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Lovely Internet 5.1.15

1. For many years, Baltimore was my home, and a big part of my heart will be there forever. I am devastated by everything that has happened this week (and the weeks and months and years before). We need to honestly talk about the relationship in this country between police and citizens, especially citizens of color. Here are some great articles/videos that show a side to the protests and riots in Baltimore beyond what is being covered by the 24hour news cycle: 1 / 2 / 3 /4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12, proof of hopemy thoughts, and why we still don’t need #AllLivesMatter

2. Honored to be included in Inspired: Top 100 Food Bloggers. I’m in pretty great company there!

3. What Hillary is really saying with her logo.

4. Natalie on The Haters.

5. “Natural” is a completely meaningless word.

6. How bacteria in your gut could solve the allergy epidemic.

7. What exactly is the food of Appalachia?

8. The art of the beaten biscuit.

9. Why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism.

10. Between 3rd and 5th grade I read every single Nancy Drew book, courtesy of my Aunt Donna’s library. They were the books that got me hooked on reading (along with Anne Shirley, of course).

 

 

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Mint & Pea Soup

This past week I was honored to cook for a local farm to fork dinner. Greenlands invited me to cook for their April Homestead Dinner, and we came up with a menu that highlights the bounty of spring in the South.

 

 

Dinner started with two appetizers- shredded chicken with ginger and carrot wrapped in pak choi and goat cheese and red wine onion jam on freshly baked bread. The amuse bouche, my moment to play around a little, was a cheddar biscuit with honey and green onions.

 

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We followed this with a fresh pea and mint soup (from The No Time to Cook! Book), marinated shrimp over butter lettuce, and then the main course. The big kahuna. Greenlands harvested one of their heritage pigs and we served the ham with a whiskey, mustard, and pomegranate sauce on a bed of farro, sweet potato, pomegranate, and kale. For dessert Heather and Maud from Greenlands made an Early Grey infused mousse. It was all fantastic.

 

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I have been so thankful for this partnership with Greenlands. They are a delight to work with and the opportunity to create menus based on what they’re growing and raising has been a challenge I’ve loved. It’s one of the coolest things that has come from this whole blog experience.

 

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Mint & Pea Soup

4 cups fresh peas

1 avocado

1 cup almond milk

1 cup vegetable stock

1/2 cup fresh mint leaves

1 tsp salt

 

Combine all ingredients, fresh, in a blender and blend until smooth. Chill and serve cold.

 

 

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Lovely Internet 4.24.15

1. This made me chortle.

2. I am so excited about this! I can’t wait to learn all the things.

3. Redefining God to fit the science.

4. Ever wondered what happens to your plastic bottles?

5. Before Billionaires wore hoodies… whatever happened to burnouts?

6. I might need this before our next book* club meeting!

7. Yeah, I kind of hate the whole Lily Pulitzer look.

8. I was born at the tail end of the Oregon Trail Generation- this article describes my experience exactly!

9. What’s on your daily/sometimes/never lists?

10. How do airlines handle the religious needs of the ultra-conservative?

 

For more tidbits from Elena the person, follow me on twitter (@elenabrent or @biscuitsandsuch), instagrampinterest or facebook. Subscribe to my bloglovin’ feed to make sure you never miss a post. Follow along with MissElenaeous for thoughts on everything other than Southern food.

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