make a sandwich you know you can always visit Cafe Zupas for a tasty sandwich! Continue reading “7 Sandwiches-A Sandwich for Every Day of the Week!” »

12 Ice Cream Treats for Summer

Author: admin

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Did you know July is National Ice Cream Month? If you didn’t and have been slacking on your ice cream consumption, don’t worry, there is still time to indulge! Today I am sharing 12 Ice Cream Treats for Summer that are sure to cool you down in the best possible way! These treats are fun to make and eat! So get out your ice cream scoop and enjoy! Happy National Ice Cream Month! Continue reading “12 Ice Cream Treats for Summer” »

12 Strawberry Recipes for Spring

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Strawberries are starting to look ripe and ready to eat at the grocery stores. Nothing makes me happier than juicy red strawberries. I usually buy too many, but I can’t help myself when they look good and are on sale. I love eating strawberries right out of the carton, but I also like to make tasty recipes with my red berries.

Today I am sharing 12 strawberry recipes that are perfect for spring! So when you see strawberries at the store, stock up! You have some recipes to make!

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Café Zupas’ Healthy Menu Choices for Your Changing Diet

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If you are in the middle of transitioning to a healthier diet, it helps to have healthy dining options around! Café Zupas is proud to fit into that category, offering you some of the healthiest and most diverse options in soups, salads, and sandwiches among restaurants in Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Farmington, and many other cities throughout Utah and Arizona. All our ingredients are fresh – you will never eat anything from a can. We also don’t serve any pre-cooked food – all our meals are prepared fresh every day. Our menu has many options for the dieter who is trying to eat more vegetables and replace the fatty, greasy foods in his or her diet or who is going vegetarian. Our soup choices are diverse. Our Tuscan White Bean offers a vegetarian option, while our Yucatan Chicken Tortilla has an enriching base of vegetables with the chicken giving you a healthy alternative to higher-fat meats. If a sandwich is the way to go, you may be interested in trying our Vegetarian sandwich, which comes loaded with roasted sweet peppers, cucumbers, sprouts, and tomatoes. Also, because turkey is known as a nutritious meat option and a great source of protein, selenium, and B vitamins, you may want to try our Turkey Cranberry, California Turkey, or Turkey Spinach Artichoke sandwiches. There’s also our Thai Peanut Chicken and Pesto Chicken sandwiches, and of course our Ultimate Grilled Cheese sandwich. Our salads are a perfect example of harmonious balance. They come filled with greens & veggies, fruits, cheese, nuts, and meat with many various combinations to suit your specific needs and tastes. Our chefs work hard to please you all day, every day! Come to Café Zupas for a meal that hits the right spot while supporting your commitment to a healthier lifestyle. Want to share Café Zupas with friends and loved ones? Consider our catering service! We provide Layton catering, Orem catering, and Holladay catering – every single one of our 17 locations has a Catering Coordinator. Give us a call!  

10 Grapefruit Recipes for National Grapefruit Month

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Zemanta Related Posts Thumbnail February is National Grapefruit Month and to celebrate I am sharing 10 must make grapefruit recipes.
Grapefruit has always been one of my favorite fruits. My grandpa lives in Arizona and has a grapefruit tree. He used to send us big boxes of grapefruit every February and we would eat one every day for breakfast. I know most of us enjoy grapefruit with our morning oatmeal or eggs, but grapefruit is not just for breakfast. Grapefruit is such a versatile citrus fruit…and so tasty!
Grapefruit can be used in drinks, salads, cookies, cakes, and even ice cream. If you are looking for new ways to eat grapefruit, give these 10 recipes a try. Happy National Grapefruit Month!

10 Cookbooks for Holiday Gifts

Author: Maria_Lichty

Our bookshelves and coffee tables are overflowing with all kinds of cookbooks. I have quite the collection. I love buying cookbooks for myself, but I also love giving them as gifts. Christmas is just around the corner and if you aren’t sure what to buy for that special someone on your list, give a cookbook! Here are ten cookbooks that would make perfect gifts this holiday season.

1. The Picky Palate Cookbook

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Celebrate National Cookie Month

Author: Maria_Lichty

October is National Cookie Month. I know, the best month ever! If you read our blog, Two Peas and Their Pod, on a regular basis, you know we are cookie obsessed! We even have a cookie cookbook, Cookie Cravings! I always get asked what my favorite cookie recipe is, but I can never pick just one cookie. I have too many favorite cookie recipes. I love them all! To celebrate National Cookie Month, I am sharing 10 of my current favorite cookie recipes. These are the cookies I am craving right now. If you ask me tomorrow what my top 10 cookie recipes are, the list might be different:) I promise you these are ALL winners! For the recipes, just click on the link. Enjoy!

1. Pumpkin Toffee Cookies with Salted Caramel Glaze

2. Chocolate Mint Oreo Cookies

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Yummy and Tasty Soups at Café Zupas

Author: kenzie

I was so tired of eating the same junk food for lunch day after day that I finally decided to go with some friends to Café Zupas.  I had always driven by and thought that I wouldn’t like the food.  Wow, was I wrong.  They have so many different gourmet soups, salads, and sandwiches that you could eat there for months without getting the same combinations of salad, soup or sandwich.  Their soups are very creative as well as hot, fresh, and delicious. Try any of the following soups and you’ll understand why I love to eat at Café Zupas time after time:
  • Tomato Basil with Orzo Pasta
  • Thai Lobster Curry
  • New England Clam Chowder
  • Wild Mushroom Bisque
  • Wisconsin Cauliflower
  • Lobster Bisque
  • Yucatan Chicken Tortilla
  • Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo
  • Chicken Enchilada Chili
  • Tuscan White Bean and Vegetable
Any of these soups will have you coming back over and over again to satisfy your craving especially when you pair it with a fresh salad or grilled Panini.  All of their soups are made from scratch and are guaranteed to be fresh.  Café Zupas calls this the Pure Freshness Difference and you can actually taste the difference in their food since everything is fresh, never frozen, and it’s not manufactured or processed either. Café Zupas also offers catering in South Jordan and in many other parts of Utah and they can bring any of these soups to your event.  They’re also being talked about and rated as one of the best new Phoenix restaurants as well as winning various Best of State awards in Utah for the last seven consecutive years.  So if you’re tired of the same old junk food every day then come to one of Café Zupas restaurants in Salt Lake City or in West Valley and get one of their Best of State award winning soups, salads, or sandwiches and you’ll be so impressed that you’ll bring all of your friends back with you next time to experience the Pure Freshness Difference at Café Zupas.