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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

We all love to eat delicious summer foods when the weather takes a turn for the warmer. Picnics become more frequent, drinking cold fruity drinks on a daily basis becomes normal, and we’re always looking for some new food to spice up our lives. Well folks, I think I’ve found it.

Forget your store-bought salsas. Although Santa Barbara brand salsa is quite good (and my favorite store-bought brand), it can’t live up to the recipe I’ve just stumbled upon. Here’s the best home-made recipe for mango salsa I’ve ever tasted…

Ingredients:

  • 2 mangoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1 (8 ounce) can of pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 tablespoons peeled and finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper (or however more you want to add to make it more spicy)

Add it all together, and you’ve got mango salsa! It is very important that you use fresh ingredients in this. It makes for a much better taste. While I admit that I did use a can of pineapple tidbits, everything else was fresh and the cilantro was from my garden. This salsa is great because it offers so many flavors…you bite into it and at first get the mango, then pineapple, then a burst of ginger, onion, and cilantro, and it leaves you with a spicy taste in your mouth.

Here’s a bit of what I was just munching on. It tastes great on a blue tortilla chip!

Oh, but one more thing…if you think you need to double the recipe to get enough to last you, you don’t! That’s what I did and now I have enough to feed a small army. Who wants some??

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

How about some good old-fashioned chocolate chips? And bananas, of course.

Today is a celebration of two of the best paired foods. To give you a taste, I will give you the sweet, scrumptious recipe for Chocolate Chip Banana Squares.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (2-3 bananas)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 6 ounce package semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2/3 chopped walnuts (optional, but recommended)

Step one: Grease a square or rectangular baking pan and set aside. In a medium mixing bowl, beat the butter or margarine, along with the sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Beat until combined.

Step two: Add egg, bananas, and vanilla until combined. Then add the flour. Lastly, stir in the chocolate chips and nuts. You can do all this with an electric mixer or by hand. Either one will work.

Step three: Spread in baking pan. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes (or until golden brown) at 350 degrees. Cool on a wire rack, then cut into squares. Makes 36 squares.

The last time I made these little bite sized wonders, everyone had them eaten in about 10 minutes! They’re a huge hit for small get-togethers and family gatherings. And it’s a sweet treat to cure any chocolate craving.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

It’s my favorite time of the day. Blog time. Today I’m feeling rather hungry, so I want to give you this great recipe if you need a snack in your life right now like I do. This nice little snack mix from Hungry Girl will certainly lift your spirits and your taste buds!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars (that’s 1pack), Peanut Butter flavor
  • 3/4 cup Cocoa Puffs cereal…yum
  • about 1 cup Gerber Finger Foods Fruit Puffs, Banana flavor
  • 1 ounce (about 1 cup) freeze dried strawberries
Oh gosh, this stuff is good. Photo from hungrygirl.com.

Oh gosh, this stuff is good. Photo from hungrygirl.com.

Step 1: Using a sharp knife, cut the granola bars into small bite sized pieces.

Step 2: Place granola pieces along with the other ingredients into a sealable plastic bag or in an airtight container with a lid.

Step 3: Shake it up!

How easy is that? You’ve got yourself such a delicious snack to take to work, take on a hike, or just munch on whenever.

Some people might get a little weirded out at the mention of the Gerber Fruit Puffs just because they’re considered to be baby food. Believe me, I was a little apprehensive at first. But then when I tried them, I absolutely loved their flavor (and their low calories). You could really just eat those for a snack if you wanted to.

And what’s the calorie count? 110 calories per 3/4 cup. Not bad for a snack with such big flavor.

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